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Fun City By The Sea

Updated every Friday
by Saichon Paewsoongnern

 



SPORTS
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

Eak and Suhaimi prove themselves in Windsurfing Cup

Angsana takes the International Riding School trophy

An early round for the 51st PSC Monthly Members Tournament

League getting tight again as many teams advance

Josh reaches forty

A big week for Ken Graham

The older Junger wins twice

Back from the Dead - The “Doc” plays 18 holes at Siam

German - Swiss Golf Club with new ideas

Simple Simon emerge from the scrum

Sunday Quiz League

Wednesday Quiz League

Soi 6 Quiz League

PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s Beach Bar

PSC golf from the Cafe Kronborg

Bill blazes at Siam

Gordon and Vincent on song at the “The Navy”

A mixed bag...

The Beautiful Game?

26th Annual Pattaya Nukul Games kicks off at School No. 8

The Square Ring

HM the Queen’s Birthday weekend: Three days of yacht racing

Indoor Games organizers inspect stadium site

PATTAPA SPORTS ROUND-UP

Eak and Suhaimi prove themselves in Windsurfing Cup

Ariyawat Nuamsawat

Eak Boonsawat and Suhaimi Mohamedkasem proved they were up for the task as they competed in this year’s 3rd Annual Pattaya Windsurfing Cup. Eak won the under-20s Formula class while Suhaimi took the Masters class for the two-day competition.

Looks easy but competition was not. Varying wind shifts had many windsurfers shifting to stay ahead of their closest rivals.

The event was held over the final weekend in July and saw a great number of Thai and international windsurfers compete, with the locals vying for their spot on the national team for the upcoming SEA Games.

Pattana Boonsawat, Thai Windsurfing Association secretary said, “This is the second of the three-round event aimed at finding the country’s best athletes in the sport of windsurfing. It is also one of the rounds used in selecting members for the national team.

“We’ll be looking for not only the best competitors on the day but they also need to be physically and mentally ready for the SEA Games in the Philippines later this year.”

Pattana declined to say which athletes were being eyed by the selection committee, adding that the selection will be made public towards the end of September.

Pattaya Windsurfing Cup 2005 competitors take time for a photo with the mayor following the prize giving.

Good winds facilitated the competition off Jomtien Beach through the weekend with a number of familiar faces sweeping the trophy board in their respective categories.

In the Slalom Open, Chaturong Chaorensuk took first place. Suhaimi Mohamedkasem won the men’s Masters event and Amara Wichithong added yet more trophies to her collection, winning the Women’s Masters and Women’s Formula Open events. In the Formula B class Krienkrai Sakulfaeng took line honors as did Theerawat Sudphumkaew in the Formula C class.

Upcoming star Eak Boonsawat proved he was up for the challenge to win the under-20s Formula Class.

The overall Formula Open winner was Pharnurat Ruamsap, who was closely followed by Suhaimi Mohamedkasem and Eak Boonsawat in second and third places respectively.


Angsana takes the International Riding School trophy

Ariyawat Nuamsawat

Young Angsana Khomhanpol and her steed Kotyuth from the Cavalry Club scored the best times against an international field to take home the International Riding School Invitational 2005 trophy.

Some high flying action during last weekend’s show jumping competition at Horseshoe Point.

The Horseshoe Point Resort & Country Club hosted rounds of competition over the weekend in show jumping and dressage competitions.

Organized in cooperation with the Horse Riding Association of Thailand, riders from throughout the region including India, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand mounted their rides to take part in the international event, which was governed under FEI regulations and judges.

For the home riders it was an opportunity to earn their spot on the national team for the upcoming 23rd SEA Games to be held in the Philippines later this year.

Angsana Khomhanpol on Kotyuth receives her winners trophy and prize from Horseshoe Point’s Chainarin Srifuengfung (center).

The field and courses laid out for riders saw a mixture of grass and sandy surfaces as they traversed obstacles aiming for the best time in the show jumping competition, both culminating to give spectators and competitors a weekend of horse riding action.

The FEI International Dressage Challenge will be held in November 11-13, and shortly before that national team riders will take part in a Southeast Asian event in Malaysia in September.

The final results of last weekend’s winners were Angsana Khomhanpol riding Kotyuth from the Cavalry Club, second Lt Surajit Sookyothin also from the Cavalry Club while home team rider Thongsri Kiengbontod of Horseshoe Point came in at third spot.


An early round for the 51st PSC Monthly Members Tournament

Friday August 5 Crystal Bay

This was an early monthly tournament due to the major tournament to be held later in the month, all foretold in the PSC Annual Calendar. That is what is called forward thinking.

Jeff Wylie, A Flight Low Gross winner yet again.

That being so, a great turnout of 120, or so, congregated at Crystal Bay for a good day out.

This has always been one of the best courses to play, chosen what it is called, and along with it’s twin, Mountain Shadow, probably the toughest around, forms a most formidable pair. The test for the day was the A & B Courses.

After the smooth book in, the players filtered onto the first tees and got under way. The course was in excellent condition, with fine fairways with grass on them, and greens that were slick and true. A course worthy of such a large number of players. However, in truth, the round did seem to take longer than it should. Maybe the players stopped to smell the roses.

Paul Smith, A Flight Low Net Winner

With such a fine day, and course, it was expected the scores would be special, and in truth we had some fine scores. In the A Flight we had the players playing off the Blue Tees, so the winners were a little better than normal. The Winner of the Low Gross was, as is usual these days, Jeff Wylie with a gross 77. The winner of the A Flight Low Net was Paul Smith with a net 70, and in third was Dennis Willett with a net 73.

In the B Flight the players reverted to type, off the White Tees, with the Low Gross being won by Graham Hiskett with a gross 83. In the net, the winner of the Low Net was Rob Aughton with a net 66 ahead of Perry McNeely with a Net 69.

Lamun Hanley, Ladies Low Gross winner.

The C Flight were playing Stableford off the White Tees, being in this Flight has some advantages. The winner being Larry Ball with 39 points. This was a close Flight with Pete Henderson in second with 38 points and Dave Strang in third with 37 points.

