Darren Robson becomes first IPGC Champion
Bunker Boys run riot at the inaugural championship
The first International Pattaya Golf Club’s Championship was a great success. 88 players took part in the 2-day medal play tournament.
The Bunker boys (and girls) took a
load of trophies - IPGC Club Champion Darren Robson (seated center), Ladies Champion Viv Lill (standing 3rd from left), Rabbits Trophy winner Len Jones (standing 4th from
left), day one B flight and overall leader Roy Mitchell (standing next to Len Jones), and day two B flight winner Kevin Wilson (standing left).
The host of The Bunker, Roy Mitchell started the Bunker rampage taking the B flight and the overall lead on the first day with a net 66. His nearest
competition had net 71. Jay Quick, representing Lewiinski’s, took the day one A flight on a count back from Rick Sharp, also representing Lewiinski’s, both with a net 71.
B Vinterskog (Scandic Hotel) was the runner up in B flight, also with a net 71. Len Jones (Bunker) won the Rabbits division.
However, on the second day the wheels fell off for Roy, only to open the way for his fellow club players. Darren Robson (Bunker) won the A flight with a
magnificent gross 69 net 67, and Kevin Wilson (Bunker) won the B flight with a net 67.
Runners up were Rick Sharp in the A flight with net 72 and K Jonsson (Bunker) in the B flight with a net 69. Len Jones once again won the Rabbits.
Paired with his first day score of net 73, Darren Robson went on to become the first IPGC Club Champion with a net score of 140 (Gross 144), a truly
magnificent performance. Rick Sharp was beaten into the runner up position with a total net score of 143.
Len Jones took the overall Rabbits Trophy, and yet another Bunker player, Viv Lill took the ladies overall trophy with a net 164.
Sharp and Maiko win coveted trophies
Forty-seven players turned out at Khao Kheow Country Club on Thursday, December 14 for the PSC Memorial Classic in honor of Karl Lislevatin and Dr.
“Sam” Sutep Aroonskool.
The wind was “blowing a gale” as golfers competed for the top prizes of the Karl Lislevatin low gross trophy and the Dr. Sam best Stableford score.
In the A flight, Rick Sharp took the low gross with 79 (net 67). Marja Neighlick came second with 40 points, and Ken Lill beat out Ray Matti for third with
36 points, even though Ray had a hole in one on B3.
Rhode Islander Doug Maiko took the Dr. Sam best Stableford prize with 45 Stableford points. Viv Lill came second with 41 points and steady Arthur Bailey
finished third with 37 points.
Near pins: B3 Ray Matti (hole in one), B8 Bill Cooper, C3 Mike May, and C8 Ebrahim.
Long putts: B9 Rainer Helling and C9 Rick Evans.
Monday December 11 - Siam Country Club (stroke)
Siam Country Club was the venue for a stroke play competition in two flights.
Ebrahim took the A flight with a net 74, beating out Hening Kolzmainen’s net 74 and Bob Jess’ net 76.
Kris Helgason took the B flight with a net 66. Bill Jones finished second with a net 67, beating out Dave Richardson’s net 67 on count back. Doug Powell
finished fourth with a net 70.
Near pins: #4 Keith Hector, #8 Matti Toivenen, #12 Eddie Kristianson, and #16 Doug Maiko.
Long putts: #9 & #18 Bill Jones.
Disappointment in Belgium for former Thailand Muay Thai champion
Thailand’s 1998 Muay Thai champion Sutmongkol, from the Carry Boy Gym, Bangkok, lost to 3-time welter weight (66.7 kg) World Champion Noel Van den Heuvel
in his last fight on November 19 in Antwerp, Belgium.
(L to R) Patrick van den Berghe holds
the trophy that could have been Sutmongkol’s but instead went to Belgian Noel Van den Heuvel after the Belgian opened a cut under Sutmongkol’s right eye with just 30
seconds to go.
The fight doctor stopped the bout in the fifth round, with just 30 seconds to go in the fight, because of a cut under Sutmongkol’s right eye.
