International players scoop top prizes in
4th Megabreak Challenge
Taiwan’s Cheng Thung Hua defeated friend and fellow
countryman, Wang Kuo Pin in last weekend’s 4th Megabreak Challenge. Cheng
out shot his opponent in the race to 9 - 4 taking home the 70,000 baht first
The men from Taiwan beat an international field of 64
players from Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Thai national team players
to enter the spotlight during the finals of the 8-Ball tournament held at
the Megabreak Pool Lounge in Pattaya.
and tournament winners at the 4th Megabreak Challenge. (L-r) Selena Lovett,
Apple Honey Co., Ltd managing director, Rob Prior, Batercard Pattaya,
Amnuayporn ‘O-Rayong’ Chotipong, third place winner, Cheng Thung Hua,
Megabreak Challenge winner, Pol. Col. Somnuk Changate, Pattaya police
superintendent, Wang Kuo Pin, second place winner and Dan Black, Megabreak
“We never practice,” said Cheng and Wang “This is
because we play in at least one tournament a month in Taiwan.”
Both play the second division pro circuit and are
scheduled to represent their country in Japan next month.
Thung Hua takes his calculated shot while Wang Kuo Pin watches his friend
clear the table. Cheng won the tournament on Sunday night winning 9 games to
Cheng, the senior of the two said he had been playing for
12 years where as Wang had been playing for 6.
At the start of the final both appeared evenly matched,
complete with thunderous breaks and highly accurate ball placement. It was
in the sixth frame that Chen broke away from Wang leading the race to nine
before the first break.
The animated, almost comical Cheng entertained spectators
with a small exhibition during the second break as friends on the sideline
bantered as to who would win.
At the start of the first frame after the break Cheng
fouled by sinking the white allowing Wang to edge one game closer. However,
despite efforts Cheng’s experience shone through as he cleaned the next
two frames to win the event.
Dan Black, Megabreak managing partner, “It’s been a
fabulous weekend with players coming from around the region to participate.
I would like to thank our sponsors, my staff and the players for making it a
great weekend of pool.”
Slated as Thailand’s premier pool tournament and the
first of its kind in Pattaya, the Megabreak Challenge has been quite
successful in drawing top sponsors and media coverage with the largest prize
purse in Thailand.
The weekend began on Saturday morning with 64 hopeful
players making their way through the competition and the prize purse. As
with any tournament, controversy reared in the semi finals with one player
was disqualified after disputing the referee and chief referees decision.
Chief referee for the weekend was one of Asia’s most
highly respected and well-known referees, Wynn Foo.
“I love the game and when you referee and watch the
table you can see what’s going through the players’ minds,” said Wynn.
Wynn, who views refereeing as a hobby, has worked on the
Asian 8-Ball and 9-Ball tours and owns a venue in his native Singapore.
With the end of the tournament trophies and prizes were
handed out. In first was Cheng Thung Hua, taking home 70,000 baht for his
weekend effort, second was Wang Kuo Pin also from Taiwan scored 20,000 and
Thailand’s Amnuayporn ‘O-Rayong’ Chotipong in third place with trophy
and 10,000 baht.
Blackthorn Cider’s importer, Selena Lovett, Apple Honey
Co., Ltd managing director, Batercard Pattaya’s Rob Prior and guest of
honor Pol. Col. Somnuk Changate, Pattaya police superintendent presented the
trophies to all three winners.
The police superintendent pledged to help businesses in
Pattaya that promoted sporting events that boosts local tourism.
The Megabreak Challenge was under the direction of and
sanctioned by The Billiard Sports Association of Thailand and has proved
successful in Pattaya as the sport continues to grow in popularity.
Vichai Theerathavej crowned king
of the 24th Can-Am Invitational
A surprised Vichai
Theerathavej was crowned 2004 king of the 24th Can-Am Invitational after
scoring a net 68.
surprised Vichai Theerathavej, happy to take home the winner’s trophy 24th
One of Thailand’s longest running tournaments, the
Can-Am, now in its 24th year and speeding towards its 25th, took a change of
venue from the traditional stomping grounds to play at Phoenix with a single
noon shotgun for over 200 players start on all three courses last Saturday
Conditions were warm and the course in fine shape, but
this year’s event shaped to be a tough one - especially with the 36
handicap and scoring system ensuring that players had a fair shot at winning
one of the many great prizes provided by event sponsors.
year’s Can-Am Invitational organisers and sponsors take a bow on stage
after successfully running another tournament.
The awards presentation was held at the Dusit Resort with
cocktails at 7 p.m. Golfers and guests filled the Chaba pool area of the
Dusit while everyone dug into the all-you-can-eat-and-drink barbecue buffet
while players discussed how they faired on the courses.
A winner, Suchin Thepsutha (left) received his trophy from Kerry Matisin,
Can-Am committee chairman.
Also apart of this year’s revamped Can-am was a new act
providing lively entertainment for the hungry and thirsty guests. Shazam, a
Thai-Canadian fusion show with beautiful dancers and hot electric violin
mesmerized the audience while waiting for the prize giving.
Matisin (right) congratulates Jorge Samuel (left) on winning Flight B.
First up were the technical prizes on sponsored holes; on
the Mountain Course: Longest putt on 1 went to Ole Jensen; Longest drive on
2 to Owe Kinberg, Near Pin 4 Cheryl Lamb, Out of bounds left was tied and a
draw was done. Thongchai N. scored the near pin on 8 and Near the Marker 9
went to Phil Adkins.
C winner Paul Davies had a good round at Phoenix last Saturday.
The Lakes course had their round of technicals: Longest
Putt 1 Tim Waylett, Near Pin 2 Nusorn Kulpreeda, Near the tree (off the tee)
4 Steve Hubbard, Near pin 7 Brian Lord; Long Drive 9 K Fredin.
Not to be left out to sea, the Ocean technical prize were
presented to Ned Hughes fro the Longest putt on 1, In the Bunker was
converted to a lucky draw after many landing in the sand on hole 3, Andrew
Carmichael took out the near pin for hole 5 as did Nick Graham on hole 7.
Haugsjordet, Ladies Low gross winner receives her prize from Kerry. Nora
also won a trip to Phuket in the lucky draw.
