Hua Hin Regatta, Vega Rudder Race to be held from 31 July - 4 August
story and photo by Peter
The Third Hua Hin Regatta, which will incorporate the
annual Vega Rudder Trophy Race, will be sailed off the beach on the
Western Gulf from 31 July - 4 August at the Hua Hin Naval Yacht Club, in
the vicinity of Klai Kang Won Royal Summer Palace, Hua Hin District in
Prachuap Khiri Khan Province. The Vega Rudder Race itself represents a
slice of Thailand’s yachting history, set in motion by the King Himself,
more than thirty years ago
the King ‘plants’ the Royal Insignia at the Royal Thai Navy base, 19
The organizing authority is the Yacht Racing
Association of Thailand (YRAT), in conjunction with the Royal Thai Navy (RTN)
and the District Authority of Hua Hin. This organizing authority appointed
an organizing committee and a race committee.
The Regatta will be governed by the International
Sailing Federation (ISAF)’s Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) for 2001-2004,
the Class Rules applicable to each class, this Notice of Race (NOR) and
the Sailing Instructions (SI) which shall be distributed to the
competitors later. The Regatta is classified as a category C event. The
organizing committee may require competing boats to display event sponsor
advertising on the hull.
Thus, now coming up for the third event, the Hua Hin
Regatta is joining the other major regional regattas in Thailand,
Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and the South China Sea Race from
Hong Kong to Manila. The circuit in Thailand is also now expanding, with
such events as the annual Phuket King’s Cup, the just-finished inaugural
Ko Samui and the Pang Nga Bay Regattas, as well as several big events off
both the western and eastern shores of the Gulf, especially along the
At a press conference held at the headquarters of the
Yacht Racing Association of Thailand (YRAT), at the Royal Thai Navy
facilities on the banks of the Chao Phraya River last week, the organizing
committee, under the chairmanship of Admiral Prasert Boonsong, announced
that there would be seven classes competing in the Thailand Open
Championship Races, namely: OK, Laser, 420, 470, Fireball, Catamarans and
the Platu Keelboat Division. Racing will take place from the second and
the third of August, with a practice race scheduled for the first.
Then, on Sunday the fourth, the annual Vega Rudder Race
will be held off the Prachuap Khiri Khan coast. This spectacular race,
which has probably been the major catalyst in the progress of yacht racing
in the Kingdom these past decades, is the celebration of HM the King’s
trans-gulf crossing in the OK dinghy which he built himself. Setting off
from Hua Hin on 19 April 1966, the crossing in a tiny dinghy was a classic
of skill, courage and sheer determination, to land in darkness at the
Royal Thai Navy base in Sattahip, some 12 hours later.
Still undaunted by what was acknowledged, at the time,
as the longest distance ever sailed in an open dinghy out of sight of
land, the King planted a flag at the base to commemorate the event. His
Majesty then gave the rudder of the “Vega” as the permanent trophy for
an annual long-distance race which, 36 years later, is still the most
coveted prize for the Kingdom’s big contingent of sailors.
Adm. Prasert announced that entries are open to all
members of clubs affiliated to YRAT, individual members of YRAT, and
members of Clubs/MNA invited. Entries can be submitted to the Yacht Racing
Association of Thailand, Bldg.No.5, c/o Navy Headquarters, Royal Thai
Navy, Bangkok 10600, Thailand, tel. +6624755455, +66 2 4666687, +66 2
4720852, fax +66 2 466668, email: email@example.com
Entry fee is US$50 per person and entries will be
accepted at the discretion of the organizing committee up to the start of
Russian Victor Baranov wins Pattaya Marathon 2002 in 2:32:23
Sunisa Sailomyen wins women’s division for second consecutive year
Veerachai Somchart &
In the pre-dawn hours of Sunday, July 21, over 10,000
runners hit the streets for this year’s running of the Pattaya
International Marathon. Just 2 hours, 32 minutes and 23 seconds later,
Russian Victor Baranov crossed the finish line first to win the Men’s
International Open Division.
athletes from all over the world competed in this year’s Pattaya
Sergeant Jirathikarn Boonma from Thailand finished
second with a time of 2:34:23. Former Pattaya Marathon champion Michael
Mukoma from Kenya finished third with a time of 2:38:56.
