P.S.C. 29th Members Tournament
Friday The 23rd May 2003: Bangpra(Stableford) This was
the one that nearly got away. Under a cloud for a long time because Bangpra
who had promised two tees said only one could be used, and lead to a ‘Herbie
we don’t see you too often’ laying the law down on the day. In the end
the players could play off two tees leading to the fastest competition it
has been my pleasure to report on. Golf over, presentation over and back
enjoying a beer in Pattaya by 16.45 hrs.
Davis(R) and friends enjoying their golf.
of silence for George Davis.
Back to the beginning in which, apart from the question
of the two tees the day had started on a sombre note when the report came in
that a very good friend of the organising committee, and P.S.C., George
Davis had died the night before, in Bangkok. A big shock to all as he seemed
to be one of those indestructible people, but the show must go on as George
would have wanted, and Herbie and his crew soldiered on, but more will be
The competition got underway, on two tees, on time and
efficiently and as Herbie said the golfers flew around and in the process
played some sparkling golf on a course well prepared for the competition.
The fairways were well prepared and the greens slick and fast as usual, all
in all a typical day out at Bangpra, one of the favourite golfing venues for
Back in the clubhouse I came across my favourite ‘gourmet’
Pete Galle tucking into his favourite Bangpra’s rainbow ice-cream and was
informed that he had been coming here and eating it for the last 15 years.
Indeed so impressed was I that not only did I have one but so did my wife
and the people at the next table.
As we sat and ate, the results started to come in and it
was apparent that in most of the flights a good fight had taken place.
However in the C flight it was situation as normal.
In the A flight Bill Thompson won with 36 points on count
back,ahead of Brian Barnes also 36 points and these two were three points
ahead of Jeff Wylie in third who had 33 points.
George Davis at the PSC 29th Members Tournament.
In the B flight a good tight fight was finally won by
that old fighter Paul Kraft with 39 points just ahead of ‘The Man’
Herbie himself with a fine 38 points in the circumstances, ahead of Bob
Morrison with 37 points.
In the C flight it was very much business as usual as
after winning the last two Monthly Tournaments, with 47 and 40 points,
Thomas Kassameir came in with 41 points to win again. Rumour has it next
month he will be trying for the B flight win. In second was that ‘Decisive
Man’ Barry Kerr who was frozen into immobility whilst choosing his prize,
so much and not all mine. In third place was Matt Kirkland,36 points,
playing well of late.
In the D flight Brian Ellis won with 41 points ahead of
Ken Ince with 40 points and in third place Eddie Rudkin with 39 points. A
well fought out flight.
The ladies had their own flight and this was won by Mam
Trayling with 39 points ahead of Saen Jaroenwong with 32 points.
With the results in Herbie started the presentations with
the news of George’s Death and called for a moment of silence. Herbie
would like to say here that George was a member of P.S.C. and on ‘The
Committee For Special Projects’. He was always a major donor to all
Charity Events especially ‘The P.S.C Charity Classic Golf Tournament’
for which he was responsible for raising much of the funds. George will be
missed by all his friends from Bangkok to Bangchang.
The rest of the presentation went as planned, if a little
sombrely, until the presentation for the last in each group took place, that
lightened the atmosphere. Herbie would like to say thanks to all who helped
and particularly to his sponsors.
Presentation over all left and returned to Pattaya in
daylight for a change. T.T.F.N.
A Flight Winner Bill Thompson
2nd Barry Barnes 36 points
3rd Jeff Wylie 33 points Last Marcel Witter 22 pts
B Flight Winner Paul Kraft 39 points
2nd Herbie Ishinaga 38 points
3rd Bob Morrison 37 points Last Dirk Roessler 20 pts
C Flight Winner Thomas Kassameier 41 points
2nd Barry Kerr 39 points
3rd Matt Kirkland 36 points Last Roy Ford 22 pts
D Flight Winner Brian Ellis 41 points
2nd Ken Ince 40 points
3rd Eddie Rudkin 39 points Last Roy Perrin 13 pts
L Flight Winner Mam Trayling 39 points
2nd Saen Jaroewong 32 points Last Ploy Nattoporn 22
Reduced Handicap Winner Robert Freeman
Men’s Long Drive 0 to 18 Anders Petterson 19 +
Long Put 0 to 18 #9 Mike Ginnane #18 Wayne Koch 19+
#9 Ken Ince #18 Jamie Bisset
Ladies Near Pin #12 Ploy Nattoporn
Near Pins 0 to 18 #2 Barry Barnes #8 Philippe Berra #12 Hans
Menauer #17 Ian Edwards 19+ #2 Pete Galle #8 Norman Brooks #12 Matt Kirkland
#17 Ed Trayling
RVYC leads a strong contingent of Pattaya,
and Eastern Seaboard sailors to the Samui Regatta
story and photos by Peter Cummins
It was an amazing sight last week off the Royal Varuna
Yacht Club, when an enormous Royal Thai Navy landing barge approached and
anchored off the Club. "What now?", I thought, echoing General
Halftrack in the Beetle Bailey comic strip - the good general’s rhetorical
comment on the daily disasters of Camp Swampy.
