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Panthers achieve success on the road

Pattaya Panthers call for support

Pattaya Sports Club Thursday Night Darts

Mickey Mouse Darts League

Three Sisters making a move

Brian Kelly has a good week

What a scramble at Green Valley!

Diana Group Golf

The Sharp Edge

Final scramble for Shenanigans 2003 Funhill Cup

P.S.C. Golf from the Cafe Kronborg

P.S.C. Golf from Bobby Joes 60’s Bar

John Hillier has “a day” at Monthly Medal

Monday was Paul Kraft’s lucky day

Navy defeats all comers to win the Pattaya Cup 2003

The Square Ring

Fitness Tips


Panthers achieve success on the road

Ensuring the Panthers reputation of a “touring and rugby” team was the priority as they set off from Bangkok Airport on Friday afternoon. An emotional farewell at the airport doors saw Dickie Holt’s first public show of affection as he said goodbye to his beloved pick-up. Laden with enthusiasm and a few G&T’s, the team donned their pink jackets, picked up the club mascot, the Pink Panther, and headed east to the Philippines for what proved to be a very successful weekend. The annual Manila 10’s rugby tournament attracts teams from Europe, Australia and across Asia. It takes place over two days, giving both spectators and players plenty of time to enjoy the sport and hospitality.

Pink, and proud of it.

Ready to take on the Manila 10’s.

The Panthers reflected the international theme of the tournament by welcoming to their ranks Eric “Le Frog” and the Rogues of Guam and Tsunami.

Friday night was a ‘relatively quiet’ night finishing around 3 a.m. after a stumbling tour of the cultural highlights of Makati City. A relatively late start on the Saturday gave the Panthers a chance to sober up enough to find the ground and their boots in time for kick off. Unfortunately, despite an inspirational team talk, they couldn’t quite remember why they where there!

60 seconds of rugby and 12-nil down was not the start the Panthers wanted. Old Wellingtonians from Berkshire, UK, may have fielded two Oxford blues but they were not prepared for the resolve of the Panthers. A try either side of half time by Eric and Pedro gave the Panthers a 14-12 victory against the group’s seeded team.

Up next was the Leighton Larrikins, a team based in Manila but supported heavily by players from New Zealand and Hong Kong. An early try by scrum-half, Keith Coljohn, looked to be the winner until an excellent individual effort by the Larrikins winger in the final seconds levelled the scores 5-5.

Despite the disappointment of conceding the late try, confidence in the squad remained high. The last group match saw the Panthers take on a young, fit and FAST all-Filipino team, the Warriors, but the experience of the ‘older’ Panther players proved too much for the speed of youth. Close forward play made the ground and tied in the defence to allow the Panthers back line their moment of glory. Tries from Wai and Brian Reid secured the victory leaving the Panthers as well deserved group winners.

Reaching for the sky.

Dashing round the end and headed for the try line.

“I’m open! Pitch it here!”

This meant two things ... firstly a much harder second day lay ahead in the Cup competition and secondly and much more importantly the Panthers had another late start on the Sunday. There was only one thing to do ... Party!

Free food and beer for three hours supplied by the hosts, the Nomads Rugby Club was just the start the team needed to make a bid for the Most Festive Team Award. The rest of the evening must remain a closely guarded secret but the Pink Panther has plenty of stories to tell! Just ask him about Heineken Phil embarrassed by the San Miguel drinking girls, Jimmy Howard’s snoring, or if you want entertainment Jimmy Robinson will give you a song ... “By the light ...”

A Sunday morning quarterfinal clash against the Manila Nomads proved a very physical battle. Controlled mauling and support play among backs and forwards saw Kyle score a well deserved try. His moment of glory would have arrived earlier but Dickie’s aggression was just too much for the local referee. Deceptive pace from centre Brian Reid saw him score the Panthers’ second try and finished the host’s participation in the tournament.

Saipan Rugby Club, with its players from Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, New Zealand and Fiji, provided the opposition in the semi-finals. It proved one step too far for the Panthers who battled courageously but were overpowered buy a very talented team.

Philippines Immigration Authority had their hands full, but seemed to enjoy the diversion.

Thailand rugby had the last say on the and off the pitch. The British Club Bangkok went on to defeat Siapan in the final to win their second consecutive Manila 10’s title but the real glory went to the Pattaya Panthers. For the second time in three years, the hard work in the bars and on the streets of Makati City, bridging the cultural divide and building on the Panthers reputation, resulted in the capture of “The Most Festive Team Award”.

The tourists proved once again that although the Panthers may be renowned in the bars they could also perform on the pitch. Long may it continue.

