PC Classic Regatta 2003: A case of ‘Double Dutch’
story by Peter Cummins
Was ‘Double Dutch’ the lingua franca of the PC
Classic or was it, rather, a case of a ‘Dutch Double’ led by that
Dutchman Dubbelman in the vanguard which carried the day? It was, indeed, a
great show in Pattaya the last weekend in March, when the ninth sailing of
the Pattaya Mail PC Classic Royal Cliff Beach Resort International Regatta
was held out off the Resort. The Dutch contingent took away the top honours
in the Monohull and Multihull classes, with Marcel Dubbelman and Andreas
Brockelman winning the first two placings in the single-handed Laser, from
third-placed Dave Wales and Gary Baguley in the crewed Enterprise dinghy.
winner Puris P. (left) receives the trophy from Santsak Ngampiches.
spectators lined the beachfront to catch a glimpse of the exciting action
van den Heuvel (right), race director, and his team keep a close watch on
the sailor’s from the committee boat.
drift past the sponsor hotel, the Royal Cliff Beach Resort.
Jouke and Kai Postma won the Multihulls Division, on the
two-person Nacra 17, from - you guessed it - fellow-Dutchman Frank Teeuwan.
With Race Officer Supremo, Richard van den Heuvel, also a Netherlander, the
2003 PC Classic was a triumph for the lads from the ‘Low Countries’.
Perhaps the Pattaya weather was the catalyst for the
Dutch who are used to sailing in the rain. Rain it certainly did. In fact,
there was a huge front-end storm out of the north, with massive cloud cover
and a virtual deluge. All eyes looked anxiously at the sky: still raining at
1 p.m. and a start scheduled for 2 p.m. But, our Richard is not a man to
mess with. He called on Varune, the mythical wind-god, the nemesis of the
Royal Varuna Yacht Club. The sky cleared, the sun came out and the race
started on schedule, albeit in a very light, fickle north-westerly.
A big fleet of 16 Optimists struggled around the course
which most of the 43-strong entries in the three divisions managed to
A big crowd of Chonburi Province and Pattaya City
officials, the Austrian, Australian and British Ambassadors, UNICEF
officials, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, sponsors principally from the
Eastern Seaboard, Royal Thai Navy personnel and supporters from the public
and private sectors, joined the Royal Varuna sailors to celebrate the event
and to support the Varuna Club’s proposed re-building programme.
raised, weight forward, trying to catch the wind.
break on the Nacra.
Pattaya Sports Club vessel gently rocks in the waters off the Royal Cliff
and Nacras look for the wind.
Held at the Royal Cliff’s splendid Siam Ballroom, it
was a nautical evening, with the Ballroom decorated in Royal Varuna blue,
with dinghies and sailing paraphernalia spread around the immense hall.
The regatta was inaugurated in March 1965 to celebrate
the birthday - and retirement from United Nations service - of the PC in the
title, Peter Cummins, and both the regatta and PC have ‘developed’
strongly since then. Now, this ninth sailing has exceeded all expectations,
in spite of this year’s weather. Led by Copeland Corporation/Emerson
Electric the Platinum sponsor, the long list includes ongoing supporters
Ambrose Wine Ltd, Carlsberg, Coca Cola, Pattaya City, Pattaya Mail/Pattaya
Blatt, the Royal Cliff Beach Resort, the Royal Varuna Yacht Club and the
Tourism Authority of Thailand. First-time sponsors were Jomtien Boathouse,
LCB Container Terminal 1, Ltd. and Rieckermann Thai Engineering Co., Ltd.
Undoubtedly the sponsors agree with Panga Vathanakul, the
charming managing director of the Royal Cliff Beach Resort, whose dedication
to a clean environment and determination to restore Pattaya to a
family-friendly resort, regard this yacht racing event as an ideal conduit
for achieving these ends. This is clearly echoed by H.E. Sontaya Khunpluem,
the Minister of Tourism and Sports who expands this, seeing the PC Classic
as being an “ideal marriage between tourism and sports” promoting both
simultaneously to the benefit of Pattaya, the Eastern Seaboard and Thailand
as a whole.
In fact, again through the generosity of the sponsors,
three institutions have greatly benefited from the regatta. During the
evening, the children’s “Happy Camp”, the Bann Vatong School and the
Royal Varuna Yacht Club were all rewarded with considerable donations to aid
their respective causes.
Thus, the 2003 Ninth PC Classic Regatta sailed into the sunset, with a
promise that next year, the Tenth will be even bigger AND better - Wind-God
Varune and Dick van den Heuvel willing.
(All Lasers except #3)
1. Marcel Dubbelman
2. Andreas Brockelman
3. David Wales/Gary Baguley
4. Andrew Connelli
5. Bernard Leemann
6. Barnabus Smith
(first 10 only; no categories)
1. Jouke/Kai Postma
2. Frank Teeuwen
3. Yves Felix
4. Bob Garner
5. Saranya/Simon Makinson
6. Alberto/Chanida Cassio
7. Philip/Carla Schenker
8. Gary Cooper
9. Claire Medd/Olly Hughes
10. Antony Chapman/Naifah
(first 10 0nly)
1. Puris P.
4. Matteo de Vos
6. Joe Connelly
7. Antoine de Cuyper
8. Patrick Schenker
9. Quentin de Cuyper
10. Sebastian Leeman
Jim Russell wins PSC Annual Golf Championship
Sunday and Monday March 30 & 31
Plutaluang Royal Thai Naval Course
Once a year the bravest and most skilful golfers convene
for two days to decide who is the best golfer in the Pattaya Sports Club -
the ‘Gross Champion”, and this year the best net golfer or the best
‘Handicapper’ in the club.
Champion Nattaporn Thongpen
Gross Champion Jim Russell
D flight James Bisset
C flight Peter Vanderwort
This year, as last year, the decision was to play the
Plutaluang course and on the first day to play the South and West layouts
and on the second day to play the North and West. This is one of the main
reasons to play here, that starts can be made on both nines each day and
this leads to a much smoother flow.
All the nines on both days were well prepared and most of
the golfers I spoke to were full of praise for the improvement that continue
to be made on this course, making it month by month a much better place to
Of course this being a two day competition it was very
important that the 76 or so players got away to a good start - and several
players got off to excellent starts. Amongst them in the net competition was
Garry Blackburn who was to win the eventual two-day net competition and Andy
Spence who was the winner of the first day net, also having the actual
lowest net in his flight over two days.