the catamarans from Royal Varuna
Chapman has a big job to do
But rather than establish a beach-head and invade Royal
Varuna, the Navy took aboard some 15 Royal Varuna catamarans, and
transported them to Koh Samui for this week’s Second Koh Samui Regatta.
The Royal Thai Navy’s timely support is a tremendous boost to the event,
for the logistics of transporting this enormous consignment by road and then
by water, would be virtually "Mission Impossible".
As an appreciation of the Navy’s assistance, Gary
Baguley and the Varuna Nacra sailors led by Antony Chapman, have made
available for Navy men to race at the Regatta, a Nacra 5.8 which will be
helmed by one of the Kingdom’s best sailors and regional Gold Medallist,
Damrongsak Vongtim. In addition, Varuna will supply one and Samui
entrepreneur John Stall will provide two of the smaller Nacra 4.5s. With two
Thai Navy teams - Naval Academy One and Two - competing again in the Farr
MRX 40 keelboats, the Sattahip ratings are proving to be a formidable force
Pattaya and Jomtien sailors also comprise a strong
contingent, with more than 16 Nacras entered from the ranks of the regatta
co-organizer, the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, as well as an all-Varuna crew on
Gary Baguley’s Jeanneau 36-ft. yacht, sailing out of the Ocean Marina in
RTN barge they go: next stop Koh Samui
Other Varuna/Eastern Seaboard entries are Schle Wood-Thanan’s
all-Thai team, sailing the Farr 40 "Pasaya" and several Farr
Platus from the Sattahip Naval base.
The advent of the Sports Boat category has been a
comparatively-new development and it is interesting to watch how the
newly-launched Phuket Sports Eight, trailered up from Phuket, is performing
in the Samui waters.
Actually, a Sports Boat class has been mooted for Phuket
King’s Cup Regattas in the past, but never really materialized. Now, as a
starter at the Samui regatta, it will help consolidate what could become a
very popular event for the Samui, Phuket and many other regattas in the
Regatta Manager Peter Plant has been happy to see almost
55 boats participating, with some of the top sailors from the Asian-Pacfic
region racing.. Andres Soriano, brought in his award-winning "Maligaya",
Singapore’s Melissa Olivet
"Big Buzzard", Malaysian entry Peter Ahern’s
"Yo", Hong Kong’s Frank Pong piloting "Mandrake" and
Aussie Ray Roberts’ "Hollywood Boulevard" are all in strong
contention for the racing class honours.
In fact, "Asian Yachting" has introduced a
performance -based skippers ranking system compiled, so far, on nine
regattas, with the Samui event to be included as the 10th. Peter Ahern is at
the top of the skippers, while his entry "Yo" leads the yacht
rankings. These honours have added a new dimension to the competition at
Samui, with any of the top four skippers and yachts capable of dislodging
Ahern and "Yo" as the region’s best. The organizing committee
also announced that this year, for the first time, a perpetual trophy,
designed by Waterford Crystal, will be presented to the overall winner.
A sight which became familiar during the week, has been
Bill Gasson’s new power catamaran. This four-times Phuket King’s Cup
Racing Class champion and founder of the Samui event, has foresaken the
trials and tribulations of a racing yacht, for the comforts and ease of a
power boat. He had a leisurely motor voyage from the Ocean Marina at Jomtien
to Koh Samui and has been high-profile around the courses as one of the race
Professional race officer and international judge, Mark
Pryke arrived, for the second time and has stamped his imprimatur on a
first-class international regatta.
Again, it is sponsorship which makes this event possible.
Last year, it seemed the whole private sector of the island was displaying
"Regatta Supporter" signs. Now, according to the secretariat, even
more residents have come out in support.