Details of the Pattaya Panthers Rugby Club, upcoming matches, tours and the 4th Annual Pattaya International Rugby 10’s Tournament, can be found at

Pattaya Panthers call for support

The Pattaya Panthers and Panties Rugby Club would like to invite you, your family and friends to the 4th Annual Pattaya International 10’s Rugby Tournament, to be held over the weekend of the 3rd and 4th May at the Horseshoe Point Resort and Country Club, Pattaya.

There will be a total of 22 teams competing to become the men’s or ladies tournament champions, following in the footsteps of the British Club Bangkok, the Surrey Pirates, and our very own Pattaya Panthers.

The festival of rugby will begin with the opportunity to meet all the teams returning from the UK and across the South East Asia region on the Friday night in Shenanigans Pattaya.

Over sixteen hours of rugby action will be spread over the two days with kick-off on Saturday at 9 a.m. building up to the Finals on Sunday afternoon. The weekend will conclude with the awards ceremony and buffet at Horseshoe Point on Sunday evening from 5 p.m.

Brian Reid, Pattaya Panthers Club Captain said, “I hope you can take this opportunity to support the event and the Panthers Rugby Club and to enjoy what has proved over the years to be excellent rugby in fantastic surroundings.”

For more info, check out the web site: www.

Pattaya Sports Club Thursday Night Darts

Week 19 of the Winter Season 2002/03

No matches on April 17, due to Songkran Festival.

Thursday April 24:

Pleasure Dome hosts Tippy’s

Londoner hosts Bull’s Eye Bar

Rising Sun has a bye week

Meeting at Pleasure Dome on Monday, April 28 at 5 p.m. re. presentation party and schedule for next season.

Mickey Mouse Darts League

Results (Week 14)

Next week’s fixtures
(25 April 03)

Rising Sun vs. The Lobby

Devonshire vs. Cheers

Bullseye vs. Palmers

Smugglers Rest. vs. The Bunker

Pleasure Dome has a bye week

Comments: No matches on Friday, April 18, due to Songkran Festival

Three Sisters making a move

Pattaya Sports Club Friday Bowling League

Three Sisters won three points from Shakey Pete’s and is only one point behind fourth place Domicil. Domicil split their match with first place House of the Golden Coin at two points each. Suraphan led Domicil with a 553 series and Mio led House of the Golden Coin with a 201 game and 541 pin count.

200 Bowlers on 4 April: Tue, Morn, La and Mio.

Cafe Kronborg took three points from third place VFW Post 9876 behind good bowling by Nut who had a 201 game and 542 series and Captain Kran who knocked down 536 pins. Cafe Ole lost four points to Nice & Sleazy but remained in second place. Jeed led Nice & Sleazy with a 514 series.

Winchester Club took three points from Jack & Tar but it was not enough to get them out of last place.

Brian Kelly has a good week

IPGC TAGGS Golf from The Haven

Monday 31st March
Century Ban Chan
Stroke play

1st: Serge Straeten, 69

2nd: Brian Kelly, 71 cb9 36

3rd: Kerry Jonsson, 71 cb9 36.5

4th: Steve Nowell, 71 cb9 37.5

5th: Frank Sinclair, 71 cb9 38

Century Ban Chan, designed by Nick Faldo, is never an easy course to play a stroke play competition over and once again it proved to be the case as local French hero Serge Straeten took the honours of the day by two clear shots from a gaggle of contenders led by Brian Kelly.

Serge was playing under the misapprehension that the day’s round was counting towards the annual Order of Merit and therefore put in an extra effort to secure a good counting score.

In the even it was not a counting round but his excellent play meant that he stood head and shoulders above the rest of the field.

Brian Kelly continued with his fine run of form and took second place by count back from Kerry Jonsson, Steve Nowell and Frank Sinclair in 3rd, 4th, and 5th place respectively.

Not surprisingly, there was only one two on the day and Mike Dabanovich achieved that.

Wednesday 2nd April

1st: Trevor Edge, 3 up

2nd: Doug Campbell, 2 up

3rd: Stephen Beard, 1 up cb9 1 up

4th: Mark Gorda, 1 up cb9 all square

5th: Rick Bevington, 1 up cb9 1 down

After a long layoff from this excellent course due to the tourist season when it was impossible to secure a starting time before 1 p.m., the gentlemen from The Haven enjoyed a pleasant and almost empty course and with the greens playing a tad slower than usual, the scores recorded were better than were to be expected.

Trevor Edge, after watching his handicap rise week after week, at last reached the comfort zone of 24 and started to play freely to record his best round for some weeks.

In the event he only just stayed ahead of Doug Campbell who also has reached the comfort zone and is now expecting to reap the rewards, although this time he missed out by a stroke.

“The Doc” led home the rest of the prize-winners by virtue of a count back over Mark Gorda his fellow Canadian Rick Bevington.

