The Charity Bike Ride has become one of the highlights
of the annual Jesters Care For Kids Charity drive, in aid of the Fountain
of Life School in Srinakorn Road. With around 160 cyclists jostling at the
starting barrier at the Siam Bayshore Hotel, the competitors ranged from
the professionals, kitted out in Tour de France gear complete with back-up
motorcycles with spare wheels and chains; the enthusiastic weekend
amateurs; super enthusiastic kids such as Walter Thenisch’s son; the
once-a-yearers like Jack Levy and Kim Fletcher and the unlikely duo of
lanky Jan Olav Aamlid and Dr. Iain, dubbed “The Electric Bike
Orchestra” with their Ecolux electric bikes.
Underwood (left) made special mention of the hero of the bike ride, Erik
Sorrenson (right) who raised over 354,000 baht.
Right from the outset, this had been a well organised
event, with registrations being done at Shenanigans the evening before, or
at the Siam Bayshore on the morning of the event. With almost everyone in
their Coats sponsored T-shirts (excepting the Eddie Mercx type Tour de
France runners), the two wheeled mob wobbled off at 8 a.m. that morning,
to be met at every intersection by police and volunteers who held back the
traffic to let the puffers and panters go through. As one rider said,
“It makes me feel like royalty. I’ll never complain about being held
up for important people ever again!”
Electric Bike Orchestra”
Many times around the course, the organisers had water
stops, with the icy drinking water, supplied by Thai Thanakit Insurance,
being gulped down by the riders, hot and thirsty in the blazing sun. It
was also time to catch up with friends, wait for others and enjoy the 50
kilometres in the countryside. This was not a race, even though some were
treating it as such. This was a Charity Bike Ride.
With each entrant raising some sponsorship, the
combined result is expected to be in the vicinity of one million baht,
with one rider, Erik Sorrenson, raising 353,565 baht on his own! When this
figure was announced later at the Fair, one person stepped forward and
donated another 500 baht towards Erik’s total to make it more than
354,000 - the true spirit of charity.
Fletcher and Jack Levy just before the start, with Kim looking a bit tepid
- “I set the run,” he said, “and I wish I hadn’t put so many hills
After the ride, there were the usual post mortems,
though it should be stressed that nobody actually “died” even though
some looked to be in need of intensive care when they returned! It was a
great event, well run, well organised and undoubtedly will be even bigger
next year. Since it was not a race, there were no records of who actually
came in first, but the time for the leading bunch was around one and a
half hours, while the strugglers and stragglers came in around 3 hours.
Principal organisers Kim Fletcher and Jeremy Coles are
to be congratulated on running a spectacularly good, and financially
rewarding event for the Fountain of Life Charity. Sister Joan is also to
be thanked for her time spent in prayer that all the riders would return
Kronborg bulls their way to Tug o’ War
St Andrews pulls their way to women’s
There was no doubt about it; the Cafe Kronborg team was
unbeatable in the Care 4 Kids Tug o War contest on Sunday, September 16.
Two quick pulls in the preliminaries that sent the boisterous and
entertaining real estate team, resplendent in their bright yellow shirts,
tumbling in submission, then two equally quick tugs in the finals against
a spirited but overwhelmed Pattaya Panthers squad earned the Cafe Kronborg
men the championship title.
are the champions! Manager of the defending champions Stephen Beard
(right) hands over the trophy to the new, undisputed champions of the Care
4 Kids Charity Tug o’ War - Cafe Kronborg
In the women’s contest, the St Andrews squad, led by
headmistress Jill Thomas, defeated a spirited Pattaya Panties team, which
included a monkey. The monkey, disconsolate after the loss, was
unavailable for comment.
Andrews pulls their way to victory
The hotly contested preliminary men’s round pitting
the defending champions from The Haven against the Pattaya Panthers went
the distance, with the Panthers proving they can pull just a little better
than the Haven. In the first pull, after a Maori-like chant from the
Panthers before the contest began, the Haven took an early advantage and
looked poised to defend their title. But a late surge by the Panthers got
the Haven feet slipping, and with momentum firmly going their way, the
Panthers recovered lost ground and eventually won the heat. The Haven
fired up and took the second round, but the effort on both sides of the
rope took its toll, expending much energy from both teams. In the final of
the three pulls, the Panthers once again grabbed the momentum, and despite
a gallant effort from the defending champions, pulled their way to
It was apparently all for naught, however, as neither
team seemed able to put up a defense against the mighty Kronborg.
Gracious in defeat, Haven manager Stephen Beard
presented the Kronborg with the championship trophy. After spending two
years on the mantle at The Haven, the trophy now has a new home at the
BMW Williams do it right!