B flight Jim (L) and A flight Billy (L)
winner day 1 Alan Spence
net winner Judy Russell
winner day 2 Dan Sell
In the gross competition the big guns came to the fore,
with last year’s winner and ‘Club Champ’ Mike (Superman) Dige fighting
to keep his championship and shooting a fine round, but in the lead in the
gross competition after the first day was the new star Jim Russell, a two
handicapper, with a fine gross 73 with Mike in second place.
Day two dawned fine and fresh, and many, many nervous
golfers girded their loins and settled to do battle on the North and West
layouts for the many prizes and championships. The course being in fine
condition, application and will to win became very important, and the winner
of the second day net proved this when Dan Sell held on in a four way count
back on net 68 ahead of Gary Blackburn, Tim McMaster and David Smith.
In the A flight, 0 to 12, Billy Thompson was imposing
himself and came in with a two day net of 136, well ahead of a count back
for second on net 143 which was won by Stefan Anderson in second ahead of
Maurice Herberge in third.
set to win the battle.
ball shot with a wide angle lens.
there’s a crew that’s ready for anything.
In the B flight, 13 to 17, James (Jim) Montgomery played
well and scored a fine net 141 ahead of in second David Smith on net 144 and
in third place Kristian Helgason on 147.
In the C flight, 18 to 23, there was a much closer fight,
and one shot over two days separated the first two, with third close behind.
It is exciting when it is this close. The winner on net 138 was Peter
Vanderwort, ahead of in second on net 139 Bob (The Photo) Benda and in third
Mick O’Connor with a net 141.
The D flight, 24 to 36, was won by James Bisset on net
144 ahead of second Simon Dutton on net 146 and in third Dan Sell with net
A special prize will be given to Andy Spence who won the
men’s winner first day net and was, because of this, overlooked in his
flight which he would have won.
The winner of the ladies net was Judy Russell, better
half of Jim, who won the flight with a net 162 ahead of in second place
Laurina Brinn with a net 60.
So to the three big ones, and in the ladies competition
the Ladies Club Champion was Nattaporn Thongpen with a net 140. In the
men’s competition the Men’s Net Winner was Gary Blackburn with a net
Meanwhile, in the Men’s Gross Competition for what is
generally considered the ‘Club Champion’ the competition was fierce
between last years ‘Champ’ Michael Dige and the new challenger Jim
Russell, but with a super last round 76 Jim came home with a gross 149 over
the two days and the win.
The golf chairman would like to thank all his friends who
rallied around to help him, and P.S.C., the main sponsors of the tournament,
along with The Harley Bar, Shenanigans, The 60’s Bar, and John Swanson who
donated three free green fees.
So to next year when the fortunate few will meet once again for the
spoils. Good swinging to all.
Men’s Gross Champion: Jim Russell, gross 149
Men’s net Champion: Gary Blackburn, net 135
Ladies Champion: Nattaporn Thongpen, net 140
Winners Two Days
Winner: Billy Thompson, net 136
Second: Stefan Anderson, net 143
Third: Maurice Herberge, net 143
Winner: James Montgomery, net 141
Second: David Smith, net 144
Third: Kristian Helgasson, net 147
Winner: Peter Vanderwort, net 138
Second: Bob Benda, net 139
Third Mick: O’Connor, net 141
Winner: James Bisset, net 144
Second: Simon Dutton, net 146
Third: Dan Sell, net 147
Men’s net winner: Andy Spence
Ladies longest drive: Nattaporn Thongpen
Men’s longest drive: (0 to 18) Anders Pederson,
(19 to 36) Simon Dutton.
Longest 1st putt: Men and ladies: S9 (0 to 18) Mike Dige,
(19 to 36) Judy Russell, and E9 (0 to 18) Ian Warwick, (19 to 36) Andy
Near pins: (0 to 18) S4 Marcel Wittwer, S7 Mike Allidi,
E2 Jeff McLaury and E5 Peter Alfthan. (19 to 36) S4 Alan Pierce, E2 Dick
Worden, and E5 Arthur Bailey.
Men’s net winner: Dan Sell, net 68
Ladies long drive: Judy Russell
Men’s long drive: (0 to 18) Dennis Willet, (19 to 36)
Longest 1st putt: (0 to 18) W9 Jim Russell.
Ladies near pins: N3 Laurina Brinn, W3 Judy Russell.
Men’s near pins: (0 to 18) N3 Jeff Wylie, N6 Jeff
Wylie, W3 Mike Allidi and W8 Jim Montgomery. (19 to 36) N3 Dan Sell, N6
Norman Brooks, W3 George Meigh, W8 Norman Brooks.
Golly - What A Folly
by Mike Franklin
Shenanigans ‘Franklin’s Folly’ brought some dry
weather to the South and East nines at Plutaluang Navy Golf Course on April
Fool’s Day, Tuesday April 1st. Playing a relaxed pairs scramble format,
with all players off the ladies tees, the men soon discovered that length is
not everything and, even with the distance advantage of teeing-off forward,
the success (or otherwise) on the day was simply down to chipping and
Alan Bishop & Phil Taylor with the Franklin’s Folly Trophy, awarded by
birthday “kids” Mike Franklin (2nd left) and Banjob (right).
from Shenanigans via Ning Fletcher & Rosemary.
Scores were therefore not as silly as one might have
thought, the best of the day coming from Phil Taylor and Alan Bishop
returning a net 60.6. They were each rewarded with a free Shenanigans
Carvery every week for a year and an original Franklin’s Folly Trophy
featuring birthday boy Mike mounted in Perspex with a design inspired by
Shenanigans industrious web mistress, Susie Ngamsuan. Runners-up were John
King and Michael Anderson just a tad behind with net 60.8, each rewarded
with a bottle of Champagne on ice.
Third place, with a net 61.2, was claimed by newcomer
Mike Allidi from Switzerland, partnered by the very Irish Seamus Brennan and
suitably rewarded with a bottle of Jameson each.
Individual pairings were recognized at the next scoring
level. Best ladies pair were Nattaporn Thongpen and Patcharee Kulsai with a
net 67, each presented with a jug of very blue margaritas for immediate
Best men’s pair was the effective duo of Jason Payne
and Rich Wibrow receiving jugs of Heineken in return for a net 62.8, and the
best mixed pair prize went to Fabian Arp and Lamud Chaidara with net 62.6.