Although the par threes at Bangpra are not usually too easy, it was still surprising that no one managed to get a two and the pot was therefore carried forward to the next competition.

Friday 4th March
Green Valley

1st Division

1st: Brian Kelly, 40 points

2nd: Arthur Hancock, 37 cb9 18

3rd: Serge Straeten, 37 cb9 17

2nd Division

1st: Frank Sinclair, 38

2nd: Malcolm Clare, 36

3rd: Bob Lindborg, 35 cb9 20

4th: Trevor Edge, 35 cb9 14

A large field of contenders necessitated the formation of two divisions at the popular Green Valley venue, which was yet another course that was too busy with tourists to avail the regulars with any tee times prior to midday.

Brian Kelly again showed good form to easily take the first division by three shots from Arthur Hancock with Serge Straeten just losing out in the count back for second place.

Frank Sinclair, after placing almost every time that he played, at last secured his first win at The Haven by two clear shots.

Malcolm Clare, having begun to recover from Lawyer Bill’s prophecies of doom, took second place ahead of the chasing Bob Lindborg and Trevor Edge.

The blow up of the day had to be Tatsumi Noguchi who compiled 24 points on the outward nine and only needed another 14 for second place, but managed a meagre 10 points to finish nowhere.

Back at The Haven Richard Livingston, the resident PGA Professional welcomed new member Peter Saktor and welcomed back Tatsumi Noguchi, Trevor Schirmer and Al Rolnik.

The twos, including the previous carry over, were shared between Dave Stockman, Igor Saktor and Trevor Schirmer.

What a scramble at Green Valley!

IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at the Bunker

The Bunker’s popular monthly two day event was held at the magnificent Green Valley Golf & Country Club on Thursday and Friday, 10th and 11th April. This time the format was a three-ball scramble and nine teams were entered.

At the end of the first day it became clear that a tight finish would be inevitable as the fancied team of Bob Lindborg, Lamud Chaidara and Usa Chaiyosit headed Roy Mitchell, Wilf Latham and Remy Guy and the minnows, John Preddy, Len Jones and Brian Maddox, with only 0.4 of a point separating them.

The second day is always tougher than the first with the mental pressure mounting as mistakes are made. Harry Riley, Saranya and Ciano Glavina were making moves up the table and Ciano’s celebration after sinking a birdie putt on the ninth was recorded as a sonic boom at nearby Utapao airbase!

Also lurking ominously were the previous month’s winners, Terry Phur, Mikael Andersson and John King. Their precision golf saw them top the lists at the end of the competition with a two-day total of 124.6, twenty under par.

Only 0.2 of a shot back were the aforementioned Harry, Saranya and Ciano whilst the so called “no-hopers” in the shape of John Preddy, Len Jones and Brian Maddox kept their heads and showed what can be done with absolute concentration and commitment to finish third on 127.6.

It was a pleasure to play in this month’s competition and already plans are being made for May’s extravaganza.

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

The Sharp Edge

IPGC TAGGS Golf from The Haven

Monday 7th April
Century Chonburi

1st: Trevor Edge, 5 up

2nd: Steve Nowell, 2 up

3rd: Ashley Archibald, 1 up

4th: Stephen Beard, all square

The holiday meant a slightly longer trek than normal to the nether reaches of the 331, but the trip was worth the effort as the course was found to be in excellent condition and almost deserted, which enabled the four balls to complete their rounds in under four and a half hours.

Trevor Edge started the week, as he was to finish it, in high style, recording his best return since the commencement of his series of lessons with Richard and easily ran out the winner by 3 clear shots.

Steve Nowell took his second podium position in seven days with Ashley Archibald and “The Doc” in close attendance.

There were no twos on the day, so the pot was carried forward to Khao Kheow on Wednesday.

Prior to the prize giving Richard Livingston, the resident PGA Professional, welcomed new member Michael Brutsch from Switzerland.

Wednesday 9th April
Khao Kheow

1st: Pete Murray, 39

2nd: Jimmy Little, 37

3rd: Yazuo Suzuki, 36 cb9 18

4th: Graham Johnson, 36 cb9 16

5th: Brian Kelly, 35 cb9 18, cb6 15

6th: Igor Saktor, 35 cb9 18, cb6 11

Playing from the yellow tees was no problem for the long hitting “Shaky Pete”, as he swept to victory over the rest of the field by two shots. He attributed his success to his “steady putting” (sic) and not having the pressure of playing with his long time partner Richard, who is on holiday in Costa Rica.

Jimmee Little made a welcome return to form to snatch second place from the chasing pack led by the “Old Samurai” Yazuo and international snooker star Graham.

Brian Kelly, who was playing his last game before his annual pilgrimage to Alderney, and Igor Saktor rounded out the prizewinners.