Into D Flight, and a really tight one at that. The winner was Trevor Carnahoff with a net 38, he beat Gordon McKnight into second on countback. In third was Peter Ring with 37 points

In the Ladies class, and here we had a Low Gross winner, and she was Lamun Hanley with a gross 86. We also had a points winner and this was Alice Ramsey with 44 points, a fine score. In Second was Saen Jaroewong with 32 points.

After the prize presentation Chris John, PSC golf chairman announced he had reached an agreement with the management of the ‘two courses’ for a special green fee until the end of October for competitions in PSC. So book the course! He also thanked all his sponsors, particularly Hot Shot Bar, Blue Parrot, Diana Group, Shenanigans & The Harley Bar. So with additional thanks to all his helpers, till next month, T.T.F.N

Results:

A Flight: Low Gross Jeff Wylie; Low Net Paul Smith, runner up Dennis Willet.
B Flight: Low Gross Graham Hiskett; Low Net Rob Aughton, Runner up Perry McNeely.
C Flight: High Points Larry Ball, Second Pete Henderson and Third David Strang.
D Flight: High Points Trevor Carnahoff, Second Gordon McKnight and Third Peter Ring.
L Flight: Low Gross Lamun Hanley; Low Net Alice Ramsey, Runner up Saen Jaroewong.
Technical prizes:
Long Drives: A4 Tony Oakes, Simon Dutton, Robbie Bennet, Brendon Dougal and Ploy Thongpen.
Near Pins: A5 Bill Thompson, Brian Noguer; A8 Ramsay Smith, Gordon McKnight; B4 Doug Lynch, Herb Ishinaga, Saen Jaroewong; B6 Willy Celis, Peter Ring; A9 Rob Aughton (0 to 18), Chris Platten (19 to 40); B9 Perry McNeely and Trevor Carnahoff.


League getting tight again as many teams advance

Pattaya Sports Club Friday Bowling League

200 Bowlers - Jon, Tue and Jim.

The league tightened up a bit after week 8 with Friends holding on to first place even as they lost four points to Brother D. VFW Post 9876 took three points from Jack & Tar and they are tied for second place. Mai’s Thai Restaurant won three points from Shenanigans, Grape Vine took three from Cafe Ole and Cafe Kronborg beat Domicil to take three points. Three Sisters won all four points from House of the Golden Coin to move into a three way tie for fourth.

Best bowlers of the day were:
Tue, VFW Post 9876: 247 game - 577 series
Jon, Shenanigans: 211 game - 547 series
Nok, Jack & Tar: 531 series
La, Three Sisters: 524 series
Maliny, Brother D: 512 series
Morn, Domicil: 505 series
Lenz, Mai’s Thai Restaurant: 504 series
Udom, Mai’s Thai Restaurant: 501 series
Truevo, Spare Bowler: 501 series
Jim, Café Kronborg: 204 game


Josh reaches forty

IPGC golf with The Caddy Shack

Tuesday August 2 was played at Ban Chang on a wet and cloudy day, this course is always popular with the Caddy Shack - it must be due to the perfect lies and magnificent clubhouse facilities or may be something else... Anyway back to the golf, division 2 had Rob Heath & Russel Benson sharing top spot on net 74. Clark behind them Alexander with a net 76.

The recently returned Sam Fitzsimonds is enjoying his golf in Thailand after a break away in the wilds of the UK.

Division 1 saw Brian Jacks, Ben Findon and J.J. Harney all on 75 but way out in front was Sam Fitzsimonds who shot net 67 gross 82. Sam has just returned from the U.K. and the break seems to have done him good. The two’s were shared between Josh & Joe Waites, the bananas went to Lewis Speed for his net 108 off of his 13 handicap. The lucky draw was again won by lucky Clark.

Thursday August 4 saw the guys travel along 331 route to Noble Place. Along the ever improving highway torrential rain delayed the start. The 150 Thai Police competition scheduled to start at the same time proved a nightmare for the starter but he managed to sort it out by driving groups to different tees to begin play.

Another 20 plus golfers teed of from the Caddy Shack playing the B & C courses in soggy conditions, Division 2 had Tony Duthie in third position with 31 points, Rob Heath with 32 in second spot and Clark Alexander leading the way with 38. The handicap gods will surely catch up with Clark soon.

Division 1 saw Don Head, Brian Jacks and Brian Lebutt all on 35 points. Second was Mike Allidi level par, but once again way out in front was Mark Joshua recording 40 points. Josh is now in single figures and still coming down.

The two’s were won outright by Jan Eriksen the bananas were awarded to David Lightfoot for his paltry 21 points & the Sunday lunch was won by lucky Stuart Solomon. Anyone is welcome to play with the Caddy Shack, located on Soi 17, South Pattaya on the same road as the Harley Bar.

The next rounds from the Caddy Shack will be played on Tuesday the 16th at Noble Place for a Medal event, leaving at 10-15 a.m. On Thursday the 18th it’s a day out at Eastern Star for a stableford day. Transportation leaves at 11 .am. Everybody Welcome.


A big week for Ken Graham

IPGC Pattaya Golf Society from the OK Corral

The first week in August saw the IPGC Pattaya Golf Society travel to two of the finest courses in the area when they played a medal competition at Phoenix on Tuesday, August 2 and a stableford event at Mountain Shadow on the following Thursday. At Phoenix, under cloudy skies, Barry Pethig, despite a four shot reduction in handicap, managed to shoot net 76 to share third place with Basil Foley, both one shot behind Bill Hewitt whose net 75 indicates he has found his Thai form again.

Best of the day was Ken Graham whose net 69 even contained a nine! The two’s pot was shared by Barry Pethig and Frank Griffin whilst the Booby Bevy was enjoyed by George Meigh whose net 74 would have been good enough for second, had he decided to enter the competition and not choose casual golf as his option.