The Long drive on 9 went to Brian Tully, wrapping the
technical prizes for this year’s event before moving on to more of Shazam
and a myriad of lucky draw prizes graciously donated by the sponsors.
Down to the division winners with many familiar faces
taking the stage to collect their trophy and prizes.
The 36 system of scoring proved effective in the division
breakdown with everyone receiving a fair chance at taking home a trophy.
In Flight D (100 plus gross) Tage Andersen took the title
with a net 74, just beating Steve Staley on countback also on a net 74.
Flight C (91-99 gross) saw Paul Davies win with a net 70
with 97 off the stick.
Flight B (82-90 gross) had Jorge Samuel narrowly beat
Steve Hovi on countback, both with a net 70.
In Flight A (up to 81 gross) had Bangkok’s Suchin
Thepsutha won the flight with a gross 80 and a net 68.
Local players Barry Winton won the Low gross with 74 off
the stick as did Nora Haugsjordet in the Ladies Low gross of 86.
Vichai Theerathavej was declared the overall winner of
the 24th Can-Am, winning on countback with a gross 80 and net 68.
“The is only the second time I have played at
Phoenix,” said Vichai who hails from Ayuthaya.
“I’m surprised to win and I’ll be back next year to
play,” he added.
At the close of the event Kerry Matisin committee
chairman and Les Walsh thanked the Pattaya Sports Club committee members for
their support and all the sponsors, without who, such events coul;d not be
The sponsors were Pathway Systems, Raimon Land, AMJ
Campbell-HK Transpack, Air Canada, CTC, Waste Management, JW Marriott, Siam
Feather, Raja’s Tailors, Big Chilli and Nike have helped, has been one of
the best Can-Ams ever.
In closing Kerry said, “See you all net year for some
surprises, when we celebrate our Silver anniversary.”
Inaugural Samui Classic outstanding success
Pattaya sponsors boost prize purse
Santiburi Samui Golf Club was the
venue of the first Samui Classic.
With one of the most spectacular golf courses in Asia to
offer, the event attracted mostly Samui players from the Real Estate and
Hotel business, making this a great opportunity for social and commercial
winner, Vitaya Whangpatanaton, Chaweng Regent Beach Resort MD and Samui Skal
President won 2 nights at the Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya. The prize was handed
over by Pramoth Supyen, TAT Director of Surat Thani province.
Main sponsor and Real Estate developer Royal Samui Beach
were extremely happy with the feedback they achieved through their generous
sponsorship. Altogether the tournament was supported by 36 companie,
including 3 from Pattaya: The Royal Cliff Beach Resort, The Dusit Resort and
the Hard Rock Hotel.
resident John Braznall with family won 2 nights at the Dusit Resort and
can’t wait to spend some quality time in Pattaya.
Samui organizer, Prime Star together with the management
team of the Santiburi Group and the cooperation of the Samui Golf
Association and various TV channels guaranteed a smooth, professional and
media-friendly running of the tournament, which will be staged twice a year
in the future (next in April 5), thus becoming an important a bi-annual
element in the events calendar of the island.
Awards and prizes for the various handicap categories
with a value of more than 100,000 baht were given out during the tournament
party, which was open for all players and sponsors. In addition, there was a
raffle with prizes given away for more than 300,000 baht, making the winners
The organisers are looking forward to next April - hopefully with the
participation of some players from Pattaya.
Pattaya Lawn Bowling League
House of the Golden Coin and Brother D off to a fast start
Pattaya Sports Club Friday Bowling League
Bowlers Gert, Jim, Mio, Sven and Tue.
House of the Golden Coin took all four points from Shenanigans and is off
to a perfect start after week three with Mio leading the way with a 206 game
and 526 series. Tue bowling as a spare had a 585 series with games of 210,
180 and 195. Second place Brother D took all four points from Mai’s Thai
Restaurant. Jim led VFW Post 9876 to a three-point win over Friends as he
rolled a 214 game and 512-pin count. Cafe Kronborg took all four points from
Cafe Ole. Kran rolled a 564 series and Sven knocked down 510 pins with a 200
game for Cafe Kronborg. Three Sisters took three points from Jack & Tar.
La had a 510 series and Morn a 501 pin count for Three Sisters. Domicil and
Q Cars split their match two-two with Q Cars, Captain Gert, rolling a great
246 game and 581 series.
Results - Week 3
Team Standings Points (Nov 5)
House of the Golden Coin 12 - 0 4 - 0
Brother D. 10 - 2 4 - 0
Friends 8 - 4 1 - 3
VFW Post 9876 8 - 4 3 - 1
Domicil 8 - 4 2 - 2
Three Sisters 6 - 6 3 - 1
Jack & Tar 5 - 7 1 - 3
Cafe Kronborg 5 - 7 4 - 0
Cafe Ole 4 - 8 0 - 4
Q Cars 3 - 9 2 - 2
Mai’s Thai Restaurant 2 - 10 0 - 4
Shenanigans 1 - 11 0 - 4
PSC golf with The Bunker
Monday November 1
Royal Thai Navy, Sattahip
The 1st of November saw The Bunker Boy’s playing for
the first time on a Monday playing The Royal Thai Navy Course at Sattahip.
demonstrating how Not to putt.
On a fine day playing the North and West courses the
greens were slow but the course was vacant except for the 21 golfers from
The Bunker. In Division A, John Hughes playing as steady as ever, shot a
Net 70 to take first prize, John King had a good round to return with Net
73 followed in third place by Brian Bellis with Net 75. Division B saw a
tussle between Lez Hall and John Preddy both finishing with a two under par
Net 70 to tie for top spot, back in third place came Les Winch and Peter
Cerny also tied with Net 75. Near Pins were won by big Frank Clayton, Peter
Cerny, John Hughes and Neil Griffin.
After match discussions in The Bunker heard David
Johnson bemoaning the fact that recent golf lessons had set him back and
this was the reason for what he thought was the worst round of the day with
Net 93. David was cheered up somewhat when he heard that Mick Ramshaw had
an even worse round returning to The Bunker for some much needed alcoholic
refreshment with a score of Net 95 - and that was without any lessons!
Siam Country Club.
On another fine day at Siam Country Club The Boy’s
from The Bunker played their weekly Stableford competition.