Last year’s champion, Boonchu Chantadecha finished in
For the second straight year, Sunisa Sailomyen from Doi
Omkroi, Chiang Mai won the International Women’s Division of the
marathon. Her time of 3:01:35 earned her the 100,000 baht first prize for
the International Women’s Division, plus 50,000 baht for winning the
Thai Women’s Division and another 5,000 baht for winning her age group.
Curiously, the second place finisher in the Women’s
International Division did not report to the referee, and therefore, by
regulation, forfeited her claim to the prizes.
Mironova Tationa from Russia finished third with a time
of 3:11:30, whilst Paranee Sermsatharn finished fourth with 3:20:25.
It was the 9th time this grueling test of endurance has
been run in this coastal resort, and Royal Cliff GM Andrew Wood, who
bettered his time from last year’s event by 15 minutes said, “It was a
fantastic sight once again ... Looking back on Beach Road and Sukhumvit it
was a sea of bobbing heads and colors. It was very well organized, the
temp a little warmer in the early morning than last year, but cloud cover
was a blessing. What a triumph for Pattaya. Another world class event at
this seaside resort!”
the second straight year, Sunisa Sailomyen from Doi Omkroi, Chiang Mai won
the International Women’s Division of the marathon.
Sonthaya Khunpluem, minister of science, technology and
environment fired the starter’s pistol at 5:00 a.m. at the start-finish
line between Sois 4 & 5 on Beach Road to release the marathoners
competing in the full 42.195 km marathon.
At about 5:30 a.m., Chonburi Governor Chadej Insawang
released the runners in the 21.1 km half marathon and at about 6:00 a.m.
Patcharapong Apichatapong, deputy director of the Tourism Authority of
Thailand released the runners of the 10.55 km quarter marathon.
Lieutenant General Lertrat Ratanawanit, president of
the Athletic Association of Asia, released the runners in the students’
The Miss Thailand group, the cultural emissary of the
TAT, enhanced the pulchritude of the event, and may have been one of the
reasons the men ran just a little bit faster, trying to get back to
Victor Baranov won the Men’s International Open Division with a time of
2 hours, 32 minutes and 23 seconds.
Along with the three main divisions of the competition,
marathon, half marathon and quarter marathon, other competitions included
a children’s division, wheelchair marathon and various age categories.
The last person to be recorded crossing the finish line
did so at about 11 a.m.
The prize presentation ceremony was held at a little
stadium set up near the start-finish line in front of Soi 4 Beach Road.
1st: Victor Baranov, Russia, 2:32:23
2nd: Sergeant Jirathikarn Boonma, Thailand, 2:34:23
3rd: Michael Mukoma, Kenya, 2:38:56
4th: Jason Mayeroff, USA
5th: Boonchu Chantadecha, Thailand
1st: Sunisa Sailomyen, Thailand, 3:01:35
3rd: Mironova Tationa, Russia, 3:11:30
4th: Paranee Sermsatharn, Thailand, 3:20:25
Half Marathon Men
1st: Jirasak Suthichart, 1:14:20
2nd: Suthat Kalayankiti
3rd: Boondung Srisank
Half Marathon Women
1st: Saifon Biawong 1:28:41
2nd: Ketmanee Senaphan
3rd: Saifon Lali
Pattaya Wanderers win 7th Annual Charity International Soccer Tournament
Hundreds turn out to celebrate Belgian National Day at the Pattaya Orphanage
The Pattaya Wanderers took the top prize in the 7th
Annual Charity International Soccer Tournament held to celebrate
Belgium’s National Day at the Pattaya Orphanage.
Each year the event continues to grow, and this year
ten teams competed in the annual beer fest and football competition:
Belgium Red Devils, Mass Media, Pattaya Wanderers, Mermaid Lisa,
Attraction Orphanage, Pattaya Info, Shenanigans, France, City Hall and
van den Bergh (left) awards the championship trophy to the Pattaya
City Hall finished second, and the Belgium Red Devils
More importantly, however, was that proceeds from the
event were donated to the Pattaya Orphanage to help support the children.
Money was raised through entrance fees, concessions, and beer, food and
t-shirt sales. At press time, a final figure wasn’t yet available, but
this event, through the generosity of sponsors, always raises a lot of
money for this worthy cause.
The event is always a fun-filled day for Pattaya’s
football “stars” and the children of the orphanage. The opening
ceremony began at about 9 a.m. on Sunday July 21, with a precious
performance by the children, followed by the opening match between the
Mass Media and the Belgium Red Devils.
Fini and Patrick organized the event, and received
support from Pattaya’s Thai and foreign community.
