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Murray Kerr wins 2001 Canadian Jackalope Open

Local player wins Malaysian Open

Thai and international field win prizes in Asian Veterans’ Open

Shenanigans re-schedules ladies golf ‘majors’

Galle hits 40 at Bangpra

Pleasure Dome captures Tuesday Darts League title

Diana Group launch a ‘Seniors and Ladies Open’ monthly golf tournament

Third Phuket Quiksilver  Contest: Ready To Surf

Larry comes good at Soi Dao

It’s all starting again

Doug Powell sets torrid pace

Jimmee holes in one

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Murray Kerr wins in 2001 Canadian Jackalope Open

Canadian Kerr fires 7 under par

Canadian Murray Kerr fired 7 under par, scoring 43 Stableford points to win this year’s Canadian Jackalope Open. Murray’s achievement made him the first Canadian to win the tournament in its short three year history, much to the delight of the Canadian organizers.

After “mandatory” Caesars upon arrival, about 120 golfers teed off for the shotgun start at Phoenix Country Club for this year’s edition of the annual charity event. Well over 210,000 baht was raised for the Garunayawet Center for disabled ladies, and many thanks go to the organizers and sponsors listed below. The money will go a long way towards helping this worthy charitable cause.

The emphasis put on “having fun” out on the golf course makes this one of the most looked forward to events on the golfing calendar, and although the hot weather took its toll, tournament “marshals” Richard Livingston, Wayne Ogonoski and Ray Lepard did a great job making sure everyone on the course had enough amber liquid to quench their thirsts.

Murray Kerr - A Canadian wins the Canadian Jackalope Open!

The Dream Team once again made their presence felt; their cheers for putts sunk, nearest the pin or shots that actually made the fairway rang out over the course, interspersed with good-natured ribbings of golfers who happened to be recovering from wayward tee shots on their fairway. Dream Teamer Kurt Farnham actually won a nearest the pin prize on Ocean #5.

Not lost in the fun, however, was that there actually was a golf tournament being played on the day, complete with division winners and technical prizes.

John Hall nearly beat the course, carding a scratch 74 to win best gross honors.

Ladies winner Oradee (right) and “super-seniors” winner Klaus Schackt.

This year the organizers added “seniors” and “super-seniors” divisions out of respect for those getting on in years. Wee Harry Riley, who just barely qualified by virtue of his recent 50th birthday, won the seniors division with 41 Stableford points. Klaus Schackt won the super-seniors division with 40 points after a count back (cb9 - 22) over Dickie Barbe.

Overall champion Muffy Kerr also won the first division with his 43 points. Barry Jones won 2nd division with 42 points, Stephen Ryser won 3rd division with 42 points, Erle Kershaw won the rabbits with 45 points, and the lovely Oradee Kaesavanee won the ladies division with 41 Stableford points.

Runners-up included John Hall in the 1st division with 42 points, Mike Phillips in the seniors division with 39 points, Dickie Barbe in the super-seniors division with 40 points (cb9 - 21), Larry Willet in the 2nd division with 41 points (cb9 - 21), and Frank Polizzottoo in 3rd division with 40 points (bc9 - 22, cb6 - 16, cb3 - 9, cb2 - 7).

Third place finishers were Stan Fry in 1st division with 41 points (cb9 - 22 from Harry Riley cb9 - 19), Steve Ross in 2nd division with 41 points (cb9 - 19) and Gordon McKnight in 3rd division with 40 points (cb9 - 22, cb6 - 16, cb3 - 9, cb2 - 6 from Dickie Barbe).

Nearest the pin prizes were: Ocean #5: 1st division Rick Sharp, 2nd division Jimmy Little (who aced the same hole two days earlier), and 3rd division Dream Teamer Kurt Farnham. Ocean #7: 1st division Anders Karlsson, 2nd division Serge Straeten, and 3rd division Len Jones. Mountain #4: 1st division Bernard Bailey, 2nd division Markku Kallio, and 3rd division Len Jones. Mountain #8: 1st division Rod Air, 2nd division Peter Renggli, and 3rd division Paul Azzopardi.

Long drives: 1st division Derek Reaper, 2nd division Mark Dabanovich, 3rd division Sander Ruth and ladies Oradee Kaesavanee.

The lucky winner for the lowest Stableford score was Joe Sebastian with his commendable 8 points.

Perhaps the most coveted “technical” prize, a keg of beer donated by The Haven, was won by Gary Baxter who landed his tee shot nearest the keg on Ocean #1.