Some great golf was played on a good course but with the
usual slow greens. For the first time at The Bunker, Brian Bellis topped
the tree with a fine 39 Stableford points to take the spoils, one point
back came last weeks winner Mitch Malone while third place was tied between
John Hughes and Brian Wilkins both with 36 points.
Near Pins were won by Terry Phur, John Hughes, John King
and Ben Findon.
Golfers have an added incentive to play their golf with
The Bunker Boy’s from this month onwards as there will now be a “Golfer
of The Month” trophy to be won along with other prizes so drop in to see
us at The Bunker to find out more.
And remember, The Bunker Boy’s have changed to playing on Monday’s
and Wednesday’s now so call into The Bunker Bar on Soi Chaiyapoon (near
X-zyte disco) to pick up a golf schedule or consult The Pattaya Mail every
week and, as usual you can get the latest information about all other
sporting activities at The Bunker Bar by visiting our website @ www.
PSC Golf from the 60s Bar
Another fine Tuesday morning and a lively group of
golfers showed up at the 60s Bar for breakfast. Due to a communications
problem one of our boys went direct to Bangpra - the wrong course - but had
a fine game anyway.
Bob Noble did the ‘Sergeant at Arms’ duties while Max
took some time off to visit his in-laws up at the village. Bob did a fine
job as usual.
The course was light with golfers and our group flew over
the course and were back in the clubhouse in record time. Back at the bar
Bobby Joe had split pea and ham soup that you could stand your spoon upright
in. It was there we learned that Andy Evans took the honours. Andy is always
one of the leaders.
Technical prizes went to Bob Noble, Kenny Chung and Martin Bullen. Next
Tuesday we are all going to try to show up at the same course.
Paul Kraft once again finds form
PSC golf from the Three Sisters
A trip to the U.S.A. and six weeks rest
did wonders for Paul Kraft. Paul has been down in the dumps for months as
his handicap climbed up to the mid and high twenties. After returning from
the States, Paul came back with a vengeance hammering the rest of the field.
For the first time in months his old game came back as he scored 46 points
to win the day. The next closest was Doug Chalkley who came in with 41
Paul Kraft (right) and ‘Holding the Bag’ was Gerry Carpenter (left).
Following the leaders were Jimmy Little with 39 points,
Herb Ishinaga and Darly Evans with 38 points each. The rest of the field
faded away. The course was in excellent shape and again the weather was
perfect for golf.
Holding the bag this week was non other than the PSC President, Gerry
Carpenter. Gerry had a miserable day as he came in with 20 points total. Toy
Theobald and John Sinclair tried to make a run for the cellar with 24 points
but it was no contest as Gerry had a strong hold of the bag and headed for
the cellar. I’m sure that Gerry will not be there next week.
Walter Ottl Knocks Down a 46!
IPGC Golf From Lewiinski’s
Sunday October 31
Green Valley -
1st A Flight : Steve Mascari, 42 pts
2nd A Flight: Jim Brackett, 40 pts
3rd A Flight: Klaus Schackt, 37 pts
1st B Flight: Dave Boran, 39 pts
2nd B Flight: Bob Lindborg, 38 pts
3rd B Flight: Jim Munns, 37 pts
1st C Flight: Walter Ottl, 46 pts
2nd C Flight: Paul Breen, 45 pts
3rd B Flight: Robbie Bennett, 41 pts
Near Pins: #13 Paul Breen; #16 Frank Pilkington
Walter Ottl, in the spirit of sportsmanship and golf,
advised prior to teeing off on Sunday that his home handicap had been
lowered from the 28 he was on the local handicap system to a 26. Then he
promptly went out and served notice that more downward movement was in the
offing as he was Man-of-the-Match with 46 points and the winner of the
volatile C Flight. But it did take every one of those points to edge Paul
Breen who himself had 45 points and a Near Pin, but alas only had second
place to show for it. Consistent with the high standards set by his podium
mates Robbie Bennett was bronze with 41 points. C Flighter Frank Pilkington
made it a clean sweep for the hackers by snatching up the other Near Pin on
The Society President, Steve Mascari, shot an excellent
level par 72 off the stick and amassed 42 points with his 6 handicap for
first in A Flight. Steve’s long time friend, Jim Brackett, was but two
back with 40 points thanks to a fine gross 76. Klaus Schackt had the best of
a count back it edging two single handicappers Jim Wickstrom and Guy
Billings to round out the premier Flight’s standings.
The mid-handicapped B Flight was led by many-time visitor
Dave Boran who edged two prominent Green Valley performers, Bob Lindborg and
Jim Munns, who trailed the leader in one stroke increments.
Treasure Hill -
White or Yellow tees
1st White Flight: Guy Billings, 39 pts
2nd White Flight: Sunny Khanna, - 39 pts
3rd White Flight: Gerhard Schulze, - 37 pts
1st Yellow Flight: Lyn Foote, - 38 pts
2nd Yellow Flight: Derek Reading, - 35 pts
3rd Yellow Flight: Nigel Cannon, 34 pts
Near Pin: # 17 Guy Billings
The gang hadn’t been to Treasure Hill often recently,
given the construction on Highway 331, but a good crowd showed up on the
first Monday outing of the High Season, to see this old friend. Treasure
Hill is one of several area courses that presents alternative tee boxes with
which are within the realm of the average skills of the society players. As
has been the custom of late, Lewiinski’s has offered players the
alternative of which tees, the 6,726 yard whites or the 6,377 yard yellows,
each competitor wishes to take on. The near 50%-50% split in the field
reinforced that this option is appreciated by the players. As is the way
with the fortunes of golf, White Tee Flight’s Guy Billing reversed the
disappointment of a Sunday count back loss to put the same on fine playing
Sunny Khanna. Inconsistent, but never discounted, Gerhard Schulze rounded
out the Banger’s Flight.