Joining the principal sponsors, Bangkok Airways, Central
Samui Beach Resort, Coconut Land and House, Santiburi Dusit Resort and
Singha Beer, are to mention just a few: ArtAsia Press, Central Samui
Village, Chez Andy, Impiana Resort, Le Royal Meridien, Paradise Beach
Resort, Poppies, QBE Insurance, Sunsail, Tradewinds and the Weekender
The Regatta is jointly organized by the Royal Varuna
Yacht Club, the Royal Thai Navy and the Yacht Racing Association of
Thailand. Racing started earlier this week and will finish tomorrow. All
races have started and finished off the Central Samui Beach Resort at
Chaewang. But, in order to give the maximum media exposure of the beauty of
Samui to the large contingent of news-hounds and tv crews covering the
action (including, of course, "Pattaya Mail’s finest) - and also to
honour the sponsors - racing has taken place, mostly inshore for spectator
appeal, designed to featuree most of the scenic spots on the island.
Any further information on the Second Samui Regatta is
available at: www.samui regatta.com; e-mail: peter@ samuiregatta.com; info@samui
Peter Plant, tel. +66 (09) 7265728. Information on entries, charter
boats, available crews etc.: http//www. samuiregatta.com/crewfinder.htm
P.S.C. from Bobby Joes 60’s BAR
Friday May 23
Century Bang Chang
A fixture on the Bobby Joe calendar, the boys at the 60’s
Bar like to visit this course at least monthly, it must be because of the
value of playing here and the fine course. Of course there may be other
reasons and this could be the reason that on the days that this course is
played, the evening meal is scheduled when Bobby actually sees you return.
Johnny (R) (left photo) receive their prizes from Pee, who then had much
pleasure in making presentations to Max (L) Pafi (R) (right photo)
Come to think of it, sees you return is not quite
accurate because Bobby also likes to see his players play at Bang Chang. Of
course he doesn’t actually play himself, but he does like to support and
see you start, then to go downtown to visit his friends.
This day went as normal, brekkers at Bobby’s, off to
Bang Chang, a pleasant round in good company, Pafi screaming ‘I won a
shirt’ at the ninth and heard all over the course, through the one warm
shower, or a cold shower, then sit outside to enjoy a beer in the open air.
This is where it gets difficult, to explore or not to explore?.
Some time later at The 60’s bar as the boys dribble in,
burgers and the trimmings are individually cooked, until a phone call tells
us the winner will honour us soon with his presence. He is after all young
and he does have his ‘Daddy’ alias ‘Humpty Dumpty to look after him.
Well, should we call him ‘Humpty Junior?
All the players in, the presentation could be carried out
and thanks to the ‘Big Heart" of Bobby, he asked his no 1 waitress,
Pee, to carry out the presentation. The unkind said it was really the big
vodkas, however a change much appreciated.
So ‘Son of Humpty’ alias Humpty Andy won the
competition and Johnny Katz won 3 technical prizes and there after,a good
night was had by all.
Winner: Andy O’Connor
Near pins: #5 Johnny Katz, #7 Tim Holt, #13 Max
Matthews and #15 Johnny Katz
Long putts: #9 Johnny Katz and #18 Papi Nunyakpi
Lucky draws: Eric O’Brien and Andy Evans
PSC Three Sisters Golf
Monday May 12
On the 12th of May the golfers from the Three Sisters got
split as golf carts were not allowed at Siam Country Club. The bulk of the
Golfers stayed at Siam while 6 golfers opted for Pattaya Country Club to
where carts were available. As it was, the scores were compatible. The funny
part about it was that the golfers that went to Pattaya Country Club
completed their round of golf before the golfers at Siam.
So Marvin Smith (left) was holding the bag and Eddy Rudkin (right) was this
The winner for the day was Dick Caggiano who came in with
40 points at Siam. Dick who held the bag only a few weeks ago hit the ball
well and had his flat stick working. Two players came in with 39 points
chasing Dick home. One was Kenny Mau who actually played at Pattaya Country
Club. Kenny with both hip joints replaced is playing like a new man - We now
have two Bionic men playing on Mondays. Kenny with new hips and Alan Pearce
with both knees replaced.
Coming in holding the bag again this week was Big Rod
Perrin. I was noticing that Rod’s shoulders are getting stooped. I hope
that the bag isn’t getting too heavy. I believe that Rod is getting ready
to heave the bag off his back - let’s see where it falls next week.
Monday May 19
Monday the 19th brought out seven groups of golfers to
Siam. The day was overcast making it a perfect day for golfing. For Eddie
Rudkin, it was more than a perfect day as he went around the course
hammering his drives down the middle and scoring 42 points in the process.