Mike Franklin did his usual good job emceeing the event, Mark Gorda did a good job organizing the event and taking on the difficult task of calling out the lucky draw winners, Richard Livingston, Wayne Ogonoski and Stephen Beard did their usual great job behind the scenes, and Lamyai put on a great spread of food for all the golfers back at The Haven.

And finally, “The organizers of the Jackalope Open would like to thank all the golfers, sponsors and prize donators for their generous contributions and participation. Without their support this tournament would not be possible.” (Our apologies to anyone who’s name is not mentioned below.)

Hole sponsors: Jerry Lien, The Haven, Classroom / Stan Fry, The Blue Parrot, Tesco - Canada, Shenanigans, Crathco Ltd., Shawn Field, Pattaya Sports Club, Tahitian Queen, Canuckville, The Winchester Club, Jesters MC, Jack Levy, Ray “Papa San” Rogers, Doug Campbell, Bob Taylor and Russell Finch.

Additional sponsors and prize contributors: Bee Matti, Phoenix Golf Course, Canuckville, Ray Lepard, Mike Dabanovich, Ray Matti, Diana Driving Range, Richard Livingston, Danny Omland, Rick Sharp, Derek Reaper, Ron Amero, Paradise Road, Shenanigans - Pattaya, George Jackson, Stan Fry, Harry Riley, Stefan Hoge, Herbie Ishinaga, Steve Mascari, Jacques Jackalope, Team Canada, Lewiinski’s, Tesco - Canada, Mark Campbell, Thai-Ger Line Golf Shop, Mark Gorda, The Bake House Pies, Jeff Paladeau, The Blue Parrot, Mats Mueller, Classic Tailor, Mike Franklin, Green Bottle, Murray Kerr, The Haven, Pattaya Mail, Wayne Ogonoski, The Sixties Bar and Paul Ovens. Mention also to Stan Fry who, after winning the 50/50 draw, donated 20,000 baht back to the charity.

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Local player wins Malaysian Open

The Malaysian Open Darts Tournament, played August 24, 25, and 26 in Kuala Lumpur was won by Pattaya player Damrongsak, known to most as Id.

Id (right) receives his championship plate for winning the Malaysian Open Darts Tournament

Assisted by well known Thai darts trainer and player, Jack of Jack’s Bar in Naklua, a group of players who usually play for Cafe Kronborg in the Monday Night Pattaya Sports Club League, as well as other places on other nights, took off from Pattaya for the Singapore and Malaysian Opens.

Manop, Sajjar, Id and Kamthong (aka Klang) all competed happily but undoubtedly the high point of the trip came with Id playing the final match and winning convincingly 4-1 in the best of 7 games to become the Malaysian Open Singles Champion of 2001.

Congratulations to Id and all those who went showing the depth of talent and the high standard of play developing in Pattaya.

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Thai and international field win prizes in Asian Veterans’s Open

A full contingent of Thai stars and a sprinkling of international players won titles in different age groups of the “Asian Open Veterans Tennis Championship 2001” held late last month at the Siam Bayshore Resort.

General Wichar Siritham (right), secretary general of the Lawn Tennis Association of Thailand presented championship trophies to Olarn Issara and Sunthorn Kraharn for winning the men’s doubles age 45+ category.

Former members of the Thai national tennis team headed the list, with Olarn Issara and Sunthorn Kraharn winning the men’s doubles age 45+ category.

International winners included Lucille Rijs from Malaysia in the women’s singles over 40 age group, who then teamed up with Thailand’s Norarat Nuansri to win the women’s doubles over 40 age group, Izumi Saito and Mitsuru Maeda from Japan winning the women’s doubles over 35 age group, and Nash Ladha from Canada winning the men’s singles over 50 age group.

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Shenanigans re-schedules ladies golf ‘majors’

The second Shenanigans Ladies International Open has been re-scheduled to Friday 30th November. This as a result of interest in the tournament coming from Bangkok and elsewhere, and a Friday fixture seemingly more convenient and providing the opportunity for a weekend visit to the region.

Likewise, the Ladies Match, Asia vs. The Rest of the World will take place on Friday, 25th January. Both tournaments are at Eastern Star Resort, Ban Chang, Rayong.

So as not to limit the number of ladies taking part, a Stableford competition is planned with players teeing-off in groups of four, two players from each side, bringing Asia and the Rest of the World together in each four ball.

Match scoring will be ‘Pairs Aggregate Stableford’, with the pair in each group having the highest aggregate Stableford points score winning that group match. The final result being the side winning the most group matches overall.