They each received a bottle of fine wine, the white of course already
chilled on ice as Shenanigans friendly staff always seem to be one ahead.
mixed pair, Fabian & Lamud.
place Mike Allidi & Seamus Brennan.
Mikael Anderson & John King.
winners Nattaporn & Patcharee
Technical prizes were plentiful and rewarded with
Shenanigans vouchers. Near pins went to Fabian, Rich Wibrow, and ‘six
handicap’ Mike Allidi claimed both near pins on the East nine. Phil Taylor
and John King sank long putts on the South course, and Arthur Hancock and
Chant Schwulera on the East. Mike Allidi won the men’s long drive.
Patcharee Kulsai was longest for the ladies, and the long uphill drive on
South #8, open to all, was impressively boomed by David Bond some 300yds to
left of the green and about thirty yards further than an equally impressive
drive by Jason Payne.
The final award for the highest net score went to the
Franklins, returning a totally unimpressive net 82.2. Mike’s choice of
prize to recognize the ‘failure of the day’ had been a Negroni cocktail
(equal parts Sweet Martini, Campari & Gin, shaken or stirred on ice,
with a slice of orange). Being his favorite cocktail, occupying the last
position on the scoreboard turned out rather well!
Emceeing the presentation back at Shenanigans, and having
a birthday as well, was great fun with a huge bouquet of flowers from Usa
and the girls, and gifts coming from all directions including one from
Shenanigans staff. Mike’s wife Banjob was co-opted into the proceeding
having also had a birthday two days previously. It was as friendly as it
always is after a Shenanigans golf day.
Some new faces were welcomed including Mike Allidi, Igor
and Peter Saktur, Nattaporn Thongpen with partner Patcharee Kulsai, Chant
Schwulera with Khun Amnat, and J.P. Labrousse with Ning Samsai. It was a
reluctant farewell to Ray & Im Woodruffe, shortly to return to the UK
for an unspecified period. Ed Trayling is running a book as to their
possible early return to Thailand and re-joining their golfing friends at
Shenanigans. We wish them well.
Mike put up some prizes for a lucky draw, selecting names
from scorecards with the expert help of five year old daughter Samantha
choosing the cards and giving out the prizes. Ray Woodruffe appropriately
won the ‘Heineken Open’ golf bag aptly fitted with a bag stand and
shoulder straps that will be quite useful in the UK where you don’t have a
caddy to take care of you.
The party continued until late and turned out to be one
of those rather special Shenanigans evenings.
The anticipated, and previously reported, transfer of an
obsolete battle cruiser from Sattahip by a fleet of helicopters to the
reservoir at Plutaluang never materialized but, being April 1st that was
hardly surprising! The full transcript can be seen on the golf page at
Shenanigans web site.
No fixture during Songkran week, so the next outing is on
Tuesday April 22nd to Plutaluang South & East for a pairs scramble
‘warm-up’ before the 2003 Funhill Cup at Plutaluang on Friday April
25th. Entry forms and full details are available at Shenanigans on the golf
notice board and behind the bar. Details are also on the web page at
www.shenanigans-pattaya.com Sign-up, in pairs please, at Shenanigans.
Entries are only accepted with the entry fee.
Then it is back out again on Tuesday 29th April with a
return to Pattaya Country Club for a pairs combined Stableford.
Finally, the thank you of the day must go to Shenanigans
Landlord Kim for generously providing such an attractive range of
‘consumable’ prizes and the customary support of Shenanigans efficient
and friendly staff.
A day enjoyed and, for Mike, a day to remember.
International Open Singles Lawn Bowling Championship
A three-day international lawn bowls championship was
recently held at the Bowling Green Pattaya to find the current Pattaya Lawn
left to right front: Dave the Rave & Thong, back: Big Frank & Blond
Dave the Rave with the Cup.
Competitors from countries a far a field as Australia,
U.S.A., England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Thailand and even Holland took
During the event some tremendous bowling was seen by a
knowledgeable crowd, which saw quite a few upsets and shocks.
The surprise package of the tournament was the rank
outsider, the blond bombshell Martin The Unready, who was beaten in the semi
finals with the last shot of the game by the current champion and eventual
winner Dave the Rave from England.
Martin had already taken out previous champion Steve the
Streak in the previous round, making him eat his words with a vengeance.
Dave the Rave eventually beat the Dutch Master Big Frank 21-9 to take his
second Pattaya open singles tournament.
Burapha University holds mini-marathon to bolster Thai-Korean relations
Avid long distance runners arose in the early morning
hours of Sunday morning, March 30 to run in the Burapha University Mini-Half
Marathon in Bangsaen, with winners going on to represent Thailand in the
Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Marathon 2003 to be held in South Korea later this
Jandecha (center), winner of the men’s category receives his ticket to
Seoul from Sontaya Khunpluem, minister of tourism and sports (left) and Kim
Jin Sae, director of the Korean Tourism Authority (right).
fastest woman of the day, Thanaporn Piamsakol is presented with her ticket
and package to Korea by Chai Yea, the South Korean Ambassador to Thailand
(left) and Kim Jin Sae, director of the Korean Tourism Authority (right).
Sontaya Khunpluem, Minister of Tourism and Sports fired
the starter pistol at 5.45 a.m. on March 30 for the 10.5 km and 21.1 km
categories as well as the 3 km walk/run for health.
Also present during start of the races were Chai Yea, the
South Korean Ambassador to Thailand and Kim Jin Sae, director of the Korean
Winners of the half-marathon in the men and women’s
categories received a return ticket to Korea including accommodation, meals
and entrance to the Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Marathon 2003. The first 5
runners crossing the finish line received a trophy and the first 1,000 each
received a medal for completing the race. The winners of the mini marathon
each received 13,000 baht in cash for their efforts.
The event was organized to promote sports among residents
and students and to celebrate the already fine relationship between Thailand
and South Korea through tourism. Proceeds of the race went towards
activities run by the university.
The winners - Boonchoo ‘iron lungs’ Jandecha of the
men’s category and Thanaporn Piamsakol in the women’s category will fly
to Korea to compete in the marathon.
