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Fun City By The Sea

Updated every Friday
by Saichon Paewsoongnern

 



SPORTS
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

Bob Turner crowend Bunker Golfer of the Month - August 2005

Chariya wins the 3rd racing “RAAT Thailand Championships 2005”

Stu scores a winner…

Liam Shades Ian to win Tankard

Wiley Jeff takes another feather…

Shake up at Siam

Sports Quiz

Easy riders gather for Malaysia races

The Caddy Shack, Bowling Green and Sweethearts lock horns

Soi 6 Wedensday Quiz League

Wednesday Quiz League

Andy McTighe, singles winner at Eastern Star

Mai’s Thai Restaurant wins four and moves into first

Talk about a long week

The Tailor of Pattaya cuts a dash

Wet, wet, wet!

Pethig continues hot streak

An assorted week on the greens

The Beautiful Game?

Looking ahead to Motegi

The Square Ring

Bandit Bob Benda busted for Ban Chang brilliance

PATTAPA SPORTS ROUND-UP

Bob Turner crowend Bunker Golfer of the Month - August 2005

Nid presents Bob Turner the Golfer of the Month award for August.

Bob Turner held off a late charge by Mick Ramshaw to win his first Trophy. He started the month with a 22 handicap and finished the month with a handicap of 17. The final few games with the lower handicap made it quite an interesting finish. Congratulations Bob! 


Chariya wins the 3rd racing “RAAT Thailand Championships 2005”

Narisa Nitikarn

The Royal Automobile Association of Thailand staged the RAAT Thailand Championship 2005 races on September 4. Part of the contest for His Royal Highness the Crown Prince’s Cup, the event was stage three in a five-part series. The first race took place on May 7 and the last will be on November 27.

The Sport Racer winner Chariya Nuya in car No 15 on his way to victory in the AIM Sports Concept class at Bira Circuit

The race was held at the Bira International Circuit and was opened by Dr Prachin Srongpao, chairman of the RAAT.

Dr Prachin said the races should help lift flat racing to a professional standard and presented an opportunity for Thai racing drivers to develop their skills to attain Asian and world standards. The event also helped promote Chonburi’s image as a tourist destination.

The results were as follows. The winner of the 3rd Sport Prototype race was Narongchai Pawittayalap from the AIM Motorsport Team. The Sport Racer winner was Chariya Nuya. The Subaru Club Race winner was Sunit Srisaensuchat, with a finishing time of 10.19.31, in 2nd place was Chairat Choosang, whose finishing time was 10.21.20, and in 3rd place was Ekarat Ditcharoen, with a time of 10.34.11.

For Mitsubishi Evolution the winner was Phuwirat Makmoo, driving an EVO.3 with a time of 10.52. 55, in a neck-to-neck race with Winthorn Bunnak, driving an EVO.2, and with a finishing time of 11.05.29. In 3rd place was Sakol Nkkaew with a time of 11.22.27, and FF Club Race Division 1 winner was Komkrit Pinthong (12.53.21). Division 2 winner was Natthakarn Prkorbkaew (12.53.80) and Division 3 winner was Pongsak Weerachatwattana (13.34.56)


Stu scores a winner…

PSC golf from the Cafe Kronborg

Monday September 5
Royal Lakeside
Strokeplay

The pleasant and very quiet Royal Lakeside Golf Course was host for a stroke play competition in two Flights, A Flight 0 to 17, and B Flight 18 and above. The course on the day was in fine condition with fast greens.

2-Gene Rooney

Aussie Stu Thompson won the A Flight with the best score of the day, a net 69. Akitoshi Ito was second and Dan Shamir third, beating out Ebrahim and Bill Plath, all four having Net 70’s.

Old steady Arthur Bailey took the B Flight, from Canuk Gordon Everingham in second, on countback, both having net 70s. Rowley Morris was third with a net 72.

Near Pins: #3 Bo Engstrom, #6 Hedrik Ojeland, #12 Jeff Wylie, #15 Rick Evans

Thursday September 8
Khao Kheow
Stableford

1- Stu Thompson

This course is always a pleasure to play, and on this day it was no exception, despite the occasional downpour. This is a course that does not seem to drain too well, so constant rain makes the rough difficult to play out of and the whole course sodden. Maybe why this is one of the few courses that allows players with plugged balls through the green to take relief.

Still if you like a real challenge come here, it will test every shot, a handicap earned here would be a handicap to be feared. So on the day it would be a winning score, I expected, if you shot your handicap, and so it turned out to be.

The winner of the day was Gene Rooney with a fine 36 points, ahead of a three way countback on 34 points, that saw Stu come in second, Wayne Koch third and Ebrahim fourth. T.T.F.N.


Liam Shades Ian to win Tankard

PSC golf from the Grapevine

Thursday, September 8 saw the Grapevine Tankard contested by 31 golfers at Mountain Shadow. Visitor from Phuket, Liam Stewart (16) shot a solid 84 to win the ‘A’ Flight and The Tankard, just edging out Ian Edwards (14), whose net 69 was the only other golfer to break his handicap. In the ‘B’ Flight it was like Groundhog Day with Dick Worden (34) and Barry Kerr (21) scoring 74 and 76 respectively to pick up the prizes.

(l-r) Dick Worden, Barry Kerr, Ian Edwards and Liam Stewart.

The course was in tip top condition and the generally not so good results came from the generally not so good play from the golfers, with some net scores well in excess of expectations. Still, there is always next week to see redemption.

Technical prizes were spread around with Ian, Dick, Alex, Keith, David, Barry, and John picking up some hard won booty to help make the day even more enjoyable. Some lucky draw awards (aka mutually exclusive awards) were also handed out with Alan deserving special mention due to him having a ‘shocker’, this on top of England losing the previous night’s football.

As always, Malcolm and Opal’s hospitality was much appreciated by all golfers with the fine tucker being washed down by ice-cold beer - can’t wait for next Thursday already. If you are looking for a game of golf supported by The Grapevine, come on down to Soi ‘0’ Regent Marina and sign up. Cheers and good golfing. JW


Wiley Jeff takes another feather…

PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s

Tuesday September 6 Crystal Bay

It was nice to find after some weeks away, that very little changes at Bert’s, we had the same fine free breakfast, Bob ran the show as usual, we had some fine food on return to the bar, and of course we had the same winner as normal. Life just goes on. We also had a fine day out.

