George Meigh crowned Shenanigans
Irish Open Champion 2001
George Meigh, playing off a 21 handicap, returned the
best score of 40 Stableford points at Eastern Star on Friday October 5th,
to win the second Shenanigans Irish Open. He also took the Low Gross
trophy in Division 2 with a gross 89.
Overnight rain resulted in the course playing long and
offering very little run for the shorter hitters. Heavy rain during the
tournament also added to the difficulty and challenge of this fine Robert
Trent Jones Jnr. golf course, which was very well presented and in fine
condition. Improvements are noticeable at Eastern Star week by week, most
important being the condition of the greens, which are almost fully back
up to standard and with hardly any evidence of the earlier infestation
“Dream Team” for the Irish Open 2001 (L to R) Steve Wilkins, Kim
Fletcher, Jack Levy and Ellis Varnado.
All winners in Divisions 1 & 2 scored Stableford
points equivalent to par or better, while the ladies scored just short of
that. Beth Lill took the ladies runner-up spot with 33 points, losing on
count-back to Oradee Kaesavane who also carded 33 points, and two points
better on the back nine.
In Division 2, Chris John scored 36 points to take
fourth place, Tyrone Renggli came third with 38 points, losing on
count-back to runner-up Stefan Hoge, also with 38 points. Frank Polizzotto
scored 39 points to take the Division 2 winner’s trophy.
Irish Open 2001 Champion George Meigh (left) accepts his trophy from
landlord Kim Fletcher.
Similar scores were returned in Division 1. Ellis
Varnado took fourth place with 37 points; Mark Campbell was third with 38
points and 15 points on the back nine, easily losing on count-back to
runner-up Yasuo Suzuki, also with 38 points but an impressive 24 points on
the back-nine. Mark was compensated, however, by winning the Division 1
Low Gross after returning a gross 79. Division 1 winner was Peter
Stonebridge with 39 Stableford points.
George Meigh produced the best score of the day, 40
Stableford points, good enough to claim the Shenanigans Irish Open title
for 2001 and the Championship Trophy.
On the technical holes, near pins were claimed by Khun
Tira, Phil Groves, Ebrahim, and Ken Lill in Division 1. Ray Ryan had two
near pins in Division 2 on holes 4 & 8, Toy Ryser and Frank Polizzotto
claiming the other two.
Irish Open 2001 Ladies Champion Oradee Kaesavane accepts the spoils of
victory from Kim Fletcher.
Longest first putts were sunk by Yasuo Suzuki on Hole
9, and by Martin Gill on Hole 18. Archie Armstrong launched a huge one on
the 18th to take the Division 1 long drive; Tyrone Renggli also hit a good
drive on the ninth to take Division 2, and Mam Trayling was longest on the
third hole to win the ladies’ long drive.
Best dressed golfer of the day, surprisingly, turned
out to be Jimmy Little. Failure on the course was duly rewarded and a
bottle of wine presented to Martin Gill for returning the worst score of
Russell White superbly under-drove Ed Trayling’s
miserable 70 yard drive to the ladies tee on hole 13 to win the shortest
drive and a Cuban cigar.
The star technical prize of 45 pints of Carlsberg for
being closest to the keg, also on hole 13, went to Aree Arp, wife of
thirsty Fabian from Thai-Ger Line Golf.
Stan Fry and Pete Stonebridge generously offered a
special group prize from the Classroom for the ‘Best 3’ aggregate
points score. The winning group comprised Chris John, Norman Brooks,
Ruthsip Sander and Champion Goerge Meigh with a ‘Best 3’ Aggregate of
108 points, beating Stephen Beard’s group on count-back. Chris John,
nominated as group ‘captain’, received a bottle of Moet to share with
the group, and each of them was presented with a golf voucher, a sociable
mystery prize and a 20% discount card for the Classroom.
Afterwards, it was all back to Shenanigans for the
superb Carvery and Happy Hour, and the prize giving ceremony emceed by
Shenanigans tournament director Mike Franklin. Thanks were duly given to
the staff at Eastern Star Resort for their usual high standard of support
and co-operation with the course and clubhouse facilities, through Tom
Cole, Bill Hurd, Khun Jirawat and Khun Sririla. Thanks also to the very
friendly Shenanigans staff at reception and on the course, namely Khun
Moo, Khun Bua, and Khun Wanchai. To Tony Stevens and Bill Hurd at
reception and finally, to the sweepers who efficiently carried out the
scoring and e-mailed the results back to Shenanigans to ensure the prize
giving took place on schedule, Wayne Ogonoski and Harry Riley.