At Mountain Shadow Bill Hewitt again impressed as his 30 points gave him a share of second place with Richard Wardell but the continued fine form of Ken Graham, this time taking a voluntary cut of two shots, and his 32 points took the day’s honours. The only two of the day, on the undulating and speedy greens, was achieved by Stuart Thompson, on hole five. The seventeenth hole at Mountain Shadow is unique in that there are two par threes and the club rings the changes with the choice. This time it was the easier left hand option. Not having played the course before Barry Pethig teed-up on the left tee-box and proceeded to fire at the right hand green, ending up in the water to boot! He certainly won’t make the same mistake again as the Booby Bevy was a suitable reminder! The first week in August had indeed been a memorable one for double winner Ken Graham.


The older Junger wins twice

IPGC Golf From Lewiinski’s

Sunday July 31, Green Valley
White Tees, Stableford

1st White A Flight: John Emmerson, 43 pts
2nd White A Flight: John Hillier, 38 pts
3rd White A Flight: Bob Lindborg, 37 pts
1st White B Flight: Peter Emslie, 39 pts
2nd White B Flight: John Low, 37 pts
3rd White B Flight: Graham Hiskett, 37 pts
1st White C Flight: Noy Pimmoen, 41 pts
2nd White C Flight: Ken Kutzing, 35 pts
3rd White C Flight: Toy Theobald, 35 pts
Near Pins: #5 Chris Kelly; #16 William Junger

The Ol’ Silver Back served notice that there is still some life in that beat-up back as he showed the field nothing but taillights in his A Flight winning, and best on the day, 43 points. Johnny Hillier bested the Guru of Green Valley by a single point to set the order for the premier Flight.

Noy Pimmoen had the second best tally on the day with 41 points as she led C Flight, and second place K4 and Auntie Toy into the barn.

Good ol’ Peter Emslie put the hurt on the middle Flight with his 39 points getting the better of Aussie John “Swing” Low and Graham Hiskett, who were knotted at 37 points. The Man from Down Under took the count back.

In a brief aside, Chris Kelly and the son of our title man, Will Junger, the Younger Junger, took the two Near Pins on the day.

Tuesday August 2
Laem Chabang, A & B
Blue or White Tees, Stableford

1st White Flight: Ed Junger, 39 pts
2nd White Flight: Dave Porter, 39 pts
3rd White Flight: Vic Hester, 39 pts
4th White Flight: Graham Hiskett, 38 pts

Tuesday found the Society off to the slightly damp, albeit imminently playable, Mountain and Lake Nines of Jack Nicklaus’ Laem Chabang. The conditions were just enough that it encouraged the Bomber Brigade to step forward to the Whites, thereby consolidating the field on one tee. Our title boy, the Older Junger started his bid for the large font with a count back victory over Sir David Porter and Victor “The Inflictor” Hester. His Propership edged his continental colleague to take the second slot. Graham ‘The Biscuit” Hiskett was pleased that a fourth podium spot was added but it took him a count back to edge Monsieur Serge and The Hermit.

Wednesday August 3
Crystal Bay, A & B
White Tees, Stroke/Medal

1st A Flight: Jim Munns, net 71
2nd A Flight: Gary Emmett, net 72
3rd A Flight: Nick Payne, net 72
1st B Flight: Mike Frizzell, net 70
2nd B Flight: Ray Dell, net 70
3rd B Flight: Theo Smith, net 72

Ah! Beware the Flower Children. How synergistic that Jim “Capt. Fogg” and Mikey “Frizzie” Frizzell should both grab the gold in their respective Flights on the same day. Jim made the beautifully maintained Crystal Bay layout look as comfortable as MacArthur Park as he took the A flight with a net 71. Bunched behind him were Gary Emmett and Nick Payne and for the second time on the week the Aussie had the better of the count back. Atop the B Flight podium stood Mr. Frizzell, his coils wafting in the summer breeze, thanks to a count back victory over, the continuing to improve, Ray “The Farmer in the” Dell. Theo Smith, the third spoke in the Low-Bancroft-Smith Wheel of Terror dipped into the cash box for the first time in his Society play.

Friday August 5, Eastern Star
Blue or White Tees, Stableford

1st Blue Flight: Phil Mitchell, 32 pts
1st White Flight: Ed Junger, 39 pts
2nd White Flight: Jorn Finnerup, 39 pts
3rd White Flight: Gary Bancroft, 39 pts
4th White Flight: Paul Phillips, 38 pts

It was a tough day for the Bombers at Robert Trent Jones, jr.’s Eastern Star Resort as the eight-fold competitors could do no better then Flipper’s 32 points, but Phil wasn’t complaining ‘cuz it spends just as well.

There was our title man, the Older Junger, winning his second three-way count back victory of the week. In a two month late Father’s Day celebration, the other dad in the field, John Finnerup, in the competition with his son Christian, took the second level of the three-way knot. Gary Bancroft showed that he could win just as well as his mates John Low and Theo Smith, as he claimed the hard luck third. Paul Phillips, himself, ironically, the son of long-time member Mike Phillips, took the second of the two unusual fourth place awards on the week.


Back from the Dead - The “Doc” plays 18 holes at Siam

IPGC golf from The Haven  

Monday August 1
Green Valley, Stableford

1st Bob Lindborg, 40 pts
2nd Rick Holmes, 39 pts
3rd Jan Eriksson, 37 pts

Typical English weather greeted the hardy contingent at popular Green Valley, steady drizzle all day with one or two heavy showers, so it was not surprising that Brits Bob & Rick came romping home at the top of the leader board! Bob shot 20 points on each 9 whilst Rick carded a superb 35 gross on the back 9. Jan completed the podium places with a very creditable 37 points on a day when four single handicappers competed with seven other division 1 players leaving just four 15 plus handicappers in the field! So not surprisingly there were no 2s carded in division 2 whilst four players shared the division 1 pool, those being Barry Winton, Richard Garland, Trevor Schirmer & Bob Lindborg. Prior to the presentation, Richard Livingston, the resident PGA professional, welcomed Shane Heavey before bidding farewell for a while to Richard Garland and Peter Hall.