Patrick van den Berghe from Patrick’s Belgian Bar in Pattaya, who was not only there but also had a big part in setting up the fight, said, “ We could
have won... if the referee didn’t stop the fight. But different countries - different rules. Was this here in Thailand we definitely would have won the fight. Next time we
will do better!”
All sections of the Pattaya Sports Club combine for Xmas
The annual Xmas party thrown by the Pattaya Sports Club (PSC) is one of the parties of the year, looked forward to for 6 months before the event and talked
about for the 6 months following.
Peter Gusta (left) presents the
Royal Cliff Beach Resort prize.
This year was going to be no different, even though there was a new organiser, in the shape of Peter Gusta. However, the man previously in the organising
hot seat, Ken Crowe, said that this was the party he had enjoyed most in the past seven years!
A lucky winner gets the Pattaya
Mail subscription prize.
Being such a large and diverse club, covering all types of sporting fields, the Xmas party was also correspondingly large, with the ballroom area at the
Town in Town hotel packed to capacity, with people overflowing into the reception area and around the poolside.
Bjarne Nielsen draws the prize
for the Amari Orchid Resort as Ron Herbert, Peter Gusta and Dick Cagg look on.
In keeping with its aims of fundraising for the more needy and disadvantaged children in the community, president of the PSC, Peter Malhotra spoke with
passion about the good works that had been done by the club in the past 12 months. Membership of the PSC has returns not just for the individual member personally, but has
far reaching results in local charities. Every sportsman can be proud that their subscription can have such an impact, being used, for example, to help send a child to school
for 12 months. As well as the member receiving personal discounts and bonuses through the PSC, the membership can help educate those who need it most - the needy of the
Denise Cormack draws a ticket for
one of the many valuable draw prizes.
To help make the party a success, the PSC also thanks the individual sponsors, Amari Orchid Resort, Bruno’s Restaurant, Captain’s Corner Restaurant,
Caf? New Orleans, OLaLa Complex, Royal Garden Resort, Pattaya Mail, Classic Tailor, Thai Garden Resort, Queen Jewelry & Tarn Thong Gold, Gemotronic Co. Ltd, Kirk Garden
Pattaya, Estee Beauty Salon, Paradise Caf? and Grill, Woodlands Resort, Royal Cliff Beach Resort, Pattaya School of Language & Computers and The Beauty House.
||Monika wins the traditional One Baht Gold Chain presented by Ken Crow
|(right) Winning a potted plant is in the Christmas spirit
PH3 Run 875
For a change, not only do I bring my Genghis, Adolf, Sadam (Scared S#^@s) woman with me but I actually find a parking space in time to sign up at the Scandi
Bar rather than just managing to board the bus at the central cross roads as I did the previous week.
Well the bus trip took the scenic tour again as opposed to the more conventional method of driving the shortest route and we still missed the A-site by some
50 M. The usual new shoes were dealt with and the hares “Semen all gone” and the “Karate Kid” on in to tell us about the run.
Off we all go into the evening sunset on what was actually almost a very good run. The usual weekly front-runners were not performing at all, instead the
older folks like Rambo WW2, Sweet Balls and Terminally Ill F were doing all the checks, false trails and they still came in at the front of the pack! Make of that what you will
but for myself it was quite frightening.
When the circle began it was Steamy Lump who picked on the thinnest hashers to get things rolling, Free Willy and 1/4 Pounder with Cheese who were serenaded
with the Master of Music’s “Who Ate All the Pies” Fat Bastard song.
The hares were iced together with the infamous F Knows and the crowd rejected a vote for hash s@#t. Whether this was because people just love to see F Knows
looking like either Bill or Ben of the flowerpot men or they thought the run was good is debatable!
Next our famous bad R.A. Sir Airhead iced in absentia the second most hated hasher next to F Knows (and in fact rumour has it F Knows’ only friend in the
whole world) the one and only Tampax. He was given the hash trash seat so he too could increase his collection of memorabilia. Good thing too is that as it’s a toilet seat it
lives in the beer truck so Tampax can’t forget to wear it by accidentally on purpose leaving it at home.