Jeff (right) with Colin and Bert’s staff.

Crystal Bay is always worth a visit, and on this day we were to play the B & C Layouts, a pleasure indeed, not too tough, but for the scribe, suffering from jet lag, a day to forget. I shall return!

Some good golf was played by many of the players, and sitting in the fine clubhouse later and relaxing with friends, it did not really matter whether you won or not, the game and the day out is the thing.

Back at Bert’s the food was ready, a fine meat salad, and all the players tucked in heartily after a good walk unspoiled. We then saluted the winner for the day, Jeff Wylie, and set to the important part, talking about the ‘If Only’. T.T.F.N.

Results: Winner Jeff Wylie

Near Pins: Steve Hamstad, Jeff Wylie, Frank Pilkington, Colin Cronin, Keith Avery and Max Matthews.

Long Putts: Ray Glenwright, Dave Warburg and Bob Noble.


Shake up at Siam

PSC golf from the Three Sisters Bar

Monday September 5th - The grounds were soaked with rain from the previous night so there were no carts at Siam C.C. Some golfers that walked played at Siam and the rest of us that use carts went to Pattaya C.C. It was a divided field but the scores did not change. For the second week in a row 37 points won the day. I guess that the axe man has done his job as golfers are playing closer to their handicaps.

Winner Kevin Mackintosh (right) and Doug Powell holding the bag.

This week in first place with 37 points was Kevin MacKintosh. It’s been a while but Kevin finally made it to the top. For a wet day, it was not a bad score. Following close at a stroke back was Bill Gibson with 36 points. Just not quite enough to take the lead.

Back of the leaders were Kenny Mau, Dave Miller and Dale Murphy. Kenny had 35 points while Dale and Dave had 34 points each.

Holding the bag this week was a surprise figure. Doug Powell who is normally near the top came crashing down with 24 points. Doug managed to slip past Nigel Cannon who had managed 25 points - just enough to keep out of the cellar. We had other normally high rollers slip near the bottom such as Bob Benda, Doug Chalkey, and Gordon McKnight. It must have been a tough day at the course.

We also found out that Siam is raising their green fees from October 1. Monday Golf from the Three Sisters will be moving to Pattaya C.C. as of the 19th of this month. Rates have been negotiated with Pattaya C.C. for our group in very favorable terms. Anyone interested, please contact Herb Ishinaga.


Sports Quiz

Last Week’s sports quiz answers are:
1. Who beat Arsenal in this year’s Community Shield Final?
Answer:
Chelsea
2. Who won the Silver medal in the Men’s Javelin in the 1997 World Athletic Championships?
Answer:
Steve Backley
3. In which Irish county is the Fairyhouse race course?
Answer:
Co. Meath

Remember, be the first to send in the correct answers and win a weekend carvery for two at Jameson’s Irish Pub.

1. Who captained Liverpool in this year’s European Cup Final?
2. Which recent All Black has gone to play at fly-half for Northampton?
3. Which driver won the 2003 World Rally Car Championship?


Easy riders gather for Malaysia races

 Narisa Nitikarn

Bikers gathered at Hard Rock Hotel on September 4 to discuss their travel plans for the September 23-25 Moto GP Malaysia 2005 world championship, to be held at the Sepang Circuit in Malaysia.

Chris K Brander (left), managing director and Jackie Eintzen, designer of East Coast Choppers (Thailand) Co Ltd. promoting their road trip to Malaysia for the upcoming Moto GP event at the Sepang Circuit.

Among the gathering were Harley-Davidson riders from East Coast Choppers (Thailand) Co Ltd, West Coast-Ride Thailand Co Ltd, Burapha MC Pattaya, and the Taobin Group. Altogether 100 bikers assembled, led by Chris Brander, managing director of East Coast Choppers (Thailand) Co.

Brander said this would be the second chopper excursion to Malaysia. The first was in October last year, when over 100 Harley fans turned up from points throughout Thailand.

Pattaya’s Harley riders will make their way to Had Yai on September 22, when other bikers from Thailand will join them for a push over the border. It is only a short ride of 60km from Had Yai to their destination in Malaysia. At the Sepang Circuit they will have the chance to meet the riders from around the world. Last year over 2,000 spectators from Thailand attended the event and another bumper crowd is expected this year.

The event is organized by Ride Thailand Magazine, and police will supervise the traffic from Had Yai to Malaysia.

All those interested in attending can hire a bike from East Coast Choppers. The contact numbers are 01 723 8787 and 038 303 113, or you can visit their websites www. eastcoastchoppers.ch or www.customharleyrental.com.


The Caddy Shack, Bowling Green and Sweethearts lock horns

The Caddy Shack, Bowling Green and Sweethearts Bars have locked horns and challenged each other in a 3 way sporting event. The events include Golf, Lawn Bowls and Pool.

Are they team captains up for the challenge? Find out soon!

The Caddy Shack is known for its golfers, The Bowling Green is known for its bowlers and Sweethearts is known for its Pool players. There are 8 players in each team and the competition is run over 3 weeks with the first round already been played on September 9.

The Caddy Shack currently holds a slim lead of 64.5 points with Sweethearts in 2nd on 60 and not far behind is the Bowling Green with 55.5 points.

The golf was a 2-man Texas Scramble with team pairs with The Caddy Shack banking on puting a few points between there 2 rivals as this is their specialist event. Their were a few shock results with Charlie Ayres and Danny Wiley winning the golf in fine style by the largest margin. All points are added to the team totals and also split to try to find the ultimate superstar champion.

The 1st round of the evening Pool competition, Sweethearts were looking good to extend their lead as this is their specialist event. However, things did not go their way as The Caddy Shack amassed the most points with Keith Fortt and Roy Mitchell winning both their matches. Anton from the Bowling Green sunk a great black to take some welcome points for the Bowling Green, The Sweethearts pairing of Reg Rawding and Glen Miller, who had won nothing to date tried to open their account on the pool table but failed to win a game. Sweethearts held their heads in disbelief.