Wednesday August 3
Eastern Star, Medal

1st Mikael Andersson, net 66
2nd Rick Holmes, net 68
3rd Barry Winton, net 71

Despite heavy early morning rain in Pattaya that deterred many fair weather golfers from venturing out of their nests, the day turned out beautiful in Ban Chang and those that made the effort were well rewarded with a nice cool dry day at Eastern Star.

Scores were excellent and the single handicappers dominated with Mikael shooting a 74 gross, Barry a 75 gross and Rick a 76 gross. Quite unusually, neither Mikael or Barry carded a “six” and astonishingly, Mikael was 1 under gross with 3 holes to play! Mike Dabanovich shot a scorching 40 gross on the front 9 that included a 9 but unfortunately, couldn’t maintain the momentum. In the 2s competition, again there were none carded in division 2, whilst Mikael Andersson, Roy Thornton, Rick Holmes & Mike Dabanovich shared the division 1 pool. Prior to the presentation, Richard Livingston welcomed back Joe McArdle, Fred O’Connor, Steve Byrne, Ger & Ted Lodge.

Friday August 5
Siam Country Club, Stableford

1st Gordon Millar, 39 pts - c/b19 c/b3 7
2nd Barry Winton, 39 pts -c/b19 c/b3 6
3rd John Desmond, 37 pts

A memorable day for everybody at The Haven as Stephen Beard made his long awaited return to golf! And after a “rusty” first six holes The “Doc” enjoyed a magical second six before tiring down the home straight, perhaps due to his liking for Siam’s bunkers... so much so, that he ended up speaking “Bedouin” or was it gibberish? Playing with Barry Winton in a challenge match play (within the competition) against Brian Kelly & Mike Dabanovich, he did more than enough to help Barry out and maintain their undefeated pairings title, winning 3 & 2. But Barry’s superb 73 gross was not quite enough to win the competition! If the day belonged to Stephen, it equally belonged to Gordon Millar. After years of trying, the amiable Scottish teacher finally won his first ever competition and broke the 100 barrier for the first time in Thailand. Well done Gordon, that 5 points for birdie on 17th did it! Commiserations Barry and a big well done to John Desmond who finished with “bronze” and also to Graham Davis & Mike Dabanovich with their 36 points apiece. In the 2s competition, once again there were none carded in division 2 so a quadruple rollover awaits at Khao Kheow on Monday. In division 1 the pool was shared by John Desmond, Roy Thornton & Graham Davis. Back at The Haven, Richard Livingston welcomed back John Taylor, Des Regan, Jeff McLaury and of course Stephen Beard, before wishing farewell to John Desmond.


German - Swiss Golf Club with new ideas

The German Swiss Golf Club organized a tournament for members and guests at the Nobel Place at Saturday July 30. Under cloudy skies did they teed off 9.30 a.m.

The president of the GSGC, Christian Beckers, was happy with the outcome, “The weather was ideal and the golf course was in excellent condition. It was a quite nice tournament. We were very happy to welcome two guests who had a long way to drive.”

(l - r) All prizewinners: Fritz Schanzer (“red lantern”), Klaus Melech (third), Ruen Schanzer (nearest to the pin), Toni Schuett (second) an the tournament winner Gerd Schaudt.

One player Toni Schuett from Siam Sands Club Bangkok and Urs Stegmann from Kabinburi. Both got the information of the tournament from the Pattaya Blatt.

Christian said, “the GSGC offered a new concept to their members and non members. We offer a package, which covers green fees, caddy fees and dinner. We want to make our tournaments more interesting and decided at this time to celebrate in the Moon River Pub of the Thai Garden Resort. Our plan is to change the location to a different place once a month.”

The winner of the tournament received trophies from president Christian Beckers and from one of the club founders Turi Nagel with a big applause.

The winner of the tournament was Gerd Schaud with 39 stableford points followed by Toni Sch?tt with 35 stableford points in second and Klaus Melech with 34 stableford points at third.

Ruen Schanzer won nearest the pin. Her husband Fritz Schanzer was not so lucky and received the red lantern for the day.

The next tournament will be held at the Eastern Star at on August 27 with a following celebration at the Henry J. Beans Pub of the Amari Resort Pattaya.

For more info look at the homepage: www.gs-golfclub-thailand.com or contact Christian Beckers direct on 01 930 1165 or Turi Nagel 06 087 5030 or drop in on Friday evenings 7 p.m. at the Deutsche Haus Restaurant on Beach Road corner of Soi 4 where the Club has its Stammtisch (round table) every week.


Simple Simon emerge from the scrum

Jomtien 8- Ball Pool League

With top spot all but sewn up, the interest in week 18 was about who would emerge as the real contenders for the runners-up trophy.

In their catch-up match played on Monday in the Jomtien Complex, Simple Simon leapfrogged a couple of places in the standings when they defeated Hide-A-Way 5-4.

Some of the contestants line up at Twilight Zone - Moonshine won 7-2.

And back in the regular schedule on Thursday, at Woaw’s Pub they got one hand on the runners-up trophy with a 6-3 victory. The Simple Simon boys would consider themselves favourites for runners-up with the easier - on paper - run to the finish.

Country Club had another 5-4 win - their 10th of the season - at home against Lucky Bar. They look to be well placed in the standings but with three tough matches and the bye to come, they will have to finish strongly.

Paweena’s had a chance to score the upset of the season when they held visitors San Snack Bar to 4-4 going into the last game. Paweena’s had a shot on the black but could not convert the chance allowing SSB the narrowest victory. Statistically, all SSB must do is turn up for the last four matches to get their name on the winners’ trophy.

By their previous standards, Bolaget have had a awful season but they could be staging a late season, face saving come back with their third win in a row. Their 6-3 defeat of visitors Rose & Thistle doesn’t do much for their position in the standings but it makes R&T’s hopes for a podium finish that much harder.

In the remaining match, Moonshine continued their good form from last week when they handed their hosts Twilight Zone a 7-2 drubbing after an early 2-2 score line.

Hide-A-Way had the bye this week.

Next week, interest will be focused on the race for second spot with Simple Simon hosting the resurgent Bolaget and Country Club having to play on the difficult Rose & Thistle table.