Men’s Mini Marathon
Winner: Sutat Kalayarnkiti
R/up: Jirasak Suttichart
Women’s Mini Marathon
Winner: Saiphon Bierwong
R/up: Pacharee Chaitongsri
Overall Half Marathon Men’s
Winner: Boonchoo Jandecha
R/up: Amnuay Pongrit
Overall Half Marathon Women’s
Winner: Thanaporn Piamsakol
R/up: Kedmanee Senaphan
Golden Coin still in first place
P S C Friday Bowling League
There were three teams this week which wiped out their
opponents with a 4-0 win, Mio rolled a 588 series to lead House of the
Golden Coin to a 4-0 win over Jack Tar, Three Sisters beat Cafe Kronborg 4-0
with the help of a 200 game from Morn and La’s 204 game helped Shakey
Pete’s take 4-0 from the last place Winchester Club.
In other games the VFW Post 9876 won 3-1 against Nice
& Sleazy and Cafe Ole took 3-1 from Domicil.
There were fewer bowlers than usual this week, meaning
Cafe Kronborg and VFW had only two on each team while most of the others had
The over 200 bowlers this week were: Mio 204 & 205, Tue 212, La 204
and Morn 200.
Diana Group Golf
Seniors & Ladies April Open
The next tournament, exclusively for Seniors (50-64),
Super Seniors (65+) & Ladies (any age) will be held at Pattaya Country
Club on Thursday April 24.
* 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 at Pattaya Country Club
* 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
A grim result
No April fool, he is back! With 41 pts, Keith Forrt
(younger-half of grim bros) (23) gave a surprise visit and took the pot.
Sales must have been down for the Pieman. 2nd with 38 pts was Robin Wilkin
(12), from Edinburgh, keeping the jock flag flying, unlike our footballers.
An un-expectant visit to Phoenix, thinking it would be a
lot easier than GV. Wrong! The day produced a lot of poor scores. A regular
visitor Paul Sibley put his nose in front with 32 pts, whilst Allan Hayward
came close with 31 pts. K Forrt was with us again, but was feeling the
strain of Tuesday, although he did manage a 2 at the 2nd, 4 ft from the pin.
Pat Collins played a cracker and got inside him, but managed to 3 putt, says
the caddie gave him the wrong line for his tap-in.
Thanks for your support. CUALL Tuesday GV, Thursday TBA,
leave 11.00. Nearest the pin prizes were donated by The Bar.
Ogilvie & Jonsson raid the Riverside
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at the Bunker
It was another early start for the Bunker Boys, and no
joke, on Tuesday 1st April, when they travelled out of the province to
faraway Bangprakong Riverside for their weekly medal joust. The day was hot
and humid and the course beautifully presented, as usual. Fairways were lush
and the greens were impeccably set up and teasingly fast. The two divisions
chomped nervously at the bit until the over-zealous starter waited until the
very stroke of eleven and called them to action.
As the field settled down it became clear that some
excellent golf was being played and in division two the “Icelandic
Samurai”, Kerry Jonsson, showed us all that his time in university in
Tokyo has not been wasted, and his thirst for victory was quenched with a
fine four-under par net 68. This was just enough to hold off Peter McKay who
fired net 69 and Norm Robinson and Duncan Lee who both recorded net 72.
Division one scores were even better with Bruce Ogilvie
taking the honours with an astonishing net 65, a handful of shots ahead of
the chasing group comprising Ciano Glavina, Brian Kelly and Bill Hewitt, all
with net 70.
The only birdie two of the day was scored by Phil Groves
and he gladly took possession of the Bunker Super Sawng award. There were
the usual candidates for the “April Fool” celebration but a Guy who
shoots seven pars on the back nine then messes his card with a seven on a
par three more than deserves the Bunker Banana Booby. That Guy was Remy!
Remy cruises to victory at Plutaluang
Thursday, 3rd April saw the Bunker Boys sail into the
Royal Thai Navy course at Plutaluang for their weekly Stableford event and,
as always, they were welcomed by a course in immaculate condition. This was
the fifth day of major competition on this course in less than a week and
the testing North and West nines were to provide the backdrop to the
On a very hot and still day both divisions set about
their task and in division two the returning “Icelandic Samurai”, Kerry
Jonsson, took his second consecutive victory, this time firing 33 points. It
was to prove too much for Keith Saunders, soon to return to the UK with 31
points in his pocket, and the omnipresent David Johnson who scored 30
Division one saw the best scores of the day with Bert
“Remy” Guy, completely recovered after his feast of bananas only two
days previously, shooting the only par round of the day to net 36 points.
Playing partner Wilf “Blondie” Latham stuttered into second place with a
hard earned 33 points with the resurgent Terry Phur only a point further
back on 32.
Bill Hewitt again shot the day’s only birdie two to win
the Bunker Super Sawng award for his accuracy and putting skills whilst the
unfortunate John Preddy, entering the competition this time, took charge of
the Bunker Banana Booby after a round of stunning mediocrity, pipping Mr.
Loy’s shambles right at the death. The week had begun with a topical jest
from Mike Franklin but it was Remy who cruised to victory at Plutaluang.
Bob Patterson starts the round and the week off hot
IPGC Golf From Lewiinski’s
Sunday - 30th of March
Green Valley - White Tees
1st Place A Flight - Bob Patterson - 39 points
2nd Place A Flight - Dave Stockman - 38 points
3rd Place A Flight - John Emmerson - 37 points
1st Place B Flight - Frank Sinclair - 38 points
2nd Place B Flight - Richard Garland - 36 points
3rd Place B Flight - Joe McArdle - 35 points
Bob Patterson, who just a month ago had an eagle on the
par 5, 4th hole at Ban Chang and followed it with a hole-in-one on the par
3, 5th, looked like he might do something equally magnificent on this day.
He started out with a par of the par five 1st, a birdie on the par three
2nd, a birdie on the par four 3rd and an eagle on the par five 4th. Four
holes, four under, 14 points off a 7 handicap. The cold hand of reality
slowly crept into the round, though, as Bob finished the front 2-under and
bumped around the back at 6 over. But it was a brilliant run!
Dave Stockman, himself off a six, was not as dramatic as
Bob but nearly as effective as he garnered 38 points while matching Bob off
the stick at 76.
John Emmerson edged Kevin Taylor on count back after the
latter was advised his handicap had dropped to single figures at 9.4 and his
hoped for 38 points had to be reduced to 37.
