Pattaya Sports Club Bowling celebrates end of season 2002
Pattaya Sports Club Bowling Section held another one of
their famous end-of-season parties at the Mai Kai Supper Club on Tuesday,
January 14. Already three weeks into the new season, the festive group of
bowlers and their partners joined in for yet another round of food and
drinks which included 2002’s prize giving for the season’s top
Bowling winners and their trophies.
La Montgomery, former PSC bowling chairperson led her
team of Jon, Tui and Tukata into the top spot of the season, taking home the
winners’ trophies. Current bowling chairman and husband Jim Montgomery and
his team of Pin, Peter and Lek were next up in second place, while Tony,
Tue, Lada and Porn rolled in at third place for the season.
winning team (L to R) Tukata, Tui, La and Jon.
The performance prizes were next on the list with Kran
from the Kronborg winning the women’s high game scratch with a 247 and Mai
streaming in with the women’s high game handicap with a 256.
Mio Aamlid, still in fine form, again won the women’s
high series scratch with 616. Tukata’s 681 won her the women’s high
series with handicap.
In the men’s categories, Tony won the men’s high game
scratch with a 243. Peter won the men’s high game with handicap with a
244, and Gert took out top spot in men’s high series scratch with a 572.
After the formalities of handing over the trophies the group of
enthusiastic bowlers went back to the more important things such as eating,
drinking and enjoying each other’s company. The new season is now underway
with more exceptional performances expected this year.
Weakened Pattaya Softball Team stuns in Bangkok one pitch tournament
So there we went, with our strong bought and with our
strongest hitter sick. Before the tournament even started a rich Bangkok
team started to buy away our best players.
Pattaya Sports Club softball club held their own against Bangkok teams.
Arriving in Bangkok, people threw some eyes at us as we
were supposed to be a team to have batting practice against. Our first game
was against the mighty Nike team who won this tournament a few times as well
as multiple league championships. Needless to say we were swept of the
field. I won’t bother you with the score but I can tell you it was a lot
Everybody in Bangkok started doubting if it was a good
idea to invite the Pattaya team at all. But the Pattaya team thought
different. Those 2 runs scored against a mighty Bangkok team gave us wings,
as to be proven later.
Our next opponent was Global, another Bangkok league
regular. Pattaya started of like real pros, running away with a 5-0 lead
after 4 innings. Pattaya traditions of courtesy kept in tact, and we made
the game a bit exciting by letting Global come back to 5-5 after the top of
the 7th inning. But as we started off the game, we finished it off with the
game-winning hit by Daryl with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th. Right away
the Pattaya team got the respect it deserved.
The next game was against ABB, which is considered as the
new revelation in the Bangkok league after buying away Pattaya’s best. In
the top of the first ABB came up big, scoring 2 runs and thinking to shut
Pattaya down right away. But yet again the heart of Pattaya started beating
as we had a score to settle with this team. Coming right back in the bottom
of the 1st, we scored 2 runs ourselves. Alan’s superior pitching in the
next inning kept ABB from scoring. But in the top of the third ABB got hot
again and scored 2 more runs. Again Pattaya came right back, scoring another
2 runs in the bottom of same inning and tying the game again at 4 all.
Then came the umpire in the game by not calling some
illegal pitches made by the ABB pitcher. The fourth inning stayed scoreless.
In the fifth inning ABB bats started swinging big, and they scored 3 more
runs. As the game clock ticked away, Pattaya had a last chance at bat,
starting it off with a quick run scored. Then came the moment for Brett -
with runners on first and third with 2 outs and the score at 7-5 to ABB,
unfortunately for Pattaya a pitch in the middle of the plate struck him out,
ending the nightmare. ABB defeated Pattaya by the final score of 7-5.
Nevertheless Pattaya left the tournament with heads held high and with
the intention of building our own league down in Pattaya in the future. This
said, we would like to invite all of you interested in joining a team or
setting up your own team to get in contact with me at [email protected] or
015754528 for further information on how to join in. With this report I
would like to thank all the players who stayed faithful to Pattaya Softball
Team and gave it their best in Bangkok. Alan, Nigel, John, Mark, Daryl,
Phil, Brett, Joe, Scott, Dave, Rhys.
When you’ve gotta go, you’ve gotta go
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at the Bunker
What a predicament! Imagine this scenario: You are
organising a quiet visit of about 25 people to play the relatively easy
local course at Phoenix. Your two regular helpers are not there on Tuesday,
14th January, as they are playing another course. One or two strange faces
arrive but you are not too concerned. Then more, then more... Writer’s
cramp sets in after the fortieth name and still they keep arriving. The
fiftieth golfer arrives one minute before departure and now you have all the
transport logistics to solve. Eventually you manage to get everyone to the
course but now you have the dilemma of getting everyone to tee-off from the
same tees. In the distance Wat Yai’s Lord Buddha has a glint in his eye
and you even accomplish this! Surely now you can concentrate on your golf?