Sunday Quiz League


Wednesday Quiz League


Soi 6 Quiz League


PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s Beach Bar

Tuesday August 2
Century Chonburi
Stableford

Weird start to the morning at Bert’s, for the Scribe, as I ate my bacon butties and drank my coffee. Having been volunteered to run the day, as Bob was not available, the rain poured down outside. This may have been an omen, and to make the day more difficult, nine players not signed in turned up, whilst five signed in did not. These things are sent to try us.

Steve Hamstad and Keith Hodges take their place as winner and runner up following a trying round at Century Chonburi.

Hopefully sorted out, 22 players set off in the pouring rain for the course. For those who do not know, this is not a nice drive in the rain, in fact a real pain in the you know what. Still as all things do, it finally came to an end, and we stood on the first, with the rain teeming down, to tee off. Noticeable was the fact that two golfers had arrived, not liked the look of it and gone home. Brave men.

So off we went, and the rain slowed, and by the end of the second hole it had stopped, and a ‘cool’ Sun showed itself. We then had one of the best days golf I can remember, apart from wet feet, as the temperature remained ideal.

This course is pretty good value, with a very good course, but on this day slow greens. Any ball in the rough was severely penalised, that is usually me. Ball in the rough meant no go forward, it was hard work.

Back in the clubhouse, it was noticeable that with only cold water, many golfers decided to wait till they got home to shower. Being brave I ventured in, nobody sits in my car after golf without a shower, even me, and the very cold shower was no fun!

So to Bert’s, where Pu had laid on a fine cold buffet, enjoyed by all. Then to the presentation, and a major shock. For the first time in living memory Jeff was not in the frame. Still there is always next week. So the winner was Steve Hamsted with Keith Hodges in second, beating Alan Gummer on countback. T.T.F.N.

Results:

Winner: Steve Hamstad; Second Keith Hodges
Near Pins: Bob Benda, Steve Hamstad, Bob 4U, Joel Flor, Mike Gaussa, Derek Brook, Tim Holt and Alan Gummer

Long Putt: Alan Gummer (2)


PSC golf from the Cafe Kronborg

Monday August 1
Eastern Star
Stableford

The Eastern Star Resort was host for a Stableford Competition in two Flights, A Flight 0 to 18, and B Flight 19 and above. The course on the day was in very fine condition.

Barry Kerr

Fergus Brennan took the A Flight on countback from Bill Plath in second and Gene Rooney in third, all having 36 points. In the B Flight, Aussie Barry Kerr won with 37 points, ahead of Jay Perrin in second on countback over Wayne Koch in third and Joel Flor just missing out. All had 34 points.

Near Pins: #6 John Christie, #17 Mike Gaussa.

 

Thursday August 4
Bangpra
Stableford

Once again the storm clouds gathered over Bangpra, as we drove down the road to this oldest of Eastern Seaboard courses. Once there carts were allowed, but in the rough, and rain covers were on all the bags as we set off.

Anita Lundberg

The weather as we set off was threatening, however the first threat we met were the monkeys on the third and so on. You left your clubs, or cart, alone at your own peril. They are really starting to be a nuisance, and becoming quite aggressive. Do not leave any food loose, it will go.

Once past the third the heavens opened, and the brave kept going, whilst the sensible stopped at a rest stop. The rain seemed to slow down, then when you teed off and got 50 yards down the fairway came down much heavier. Yes it was one of those wet pants days.

So, wet and bedraggled, we all eventually reached the clubhouse, and for me a soak in the hot tub. Upstairs whilst waiting we tried the food, and declared it fine indeed. I had the best burger I have had in many a long year.

The scores were close and as expected quite low. The winner with 33 points was Anita Lundberg ahead of Ebrahim in second with 31 points. For third we had a three-way countback on 30 points, with Henk De Bock in third, Alan Cole in fourth and Pete King losing out. T.T.F.N.


Bill blazes at Siam

PSC golf from the Three Sisters Bar

Monday, August 1 - It was a good day for golf as the weather was overcast with a slight drizzle at times. Herb Ishinaga sat at the Caddy Shack Two with his fingers and toes crossed hoping to win the day to no avail. As more and more golfers came and went, it looked like a good possibility but Bill Thompson rolled in with the winning score for the day. Bill had an excellent round as he came in with 41 points off a 10 handicap. Bill was driving well and kept his putts on line to win the competition by two shots.

Bill Thompson (left) rolled in with the winning score for the day while Paul (PK) Kinner skipped out after holding bag to leave Chris John, PSC Golf chairman standing in for him...

Following Bill was Herb with 39 points. Bob Benda and Gordon McKnight were right behind with 38 points followed by Dennis Willett with 37. All had a good day but could not touch Bill’s 77 off the stick.

Our bag holder for the day pulled a disappearing act. He had not seen the inside of the cellar for a long time and may have been afraid of the dark with a heavy bag to carry. Paul Kinner stopped at the Caddy Shack but moved on before picture taking time. He beat out Tully by 1 shot - it was a close call but Paul managed to hang on at the end with 21 points. Our Golf Chairman was nice enough to stand for the picture taking. Not the best looking but - Thanks Chris!


Gordon and Vincent on song at the “The Navy”

PSC golf off The Grapevine

No, not Gordon Everingham and Vincent Smyth from the ‘Village People’, but the Grapevine Golfers. Gordon playing off his 36 handicap - soon to be adjusted - shot a creditable 37 points off the white tees to top the podium. Vincent played steady to shoot 36 points and beat the unlucky Mike Gaussa on countback. Well done all, and remember, there is always next week.

Gordon Everingham and Vincent Smyth after a great day out at Plutaluang.

The technical prizes were well spread with near pins being won by Colin, Bob, Jeff, Nut, and Doug, while the long putts were picked up by Bob and Mike Wing.

Despite the recent misfortunes at the Navy clubhouse, the course was in good condition with grassy fairways and well-manicured greens. Golfers were loud in the praise of the conditions.