Trophies and prizes will be awarded for the best player performances on each side, together with many technical prizes. Shenanigans, sponsors of the event, will welcome support from local and national companies, organizations or individuals that would like to be associated with this unique tournament, or the earlier Ladies International Open in November.

Contact can be made by e-mail to Michael Franklin, tournament director, at: [email protected] or, fax to: 66 038 731144.

Both the Shenanigans Ladies International Open and Asia vs. the Rest of the World tournaments are ‘Open,’ so all lady golfers with recognized handicaps will be most welcome.

Kim Fletcher, landlord of Shenanigans Pattaya, promises Shenanigans’ warm hospitality and a day to remember for the ladies. The players will be looked after royally both on and off the course. Original ideas for tournaments are rare, but the Ladies Match concept, Asia vs. the Rest of the World is really breaking new ground and, if well supported, will no doubt become a regular seasonal event to compliment the Shenanigans Ladies International Open.

For more information about Shenanigans, The Irish Pub, and Shenanigans Very Friendly Golf Society fixtures for the year, log-on to their web site at

Shenanigans Ladies International Open Friday, November 30th 2001.

Asia vs. The Rest Of The World Friday, January 25th 2002.

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Galle hits 40 at Bangpra

PSC Golf from the Cafe Kronborg

Monday, September 3 - Green Valley (Stableford)

On Monday the Kronborg golfers headed to Green Valley where the course was in excellent condition. With the tee boxes pushed back it was a tough test of golf and good scores were hard to come by. The usual stories of missed putts and bad breaks were the order of the day as no one was able to shoot under their handicap. Organizer Dave Richardson continued his recent hot streak by taking first place with 34 points. John Cahill took second place from Rick Evans on count back with 31 points. The ever-steady Ebrahim was fourth with 30.

Thursday, September 9 - Bangpra (Stableford)

On Thursday the Kronborg golfers headed for Bangpra where some low scoring made for a good day. Top of the list was Pete Galle with a points total of 40, which by all reports could have been even better. Rick Evans also had a good day with 39 points playing of a handicap of 6. Third place was John Swanson on 36 points winning on count back from Dave Cartright. Ebrahim and Anders Karlsson also with 36 points just missed out.

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Pleasure Dome captures Tuesday Darts League title

The Pleasure Dome captured yet another darts championship by topping runners-up Jack’s Bar in the Tuesday night darts league. Awards were presented to the winners at the Tuesday darts party hosted by Tippy’s Pizza on 28th August.

Winners of the Tuesday Darts League

The Pleasure Dome picked up the championship trophy for winning 25 of 26 matches. The Dome also won the Beer Leg shield, having won a thirsty 26 legs.

Jack’s Bar took the runners-up trophy with 24 wins and 22 beer legs.

High out went to Khun Id, having checked a tidy 145. Trophies were presented by Alan Ross of Pattaya Sports Supply.

The Tuesday party saw a lucky draw competition of 22 pairs competing in a “three and out”. The winning pair was led by, no surprise, Alex of the Pleasure Dome. Many thanks to Tippy’s Pizza for the great food and fun.

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Diana Group launch a ‘Seniors and Ladies Open’ monthly golf tournament

The Diana Group is staging a monthly open golf tournament exclusively for senior and lady golfers. It will take place on a Thursday at the end of each month, commencing on Thursday 27th September at Sriracha International Golf Club.

All seniors (50 - 59 years), and super seniors (60 and over) will be welcome, together with lady golfers of any age.

The entry fee will be the standard B.150 and transport, for those that require it, will leave from the Diana Inn at 10 a.m. for an 11 a.m. tee-off. The charge for the bus will be just B.100 return.

Stableford scoring will generally be the format and all recognized handicaps will be accepted. Sriracha International Golf Club will be the Diana Group ‘Home Course’ for this event.

Sign-up sheets will be at the Green Bottle (see the new notice board on the wall behind the pool table), and at the Diana Group Driving Range.

Presentation of trophies and prizes will take place in the Green Bottle at 6 p.m., with an extended Happy Hour.

For more details contact John Cole at the Diana Inn, PGA Pro Richard Livingston at the Diana Driving Range, or Mike Franklin, e-mail to [email protected], or see the web page at

Seniors & ladies - a big welcome awaits you at the Diana Group inaugural Seniors and Ladies open on Thursday 27th September.