The twos, including the carry over, were shared between Rick Bevington, Al Rolnik, Graham Johnson and “Lawyer Bill” who had two, which matched his watchword, “one is never enough”.

Friday 11th April
Siam Country Club
Monthly Medal

1st Division 0-15

1st: Stephen Beard, 67

2nd: Yazuo Suzuki, 68

3rd: Bill Kirkpatrick, 71

2nd Division 16 plus

1st: Trevor Edge, 66

2nd: Rick Bevington, 67 cb9 33, cb6 20.4

3rd: Serge Straeten, 67 cb9 33, cb6 20.7

Following the loss of Phoenix, the traditional home of the Monthly Medal, due to excessive price increases, this month’s medal was held over the oldest course in the area. Some may say the greens are too slow and the fairway surround too difficult, but the course always plays the same for everyone on the day. Indeed the greens were slower than most other courses around, but the scores showed that with application and ability a good score was possible.

“The Doc” completed a good week’s golf, appearing on the podium each time that he played, shooting his best score for a while to hold off the “Old Samurai” Yazuo by a shot with “Lawyer Bill” under par, in close attendance. Yazuo and Bill were both playing their last games in The Land of Smiles for a while before returning to their respective homes, the former to polish his Harley Davidson’s and the latter to continue his studies in medicine following his successful diagnostics in the diabetes field.

In the second division, Trevor Edge went one better than his previous win of the week much to the surprise of both Rick Bevington and Serge Straeten who both must have thought that they had done enough to win.

To make up for his disappointment in not winning another Monthly Medal, Serge “The French’s Mustard Man” Straeten shot the only two of the day to scoop the pool, which was a considerable achievement on a Monthly Medal day.

Back at The Haven there were many farewells to those residents and visitors alike who are decamping to other countries and areas of Thailand to escape the notorious Pattaya Songkran Festival, which will see the city deserted by all but those related to ducks.

Final scramble for Shenanigans 2003 Funhill Cup

Mike Franklin

This year’s Shenanigans Funhill Cup is 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. At time of going to press there are a few places left, so sign-up at Shenanigans.

The pairs scramble format guarantees an enjoyable day of golf, as does the 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, 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.

Entry forms with full details are available on the golf notice board and behind the bar at Shenanigans. Alternatively, contact Mike Franklin direct for more information on 01 861 8036, or e-mail to [email protected]

Don’t miss the fun on Funhill Day, Friday April 25th.

Why not join us too, for the pairs scramble warm-up on Tuesday April 22nd playing South & East at Plutaluang. This is one of Shenanigans Very Friendly Golf Society’s fortnightly Tuesday outings, postponed for a week due to Songkran. Then a week later on Tuesday 29th April we go to Pattaya Country Club for a Pairs Combined Stableford.

Sign-up for all of these at Shenanigans.

P.S.C. Golf from the Cafe Kronborg

Monday April 7
Noble Place

Normally at this time of the year the numbers playing declines dramatically, so it was very pleasing that 36 golfers decided to take the long trip out to Noble Place. Noble Place has had a lot of work carried out on the course in the last few months so with a fine layout this is getting to be a good venue for the ‘proper golfer’.


Barry Kerr

Peter Van Derwork

With the Admiral taking his annual sojourn to his ‘Charm School’ in the States, it was Ireland’s own Mick O’Connor who took the helm and ensured the day went smoothly.

The day was very hot and sticky and the scores were a mixed bag. Taking the A flight was Serge Straeten with net 72 ahead of a count back for second with net 73 which was won by Troy Misiac with Tatsumi Nogoihi third.

In the B flight the best score of the day by far, a net 66, won the day for Peter Van Derwork. Peter Salker was second with net 73 and Mick O’Connor was third for the fifth competition on the trot, with a net 75.

One ‘new’ for the day: we had one player who scored over 200 gross. Certainly a first, can anyone go to 300?

Near pins: #A6 Peter Salker, #C3 Troy Misiac, and #C6 Troy Misiac.

Long putts: #A9 Mick O’Connor and C9 Stephen Cooper Reade.

Thursday April 10
Siam C.C.

Siam is always worth a visit and with the match vs. 3 Sisters postponed it was decided to go ahead and have a Stableford competition amongst the players.

Siam is recovering from the winter and major surgery on the greens and the 18th fairway, and is still a bit sick but in the recovery ward; maybe this is the reason why when the scores started to come in they were not as high as I had expected, also maybe due to the humid heat.

In the A flight, 0 to 19, we had a good old battle with Ebrahim coming back to form and winning with a fine 40 points. In second place and back in the fold from the cold of Europe, was Philippe Berra with 39 points whilst in third was Koji Yamada with 37 points in his last game before his return home. Now you see me, and now you don’t, or life in Pattaya.