The current TQ Masters Lady Champion, Lyn Foote, showed
that she still had momentum working as she opened a three point gap between
herself and the field in the Yellow/Red Flight. Friends Derek Reading and
Nigel Cannon split the second and third place of that still challenging
Bangpra - White Tees
1st A Flight: Steve Mascari, net 72
2nd A Flight: Jack Spencer, net 72
3rd A Flight: Jim Brackett, net 74
1st B Flight: John Foote, net 71
2nd B Flight: Colm Mullen, net 71
3rd B Flight: Bruce Milner, net 72
1st C Flight: Seamus Brennan, net 70
2nd C Flight: Mike Craighead, net 71
3rd C Flight: Harvey Samuel, net 71
Near Pins: # 12 - Steve Mascari; # 17 - Ken Gray
One never knows when he will strike, but Shameless Seamus
Brennan never keeps ‘em waiting too long. The Irishman’s net 70 was the
best in B Flight and best on the day. It had to be that good to edge Mike
“The Mechanic” Craighead and Harvey Samuel who were separated in C
Flight’s second and third places only due to a count back. John Foote,
after wife Lyn’s victory on Monday thought it was high time he started
contributing to the family coffers. He did so in short order, albeit via a
count back, as he led the mid-handicappers on venerable old Bangpra. The
fella taking the brunt of that count back was Colm Mullen. A stroke back of
John and Colm in B Flight third was Oz’s Bruce Milner. Steve Mascari won
on Sunday with even par off the stick so he thought he would vary the story
but not the result in the midweek as he was net 72 and won by virtue of the
day’s third count back, this over newly arrived and in form Jack Spencer.
Jim Brackett stuck his nose in there for A Flight bronze and his second
payday of the week. Mascari and old friend Ken “don’t call me Kenny”
Gray pocketed the Near Pins.
Friday November 5
Phoenix - Mountain & Lakes
Blue or White Tees;
Red Tees Stableford
1st Blue Flight: - Phil Mitchell 33 pts
1st White A Flight: David Smith, 40 pts
2nd White A Flight: Rick Sharp, 37 pts
3rd White A Flight: Gary Blackburne, 36 pts
1st White B Flight: Mike Craighead, 34 pts
2nd White B Flight: Dave Blakey, 33 pts
3rd White B Flight: Sunny Khanna, 33 pts
Near Pin: # M8 Nick Sinnott
Phoenix had always been a good venue for the bangers to
let the shafts out from the Blue Tees. As evidence that the continuing
maintenance improvement and difficulty enhancements are making what has
always been a ‘good’ course into one that may compete with the premier
courses in the area, only three players in this big field took on the way
backs. Phil Mitchell edged Graham Johnson and Andy Leach for that title.
David Smith had the best score of the day off the whites
as he took A Flight with 40 points. That gave him a comfortable three point
pad over The Hermit’s 37 and Gary Blackburne’s level to handicap 36.
There was Mike ‘The Mechanic’ in the lights for the second consecutive
outing and this time it was B Flight First! Dave Blakey walked off with his
first check of this visit as he put the count back on Sunny Khanna and Lyn
Foote for second. The boys continued the unchivalrous behavior as they left
Lyn only the welfare line to stand in as Sunny took third. County
Wexford’s Nick Sinnott who has introduced many lads to the pleasures and
perils of Pattaya pipped the day’s one Near Pin.
Shenanigans 2004 ‘Men’s & Ladies’ Irish Open Championships
Shenanigans annual Irish Open Men’s &
Ladies Championships, postponed from October 1st,
take place on Friday, November 26 at Eastern Star Country Club &
Resort. Start times for players who signed up originally remain the
same and the updated start sheet will be posted at Shenanigans and
other venues on Wednesday 24th November, and also be on the web page
All tournament details stay the same as shown on
the entry form in this issue of Pattaya Mail. So, if you haven’t
signed up already for the Irish Open, please do so now as there are
places available, mostly 8.0 – 8.45 and 11.20 – 12.00 with a few
places in the middle period.
Friday November 26, I am reliably informed, will be dry and sunny
and the Eastern Star course will be in excellent shape. The
Shenanigans Irish Open Championships follow the Diana Gold Charity
tournament on Friday 12th
November, and the Khun Anand Charity Golf Invitational for UNICEF on
Saturday 20, both at Eastern Star.
Century Chonburi Revisited
IPGC Bunker Boys at the OK
The Bunker Boys left the OK Corral on Tuesday, November
2, to revisit the beautiful and challenging course at Century Chonburi,
after a period of many months, to play their weekly medal competition, on a
hot and breezy day. They found the course empty, in excellent condition, the
clubhouse undergoing renovation and an outstanding “package” in terms of
value-for-money. The large field was cut at fifteen and under and the day
was set for fine scores. In division two Bill Hewitt’s straight hitting
brought him the reward of third place with his net 73, whilst Mr. Loy found
his form again firing net 72 to take second place. Brian Bellis produced the
round of the day and his long hitting belied his 22 handicap, scoring net 68
on the narrow fairways and testing greens. Division one saw Al McGrory
firing net 75 to take third place with Aussie Dave Palmer continuing his
fine current form with net 73 in second.
Player of the Week, Dave Smith, wins at Century Chonburi
Current Player of the Week, Dave Smith, carried the
honour well and his two-under net 70 took the major award, completing an
excellent run of three rounds without a shot dropped to par. His birdie two
on the short fourth hole also gave him a share of the Super Sawng pot, with
Dave Palmer taking the rest on the thirteenth hole. “Mr. Loy Mark Two”,
Roy Mann, returned for his annual holiday only the day before and found the
bananas landed in his lap, by way of a welcome, and by way of noting his
high net of 84. But losing his usual side wager with Mr. Loy meant they
would have been his anyway, regardless of his performance! It is easy to
forget Century Chonburi because of its remoteness but its appeal will call
the Bunker Boys back many times over the next few months.
Huge wins for Hewitt and
A very hot and humid day, a crowded golf course, good
fairways, some sanded greens, good “apr?s golf” - this was the stage at
Century Ban Chang, on Thursday, November4. None of the Bunker Boys could
foresee what was to happen on such a day as they took to the tee for their
weekly stableford event and it must be stated that Bang Chang is not the
easiest of courses with its undulating fairways, thick rough and raised
greens but accuracy off the tee will always be rewarded.
With the cut at eighteen Bill Hewitt led the first group
off the first and immediately found his form, posting twenty-one points
after the first nine to set the target for the day. The rest of the top
flight trailed in his wake all day as seventeen-handicapper Bill was to post
one of his best scores in Thailand, 42 points! Trailing him were David
Smith, 34 and Jack Spencer, 33.