After the prize giving the traditional lucky draw took
place, star prize being an ‘all-inclusive’ holiday at Eastern Star
Resort for four, suitably won by Harry Riley.
Landlord Kim Fletcher finally closed the proceedings
with the shortest ‘few words’ on record, leaving the emcee, just for a
It was a good day. A wet day, and just another
Shenanigans Irish Open.
Suradech, Sakchai and Chaiyong heading to
Suradech Akrarach, Sakchai Wirachanon and Chaiyong
Traitanon won the finals of the Volvo Klassik 2001 played at Laem Chabang
International Country Club on September 27.
to R) A flight winner Suradech Akrarach, Volvo’s Thailand director Karl
Johan Sandesjo, B flight winner Sakchai Wirachanon, C flight winner
Chaiyong Traitanon, and Krydsada Ratanasaeng from KLM Airways, who
presented round trip airline tickets to the winners.
The three golfers will represent Thailand at the Volvo
Klassik World Cup in Spain, and as a bonus for winning here in Thailand,
all three will be invited to attend as spectators the Volvo Masters 2001.
Suradech won the A flight with a score of 47 Stableford
points. Sakchai Wirachanon won the B flight with 41 Stableford points, and
Chaiyong Traitanon won the C flight with his score of 41 Stableford
The “Volvo Klassik World Cup” takes place November
8-11 at the Dehosa Montenmedio Golf Course in Jerez Spain.
A mixed bag for the Panties in their first
game of the season
1 win 1 loss
The Pattaya Panties (the ladies wing of the Panthers)
played their first round of touch rugby for the season against the Bangkok
Corsettes and the Southerners Soul Sisters, also from Bangkok, in the
grounds of the ISR.
touch rugby is on the move in Pattaya!
The first game of the day against the Corsettes was
fast and furious with the Bangkok team succumbing 3 points to 1 against
the enthusiastic Panties.
The enthusiasm didn’t wear off in the second game,
but the better ball handling skills and firm strategy of the Southerners
proved too much for fatigued Panties as they valiantly tried to hold off
the Soul Sisters. The final score at the end was 6 points to 3 Soul
Playing captain Sue cited that a lack of fitness and
many new players might have had something to do with the loss in the
second match. She added that the Southerners played a much better game.
The mixed bag was welcome start to the season, with
many new players of the home team playing their first game. With such
enthusiasm and support from the Panthers, the Panties are bound to improve
as the season goes on.
Havana Resort proves too strong for the
Bangkok Casuals first game of the season
The Havana Resort FC (ISR and General Motors) proved too
strong against the British Club in the first match of the season for the
Bangkok Casual Soccer League held in the ground of ISR last weekend. Strong
ball skills and sideline support paid off as the combined ISR and General
Motors team hammered the visitors.
Some of the players regularly seen on the rugby field
joined in the game to aid the local side with Pattaya scoring in the first
10 minutes of the first half. Things went downhill from there for the
visitors with the Havana Resort defeating the British Club 5 goals to 1.
The Bangkok Casual League, established in the 90’s, is
a friendly league for weekend footballers who enjoy the game of soccer. The
league currently has 10 teams and is the largest expat league in Thailand.
The season runs through to April with each team playing 10 matches at
various venues in Bangkok, Pattaya and Rayong. Those interested can visit
the official website www.somtam.com
DNA wins, gum chewing takes twos
IPGC TAGGS Golf from The Haven
Monday 1st October - Phoenix Mountain/Ocean (Monthly Medal)
1st: Yazuo Suzuki, 69
2nd: Mike Dabanovich, 70
3rd: Klaus Schackt, 71
1st: Harald Cranz, 75
2nd: Stephen Beard, 76 (cb 9 37.5)
3rd: Stefan Hoge, 76 (cb 9 39)
The TAGGS monthly medal, played off the blue tees, was
once again held at Phoenix and proved a green too far for the contenders
from the second division, who were led home by the “Herr Doktor”,
Harald Cranz once again proving the main man and squeezing out the
“Doc” and Stefan Hoge who just lost out to the former on count back.