Well, yes, but you are playing with someone who shoots a gross of 135! There
were winners and losers, of course, but the day’s true star was Mr. Loy.
Division One: 1. Kevin Smith net 67; 2. Bert Guy net 69;
3. Bill Hewitt net 70.
Division Two: 1. Kevin Sheppard and Norm Robinson net 69;
3. George Holroyd net 70.
Super Sawng Award: Shared by Ed Trayling, Kevin Smith
(2), Bert Guy, Harry Riley, Harry Cowling and Keith Hector.
Banana Booby: Jeff Jones.
Helgarson and Griffin hit the top at Century
On Friday, 17th January, Century Chonburi was the course
chosen by the Bunker Boys for their first official Stableford tournament of
the year. Thirty-eight travel weary souls stretched their way unto the basic
clubhouse and prepared themselves for the fray. The course is always well
tended and looked good for this time of the year.
In division one Kristian Helgarson held off all
challengers to post a fine score of 39 points, with Belgium’s Bert Remy
challenging with his 36 and Ronnie Rayner taking the other minor place with
his 34 points.
In division two Neil Griffin shook off the effects of a
long night to fire his best round for a while and his tally of 39 points was
too good for Mikael Andersson, 36, and Mal Spence’s 33.
Sadly Gerhardt Schulze’s score of 33 was not good
enough to be considered, neither was it scored at the same “Century”
course! His reckless navigation was to earn him the Bunker Banana Booby
later at the Bunker.
Three players shot birdie twos and earned a share of the
Bunker Super Sawng award, namely Michael Dige (two), Wilf Latham and Johann
Reynisson. So did Martin Davis who, once again, had not bought a ticket for
the show and had to watch the presentation from the sidelines.
YMCA Pattaya organizes charity-bowl for the HRH Princess Sirindhorn Cup
Proceeds to go to SOS Rice Project
Nittaya Patimasongkroh, president of YWCA Pattaya
presided over the association’s monthly meeting at King Seafood
Restaurant, Walking Street, South Pattaya on January 7. Preparations were
made for the YMCA Pattaya’s charity bowl competition for the coveted HRH
Princess Sirindhorn Cup, which will be held on March 15 at PS Bowling
Pattaya form 9.30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The initiative aims to raise money for lunches and
educational support of underprivileged students, anti-drug projects in
Pattaya, and for healthcare for Pattaya’s stray animals.
Patimasongkroh (centre right), president of the YWCA Bangkok-Pattaya Branch
and YWCA members present 120 bags of rice and other needy items to Sanga
Kijsamrej, president of the SOS Rice project.
YWCA later received 120 bags of rice and gift buckets
from Sanga Kijsamret, president of SOS Rice Project, in front of SK. Pattaya
Construction, South Pattaya, to be given to those in need. The rice was
donated to the youth correction home in Chonburi.
With the cooperation from associated judges of the
Chonburi Family and Youth Department, Rotary Club Taksin, Pattaya, Pattaya
Sports Club and other charity organizations, YWCA Pattaya also organized a
vocational training session for youngsters at the correction home.
Since January 10 is designated as Thailand’ national Children’s Day,
YMCA also catered lunch for 450 students of the Baannongchakngeaw School and
presented them with name-brand T-shirts worth 13,300 baht.
Big upsets this week
The Cafe Kronborg Monday
On Monday 13, The Cafe Kronborg Monday Bowling League had
a day of upsets for the top teams. Tue’s team 3-1, without Tue, managed to
beat the league’s top team, Bill’s by 3-1. For Bill’s team, Porn again
was the top scorer with a 203 string and 577 series.
Kran’s team won 3-1 against Mio’s, with Kran bowling
a 557 series, which was, however, offset by Tukata’s 511 for Mio’s team.
Suraphan’s team achieved a draw against La’s 2-2.
Suraphan bowled a 545 series, but La’s 201 game and 543 series, backed by
Gert’s 517 series was enough to get the draw.
The turnout was only 22 players, as many were absent due to the flue, but
the league hopes to see them all well and back soon. Scoring this week was
not quite up to what the league has seen lately, but it was still a fun day.
Another finds its way from pier to pan
from the Isle of Man, fishing with the Queen Victoria Inn Fishing club
proudly displays an 8 kilo Queen fish (and his tan!) hooked near Koh Ling.
Check the club notice board in the bar for details of next week’s trip.