In division two Len Jones found his form after recent
historical disasters and shot 37 points to take third, one behind returning
Sunny Khanna whose 38 points should have merited more than a runner-up
place. But Brian Bellis was having none of it. Having already shot net 74,
net 68 and 39 points on the three previous days he proceeded to amass an
incredible 47 points. Brian is certainly no cowboy, as his thirty-eight IPGC
competition rounds in six months will attest, and is currently in the finest
form of his life. We’ve all “been there, done that” and he knows that
after the handicap secretary has done his job, wearing the T-shirt will be a
difficult task! Eight pars and a birdie speak volumes about the improvements
in his game and he fully deserves this success. Amazingly he did not record
a birdie two, the honours instead going to Bill Hewitt, Keith Hector and
David Smith, who all wore smiles as they walked off the fifteenth green,
anticipating a share of the Super Sawng pot.
In the last group Mr. Loy suffered a disastrous back nine and seemingly
resorted to reassuring cellphone conversations. This “no-no” guaranteed
him his own bananas much to the mirth of those assembled at the OK Corral
later. A final word of sympathy for Bill Hewitt. A six-under-par round
deserves its own limelight but golf can be cruel, as Big Brian will testify.
PSC Fishing From The 60s Bar
Mark McGorran must have a busman as
part of his heritage. Mark is a commercial fisherman from Scotland working on
a factory ship out of Iceland and comes to Pattaya on holiday where he loves
to go - fishing. Mark left the bar patio at 6 a.m. to board the boat, the
captain carrying a cold case of beer.
with part of the day’s catch.
The water was flat and the fish were biting. There were a few
that got away but Mark caught a good number of delicious eating fish including
this fine specimen.
The boat returned to the beach just in time for Mark to join a group of
returning golfers for a late lunch. Mark plans a few more days of fishing before
he returns to work - fishing.
Randall Penrod still on fire
IPGC TAGGS Golf from The Haven
Monday Nov. 1
1st Graham Johnson, 40
2nd Yasuo Suzuki, 38 - c/b 21
3rd Barry Winton, 38 - c/b 17
1st Fred Ewins, 39
2nd Trevor Schirmer, 38
3rd Randall Penrod, 35
Another large turnout to this popular venue and despite
the swirling winds, scores were surprisingly good. Graham, on one of his
infrequent visits to the Haven wrapped up Division 1 with a superb 75 gross
for his 40 points closely followed by Yasuo and Barry who shot 81 & 76
Penrod had a firey week out of the Haven.
Division 2 saw a close scrap between Fred and Trevor with
Randall again making the podium. In the 2’s competition Ole Stannes
scooped the pool with the only 2 of the day. Prior to the prize giving,
Richard Livingston, the resident PGA professional, welcomed back Richard
Garland, Kevin Taylor, Samantha Burke, Peter Clare, Kevin Ganzevoort, Mark
Gorda, Paul Taylor, Graham Johnson Oddvar Rykke.
Wednesday Nov. 3
Century Bang Chang
1st Trevor Schirmer, 67 - c/b 30
2nd Barry Winton, 67 - c/b 32
3rd Serge Straeton, 73
4th Kevin Taylor, 75
1st, Randall Penrod, 69 - c/b 32
2nd Walter Ottl, 69 - c/b 37
3rd Trevor Edge, 70
4th Paul Taylor, 72
A second successive drive to Bang Chang and another large
turnout, must be some reason, other than golf, why BC is so popular? But
really, scores were pretty damn good, considering the poor state of the
course. Fairways either rock hard or wet and muddy and greens that need a
decent cut. A far cry from just two weeks ago! Nevertheless, Trevor’s
37gross on the back 9 was just good enough to hold off Barry who shot a
great 73 off the stick in Division 1, whilst that man again Randall Penrod,
held off Walter to take Division 2 honours. Poor Trevor had to settle for
3rd after carding a 9 on the par 5 14th, so near yet so far! In the 2’s
competition there were 5 on the day and the pool was shared by Paul Taylor,
Roar Berger, Serge Straeton & Kevin Taylor (2). Back at the Haven,
Richard Livingston, welcomed Woody McCall and welcomed back Norman Isherwood,
Gary Abbott, Walter Ottl & Achim Mueller.
Friday Nov, 5
1st Guy Billings, 38
2nd Randall Penrod, 37
3rd Kevin Taylor, 36 - c/b 22
4th Barry Winton, 36 - c/b 19
A hot blustery day and a surprisingly lower turnout for
the always excellently prepared Phoenix but who upset the green keeper? The
greens were as fast as usual, but the dastardly pin placings wrecked many a
card with 3 & 4 putts a plenty and so it became a day for the low
handicappers, plus that man again Randall, will he ever lose a couple of
strokes? Considering the conditions, Guy shot a super 75 gross which
included two double bogeys for 5 over after 5 holes but followed it up by
shooting 2 under over the remaining 13 holes to take the honours from
Randall, leaving Kevin & Barry to round out the podium places.
In the 2’s competition, the pool was shared by Guy and Richard Garland.
Back at the Haven, Richard Livingston welcomed Andrew Berry and welcomed
back Dave Lacey, Guy Billings & John Wassal.
Uproar in Soi Bua Khao as Fly Inn steals victory in final game!
The Original Pattaya Pool League - November 1
Group B: Flying Dutchman 4 - 5 Fly Inn
You can’t miss The Flying Dutchman in Soi Bua Khao.
Just turn off central road and about a mile down the road, look for the
orange signs opposite the new condo project Pattaya City Resort. It’s a
friendly bar with 2 affectionate guard dogs that are loved by everybody and
will “lick intruders to death”, given half a chance. This night Glen’s
Fly Inn Team from Soi (18) Wongamat had landed early to get some practice
games in before the match.
victorious Fly Inn Team.
Bob broke off in the first game against “Steve Davis”
aka Ray (Fly Inn). Observing Ray’s “cue action” and control of his
white ball (combined with his pensiveness between shots) it was clear to all
that he is an experienced snooker player, which is often worrying to many
pool players in Pattaya. Bob however, did not seem intimidated in the
slightest. Ray soon cleared 5 of his balls but Bob caught up quickly and was
soon down to the black. Ray had a chance now but surprisingly missed leaving
Bob a clear shot on the black to win the first game.