Back at the Grapevine, after some good food, cold drinks, and the presentation, all decided another successful day had been enjoyed at The Grapevine. So, if you are looking for a game on Thursdays, come on down and sign up. The Grapevine is located on Soi ‘0’ - Regent Marina (off Beach Road), 1st left after Henry J. Beans. A good day is guaranteed. Cheers and good golfing. (JW)


A mixed bag...

PSC golf with The Bunker

Noble Place - Monday August 1

It was a depressing start to a new month as the rain poured down early Monday morning. Noble Place is a very popular course, but the right decision was made to abandon the competition.

Green Valley -
Wednesday August 3

David Johnson (left) and Neil Griffin (right) chilling out on the course after a mixed bag for the Bunker players last week.

After taking a long rest from Monday a large turnout arrived for a stableford competition at Green Valley. The cut was 15 and under which featured Eddie Martin posting his best score ever with the Bunker as he returned with 44 points to win the “A” division. Joint runners-up with only 35 points were Roger Privett and Paul Smith. In division “B” a three-way tie for first place with 36 points each went to Mick Ramshaw, Terry Phur and Ed Trayling. Near the pins were won by Paul Smith, Roger Privett (2), and Ed Trayling.

Siam Country Club -
Friday August 5

Another great golf day on Friday, the weather was overcast and the rain stayed clear as the Boys from the Bunker set off to Siam Country Club for a medal competition. Bob Turner out shot J.J. Harney by one shot to capture first prize. Bob had a net 67 followed by JJ’s 68. In third place was Roger Privett with a net 74. Near the pins were won by Brian Wilkins, Roger Privett, Bob Turner and J.J. Harney.

The Bunker Boys are located on Soi Chaiyapoon (near X-zyte disco and across the street from Tony’s Disco II). Monthly golf schedules are available or consult the Pattaya Mail every week.


The Beautiful Game?: It’s Back!

Riz Taylor

It may not contain football of the highest technical quality, it certainly isn’t a showcase for defending and sure, we can almost guarantee who’ll finish in the top three. But despite this, and despite every other fault it may have, the world’s most popular league of the world’s most popular game kicks off tomorrow to brighten our dull, humdrum lives once again.

It’s the Premiership, of course, and I’m rather excited about it.

All the waiting, the endless transfer speculation and huge servings of hype will take a rightful back seat tomorrow when Everton kick-off their season with a difficult, intriguing fixture with Manchester United at Goodison Park, kick off 6:45 p.m. Pattaya time.

The new boy at Everton Secondary School is Phillip Neville, signed last week. He’ll barely have had a moment to make new friends and find his locker before lining-up against both the only club he has known as a professional and also his own flesh and blood in brother Gary. Expect a few misplaced passes as a nervous Phillip struggles to work out which players to pass to, and which fiery Scottish manager to take his orders from.

The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, and an unfortunate injury to Lee Carsley means the baldy midfielder will be missing in a crucial month for the Toffees, as they look to build on last season’s fourth place and qualify for the Champions League proper.

United, meanwhile, will parade new-signings Edwin van der Sar and Park Ji Sung, who I’m tipping to be a fantastic acquisition and score a few home runs that will bring a big smile to the club’s new American owners.

Later at 10 p.m. comes the main course, as twelve more hopefuls get their campaigns underway. Aston Villa face a tricky opener at home to Bolton Wanderers, who arrive on the back of Asia Premier League Trophy success here in Thailand. Villa’s sale of Darius Vassell to Manchester City without organising a replacement means a tricky season ahead for David O’Leary, unless someone can be drafted in before the transfer window slams shut in a week or two.

Vassell and City, led by Stuart Pearce who will surely go bald or at least grey this year, entertain Bryan Robson’s West Bromwich Albion as the two former England hard-men meet, and Birmingham City travel to the capital to take on Fulham. Sunderland welcomes both the return of Premiership football and Charlton Athletic at the Stadium of Light, and West Ham face playground bullies Blackburn Rovers. The Hammers will hope that their younger and less experienced players come away from the match with their good looks intact after a clash with the side that manager Mark Hughes has fashioned into a version of himself, dubbed ‘Blackeye Rovers’ in some quarters. With Craig Bellamy on board Blackburn may surprise a few sides this year, in addition to nicking a whole lot of dinner money.

Portsmouth host Tottenham, who seem to have adopted a ‘buy now, pay nothing till February’ attitude to Premiership success. In have come a host of players, the most notable being the goggle-wearing Dutchman Edgar Davids, who’ll no doubt add steel and experience to a flimsy midfield. Fifth place looks a distinct possibility for Spurs this year, but a huge improvement in away form is crucial to those aspirations.

Liverpool and Middlesbrough feature in the late game, a 5:15 p.m. kick-off in England and 11:15 p.m. here. It’s just the kind of game that Liverpool need three points from if they’re to make an impact on the top three. A 1-1 draw, then.

That takes us onto Sunday. Perhaps the tie of the weekend sees Newcastle United travel to Arsenal (7.30 p.m. Pattaya). Graeme Souness, whose latest big fall-out is with midfielder Jermain Jenas, will be delighted to be driving his minibus of arguing players back home screaming “Shut-up in the back!” with a point, but Arsenal should prove too strong at Highbury.

Finally comes the clash of the glamour sides as Chelsea, 4/5 favourites for the title, play Wigan Athletic, 2500-1 to achieve the same feat, at Boundary Park or wherever it is that Wigan play their home matches. A foregone conclusion? Find out at 10 p.m. Pattaya time.

Last season’s relegated sides needed only one match to be reminded of what a dog-fight the ‘Championship’ is. Southampton could only fashion a draw against Wolves, Norwich City scraped the same result against Coventry, whilst Crystal Palace were embarrassed by a 2-1 defeat at home to Luton Town. It’s tough at the top.

Sign up for Fantasy Football!

Are you interested in playing fantasy football? Pattaya doesn’t have a league that I’m aware of, which is why I’m inviting anyone who fancies their chances to join me in a ‘friendly’ game to decide who is Pattaya’s (and let’s also say Thailand’s) Fantasy Football Champion. We’ll use the rules of UK newspaper ‘The Sun’, so grab yourself an overpriced copy or flag down a passing internet and get to ‘www.dreamteamfc. com’ which contains the same information. Choose a team you think can come a close second to my all-conquering heroes and send it to” [email protected] by Friday August 12.