Fitness Tips: The holistic approach
Fitness tips this year will be off in all sorts of
directions, as you saw last week, and this week we will once again take you
even further away from the “Western World’s” popular perception of
exercise. Growing diversity in health and fitness programming has been
occurring, in particular over the last 5 years for several reasons, the most
prevalent two being the public’s need for variety and the fitness
industry’s need to serve the clientele thus “make a buck” or make more
by finding ways to appeal to a broader range of people.
at these photos, the headstand is where you might progress to after many
years of training, but everyone starts out with the simple things you see in
the other photo.
Mind / body programmes have been cropping up all over the
place to not only appeal to someone looking to take care of their body but
to take their minds off the daily grind and to assist in dealing,
internally, with the stresses of modern life.
Meditation, Tai Chi, Yoga, Chi Goong, various forms of
martial & healing arts and long observed practices are becoming
commonplace throughout the entire world.
This week, in the holistic approach part two, we see just
how popular Yoga has become.
Leading fitness and entertainment brand Crunch Fitness
International has joined forces with US-based low-fare airline Jet Blue
Airways, to bring passengers ‘Airline Yoga’.
The new program is designed to ‘bring fitness and inner
peace to the skies’ without leaving the comfort of your seat. Available in
the seatback pocket on all Jet Blue flights the Crunch Fitness Airline Yoga
card illustrates four easy-to-assume yoga poses to help make the flight more
“One of the best ways to relax is to exercise,” said
Howard Brodsky, executive vice president of marketing at Crunch Fitness.
“By partnering with Jet Blue to offer in-flight yoga, Crunch is sharing
its expertise to help air travellers relax, entertain themselves and improve
their overall travel experience.”
Crunch has also installed bright yellow punching bags in
the Jet Blue Terminal at JFK airport, New York, sporting humorous taglines
such as “Forget where you parked?”, and “Left the iron on?”,
encouraging passengers to relieve stress through exercise.
Mind body advised for heart patients
No one would dispute the obvious benefits of mind body
exercise in contributing to stress reduction. According to a recent edition
of Circulation: A journal of the American Heart Association, high mental
stress can lead to limited blood flow in the heart, increasing the risk of
death in people suffering from coronary artery disease.
Mental stress causes an increase in heart rate and blood
pressure, which increases the body’s demand for oxygen. Researchers from
the study recommend that people, healthy or non-healthy, would benefit from
participating in mind body programs to reduce stress levels.
Dusit Resort Sports Club, in keeping with the times has
started a Yoga programme. For further information please contact us at 038
Barry Winton takes the gold medal for 2002
IPGC Golf from Lewiinski’s - Orchid
Sunday January 12
Green Valley - White Tees
Stroke - Monthly
Medal - Gold Medal
1st A Flight - Dave Mather - net 67 - Monthly Medal
2nd A Flight - Klaus Schackt - net 69
3rd A Flight - Julian Clarke - net 71
4th A Flight - Hans Collett - net 71
1st B Flight - Steve Sgier - net 72
2nd B Flight - Sean Murphy - net 72
3rd B Flight - Norm Robinson - net 73
4th B Flight - An Kaesavane - net 75
Sunday presented a competition within a competition. The
competition in which the whole field participated was the first Monthly
Medal of 2003. At the same time 10 worthy souls who qualified in like manner
in 2002 played off for the Gold Medal, the champion of the Monthly Medal
champions for last year. Eighteen people had qualified for the competition
by virtue of being one of the twelve monthly winners plus those that were
numerically tied, and lost the medal on count back. Regrettably vagaries in
annual vacation schedules, work rotations and a desire to have the event in
some proximity to the end of that calendar year all mitigated to make it
impossible to have all the qualifiers present. But a field of ten qualifiers
certainly provided a robust competition.
If there was any concern that the January Monthly Medal
winner would be lost in the shuffle of the Gold Medal, it was quickly
allayed by the stellar performance of Dave Mather who matched the fifth
lowest net in the three-year history of the Monthly Medal by shooting 67.
Dave’s effort broke the hearts of the other three A Flight podium
placeholders, all of which bettered their handicap, an effort that has won
the Medal on a number of occasions.
Two unfortunate holes for Sean Murphy on the back nine of
Green Valley opened the door for Steve Sgier to tie and then prevail on
count back for the top spot in B Flight.
Barry Winton, who had only been able to play in one prior
Monthly Medal, and qualified in so doing, showed that it was no fluke.
Although he had used up the majority of this miserly 5 handicap by the sixth
hole, he was able to steady the ship and come good the rest of the way to
shoot a Gold Medal winning gross 77, net 72. In so doing Barry joins Ray
Ryan and Steve Mascari as the third Gold Medal winner of the Lewiinski’s-Orchid
Golf Club. Barry’s capable competition for the Gold was Stan Fry, Joe
Mooneyham, Paul Ovens, Jim Boyd, Jim Brackett, Darren Smith, Joe McArdle,
Bob Patterson, and George Jackson.