The fair play team award went to the Pattaya Info team,
whilst the wooden spoon was awarded to the French team.
After the final match was played and all awards were
presented, many of the participants sat down for dinner with the children
at the orphanage, which created a very impressive moment for everyone
It was Champagne in their hands
Lawn Bowls Division One
The Cap In Hand Team this week swapped the cap for
champagne as they convincingly beat The Dream Team, and the match was a
lot closer than the 30 - 5 result.
The Windmills won again giving them a good chance of
winning the league again. Jeep of The Hasbeens played a great game sending
down his last bowl of the last end with perfect line and weight, scoring 1
point to draw the game.
The Carlsberg Kids have blown their chance of coming in
the top 3; back to the brewery guys, you got the proof wrong. Try adding
water next time, as it may reduce the double vision.
It looks like the league could go to any of 3 teams.
This Saturday (27th July) will see a visiting team from
the Philippines trying their luck.
Match of the week: Cap In Hand vs. The Dream Team
Team of the week: Windmills
Player of The week: Jeep from The Hasbeens
Winchester Club extends first place lead
Pattaya Sports Club Friday Bowling League
The Winchester Club won all four points from House of
the Golden Coin to extend their lead in the PSC Friday Bowing League. All
games were close and the result could have been a different story if
Captain Mio was here.
Nice and Sleazy defeated V.F.W. Post 9876 taking all
four points and jumping into a tie for second with Shakey Pete’s, who
also had a winning day three to one over Cafe Kronborg. Three Sisters beat
Cafe Ole three to one but still hold on to last place.
Morn with a 213 game and Tue with a 203 were the only
bowlers who managed to roll games over two hundred.
Nice & Sleazy
VFW Post 9876
House of the Golden Coin
Team Mio still on top
Cafe Kronborg Monday Bowling League
Mio’s league leading team lost their first game in 5
matches, in a very tight match against Kran’s team 1-3. The outcome may
well have been decided when Otto had an injury during warm up.
was a good turnout this week with 17 bowlers, even though many regulars
are on holiday.
Tue’s team again narrowed the gap by winning against
Bill’s team 3-1, with both teams playing well below their normal
In the last match Jeed’s team won 3-1 against La’s
team 3-1. Somrak standing in as spare with Jeed’s team rolled a 193 and
a total of 529, Somrak quickly coming back to form.
Best bowling of the day came from Peter on La’s team,
who bowled a 192 and total of 550.
after July 15
IPGC TAGGS Golf from The Haven
Monday 15th July Noble
1st: Graham Davis, 42 points
2nd: Trevor Schirmer, 39
3rd: Yazuo Suzuki, 38
4th: Brian Kelly, 35
As is usual at some time or another on his holiday
trips to Thailand, Graham slipped in a good one, shooting a gross 75 over
the difficult B and C courses at Noble Place. This was a tremendous effort
considering the score included a double bogey on the last hole on the C
course and the wind howling across the spectacular terrain. He easily held
off the twin challenges of Trevor and Yazuo who could do little to catch
him on the back nine. Brian held on grimly after a disastrous start to
claim the final podium position and in the process taking the perch money
from his playing partners, making it not such a bad day after all.
Phil Groves, now a regular entrant in the twos, cleaned
up the pool on his own and left him wondering why he didn’t participate
more often in the past.
Wednesday 17th July
Bangpra Stroke play
1st: Richard Lyne, 65
2nd: Al Rolnik, 68
3rd: Mo Bertrand, 71 cb9 35.5
4th: Yazuo Suzuki, 71 cb9 38.5
5th: Trevor Schirmer, 72
The week’s second very good round by the winner,
Richard, saw him out in 39 gross including a quadruple and a double bogey
at the first and seventh holes and two twos on the par threes. Allied to a
43 on the inward half, it was enough to make him an easy winner on the
day. “Big Al” made a gallant attempt to catch him over the back nine,
but it turned out to be a mountain just a little bit too steep.
Mo and Yazuo, the latter taking his second placing of
the week, battled it out for third with Mo taking the honours after Yazuo
slipped on the last three holes. Trevor also took another podium position
in the week to round out the day’s winners.
The twos were shared between Richard Lyne, with two,
Trevor Schirmer, and Chris Davisson with one each.
Prior to the prize giving Richard Livingston, the
resident PGA professional, welcomed new members Bill Dance from New
Zealand and Frank Pilkington from Hong Kong. He also welcomed back John
Taylor and Desmond Reagan from NZ together with Dale Drader from Canada.