It was voted, thus the removal from C Face to Tampax of hash trash. Apparently the reason given was that he generally makes a mess of everything everywhere
Next Sir Airhead did this new bloke with ice and holy water to make sure he got his hash shirt out of the plastic bag and wear it. He was then named
Svengali. Next we had the Festering Squid Jazzer show, no fire and brimstone or Niagara falls this week, but just Jazzer with his band of merry men singing “Girls of comfort
and joy” in good Xmas carol spirit.
Steamy Lump (good R.A.) back in again with ice for P T and Spaghetti Head, this was all about elections. P T being Canadian and like any normal civilised
country open and close their elections in hours, and then Spaghetti Head who comes from Florida where the words recount, missing, sue, appeal, high court, and supreme court
spring to mind. However, not so long ago it was words like oral, cigar and Monica that were front-page news, so for myself Bo Bo the Clown would get my vote!
General Kidney Wiper having done his stuff with visitors, virgins, returners and leavers, called me on ice for standing next to that chatterbox T4 and
listening. I always knew you got ice for gobbing off but not for hearing offences! Finally GKW called the hares in for what was a very good hare song (future hares take note!)
and lastly the hash hymn. Back then to Boy George’s Classroom 2 for mega mountains of potato salad and some naked baby mounds of a different kind. Anybody who failed to make
it back here will be told by those who did, you missed out big time, thanks Boy George for the grub.
On-On-Out - Festering Streaker
NOTE: The Christmas Run takes place on Monday 25th Dec., normal times with special food at the Scandi Bar after the run. Also News Years Day is another
special T-shirt run.
Races, Baguley and Zbinden win Varuna Cup 2000 classes
by Richard van den Heuvel
During the long weekend of December 9-11, the annual Varuna Cup was sailed on the waters off the Royal Varuna Yacht Club in Pattaya.
Although the wind had been blowing at a good speed for the previous couple of weeks, on Saturday she seemed a bit tired and produced only a meager 6 knots.
Despite this setback, race officer Richard managed to get in the four scheduled races for the competing fleets of Lasers, Hobie 16s, Nacras and Optimists.
Sunday was a bit brighter and, after the starts at around 11 a.m., a good breeze moved the yachts quickly across the water. After lunch it was even better,
but then towards 4 in the afternoon the wind suddenly dropped and started to shift almost 180 degrees. The last race for Hobies and Nacras had to be abandoned.
In the evening, after a lively buffet dinner, the prizes were awarded for the first three places in each class. Simon Prattley and Susanne took first place
in the Hobie class, Alex Skaria in the Nacra class, Shin Suenaga for the Lasers and Norman Lentsch for the Optimists.
On Monday the traditional long distance race of the Varuna Cup was sailed. The weather had returned to normal for this time of the year and a good breeze
of some 14 knots was blowing. The catamarans went around the 4 islands of Koh Chun, Koh Krok, Koh Sak and Koh Larn and were home in two hours. The Lasers only rounded Koh
Chun and Koh Krok and returned at the same time as the cats. David and Susan Race triumphed in the Hobie class, Gary Baguley in the Nacra class and Charlie Zbinden took the
Laser first place.
It was a successful weekend and all participants enjoyed themselves very much. If readers would like more information about RVYC, please visit the web site
Korean Guzziers capture Bang Softball Championship
Bangkok earns Governor’s Trophy
The Korean Guzzlers outclassed Chinese Taipei in the championship finals of the Eighth Annual Bangkok International Softball Tournament (BIST) at the Queen
Sirikit 60th Anniversary Stadium in Pratum Thani.
Led by pitcher Billy Laxton, the tournament Most Valuable Player, the Korean Guzzlers completed a perfect run through the tournament by beating Chinese
Taipei 16-0 in the final.
The Guzzlers, who finished second in the 1999 tournament, beat the two-time defending champion Singapore Fattboyz in the semifinals. Dylan Dewaters, the
Guzzlers, left fielder, spurred on the champions with a number of spectacular catches and was awarded the IPX Sports Golden Glove Award.