Mac (Flying D.) faced Scot Tom next. It’s never a dull
game when Tom plays because his game is one of power and precision. Despite
accidentally sinking the white ball and then being craftily snookered by
Mac, he played his way out of most problems including a spectacular
bank-shot sinking his red stripe into a centre pocket. But Mac had also
covered a pocket with his red spot making life hard again for Tom as he
prepared to finish the game. Undeterred by this Tom blasted Mac’s ball out
the way and the black went spinning in to win! As mentioned before, this was
nothing out of the ordinary for the “canny” Scot! 1 game all.
Phil played “Wattana” Num next, one of Fly Inn’s
secret Thai weapons. It wasn’t long before both players had only one ball
each remaining on the table, but Num’s ball was covering the corner pocket
near the black whilst Phil’s ball was up the other end, also over a
pocket. Sadly, Num lost his chance and Phil seized the opportunity to sink
his last ball and then the winning black with a long shot. 2 - 1 to Flying
USA Bill came up against “Brummie” John next. Again
it didn’t take long for Bill to get down to his last black ball. Both
players played accurately and John came close to winning but Bill’s
consistency of play won him the game. It was now looking like Joost’s team
was beginning to break away with the score now 3 - 1.
But (Captain) Baz “The Butcher” was soon to close the
gap for Fly Inn against Phil.
Baz calmly surveyed the table and then potted 3 balls in
quick succession. Phil returned the compliment by sinking 2 of his own balls
but this was not enough as Baz strolled up to finish convincingly, leaving
Phil with 5 balls left on the table.
All eyes were on the last singles game as Captain Joost
approached the table. Up until now he had refereed all the games. Indeed,
before each game he religiously checked the tightness of each rack.
“Sir” Alf was his opponent. The look of determination on Joost’s face
said it all but Alf, armed with age and experience” had no intentions of
giving in easily to this “Gentle Giant”! Alf played safe throughout but
Joost’s skill and knowledge of his own table prevailed. Flying Dutchman 4
- 2 at half time!
But the big surprise really came in the doubles matches that followed.
Just as it looked like Fly Inn had little chance of winning (since they
needed all 3 games), they did just that! “Steve Davis” Ray and “Sir”
Alf paired up and won, as did Scot Tom with “Wattana” Num. Finally
“Brummie” John, with last minute wildcard-substitute player Roger,
completed the momentous comeback to victory for Fly Inn! It was a proud
moment for the whole team of the Fly Inn and especially for the Boss Glen,
who had been quietly observing from the sidelines throughout the evening.
Jomtien 8-Ball Pool League
Mickey Mouse Darts League
Standings November 5 - Week 4
Sunday Quiz League
Wednesday Quiz League
Amara Sailing Center to host 4th Annual Windsurfing ‘Treasure Hunt Race’ in Pattaya.
The 4th Annual Windsurfing ‘Treasure Hunt Race’ is an
open class fun event with sailors of all ages invited to participate.
the Saturday, December 4 competitors will race to two islands where they
have to find mystery items such as oversize bras or cooking pots and return
with them. Watching the sailors return with strange items and big smiles is
The second day is a slalom event where sailors race
around a short course with many turns. This action is fast and exciting.
Sponsors include: Starboard, Singha, Pattaya City,
Pattaya Park Hotel, Chinook, Powerex, Thai Windsurfing Association and
Amara says that you don’t need expensive equipment to
enjoy this event.
Get ready to windsurf December 4 and 5 at Amara Sailing
Center on the beach in front of Pattaya Park Hotel.
Please direct inquiries to: am @amarasailingcenter.com or
phone 01 862 9958
Pattaya announces plans for this year’s Pattaya Open 2004
Over 1 million baht in prizes for division winners
The Pattaya Open 2004, tennis tournament offers over 1
million baht prizes for division winners. Following the success of the 2003
tournament, this year’s tournament will honor HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej
the Great as part of his 2004 birthday celebrations.
The Pattaya Tennis Association welcomes players to
compete in Boys - under 10, 12, 14 and 18 years old - and Girls under 10,
12, 14 years old. Open class and seniors’, ages 80, 90 and 100 as well as
mixed doubles, open doubles and senior’s doubles categories to compete.
Entrants must meet the appropriate aged specifications
and no more than 2 categories. The event is open to all nationalities.
The first place trophy is under the auspices of H.E.
Sontaya Khunplome, Minster for tourism and Sports.
The Pattaya Open 2004 will be held from December 10-13
from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Royal Cliff Beach Resort.
For registration and further details contact Khun
Tachapong, from The Pattaya Tennis Association on 01-5911483, Khun Chaiyuth
on 01-6504113 or the Pattaya City Public Relations Office at 038-371123
Entries close November 20, 2004.
PSC Golf from the Cafe Kronborg
Monday November 1
Pattaya Country Club
The Pattaya Country Club was host to a strokeplay
competition in two flights, A Flight 0 to 18, and B Flight 19 and above. The
weather was nice, but windy, and the greens were fast and tricky.
place team with Bjarne (2nd from right) and Dave.
Marty Allred took the A Flight, on countback, with a net
67 off a 4 handicap, Clive Robinson was second also with net 67 and Philippe
Berra was third with a net 68.
In the B Flight Wayne Koch won with a net 68 ahead, of
‘Tournament Director’ Dave Richardson with a net 70 and J.C. Lhoste with
a net 72.
Thursday November 4
Siam Country Club Bjarne’s 4 Man Birthday Scramble
Every year certain events occur on the PSC calendar that
are particularly looked forward to, and certainly on the Kronborg list the
‘Banana Birthday Scramble’ stands out. If you want to know why Bjarne is
‘Nicknamed’ Banana ask him. Suffice to say that on this day his friends
come from far and wide to toast him, and a big turnout is guaranteed.
It was decided some years ago that the format would be a
four-man scramble, and on this day 24 teams turned out bright and early at
Siam for a fun day out. On the 1st, and 10th, tees, the order was to get
under way as soon as we could, and a fine course, with well clipped greens
saw us well on our way. Of course, some found other ways to ease their way
All knew that a quick round and a hot shower, meant an
early return to the Cafe Kronborg where we could while away the time with a
cold beer until the food came out.