Friday 19th July Burapha
1st: Mark Gorda, 9 up
2nd: John Wright, 6 up cb9 4 up
3rd: Stephen Beard, 6 up cb9 3 up
4th: Kevin Taylor, 5 up
1st: Malcolm Clare, 9 up cb9 4 up
2nd: Frank Pilkington, 9 up cb9 2 up
3rd: Mike Davies, 7 up
4th: Harald Cranz, 4 up
A staggering day of scores on an exceptionally benign
Burapha East Course. The record for best score against “Old Man Par”
had only just been set some two weeks before by Mike Davies at eight under
and he thought he would certainly be once again taking the leading honours.
It was not to be the case with both Malcolm and Mark shooting career best
scores to claim a share of the new record at NINE up. For a time, due to
an administration error by the usually faultless “Doc”, Mark thought
he had placed second on count back which would have been unthinkable, but
after a fair amount of tooing and froing a second prize giving took place
that found Mark winning the first division and Malcolm claiming the
second. The runners up all did well enough to win on any other day, with
new member Frank counting himself the most unluckiest after an astounding
front nine of seven up. A feat that no doubt will have the handicap
committee looking carefully at his USGA handicap from Hong Kong.
The twos were shared between John Taylor with two and
Gordon Millar with one.
Before the prize giving, Richard welcomed new members
Chris Millar from Canada and welcomed back Mark Gorda, “Herr Doktor”
Harry Cranz, Kevin Taylor, J.J. Wright and Ian Halfpenny. It was also a
sad farewell to Trevor Schirmer returning to Australia and Chris Davisson
to England. Both will be returning in the very near future to pick up whom
they left off.
Ebrahim wins Treasure, Matt Kirkland wins the mug at Phoenix
P.S.C. Golf from the Cafe Kronborg
Monday, 15th July
Treasure Hill Golf and Country Club (Stableford)
The Treasure Hill Golf and Country Club was host to a
Stableford competition in two flights: A flight (0 to 18) and B flight (19
The ever present and steady Ebrahim won the A flight
with 38 points, Wayne Koch was second with 37 points and Gary Bingham was
third with 35 points.
presents the coveted Monthly Mug to Matt Kirkland.
Dr Jay Perrin took the B flight with 37 points, Hiroshi
Segawa was second with 36 points and Bob Benda was third with 35 points.
This user friendly golf course’s condition keeps
improving every month, and the greens are amongst the best in the area.
Thursday, 18th July
Phoenix Golf and Country Club (Stroke-Monthly Mug)
Another month another mug, brought forward one week to
help out with the member’s monthly tournament to be held next week.
Phoenix had all the tees up so a taking apart of this ‘friendly’
course was expected, but it must be ‘beam me up Scotty I’m on a
parallel world’ as Phoenix fought back with slick greens and difficult
pin positions. I actually saw a 6 handicapper four put from 15 feet. Well
done Phoenix for making it a true test of golf around the greens.
That said, a large field set fourth licking their lips
for a day to remember, and some will but for the majority it was a very
frustrating day, and as the scores came in only one or two bright lights
The winner of the A flight (0 to 18) was Ebrahim with a
net 68, second was Don Richardson net 69 and third was Wayne Koch with a
The winner of the B Flight was Hiroshi Segawa with a
net 65, and only losing the mug on count back. Second was Barry Kerr net
67. Third was Eddie Kristienson net 71, but as he didn’t make it a count
back gave Arthur Bailey third place with net 72 over Alan Pearce.
Near pins: L2 Wayne Koch, L7 Patric Muggli, O5 Gerry
Carpenter, O7 Ebrahim.
Long putts: L9 Gary Bingham, O9 Colin Ingledew.
And so to the day’s champion, and winner of the
Monthly Mug with a super net 65 was Matt Kirkland, and to him falls the
privilege of a free refill from all, but most of all a very nice Pewter
Mug presented by mine host Bjarne Nielsen.
Fry and Spencer battle to a tie in Lewiinski-Orchid Hua Hin Tour
Four days, four different courses and
two different formats did not produce an overall champion, but did prove
to the balance of the field that Lewiinski-Orchid joint president Stan Fry
and veteran Pattaya visitor Jack Spencer were the cream of the crop on the
Hua Hin Tour last week.