Frank Sinclair added to his recent streak of form by
winning B Flight. Just to show that old dogs can learn new tricks, ol’
Frank is now better informed as to how to take a drop at a lateral water
hazard. Richard Garland and Joe McArdle, who are both used to being in A
Flight, made the best of their relegation as they both stood on the B
Friday - 4th of April
Chonburi - White Tees
1st Place A Flight - Graham Johnson - net 70
2nd Place A Flight - Leigh Sienkiewicz - net 74
3rd Place A Flight - Bobby Driggs - net 75
1st Place B Flight - Seamus Brennan - net 70
2nd Place B Flight - Kerry Jonsson Bodd - net 71
3rd Place B Flight - Duncan Lee - net 72
Lewiinski’s Golf Club does not go to Century Chonburi
often but the value enjoyed on this day may suggest more frequent visits.
More than one golfer expressed “embarrassment” at how inexpensive this
venue is. Albeit the traps need work (read sand), but the fairways are the
equal of anywhere on the Eastern Seaboard. The standard men’s tees of 6571
yards represent one of the longest standard set-ups.
The conditions certainly appealed to Graham Johnson who
shot a gross 77, net 70 to be man of the match. He was followed in A Flight
by the wild man of Sydney, Leigh Sienkiewicz, and new arrival, Bobby Driggs.
Seamus “the Bionic Eye” Brennan continued his fine rookie year in golf
by netting first in B Flight. He was joined on the podium by Kerry Jonsson
Bodd and Duncan Lee (or is it Lee Duncan?) (oh, whatever).
NOTE: Lewiinski’s has moved its golf from Monday to
Tuesday to take advantage of some Sports Day discounts at area courses. We
now play on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
P.S.C. Golf from the 60’s Bar
Friday April 4
International Golf Club
There is something comfortable about arriving at the
60’s Bar on the morning of a competition as the players arrive and sit
peacefully outside eating their free breakfast, drinking their tea and
coffee, reading the morning papers and relaxing in the fresh air before the
way to finish a day...
presents to Andy (L) and Bob (R).
cooks up a lotta ribs.
Ten o’clock and its load up and ‘wagons roll’ to
the golf course of the day and this week the test was at Sriracha, which has
a fine golf course and a good modern clubhouse at very reasonable rates.
On the course the weather was pretty hot and the course
itself was in fine condition, with as usual the main problem being the
‘iffy’ condition of the bunkers but even these were not as bad as
normal. We found out why when the leading four ball had completed the front
nine and as it went up the 11th fairway several loud bangs were heard and we
found ourselves in the middle of a 25 group shotgun start local tournament.
However, a little good humour allowed us to complete the round.
presents to Mick.
presents to Derek who can now get ‘shirty’.
Back at Bobby Joes, we sampled one of his super free
barbeque specials when he produced so many tasty barbequed baby back ribs
and fresh crusty bread that even the staff took their evening meal home for
the family. Good cook and good boss is Bobby.
Then ‘A Star Is Born’ as Derek Brook won two near
pins and beat Kris Helgason on count back to win the day’s competition,
and a fine day ended as usual in the fading light with the tables full of
Winner: Derek Brook
Near pins: #3 Bob Pearce, #8 Derek Brook, #12 Derek
Brook, and #17 Mick O’Connor.
Long putt: Andy Evans
P.S.C. Golf from the Cafe Kronborg
Thursday April 3
This course is one of the favourite courses of all the
golfers here and a visit to it is always an occasion for golfers to join us
for a day out. At this time of the year we notice a drop off in numbers and
indeed less people are playing but surprisingly the numbers are still in
excess of last year and for this visit we still had 9 four balls.
On the course the heat was very noticeable and the course
still fairly dry, but the greens were still as formidable as ever and it
seemed difficult to get a score together.
Back in the clubhouse, with several players tucking into
the ice cream sundae special, courtesy of the recommendation of our own
gourmet Pete Galle, the scores started to come in and were found to be
remarkably low except for one star in each division who won ‘by a
In the A flight, 0 to 18, the winner by 5 points was Jeff
Wylie with a fine 41 points, ahead of Kevin Callaghan with 36 points, and in
a count back for third Rick Evans beat Joe Sebastian into fourth.
In the B flight, 19 up, the lesson given by the winner
was even more brutal with Dick Worden scoring 42 points, a street ahead of
the rest. The rest had to be content with a three-way count back on 32
points, with Peter Wanderworp coming second, Mick O’Connor third and just
losing out was Paul Photns.
Near pins: #2 Jeff Wiley, #8 James Strank, #12 Jeff
Riley, and #17 Bob Webb.
Long putts: #9 Pete Galle and #18 John Swanson.
Jack Moseley wins Ian Ashenden’s Birthday Invitational
Wednesday April 2
From what started as an informal outing for 8-10 golfers,
teaching professional Ian Ashenden was accompanied by 34 of his ‘closest
friends’ at his birthday golf tournament at Khao Kheow on Wednesday 2nd
A great breakfast at Rosie O’Grady’s was followed by
18 holes under a scorching blue sky from the yellow tees over the C and B
nines at a Khao Kheow course in great condition, especially bearing in mind
the recent continual downpours. The intense heat affected a few of the
field, in fact local Eurocitizen ‘Mad’ Jack Grindvold nearly had to
leave the course with dehydration until someone had the radical suggestion
of drinking some water, and ‘Wild Thing’ Frank Sinclair almost bought
his caddy a drink at one stage!
Star of the day from the scratch point of view was ‘The
Sharpshooter’ Rick Sharp, who took the honours for the best gross round of
the day, 6 over par 78. Rick also came second in the main Stableford event
but his prize for best gross made him ineligible for a handicap prize.
At the morning briefing in the clubhouse which (nearly)
all the competitors attended, every golfer was given a pink or blue golf
ball which they could play at any time during the round and would double
their points at the hole the ball was used for. Many players were concerned
about the quality of these balls and thought that they may be joke balls or
would only fly about 100 yards. Well all doubts were put to rest when
standing on the par 5 C7, with 238 yards to the green, Ian’s pink
‘Blockbuster 1’ proceeded to land on the back of the green and bounce
another 40 yards after being struck by a sweet 3 wood! The usual scrambled
par from the middle of the fairway ensued.