26th Annual Pattaya Nukul Games kicks off at School No. 8

Ariyawat Nuamsawat

The focus on sports in Pattaya’s education system has been a longstanding tradition, and leading city administrators supported the kick-off of the 26th Annual Pattaya Nukul Games last Friday by joining in with the event.

Barefoot runners race for glory.

Pattaya School No 8 was the venue, with children from grades 1-6 taking part in the sporting events, totaling over 2,000 children.

Games included sprinting and tug-o-war, augmented by fun activities such as shareball for grades 1 and 2, followed by volleyball, football and sepak takraw for grades 3 and 4.

Thanee Seesai, Pattaya School No 8 director presents medals to winners of various sporting events.

Older children from grades 5-6 competed in a multitude of athletics events, each one playing for team colors. A total of six teams took part.

During the opening ceremonies, Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn and city officials joined in the events, along with teachers and parents.

Thanee Seesai, Pattaya School No 8 director said, “The aim of the competition is to promote sports and healthy living. These events also promote and develop skills and attention to what the children are doing along with good sportsmanship and honesty. All of these are what society needs.”

The school sports competition was also used to select qualifiers for inter-school competitions and finally on to represent Pattaya at future events.


The Square Ring

by Howie Reed

Stop the presses, flash!! Last Friday on the beach at Patong in Phuket WBO bantam titleholder Ratanachai Sor Vorapin (63-8) defeated Mauricio Martinez (28-6-1) with what on the surface appeared to be an easy majority decision. The scores of 116-112, 116-112, 114-114 are a little misleading. One source called it “an exciting see-saw affair where both fighters had their moments.” That reporter had it 115-114 for the champ. Over 12 that’s just a two round difference. Funny that the two Latin judges (Mr. Garcia and Mr. Torres) had it for the winner. Judge Salven Lagumbay had it 144 all. Martinez held the title until he met Cruz Carbajal who would lose the crown to Vorapin.

On the same card unbeaten superbantam Sod Looknongyangtoy (25-0) tuned up for his WBO Super Bantam title shot against Daniel Ponce De Leon (26-1) on October 27 in the USA by knocking out Yusup Bodini (0-1) at 2:56 of round three. Little question here as the same reported scribed, “whose name was reported as Yusup Bodini.” Well pal,if that wasn’t his name, what was it? Wonder if the lads and lass’s from the Island Lager Bar (Patong Beach) were in attendance? If so they were led by Mr. D. Brook (Papasan) and Khan (She who will be Listened to). The latter being the really big boss.

Ever have something happen, you’re surprise and astonished cause you didn’t even know that anything was going on? Example: “Wait one minute. That’s the third time in two months that your mother’s water buffalo has died and you need money for a new one. Besides your parents live in Bangkok.” Yes one of those deals. That’s why you could have knocked me over with a feather when I read that the proposed bout between Anthony Mundine and Joe Calzage set for September 10 in Cardiff was “off”. The fight would have been for Calzage’s 168 pound WBO belt. Most boxing experts agree that Calzaghe is the best at 168 outside the former British Colony of America. What happened? If news reports are to be believed Calzage’s promoter Frank Warren wanted four title option on Mundine if he won the title. What part of “deal breaker” is confusing.

Too many folks that use to following boxing opine, “there are no good young fighters.” Wrong bucko! One of the better of the younger crop is Jeff “Left Hook’ Lacy (20-0) who defended his IBF Super Middleweight crown last Sunday against Veteran Robin Reid (38-5). Going into the contest everything that can’t be taught was in the favor of Lacy. Namely being young. You’ve probably heard it a million times, that “Youth must be served.” In boxing that’s true only if the youth has the receipt to fill the order. After a rather slow start Lacy got untracked and was able to deliver the goods in spades. Reid had his moments but not enough of them to deter the tough willed Lacy. Robin Reid had never been on the canvas. That string would come to an end in round in round five when Reid would hit the deck twice. Reid also kissed canvas in round 6. Reid lost a couple of points for a low blow and a head butt. In the 7th Reid went down, beat the count but his corner tossed in the towel. Rumor has it that Lacy will fight Calzage in November in a “Supa Fight”. Will it happen? Not if Frank Warren, Calzage’s promoter, wants options on Lacy if his fighter loses. How about Lacy against either Winky Wright, Felix Trinidad or Jermain Taylor after the latter beat Hopkins in December?

There’s a fight card in Chicago USA Sunday morning. It should hit Pattaya about the time the sun rises over the palm trees along Beach Road shinning on what at one time was a pristine blue waters gently lapping at her sandy beaches. Former heavyweight champ Hasim Rahman (40-5-1) gets in with Monte Barrett (31-3) with the winner getting a title shot at the WBC Title held by Vitali Klitschko, maybe. With the Brothers Klitschko you always have to use the term “maybe”. The other heavyweight fight on the card was suppose to be Andy “The Foul Pole” Golota (38-6-1) in yet another chance to prove that he’s not a total whack job. Fight off as Golota suffered a bad eye cut in training. That fights off but Oliver “The Lights Are On But No One’s Home” McCall steps in to face Przemyslaw Saleta (42-6). Ex-Champ McCall is 44-8 and many forget that he KO’d Lennox Lewis in 2 to win the crown. The evening will be capped off when Ricardo Mayorga (27-5-1) finally gets back in the ring against Michele Piccirillo (44-2) for the vacant WBC Jr. Middleweight tile.