Monday January 13
St. Andrews 2000 - White Tees
1st A Flight - Gerry Cooney - 37 points
2nd A Flight - Klaus Schackt - 36 points
3rd A Flight - Stan Fry - 35 points
1st B Flight - Norm Robinson - 36 points
2nd B Flight - Steve Donovan - 35 points
3rd B Flight - Eddie Blackwell - 32 points
While its published caveat of ‘Golfers with his (sic)
handicap over 18 is not recommended” is a bit overstated (and
grammatically askew), it is certainly a worthy test of golf and a pleasant
addition to the local golf scene. Featuring two par sixes, the first of
which is more than a bit numbing, it features many aspects which might be
characterized as “American Golf”. It has target driving areas, pedestal
green and dramatic topography change. None of that seemed to affect Irish
visitor Gerry Cooney who had not seen the course before but still bettered
his 8 handicap in garnering 37 points. Two “veterans” of St. Andrews,
Klaus Schackt and Stan Fry joined Gerry on the Flight A victory stand.
Stormin’ Norman Robinson, who had shown signs of coming
into form last week and with a 3rd on the day before, took B flight honors
with a handicap level 36 points. He edged this scribe and new visitor to B
Flight Eddie Blackwell. It is a testimony to the strength of the field that
Eddie’s 13 handicap was relegated to B flight.
Wednesday January 15
Century Ban Chang - White Tees
1st A Flight - John Emmerson - net 72
2nd A Flight — John Hillier - net 75
3rd A Flight - Muffy Kerr- net 75
4th A Flight - Bob Patterson - net 75
1st B Flight — Norm Robinson - net 69
2nd B Flight - Tarja Kankainen - net 72
3rd B Flight — Joe Smiley - net 73
4th B Flight - Wayne Challis - net 74
Well, I just wrote about Stormin’ Norman, and who
should pop up atop B flight for the second Lewiinski’s-Orchid comp
running, none other than himself. Norm’s best on the day net 69 gave him a
3 shot victory over the femme fatale of Finland, Tarja Kankainen. Joe Smiley
snuck in front of a fading Wayne Challis (directly attributable to lack of
buggy) to round out B Flight.
Johnny Emmerson, now having to support his new
10-passenger van, bore down to shoot his handicap and take the top rung of A
flight. John Hillier edged the always competitive Muffy Kerr and Bob
Patterson on count back to complete the A flight rostrum.
Friday January 17
Noble Place - C & A - White Tees
1st A Flight - Bob Patterson - 38 points
2nd A Flight — Pete Stonebridge - 38 points
3rd A Flight - Barry Tregurtha - 38 points
1st B Flight — Tony Dixon - 37 points
2nd B Flight - Risto Menrus - 37 points
3rd B Flight — Tarja Kankainen - 37 points
The confident, perhaps smug, golf manager was extending
his almost heartfelt sympathy to Rick Sharp who had 22 points on the front
nine and 38 points overall but fell completely out of the A flight hardware
on count back. It was the kind of sympathy that the “haves” have for the
“have-nots”. What cares did the golf manager have, knowing that, while
he was not first in A flight, his 35 points were firmly in second, having
edged John Hillier on count back with only one van load of four B flighters
yet to be accounted for? It was well after dark when those last four cards
were handed in, but the darkness outside was nothing like the darkness that
fell over the golf manager when he read two of those last four scores,
“37” and “37”. Suddenly the grandiose plans, which had flowed from
those expected winnings, were crumpled, spindled, and shredded. The Fab
Finns, Tarja and Risto, as they had last week, both came good at Noble Place
and, in doing so, didn’t just nudge the golf manager to a less lucrative
pay window, but rather to the unemployment line, just behind the
aforementioned Rick Sharp ... and there was no one to offer sympathy.
Congrats to Bob Patterson and to Tony Dixon for the count
back victories in A flight and B flight, respectively, the latter having to
go to the fourth level of count back, the final three holes, to do so.
Diana Group Golf
Seniors & Ladies January Open
The next tournament, exclusively for Seniors (50-64),
Super Seniors (65+) & Ladies (any age) will be held at Pattaya Country
Club on Thursday January 30.
* Booked tee-off times from 10 a.m.
* Format: Stableford (handicap qualifying)
* Transport leaves Diana Inn, 9 a.m. (B.100 return fare)
* Prize presentation & buffet at the Green Bottle 6
* Trophy and prize for best score in each division
* Prize for runner-up in each division
* Technical hole prizes for near pins & long putts
* Sign-up at:
* The Green Bottle or
* Diana Group Driving Range
All Seniors, Super Seniors and Ladies welcome
Early to bed and early to rise does make a golfer wealthy and wise...