Eddie has been near the top previously so it was a sweet win against a good
Coming in second on countback was Gordon McKnight with 38
points. Also coming in with 38 points was John Sinclair followed closely by
Bill Thompson who had 37. The rest of the field was spread out after the
leaders with most in the low 30’s.
This week the geriatrics played together. Rolly Weese, Jim Tully and
Marvin Smith with an average age of 75 plus years easily kept up with the
field. As it was, it was their turn to hold the bag for the week. For a
while it could have been anyone’s bag but it finally landed in the lap of
the eldest of the group. Poor Marvin couldn’t do much at the end - at 80
years old he let the youngsters in their mid seventies to bypass him.
Knowing Marvin, he will get out of the cellar next week.
PSC Golf from the Café Kronborg
Monday May 19
Green Valley C.C.
An unseasonable nine groups turned out at Green Valley
C.C. for a Stableford Competition in two flights, A flight 0 to 18 and B
flight 19 and above. The golf course was in fine shape but renovations have
started to realign several of the holes, so the first and tenth tees will be
at the clubhouse.
Bob Morrison took the A flight with a superb 43 points
ahead of Jon Platt in second with 38 points, Philippe Berra in third with 37
points and Peter Vandeworp in fourth with 36 points on count back over Bob
In the B flight ‘Old Mr Steady Himself’ Arthur Bailey
took the honours with a fine 42 points ahead of Jim Flanagan in second with
35 points, Pete Galle third with 34 points and Pafi Nunykpe fourth with 33
Near pins: #2 Philippe Berra, #9 Eric O’Brien, #12 Bob
Morrison and #16 Pete Galle.
Long putts: #4 Barry Kerr and #18 Jim Flanagan.
Thursday May 22
Khao Kheow C.C.
Some courses are special and give you that little tingle
as you wait to tee off, in fact this course is very special, very
picturesque and is the product of a golfing sadist. Every shot has to be
executed perfectly and the price for a lesser shot is trouble.
This time we played the A & C courses, the A course
starts gently and then bites you, whilst the C course is just tough and in
C8 has, in my opinion, the hardest par three on any course. Surprisingly the
start list is always full, proving that most golfers are masochists.
In the event we had nine groups teeing off to play the
course which was in fine condition and no excuses for poor play were
excepted but bad golf. Whilst many persons played well only one player
really beat the course and that was in the B flight where big Eric O’Brien
took only nine puts on the C course and shot 24 points to total 42 points
and win the B flight. In second was Pete Galle with 36 points ,whilst third
was Tim Holt with 35 points beating Marie Rowles into fourth on count back.
In the A flight Ebrahim was the winner with 37 points
beating Rick Evans into second on a very tight count back, also 37 points.
In third was Neil Skilton with 36 points while Joe Sebastion came in fourth
with 35 points.
In the restaurant we found Pete Galle tucking into his
Khao Kheow beef, so most of us took the hint and washed it down with a cold
Heineken in this fine setting.
Near pins: #A3 Neil Skilton, #A5 Philippe Berra, #C3 Neil
Skilton and #C8 Philippe Berra.
Long putts: #A9 Eric O’Brien and #C9 D Edmunds.
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at the Bunker
Harry Riley wins tight battle at Khao Kheow
On Tuesday, 20th May, the Bunker Boys
gathered under an overcast sky at the beautiful Khao Kheow Country Club for
their weekly medal event. The group of twenty golfers were divided into two
divisions, as usual and the "A" and "C" nines were the
challenge. The starting nine saw both low handicappers, Mike Allidi and Bob
van Mol lose all their allotted shots and for everyone it was a difficult
beginning. The second nine gave some relief however and in division one
Harry Riley played some fine golf for seven holes to finish on net 72, level
par for the day. He was one shot ahead of Mike Allidi with Bob van Mol
holding on to third place with his net 75. In division two Jocce Hansson’s
annual holiday was highlighted by his victory with net 78, followed by Jim
Payne’s net 79 and Saranya Chaiyanont’s net 80. For the second round
running there were no birdie two’s recorded but PJ Redmond’s fine boast
that he had never received the Bunker Banana Booby was severely put to the
test when he failed to return his card. All things come to those who wait!