The format for the six day tour was medal/stroke at the
Jack Nicklaus-designed Springfield and at Imperial Lakeview, and
Stableford scoring at Majestic Creek and Sawang Resort. Stan’s colleague
and fellow president, Steve Mascari, interestingly enough, finished in a
dead heat for third place with new Pattaya resident Joe Moneyham.
The tour was kicked off by a practice round at Palm
Hills and bracketed a Ryder Cup style competition and buffet with past
Lewiinski-Orchid Golf manager Steve Ross and members of his newly formed
Limelight Open Golf Society (LOGS). Steve, who recently relocated to Hua
Hin, has opened the Limelight Guest House & Bar. Steve organizes
formal golf competitions on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday for Hua
Hin residents and visitors, much in the manner as they are currently done
A great time was had by all of the members and they are
already putting in their bids for where the next tour should be off to.
As a sidelight, it should be noted that for the
duration of the low season (until October 31) Lewiinski-Orchid Golf
Society has moved its Monday fixtures to Tuesday so as to take full
advantage of Sports Day at Laem Chabang.
Daily results: Day 1 - Springfield: 1st Joe Moneyham
(net 67), 2nd Jack Spencer (net 70), 3rd Ray Matti (net 70) and 4th Stan
Fry (net 71). Day 2 - Majestic Creek: 1st Morton Esseth (41 pts), Gordon
Kerr (40 pts); 3rd Pete Stonebridge (40 pts), and 4th Jack Spencer (37
pts). Day 3 - Imperial Lakeview: 1st John Emmerson (net 70), 2nd Stand Fry
(net 70), 3rd Joe Sebastian (net 70) and 4th Dave Porter (net 71). Day 4 -
Sawang Resort: 1st Joe Moneyham (42 pts); 2nd Jack Spencer (39
pts); 3rd Ray Matti (39 pts) and 4th Steve Mascari (38 pts).
Gordon blinds the field with 43 points
PSC Three Sisters Golf
Monday the 15th brought out a strong
contingent of golfers to compete for the bragging rights. Leading the pack
for the day was Gordon McKnight, The Knight in shining... No, no, not the
Knight in shining armor but the Knight with the shining head. Gordon
blinded the rest of the field with his brilliance and came in with 43
points for the day. Gordon has previously held the distinction as bag
holder for the group, but he discarded the bag and rose to the top.
McKnight swamped the field with 43 points at the 3 Sisters Stableford
competition, Siam CC 15 July 02. Untall Paul Donahue came in last, but
remained smiling since he had not played in 6 months.
Close on Gordon’s heels was John Gibson. John shot
the game of his life and broke 90 for the first time in his golfing
career. Even with shooting the game of his life, he still could not catch
the front-runner. Coming in with 42 points John was one shot back. Being
so happy to break 90, he bought a beer for all the golfers at Caddy Shack
Two. Thank you John!
Two shots back of the leaders, coming in with 40 points
was Dick Caggiano. Although Dick tried, he also fell short as did the rest
of the field.
Trying for the bag this week was “Ole Jim Tully”.
Tully came in with 23 points and was looking good for the bottom spot. As
the scorecards were being handed in, it was noticed that one card was not
tallied for points scored. Herb quickly did the tallying and “Lo an
Behold” out popped our bag holder of the week. Paul Donahue, in from
Saudi, was used to playing in sand instead of grass and fell short of the
field. I’m sure that with a little practice on grass Paul will be out of
the bottom in a hurry.
Samui Tennis: The Game for all Seasons
The Fourth Samui International Tennis Tournament, just
held at the island resort was, to say the least, an overwhelming success.
The Thai players from various provinces fought off some strong challenges
from a big contingent of European entries, as well as rain storms, intense
heat and strong south-westerlies - all in the day’s play. The Thai
national seedings were accurate too: Number One Thai men’s champion
Akkasit Terpkasikul won through to take the Men’s Singles title from
second-seeded Virat Bearrohim, while these two teamed up to beat Arket
Suriyaphanpong and Umpornpinit Setthasopong, this latter hailing from
Lampang, in the Men’s Doubles. This was a most exciting encounter of
some brilliant court work and driving volleys, stretching both teams to
Santi (blue cap, middle) poses with the players.
There was a Men’s Singles Consolation Final which was
a close encounter between two up-coming players, 10th-seeded Peeradech
Loylom and 28th-seeded Somsak Samart, with the seeds telling the story.