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Third Phuket Quiksilver Contest: Ready To Surf

by Peter Cummins

The Third Annual Quiksilver Phuket Surfing Contest is set to take to the waves off Phuket’s Kata Beach this weekend, starting today, 14 September and extending through Sunday, 16 with a prize-giving and Quiksilver party at Phuket’s POP Cottage resort.

In a pre-contest briefing last week, Andre M. Plump, a major force behind the development of surfing in Thailand - particularly Phuket - informed the Pattaya Mail that the principal organizer for the 2001 event, Quiksilver Thailand (Patamasakul Company) has now agreed to be the sole event sponsor. “Quiksilver’s support has ensured that the contest will be held,” said Andre, noting that this timely contribution has been most welcome.

A big contingent of some 70 contestants have entered, including surfers from Australia, France, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, the UK and the USA who will be competing against a very good Quiksilver team from Thailand. Last year’s champions, Akai Utaka and Mazaki Onozalu, will be back to defend their hard-won titles, again happy to exchange the frigid, inhospitable waters of Japan for Phuket’s warm, user-friendly Andaman Sea - even if only for a brief respite.

The Phuket Surf Company Ltd. will join Quiksilver Thailand, providing the event organization and management. International surfer and surfboard designer, Australia’s Kym Thompson will again be the contest manager, supported by Hawaiian Ed Angulo who, said Andre, “Will lend his professionalism to the organizing team as a contest judge”. Andre feels that Ed Angulo’s influence “will be very positive for local Thai surfers and the development of surfing in the Kingdom”.

Besides Quiksilver and the Phuket Surf Company, a number of other entities in both the public and private sectors are supporting the event: Aloha Surf Sports, Surf Hardware Int. (Gorila Grip, FCS Fins), Oakley, Reef, POP Cottage Resort, Cobra Int. Co. Ltd., the Kata/Karon Municipality Office and the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

The event, billed as an amateur surfing contest, will start with the first heats scheduled for 8 a.m. on Friday, continuing every day at 8 a.m. and will comprise a Short Board (up to 8 ft.: maximum entries 48) and a Long Board Division (over 8 ft., maximum 32 competitors).

As in the previous two years, a highlight of the weekend will be the Paddle Contest (max. 36 competitors) which provides splendid spectator viewing and a lot of excitement on the beachfront. The commentaries emanating from the regatta office have been most entertaining and will, no doubt, continue the genre this year!

Quiksilver, now one of the world’s biggest international surfing corporations world-wide, had humble beginnings from a small house in Torquay, on Australia’s surf-pounded south east coast. With the support of Quiksilver International and Quiksilver Thailand, the Phuket community and the respective authorities, Andre expects that “the Island of Phuket, and Thailand at large, will reap immense benefit from the 2001 Quiksilver Phuket Surfing Contest.”

For information, please contact Andre M. Plump e-mail: [email protected]

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Larry comes good at Soi Dao

Lewiinski’s / Orchid Golf from the I.P.G.C.

Larry Nicholas once again showed his mettle and easily took the spoils at Soi Dao last week. He was always a frontrunner and pulled away in the final furlong to win by five points from Rick Sharp, who was two points in front of third placed Bob Lindborg, who made a late burst and won the final day to grab third overall.

On Sunday the 2nd George Jackson and Rick Sharp duly won their semi-finals and go through to meet each other in the ever popular match play knockout tournament final that has been played over the last four Sundays.

Other results:

Sunday 2nd Sept. - Green Valley

1st: Steve Mascari, 41 pts.
2nd: Ray Ryan, 40 pts.
3rd: Steve Ross, 38 pts.
Near pins: #2 Svein Vistung and #16 Stan Fry

Monday 3rd Sept. - Ban Chang (better ball)

1st: Svein Vistung and Rick Sharp net 65
2nd: Steve Mascari and Stan Fry net 65

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It’s all starting again

The new Lawn Bowling Leagues started again last night (Thursday). Due to the four new teams that have joined, the first division is to be played every Thursday and the second division is to be played every Friday. New teams are always welcome as soon there is to be a third division. If you are interested please call or telephone 038 - 720 741.

The Bowling Green League Cup is now down to the semifinals as this week saw The Heritage beat The Yingyangs 17 - 16, The Carlsberg Kids beat The Growlers 27 - 3 and The Cap in Hand team beating The Windmills 19 - 18, all end to end breath taking stuff.

Please if you want to join the bowling league come and see the clubhouse and put your name down. The cost of bowling in the league is 250 baht for non-members and 125 baht for members. This includes approximately 2 hours of bowls with all equipment and an excellent all you can eat buffet. Starting soon is an all Ladies bowling league. Interested? Come along, if you have never bowled before don’t worry, someone here will show you how.