Follow the Bunker Boys at http://www.thebunkerboys.com
“Flipper” Mitchell avoids water and groves at Bangpra
IPGC Golf from Lewiinski’s
Sunday – 18th
Green Valley – White Tees
1st Place A
Flight – Kevin Taylor – 37 points
2nd Place A
Flight – Julian Clarke – 37 points
3rd Place A
Flight – Joe Mooneyham – 35 points
1st Place B
Flight – Pete Stonebridge – 37 points
2nd Place B
Flight – Chant Schwulera– 37 points
3rd Place B
Flight – Steve Mulberry – 36 points
Apparently 37 points was the order of the day, as both A
and B Flights’ top two spots were decided by countback off that total.
Perennial contender, if not winner, Kevin Taylor took advantage of Julian
Clarke’s 18th hole gaffe to
stand atop A Flight. Joe "I’m in the Money" Mooneyham made good
on his moniker as he rounded out A Flight with 35 points. Pete "The
Headmaster" Stonebridge used brawn to overcome beauty edging first time
Lewiinski player, Chant Schwulera on countback. Chant seems destined to join
the list of quickly progressing local Thai ladies that have chosen to take
up our favorite sport. Sugar Shacker Steve Mulberry, who we lose
occasionally to that disdainful task of work, has returned to form quickly
and would surprise no one if that handicap doesn’t continue its downward
trend. Steve shot level to his current 22 handicap, thereby garnering 36
Tuesday – 20th
Laem Chabang – A & B - White Tees
1st Place –
Julian Clarke – net 68
2nd Place –
An Kaesavane – net 73
3rd Place –
Ian Ashenden – net 73
Julian Clark, who is a frequent visitor to Pattaya,
despite his Houston residence, has shown little need for acclimation as he
added to his fine play on this trip with a billiant gross 74, net 68, spin
around the acclaimed Jack Nicklaus layout. The quality of his effort is
further evidenced by the fact that he was five clear of second place and the
only competitor to better his/her handicap! In the week of the Lady, An
Kaesavane perhaps gave an insight into things to come, given Annika
Sorrenstam’s inclusion this week in the PGA Colonial, as she edged local
teaching pro Ian Ashenden on countback. Any disappoint Ian may have had, and
I dare say there was none, was assuaged by his qualification for the
four-day Singha Tournament at Burapha (held May 22 thru 25). Although the
tournament will have been held by the time you read this, all the gang at
Lewiinski’s wish Ian, and locals Mike McLaren and Darren Robson, good
Wednesday – 21st
Bangpra – White Tees Stableford
1st Place A
Flight – Phil Mitchell – 41 points
2nd Place A
Flight – Jim Brackett – 40 points
1st Place B
Flight – Steve Nowell – 41 points
2nd Place B
Flight – Seamus Brennan – 38 points
Phil "Flipper" Mitchell avoided the water and
the Groves (Phil, not Mango) to shoot an inspired gross 73, good for 41
points and A Flight first. Phil, playing off 6, as remarkable as his effort
was, edged fellow low handicapper, Jim Brackett, himself a 7, by only a
single point! Hard luck Johnny McHugh was left with no podium spot in A
Flight, despite his better than handicap 37 points. It was John’s last
round at Lewiinski’s before returning to work on Guam for his four-month
rotation. We, and Nui, are counting the days until his return in October.
Not to be outdone, Steve Nowell shot gross 79, also good for 41 points, to
uphold the pride of B Flight. Seamus Brennan was five clear of third place
with his 38 points.
Pattaya Pool League
Monday, May 17
Friday Summer League
This Weeks Results (Week 1, May 23)
Dream team 15v 20 Team Somtams, Yingyangs 21 v 8 Misfits, Lucky Chaplins
19 v 9 Mistys, Moonrakers 21 v 11 Porkys.
Thursday Summer League
This Weeks Results (Week 3, May 22)
Carlsberg Kids 10 v 11 Asylum 2, Likely Lads 11 v 20
Tartan Bar, Chaplin Spam H p v p Windmills, Newguys 15 v 24 Desert Rats.
Pattaya Sports Club
Friday Bowling League
Winchester wins all four points
for third week in a row
Winchester Club clawed their way out of last place after
winning all four points for the third week in a row. Café Kronborg fell to
last place after their lost to Winchester Club. Gert was best for Café
Kronborg with a 512 series, but bowling without Captain Kran who has a bad
back, it was not enough to win even one point. Nice & Sleazy continued
their march up the ladder and are now in fourth place after taking three
points from House of the Golden Coin. Jeed had a 204 game and 556-pin count
for Nice & Sleazy.