Pole and win for Montoya
After the debacle in Belgium, where BMW Williams
managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, this time in Italy they
got it right. Juan Pablo Montoya winning his first Grand Prix from pole
position, and team mate Ralf Schumacher coming through in third. Splitting
the pair was Ferrari’s Rubens Barichello, with World Champion Michael
ensued on the first corner of the Italian Grand Prix. Photo courtesy of
Planet F-1 and Bothwell Photographics.
All weekend the race looked to be Montoya’s. His pole
position was a dominant performance, while Michael Schumacher was not
driving at his best, ceding 2nd position on the grid to Barichello.
At the start, despite the drivers having an agreement
to take it easy on the first corner, the usual melee eventuated, with
Jenson Button in the Benetton nerfing Trulli’s Jordan, thus ending both
their chances for a good finishing position. (Button has not covered
himself in glory this year, and it would not surprise to see him out in
the cold in 2002.)
When they sorted themselves out, Montoya had maintained
his first position from Barichello, and then Mrs Schumacher’s younger
boy who had muscled his way past big brother. This was not to last, as big
bro literally shouldered himself back into third before the first lap was
over. The family pecking order was very firmly re-established.
To really make his day, Button’s engine expired in
the biggest possible way by lap 4 and his ignominious day was over,
probably along with his career. Not to be outdone, the Mercedes McLaren of
David Coulthard blew its engine two laps later, and the Scotsman who would
be champion (favourite saying: “Next year it’s no more Mr. Nice
Guy”) was also back in the motorhome for a quick shower and this
On the 8th lap, Montoya had one wild slide and
Barichello was through and apparently running away with the race, while
Michael Schumacher kept Montoya honest, shadowing the BMW Williams and
waiting for the second mistake.
Meanwhile, back in the pack, there was real passing
action going on with Alesi (Jordan), Verstappen (Arrows), Raikkonen (Sauber)
and Panis (BAR) all attacking each other with assorted degrees of success.
Suddenly the Ferrari strategy became apparent, with
Schumacher diving into the pits on lap 18. Theirs was a two stop race,
compared to BMW Williams’ one stopper. The “lighter” Ferrari’s
being able to run competitively with the relatively “heavier” fuel
loaded BMW Williams. Unfortunately this turned to dross for Barichello,
when a fuel nozzle refused to work and he lost six seconds in the pits, to
end up in 3rd place after Montoya and Ralf Schumacher had done their one
and only pit stops. Barichello pressed on and displaced Ralf, but it was
Montoya all the way, cruising to a well deserved maiden victory. The minor
places were filled by de la Rosa in the Jaguar and a lucky Villeneuve in
The World Championship has already been decided, with
Michael Schumacher uncatchable, but with 20 points remaining, the runner
up position is being hotly contended. Coulthard has 57 points, Barichello
54 and Ralf Schumacher 48. Expect to see Barichello getting the full
Ferrari backing for the next two races, the US GP on the 30th September
and the Japanese GP on the 14th October.
Fitness Tips : Daily Nutrition Guide
G’day readers, this week we are going over again
something that should be in the forefront of your mind. Post holiday
syndrome. Yep, big chance that you have just come back from a long break off
work or from our idea of the regular working schedule on the Eastern
Seaboard. Right about now you may well be feeling a bit guilty about eating
way too much for the entire time and want to get back in shape. Thus,
fitness tips over the next 2 months will be very structured. We are going to
cover all the most important things that you need to know to get you up and
back on track.
First thing is to stop feeling bad about enjoying your
holiday, you needed it, end of subject.
Second, you need to make a commitment to yourself to get
you back in shape. Look at your regular schedule and make time to do a
little exercise every day with 2-3 dedicated sessions each week.
Healthy eating must come back into the plan right at the
Instead of me going off into a big lecture take a look at
the diagram below. This is what you need to consume every day to ensure that
all your body’s systems and organs function to their greatest potential
(and not overloading on fat).
Cut it out of the newspaper and stick it on your fridge,
it is very clear and will help you no end.
Next week, weight lifting techniques will come under the
microscope for the benefit of all.
TAGGS week dampened by cowardly terrorists
IPGC TAGGS Golf from The Haven
Monday 10th Sept. - Century Ban Chan (Stroke)
1st: Max Arlen, net 71
2nd: Norman Brooks, net 72
3rd: Mo Bertrand, net 74
Once again the testing but picturesque course at Ban
Chan proved to be a little too difficult for most. Indeed many of the
regulars gave it best and didn’t even attempt to take it on, thus
leaving a very limited field. This was a shame, as Max Arlen turned in his
best score for some time and managed to get in under par and win his first
competition out of The Haven.