Some time later as we started to glow, low and behold the
table filled up with all sort of goodies and a fast move had to be made to
avoid being crushed in the stampede. The food as usual was enjoyed by all,
especially the roast beef, and there was more than enough for all.
With everyone full to the brim, it was time for the
‘Master Of Ceremonies’, Dave Richardson, to get things underway, and
with the aid of a ‘Happy Birthday Boy’ the winners were declared and all
prizes were distributed, all wrapped.
all smiles after a winning team combination.
In third place were the team of the Birthday Boy, with
Bjarne, Egon, Kad and Vit with a net 58.1. In second place were the team of
Ian Warwick, Larry Willet, Charlie Devlin and Carl Bauman, losing first on
countback with net 57.6.
So to the winning team, and what can one say but ‘nice
one Alan’. He must have done something correct in his life. So the winner
was the team of Alan Pearce, Nattaporn, Miss Moon and Nora, with a net 57.6.
No wonder he was smiling.
Near Pins: #4 Kevin Dinan, #8 Mikael Anderson, #12 Loren
Ferrari and #16 Mark Gorda.
Long Putts: #9 Jerry Quinn and #18 George Bennison.
Phuket King’s Cup Regatta sets sail in December
The 18th annual Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, the jewel in
the crown of Asia’s yachting circuit, will take place from December 4 to
11 off the shores of Phuket, and is again expected to attract some of the
world’s best yachtsmen and more than 70 yachts to compete in Asia’s most
exciting nautical event.
With a range of yacht classes that includes everything
from racing yachts and sport boats to cruisers and classics, this year’s
Regatta promises to maintain its standing as the region’s premier
international sailing event.
Yachts from Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Indonesia,
Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, US, UK and Italy are entered to
participate, while crews aboard charter yachts will include members from
Japan, Holland, Germany, Canada, Dubai, and South Africa.
The King’s Cup Regatta was inaugurated in 1987 to
celebrate the 60th birthday of His Majesty the King. It has been held in
early December every year since then.
Based on last year’s successful format, there are plans
for a wide variety of classes, including Racing, Sports Boat, Premier, IRC1,
2 and 3, Ocean Rover, Classic and Ocean Multihull.
This year’s race management committee is also planning
a highly flexible format for race schedules and course configurations. Chris
King, Phuket King’s Cup president, said: “The racing this year will
include courses and starts that are designed to suit all boats - from the
fastest racing yachts to the slowest live-aboard cruiser - to ensure that
all entrants get the best possible racing conditions.
“This event exposes Phuket as a relatively undiscovered
corner of world-class yachting and cruising excellence, with its warm water,
beautiful scenery and hospitable year-round climate and sailing
conditions,” added King.
The King’s Cup Regatta is held under the Royal
Patronage of His Majesty the King, and organized by the Phuket King’s Cup
Regatta Organising Committee and the auspices of the Royal Varuna Yacht
Club, in conjunction with the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, the
Royal Thai Navy and the Province of Phuket.
No major event such as the King’s Cup Regatta could
survive without generous corporate sponsorship. This year’s King’s Cup
is no exception. Krung Thai Bank and The Royal Phuket Marina are principal
sponsors and the continuing support of Kata Beach Resort as host sponsor,
demonstrate the loyalty amongst local island businesses for this prestigious
Dubliner bully way to the top spot
MBMG Casuals League - Week 5
With a month of football played and the MBMG
International League’s coveted pole position passing through more teams
than scouts from the Londoner, it can be seen that the level of competition
has stepped up a gear.
Any one of four teams could have ascended to that
desirous pinnacle but it was the Mighty Dubliner with a 1 - 0 win over a
lack lustre Bullshead Brazilians claiming the slippery summit. Jamin
Bookhammer, coolly chesting down and slotting Henthorns measured cross,
under the keeper.
The much fancied French Gauloises made it three wins out
of three, Bangkok Blitz offering no resistance to Gallic flair and
imagination. One red card for each side but two goals for the French
trumping the Blitzes single.
A fairy tale ending for the Winking Frog as they failed
to find a princess on Soi 7 but found a first win of the season on Soi 105.
2 - 0 down and looking like the same old story. The Frog men stormed into a
3 - 2 lead. Pegged back to 3 - 3 with ten minutes to go the Winkers found a
breakthrough goal then added another on the counter to leave the Robin Hood
as brothers grim. 5 - 3 at ‘The End’.
Viking misery continued as the Norse men were
comprehensively routed by the Londoner 4 - 1. Danai Downer adding a double
to complement Wild and Domes first half strikes. The German All Stars lack
of consistency saw them beaten 3 - 2 by Seaboard down in Pattaya.
In the all school derby, Pattana threw away a three goal
lead to give AFC Shrewsbury a point from a 3 - 3 draw. Bangkok United
rounding off the program on Sunday with a 5 - 2 mastery of the British Club
Week 5 Results: Bulls Head Brazilians 0 - 1 The Dubliner,
Les Gaulois de Bangkok 2 - 1 Blitz FC, Londoner FC 4 - 1 Scandinavian
Vikings, The Winking Frog FC 5 - 3 Robin Hood FC, Seaboard FC 3 - 2 German
All Stars, British Club Casuals 2 - 5 Bangkok United, Patana 3 - 3 AFC
The Square Ring
by Howie Reed
This column will be part of my celebration of the
Queen’s birthday. Now I know that her actual birthday is August 12th but
as this is her 6th cycle (72nd birthday) we celebrate all year long. Let the
good times roll.
Last Thursday, Fahsan 3K Battery took the big silver bird
to Manila for Fridays press conference to help promote his December 11 bout
with Manny Pacquiao. Probably doesn’t need a lot of hype as it may be
Pacquiao’s only appearance in his native country. The fight itself will be
held outdoor at The Fort in Taguig, Metro Manila. The press conference may
have poured water on the fire fuelled by rumours that Pacquiao was
dissatisfied with his promoter Murid Muhammad.