Bowlers Jeed, Otto and Mai
House of the Golden Coin bowled without their Captain Mio, probably the
best bowler in the league, who had to stay home with the mumps. Suphan
knocked down 541 pins and led Domicil to a three-point win over VFW Post
9876. Tukata tipped over 534 pins for the VFW team. Café Ole remained in
second place with a three-point victory over Shakey Pete’s. Otto had a 203
game and 513 series for Café Ole and Mai rolled a 203 game and 526 series
for Shakey Pete’s.
Fitness Tips: Long distance running can lower bone density in Women
Running is known for its positive effects on heart
disease, obesity and general health but it has been reported that it has a
negative effect on bone density.
A recent team led by Melonie Burrows, PhD, at the UK
University of East London, enrolled 52 women runners, aged 18-44, in an
intensive study. They ranged from recreational runners who ran only 5km a
week to elite athletes who ran 70km a week.
The results showed that women who ran the most had the
lowest bone density. Women who had more muscle lost less bone. According to
Dr Peter Lemon, director of the exercise nutrition research laboratory at
Canada’s University of Western Ontario, female athletes who train
seriously tend to under eat and their metabolism slows down. This often
leads to nutritional deficiencies, loss in bone mass and stress fractures.
Also estrogen levels decrease, which has a negative effect on bone health.
Burrows suggests that serious runners should have a
healthy, balanced diet, add weight training to the workout and maintain a
regular menstrual cycle.
According to Lemon running is better for bone health than
swimming, but is not as good as strength exercises in applying resistance to
bone. Sports like gymnastics, weightlifting and volleyball apply more
stimulation for bone growth than running.
Looking at it further it’s very simple to see that if
you become obsessed with one thing while ignoring everything else around you
it will be detrimental to your life. These women that have become obsessed
in this study with their long distance running have not followed standard
nutritional sports dietary advice to keep up their improvement in
performance for the chosen event.
Thus, Long distance running for women, provided they have
correct nutritional balance are not likely to suffer loss in bone density.
If they go further and augment the running training with weight lifting they
could successfully increase the density and improve overall athletic
The headline is no excuse to stop preparation fort he
Pattaya marathon on the 20 of July, I just wanted to catch your eye. Good
training, healthy eating and plenty of rest is good preparation for the
event, do that and you will have achieved a goal worth a celebration.
Pattaya Jungle H3 gets off to a great start
The very first Pattaya Jungle Hash kicked off on the 11th
May. And we welcomed visitors from around the globe for our inaugural run.
This included Hashers from America, Canada, Australia, Papa New Guinea,
Germany, England, Wales, Scotland, Norway, Japan and Hong Kong. The group
also consisted of our friends from Pattaya Bush H3, Pattaya Monday H3,
Bangkok H3 and not forgetting the lovely Hunny Bunnies from Chiang Mai.
We all met at the Prince of Wales, Soi Khao Noi. The bus
departing promptly at 3.00pm for the ‘A’ site. The torrential rain did
not deter any the finely tuned athletes from venturing out into the Jungle
during monsoon conditions to find the rain stopped as we formed a circle. It
seems someone was on the Jungle side for our first day.
Lord Lucan formally welcomed everybody and then invited
the Hares to tell the assembled about the two runs which they had created.
For the Jungles first run the hares were: Lord Lucan, Baby’s Arm, Mobile
& Flying SS .The medium run being just over an hour and a short run for
the ones with hangovers and the kids. It seems that the philosophy of two
runs was a fantastic hit and will be used on all future PJH3 hashes
THE MEDIUM RUN: Constructed during the previous 3 days
with the aid of a G.P.S. and machetes ensured a true Jungle feeling with not
a buffalo, dog, cat nor goat in sight. Run length was a refreshing 1hour or
so. Well done to the Hares for what has been a busy Hashing time.
THE SHORT RUN: What a wonderful walk for the folks who
enjoy a bit of scenery around a very small but nice lake.
The circle was started and the founders handed it over to
B.B, an Australian based in Papa New Guinea to run the proceedings. Oh, and
what a move that was with various fun and games. The emphasis on the Jungle
is those who have committed various crimes on the actual run. So watch out
you short cutters even on the short run. With crazy rules such as only left
hand drinking, all must stand, all must sit, etc… etc... The ice was well
used to say the least. The only hitch being some fatties sat on the beer
coolers and jammed them up!!! The On On was Khun John’s for some more fun
& great food.