In the B flight we had a runaway winner when Barry Kerr came in with 41 points. I knew Barry was onto a winner the moment I walked into the changing room and saw him coming out of the showers, I knew a photo was in hand. Second with 36 points was Big Pete Galle, and third was Ian Woo.

P.S.C. Golf from Bobby Joes 60’s Bar

Friday April 11
Century Bang Chang

Yep, back to Bang Chang again. The players from Bobby’s Bar seem to like it, maybe it’s because of the quality of the course, maybe it’s because of the value, maybe it’s because Bang Chang and its bars are close, but certainly not for the quality of its changing rooms where a cold shower is a certainty.

Bobby and Derek fiddle the results.

Bobby presents to Prasan (L) and Andrew(R).

So it was that after one of Bobby’s free breakfasts we loaded up and made the trip to Bang Chang to be met by a practically empty golf course, and a hot humid day. The course as usual was a good test of golf and after a pleasant round as we sat outside and enjoyed the view with some liquid refreshments, we noticed the scores were not very good except for our winner for the day, Andrew Long, who had a fine day.

Back at the ranch we were greeted by one of Bobby Joe’s specials, spaghetti bolognaise, and very good it was and plentiful, many seconds and thirds were noted. Then on to the presentations where the number of shirts in the community was increased considerably.

Presentations over, and full up to the brim, it was time to sit and reflect on the day, and as we all know golfers talk a better game than they play, especially after a few beers.

Have a good, if wet, weekend. No golf at Bobby Joes on Friday 18th of April, and I’ll be playing out of town.

Winner: Andrew Long

Near pins: Better Golfers #5 Derek Brook, #7 Peter Van Derwork, #13 Prasan Boonsiri, and #15 Jeff Wylie. Not quite as good golfers: #5 Didn’t Make It, #7 Also Slight Failure, #13 Rod Perrin and #15 Andrew Long.

Long putts: #9 Derek Brook and #18 Andy Evans.

Lucky draw: Adrian Ayres

John Hillier has “a day” at Monthly Medal

IPGC Golf From Lewiinski’s

Sunday - April 6
Green Valley - White Tees
Monthly Medal

1st Place A Flight - Kevin Taylor - net 69

2nd Place A Flight - Graham Johnson - net 70

3rd Place A Flight - John McHugh - net 70

4th Place A Flight - Muffy Kerr - net 71

1st Place B Flight - John Hillier - net 64 - Monthly Medal Winner

2nd Place B Flight - Yoonku Oh - net 67

3rd Place B Flight - Mark Grygiel - net 70

4th Place B Flight- Chris Fox - net 72

John Hillier, who hadn’t even placed in any competition this stay, chose the right time to get it right, as he walked off with the 4th monthly medal of 2003. John’s score was tied the third lowest all time in this the 35th Monthly Medal Competition. John’s exceptional effort relegated a fine performance by Yoonku Oh to only second in B Flight, whose net 67 would have won the medal most any other month. Mark Grygiel and Chris Fox occupied the third and fourth positions on the podium, respectively.

Kevin Taylor continued his fine play of late by topping A Flight with a very creditable 69. Kevin had just crept back up to a 10 handicap, but that will change with the next printing of the handicaps. Graham Johnson had to go to count back to snatch second place in A Flight from John McHugh. Muffy Kerr rounded out the last place in the upper flight.

Tuesday - April 8
Laem Chabang - A & B - White Tees

1st Place A Flight - Klaus Schackt - 40 points

2nd Place A Flight - Mike Allidi - 37 points

3rd Place A Flight - An Kaesavane - 36 points

1st Place B Flight - Paul Photios - 41 points

2nd Place B Flight - Jim Munns - 37 points

3rd Place B Flight - Norm Robinson - 36points

One half of the Aussie Duo, Paul Photios, was man of the match, and B Flight winner, with a fantastic 41 points. It was Paul’s first win of his prolonged stay in Pattaya. Jim Munns notched the first of what was to be three consecutive second places on the week. Stormin’ Norman Robinson filled out B Flight with a level to handicap 36 points. The formidable duo of Klaus Schackt and An Kaesavane took first and third in A Flight with Mike Allidi’s 37 points the only thing denying them the top two rungs in A Flight. Both Klaus and Mike shot gross 77s.

Wednesday - April 9
Natural Park Hill - White Tees

1st Place A Flight - Leigh Sienkiewicz -38 points

2nd Place A Flight - Klaus Schackt - 36 points

1st Place B Flight - Brian Maddox - 36 points

2nd Place B Flight - Jim Munns - 33 points

The other half of the Aussie Duo, Leigh Sienkiewicz, was not about to be outdone by his sidekick Paul Photios. He shot a best on the day 38 points off his 11 handicap to take first in A Flight. Steady Klaus Schackt shot his handicap and came second in A Flight. Brian Maddox shot his handicap as well and in so doing took his inaugural first place in a Lewiinski’s Golf Club. He was joined on the two-place B Flight podium by Jim Munns.

