Im, Usa, Noonit and Philippe sink the field, win Bunker Scramble
Plutaluang Navy Course fitting venue for soggy but fun tournament
Im Woodruffe, Usa Chaiyosit, Noonit Tawapee and
Philippe Berra shot a bogie free round and carded 7 birdies to sink the
field and win the Second Bunker Team Scramble in fittingly wet conditions
at Plutaluang Navy Course in Sattahip on Friday, May 17.
Mitchell (back row) awards the winning trophies to (L to R) Im Woodruffe,
Philippe Berra and Noonit Tawapee (Usa Chaiyosit not shown) for winning
the Bunker Team Scramble 2002.
The fearsome foursome birdied #’s 1, 3, 6, 7 and 9 on
the East Course to go out in a remarkable 31, then birdied #’s 4 & 5
on the South Course to come in with 34 for a gross 65, net 57.7 to edge
out the Bunker Boys by half a stroke.
The Bunker Boys’ Roy Mitchell, Alan Alexander, John
King and Per Aschan carded 9 birdies on the day, but it was their one
bogie on the South Course #8 that kept them from taking the title. The
Bunker Boys finished with a gross 64, net 58.2, which meant that Roy
Mitchell finished in second place for the second straight year in his own
The “Luvaport” team of BJ Smith, Trevor Schirmer,
Bob Lindborg and Lamud Lindborg carded 3 birdies for a gross 69, net 61.3
for third place.
There aren’t many ways to play golf that are more fun
than a four-man team scramble, and the Bunker Team Scramble for the second
year running lived up to its reputation as being a fun day out on the
course. Cheers and groans could be heard coming from all around the course
all day when birdie putts were made or missed.
A veritable deluge of rain less than an hour before the
first group was set to tee off caused some consternation, but it stopped
with time to spare, and even though the clouds hung around threatening to
open up all day, only a few scattered drops fell during the tournament.
Combined with the breeze, this made for a pleasantly cool round of golf.
Nonetheless, the course was left in soggy condition,
which didn’t allow for much run in the fairways, plus the water hazards
were filled to the brim and the wind at times was fierce, but this all
combined to make the winning scores all that much more remarkable.
As it was a team scramble, there were no winners of the
now famous Bunker “Super Sawng” award, but there were plenty of other
technical prizes to be won.
Chris Schwaller smashed his drive 276 yards up the hill
on South Course #1 to win the Division One long drive contest. Tyrone
Bridge drove his tee shot 258 yards to win Division Two. Remember, as good
as they were, neither of these drives had the benefit of any run in the
fairway and one can only imagine how far they would have gone had the
ground been dry.
Lamud Chaidara Lindborg added a second trophy to her
day’s collection, winning the Ladies Division long drive to go with her
team’s third place finish.
Rick Sharp nearly nailed the pin on South #4 to win
closest to the pin there. Ryan Martin won nearest to the pin on South #7
and Sander Ruthslip got nearest the pin on East #5. Stefan Hoge, playing
with the Junkyard Dogs, bailed the team out once again, knocking his tee
shot over the water to within a foot and a half to win the nearest the pin
on East #2.
The Dream Team also once again made their presence felt
on the course. Kim Fletcher, Ernie Bakke, Jack Levy and John Kennedy (the
latter admirably offering to stand in for Kurt Farnham) earned the Bunker
Banana Booby for their last place finish. Each earned a bunch of bananas
for their ignominious efforts.
In all, 93 players took part in this year’s Bunker
Team Scramble, 12 of whom were women.
Back at the Bunker, host Roy Mitchell and his crew put
on a good feast for the hungry golfers, whilst Mike Franklin filled his
usual role as emcee for the prize giving. Sunshine Boys Len Jones and John
Preddy also did a great job tabulating the scores and getting them back to
the Bunker in time for the awards presentation.
Winning Team: (No team name) Im Woodruffe, Usa
Chaiyosit, Noonit Tawapee and Philippe Berra, gross 65, net 57.7.
Runners-up: The Bunker Boys - Roy Mitchell,
Alan Alexander, John King and Per Aschan, gross 64, net 58.2.
3rd Place: Luvaport - BJ Smith, Trevor Schirmer, Bob
Lindborg and Lamud Lindborg, gross 69, net 61.3.