The standard was so high for the 2002 tournament that defending Men’s
Singles champion, Nash Ladha, head tennis professional coach at Phuket’s
Dusit Laguna, was eliminated in the early draw, in spite of losing some
kilos in the heat, working hard to maintain his crown. (Actually, I did
not think he could afford to lose even a few grams, he looked so fit!).
A highlight of the four-day tennis feast was an
exhibition game between the two Thai tennis giants who recently knocked
Japan out of the Davis Cup Asian region qualifier: Thai second-Samrejseed
Vittaya and fourth-seed Danai Udomchoke slugged it out in a
highly-entertaining match, with the slightly more powerful number two
carrying the day.
in action at Samui.
Thai tennis had taken a quantum leap forward at the
just-finished 2002 Wimbledon Championships, when world 67th-seeded
Paradorn Srichaparn reached the third round, with a stunning defeat of the
almost-invincible Andre Agassi and 20th-seeded female player Tamarine
Tansugarn entered the fourth round for a consistent fourth successive
year, finally defeated by international veteran Monica Seles. Thus, there
were high expectations of a great show at the Fourth Samui International
Tennis Open, featuring some of the Kingdom’s best national players,
which was held at the Santiburi Dusit Resort, last week.
In spite of - or, maybe because of - strong winds and
occasional torrential showers, the Samui Open even surpassed everyone’s
hopes: the players, the coaches, the sponsors, the spectators - and, of
course, Samui itself. It was interesting to watch the hassle at Wimbledon
after the frequent rain. The court covers and all the rest of the
performance took so much time. At Samui, the players merely went and sat
under the huge Singha tents, out came these enormous “squeegee” type
of broom to remove the excess water. Then sunshine and back to a dry court
in 20 minutes. No wonder so many of us like to live in the tropics.
McKenzie-Vass, GM of the Santiburi Resort, poses with Khun Santi.
The Inaugural Ko Samui Regatta, held in May, could have
benefited somewhat from the enormously strong south-westerlies which blew
during the tournament, I thought at the time.
Nevertheless, according to Thetpitak Chansuthep,
producer and presenter of Channel Nine’s “Monday Sport”, who was on
the island for the first time, “the tennis tournament is of huge
potential benefit for Samui; in fact, not only tennis but many other
sporting events in the future.”
Santi: Benefactor of
No doubt, Khun Santi Bhirom Bhakdi, president of
Boonrawd Brewery, perennial supporter of Thai sports, such as golf,
football, tennis and yacht racing, to mention a few - especially sport for
Thai youngsters - and a main sponsor of the Samui Tennis, would agree.
“We are also bringing golf to the island,” said the personable,
affable Santi, in an exclusive interview with the Pattaya Mail.
“It is fine to come here and take up water sports and other marine
activities, but there is a huge market just waiting to be tapped,” he
noted. “The Japanese are golf mad and to come to such a beautiful island
as Samui and be able to play golf; ah, that is Japanese paradise,” he
said and laughed.
Any of the thousands of people who have had the
pleasure of meeting Khun Santi would also know that he is an avid - yea,
even fanatical - environmentalist and nature lover and each and every one
of his many plans and actions take care first of the ecology. So, a golf
course is in the making. “We shall open the first Samui course next June
- like the 29th,” he asserted. “It JUST happens to be my birthday,”
he added with a twinkle. “This Santiburi resort where we now sit is 10
years old now. It also opened in June.”
pose with their handsome trophies at the awards ceremony, Paradise Beach
Khun Santi believes - almost religiously - in sport for
the young, as a “panacea for the temptations facing young people today:
drugs, prostitution and all forms of low-life.” Not all youngsters can
perform well at school, he added, “Thus sport can act as a healthy, mind
and body-building activity for our youth - particularly those most
The Sponsors up the Ante
Horst Hornung, owner and publisher of the Samui
Journal & Real Estate Magazine, one of the principal sponsors,
also sees a great future for the island in all kinds of sports. “For
example, next year’s Samui Tennis Open will present a draw of 64
participants for the singles crown, compared to 32 this year, as well as a
ladies tournament.” Furthermore, an international beach volleyball
tournament, an international football veterans tournament and a Samui
night marathon are also being planned, Horst added. “The handsome
trophies and prize money introduced as incentives into this year’s
competition will, no doubt, be a big lure for more competitors next
year,” Horst concluded.
