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International players scoop top prizes in 4th Megabreak Challenge

Vichai Theerathavej crowned king of the 24th Can-Am Invitational

Inaugural Samui Classic outstanding success

Pattaya Lawn Bowling League

House of the Golden Coin and Brother D off to a fast start

PSC golf with The Bunker

PSC Golf from the 60s Bar

Paul Kraft once again finds form

Walter Ottl Knocks Down a 46!

Shenanigans 2004 ‘Men’s & Ladies’ Irish Open Championships

Century Chonburi Revisited

PSC Fishing From The 60s Bar

Randall Penrod still on fire

Uproar in Soi Bua Khao as Fly Inn steals victory in final game!

Jomtien 8-Ball Pool League

Mickey Mouse Darts League

Sunday Quiz League

Wednesday Quiz League

Amara Sailing Center to host 4th Annual Windsurfing ‘Treasure Hunt Race’ in Pattaya.

Pattaya announces plans for this year’s Pattaya Open 2004

PSC Golf from the Cafe Kronborg

Phuket King’s Cup Regatta sets sail in December

Dubliner bully way to the top spot

The Square Ring


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 prize purse.

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.

Sponsors 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 managing partner.

“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.

Cheng 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 Wang’s 4.

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.

A surprised Vichai Theerathavej, happy to take home the winner’s trophy 24th Can-Am Invitational.

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 afternoon.

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.

This 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.

Flight 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.

Kerry 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.

Flight 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.

Nora 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 possible.

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 contacts.

Tournament 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.

Samui 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 extremely happy.

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

200 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.

Mick 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!

November 3
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

Burapha, Stableford

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.

Winner Andy Evans.

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 points.

Winner 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 -
White Tees

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 day.

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.

Monday of
November 1
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 shorter Flight.

November 3
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

Mike Franklin

 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 at

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 Corral

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.

Current 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 Bellis

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.

Mark 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
Eastern Star

Division 1
1st Graham Johnson, 40
2nd Yasuo Suzuki, 38 - c/b 21
3rd Barry Winton, 38 - c/b 17
Division 2
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 respectively.

Randall 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

Division 1
1st Trevor Schirmer, 67 - c/b 30
2nd Barry Winton, 67 - c/b 32
3rd Serge Straeton, 73
4th Kevin Taylor, 75
Division 2
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
Phoenix Mountain/Lakes

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 Euro Bar

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.

The 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 Dutchman.

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.

On 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 hilarious.

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 Gaysorn Plaza.

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 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 ext.191-2.

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.

Second 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.

Marty Allred

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 around.

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.

Wayne Koch

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.

Alan’s 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 event.

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 casuals.

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 Shrewsbury.

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 surprising win.”

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 of situations.

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 2:48.

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 title.”

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 that.