Overall tournament winner was Jack Moseley, Khao Kheow
member and guest of Gary Blackburne. Jack played an excellent round on his
home course and shot 40 points, plus 3 for his bonus ball. Irishman Peter
Ring, guest of Colin Davis, came in 2nd with 40 points, whilst ‘Loud
Aussie 1’, Lefty Leigh Sienkiewicz, came in 3rd with 39 points. 4th place
went to Bob ‘The Congressman’ Patterson, who edged out the ‘Aussie Pom’
Eddie Bielby on a count back. A random pairs draw was made at the end of the
day, Jack Moseley complete a profitable day by winning that along with John
A skins tournament was held in conjunction with the main
Stableford, and special mention should be made of John Hillier, an old
golfing friend of Ian Ashenden’s from Saudi Arabia. John not only claimed
a skin with a birdie, but also holed out for an eagle 2 on the short but
dangerous par 4 C9 to claim that hole as well. Congratulations to ‘Nice
Guy’ Nigel Cannon, playing off 22, who also claimed a Skin to prove it’s
not just a low handicapper’s event, other winners were the birthday boy,
Joe ‘The Pipe’ McArdle, Cap’n John McHugh, ‘Clubs R Us’ and one
other who will no doubt remind the author of his name!
Nearest the pins went to NY Joe Sebastian, Steve
‘Italian Stallion’ Vitabile, David ‘Welsh Wizard’ Earthrowl, Ian
Ashenden and Mad Jack Grindvold. Longest drives were held on the great B9
hole, 15-28 handicap winner was Steve Vitabile, whilst the high fader John
McHugh hit an immensely long and accurate drive with what could only have
been a low draw and took the 0-14 long drive.
Ian would like to extend his thanks to Neil Cameron for
his efficient and unflustered results administration, the management at Khao
Kheow for their assistance and flexibility, and all the many car drivers who
turned up in the morning with empty cars to ferry strangers to the golf
course. Special thanks finally to Bob ‘The Congressman’ Patterson, Frank
‘Wild Thing’ Sinclair and the ‘Rochdale Rottweiler’ Pete Fitton for
their great company on the golf course. A great day was had by all, watch
this space for an annual invitation.
The fish are still out there
Pattaya International Games Fishing Friends caught a big queen fish on April
1. Ralf Bernard landed the 136 cm, 138. kg fighter, when fishing with
friends from the Atlantis Club Cafe.
Pattaya Squash Club lose again to Bangkok’s British Club
At the Ambassador City Hotel, Jomtien, on Saturday March
22, the Pattaya Squash Club hosted the British Club from Bangkok in a return
of the friendly meeting that took place in Bangkok in November of last year.
That meeting was a sound defeat for Pattaya losing 10
matches to 2, so with that in mind Pattaya looked to strengthen their team
for this fixture. Unfortunately, 3 of Pattaya’s top players, John, Eddie
and Stuart, were forced to withdraw at the last moment, severely weakening
The 5 players from the British Club were selected from
their top 3 leagues and thus proved too strong for Pattaya’s mainly middle
Number 1 player for the day, Jan was Pattaya’s only
victor beating British Club’s captain David 3 games to 1.
Incredibly all the matches ended with the same 3-1 score
line but were highly competitive.
Pattaya’s Mike Phillips fought hard against British
Club’s Chris and won the first game but was eventually outplayed in the
next three games by Chris’s faster game.
Mike’s son, Paul, played determinedly against Charles
from the away team and in a very good natured match that seemed never to end
and found him sprawled across the floor on more than one occasion, he was
Jurgen the home team’s German player needed all of his
considerable experience in a match that was littered with lets, penalty
strokes and queries to the referee before he was overcome by the away
team’s equally experienced Peter.
The home captain, Bruce, may feel that he let his match
slip away from him. After winning the first game and coming from 2-7 down to
lead 8-7 in the second only to lose that game 8-10, he seemed to lose his
concentration in the last 2 games and Bangkok’s Welsh player Marvin
emerged the victor.
Bangkok’s David agreed to play again and Mike Poustie
put up a brave effort and could perhaps have won more than one game before
David, avenging his defeat by Jan, overcame him.
6-1 to the British Club was the final result and over a
few cold beers the British Club players presented each Pattaya player with a
special polo shirt to commemorate their centenary year.
The hungry players then headed into Pattaya for a buffet
meal at the Apex Hotel where the two captains spoke a few words of thanks to
all those who attended and plans were aired for the next fixture.
Despite slightly strengthening their team, the absence of
key players and a lack of competitive matches once again proved to be the
downfall of Pattaya. Captain for the day, Bruce, encouraged his team to
recruit new regular players in order to build a competitive league system so
the result of the next meeting can hopefully be reversed.
The Pattaya Squash Club plays every Tuesday, Thursday and
Saturday from 5 p.m. at the Ambassador City Hotel, Jomtien. All new players
welcome. For more information contact Bruce Madge 060 515 725 or John
Nutkins 092 609 605.
The Square Ring
by Howie Reed
The MGM in Las Vegas seems to have cornered the market on
“truly” big fights. A big fight is one that you don’t have to write
“Big Fight”. The odds are pretty darn good that the Grand Arena will
play host to the Oscar deLaHoya-Shane Mosley rematch on September 13. With
the heavyweight division trying to get out of the “muddling situation”
it’s in and very few other attractions on the horizon this could be the
fight event of the year. One of the main obstacles to the fight getting to
that status is the “mediocre” performances of Mosley of late.
Maybe “muddling” was too kind a word to use in regard
to the Heavyweight division. Usually listless would be better. Somewhere,
someone wrote that heavyweight champs are supposed to take every other fight
off and get paid bundles. The Imperial One, Lennox Lewis, has a bout
schedule against one of the Klitschkos in September. But first, he gets a
money fight that was supposed to be against Mike Tyson on June 21. Nope.
Gone. Now instead it’ll be Kirk Johnson. Yep, that Kirk Johnson, who when
last seen on the international stage was putting in a putrid performance
against hopefully retired John Ruiz. What has Johnson done to get back in
the picture? Well, he beat Lou Savarese (43-4) and Jeremy Bates (15-5) and
he’ll take the fight for $1.4 Million USD.