The next event is on Friday the 16th from Sweethearts with another golf round, a Pool evening with the final event being held at the Bowling Green with Lawn Bowls and Pool evening.


Soi 6 Wedensday Quiz League


Wednesday Quiz League


Andy McTighe, singles winner at Eastern Star

Mike Franklin

Jameson’s, ‘JIGS’, Singles Stableford competition at Eastern Star on Wednesday September 7 escaped the heavy rain experienced early morning in Pattaya and, after slight rain at tee-off, the day turned out to be fine. That, together with the course in excellent condition, ensured an enjoyable round with no delays. Eastern Star presented its usual fair test of golf and that resulted in few scores being par or better.

Andy McTighe (left) - Winner Sept 7 - ‘A moments silence please.’

Andy McTighe returned the best score of the day with 39 Stableford points, with Jason (nearly) Payne taking second place with 38 points. Joe McArdle was third with 36 points and Terry O’Connor was fourth, winning on count-back with Ed Trayling, both scoring 35 points. Near pins were claimed by Joe McArdle, Keith Avery, Alex Woods and Mam Trayling. Ed Trayling, not to be outdone, sank the longest putt on the ninth and Jason Payne was longest on the eighteenth.

Back at Jameson’s, newcomers Dave Quick, Roger Baker, Terry O’Connor, Nut Avery and Alex Woods were duly welcomed and it was a warm welcome back to Simon & Debbie Philbrook.

The next ‘JIGS’ tournament on Wednesday 21st September is rather special , as Paul ‘Scud’ Cremin will be celebrating his 40th Birthday and that warrants a visit to Burapha West course for another Singles Stableford format. There will be a special trophy and many consumable prizes to mark the occasion. Sign-up for that at Jameson’s or just send me an e-mail: jigs@jame sons-pattaya. com.


Mai’s Thai Restaurant wins four and moves into first

Pattaya Sports Club Friday Bowling League

200 Bowlers – Teuvo, Mai & Ken.

First place belongs to Mai’s Thai Restaurant after they took all four points from House of the Golden Coin and Shenanigan’s only managed to win three from Domicil and they dropped to second place. Three Sisters moved into third taking all four points from Caf? Ole. Grape Vine continued their move up the ladder as they beat Brother D three points to one. VFW Post 9876 got three points from Caf? Kronborg to move into a tie for fourth. Jack & Tar knocked off Friends taking three points in that match with three bowlers rolling two hundred games in the final game of the match.

Best bowlers of the day were:
Nok, Jack & Tar: 556 series
Tue, VFW Post 9876: 537 series
Teuvo, Friends : 204 game - 529 series
Mai, Jack & Tar: 202 game – 516 series
Udom, Spare Bowler: 506 series
Ken, Jack & Tar: 200 game


Talk about a long week

IPGC Golf From Lewiinski’s

Sunday August 28
Green Valley
White Tees, Stableford

1st A Flight: Jim Wickstrom, 40 pts
2nd A Flight:Bob Philp, 40 pts
3rd A Flight: Julian Clarke, 40 pts
1st B Flight: Jim Munns, 45 pts
2nd B Flight: An Kaesavane, 39 pts
3rd B Flight: Peter Emslie, 39 pts
1st C Flight: Toy Theobald, 41 pts
2nd C Flight: Poo Supaporn, 38 pts
3rd C Flight: Roger Koehler, 38 pts
Near Pins: #5 Julian Clarke; #8 Glen Perkinson
2’s: Bob Philp (2); Dave Tanner; Glen Perkinson; “Loz” Shaw

Capt. Fogg, whose accomplishments have been lauded in this column numerous times, made another marked move on his handicap with a scintillating 45 points and first place in the middle Flight. His effort overshadowed the fine showings of the Beauty, An Kaesavane, and The Beast, Peter Emslie, who were only separated by a count back, and Klaus.

Roger Koehler was all that stood between the ladies having another C Flight sweep, but since it is their realm they relegated him to third on count back. Auntie Toy took the top rung with Ms. Emmerson taking the silver.

The guys who actually know how to play this game, the A Flighters, put three players on the podium who had 40 points. The happiest of the trio was Canada’s Jim Wickstorm and the saddest the Englishman from Houston/Bangkok (huh?), Julian Clarke. Amidst it all was the man from Downunder, Bob Philp, who was neither happy nor sad, but simply had another Fosters.

Tuesday August 30
Laem Chabang, A & B
Blue or White Tees, Stroke/Medal

1st Blue Flight: Jim Brackett, net 66
2nd Blue Flight: Mark Wood, net 70
1st White Flight: Sid Ottaway, net 64
2s: Jim Brackett; Phil Groves; Rick Sharp

A tidy, yet passionate, group took on Jack Nicklaus’ masterpiece and the scores were superb. Mark Woods had to be happy with his gross 76, net 70, that is, until the rest of the Blue Bombers came in and revealed that Jimmy Brackett had a net 75, gross 66 (This scribe couldn’t believe Jim had gone out to nine either!)

In the White teed Flight, Sid Ottaway’s brilliant 64 led a host of fine scores such as Rick Sharp’s net 67 and Joe McArdle’s net 69.

Wednesday August 31
Burapha, A & B
Blue and White Tees, Stableford

1st Blue Flight: Serge Straeten, 37 pts
2nd Blue Flight: Paul Young, 37 pts
3rd Blue Flight: Nick Payne, 36 pts
1st White Flight: Rick Sharp, 43 pts
2nd White Flight: Roger Koehler, 41 pts
3rd White Flight: Max Arlen, 41 pts
2’s: Rick Sharp; Max Arlen (2); Sugar Ray Handford (2)

Viva la France, as Monsieur Serge edged his Norman neighbor, Paul Young, on count back to take the Blue Flight. Hard workin’ Nick Payne rounded out the flight with a one point adrift 36 points. The Hermit lurked in the shadows of the White Flight and walked off with 43 points and the top spot. Roger Koehler had the better of Mad Max Arlen on the count back of their 41 points. Max softened that blow with two 2’s, as feat duplicated by Sugar Ray.