4th Place: TAGGS - Stephen Beard, Malcolm Claire, Barry
Winton and Mike Dabonovich, gross 67, net 61.4.
5th Place: Toto and the Junkyard Dogs - Jimmy Little,
Stefan Hoge, Neville Steward and Dan Dorothy, gross 70, net 61.5.
Bunker Banana Booby: The Dream Team - Kim Fletcher, Ernie
Bakke, Jack Levy and John Kennedy, net 74.8.
Long drives: Division One Chris Schwaller, Division Two
Tyrone Bridge, Ladies Division Lamud Chaidara Lindborg.
Near pins: South #4 Rick Sharp, South #7 Ryan Martin, East
#2 Stefan Hoge, East #5 Sander Ruthslip.
Winchester Club and Three Sisters tied for first
Pattaya Sports Club Friday Bowling League
After two weeks of the new PSC Friday Bowling League
season, Winchester Club and Three Sisters are tied for first place.
In the battle of Soi Batman, Three Sisters came out on
top, winning three points from Shakey Pete’s. Udom bowling as a spare
for Shakey Pete’s bowled a very good 557 series and Morn with Three
Sisters had a 505 pin count.
games of the week were bowled by Tue 206, Tony 234 and Kran 209.
Cafe Kronborg’s captain, Kran bowled a 209 game and
555 series but it was only good enough to win one point from balanced
bowling by the Winchester Club.
New comer Nice & Sleazy took three points from Cafe
Ole behind Tony’s 234 game and Tue’s 206 game and 590 series to even
their league record at four-four. Captain Jeed rolled a 544 series for
VFW Post 9876 is hanging back waiting for the final run
in the 30 week league and let House of the Golden Coin win all four points
in their match.
House of the Golden Coin
Nice & Easy
VFW Post 9876
6 - 2
6 - 2
5 - 3
5 - 3
4 - 4
4 - 4
1 - 7
1 - 7
3 - 1
3 - 1
4 - 0
1 - 3
3 - 1
1 - 3
1 - 3
0 - 4
Tough times at Khao Kheow
P.S.C. Golf from the Cafe Kronborg
Monday 13 May - Nobel
Place (Stroke play)
If Nobel Place was closer to Pattaya there is no doubt
it would be used on a much more regular basis, but the thought of the long
drive up there along a road that has to be one of the most dangerous
around the area, usually means a visit to a closer, if less inspiring,
O’Connor won the B flight at Khao Kheow on Thursday.
The answer has to be to wait until it is scheduled on
the Kronborg monthly list, go to the Kronborg at 0815, get on the minibus,
sleep till you get there, play golf, back on the bus, and back to the
Kronborg. Transport for the price of a shared lift, no ulcers and a great
round of golf with a couple of hours of sleep thrown in.
At 0815 the ‘boys’ set forth snug as a bug in a rug
to zzzz away the time until they reached Nobel Place and took on the
challenging course. Reaching there they set off on their round amid
threatening skies and the very real promise of a free shower, but the rain
held off and the brave souls managed to complete their round on this
There was one flight and the winning scores reflected
the tough course and golfers playing to their potential. Winner with net
71 was Tyrone Bridge (no relation to London), second with a net 72 was the
nearly man Howie Forrest, and third with a net 73 was Big Pete Galle.
After a hot shower and a few beers in the clubhouse, it
was back to the bus and a few more zzzz’s before arriving back at the
Kronborg ready for a hard night on the town.
Thursday 16 May - Khao
There are days when giants stroll the fairways of all
the courses that we play here (with the possible exception of Natural Park
Hills), when choose what score you shoot, how well you play, someone
always seems to play better. It doesn’t matter if the weather is foul,
the course is in terrible condition, there’s always someone to have his
moment of glory.
On Thursday 16 May at Khao Kheow Snow White and
nineteen Dwarfs minced around a golf course that was in pretty good
condition. They had the lot: Sneezy, Happy, Grumpy, Dozy, Mick & Tich,
etc., and twelve Dwarfs I can’t even begin to describe. Grumpy was there
telling all and sundry we should be playing off the white tees at a net of
68 and all of 5800 yards, and as the scores showed he may have had a
point; however, there is no truth to the rumour that he is going to have
the operation and the next competition play off the red tees, but a skirt
& bra for him (but not a Yashmak which I would go for) may be more
than even my imagination for Grumpy can comprehend.