Chinese Taipei made a gallant effort to make the finals with the long ball hitting of Silver Slugger award winning Hsin-Yun Chen. Chen hit three
tape-measure homeruns over 100 meters each, a tournament record.
The fourteen teams and over 200 players that competed in the slo-pitch softball event came from Abu Dhabi, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Philippines,
Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.
“We are very pleased with the strong participation and support we received from the players, fans and sponsors,” said Richard Nudera, Chairman of the
BIST. “This event would not have been possible without contributions from B-52 Cafe, Heineken Beer, Blumenthal, Richter and Sumet Attorneys-at-Law, AEI Cargo Management
Services, Sam’s 2000 Cafe, ACS Logistics, DHL, and Johny’s Gems.”
In the Governor bracket, the Bangkok “Soi Dogs” ended an exceptional run with an exciting 11-8 victory in the final over the Shanghai Sally’s. The
Bangkok team scored 5 runs in the final inning to seal the victory. The Soi Dogs were led by the hitting of Paul Venick who batted over .600 and scored 12 runs.
The victory in the Governor’s bracket was the best finish ever for a Bangkok team in an international tournament. Nike Thailand sponsored the Soi Dogs,
an all-star team from the local Bangkok International Softball league.
In the semifinals, Mike Dunne had the game winning three-run homer for the Soi Dogs against the favored Korean Heat. Dunne finished with a team high 10
runs batted in (RBI).
Pleasure Dome heads into break undefeated
As the Mickey Mouse Darts League heads into its holiday break, Pleasure Dome has managed to remain undefeated. Their 7 & 0 record places them firmly
atop the leader board, a position they will hold uncontested for the next 3 weeks.
Yorkie, meanwhile, is keeping a pretty good pace as well, and with just one loss on the season stands at the ready should Pleasure Dome stumble.
In week 7 matches, Pleasure Dome defeated Devonshire in both match and beer leg, Yorkie also swept match and beer from Mick’s Place, Rising Sun edged up
into a tie for third after winning the match over Palmer’s but going home thirsty, and Cheers swept match and beer from Smugglers Rest, keeping the Smugglers winless on the
Going into the holiday break, Yorkie has thus far won the most beer legs, getting 6 out of 7. Devonshire sharpshooters have managed the most under 10s so
far, 55, which calculates to almost 6 per match. Ian from Yorkie has shot 2 perfect 180s.
Next matches will be held on January 12, with Pleasure Dome v Mick’s Place, Devonshire v Rising Sun, Palmer’s v Smugglers Rest, and Yorkie v Cheers.
A new sun block prevents jellyfish stings
Swimmers and scuba divers in Pattaya no longer need fear being stung by jellyfish - thanks to a breakthrough by Israeli scientists.
A new cream, which prevents the jellyfish from firing their stings when touched, recently became available – just in time for the seasonal invasion of
millions of small, purple jellyfish.
The cream, called SafeSea, took Israeli marine biologist Amit Lotan ten years of research and half a million dollars to perfect. Lotan’s breakthrough
started by studying the colourful clown fish that lives, without being stung, in the poisonous sea anemone – a member of the jellyfish family.
He isolated and reproduced the compound that coats the scales of the anemone fish and prevents the anemone from firing its poisonous barbs. He developed
and tested it on jellyfish and added it to a sunblock lotion to give the product a double purpose.
Local PADI scuba instructor Dave Chandler, of Elite Divers, heard about the new cream several months ago before it had been cleared for sale in Thailand.
He contacted the Bangkok company which had been appointed to secure approval of the product from the Thai Food and Drugs Administration. They granted him exclusive sales
rights for SafeSea in the Pattaya region.
“Before I was prepared to market SafeSea I felt it was essential to personally test the product to prove that it really worked,” Chandler told the Pattaya
“I took my underwater video camcorder on a dive and found a large jellyfish with sting tentacles about two metres long. I gingerly put one finger on a
tentacle and felt no pain. So, then I set up the camcorder with one hand and filmed myself plunging my other hand right in to the mass of tentacles – again not a trace of
pain or discomfort.”