Friday September 2
Eastern Star, Stableford

1st Blue Flight: Simon Philbrook, 35 pts
1st White Flight: Richard Garland, 39 pts
2nd White Flight: Jan Eriksen, 36 pts
3rd White Flight: Ken Kutzing, 36 pts
2’s: Simon Philbrook; Paul Young; Jan Eriksen

A comp was thrown together for the souls who were too lame to submit their Jackalope entries in time. Simon of Philbrook led the Bombers home with a contrite 35 points. Richard “El Supremo” Garland’s 39 points in the White Flight outdistanced a trio of 36’s. With only two steps left on the White podium, one of those 36’s would lose out, and that, alas, was the venerable ol’ Hermit.

Sunday September 4
Green Valley

Rain washed out competition.

September 6
St. Andrews 2000, White Tees
2-Person Better Ball
Stableford

1st Steve Mulberry & Paul Shaw, 44 pts
2nd– Harry Riley & Saranya Chaiyanont, 42 pts
2’s: Steve Mulberry; Harry Riley; Brian Holden; Kevin Moraghan

Desmond Muirhead’s monster seems to either be loved or despised by golfers, with few left ambivalent. To soften that disparity of response, the Golf Manager called for a 2-person Better Ball. An enthusiastic group of duets took up the challenge. Messrs. Mulberry and Shaw (Paul) sorted their ham and eggs the best and garnered 44 points. Harry “Potter” Riley and his charming other half, Ya, but the count back on the Flipper and the Demon Deacon to hold on to second.

Wednesday September 7
Khao Kheow, A & B
Yellow Tees
Stableford

1st John Emmerson, 41 pts
2nd Don Peterson, 38 pts
3rd Chicka Smith, 36 pts
2’s: John Emmerson; Eddy Beilby

The ol’ Golf Manager was at it again on Wednesday, cajoling and bull-dogging the field on to the Yellow Tees at Pete Dye’s designed Khao Kheow. And that was the nicest thing he did to them all day as he came home with five birdies on the second nine and the top spot of the day. Don Peterson started to warm to the week with his second place 38 points, two better than the irrepressible, old Aussie rugger, Chicka Smith.

Friday September 9
Eastern Star
Blue or White Tees
Stableford

1st Blue Flight: Simon Philbrook, 41 pts
1st White A Flight: Don Peterson, 38 pts
2nd White A Flight: Nick Payne, 37 pts
3rd White A Flight: Arthur Hancock, 36 pts
1st White B Flight: Chaten Patel, 38 pts
2nd White B Flight: Ken Graham, 38 pts
3rd White B Flight: Sid Ottaway, 34 pts
2’s: Phil Mitchell; John Emmerson; Arthur Hancock; Chaten Patel; Jan Eriksen

Eastern Star which has somewhat maligned in this column over the years proved itself so inviting that a large field showed up to play it for the second time in eight days. Simon Philbrook was obviously happy with the choice as he made it two Blue Flight victories on the week with a best on the day 41 points.

Don Peterson, a bridesmaid on Wednesday, took the whole A Flight enchilada with 38 points, edging Nick Payne by one and Arthur Hancock by two. Art, owed that final step to fine play and a favorable count back over the good Capt. Fogg. Chaten used the same 15th club, the count back, to better Kenny Graham, as did the Tin Man from Oz vis-?-vis Kevin Moraghan.


The Tailor of Pattaya cuts a dash

IPGC golf from The Haven

Monday September 5
Green Valley, Stableford

1st Takeshi Hakozaki, 40 pts
2nd Alan Hanlon, 37 pts
3rd Danny Miller, 36 pts
4th Alec Hoare, 35 pts

Green Valley on a Monday morning is always a tough proposition as the white tees get moved back to something sensible and allied to the basic weekend recovery mode that most golfers bodies experience good scores are hard to come by. No so for The Haven’s own “bloodhound”, Takeshi Hakozaki, who slipped in a very creditable four under to claim the first trophy of the week from the scarlet pimple, Alan Hanlon, on a short break from a secret life somewhere else. (What is all this about now? Ed) Who knows? Perhaps just more of the scribe’s ramblings.

Danny Miller just managed to edge Alec Hoare into fourth place with a well taken birdie on the last hole, to keep up his record of appearances in the winners circle.

In division one the two’s were won by Barry Traynor with the only success and similarly in the second division by Roy Thornton.

Wednesday 7
Crystal Bay, Stableford

1st Glynn Nicholas, 35 pts
2nd Roy Thornton, 34 pts
3rd Danny Miller, 33 pts

At least Magellan found something this week and it turned out to be a little of the old form that took him from a middling handicap to the dizzy heights of the first division contenders. With Crystal Bay proving to be as stern a test as has been encountered recently he did well to accumulate 35 points to head a field of some quality although surprisingly a little short on numbers considering the great deal being offered by the course management.

Roy Thornton showed a bit of his old style as he cruised round in an uneventful round which demonstrated that, without the distractions of the long club throwing event, he could be a contender again in the future.

Danny Miller, as usual was to be found plugging away with his 10 handicap and just captured third place ahead of a gaggle of nearly could haves.

There were no twos in the second division, whilst in the first, Barry Traynor, Takeshi Hakozaki, and Glyn Nicholas shared the pool with one each.

Prior to the prize giving Richard Livingston, the resident PGA Professional, welcomed back Barry Winton from a four week hibernation in the UK summer. With the subsequent loss of body fat consumed during his hibernation, Barry found it extremely difficult to acclimatize to an increase in temperature of around 30 degrees Fahrenheit as he wilted badly after nine holes and had to retire to the clubhouse for a couple of gallons of liquid refreshment.