Once again Storming Norman Brooks proved that he can
“still compete” and carded a creditable par round to snatch second
place away from Mo Bertrand, who also reached the podium for the first
Richard Livingston, the resident professional, said
farewell to Serge, who is returning to France in search of a supply of
properly sized letters to help with his local correspondents.
Wednesday 12th Sept. - Black Wednesday
This day’s competition was due to be held at Khao
Kheow, but in recognition of (especially) the American members of the
TAGGS, and the tragic events in New York and Washington on the previous
day, it was cancelled as a mark of respect for all those who lost their
lives and all those who lost family members and loved ones, from the many
different countries who make up The Haven golfers. The thoughts of many
members are with them all. It was an unthinkable atrocity, and an
extremely sad day for the whole world, which hopefully, will never again
be allowed to be repeated.
Friday 14th Sept. - Sriracha (Bogey)
1st: Harald Cranz, 2 up
2nd: Michael Vogeler, 1 up (cb9 1 up)
3rd: Mark Campbell, 1 up (cb9 all square)
Nestling in beautiful hilly scenery, unmarred by
intrusive pylons and other modern clutter, Sriracha Golf Club can be a
difficult course to score on, especially if wayward shots find their way
into the bunkers. Friday’s competition proved no exception to the rule
and the subsequent scoring saw the Competition Standard Scratch rise from
70 to 71, with many golfers unable to play within two of their handicaps
as set against the Standard Scratch. Only three competitors managed to
achieve that feat, and they were led home by Doktor Harald Cranz, closely
followed by the “wurst king” Michael and “must” Mark. According to
Mark, he would have won easily if he had been playing on the same greens
as everybody else, although “the doc”, who played with him managed a
meager 27 putts due mainly to his inability to hit any greens in
Back at The Haven, Richard welcomed new members Kevin
Page and George Thompson, both from the UK, whilst welcoming back Stefan
Hoge from Canada and the two top podium winners, Harald and Michael.
Last Call for Shenanigans 2001 Irish Open
Following last year’s very popular Shenanigans Irish
Open 2000, there has been an early take-up of places for this year’s
Irish Open on Friday October 5th at Eastern Star Resort. Call at
Shenanigans, or check with your usual venue for availability and remember
that entries are only confirmed when payment of the entry fee has been
The usual warm Shenanigans and Eastern Star hospitality
is guaranteed on the day for the tournament and, as ever, Kim Fletcher
will be waiting to welcome you back at Shenanigans with the delicious free
Carvery and large array of trophies and prizes to be presented.
Shenanigans tournament director Mike Franklin
commented, “In order to ensure a smooth round of golf, the field is
strictly limited to 128 players and we are very close to that figure
already. So, if you have not signed up already, it would be wise to do
Shenanigans Irish Open 2001 on Friday October 5th.
Don’t miss it.
Sebastian soars over Morrison’s eagle
PSC Golf from the Cafe Kronborg
Monday, September 10 - Sattahip (Stableford)
On Monday the Kronborg golfers headed to Thai Royal
Navy course at Sattahip. The scores on the North & West courses were
not as good as they should have been given the perfect conditions.
Joe Sebastian took first place edging out Bob Morrison
on count back, both with 34 points. Joe had an excellent back nine to win
for the first time at the Kronborg.
The shot of the day was from Bob Morrison, who holed an
eight iron from 155 yards for an eagle two at the difficult ninth on the
Frank Sinclair was on the rostrum again taking third
place with 32 points.
Thursday, September 13 - Sam C.C. (Stroke)
On Thursday the Kronborg golfers made the short trip up
to Siam Country Club. The medal play format seemed to take its toll with
only two players playing to their handicap. Ebrahim took the ‘A’
flight with a steady net 72. Bob Dean was the only person to go below par
taking the ‘B’ flight with a fine net 69.
1st: Ebrahim, 72
2nd: Paul Kraft, 73
3rd: Geoff Couch, 78
1st: Bob Deane, 69
2nd: Jerry Lien, 75
3rd: John Swanson, 75
Terry & Kaew Share the monthly medal
Golf from I.P.G.C. Lewiinski’s / Orchid
Terry Summers & Kaew Somkid both scored net 67 in the
monthly medal at Green Valley last week. As customary they will both get
their names on the monthly medal board and be eligible for the Gold final,
but Terry won the plate on a count back. It was Terry’s first monthly
medal victory but Kaew has got two wins. Her handicap is quickly coming down
as she improves every game. Watch out Ray!