If there is the “quintessential” Asian boxing writer,
that would be Joe Koizumi. Yes, I’m a distant second. Writing about a
fight last weekend in the Land of the Rising Sun he opined, “Ex-Japanese
130-pound champ Kinji Amano (20-7-3, 10 KOs), 129.25, dropped overmatched
Thailander Songkran Balmoosee (6-5, 3 KOs), 130, twice and finished him at
0:51 of the fourth round. Lately we have seen plenty of Thailanders who left
fighting spirits in their countries.” Come on Joe, no sugar coating. Tell
it like it was.
Couple of “want be” premier fighters in the world are
UK’s WBU Champ Ricky Hatton (31-0) and Canadian Eric Lucas (36-4-3) the
WBC 168 lb. champ. Many Brits are upset that Hatton, aka The Hitman,
doesn’t get more credit world wide. One of the primary reasons is that his
level of opposition has been suspect to say the least. His first 14 fights
he was 14-0. The problem with the record is that it’s less than it seems.
The oppositions’ record was 128-281. Even tossing out Hatton’s KO of
Brian Coleman (17-72) doesn’t help much.
Two recognizable names on the list of Hatton’s victims
are a washed up Freddie Pentlon (47-25-2) and a never was Joe Hutchenson. In
his prime a “Cool” Vince Phillips (44-7-1) would have done the business.
He wasn’t in his prime and not even ready to put forth a really good
effort Saturday night in England. But even half Vince Phillips was enough to
provide an entertaining show. He showed up for the fight less than 24 hours
prior to the weight but ready to fight. Phillips was totally dominated by
Hatton but kept coming. Philips best hope may have been in the first round
when Hatton was presented with a badly cut eye. Regardless Hatton got a very
good win (119-109, 120-107, 120-108) against a former world class fighter.
Eric Lucas is a different story. He’s been in with some
good ones. Some wins and some loses. He lost to Roy Jones (31-0), Fabrice
Tiozzo (32-1) and Glenn Catley (26-4). He reversed the loss to Catley to win
the WBC Super Middleweight title. Since that win he’s taken out Dingaan
Thobela (40-8), Vinny Paz (49-9) and Omar Sheika (23-3) in his last.
Markus Beyer (27-1) is largely unknown throughout the
world of sport. Not any longer as he regained the WBC super middleweight
championship with a split decision (116-113, 116-114, 114-115) over Eric
Lucas (36-4-3) last Saturday in Germany. Reports have the now ex champ
winning the early rounds only to lose momentum to “portsider” Beyer. The
championship rounds, 10-11-12, could have gone either way with the hometown
judges seeing it for the local lad. Beyer held the WBC 168 pound crown with
his win over Richie Woodhall in 1999. He would lose the title the next year
to Glenn Catley. To complete the picture, Lucas took it from Catley. How
about them apples?
There was a big box fight last Friday in Chaiyapoom
between PABA super featherweight titleholder Pongsith Wiangwiset and
Filipino Jesar Ancajas. (Gee a Thai and a Filipino, how original.) “I know
Pongsith style well. I have seen him fight twice with current Filipino
lightweight champ Fernanado Montilla and South African Mkuseli Kondile. He
is fast, but Ancajas is fast also. Anjacas is very fit for this fight. This
will be a high tactics contest. Finally, my boxer will knock out Pongsith in
the fifth round.”
Also on the card was former WBA super bantamweight champ
Yoddamrong (Sithyodthong) Singwangcha (against Filipino Felipe Longakit),
and former WBA light flyweight champ Pichit Chor Siriwat will make his first
start since his loss to Rosendo Alvarez in January of last year. Now you
might think I know who won these fights? Wrong. I have no idea. This is the
best kept secret since the fact that Saddam Hussein died 10 years ago and
the part is being played by Pee Wee Herman. I’ll drink to that.
Shenanigans ‘Funhill Cup’ Pairs Scramble Friday 25th April
An 11.30 a.m. Shotgun Start playing the South and East
nines at Plutaluang Navy Golf Course, with the field limited to 120 players.
The Pairs Scramble format guarantees an enjoyable days
golf. A Bloody Mary and a slice of Chef Sunny’s Brunch Pie to start you
off, a Heineken on the course and, back at Shenanigans, the renowned
Shenanigans Carvery to precede the presentation of trophies & prizes and
the lucky draw. The entry fee of 1500 baht also includes green & caddy
fee, the Funhill Cup 2003 shirt, a sleeve of Shenanigans Dunlop Advance Ti
balls, and an extended Happy Hour to 8.30 p.m. Dunlop Maxfli will also be
doing something special at the South course, par 3 fourth hole.
Sign-up at Shenanigans. Entry forms with full details are
available on the golf notice board and behind the bar. Alternatively contact
Mike Franklin direct for more information on 01 861 8036, or e-mail to [email protected]
It’s the annual Funhill day and a fun day’s golf.
Fitness Tips: Aqua improves well being for osteoarthritis sufferers
G’day readers, a couple of things this week - first
touting the benefits of aquatic exercise, in particular aqua aerobics, as
well as what the Health and Fitness industry, starting in Australia,
attempts to do worldwide. Unfortunately, in Thailand there is no regulatory
body to ensure any standards of instruction in the Health and Fitness
industry. Thus, it is up to the employers to remain up to date with industry
research and development, trends and even more unfortunately, further staff
education. The clubs that do this will always, at the very least, be able to
ensure the highest degree of service, safety and effectiveness of
programming for all their members.
Despite having physical limitations such as
osteoarthritis, aqua fitness can help improve quality of life and physical
function, if it’s done regularly. That last bit seems to be cropping up
more and more often!
A team of researchers recruited 249 adults with
osteoarthritis from communities across the state of Washington, USA. Half
the group were assigned to a 20-week Arthritis Foundation (AF) aquatic class
at a community centre, with a minimum of two classes a week required. The
other half were assigned to a wait-list control group.
The main goal of the 20-week program was to keep subjects
motivated to attend the classes and thus increase their exercise adherence.
The exercise group reported improvements in well being, physical function
and change in arthritis quality of life compared to the control group.
The exercise group developed into adherers and
non-adherers and the adherer’s reported further improvements in well being
and mood compared to those who attended fewer sessions.
While many studies focus on special populations, this
study used a group with a common affliction and took into account other
considerations that affect exercise adherence such as transportation,
weather and family considerations. The study showed that despite having body
‘problems’ a fun, motivating class can have positive effects on a
person’s feeling of wellness.