The first division showed that the course was indeed
playable, with Yazuo Suzuki tuning up for the major Shenanigans tournament
on the following Friday and leading Dabber Dabanovich and Klaus Schackt on
The twos pool was shared by Klaus and Yazuo. Richard
Livingston, the resident professional, welcomed back Tatsumi Noguchi from
Japan, who was back at The Haven to savor the special yakitori chicken
just like his mum made.
Wednesday 3rd October - Eastern Star (Stableford)
1st: Russell Finch, 36 pts.
2nd: Klaus Schackt, 35 pts. (cb 9 17 pts)
3rd: Derek Reaper, 35 pts. (cb 9 16 pts)
4th: Moe Deverdenne, 35 pts. (cb 9 15 pts)
Russell Finch, having just missed out on becoming a
father after an exhausting series of DNA and blood tests, at last got it
into “the slot”, and as a consolation prize, deservedly headed the
field with a solid game to match his handicap.
Back at The Haven at the post match party, Russell
attributed his win to at last getting his hands in the right position
after hours of practice spent at Tim’s Bar.
Klaus Schackt again showed that he continues to be
competitive off his ever-decreasing handicap, just pipping Derek “The
Grim Reaper” and Moe Deverdenne on count back.
The “Doc” came back to form in the twos pool,
getting one in an otherwise poor return of 29 points. He later complained
that the wretched golf he played was the result of too much gum chewing.
Friday 5th October found all the members participating
in Shenanigans’ 2nd Irish Open, and achieving considerable success. A
report and results of which can be found on the back page of the Pattaya
Mail and on our web page.
PSC Golf from Cafe Kronborg
Monday October 1st - Green Valley (Stableford)
1st: Robert Lamond, 33 points
2nd: Ebrahim, 32 (count back)
3rd: Bob Morrison, 32
1st: Bob Lindberg, 40 points
2nd: Joe Sebastian, 35 (count back)
3rd: Lamud Chiaradara, 35
Thursday 4th October - Bangphra (Stableford)
A Flight (0-15 handicap)
1st: Ebrahim, 34 points (count back)
2nd: John Pratt, 34
3rd Rob Lamond, 33
1st: Joe Sebastian, 37 points
2nd: Jim Boyd, 33
3rd: Frank Sinclair, 32
Successful Japanese raid on the Bunker
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at the Bunker
On Tuesday, 2nd October, the Bunker Boys travelled the
long journey to the beautiful and homely Century Golf Club, near Chonburi,
for their weekly medal competition. The field of eighteen golfers was
split into the usual two divisions and, although there was no rain, the
still and humid conditions and the course still damp from heavy overnight
rain, made the course play very long.
In division two Chris John, the Bunker Banker, again
showed how to play the course, winning for the fourth time in as many
trips, carding a score of net 75. He really is in excellent form right now
but he knows only too well the prospects for the high handicapper! Joint
second were Sunny Ruthsip and Big Ian Phillips, both with net 77.
In division one the Japanese invaders, Yuzo Nishikawa
and Yasuo Suzuki motored to the top with net 70 and net 72 respectively,
both proving to be the masters on the difficult course.
Nearest-the-pin awards went to Yasuo Suzuki (two) and
American new boy Denis Curtin.
Line up your putt at http://www.thebunkerboys.com to
find out more about Bunker golf.
Jim Brackett Shoots career best at Green
I.P.G.C. Golf from Lewiinski’s / Orchid Golf
At Green Valley on Sunday the 30th of September, Jim
Brackett shot a career best gross 71. The affable American was clearly over
the moon, and showed it by putting his hand in his pocket all night. Well
done Jim, keep up the good play, although things will be a little harder now
you will not be off seven handicap!
Sunday 30th September - Green Valley
1st: Jim Brackett, net 64
2nd: Bill Collis, net 69
3rd: Steve Mascari, net 70
1st: Jack Grinvold, net 66
2nd: Peter Stonebridge, net 69
3rd: Larry Nicholas, net 72
Near pins: #2 Jack Grinvold, #9 Denis Curtin, #12 Terry
Summers, and #16 Larry Nicholas.