We would be delighted to see more old & new faces on
the Jungle H3. Families groups are very welcome. If you wish to drive
directly to the ‘A’ site or require any additional information then
please visit the Prince of Wales for a friendly chat and information posted
on the PJH3 board. Otherwise you can visit our website:
Next run: Sunday 25/05/03.
A big thank you to our first run sponsors.
Blackthorne Cider, Chang Beer, Hongkong Tours,House
Screen Printing, Prince of Wales, Red A. & Velvet A and Technilink.
PH3 Run 1002
It’s great returning to Thailand after a long absence.
The food, scenery, women, music amongst other reasons makes this part of the
world unique. I’ll skip the ‘old friends/new faces’ bull and yak about
the run. Since being in Pattaya only 3 days I’ve heard disturbing news
about the Hash from different Hashers around town and at softball on Sunday.
Yet today I saw many positive points. First the run was good. Even though it
was confusing at first I didn’t hear a lot of bitching. And once we were
running the correct route, it was enjoyable. In fact most agreed a
Second, I noticed more Hashers running or walking rather
than just hanging out at the beer truck. (There’s plenty of time to
drink). Ample On-On’s were hollered out and many Hashers spread out at
checks solving the puzzle. This is something I will elaborate on. I remember
years ago at checks it seemed like the same handful would split up looking
for paper. Yet today I was pleasantly surprised at how many Hashers fanned
out. Great teamwork was observed!
Third, we had a great circle. With exception of a few
talkers and phones beeping, most kept quiet and focused on the action. I
believe it was easy for most to hear with minimum distractions. Good Hash
Respect was evident tonight! Everyone deserves a pat on the back.
The raffle led by Energizing Bunny, a new face for me
distributed various prizes for the lucky winners. The last prize was ‘Da
Book’, Uncle Fester had the winning number and was mumbling claiming the
prize. He was mumbling words I can’t repeat here. However Dr. Pinky yelled
out there was a free run ticket inside. Uncle Fester smiled.
Blowfly the rotating GM, relentlessly punished virgins,
leavers, sinners and scribe. Scribe? Yeah scribe... Blowfly called in yours
truly but for what? In the past, unprepared scribes didn’t have necessary
equipment so Blowfly called in another Hasher, Red A who looked like Ronald
McDonald. I thought I was getting a Big Mac and fries, but instead was
handed a nifty pink clipboard with pencils and sharpener. In the future,
scribes will have scribe equipment for the task. Trust me Hashers, this
equipment jells. Blowfly said now you can write an 8,000 word scribe report.
Damn it Blowfly, I’m a history teacher, not a math teacher. Can’t count
Airhead, the bad RA was given the circle and appeared to
be sluggish. There were new names given. The Okinawa Hash optioned to sing
instead of ice spin. Then Airhead said "your circle GM!" Caught
off guard Blowfly said "that’s it?" Anyway the circle ran
smoothly. Since I’m still jet lagged (minus 14 hours) I was fading. I can’t
remember if the Norwegian Hares sang a song. Hash Hymn, and off to Patrick’s
for the Happy Hour. Thank-you Flying Frog and Tadpole for delicious grub and
ON- ON Singapore S
The Square Ring
by Howie Reed
Bad week. Looks like I’m going to have to find another
fighter to kick around. Reports out of the Motha Country (that would be
England) are that Prince Naseem Hamed is done, finished, kaput. That at
least is the opinion of promoter Frank Warren. "I don’t think he’ll
fight again. I don’t think his heart’s in it. He’s comfortable. He’s
made a lot of money, spent a lot of time, as I understand, with his family.
He doesn’t need to fight." What Mr Warren forgot to mention was that
the "Lop Eared Camel Jockey" had never gotten over being taken to
the woodshed by Marco Antonio Barrera in April of 2001. He found a fighter
that wasn’t intimidated. Without that factor Naseem was just another club
fighter. Very early on in these pages it was written, "When he loses
his first the second lose will be right behind." That wasn’t entirely
true as in his last he beat Manuel Calvo who would never be ranked above 500
in the world. So farewell Senior Prince. I can see it now, "He rides
off in the sunset on his trusty camel Fred with a goat under each arm ready
for his new employment as a corner news agent in Manchester." I’ll
drink to that.
It’s was also a rather bad news week internationally.