IPGC TAGGS Golf from The Haven
Monday January 13
1st: Allan Hanlon, 36 points
2nd: Stephen Beard, 34
3rd: Jeff McLaury, 33
1st: John Mabry, 37 cb9 22
2nd: Malcolm Clare, 37 cb9 19
3rd: Mo Bertrand, 34
After a hiatus of a few months, The Haven golfers
returned to the Robert Trent Jones Junior designed course at Eastern Star to
see how the renovations were progressing. They were not disappointed with
the general condition of the fairways, bunkers and surrounds, but the greens
were still very marginal although they were playing as fast as any in the
Allan Hanlon in the first division and John Mabry in the
second took their first trophies in Thailand just before their departures
back to their homelands.
The usual suspects took up the minor placings in both
divisions, with Malcolm Clare edging out Mo Bertrand with a very good back
nine and “The Doc” just getting the Better of Jeff McLaury.
The twos were shared between Rick Bevington and Stephen
Prior to the prize giving Richard Livingston, the
resident PGA Professional, welcomed back John Mabry from the USA, Dave
Spendley, Jean and Les Utting from England, Mike Dabanovich from Saudi
Arabia and Vance Millar from Canada.
Pattaya Country Club
1st: Michael Dige, 70 cb9 31.5
2nd: Dave Stockman, 70 cb9 33
3rd: Arthur Hancock, 71 cb9 30
4th: Jens Gunnarsson, 71 cb9 36.5
1st: Mo Bertrand, 71
2nd: Malcolm Clare, 75
3rd: Mick Spear, 76 cb9 38
4th: Paul Taylor, 76 cb9 38.5
5th: Rick Bevington, 76 cb9 40.5
Michael Dige, playing his usual steady golf, took the
honours in the first division from Dave Stockman by virtue of a gross 34 on
the back nine even though he played the course starting from the tenth tee
due to the large number of contestants on the day. He was in fact 4 four
under gross before giving two back on the last two holes. Arthur Hancock
also played an outstanding back nine of level par to secure the count back
for third place from Jens Gunnarsson.
The second division was far more widespread with many of
the players finding the greens a little too quick for their liking.
The twos were shared between Peter Emslie, Jens
Gunnarsson and Arthur Hancock.
Back at The Haven Richard welcomed new members Martin
Reed, Steve Mathews and Colin Hardman, all from England. He then welcomed
back Simon Irvine from Scotland and The Schakt family, Klaus, Lars and
Oradee all from Norway.
Friday January 17
1st: Patrick Scullion, 6 up
2nd: Eero Kallinen, 5 up
3rd: David Spendley, all square cb9 a/s
4th: Mick Spear, all square cb9 1 down
5th: Doug Hollingsworth, 1 down cb9 1 down
6th: Malcolm Clare, 1 down cb9 3 down, cb6 2 down
7th: Peter Emslie, 1 down cb9 3 down, cb6 3 down
Having spent a difficult holiday trying to come to terms
with the various golf courses following prior night activities, Patrick
Scullion at last learnt that “early to bed and early to rise does make a
golfer wealthy and wise” (sic).
Playing the A and C courses of the Peter W. Thompson
designed course and having to suffer from an extraordinary long round due
the number of other people trying to tame the beast, Patrick astounded his
playing partners with a quality of golf shots seldom seen before. His six up
against “Old Man Par” was good enough to see off Eero Kallinen, who must
count himself unlucky to have found himself second with such a good round as
five under. The rest of the prize winners were to be found several shots
back all suffering from fatigue.
The twos were shared between Mike Dabanovich and Patrick
Before the prize giving, Richard welcomed new member
Keith Bardsley from England.
PSC Golf from the 60s Bar
Friday Jan 17
Pattaya Country Club
All the reports from the 60’s bar seem to start the
same way, “After the free breakfast we started out on the bus only to get
lost on the way there and go via the scenic route”. Well not this time my
boyos, this time I leapt in the front seat and took us directly there by the
quickest route and arrived at Pattaya Country Club without delay. We then
all booked in very efficiently and all got changed. Easy this, no sweat, out
to get the clubs and on to the first tee with the largest group of golfers
to ever play with the 60s Bar.
didn’t like ribs said Mr Pearce.
This was the first inkling of a tiny problem. On walking
down the line of clubs and caddies, no clubs, and I knew I had put them on
the bus. Up comes Bob Benda, who is running the competition, and says, “I
think you’d better talk to Bobby Joe, he’s got your clubs and the pins
in his car and he’s following us up here”. Yes, Bobby Joe what’s the
problem, I said. Bobby says, “I was following you up the road and lost you
in the traffic, where about do I turn off Route 7?”
Things are always different with this group and always
treated as the fun day its supposed to be, and even a record turnout
didn’t change the attitude - we just split the handicaps down the middle
and had two separate groups with 14 minor prizes.