This developed into a battle of the midgets, even if
some of the midgets were in a different ‘fairy’ story, and all played
like ‘Fairy’s, but may have seen the light, this was the essence of
So we’ve all played this course, and magnificent as
this Pete Dye course is, believe me it’s a very fair course for a
reasonable golfer, so we ‘can’ play well.
I had a stinker of a day and as we do we had a friendly
4 ball better ball, and my partner & I drew our match, I only had 26
points & Howie (the nearly man) had only 28 points, but ‘ever
improving’ Mick O’Connor had a meagre 33 pts.
Having run competitions here for a long time this was a
blip on realism. As I sat there with only one score to come in, with a
magnificent score of 26 points I was in third place in A flight. Back to
the midgets, but a really great golfer with 31 points, last in, knocked me
out of the first three. I was really heartbroken after such a ‘great’
Embarrassed as I am, I have to say this is the second
worst set of results I have ever seen, the worst for the record being at
Natural Park Hills when it was won with 30 points and we won’t talk
about the rest. The results are as follows:
A flight winner (by default) with the best score of the
day, with 35 points Arthur Hancock, second with 32 points Ebrahim and
third, and very surprised, Jerry Jellison with 31 points.
B flight was won by the ever smooth and improving Mick
O’Connor with a pretty pathetic 33 points (but if this is pathetic what
does it say about the rest); second was our version of Snow White Maria
Rowles with 31 points, and third was the only man I know who can three
putt from 3 feet (apart from Phil Michelson) my partner and the
‘nearly’ man, Howie ‘Phil’ Forrest with a stupendous 28 points
winning on count back from Grumpy.
I would like to say this result has left me speechless,
but we know better, till next week TTFN.
Bob pushes out the boat in style
IPGC TAGGS Golf from The Haven
13th May 2002 - Green Valley (Stableford)
1st: Doug Campbell, 37 points
2nd: Trevor Schirmer, 33
3rd: Derek Reaper, 32 cb9 18
4th: Mike Dabanovich, 32 cb9 16
5th: Klaus Schackt, 32 cb9 15
6th: Malcolm Clare, 32 cb9 14
A large contingent of golfers set out for the
always-popular venue at Green Valley in the middle of a thunderstorm in
the firm belief that everything would work out fine in the end. They were
not disappointed as the weather cleared up almost as soon as the first
group teed off.
However, the heavy rain had left the course in a very
soggy state and with the tees placed in the old yellow positions (nearly
back to the blues) it made for a very long course. This was reflected in
the scores that produced only one player at par or better. Doug fired a
creditable one under his handicap to lead the rest of the field by four
clear shots and deservedly took home the honours on the day.
Trevor, who once again appeared in the winners’ list
even though he could not quite match his recent rounds, followed him. And
he in his turn was closely trailed by a gaggle of golfers that needed to
be separated by several count backs.
The twos were shared between Darrell Paull and Klaus
Schackt. Prior to the prize giving, Richard Livingston the resident PGA
professional welcomed new member, Stefan Marquez whilst welcoming back Dan
Hastings, Derek Reaper, Mark Gorda and Ken Cooke.
Wednesday 15th May -
Burapha East (Stroke Play)
1st: Lamud Chaidara, 66
2nd: Saranya Chaiyanont, 68
1st: Bob Lindborg, 71 cb9 33
2nd: Jay Nakagawa, 71 cb9 34.5
3rd: Doug Campbell, 71 cb9 35
4th: Russell Finch, 71 cb9 36.5
5th: Harald Cranz, 72 cb9 35.5
6th: Mike Dabanovich, 72 cb9 36
Near pins: #3 Doug Campbell, #6 Russell Finch,
#12 Phil Groves, #17 Phil Groves
Long putt: #18 Doug Campbell
The day was a celebration of Bob Lindborg’s 37th
(sic) birthday and he kindly donated several additional prizes for the
entrants to vie for over the East course from the blue tees.