Sunday 9 August - Green Valley
1st: Terry Summers, net 67
2nd: Rick Sharp, net 69
3rd: Steve Mascari, net 71
1st: Kaew Somkid, net 67
2nd: Steve Ross, net 69
3rd: Oradee Kaesavane, net 70
Near pins: #2 Terry Summers, #9 & 16 Kaew Somkid
Monday 10 August - Khao Kheow (2 man B.B.)
1st: Rick Sharp & Bruce Tollitt, net 60
2nd: Steve Ross & Murray Kerr, net 63
Weds. 12 August - N.P. Hills
1st: Steve Mascari, 36 pts.
2nd: Stan Fry, 34 pts.
1st: Larry Nicholas, 37 pts.
2nd: B. Vinterskog, 28 pts.
Friday 14 August - Treasure Hills
1st: Gez Tracey, net 70
2nd: Steve Mascari, net 71
3rd: Richard Montgomery, net 71
Happy Birthday Beth!
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at the Bunker
On Tuesday, 11th September the Bunker Boys and Girls
went to a hot and sultry Bangpra for their weekly medal competition. The
course was in good condition but the greens were surprisingly slow, which
caught a few golfers out. Playing off the white tees the field was divided
into the usual two flights.
In division two, birthday girl Beth Lill was the only
player to break par, scoring a net 70 to take the honours. In second place
came John Preddy with net 72 and third was Chris John, the new Rules Guru,
with net 74.
In division one five players tied for first place, each
recording net 72. They were Ken Lill, Bill Jones, Norman Brooks,
“Charlie” Chen Chia Lung and Barry Barnes.
Nearest-the-pin awards went to Peter Renggli, Norman
Brooks, Kerry Jonsson and Peter Allcorn. The Bunker Banana Booby was
awarded to Peter McKay for abandoning his six iron, by accident or design,
in the middle of the fourteenth fairway.
Kerry Says Sayonara
On Friday, 14th September, the Bunker Boys had the
field to themselves, as no girls were present for their weekly Stableford
competition at Green Valley.
Kerry Jonsson, the Scandic Samurai, was rushing
straight to Don Muang to catch an evening flight to Tokyo, but still had
time to record a score of 39 points to win, with the ever-improving Les
Winch second on 35 points and the canny transport manager, John Preddy,
still getting to grips with new clubs, coming third with 34 points.
Nearest-the-pin awards went to Len Jones (again!), John
Preddy and Kerry. The Bunker Banana Booby was presented to the returning
Clive Harris for the low score of the day. Welcome back Clive. As it so
often happens in Pattaya, one friend leaves and another arrives.
Catch up with the Bunker Boys at http://www.the
Slick Bob Deane wins again
PSC Three Sisters Golf
On Monday, September 10 Bob Deane again garnered the
bragging rights as he hammered his way into the lead with 40 Stableford
points. Bob has been playing steady golf for the past few months, keeping
away from trouble most of the time. Although he found some trees and
bunkers, Bob got out of trouble enough to take the bragging rights for the
Hot on Bob’s heels was none other than Jerry Lien.
Although Jerry tried, he could not catch the front-runner, as slick Bob
Deane charged ahead of the pack.
Although other golfers came in with decent scores,
Gerald Holt, who last week rode the top of the pile, somehow stumbled and
fell through the roof to score 16. Maybe I read it wrong but when I went
looking for the scorecards, they had already been picked up. Sorry Gerry
if I made a mistake. I heard that a lot of trees had moved or got in your
way - hope for better luck next week.
After golf, players gathered at caddyshack #2 and had
chili dogs and hotdogs plus a few beers to wash it down. Fun was had by
all and we’ll see you all next week.
Competition, seminars to dominate Bowling
World Cup week
Elite-level athletic competition and first-rate
technical instruction will be the hallmarks of the 37th annual AMF Bowling
World Cup, to be held November 4-10 at the PS Bowl Complex in Pattaya,
Athletes from an expected 90 nations will begin
arriving in Thailand Friday, November 2, for the weeklong international
bowling championship. Festivities begin with the Welcome Reception
Saturday evening, November 3, and official on-lane activities begin the
next morning at 8 a.m. with scheduled practice sessions for all athletes.
The women take to the lanes immediately following the
Grand Opening Ceremony on Sunday, November 4, for their first rounds of
qualifying. Qualifying continues for all athletes, male and female,
Monday, November 5, through Wednesday afternoon, November 7. The fields
for both divisions are trimmed to the top 24 after 24 games, and those
bowlers return to PS Bowl Thursday morning for 16 more qualifying games.