So onto the golf, which on a windy day proved difficult,
but eventually we all got around with no noticeable delay until we all sat
in the clubhouse and slaked our thirsts with some cold Heineken for most and
water for ‘Stone Cold Jimmy’ before we loaded up and returned to Pattaya
and Bobby Joe’s for the presentation and the special feast that we had
stuff this golf.
caught going back for ‘thirds’.
I can do
this with my eyes closed.
On arrival we were met with the sight of the barbeque
going full blast and ribs being cooked by the dozen. Bags down and nosebags
on, as the golfers got stuck into the piles of ribs and potato salad, and
even the ‘I don’t like ribs’ crowd were won over. This meal was
universally described by all as the best meal we had had after golf, eat
your heart out Pete Galle, and Bobby has done some ‘Gooduns’.
After all this hard work, driving around the countryside
and watching his staff cook food, Bobby was so overcome with emotion (new
name for booze) that he asked Bob to do the presentations, and there were a
lot, and a new batch of shirts will arrive soon.
Winner of the ‘Good’ Golfers was Bob Bender and the
winner of the ‘Not quite as good’ was Joe St Laurent.
Goodies near pins: No 5 Alan Pearce, No 7 Bob Benda, No
12 Derek Brook and No 16 Paul Kraft.
Long putts: No 9 & 18 Jerry Kurtz.
Not as good near pins: No 5 Jerry King, No 7 Joe St
Laurent, No 12 Mike Howard and No 16 Kim Fletcher.
Long putts: No 9 & No 18 Joe St Laurent
Lucky draw: Stone Cold Sober James & Kevin Dunne.
PSC Golf from the Three Sisters
Monday the 13th - good luck? Bad luck? - It was good for
Charlie (RJ) Creed as he came in with 40 points. This is the first time that
Charlie has won in Monday golf. Charlie is one of the regular players and
has finally broken through to win the bragging rights. With a good drive and
doing well around the greens for the day, Charlie surged ahead of the rest
of the field.
Creed moved from last to first Monday Jan 13 and took the bragging rights
with a smashing 40 Stableford points. Herb came in holding the bag.
Following close behind Charlie was Big Bob Moberg. Bob
came in with 38 points for the day but could not catch up with the
frontrunner. Two shots back of Bob with 36 points were a slew of golfers:
Doug Douglas, Tom Gingerich, Jimmy Little, Doug Powell and Geoff Couch were
all in the hunt but were not able to come through to win the bragging
Holding the bag this week was Herb S.? - no last name on the card. Herb
came in with 24 points to win the bottom spot. Following close behind was
Ray Spurling with 25 but he escaped the cellar. Rod Perrin who had won the
spot for two weeks in a row did not play this week as he was taking lessons
to get his game in shape. Hope to see him back soon.
PSC Golf from the Cafe Kronborg
Monday Jan 13
Noble Place is earning a lot of friends these days as the
course continues to be in fine condition and more important at this time of
the year, you get to play an undisturbed round. It almost makes the long
trip well worth it, especially if you go on the transport and find sleeping
winner of B flight and ‘volunteer’.
in B flight and ‘volunteer’.
A full house travelled to Noble Place to take on the C
& B layouts of this tough course and found the course in fine condition
with lightning fast greens. The only draw back was the very windy conditions
that made the course difficult to play. So the stroke play competition got
underway with the players split into two flights, A flight (0 to 18) and B
flight (19 upwards).
The players produced some good golf in trying conditions
and that red-hot Icelander, Kris Helgason came through once again to win the
A flight with a net 69. Jerry Kurtz was second with a net 71 with Bob
Morrison third with a net 74 and Johan Reynisson fourth on net 76 on count
back over Koji.
In the B flight another hot golfer came through with Cees
Bosman, fighting to get his handicap down, producing a fine fighting net 69
ahead of in second Nigel Perry on net 73, beating on count back, third Barry
Kerr also net 73 and fourth John Ostram with net 74.
Near pins: B2 Kris Helgason, B5 Lars Jansson, C3 Joakin
Persson and C6 Koji Yamada.
Long putts: B9 Nigel Perry and C9 Joakin Persson.
Thursday Jan 16
There’s nothing like a volunteer to make life easy, so
it was good when I could not run this competition to find not one but two
volunteers, and both from the Emerald Isle, so thanks to them both, and one
of them even managed to win his flight.
Once again it was a full house that left the Kronborg for
the wind swept fairways of Khao Kheow. When the wind blows here it really
blows, so it was no surprise that one of the winners came from the windy
Emerald Isles and mastered the conditions. As usual there were some good
scores and some that will not be mentioned again.
The winner of the A flight and a name it took a long time
to get out was Val B Siguress (apologies if spelt wrong) with 35 points
ahead of Johann Reynisson with 34 points. A two way count back for third and
fourth was won by Geordie Ted Morris with 32 points ahead of Brian Holden
also on 32 points.