All the major scuba shops in Pattaya and Jomtien have snapped up supplies of SafeSea to keep their customers safe and Chandler is now offering it to
beachfront hotels, windsurfing and sailing clubs, pharmacies and anglers.
“The timing of the release of SafeSea is great,” said Chandler. “We usually get literally millions of small purple jellyfish in the sea off Pattaya
every December. Although their sting is not serious, it is painful and upsets tourists’ holidays if they want to go diving or snorkelling.”
“In January and February, we can expect an influx of three types of large jellyfish which have a much more serious sting that can leave permanent
scarring,” said Chandler.
“But now people no longer need to worry about being stung. For about 20 baht for a swim or dive they can have fun in the sea and be protected from
jellyfish and sunburn. That’s a fraction of the cost of hospital treatment,” he concluded.
Jomtien-Pattaya Rotary making golf a paying proposition
The Beautiful Smile - Perfect Vision project started quite a few years ago. However, with the downturn in the Asian economies the project appeared to
Mike Franklin (right) and Bruno
Keller display the “Where is the Tiger?” target for the upcoming Rotary charity golf event.
Children born into poor circumstances have been suffering, not only from nutritional problems but also dental woes and problems from short sightedness
(myopia). Unfortunately the parents of such children cannot afford the money needed to give them beautiful smiles and a perfect vision.
The Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya through its Community Services has decided to assist 200 poor children suffering from damaged teeth or bad vision. With
the kind assistance from the dental and eye clinics from the Bangkok-Pattaya Hospital in Pattaya and the Phyathai Hospital in Sriracha this project will get underway. The
doctors and nurses involved are only charging for materials used and special treatments.
Transportation of the needy children has been taken care of by Rotarian Dr. Terry Walters, the principal of the International School, and chairman of the
“Make Children Happy Project”, who has organized school buses, free of charge.
(Seated L to R) Rotary Club of
Jomtien-Pattaya president Erika Keller, community services director Bruno Keller, and Mike Franklin, with Past President Peter Malhotra (standing) announce the “Where is
the Tiger?” charity golf event.
Each trip to the hospitals will be arranged for 6-8 children at a time and will start next week with 60 children from the Bam Khao Ta Bak School, outside
of Pattaya having teeth examinations and fitting.
To enable this to happen, the necessary funding will be raised by the Jomtien-Pattaya Rotary Club through a novelty golfing event called “Where is the
Tiger?” which will be held on the 23rd of December between 2 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. Entry fee for teams of two golfers is only 2000 baht and there is 25,000 baht cash prizes up
for grabs. Entry forms are available from the Diana Golf Driving Range (where the event will be held), Shenanigans Irish Pub, Lewiinski’s or Restaurant Tropic.
Community services director, Bruno Keller hopes that the proceeds from the charity golf tournament and other activities linked to the event will bring in
about 100,000 baht. This, when added to the balance of 60,000 baht left over from the very successful “Golden 3” Charity Bowling Tournament, will allow the club to make
at least 200 children very happy.
This cannot be done by just a few people, and the Jomtien-Pattaya Rotary Club acknowledges the support given by the Restaurant Tropic, Decorum Furniture
and Decor, the Ambiance Hotel, the House of the Golden Coin, asiacyberholidays.com, Mike Franklin, the golfing guru and organizer of local golf tournaments, and Sopin
Thappajug, managing director of the Diana Group and judge of Chonburi Court Department Family and Juvenile, who is always there when the need is charity for children.
Laurel and Hardy Clean Up
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society with the Bunker
On Tuesday December 12, thirty-five Bunker Boys travelled the short distance to Phoenix for a medal/Stableford competition. The field was divided into two
divisions and the winners were the dynamic duo of Wilf Latham and Bert “Remy” Guy.
In division one, Wilf surpassed himself and the rest of the field with a scorching 66 net, easily heading runner-up Norman Brooks by seven strokes. Bill
Hewitt was one shot behind on 74.
In division two Bert “Remy” Guy shot in 40 Stableford points to take top spot. Behind him in second place came Dave Spendley with 38 points - his first
time on the leader board - and in third place with 36 points came the Guru himself, Mick Jones, fresh from a European tour of Scotland, Ireland and Belgium.