The top eight men and women after 40 games begin
quarterfinals play in a specially constructed arena within the PS Bowl
Complex Friday afternoon, November 9. The format changes to a
best-two-of-three-games “knockout” single-elimination process, with
the quarterfinal winners returning Saturday morning, November 10, for the
semifinal round. The two semifinal winners in each division move into the
championship finals later that day that will determine the 2001 AMF
Bowling World Cup men and women’s champions.
While the athletes concentrate on getting to the next
round, World Cup guests can learn more about the latest advancements in
bowling industry technology Tuesday at two free AMF seminars, conducted by
lane maintenance specialist Cliff Adair and ball drilling guru Del Warren.
The seminars will be held in the PS Bowl annex and are designed to enhance
attendees’ knowledge about lane maintenance and personal equipment
selection. Registration is required; interested parties should contact
Bowling World Cup tournament manager Anne-Marie Board or her assistant,
Tina Quirke, no later than October 1 (fax 44-1-442-286-530 or e-mail
Board also noted that AMF would bring its Bowling
Center Management School to Pattaya immediately preceding the Bowling
World Cup. Noted international coach and technical instructor Len Charney
will conduct the October 28-November 2 school, which is designed to take a
proprietor/manager through the period leading up to opening a center and
immediately thereafter. Marketing, planning, staff and job specifications,
customer service, and more will be among the topics discussed. For
information on cost, content and lodging accommodations, contact Board at
the above-listed fax or e-mail address.
The AMF Bowling World Cup, founded by AMF Bowling Inc.,
is the largest annual international sports competition in the world in
terms of number of participating countries. A record 88 countries, and 155
men and women athletes, competed in the 2000 AMF Bowling World Cup in
Lisbon, Portugal. AMF, PS Bowling Group, Singha Beer of Thailand and
Coca-Cola are sponsoring this year’s championship.
Groves, Kraft and Wittwer Dominate the
11th PSC Members’ Open
Phil Groves (Hcps. 0-15), Paul Kraft (Hcps. 16-20) and
Marcel Wittwer (Hcps. 21-36) left the field of 73 golfers behind as they
each won their respective flights of the Pattaya Sports Club’s 11th
Members’ Tournament held last Friday at the venerable Siam Country Club.
Marcel did it with an astronomical 46 points in the always mercurial C
Flight! The golfers found the course in excellent shape and enjoyed a
brisk round, by tournament standards, of under 41/2 hours. Thanks to all,
you kept it moving! And special thanks to the tournament staff, Bernie
Tuppin, Dene Mundy and Dave Richardson, for making the registration and
scoring brisk and hassle-free.
One oddity in the technical category is that Pete Galle
won a long putt award for the second month in a row. This would indicate
that he is an excellent putter who is unable to chip his ball anywhere
near the hole.
Three players won the tongue-in cheek award for being
the penultimate (to last, that is) player in each flight. It was hoped
their prize, an air freshener, might mask the odor of their play.
Some 50 players of the field of 73 took home either a
competition or a “mystery draw” prize, made possible by the following
tournament sponsors: Pattaya Sports Club, Cafe Kronborg (Soi Diana), Papa
Ray, Blue Parrot Bar and Restaurant (Soi Pattayaland Two), Tequila Reef
Cantina (Soi 7), Shenanigans Fun Pub (2nd Road, near the Royal Garden),
Rosie O’Grady’s (Soi 7), PolTony’s Gourmet Restaurant & Fairplay
MiniGolf (South Pattaya on Jomtien Hill), and the Diana Group’s Green
Bottle Pub (2nd Road & Soi Diana). The unique and immensely popular
concept of this tournament, with no tournament entry fee, would not be
possible without their generosity.
October’s Monthly Members’ Tournament is scheduled
for October 12th at the private country club, Burapha. Sign up for the
tournament will open on Monday, the 1st of October, at the new Pattaya
Sports Club Clubhouse on Third Road and at the Cafe Kronborg on Soi Diana.
Because of the exclusiveness of this venue, it is expected that the
tournament limit of 88 golfers will be reached quickly!
A Flight: 1st Phil Groves (38), 2nd Wayne Koch (37) and
3rd Norman Brooks (37)
B Flight: 1st Paul Kraft (41), 2nd Pete Galle (38) and
3rd Owen Walkley (36)
C Flight: 1st Marcel Witttwer (46), 2nd Beth Lill (39)
and 3rd Bob Deane (38)
2nd to last: A Flt: Moe Deverdene (23), B Flt: Rob
Schwab (24), C Flt: Morrie Todd (21)
Closest to pin: #4 Fred Theobald, #8 Arthur Busch, #12
Mike Riley, and Ebrahim
Longest putt: #9 Pete Galle and #18 Joe Sebastian
Long drive: Rob Brown
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