But considering that maybe it’s also a slow news month in the Kingdom
especially when the following gets coverage, "Officers confiscated a
deck of cards and other gambling paraphernalia and the booty of cash
totaling 20 baht." ( A 20 Baht Booty is almost no booty at all if you
ask me. No one did.) I may be in the catbird seat with the scintillating
news from the WBC.. The WBC was busy. They upheld the protest by InterBox
and have ordered a rematch of Markus Beyer -Eric Lucas. The first fight in
Germany was won by the hometown lad. Most neutral boxing scribes had it for
Lucas. They’ll do it again. Vitali Klitschko withdrew his lawsuit against
the WBC with the promise that he’ll be the next to face Prince Lennox
Lewis. The no hearted Ruskie fighting out of Germany and living in Beverly
Hills now paves the way for the WBC to sanction. Lewis-Johnson June 22
(Pattaya Time) for the title. Maybe you’ll even be able to get up on
Sunday morning and watch. "be still your hearts."
If you’re as tired as I am at hearing Thailand’s top
fighters whine about not getting "big fight" opportunities we may
have another name to add to the list. Veeraphol Sahaprom (41-1) is the WBC
Bantam Champ. The argument is that he’s the best fighter at that weight in
the world. Not one of the best but the best. Along comes WBA/IBC(what ever
in the hell the IBC is) Champ one Johnny Bredahl (5302) looking for a August
1 fight. His promoter Bettina Palle lists either WBO champ Cruz Carbajal or
WBC Champ Veerphol as a desired opponent. Bredahl has already beaten
Carbajal in a non title match up back in ’98. The fight would be held in
Copenhagen. Problems is , according to Palle, "WBC king Veeraphol is
not answering to faxes and e-mails from Denmark." Time for the Thai’s
and Thai World Champ’s to either put up or shut up. In any match up
Veeraphol would have to be favored over the light hitting but active Bredalh.
It can’t be fear of traveling as unlike some Thai Champions Veeraphol has
fought twice in France and once in Japan. So what’s the problem ?. "ThisItThailand".
Let me toss some names at you. Randall Bailey, Reggie
Strickland and Hammond. There is an outside chance that Bailey’s name is
familiar. He was the WBO Champion at one time. He had won, up until last
week, 26 fights all by KO’s. His problem was that when he didn’t get a
KO he didn’t win losing three decisions all to Champions. If you’re from
the great Mid West of the USA Hammond Indiana would be familiar. Reggie
Strickland would be the answer to "what fighter is 61-246-15 (10KO’s)".
I kid thee not. His record is 61-246-15. The wire services describe him as a
"legendary midwest campaigner". I would guess. He went 8 rounds
with Bailey losing the decision. That was Bailey’s first win via a
decision. The next question one has to ask, that is after why, is when did
things turn bad for Strickland in regard to Wins and Loses ? From the
beginning. In his first 50 fights he went 4-46. Strickland had one 4 bout
winning streak back in 1993. Three of the wins came in 5 days using two
different names. Reggie Strickland a uncrowned champion. I’ll drink to
Some have wondered, not having real life’s and who
wants a real life in the Land of Smiles, why I failed to cover Thai fighters
that hold PABA titles. Easy cause the title "isn’t worth a bucket of
Examples WBA #7 minimum Pornsawan Porpramook (7-0, 7 KOs)
retained his PABA 105-lb title by Ko over #5 Martin Mahlangu (reportedly
8-4-1, 2 KOs) at 1:25 of round fourth. The fight that was held last Friday
at Omnoi Stadium, Samutsakorn, Thailand was Pornsawan’s fifth title
defense. That means, for those that attended public school in the USA, he
won the title in his second professional fight. Granted . Pornsawan was a
Muay Thai champion but still a title in your second pro start is a bit much.
"Yes the one exception would be winning "Ms. Pattaya Wet T
Shirt" in your second pro start..
Michael "Better Than" Nunn, the former middle
and super middleweight champion. is headed for the "Monkey House."
Last week in Des Moines Iowa he pleaded guilty to "conspiring to
distribute cocaine" from 1993-2002. The later date marks the time when
he tried to buy from an undercover cop and got busted. Maybe it should have
been Michael "Smarter Than" Nunn. He was the WBA middleweight
champion in the late 80’s and early 90’s until upset by a thin James
Toney. For Toney that was about 40 pounds ago. Well maybe for Nunn also.
Then Nunn moved up to super middle, won the title while defending four times
in 1993. "At the same time, 1993, he was playing "drug
dealer". The pace got to him in 1994 when he was upset by Steve Little
a chap with 13 Loses at the time. Nunn admitted to doing the crime and now
he’ll have to do the time which just proves, "Crime does not
pay". How about them apples ?