Friday September 9
Phoenix, Strokeplay

1st Mashi Kaneta, net 71
2nd Glynn Nicholas, net 72
3rd Martin Hayes, net 73 - cb9 33
4th Barry Winton, net 73 - cb9 35

Mashi Kaneta took his first win for some considerable time when he slipped past Magellan on the last hole, taking a 5 against Glynns’ 7 when playing in the same group together. Some thought it was the pressure of concentrating too much over the direction each shot needed to be dispatched, that was the deciding factor in the end. In any event it was an additional reward for the tailor after spending many careful and loving hours letting out “The Docs” trousers, following the latter’s recent increase in lumpiness, not helped by hours spent in mindless torpidity as a couch potato.

Martin Hayes fired in a fantastic back nine to steal third place from the now almost recovered Barry Winton. Martin’s effort was the culmination of many hours spent at the driving range, which bears out the old adage my mum used to quote of “practice makes third, whilst sitting crossed legged and sewing makes first”.

There were no winners of the twos pool in the first division and Peter Johansson sank the only one in the second division to sweep the pot which include a carry over.

Before presenting the prizes Richard said a sad farewell to Danny Miller after a short visit which saw him appear on the winners’ podium three times without a noticeable change to his handicap which showed a remarkable consistency considering the terrible rigours to which he subjected his body during his evening wanderings around town.


Wet, wet, wet!

PSC golf with The Bunker

Khao Kheow Country Club - Monday September 5

Every golf event this week was hindered by the threat of rain, but for those who played the enjoyed pleasant overcast weather and wide-open golf courses. Monday’s play was a medal competition for the Bunker Boys and Geoff Parker scored a net 76 to take first place. Second place was John King with a score of 78 and David Johnson returned in third place with net 80. Near the pins were won by Eddie Martin, John Cook and Anthony Collins.

Noble Place –
Wednesday September 7

No one seems to worry about the long travel when it’s a game of golf at Noble Place. Two divisions playing a stableford competition. Paul Smith, just returning from England had lost no form as he scored 38 points to win division “A”. Geoff Parker and John Hughes tied for second with 36 points. In division “B” a nice surprise to see Dickie Barbe return with 38 points. B ryan Rought came second with 37. Duncan Lee finished third with 31 points. Near the pins were won by Roger Privett, Geoff Parker, Bryan Rought and Sonny Ruthsip.

Siam Country Club –
Friday September 9

Because of the heavy rains the night before, only a handful showed for golf at Siam Country Club. The course is under maintenance for the month so the scores were quiet high except for Bryan Rought scoring a net 68, while the next best finish was a 77 scored by Geoff Parker and David Johnson. No problems for the small group to find the greens, the near the pins were won by Bryan Rought, Geoff Parker, John King and David Johnson.

Golfer of The Month -
August 2005

Bob Turner held off a late charge by Mick Ramshaw to win his first Trophy. He started the month with a 22 handicap and finished the month with a handicap of 17. The final few games with the lower handicap made it quiet an interesting finish. Congratulations Bob!

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.


Pethig continues hot streak

IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at the OK Corral

The Pattaya Golf Society ignored advice from other quarters regarding the condition of Khao Kheow and played their weekly medal event there on Tuesday, September 6, under brooding skies.

The recent heavy rains had breathed new life into the “A” and “B” nines and the previously dry and hard fairways were now very receptive, with little run, and greens were slick. The two flights were decided by age, the young bucks, shoulders back and chests out, taking the challenge from the longer yellow tees whilst the more senior, perhaps saner, heads took off from the white tees. With the course playing long off the rear tees scores were not impressive. Indeed Chaten Patel took the day in the yellow flight with a net 79, followed not too closely by Len Jones and Paul Scully.

In the white flight older heads lent their experience to the competition and Barry Pethig, currently running hot, fired a fine net 76 to take the win, ahead of other “seniors” Denis Smith and Jim Wilson. It was his second successive victory and followed some fine performances recently. Birdie two’s were extinct on the racing greens and “Beethoven” Ken Graham even postponed his return to the Emerald Isle in order to contest the rollover at Crystal Bay two days later. The Booby Bevy ended up as a four-pack as one playing group began on the yellow tees but ended up playing off white and were sent to bed without any supper. Those who were allowed to stay up unanimously agreed that golf is always fun with the OK Corral and, as the day’s winner showed, age is no barrier with the PGS or on the golf course.

IPGC Golf at the OK Corral

On Thursday, September 8 the PGS from the OK Corral travelled to the exquisite Crystal Bay golf course to play their weekly stableford event under overcast skies. The “B” and “C” nines were well prepared and the greens were fast, ranking at a scale of 9.

Having returned only two days previously canny Scot John Cunningham showed that the long trip was no hindrance to his game as he posted a fine 33 points to take third place. Having started badly with only five points on the opening five holes Texan Jim Wilson found his pitching and putting form had reached another level as he took the back nine by the throat and wrenched a total of 36 points from the course for second place. The leader throughout was Bill Hewitt and birdying the hardest hole on the course, the “B” 7th, helped his card immensely as he posted an excellent total of 38 points to take a deserved victory. Bill’s birdie was one of seven on the day but, as none were achieved on par threes, the twos pot was kept under wraps for another day.

At the presentation Len Jones welcomed newbies Colin Watson and Ian Howe to golf in Pattaya and warmly congratulated Ian on his first round for twenty five years, and presented him with the Booby Bevy as a fitting memento for his laborious round. Crystal Bay had shone but Bill Hewitt had sparkled on a dull day.


An assorted week on the greens

Golf with The Caddy Shack

Tuesday September 6 of the golfers from The Caddy Shack travelled to Green Valley golf course to play a medal competition, the weather was very hot with not much wind. The course proved difficult due to earlier rainfall which left the approach and around the greens with watery patches. The group was divided into two divisions with the cut being set at 16 and under. In division two Nile Sheehan on net 80, Paul Smith and Rob Heath shared 1st place with a net 79 a piece.

Mike Allidi and Rob Heath with some of the The Caddy Shack staff.