Word on the street is that Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter (24-0) and former WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko (44-3) have “all but finalized,” a deal for their box-off to determine the IBF’s new #1 contender. Manager Gotzev, talking for his heavy Peter, says, “Finally, the moment of truth is upon us. We have agreed to the terms of the fight and there are no excuses,” said an elated Gotzev. “He challenged me so now I’m going to ‘walk the walk.’ As of today, you are a dead man walking, Klitschko,” said the hard-punching Peter. Which is the best kind. This fight goes September 24 on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, USA. Many have wondered what happens to Klitschko in the middle of fights when he folds like a road map. May have the answer. Hall of Fame trainer Kenny Adams was talking about Klitschko, “He has panic attacks.” Not a good deal when you’re a heavyweight and in the ring with someone that want to do you harm. Does explain the Klitschko behavior... well some of his behavior. Probably the same problem Andy “The Foul” Pole Golota has.

How about WBC Flyweight champ Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (57-2)? His last three fights have all come on the 29th of the month. In January he defeated Japan’s Noriyuki Komatsu (19-1) with a 5th round TKO to retain his title. In April a little “paid workout” against 15-11 Daniel Doilan and in July a shutout (60-54 on all cards) against 11-26 Mark Seles. When’s the champ fighting next? No idea, but bet it’ll be on the 29th. You think?

Local guys in action at the At Ritthinarongron School, Bangkok, Thailand Sairung Singwancha (39-8) only took 2 stanza’s before he dispatched Filipino Jack Maldicer (20-12-3) with a straight left. Pigmy Muangchaiyaphum (19-5-1) clashed heads with Philip Parcon so got out of the fight with a technical draw and finally. Saenghiran Lookbanyai (13-0), who was voted “ABCO Boxer of the year for 2004”, had little trouble with Jack Asis (2-3). He out him to sleep at 1:10 of round 4. Final score for the night. Thailand 3-Philipines 0. I’ll drink to that.


HM the Queen’s Birthday weekend: Three days of yacht racing

Peter Cummins

The Ocean Marina Yacht Club is hosting a number of events over HM the Queen’s birthday weekend, August 12 - 14. The regular OMYC racing will be held for keelboats, sports boats and catamaran.

Simultaneously, the big Platu fleet will be racing on basically similar courses. Organizer Bill Gasson is preparing windward-leeward legs and a passage race for the OM fleets for Friday, Saturday, while the Platus will continue racing “around the cans” for the three days. Rut Subniran will assist Bill out on the water and Pascal Leray, an avid keelboat skipper, will provide for a party at the Ocean Marina’s splendid sea-front lounge on Saturday evening.

With the rainy season swooping on the Kingdom, one can only hope that there will be sufficient wind. Actually, two Royal Varuna craft set out early Wednesday morning, to sail to Hua Hin and join the regatta this weekend. But, alas, these brave lads barely sailed past Koh Larn and, by mid-afternoon, with some 50km of sea between them and the western shore they gave up, determined to try again on the morrow.

Meantime, back at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Bill is confident of more than 15 Platus participating in the nationals and a further 20 craft in the regular racing.

The Platu, a keelboat of some 8 meters, designed by New Zealander Bruce Farr especially for Thai waters, have had different ‘homes’: firstly at the Patra Marina, at Prachuab Kiri Khan, then some moved to Phuket as charter vessels in Sunsail’s operation and a number were stationed at the Royal Thai Navy base in Sattahip. Finally, the bulk of the Platu fleet moved to the hospitable conditions at Ocean Marina and have, indeed, infused much life in yacht racing in the Northern Gulf.

It is anticipated that there will be a pre-regatta briefing at the OM water-front, at 10a.m. Friday August, 12.

Usually, at these events, there is often a shortage of crews and anyone interested should contact Bill Gasson: mobile 01 811 8930, email: [email protected]; or, Ocean Marina (Khun Sanya): Tel: 038 237 310-23; email: [email protected]


Indoor Games organizers inspect stadium site

Ariyawat Nuamsawat

With the deadline for completion of building the Pattaya Indoor Sport Stadium approaching, Sontaya Khunplome, Advisor to the Prime Minister and former minister of tourism and sports, paid a visit to the site on Soi Chaiyapruek 2. He was joined by organizers and Olympic Committee Asia (OCA) members on the inspection.

Completion of the new facility appears to be a long way off but project managers assure officials that the facility will be ready by September.

Overall progress in organizing the first Asian Indoor Games, due to be held in Thailand this November was reported to be satisfactory. Additional help is being given to Thai technical organizers to ease the process and the time has been extended to the 11th hour for the 45 member nations to enter the competition.

The OCA voiced its satisfaction on the progress but said the public relations campaign was still weak.

Celso Dayrit, OCA vice president, led committee members and organizers during a recent press conference in Bangkok concerning the inaugural Asian Indoor Games scheduled to be held from November 12-19.

Sontaya Khunplome, Advisor to the Prime Minister and former minister of tourism and sports inspects the Pattaya Indoor Sports Stadium, in Soi Chaiypruek 2.

During the conference it was revealed that there are currently 33 out of the total 45 nations entered into the inaugural event and those still considering applications will be allowed up to the final days before the event to enter. Countries such as East Timor and Afghanistan have athletes ready and aid will be issued to enable them to compete.

Santiparp Dechawanich, chairman of the Asian Indoor Games organizing committee told the media, “So far the progress in organizing the event has been satisfactory. The event will encompass nine athletic events and extreme sports allowing competitors to vie for the 121 gold medals on offer.

“However, the promotion and public relations campaign for the inaugural is still too weak and needs to boosted.”

Santiparp also said that the OCA has given a deadline for completion report from the Thai organizing committee for September 8-9 ready for discussions involving next year’s games in Kwang Xao, in China.

Following the conference, committee members made their way from Bangkok to the construction site of the indoor sport complex located on Soi Charipruek 2 where they met with the project manager and engineers.

Vicharn Vivikaphirat, SPC Co Ltd project manager for the 480 million baht project informed the committee, “According to the original plans construction was due to be completed on July 31. However, due to changes in the ceiling, electrical and sound systems we’ve had to extend the construction period until the beginning of September when we will hand over the complex to the Thai Sports Authority for the upcoming games.”

OCA vice president Celso said, “So far the construction progress is going well and much has been done since my last inspection two months ago. It looks as though everything will be ready by the end of August, subject to a final inspection by the regional organizing committee meeting from each country scheduled for September 26-28.”



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