Friday - April 11
Natural Park Resort - B & C - White Tees

1st Place A Flight - Joe Mooneyham - net 69

2nd Place A Flight - Bobby Driggs - net 70

3rd Place A Flight - Eddie Blackwell - net 70

1st Place B Flight - Paul Photios - net 69

2nd Place B Flight - Jim Munns - net 70

3rd Place B Flight - Joe McArdle - net 72

Joe Mooneyham ended a drought of some two months, albeit he was one month in the States, by shooting a gross 82, net 69. Only a couple of glitches on number 9 and number 18 prevented the score from being very low. Bobby Driggs edged Eddie Blackwell on count back with a gross 79 net 70 performance. Bobby, who has played a lot of good golf in his life, has been a fantastic addition to the membership.

In a continuing game of one-upsmanship, Paul Photios, despite being cut a shot mid-week, put together his second victory of the week. More cuts are a comin’. Mister “Silver Medallist”, Jim Munns took the third consecutive B Flight second of the week. Joe McArdle shot level to his handicap to take the last step in B Flight.

Monday was Paul Kraft’s lucky day

PSC Three Sisters Golf

Monday the 7th was Paul Kraft’s lucky day as he squeaked by the field with 37 points, winning the bragging rights for the day. Nipping at his heels was Dan Ratcliffe, also with 37 points. Don missed 3 short putts to hand over the bragging rights to Paul. He could have easily won the day if one of his short putts went in.

Paul Kraft (right) won bragging rights for the week, while the guy left ‘holding the bag’ was Rod Perrin (left).

Following close behind was steady Ian Edwards with 36 points. Ian was just short of the mark as he, too, missed a few putts.

Herb I. had a scare as the cards were being turned in. It looked like he was getting a firm grip on the bag but it was suddenly ripped away as “Big” Rod Perrin came in with a lower score. Herb was heard thanking Rod for his generosity for taking the load for the day as his right leg was hurting badly. Rod has been playing better golf the past few weeks so he should be able to pass on the bag next week.

One of our regular members, Bob Moberg, has been going to a hospital in Bangkok for radiation treatments. Our prayers are with him and hope he recovers shortly and will be able to rejoin our Monday golf. We miss you Bob - hope you get well soon.

Navy defeats all comers to win the Pattaya Cup 2003

Songklod Kaewvisit

The Navy team from Sattahip defeated Tong Nark, 2 goals to 0, to win the coveted Pattaya Cup 2003, taking home the trophy and 50,000 baht in prize money. The runners up, Tong Nark, took home a trophy and 25,000 baht.

Chaicharn Kiowsen, captain of the Navy team, accepts the championship trophy from Pattaya deputy mayor, Wattana Jantanawaranont.

Pattaya Cup 2003 champions - The Navy!

The grand finals of the Pattaya Cup were held Tuesday evening, April 8 on Pattaya School No. 7’s pitch, and wound up the competition, which began on March 24.

The closing ceremonies and the prize giving were presided over by Pattaya deputy mayor, Wattana Jantanawaranont and special guest, Chaicharn Kheowsen, former national team player. Hundreds of spectators attended the final round of competition.

The grand finale of the local tournament saw plenty of action, as the teams appeared evenly matched throughout the game. But it was the Navy who stole the limelight by making two quick goals to win the match and the series.

The most behaved and polite team throughout the series, the Green Tree Pub, also took home a cash prize.

Somjet Sathabut was awarded star of the tournament and earned a trophy and cash prize as well.

The Square Ring

Howie Reed

Happy water throwing days.

It’s now pretty certain that Lennox Lewis “The Imperial One, will fight on June 21 against Kirk Johnson, as reported here last week. At some point the people that run boxing are going to have to come to the realization that just because someone is the champion (in the case of the planet) they don’t have to fight real fighters.

Sure Hashim Rahman KO’d Lewis when Lewis took him lightly but that aside these “phony fights’ hurt the sport. Even though the fight is a couple of months away the PR drums are beating with the rehabilitation of Johnson. For goodness sake, he lost to John Ruiz. Those trying to sell the fight are saying he KO’d Lou Saveresse. So what?

One of my Amigos is the daughter of the legendary Archie “The Ole Mongoose” Moore. Her name is J’Marie, aka J’Mo. J’Mo wades in, “And what did you think about Lou Saverese? OmG (Oh My Goodness)... I saw him age in the ring that night. It’s a shame when father time catches up and nobody tells the BOXER; however, as I was once told by th’ Ol’ Mongoose, ‘A good boxer knows when to say when’. Say when Saverese!” Also “Say when boxing.”