Division one was a closer game with a three way tie for third shooting a net 75 was Mark Joshua, Jan Eriksen and Japanese golfer Mashi Kaneta. The winner was Mike Allidi with a net 74, The two,s was won on his own by another Japanese golfer  Koji Yamada who could not contain his delight and bought everyone a beer. Ex-superstars champion, Brian Jacks was a little late back to the Shack with one thing on his mind, knowing he had a chance of winning the Booby prize for spitting his dummy out on the 13th. His timing was perfect as he walked through the door Mr. Loy presented the dreaded bananas to him. The Lucky golfer to win the free Sunday lunch was Keith Taylor

Thursday September 8, the venue was Crystal Bay and the format was Stableford, the weather was a little breezy, the courses of B & C were selected, with the cut being 18 and under for tow divisions.

In Division two Andy Li scored a good 39 points, but way out in front to take 1st place was Peter White with a handicap cutting 42 points, well played Peter.

In Division one PJ scored 35 points but Roger Altham, playing off a four handicap, shot 37 points to take the win. He also managed to birdie two of the par three’s to make a clean sweep of the day. Very well played to Roger as this round is all most could only dream of.

The booby prize was awarded to David Lightfoot for his meagre 19 points and this is the other dream better known as a nightmare, so commiserations to David as we have all been there. To end David’s nightmare he was pulled out of the lucky draw to win the complimentary Sunday Lunch at the Caddy Shack.

The Caddy Shack is situated on the second part of Soi 17 on the same road to the Harley Bar. All players are welcomed to play so just turn up on a Tuesday or Thursday before 11a.m. for a midday tee off.


The Beautiful Game?: Straight A’s for England

Riz Taylor

Appalling. Abysmal. Awful. There are probably other words beginning with ‘A’ that describe England’s performance against Northern Ireland, but the three above are more than sufficient to get the job done.

It’s always easy to overreact, to start lampooning the manager and his choice of tactics or to blame lazy and overpaid players, but the fact is that sometimes David does take on Goliath and win. It’s why we love football, and also why the game is possibly the world’s most watched sport. Would Italy ever have a hope of beating New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup, for example?

The knives are being sharpened for the England manager Sven Goran Eriksson in the British press, though whether Sven has lost the support of his senior players or if he really does pander to every whim of David Beckham, congratulations are in order for Northern Ireland after their first home win over England since before World War Two. Their achievement ensures a nervy time for England if they’re to qualify for the World Cup, and the unexpected defeat means home wins in the remaining games over Austria and Poland are crucial.

If a week is a long time in politics, in football it can often constitute an eternity. England seemed on cruise control in the quest to reach Germany until Wednesday and now find themselves in deep and desperate trouble. It was also a week that will live long in the memory of Leeds United and Northern Ireland striker David Healy. Already his country’s record goal scorer, his winner at Windsor Park has assured his place in Ulster folklore. Back on his return to Leeds on Saturday he also netted two goals in a 3-3 draw with Brighton to cap an amazing four days.

“It was unbelievable,” said the elated striker after Northern Ireland’s win. “I got back to the hotel after the game and it hadn’t sunk in. “We haven’t beaten England here for 78 years and it’s an amazing feeling. There was so much that happened in the game last night and it was a dream come true for me.

“It’s the sort of thing you dream about when you are growing up. I’m a Northern Ireland lad and a Northern Ireland supporter, and I used to go to the international matches with my dad when I was a boy. There were people and kids at that game and it meant so much to them. It’s the dream of a lifetime.”

Scotland kept their slim hopes alive with a deserved 2-1 victory over Norway in Oslo thanks to two goals from Kenny Miller, whilst Thierry Henry’s superb winner for France in Dublin sees them leapfrog the Irish in Group 4. Sweden’s 1-0 win over Hungary raised them to the top of Group 8 after Croatia could only draw with Malta.

Silence Please

Moments before last Saturday’s Manchester United’s derby match with Manchester City, which ended in a 1-1 draw, a minute’s silence was held to honour the passing of Noel Cantwell. The Irishman was a former United full-back, scout for the Football Association and manager of his country, and passed away earlier last week.

It was unfortunate that, thanks to a lone voice from the City supporters, the United fans became agitated and the minute’s silence was sensibly cut short by the referee.

But I ask, is the one minute before a hotly-anticipated derby the smartest time to ask 67,800 people, many of which might have had a drink or two, to stand in contemplative silent thought for a man that more than 67,700 didn’t see play, let alone met or even knew?

Surely not. If crowds cannot be trusted to stay quiet it would far better to organise a moment’s thought and reflection well before the game or even afterwards in another area of the stadium.

As much as Cantwell’s achievements merited remembrance, the policy of mourning just about everybody connected with the game via this process seems a little out of date. And if one moron can ruin the moment for all concerned then perhaps it’s time a new method of remembering the dead was found.

Clash of the Big C’s

This weekend sees Manchester United take on Liverpool (Sunday, 6 p.m. Pattaya) in one of the most eagerly anticipated matches of the season. Liverpool will desperate to assert themselves on the road after attaining the league’s fourth worst away record last season, and must improve on last Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Tottenham.

As important as that match is, the biggest tie in terms of Premiership position comes tomorrow evening when the league champions Chelsea take on second placed Charlton Athletic. Alan Curbishley celebrated his 600th game in charge of the Addicks with a win over Birmingham City last week. The winner was scored by Darren Bent – his fifth goal in four matches.

With 600 games comes a wealth of experience, and having seen his Charlton side falter over the final stages of recent seasons, Curbishley was mindful over over-confidence ahead of tomorrow’s match.

“It is a long season, as we have found out on many occasions. We will enjoy this and there will be a bit of atmosphere next week,” he said. “”In the last three games we’ve been given lots of praise and plaudits about the way we played. Birmingham have obviously seen that. They worked ever so hard against us today, stopped it a bit and got on top of us.”

Bent’s goal and some resolute defending of the lead meant Charlton maintained their 100% Premiership record. The game at The Valley kicks off at 9pm Pattaya time on Saturday evening.


Looking ahead to Motegi

Grand Prix of Japan

MotoGP – On Sunday September 18, the MotoGP season starts its flyaway tour out of Europe when the event is staged at Motegi, Japan weeks). Live TV broadcasts will be at the unusual time of 12 noon on the day, both UBC and the Thai Society Channel (TSC Channel 11 on Sophon) are expected to carry the event.