Fitness industry attempts to include yoga in training competencies
With the increasing demand for yoga classes in gyms,
stakeholders in the fitness industry approached Sport and Recreation
Training of Australia (SRT) to address the issue of including appropriate
competencies in fitness industry training packages.
As part of the requirements of the training board,
representatives from the peak bodies in yoga were invited to attend a
meeting on 19 February, to discuss the issue. The meeting was attended by
twenty representatives from the east coast yoga fraternity, including those
from the Yoga Teachers Association of Australia (YTAA) and the Australian
Institute of Yoga.
Prior to the meeting, Leigh Blashki, a representative of
the YTAA, advised the SRT that there are already nationally accredited
courses available that provide yoga teacher training. “Yoga is a
completely different paradigm to anything else in fitness. It is a spiritual
and personal development discipline and the postures are not just stretching
exercises,” says Blashki. “Trying to teach postures alone is missing the
point of yoga, that is stretching under the guise of yoga,” he adds.
The yoga representatives were united in their stance to
retain yoga teaching as separate to other areas of fitness instruction. The
national standard set by the YTAA for level one accreditation (of three
levels) is a minimum of 320 hours of specific yoga training, two years of
personal practice and two years of teaching practice. Considering this, the
yoga representatives moved a motion that they would not and could not
support the inclusion of yoga competencies within the national fitness
This first round of meetings was finalised, but it was
reiterated that other avenues would be explored. The yoga fraternity has
requested that yoga be excluded from the training package and that
interested gym owners obtain information regarding instructor training
courses from them.
Further, knowing how legatious the Australian Public has
become over recent times you can bet the YTAA will be coming to agree with
SRT on the need for certified competencies and they will come to that
SRT through the Australian Fitness Accreditation Council
is the crew that I maintain my accreditation with. These same standards are
what I train all my staff to so as to ensure a consistency in service,
safety and effectiveness.
PH3 Run 995 - the Adventure Run
Yes, I’m the scribe for “The Adventure run #7”, for
the second time. Sign up Scandi Bar and go to A-site. We arrive at a well
known a-site. I’m sure it’s a good area for a new adventure? The
Frog’s team is ready and Spaghetti Head is less nervous than last year.
It’s the age? Ok, let’s go. Form the circle and new shoes are called.
Nobody! But Hammer is here, alone, so Fini invited him to drink in his shoe.
Why not? It’s the Hammer traditional operation.
The hares Frog, Mobile and Spag Head explain the run and
show the direction. We climb a lot of f...ing steps, near the top first
check, straight, only one trail, because I know this hill. I’m the hare
last year, but not on the Monday Hash. Impossible to run, this part is hard.
We walk between the big rocks. After 10 minutes we saw the top and a nice
view. We can go down with some ropes left.
Now I can run, my army boots have good brakes, because
it’s real slippery ground. Second check I saw 1 F.T. with Fini and
Miserable C (not really clear), I think the hares don’t check the
itinerary the Monday morning. Don’t forget we have rain every day. We
cross some tapioca fields (forever), woods and swampy areas. We are wet but
wait for 2 weeks later! Now I am stopped by a small pond and what I see: The
old Titanic who is coming. He’s always present and still alive. Surprise
for Fini here. He told me I came alone and I saw some Thai spectators are
smiling over the pond. I’m very surprised when Flying Frog appeared
suddenly from the water. He heard me and he hid under the water. It’s the
swimming Frog’s house.
After 45 mins I saw the on-in, and a lot of ice blocks on
the a-site. Maybe I must prepare many down down’s. After the fruits/chips
time and the Flying Frog and Spag Head return with their Titanic the circle
was called. Raffle was taken care of whilst a drunk was given an ice
The run was judged good adventure and good job, it’s a
pleasure. The three first front runners, TP, Pig Pusher Swine Stabber, and
our eternal short cutter Charlie Manson are called in on the ice because
they forgot their voice assistance! Eh it’s not a competition race. I am
invited on the ice with the hares and some guys for the famous VV tours by
Hammer, Festering Streaker, Baby’s Arm and Lady Di ...
(after 1 year) are the returnees. A song for them by our operetta singer Sir
Chicken Fellow, then later another song for the iced hares too. Some
anniversaries, Star Trek received her 100th run mug, Big Nosed B his 100th
run t-shirt, Spag Head his 200th run t-shirt (we can now see his elegant
coiffure when he tried on his shirt) and Lady Di got his 400th run t-shirt,
happy to see him again. Time for the hash hymn led by SS, happy to see him
too after 5 months, hope you had good holiday? But, yet one more time, stay
and respect the hash hymn. Happy hour and good food at the Oh La La, thanks.
PH3 GM reminisces in lead up to Nash Hash event
My first connection with Pattaya Hash House Harriers was
7 years ago, 1996, at Songkran. My Belgian friend “Flying Frog” Patrick
invited me to what he called a surprise afternoon event of running and
drinking. That sounded good. In those days the sign up was at the Hare House
in Soi Post Office. A big bearded man welcomed me with cries of “Another
Belgian”! This man I later found out was Wayne Groupie Tischbern (R.I.P)
later to become a very good friend. Groupie was the “Hash Brew” at that
time, and a legend on the PH3 Hash. Unfortunately, he died tragically in
Bangkok in August 1999.
first Belgian GM of the Pattaya H3 (left) with the man who started it all,
the (in)famous Bill “BJ” Jones (center).
I will never forget that first afternoon because a bald
headed American yelled, “Belgian’s take a seat”. Well the Flying Frog
and myself were the only ones to respond to the call. The rest is history;
Sir Airhead christened me “Fini the Faggot”. Many years have gone by
since then and I have become the first Belgian Grand Master of the famous
Pattaya Hash House Harriers. A Drinking club with a running problem. Every
Monday more than 100 runners from all around the world meet at different
locations around Pattaya for cross country running and drinking fun.
I am very proud to invite Hashers from all over the globe
to our Nash Hash Weekend Celebration 2003 and cr่me de la cr่me
our 1000th run from May 2 to 5.
This will be a weekend of runs, beer, food and hash sketches (not
necessarily in that order). The venue for all this fun will be the Diana
Golf Driving Range, right here in Pattaya. Just be there. Sign up at the
Scandi Bar on Beach Road on Friday 2nd of May. On On Fini