Monday 1st October - Khao Kheow (2 man scramble)
1st: Steve Mascari & Steve Ross, net 65.4
2nd: Larry Nicholas & Bruce Tollitt, net 67.8
The Don wins at Siam
PSC - Three Sisters Golf
On Monday, slick Don Antonio rose to the top of the
pile as he garnered the bragging rights with 44 points. Last week he
challenged the leaders at the top of the board and this week he ensured
his win with 44 points.
“Don” Antonio will soon be shooting his age. George Davis will have to
live to 110 to shoot his!
Running a close second was none other than big George
Davis. George came in with 41 points hoping to win top honors, but got
beat by the old Don.
Following close behind the leaders with 39 points were
Kenny Mau, Paul Kraft and Dick Caggiano.
On the bottom this week was good old Izzy Freedman.
Izzy came in with a blazing 26 points to take over holding the bag at the
bottom until next week.
Berra and Wilkins strike the better ball
Philippe Berra has returned on form and, suitably
partnered with fast improving Steve Wilkins, produced the winning better
ball score of 45 Stableford points.
Close behind were the Theobalds, Toy and Fred, with a
very creditable 43 points.
Near pins were claimed by Im Woodruffe, Lamun Hanley,
Ken Lill and Steve Ryser. Longest first putts were sunk by Steve Wilkins
and Steve Ryser.
A rainstorm threatened but fortunately blew away;
however, the recent heavy rain resulted in a very green, but rather wet
course with very little run for the shorter drivers of the ball.
The tournament enjoyed a good turnout of Shenanigans
regulars, plus some new faces and the welcome return of Philippe Berra to
The next outing is on Tuesday October 16th for a pairs
scramble, followed on Tuesday October 30th with another pairs scramble,
when thirty very friendly guest players from Ireland will be joining the
tournament. Sign-up at Shenanigans, The Irish Pub.
PSC holds preliminary meeting for Charity
On Tuesday, October 2, Dennis Willett, the former
Pattaya Sports Club golf chairman and chairman of last year’s PSC
Charity Classic, kicked off organizing this year’s charity event by
passing on to PSC chairman Carl Engel and the 2002 committee the
organizational template that he and his committee successfully used in
raising over B300,000 for the Girls Home for Street Kids last year.
Ishinaga, Les Collins, Carl Engel, Bernie Tuppin, Dene Mundy, Dennis
Willett, Steve Donovan (2002 chairman), Frank Collins and Dave Richardson
begin to work out the details for the 2002 PSC Charity Classic.
In the first five Charity Classics, the PSC designated
a specific project for the tournament proceeds. This year, with the
ever-increasing charitable profile of the PSC, it was apparent to charity
chairman Bernie Tuppin that many small charities in the Eastern Seaboard
were in need of varied and important, albeit somewhat less expensive,
assistance. His suggestion, adopted by the executive council, was to
rename this year’s tournament the “PSC’s 6th Charity Classic for the
Benefit of Underprivileged Kids” and to place the proceeds into a fund
which would be administered and distributed throughout the community
during the subsequent twelve months.
The 2002 Charity Classic committee will be soliciting
fellow PSC members, friends and area businesses for contributions of two
general types: (1) goods and services, and (2) cash pledges. The goods and
services will be used, in part, as prizes to enhance the attractiveness of
the tournament itself, which has routinely provided participants with an
array of valuable prizes, and to serve as the nucleus of a raffle, the
tickets for which will be on sale in the community in the several weeks
preceding the tournament.
This year’s tournament will be held on Friday,
February 18th, at Pattaya Country Club. It will again feature the fun and
unique 24 mulligan per player format and four man teams. The team score
will be the aggregate of the best three Stableford scores of the four. In
addition, there will be a host of technical prizes and lucky draws. The
entry fee will be the same as last year: B2500.
PSC holds second meeting in new clubhouse
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society from the Bunker
The main points of discussion at the Pattaya Sports
Club executive committee meeting on October 2, at which 15 people
attended, centered around which charities to nominate for the next fund
raising events. In particular, the P.S.C. Charity Golf Tournament, which
this coming year will be billed as, “For the benefit of Pattaya’s
to R) New PR chairman Middy Campbell, Len Banfield, Frank Collins, Carl
Engel, Papa Ray Rogers, George Bennison and Bjarne Neilson.
The other notable event was the appointment of new PR
chairman Middy Campbell, whose role is to improve the P.S.C. media output.
Letters of appreciation were received from a number of
charities who the PSC has recently given support to through various
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