The Japanese Grand Prix circuit was built by Honda, as one of two test tracks, in 1997 and modified further in 1999. The track is 15 metres wide as normal and 4.801 km in length with the longest straight being 762 metres. There are six left and eight right hand corners, expect to see lots of overtaking.

Since KTM withdrew their engine support from Proton; Kenny Robert’s team have now announced their non-attendance at all of the “away” MotoGPs and will only contest the last one of the season, in November at Valencia, Spain.

Motegi, in Honda’s backyard as it were, will be flooded with one-off wild card entries by Honda. Will there be a “Kamikaze” pilot dedicated to taking out Rossi before he seals the world championship for Yamaha again? More than likely!

For the younger readers who only know of Honda’s recent domination in the premier series here are a few facts regarding Yamaha’s history in this event. The Yamaha factory was founded on July 1 1955, two weeks after this their 125 two-strokes won their first race. Their GP debut was at Clemont Ferrand, France in May 1961 in the smaller capacity classes where they enjoyed many successes after 1963 with Japanese riders before the redoubtable Phil Read joined them for 1964 to ride a 250. Read won both the 125 and 250 titles in 1968 when Yamaha withdrew from the GP scene due to spiralling costs with the outrageous technical innovation taking place in the late 60s.

Yamaha’s glorious record in the premier class began with Jarno Saarinen and Giacomo Aogstini and in 1975, just two years after entering biking’s toughest arena, Yamaha became the first Japanese marque to win the 500 World Championship. Tragically, after winning some early races in 1973 Saarinen was killed in a multiple pile-up in the 350GP in Italy in May 1973. Agostini joined Yamaha in 1974 and won two races that year and the the 500GP title in 1975 on the OW26.

Kenny Roberts won the 1978, ‘79 and ‘80 world title in the premier class for Yamaha and went on to win a further ten GPs over the next three seasons, when he only narrowly missed winning more world titles. King Kenny raced the factory’s first 500 V4 in 1982, the forerunner of the YZRs that would take Eddie Lawson and Wayne Rainey to six 500 titles.

Eddie Lawson inherited King Kenny Roberts’ mantle for spearheading Yamaha’s 500 World Championship squad. He was a quick learner, winning the title in only his second 500 season, in 1984, and again in 1986 and 1988. His prime rival at that time was Honda’s Freddie Spencer – the cool Californian versus the God-fearing boy from Louisiana.

During his first five seasons in GPs Lawson won 26 GP victories, all the while there were important technological improvements to Yamaha’s YZR500. These included the introduction of reed-valve induction (used for the first time on a Yamaha V4) and the Deltabox twin beam aluminium chassis required to handle the rapidly spiralling power outputs.

Wayne Rainey and Yamaha ruled bike racing’s premier class during one of its most intensely competitive eras star and his YZR500 won the 1990, 1991 and 1992 500 World Championships against white-hot competition, defeating legends like Mick Doohan, Kevin Schwantz, Eddie Lawson, Wayne Gardner and John Kocinski.

At the same time Rainey ushered in GP racing’s modern era, taking commitment, professionalism and riding technique to new levels. The YZR was at the cutting edge of racing technology – a 170 horsepower, 130kg two-stroke V4 with Deltabox aluminium chassis that could nudge 321kmh/200mph. Team Roberts Yamaha had a relentless enthusiasm for introducing new technology, so Rainey’s outfit was the first to make serious use of data-logging, carbon brakes and so-called ‘upside-down’ front forks. Rainey raced his entire GP career with Yamaha, winning 24 500 GPs between 1988 and late 1993, when an accident left him paralysed from the chest down.

So, Rossi has taken up the Yamaha banner and Honda have girded their loins to challenge, thusfar without significant success. While the fat lady has yet to sing on Rossi as 2005 champion there are sure to be some exciting races left even after the championship is won. Look out for those wild-cards at Motegi Valentino, one at least will be gunning for you!


The Square Ring

by Howie Reed

Those reading this effort in the pages of the Pattaya Mail know that they live in a “different” type of place. They know it’s not the Siam of Yul Brenner but still mysterious, intriguing and most of all interesting. As the Pattaya Mail turned 12 years old it has become a part of a culture that has drawn people from all over the world and beyond. From the pages of last weeks Mail: “A woman who allegedly died six months ago and was cremated has returned to her home, causing panic amongst her neighbors who thought she must be a ghost.” Well I guess. I rest my case.

It’s difficult at times covering the international manly art of boxing in the ‘Land of Pole hangers’ and Baht Bus drivers because one must remember at all times that “This It Thailand.” A major part of the Siam Charm is that fact. “There is the rest of the world and then there’s Thailand.” “There’s a right way, a wrong way and the Thai way.” Thailand has some very good international boxers who never get the recognition or financial respect they deserve. For the most part they will never reach their true potential because “This Is Thailand.” Case in point is 1 WBA ranked lightweight Prawet Singwancha. (26-2). His two losses came early in his career when young fighters are going to school. He learned! Singwancha was to have been in the ring today against Ebo Elder (22-1) in a WBA Lightweight title eliminator. Instead Lakva Sim (20-4) got the call. Why? The short answer is This It Thailand. The winner would fight Juan Diaz for the title. “Representatives of #1 WBA ranked lightweight Prawet Singwancha have alleged that the Thai boxer was wrongfully denied a spot in a WBA lightweight title-elimination bout against #5 WBA contender Ebo Elder on a card that will be promoted by Guilty Boxing on September 16th. “Unfortunately these “representatives” give no reason that they and their boxer have been wrong.

Guilty boxing stepped in with a lot of straight talk. “Of course, Guilty Boxing wanted and intended to have Prawet fight in the title-elimination bout. But what was unfortunate was his representatives’ demand that Prawet’s camp be granted six visas to come to the United States. Guilty Boxing told them repeatedly that six was probably too many visas to expect to be issued in time for the September 16th bout, and that four would be a more realistic a doable number. Regretfully, Prawet’s representatives would not budge off six visas, and we know what the result of that was; all six visas were denied, thus,” Not my fault. This Is Thailand.