It was no secret that Yoddamrong Sithyodthong (40-2-1)
was in deep water last Tuesday when he challenged Mahyar Monshipour (26-2)
for the WBA Super Bantam crown in Paris at Bercy Sports Arena. With his
manager Mr. Songchai and Madame Songchai in the crowd along with another 25
friends from the Land of Smiles this would be his second attempt to retain
the crown he lost on a 8th round KO to Osamu Sato. Some in the boxing
community felt that when Yoddamrong won the title from Yober Oretga in
February of 2002 he got all the breaks as the big underdog. “Scorching
heat of over 100 degrees in open air lot. Heat a tremendous factor in
Ortega’s performance. Underdog Thai’s footspeed a key factor in
None of that was in play as Mahyar Monshipour (26-2-2)
was devastating when he retained his title with a stoppage over 6
stanza’s. “It was a one-sided contest, with Monshipour forcing the
action and impressively outgunning the brave Sithyodthong. In round six, the
defending champ floored his foe with a left hook to the liver; Sithyodthong
beat the count but Panamanian referee Guillermo Perez was forced to stop the
fight a few seconds later, with the Thai challenger defenseless against
another Monshipour’s series. It was the third title defense for the
Iranian-born Monshipour.” There is no doubt but that Sithyodthong made a
brave and concerted effort. Monshipour is probably the best in the division,
he was fighting at home and those are big odds to over come under the best
The Thunder from ‘Down Under’, Kostya Tszyu, showed
no effects of his two years plus on the sidelines as he took Sharmba
Mitchell to the woodshed for a good old fashion spanking on Sunday. Yes he
opened a “can of whip ass”. The venue wasn’t a woodshed but a new ice
hockey arena outside Phoenix Arizona, which would have been appropriated for
their first fight 3 plus years ago. During that one they both would have
spent time in the penalty box. That one ended with Mitchell sitting in his
corner whining about his knee, Not this time. Mitchell looked OK in the
first, which he won by a slight margin. Kostya seems to relish fighting left
handed fighters as if he has the key to winning. He does. It’s called a
straight right that knocked Zab Judah “willie legged” and did the same
to Mitchell in round 2. Kostya weathered an attempt by Mitchell to regain
control by simply walking through punches that would have backed up a lessor
fighter. With less than 20 seconds gone in round 3 Mitchell was on the
canvas again courtesy of Kostya’s “spot on” right. With less than 30
seconds left Tszyu landed another right which was followed by left and
rights to the body which were followed by the referee stopping the fight at
In the UK the TV commentator for Sky Sports for Tszyu-Mitchell
was Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton. “Kostya proved tonight he is the
division’s number one fighter and he surprised me how quickly he got to
Mitchell with the power shots. His power in the right hand is tremendous and
his critical success factor is landing these power shots. The best bet
against Tszyu is to be either in close or box on the outside but Mitchell
seemed to be in mid-range and this helped Tszyu land the power shots. We all
want to face the best fighters in our division so we can call ourselves true
world champions and I know if I beat Kostya then I would be considered the
best at Jr welterweight.” The key here of course is “if I beat Kostya”.
Not gong to happen! If they do fight, Kostya would go through him like a
punter goes through baht looking for love in all the wrong places...
I have the best readers in the world. They are always
there to keep me on the straight and narrow. Last week I wrote in these
spaces, “Glencoffe Johnson and Antonio Tarver will meet on December 11
(December 12, Thailand Time although same year) in Los Angeles.” Whoops.
Pal Mary emails: “Just a bit of a correction...the Johnson v. Tarver fight
is December 18 at Staples Center, not December 11.” But I did get the
month correct. There’s a little controversy involved in this contest. It
may not be for a belt. From the World Boxing Council, “Friday, November 5,
is the deadline for Antonio Tarver to decide, as far as the WBC is
concerned, if he’s going to sign the contract for the mandatory defense
against official challenger Paul Briggs, or leave the green and gold WBC
championship belt.” The WBC stripped Tarver of the belt last Friday.
“There is a general concern and disappointment felt by
the whole WBC Board of Governors, and many other boxing people, about
Tarver’s attitude. He became what he is because of the opportunities that
were ruled and given to him by the WBC, and we cannot understand decisions
like this. Neither can we understand how promoters and television companies
do this, when everybody knew that the fight between Tarver and Briggs went
to a purse offer openly during the general assembly of the last convention
with all parties participating and accepting. This is like taking steps
towards chaos and anarchy, as well as disrupting and interfering with the
functions of an organization, especially a non-profit organization. Briggs
won two elimination bouts ordered by the WBC. He’s no rabbit pulled out of
a hat, he earned his ranking and he earned his opportunity for the world
Local guys did fair too well lately. Not at all!
Japan’s 130-pounder Ryuhei Sugita (27-2-2) probably was the recipient of a
“homer” decision when he “eked” out 98-95, 97-94 and 96-95 decision
over Thai national champ Muangfahlek Kiatwichien (10-4). The 10 rounder was
a gory affair, you may remember Sugita as he fought against Yodsanan 3K
battery last February for the WBA 130-pound belt. Lost 7th round TKO. No the
belt doesn’t weight 130 pounds the fighters did at weight in.
In the same weight class Olympic 1996 quarter-finalist
Pongsith Wiengwiset (12-1) retained his PABA with a one-punch KO over
Filipino Marvin Ayudtod at 2:32 of round 2 in Ubonratchathani.
The wire report says, “the Southpaw Thai fighter
surprised the Thai crowd”. Well yes and one would guess that Mr. Ayudtod
was also a little surprised. On the sane card former WBA king, current
Lightfly Pichit Chor Siriwat (33-2) won a lackluster 6 round decision over
Allan Ranada. Ex champ fights a 6 round bout. What a joke.
You can all exhale now those ever popular heavyweights are back. The
first of a flurry heavyweight championship fights get underway Sunday
Pattaya Time. This is an era when the words “Heavyweight Title Fight”
has about as much meaning as “I love you all my heart” from one of the
prancing paymates that populate Pattaya, Are you excited about Chris Byrd
(37-2-1) vs. Jameel McCline (31-3-1) for the IBF title? Excited about John
Ruiz (40-5-1) vs. Andrew Golota (38-4-1) for the WBA title. Of course you
aren’t. There is though the hope that Andrew “The Foul Pole” will
implode and do something stupid. He does have that ability. I’ll drink to