If the above isn’t bad enough, the talk on the soi is that Mike Tyson, on the same card, will face either Ray Mercer or Oleg Maskaev. Hell, as bad as they are he ought to fight both of them. Just bloody awful. The bottom line? Toss water, have a beverage, pray for a backdoor party and FORGETITABOUTIT.

Unbeaten WBO 168lb champion Joe Calzaghe (35-0) is a darn good fighter. His problem is enticing someone to the UK for a fight. Looks like WBA 160lb champion William Joppy (34-1-2) has taken the bait. They’ll fight in Newcastle on May 24th. This will be Calzaghe’s 13th defense of the title. If successful, Calzaghe hopes to take on IBF/WBA 168lb champion Sven Ottke later in 2003.

British sports journalist and TV presenter Phil Jones ended a recent story on the Ricky Hatton - “Cool” Vince Phillips fight with this little gem for what might provide some discussion at the various Pattaya versions of the Algonquin Round Table. (The most famous of course was presided over by the late Wayne Tischbern at the Nacho Noi, The Chicken and the Hare House. Gone now but never forgotten.) “Peter Buckley became the first British scrapper in 50 years to have 200 pro fights. Congratulations Peter on achieving a memorable milestone. The fact that you have lost 163 of those fights should not diminish your celebrations and hey, hit the champagne pal because it will not matter if you over-indulge and fall over ... its a position you are more than used to.”

If I was to ax you, “Who was the WBC lightweight champion of the world from March 1998 to April 2000”, what would you say? If you said Roy Jones jr., no relation to Sports writer Phil Jones as they come from different branches of the Jones Family, you lose the free bar fine that wasn’t a prize in this contest. The correct answer is “Graziano Rocchigiani”. Without going through the whole “Magilla” a judge in New York issued that ruling last week. He wrote that Rocchigiani, “became the World Boxing Council Light Heavyweight Champion upon defeating Michael “Better Than” Nunn on 3/21/98 and remained the champion until in or about April 2000.” The Good Dr. Suliman (WBC) maintained that the Michael Nunn fight (Nunn is now in jail and will be for a long time) was not for the world title. It was a misunderstanding. It “had been ‘typographical errors.” Error this to the tune of $30,598,528 USD which was the amount of the judgment against the WBC.

The attorney for Rocchigiani was quoted as saying, “Judge Owen’s decision is courageous. It not only restores the title to its rightful holder and makes the WBC accountable for its attempted TKO of Rocchigiani’s career but it also injects a big dose of real world justice into a sport that, for too long, has reeked of under-handedness and shady dealings.” That may be a bit much but maybe it’s the first step.

Collecting the money is going to be a dancer of different ability. Much of the revenue generated by the Mexico-based WBC comes from sanctioning fights in the U.S. Attorney Richard Dolan said, “We intend to execute every aspect of the judgment, from correcting record books to collecting dollars - no matter how long it takes and who it affects. We are in this fight to the finish.”

As a youngster growing up and out, notice the absence of the word maturing, one of my favorite fighters was the late Archie Moore (182-24-9). This was especially true after I watched him in one of the first “live” fights telecast from coast to coast in the States. He fought Yvon Durelle (89-24-2), the Fighting Fisherman, in Montreal December 10, 1958. For 11 rounds Durelle pounded the heck out of the Ole Mongoose. For 11 rounds the Ole Mongoose pounded the heck out of Durelle. When the smoke had cleared the New Brunswick native would make four trips to the canvas to Moore’s three. The fourth Durelle knockdown ended the fight in the 11th. As sometimes happens in defeat, Durelle became an even greater fighter in the eyes of the boxing public. He gained cult status for his performance. Even though the two fought again less than a year later, and Moore won in 3 via KO, the first fight made Durelle. In Toronto there is a Canadian Walk of Fame. There is a move afoot (get it? “Walk” ... “Afoot?” “Clever chap that boxing writer”) to add Yvon Durelle to that walk. Any of you old time fans in the Land of Smiles that would like to add your 50 words or less can do so on line at “”. Yes you can. How about them apples?

Fitness Tips: Stress and a BIG problem

G’day readers,

Here are a couple of interesting things that I came across this week talking about the 2 biggest risks in the modern society at large.

Stressful jobs
barrier to exercise

Work demands, stress and deadlines force employees to forgo their exercise program, according to a new study published in the Journal of Occupational Health and Psychology.

Researchers from Middlesex University (UK) surveyed 200 employees of a computer company about exercise intentions. They were surveyed again a week later to see if they followed through on those intentions. Results indicated that employees who were classified as performing high-stress jobs with high demands and little control over their work were less likely to exercise than their colleagues.