Hope your memory cap’s in place so you’ll remember that it wasn’t too long ago when all the world was breathlessly talking about Ricky Hatton vs. Floyd Mayweather jr. That I wrote, “Not so fast my friend.” Well the first shoe has dropped which may prevent that fight anytime soon. Seems Hatton and long time promoter Frank Warren are having a slight disagreement. Warren claims that Sports Network, which he owns, has Hatton under contract for three more fights. Hatton’s dad, Ray, say’s “Bullstuff. Ricky is a free agent and I challenge Warren to produce a signed contract.” Rumor has Hatton signing on the dotted line with promoter Dennis Hobson. Hmm.

Lots of box fighting last week so fasten your seats belts and let’s go around the boxing world in 500 words of less. Last Friday night in Sheffield Arena Clinton Woods (37-3) defended the IBF Light Heavy title against Julio Gonzalez (38-2) with the easiest type of unanimous decision. Easy? 118-112, 117-112, 116-112 is easy for a title defense. Now let’s see if Joe Calzaghe, who fought the following evening at the National Ice Arena in Cardiff, would have his stroll in the park against unknown and over matched Evans Ashira now 24-2. It was easy as Calzaghe won every round on every card. That’s a shut out. Prior to Calzaghe’s defense he said that he wasn’t even thinking about the upcoming “Super” fight with Jeff Lacy. That’s good because he injured his hand so the November showdown is out. According to Warren, “Calgazhe is never going to be ready for that so we’ll try to rearrange it for next year... It is a great shame. We’ll do the fight early next year, maybe February.” Lacy’s promoter Gary Shaw says if Calgazhe wants the fight now it’ll be in the USA. We will see.

As I wrote that we’d go round the boxing world I guess I have to mention that former WBA super middleweight world champion Anthony Mundine (24-3) “scored a sixth round TKO over blown up junior middleweight Rashid “Snake Boy “Matumla (30-8-1)” in Canberra. The carnage was stopped by referee Charlie Lucas 36 seconds into the 6th stanza. Yes he did. Some yank reporter wrote that when Robbie Peden won the IBF Feather title in February of this year he, “is the first Aboriginal world champion since lightweight and bantamweight champ Lionel Ross in the 1960s and 1970s”. Wrong Bucko. Anthony Mundine, who is a full Aboriginal as opposed to Peden’s half, won a world crown in June of 2004. Which on most calendar’s is before February of 2005. Peden fights Marco Antonio Barerra on Sunday in Las Vegas. The Bomber will needs lots of help against the “Baby Faced Assin.” Peden only half Aboriginal? What is the other half? His Dad was Scottish. Must have been a social climber.

The Cr่eme de la Cr่eme for the weekend was going to be from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It was Manny Pacquiao (now 40-3-2) opened the TV portion of the show with a 6 round TKO of gritty Hector Velazquez (42-11-2). Fighting at 130 is was apparent that maybe “The Pac Man” should consider going back to 126 where his power and speed can dominate. That was even more apparent when Erik Morales, who beat Pacquaio last out, got out hustled, out boxed and out fought by former US Olympian slickster Zahir Raheem. Morales had said after he beat Pacquaio that he needed a challenge feeling that fighting at 135 would provide that opportunity. Bad idea! Not only did Morales suffer only his third loss from 51 fights but a rematch with Pacquaio is probably not in the cards. As a tune up for Pacquiao this was not a good plan. As HBO’s Larry Merchant remarked on the showing of Raheem, “Sometimes the meat jumps off the counter and attacks the butcher.” Good guy Wayne “The Pocket Rocket” McCullough is finally getting the recognition that he so richly deserves. The World Boxing Council has named Wayne “World Ambassador for Peace and Good will in Sports.” Part of the proclamation reads, “In view that Wayne McCullough has been not only one of the most courageous fighters and honoring his Irish blood - but also an extraordinary example in his private life.” That ladies and gentleman, boys and girls about says it all. In a statement released by his wife Cheryl (who does the reading and writing for the family) Wayne said, “”For the first time in my life, I was knocked off my feet when I received the news from the WBC. I always wanted to be remembered not only for my boxing ability but also for my clean living, honesty, integrity and dedication to the sport.” Drink to that? In a heartbeat bucko. Set’em up Joe…


Bandit Bob Benda busted for Ban Chang brilliance

PSC McAllister’s Golf

September 9 - Hot off the press is news that the PSC handicap police in the Golf Section have finally caught up with the exploits of Bob Benda, whacking him with a sharp adjustment after another sizzling round at Century Ban Chang last Friday. Coming in with 42 stableford points he beat out three players all of whom had 40 points. Second on countback was Bob Lawrence, with Terry Curtis and Ian Warwick taking out third and fourth places.

Winner Bob Benda, place winners Bob Lawrence, Terry Curtis and Ian Warwick back at McAllisters joined by one of Don’s attentive staff.

A total of 22 golfers turned out for this regular Friday event held always at Century Ban Chang, a good number considering that there were other events taking place on that day in the Ban Chang area. We are told that the golfers proceeded in an orderly manner back to McAllister Bar & Grill where they were welcomed by host Don McAllister, availed themselves of the complimentary buffet and Don’s attentive staff, and listened to a short and snappy prize-giving presentation by organizer Dennis Willett.

Then all hell broke loose as a busload of 27 parched golfers from the Coral Beach Tournament playing at Eastern Star descended on McAllister’s. By the time that your reporter arrived on the chaotic scene, he found Coral Beach organizer Mike Hudson on his mobile frantically trying to get his entourage back on the bus with limited success. In the end there were no casualties, except perhaps for Tony Shackel who was left slightly disfigured (some would say enhanced) by an altercation later in the night with a door in Gerry Carpenter’s house in which he was billeted.

Another great day. All are welcome to turn up at Century Banchang between 7:30 and 8:00 on Fridays and you are sure of a game with a very friendly group of golfers, and the after-game festivities.



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