The B flight proved the most entertaining with two super
rounds of 41 points by James Flanagan and Sirkka Puikkonen, James winning
first place on count back. The title of ‘ever improving’ has been
removed from Mick and now resides with ‘Stone Cold Sober’. In third
place on count back was Pete Galle with 33 points beating the ex ever
improving Mick O’Connor into fourth also 33 points.
Near pins: C3 Jerry Kurtz, C8 Johann Reynisson, A3 Joaken
Persson and A5 Kenny Chung.
Long putts: C9 Barry Kerr and A9 Koji Yamada.
The Square Ring
Just as I predicted, Sirimongkol Singmanassk (40-1) kept
his WBC super-feather belt as he “impressively used his left jab and
footwork to elude the desperate retaliations of ex-WBA ruler Yongsoo Choi
(29-4-1) winning a lopsided decision over 12 heats at the Korakuen Hall,
Tokyo.” Those words written by the consummate expert on Asian Boxing Joe
The scoring was rather lopsided at 119-109 twice and
118-110, which would have to be expected. Sirimongkol is just reaching his
prime while Choi at 30 has seen better days. “It became a Tom-and-Jerry
game that the elusive champ kept Choi from catching himself with his
footwork and accurate counterpunches,” also from Mr. K. All the officials
came from America with Frank “My Way” Cappuccino the only fellow in the
ring with shirt and tie when the bell rang.
Now you’re probably saying to yourself, “Self, when
will Sirimongkol next fight?” Well Self, here’s your answer. He’ll
fight on March 22 as part of a triple header on a pay-per-view series called
Latin Fury. Sirimongkol will defend his WBC Crown against mandatory
challenger Jesus Chavez. The fight will take place at the Mandalay Bay
Resort/Gaming Casino in Las Vegas.
Somewhat fitting that Sirimongkol should have a good
outing in Japan where just a month before during the WBC Convention in that
city he was honored. Tiz true. I did mention last week that the WBC
Convention was held in Tokyo. What I failed to mention, cause I didn’t
know, was that Thai boxers Veeraphol Nakhonluang and Sirimongkol Singmanassk
were among those that were “rendered homage”.
Our regular reader will recognize the term “rendered
homage” as something from a press release as the chances of me using that
term in writing is about as likely as elephants dancing Swan Lake at
Tiffany. Prince Heir of the Kingdom of Thailand, HRH Maha Vajiralongkorn
received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his extraordinary support of
boxing in his country. The Award was presented by Dr. Suliaman (WBC
president) accompanied by Pol. Gen. Kovid Bhakdibhumi and Edward Thangarajah.
The latter’s name may be familiar as he is a boxing propagandist for a
daily paper in Bangkok.
Not to be forgotten are the wins by WBC bantamweight
champion Veerapol Nakornluang (40-1-1, 28 KOs) and WBC Int’l superbantam
title holder Napapol Kiatisakchokchai (31-1) a Monday removed at Channel 7
Stadium in Bangkok. As is the familiar scenario in Land of Smiles the local
lads bested a couple of visitors from the Philippines. Veerapol easily
stopped Nathan Barcelona in the 6th. Napapol got Arial Austria to take the
count at 40 seconds of the 5th. Napapol is planning on a mandatory challenge
against WBC 122-lb king Oscar Larios within six months, probably in America.
After more the than 4 months the World Boxing Council’s
Dr. Jose’ Suliaman has finally made a statement in regard to the 31
million dollars awarded to Graciano Rocchigiani by a New York court. When
the award was granted many though that Graciano would try and collect by
tying up sanctioning fees for WBC fights in America. “Didn’t happen.”
Still a mystery why. Except maybe you can’t get blood out of a turnip.
Regardless, the official WBC statement is as follows:
“The World Boxing Council will not disappear, nor
declare itself bankrupt as has been presumed. It would be like betraying the
WBC itself, after having achieved so many great feats in sports medicine and
the protection of the boxers world-wide. The WBC has never seen together, in
its 40 years of existence, the 31 million dollars that were determined by a
judge in favor of German boxer Graciano Rocchigiani. I will put all my
effort so the WBC continues alive because we know in our conscience that we
have not committed any fault, and I keep my faith that justice will prevail
in the end.” It’s Sonny and Cher Time. Que? “The Beat Goes On.”
Young Dave Stewart (6-0), Scottish professional boxer and
Pattaya visitor, writes, “Hello again. Thanks for the write-up in the Pattaya
Mail. My pals over there got in touch to say they’d seen it also.