Once again the competition was played in conditions
that were very wet underfoot and again this kept the scores higher than
would normally be expected from such a large field.
The exception was in the Ladies division that found
Lamud right back to form after a spell in the doldrums, scoring a six
under and taking the trophy plus the bottle of bubbly gifted by Bob. This
turned out to be an unexpected additional expense on the day for the
“birthday boy”, as her handicap dropped another shot to 15. She was
followed home by Ya, who is now beginning to see the rewards of Wee
Harry’s personal tuition.
Bob very uncharitably won the honours in the
Gentlemen’s division, although he was as surprised as anyone when
Richard announced the results. He thoroughly deserved the win on the day
by virtue of his back nine, which saw him zoom back in 3 under his
handicap, to leave the rest gasping in his wake. The minor placings were
all settled by count back with Jay leading the chasing pack.
The twos were shared between Doug Campbell (2), Jay
Nakagawa, Russell Finch, Neville Steward, Joe Sebastian, Fred Streeter,
Arthur Hancock and Jimmee Little.
Prior to the prize giving, Richard welcomed back Stefan
Thanks to Bob’s generosity, there were many other
prizes on offer and together with the twos presentations, this extended
the prize giving a little longer than usual before the days honouree blew
the horn to set the evening’s celebrations on their way.
A Noble victory for Ken
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at the Bunker
On Tuesday, 14th May, the Bunker Boys braved the
elements yet again and took the long road to the beautifully presented
Noble Place Golf Club, near Chonburi. The foreboding skies remained with
them all day but the imminent rain somehow kept itself at bay as the
players got to grips with Peter Thompson’s bunker-strewn fairways and
The day was to be successful for Ken Ince, who usually
plays out of the Sugar Shack. His sweet drives and honey-smooth putting
helped him to his first victory when he shot a net 67 to easily head
division two. Joint second, a long way behind, were Bryn Jones, Sunny
Ruthsip and Norman Brooks, all firing net 78’s.
Division one saw a closer contest with Alan Alexander,
net 74, just heading off the challenge of Per Aschan on net 75 and Roy
Mitchell with net 77.
Bill Jones and John King both managed to birdie the
short par-three sixth on the A course and thus shared the Bunker Super
Sawng award, whilst the hapless Len Jones suffered the indignity of the
Bunker Banana Booby when he tore up his card after another of his stroke
But for King Ken it was a day to remember at Noble
Place, his first Bunker victory.
Find out more at http://www.thebunkerboys.com
Gordon gets his due
PSC Three Sisters Golf
On Tuesday the 7th of May, the Three Sisters Golfers
met at Siam at the usual time. Last week the weather threatened as the
thunder and lightning swirled around the golf course. This week the
heavens opened up and poured down on the golfers as they made the turn.
As the waters rose in puddles and flooded the fairways,
up floated Gordon McKnight to the top of the heap. Gordon, who was at the
bottom of the pile just a few weeks ago, showed the rest of the field how
to be a mudder. While the rest of the field floundered on the back nine or
quit, Gordon got down to business and went right on passing the rest of
the field coming in with 37 points.
Both Ian Edwards and Doug Powell floundered on the back
nine and came in just short of Gordon - both came in with 36 points.
As the soggy cards arrived it was noted that some
players did not complete their rounds and some did not turn in their
cards. Due to this fact, no one could be found who actually held the
bottom spot for the week. As it was, Gordon got the bragging rights and
the rest of us got to eat ham sandwiches chased by cold beer. Next week
Monday will be the golfing day as no holiday has been declared. See you
Sofitel and Thai-Golf Dot Com sponsor charity golf
Tournaments to benefit HM Queen Sirikit’s charities
Accor’s premier Sofitel Hotel brand and Thai-Golf.com
have launched a series of charity golf tournaments with the next event set
for 24 May at Natural Park, Ram-Indra Golf Course near Bangkok.
This unique partnership will sponsor a total of five
tournaments, under the Thai-Golf Sofitel Charity Tournament banner, during
2002. A five-year agreement between Sofitel and Thai-Golf.com means the
concept will continue to grow and develop in coming years.