Besides Boon Rawd, the Lawn Tennis Association of
Thailand, which provided the umpires and officials, certainly will add its
prestigious imprimatur to the 2003 event and will, no doubt, be joined by
even more sponsors than this year. Bangkok Airways, Coconut Land and
House, Paradise Beach Resort, Prime Star, the Santiburi Dusit Resort and
Volkl, the maker of superfine rackets and tennis gear, will all join
again. Both Malcolm McKenzie-Vass, general manager of the host venue and
Peter A. Schnyder, general manager of the Paradise Beach Resort which
provided accommodation and the splendid roof-top awards party, will add
their prestige again next year.
In fact, as in the case of the inaugural Samui Regatta
mentioned above, it seemed the whole island, both public and private
sectors, was supporting the tennis. A look at some of the pictures
presented in this story shows a huge number of the sponsors’ logos
strategically placed at eye-level around the two courts.
And Now, Pattaya
With the Volvo annual championships well established
and drawing world-class players to the Dusit Resort in Pattaya every
November, it was, indeed, good news when Suchart Udomkijdecha, authorized
distributor of Volkl, the manufacturer of top-quality rackets which were
featured during the Samui tourney, announced a new event for Pattaya. The
“Asian Open Veteran’s Tennis Championships” will be held at the Siam
Bayshore from August 19 – 25, 2002.
Authorized by the Asian Tennis Federation and the Lawn
Tennis Association of Thailand, the weeklong tennis fest is, according to
the Notice of Event, “An ITF Vets Tournament Category Two” and will
comprise 11 separate sections, including men’s age groups 35 - 70 and
ladies from 35 - 50. (Does anyone REALLY know any lady over 50?) Entries
are limited to a maximum of two events only and will be accepted by e-mail
to Khun Sathien Monykhongtham, the Lawn Tennis Association of Thailand,
e-mail: Sathien@ThaiTennisMaga zine.com
But, hurry. Entries close soon (no closing date
available at press time).
Swede taste of success
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at the Bunker
Tuesday, 16th July, saw the Bunker Boys travel the well
worn path to the tough Treasure Hill course for a competition where the
field was cut at 20 and under, division one playing medal and division two
A close competition in division one saw the Scottish
golfer Alexander Allan head the field with a fine level par net 72. One
shot behind came the “Emergency A Go-Go Classic” winner, Swede Mikael
Andersson, making his debut in the big league. In third place, with 78,
was Colin Wilkes, hitting form so soon after his return from Europe.
In division two the story was much the same with
another Swede, Robert Knutsson, sharing the lead with returning David
Johnson, both firing an admirable 37 points. In third place was John Rehm
with 33 points.
There was a three way split of the Bunker Super Sawng
award with lady golfer Saranya Chaiyanont and Smart Alex scoring birdies
on the short par three sixth, whilst a third share went to Bill Jones for
his astounding two on the very long second hole. Bill actually took a
driver into the wind to hit the green 220 yards from the tee and sank an
eight foot putt to the delight of his playing partners.
Icelander Brynjolfur Josteinsson, “Benny” to his
friends, took sole charge of the Bunker Banana Booby for his meagre tally
of 11 points! Another trip to tackle the beast at Treasure Hill had been
successfully negotiated, but this time the Bunker Boys had retrieved some
of their prestige after the mauling the course had given them the previous
Glory for Griffin and Glavina
Green Valley at present is the most beautifully
presented course in the area and it proved to be the perfect host for the
Bunker Boys on Friday, 19th July, when they travelled there for their
weekly Stableford outing.
The large field was cut at nineteen and under and in
division one the pride of Scotland, Alexander Allan, jostled with the
effervescence of Italy and Australia in the shape of Ciano Glavina. At the
end of the round they were still tied with 36 points, three ahead of a
resurgent Bill Jones.
Division two saw the best scores of the day with Neil
Griffin playing his last round for a few months and shooting a fine 40
points to head Sweden’s Robert Knutsson on 39 and Bryn Jones on 34
At the other end of the scale Khun John from Iceland
managed to perplex his playing partners with his first round of golf and
his lone point secured for him the Bunker Banana Booby.
The Bunker Super Sawng award was held over as many
tried, but no one managed, to secure the elusive birdie two.
Ciano returns to Australia soon with happy memories of
his first Bunker victory and Neil goes back to work knowing his return at
the end of the year will see him on a lower handicap. “About time too”
some were heard to mutter!
The Square Ring
by Howie Reed
There are some truisms in life that are beyond dispute.