Employees who expressed an intention to exercise, yet failed to do so, were most likely to blame work demands as their barrier to exercise.

“People in high-strain jobs may not have the time for exercise or they may be too fatigued to exercise because they need more time to recover after the working day,” said lead researcher Dr. Nicola Payne. Let’s put a little perspective into this; an interesting quote was dug up by the staff at the Bangkok Post this week, I can’t recall the exact words but it went a little like this: A sign of an impending nervous breakdown is when an individual believes that their company would fall apart if they were not the person doing their job.

Obese people pay more in medical costs

As weight increases, so too does health insurance costs, reports a study in the January/February issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion.

A study of 178,000 workers, retirees and family members of the General Motors’ health care plan found that overweight and obese people spend up to $1,500 more each year on medical bills compared with people of healthy weight. The researchers analysed medical costs in relation to individual’s weight. As weight increased, so did medical costs.

For people in the normal weight category health costs averaged $2,225. For those in the lowest category of overweight medical costs increase slightly to $2,388. For those in the highest weight category health costs reached $3,753 per year. (Source: IRHSA - International Health, Racquet & Sports Club Association)

Obesity epidemic tops 1.7bn

The number of obese people in the world may be as high as 1.7bn, experts have calculated. The International Obesity Taskforce (IOTF) says that the current method of calculating obesity - which gives a figure of around half of this - is flawed. This because it fails to take into consideration the fact that Asian people seem to be more vulnerable than other racial groups to the effects of excess weight. Professor Philip James, IOTF chairman, said the under-estimate had contributed to a failure of governments around the world to tackle the growing problem of obesity.

Speaking at a meeting of international obesity specialists in Monte Carlo, Professor James said that appropriate medical treatment was rarely provided to manage obesity. Yet, it was clearly established that even a modest weight reduction and improved weight control could bring health benefits, and relieve the burden on hard-pressed health systems.

Whether or not a person is overweight is currently defined by a measure called Body Mass Index (BMI), a calculation that compares height and weight. (To calculate your body mass index, divide your weight in kilograms by the square of your height in meters.)

For example if you are 6 foot tall and weigh 175lbs (for the Americans) for the rest of us that’s 181cm and 79.5kg - you calculate it like this:

BMI = kg/h2

= 79.5/(1.81)2

= 79.5/3.27

BMI = 24.31

A person with a BMI of 25 and above is defined as overweight, and somebody with a BMI of above 30 is obese.

However, an expert group from the World Health Organization, of which Professor James is a member, says that Asian people with a BMI of only 23.3 may be at increased risk of obesity-related diseases. The IOFT estimates that a significant proportion of the 3.6 billion people who live in Asia have a BMI above this figure.

Big problem

Asian people appear to be particularly at risk because they have a tendency to collect fat in the stomach area, where it is thought to have the most significant impact on health. Professor James said, “The problem of abdominal obesity seems to be particularly marked in Asia. In other words, you can be relatively, modestly plump but you selectively accumulate the fat in the abdomen. When it is there it amplifies the risk.”

Professor James said there was a wide spectrum of risk factors related to obesity, which when viewed as a whole, have a tremendous impact on health. “By tackling overweight through improvements in diet, activity levels and treatment, we can have a far reaching effect on what is already a huge health burden from cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes. It is clear that extreme forms of obesity are rising even faster than the overall epidemic and we are witnessing a real health tragedy unfolding.”

In the USA the percentage of black women with morbid obesity - a BMI of 40 or more - has doubled in less than a decade to 15%. Overall 6.3% of US women - that is one in 16 - are morbidly obese. Professor Arne Astrup, president-elect of International Association for the Study of Obesity said, “There is a global obesity epidemic which underpins the increasing levels of non-communicable diseases which are forecast to explode in the next 20 years. ... It is vital that we take a more serious approach to the treatment of the huge numbers who are obese, as well as introducing effective measures to prevent the problem getting worse.”

The World Health Report 2002 estimated that more than 2.5 million deaths annually are weight related and forecast this could rise to 5 million by 2020. Deaths directly related to obesity have been estimated at 320,000 a year in Europe and more than 300,000 in the USA.

Please bear in mind that the calculation of BMI does not take into account an individual’s muscularity, as, if you carry a lot of muscle for your height, BMI alone will indicate that you are overweight, etc.

A measure of body fat percentage will help add clarity to it but the best measure is a specific gravity test, as errors in measurement are greatly reduced over the rather inaccurate body fat test. So, if you get a number greater than 25 on the BMI don’t be disheartened, get a second or qualifying opinion from a registered professional. Regular exercise and healthy eating will reduce a high BMI, with good advice and qualified supervision.

Carpe’ Diem

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