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Doug Powell sets torrid pace

PSC Three Sisters Golf

Doug Powell came charging out of the starting blocks early on Monday and kept up a torrid pace scoring 43 Stableford points to take the bragging rights. Right on his heels was Gerald Holt - Gerald, who was holding up the bottom the other week, shot a brilliant 42 points. Both players played well with Doug pulling off the winning score.

Jerry Holt (C), winner 3-9-01, Doug (L) runner-up, Jerry Lien (R) bought the hotdogs.

Just behind the leaders were Paul Kraft with 40 points and Don Antonio, R. Deane, Bill Thompson and George Bennison all playing below their handicaps. Vic Cross, who last week was near the top, was caught holding the bag at the bottom.

It was heard that a few of the golfers had a hard session at caddy shack two downing a few beers after everyone else left. I guess the hotdogs after the golf made them thirsty. Next week chili dogs will be on the menu so I hope everyone will get home. See you all there.

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Jimmee holes in one

IPGC TAGGS Golf from The Haven

Monday 3rd September - Pattaya Country Club (Stableford)

1st: Klaus Schackt, 43 pts
2nd: Ossie Viljanen, 42 pts
3rs: Norman Brooks, 40 pts

On a day and a course that made playing golf a sheer pleasure, and the dish of the day according to the menu was fried fish bowel and meat crap, a steal at 650 baht for five people but not for the squeamish, Klaus Schackt just edged out Ossie Viljanen for the TAGGS Stableford competition. Ossie’s score would normally have expected to win, but he nonetheless finished second by a mere one point, with Storming Norman holding back the rest of the chasing field.

Jimmy Little achieved his first ever ace at the par three 5th on the Ocean at Phoenix Country Club - then went on to win the nearest the pin prize on the same hole two days later in the Canadian Jackalope Open.

Klaus will be going down again this weekend, much to the delight of Oradee, who is happy that she does not have to pay anything when his handicap is reduced.

Wee Harry Riley and Klaus shared the twos’ club cash. Richard Livingston, the TAGGS resident PGA professional, welcomed Markko Repo and Jarkko Koivunen from Finland, to add to the 10 different nationalities playing on the day, proving that the International Pattaya Golf Club (IPGC) playing out of The Haven, really is international.

Wednesday 5th September - Phoenix Golf Club (Monthly Medal)

1st Division (0 to 16 handicap)
1st: Ray Matti, 65
2nd: Anders Karlsson, 72
3rd: Derek Reaper, 74

2nd Division (17 to 28 handicap)

1st: Jimmy Little, 70
2nd: B.J. Smith, 73
3rd: Norman Brooks, 74

Ladies Division

1st: Dokphikun Somsri, 65
2nd: Oradee Kaesavane, 71

In the inaugural monthly medals played from the black tees, and which culminate at the end of the season with the winners competing in the Gold and Silver Medal competitions in all divisions, Ray and his beautiful escort Bee swept away their respective divisions by large margins scoring exactly the same net scores. Ray was on the verge of an all time personal best before an outside agency caused a little nervous tension, but on this form it will not be long before the milestone will be reached. Both he and Bee will be going down together over the weekend.

Anders and the freshly returned Grim Reaper, who attributed his success to the 15 cans of vitamin C consumed during the round, rounded out the podium in the first division, whilst Oradee grabbed second in the Ladies.

The second division and the day belonged to Jimmee, who, on his way to winning the second flight, completed his first hole in one at the 5th on the Ocean Course. As those playing with him attested, “It was a perfectly struck five iron that covered the stick all the way and took two small hops before just rolling into the cup”. Well done Jimmee and may it be the first of many more to come.

Incidentally, in the Jackalope open played on the same course on the following Friday, Jimmee could not quite repeat the feat, although he did win nearest to the pin, on the same hole, in his division. He did manage to sink the putt for a birdie, unlike a fellow competitor in the Jackalope (Toto), who after getting nearest the hole, played his next chip shot from further away. A full report on the Jackalope can be read in the Pattaya Mail and on their web site at

On his return to The Haven, Jimmee was awarded two shares in the twos’ pool after a hotly contested vote, and then forsook his usual trip to the “Office” to blow the horn several times, thus setting off a trumpet orgy that left the regulars rocking and reeling in the aisles and around the pool until late in the night celebrating his exceptional achievement.

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