Roger Miller sang that “You Can’t Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd”,
Lewis Gizzard wrote, “Elvis is dead and I Don’t Feel Too Good
Either” and I myself am typing away on a book with the working title,
“Money-Honey…The Rhyme is No Coincidence”. Here’s another. Never
travel to Thailand to fight. Only bad things can happen. Alwy Alhabsyl
(maybe 8-3-2, 0 KO or 10-3 you pays your money and takes your choice)
traveled from Indonesia to fight Deeden Kengkarun (21-6-2, 12 KOs) for the
PABA lightfly interim title last Friday. Bad idea. Deeden KO’d him in
two. Kiatchai “13 Coins” Icejellybalm (12-0, 7 KOs) captured the PABA
superlight interim title when he destroyed PABA #8 Freddy Faut, another
tourist (19-6-2, 14KOs) at 2:22 of round one.
The flip side is also true. Mohammad Rahman (63-5-2, 24
KO) from Indonesia scored a third round KO over unrated Ittarit V.
Vizetkij (11-4, 5 KO) of Thailand.
It is also said that, “As the heavyweight division
goes so goes boxing”. With Lennox Lewis retired, that should be proven
Sunday when John “The Quiet” Ruiz (37-4-1) puts his WBA heavyweight
title on the line against Kirk Johnson (32-0-1). I would love to write
“The fight can be seen on Pattaya Cable at 9 a.m. Sunday Morning.” I
would like to write that but can’t. Getting information out of the cable
system is more difficult than getting the bar fine waved by Monkey House
Fred at the TQ. Regardless, the fight ought to be a good indication of
where, if anywhere, the division is going.
Last week I wrote that Johnson would win in a walk. Not
so sure now. The fight will be held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel/Casino in
Las Vegas where Ruiz eked out his only win over Evander Holyfield in three
meetings. This one got my dander up. At my age anything up is a plus.
“Ruiz went down writhing in pain. He rolled around the canvas like a
soccer player hoping for a penalty kick.” Low blow said the referee.
“Not even close,” yelled one internationally known journalist who had
put down his Foster’s for the purpose of being a jerk. The point
deduction made a difference. That aside Ruiz is kinda ordinary but then
aren’t we all?
Johnson is a slight favorite to win. One can only ask
“Why?” “He’s undefeated, true fact, but fought very few people
with a real heartbeat.” The Johnson bandwagon started when he was
getting the stuffing beaten out of him by Oleg Maskaev. Johnson hit Oleg.
Maskaev and he collapsed like the offspring of a contortionist and someone
from Manila. “A Manila Folder.” Then we found out that Oleg has a jaw
like Waterford Crystal. Called the Bruno syndrome. Maskaev and Ruiz have
had similar careers. They have both avoided the “bigger names” in the
division and waited. Ruiz did take on David Tua in 96 and got KO’d in 19
seconds of the first stanza. It could be a good fight if only whoever
referee’s will stop Ruiz from holding on after every punch. They may be
the best of pretenders.
Last Sunday in Indianapolis Sugar Shane Mosley (now
38-2) tried to recapture the WBC Welterweight title he lost to Vernon
Forrest (35-0). After charging out at the opening bell Mosley was treading
water. He lost a UD (115-113, 116-112, 117-111). The Pattaya Mail
had it 117-112 MGD aided for Forrest. Now you may ask why was the fight
held in Indianapolis? So ask. It was the crowning event for the annual
Black Expo. Ring a bell? Some years ago the Black Expo invited Heavyweight
Champion Mike Tyson to judge their beauty contest. He got caught judging
the unconsensual horizontal mambo with a fair lass named Denise Washington
in his room. Good bye career. Hello Gray Bar Inn. How you like them
Big comeback fight tonight at the Mall Shopping Center
in Bangkok. Former WBA super bantamweight champion Yoddamrong Sithyodthong
(27-1-1, 12 KOs) steps into the ring for the first time since his loss to
Osamu Sato. In a scheduled 10 rounder the “come backer” will meet
Edward Escriber. Also, former WBA super flyweight champion Yokthai Sith-Oar
(26-3-1, 15 KOs) battles Rodel Orais, as Pongsith Wiangwiset goes after
Mkhuseli Kondile (17-3-1) for the vacant PABA super featherweight belt.
Pongsith (1-1, 0 KO) is a 2-time Olympian. He lost to Terrence Cauthen via
points (1996 Atlanta) and to Cuban Mario Kindelan via points in the (2000
Sydney) Games. Who would have thunk it, live box fighting in a Shopping