I’m hoping to spend some time there after my next fight. It was good to
hear Sirimongkol won in Japan. As I told you before I’m boxing on Jan 30
at the plush Cafe Royal in London’s West End. It’s a Burns’ Supper
show. In case you haven’t heard of Robert Burns, he was an eighteenth
century Scottish poet and every year around Jan 25th, Burns’ Night, people
celebrate by having Burns’ Suppers; a banquet where haggis is eaten,
bagpipes are played and poetry is recited. Not only was he Scottish, but he
was from the same town as me - Ayr. My opponent is another unbeaten guy (in
five fights), Scott Lawton. I’ve been training very hard, and have done a
bit of sparring with Takaloo, the former WBU light-middleweight champion.
He’s boxing Dublin’s Jim Rock for his old WBU title on Feb 1st. All the
best, Dave Stewart.” Hope Dave’s mates in Pattaya read this.
A lot closer to Pattaya than England, you got real live
fights next Friday in Chonburi. PABA super featherweight titleholder
Pongsith Wiangwiset (3-1) will defend his title for the second time against
Joe Ricardo (12-3-2). Now one would think that Ricardo would have the edge
because of his experience. Probably not so. “Thai fighters fighting at
home and inviting a Indonesian in for tea.” Got to like Pongsith’s
The number #2 WBA super bantamweight Yoddamrong Singwangcha (27-1-1) will
also be on the card. At press time he was scheduled to be in against TBA.
That TBA family is big and sometimes they fight good. What’s that guy in
the Post say? “Mosey on over.” How about them apples?
MBMG International League Week 8
There was a hectic return to action for the teams of the
MBMG International league from their winter retreats, with most of the teams
in action. For The Mighty Warbler the winter break merely confirmed what
many analysts have been suggesting; they may no longer be as Mighty as they
once were. Retaining a title is always more difficult than winning it and so
it seems with the Mighty Warbler. After some unconvincing performances where
they have rode their fortune yet won the game, they came up against
Scandinavian Vikings who played with passion and conviction, qualities that
the Mighty Warbler have not shown for quite some time. The game was
eventually a 1-1 draw but the Scans can consider themselves very unlucky
with Randall, the Mighty Warbler’s goalkeeper, producing save after
brilliant save. It seems highly probably that Robbo, manager of the Mighty
Warbler will have to take advantage of the transfer window in order to bring
in some new faces and shake up an over confident, even arrogant squad.
As the Mighty Warbler wobble the Bullshead continued
their outstanding form with a 7-0 humiliation of SOHO. Indeed, in their
current mood the Bullshead look like championship favorites.
Elsewhere in Conference Bangkok United gained a useful
point against an improving British Club with a close 3-2 win.
In Conference B the race for the title was blown wide
open with UNOCAL’s 4-0 victory over previously unbeaten Pattaya. The win
was sweet revenge for UNOCAL who were on the end of a 9-0 drubbing in
Pattaya last season.
Meanwhile Pattana utterly destroyed HSC 13:0. With HSC
now conceding 33 goals in the last two games the dull thud of a falling axe
cannot be far away.
Pattana 13 - 0 HSC
Bangkok United 3 - 2 British Club
The Warbler 1 - 1 Scandinavian Vikings
Bullshead Brazilians 7 - 0 SOHO
UNOCAL 4 - 0 Racing Club Pattaya
What a load of Cobblers
Pattaya Lawn Bowls Division One
The Cobblers team came out well shod and heeled playing
the Tartan Bar. Willy and Lee throughout the game being a stitch in front to
the last end, but suddenly they lost their sole by dropping two shots to
lose the game. The crowd were heard to be saying, “What a load of
cobblers. It can not be true.”
Windmill team’s Big Frank and the Dark Destroyer Dennis
outclassed the Carlsberg Kids’ Dave and out of form Martin, punishing them
with every bowl and keeping them on course to be number one again (back to
the playground kids for some more practice).
The all girl team Yingyangs’ Jeang and Thong had a
runaway win over the Team Somtams’ Ned the Ted and Dancing Peter to carry
on their winning ways up the league.
Division One results: Tartan Bar 16 v 15 The Cobblers,
Windmills 22 v 14 Carlsberg Kids, Team Somtams 12 v 21 Yingyangs.
Asylum 2 boys Gazzer and pro Tommy are flying up the
league by beating the almighty Winchester and keeping their sights on
Top of the league boys New Guys came crashing down to
earth by getting beat by the minnows team from the Jan Bar (Well done boys).
Musketeers’ Harvey and Barry won their first game this
year to get them back in the running for Div 1.
Lucky Chaplins knocked the wheels off Brendan’s tanks
as the Desert Rats team lost.
Division Two Results: Thepprasit Ten Thistle 14 v 19
Musketeers, Winchester 14 v 18 Asylum 2, Jan Bar 13 v 12 New Guys, Lucky
Chaplins 18 v 12 Desert Rats
Player of the Week: Gazzer of Asylum 2
Match of the Week: Tartan Bar v The Cobblers
Team of the Week: Windmills