The 2002 tournament series will end with a prestigious
Pro-Am tournament at Springfield Country Club in Hua Hin on 13-14
December, with the gala dinner and awards ceremony held at Sofitel Central
Hua Hin Resort after the event.
The winner will be given the honor of personally
presenting a check from the charity events to HM Queen Sirikit. A target
of 300,000 baht (US$7,000) has been set for the first year.
Chief operating officer Asia, Jean-Marc Loustalet, said
Accor was proud to sponsor the event with its prestigious Sofitel Hotel
brand. “We are especially pleased that the Thai-Golf Sofitel Charity
Tournament will benefit Support Foundations of HM Queen Sirikit of
Thailand. Accor is honored to support charities in Thailand under Royal
Patronage, and we look forward to a long and successful relationship in
partnership with Thai-Golf.com.”
Thai-Golf.com CEO, Mr. Hochart, said the tournament
would help benefit a worthy cause and raise awareness on golf in Thailand.
“This is a long term commitment to both HM Queen Sirikit’s charities
and the development Thailand’s golf industry. Thai-Golf Sofitel Charity
Tournaments will be an annual event that will run for at least the next
five years and hopefully longer.”
Thai-Golf.com is billed as Thailand’s most
comprehensive and authoritarian on-line golf community. The bi-lingual
site in Thai and English offers a complete ‘golf encyclopedia’ on
Thailand, featuring course and destination information, special green fees
at selected courses and a calendar of major golf events. Thai-Golf.com
provides players with a one-stop handicapping service to help establish a
more uniformed handicap system for golfers in Thailand.
Never give up - it’s only a game!
by Mike Franklin
A wayward drive at the seventeenth, only thirty-one
Stableford points on the card, weather and course conditions quite good
and a number of consistent ‘in-form’ players in the field competing
for the division trophy, so really not worth bothering about. Wrong!
Never give up, as the other players may well have
experienced the problems you had. So, you back-off, and with no shot at
the seventeenth you make a double-bogey for zero points and net par the
eighteenth for two, ending up with a lousy 33 points. No chance of
At the prize giving, thirty-five Stableford points won
the division, thirty-four was runner-up, and you are in an ‘if only
I...’ state of mind in the knowledge that you might have won at least
second place had you not given up! Does that scenario ring a bell - I bet
Consider another situation. A forty minute drive to the
course and running late, a quick ham, cheese and egg croissant and cup of
strong coffee, get to the first tee just in time with no warm-up, a couple
of quick swishes with the driver, a slightly unsteady placing of the ball
on the tee peg, and the finest duck-hook you ever played, straight into
Maybe a little tense then, after no points on that hole
and you are thinking, “It’s a good thing it is not a medal round”.
The second hole is not much better and still with zero points on the card.
So, with such a bad start a “what’s the point” attitude takes over,
not to mention the poor caddy who has another three and a half hours of
this to go and the prospect of not getting much of a tip.
Now, you have two options. First, accept that you were
in no fit condition or state of mind to tee-off successfully, forget the
first two holes and start afresh with the intention of being relaxed and
enjoying the rest of the round. Don’t worry about the score or what your
playing partners are doing, just play the course, have fun and the points
will probably come.
Second, use the rest of the round to advantage. Forget
about winning, and concentrate on trying new and different shots than
habit dictates. Use an eight iron around the greens instead of a wedge;
putt with a three wood from off the green; try low punch shots with a
seven or four iron; or play the driver in the fairway off a good lie on
the par fives. Be creative, don’t be afraid to try new things and
don’t get upset if it doesn’t work. The ability to ‘scramble’out
of trouble on a golf course is a great asset for an amateur golfer and
essential for the professionals. Who better than Severiano Ballesteros -
against Tom Lehman in a Ryder Cup a few years back, and recently in April
this year when he beat Colin Montgomery in his own ‘Ryder Cup style’
tournament, the Golf Seve Trophy 2002 at Druids Glen, Wicklow, Ireland.
Both were captains of their respective sides,
Continental Europe vs Britain & Ireland, and theirs was the showpiece
first singles match. Monty was playing his usual steady game while Seve,
charismatic as ever, was all over the place off the tee but recovering
well and gave a fine exhibition of professional ‘scrambling’ and
exciting golf to win for the second time against Monty in this tournament.