Nearest-the-pin awards went to Harry Cowling, Keith Hector, Lee Grange and Remy.
Good news! The Bunker and the Pattaya Golf Society are now on the Internet. Catch them at http://thebunkerboys.homepage.com/ The site is packed with
information and is updated each weekend.
Gay Horan makes it a double with Eric Myles in Shenanigans Pairs Scramble
The Pairs Scramble format, always popular, certainly proved so with Gay Horan winning back-to-back competitions, this time with partner Eric Myles.
On a fine and hot day, and with Eastern Star presented to its usual high standard, a field of twenty-four took advantage of the conditions to return good
scores with the shorter hitters benefiting from the bonus run on the fairways.
Gay and Eric scored a net 68.4; the Lills were close behind in second place with net 69.8; and Ed Trayling, clearly inspired by new member partner Yasuo
Suzuki, was close behind with 70.2.
Just another fine and friendly day out!
Next outing on Tuesday December 26 for a Pairs Better Ball.
Winners: Gay Horan & Eric Myles, 78 gross, 68.4 net
Runners-up: Ken Lill & Beth Lill, 78 gross, 69.8 net
Third place: Ed Trayling & Yasuo Suzuki, 77 gross, 70.2 net
Near pins: #4 George Jackson, #8 Bill Viveiros, #12 John O’Brien and #15 Beth Lill
Long putts: #9 Kim Fletcher and #18 Colin Davis
Rosie O’ Grady’s announces inaugural Charity Golf Clasic
Rosie O’ Grady’s announced they will be holding their inaugural Charity Golf Classic on Friday, January 5, 2001 at Phoenix Golf & Country Club.
The format will be a 4-person scramble with the lowest net score winning the tournament. Handicaps will be 10% of the teams’ combined handicap total.
Players must enter as a team, not individually.
Handicaps will be accepted from PSC Golf, Bangkok golf groups affiliated with the USGA or R&A, and any official USGA or R&A handicap. All non-PSC
golfers will be required to present a handicap certificate on registration.
Registration on the day will be between 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. for a 10 a.m. shotgun start. Each team will go into a draw to determine the hole they start from.
Rules: Each team must use a minimum of 3 tee shots per player. When selection has been made, the person who’s ball has been chosen must play first with
his or her team members placing the ball within 6 inches. This does not apply in hazards where the ball must be dropped within one club length, or on the green where a ball
can be marked & cleaned. R&A and USGA rules will apply, plus local rules and a more detailed description of 4-person scramble rules will be attached to the scorecard.
The entry fee is 1250 baht per player (5000 baht per team), and includes green fee, caddie fee, golf shirt and cap, refreshments on course, buffet dinner
from 6 p.m. back at Rosie’s with presentation and lucky draw prizes.
Prizes: A perpetual shield for the winning team plus a trophy and prize for each winning team member, a trophy and prize for runners-up. Technical prizes
include 4 Callaway putters for nearest the pin on each par 3, plus 2 long drive prizes, 2 nearest the kegs, and a longest putt prize. Lucky draw prizes include a color TV,
Heineken & Guinness golf bags, umbrellas, sports bags, vouchers, wine and spirits, and much more.
Sing up at Rosie O’ Grady’s on Soi 7 or Moonshine Bar on Soi Diamond near the Walking Street. Transport can be arranged with prior notice.
Fitness Tips: Merry Christmas to all
G’day Readers, I hope all is well with you and your family. Fitness tips this week takes us somewhere we go only a couple of times a year, to the
spiritual side of general well being.
A crucial part of self-improvement is your general disposition. At a time of year such as this, Christmas, regardless of one’s beliefs, if you come from
or have experienced western culture or are of Christian faith your thoughts will turn to your loved ones.
General well being is enhanced when good feelings and/or emotions are spread, so the best tip that I can give you and the only tip I want to give you this
week is make contact with your loved ones, tell them how you really feel about them, they will appreciate it and both you and them will feel better for it.
Have a very merry Christmas, thank you for supporting the Pattaya Mail and thanks for reading my column.
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