Golf - it’s only a game, but a unique game in the
sense that players of differing standards can play on equal terms due to
the handicap systems that are applied all over the world.
Whatever stroke concession you receive as your
handicap, it is that number of ‘free’ golf shots that is intended to
position you at level par against the golf course you are playing. This is
especially true and fair, and works best when playing the home course from
where your handicap originates.
In Thailand, we play many fine courses of different
standards and levels of difficulty and do so applying our lowest current
handicap, from whatever source. So, it is likely that the potential for a
good score is greater at say, Phoenix or Pattaya Country Club than St.
Andrews 2000, Laem Chabang B & C courses, or Khao Kheow A & B.
All enjoyable nonetheless, and aren’t we lucky (title
for a future article about the courses) to have so much choice and top
quality golf less than one hour drive away.
House of the Golden Coin wins PSC Bowling Championship
The House of the Golden Coin resided in pole position
at the end of season party for the Pattaya Sports Club Friday Bowling
league. Captain Mio Aamlid led her team to victory after staying atop of
the league table for most of the season. Notably, Mio also received the
award for ladies highest series for her magical score of 666.
the winners and friends of the Pattaya Sports Club Friday Bowling League
at the end of season awards presentation party last week.
Next on the prize list was VFW 9876 team in second spot
followed by the Sultans of Swing falling into third place.
The traditional end of season party, held the Mai Kai
Restaurant on Tuesday May 14th, once again proved be the highlight of the
year for the PSC keglers, as the Friday bowling squad celebrated in style.
PSC Bowling chairperson La Montgomery had run another
great season and all bowlers and spouses were full of praise for her
efforts. La also received an award for the rolling the league’s high
game with handicap for the season, a 266.
The new Bowling season began last Friday May 17th.
Season Winners 2001-2002 PSC Friday
House of the Golden Coin: Mio, Otto, Porn and
Second Place Team
VFW Post 9876: Morn, Lek, Ooy and Jim
Third Place Team
Sultans of Swing: Dang, Ken, Tony and Peter
High Game Men Scratch
Bill - 256
High Game Women’s Scratch
Nual - 245
High Game Men Handicap
Jon - 253
High Game Women Handicap
La - 266
High Series Men Scratch
Tony - 616
High Series Women Scratch
Mio - 666
High Series Men Handicap
Hartmut - 674
High Series Women Handicap
Porn - 687
Malcolm Clare wins Shenanigans Combined Stableford with - Guess Who?
by Mike Franklin
Yes, and still desperate for press coverage, George
Jackson had the good sense to pair with Malcolm Clare and take podium spot
again in the 14th May Shenanigans Combined Stableford competition.
George’s modest contribution of 35 points, combined with Malcolm’s 39
points, was enough to take first place with a team score of 74 Stableford
George “I Wear My Sunglasses At Night” Jackson (left) and amiable and
much-improved golfer Malcolm Clair (right) get congratulations from Mike
Franklin (center) for winning the Shenanigans Combined Stableford
competition at Eastern Star on Tuesday, May 14.
This is a game where you never give up and, whilst the
Woodruffes returned a score of 71 points - in their view not enough to be
in the frame - it was enough to claim the runners-up spot.
Near pins went to Im Woodruffe’s very close shot on
the fourth, and to Malcolm Clare, Maren Panthong and Philippe Berra on
holes eight, twelve and fifteen respectively. Kim Fletcher sank the
longest putt on the ninth and Steve Ryser on the eighteenth.
The weather stayed dry with plenty of clouds and a
strong breeze. The course was in fine shape, with more drainage
improvements made to the bunkers and the greens were good.
The conditions clearly suited Kim Fletcher who, with an
excellent 44 Stableford points, returned the best individual score of the
day. Obviously pointless awarding him a Shenanigans voucher so we opted to
give him an extra day off instead, to go out and do it again! A good move
on his handicap though.
The twenty-four players on the day included two new
members, Wayne Vozia and Chris ‘C.J.’ Schwaller who were duly welcomed
at the very friendly prize giving back at Shenanigans.
Next time out is on Tuesday May 28th for a Pairs Better
Ball. Sign-up at Shenanigans in pairs please, or as a single and we will
find you a partner.