Windsurfing Association eyes Doha gold as team selection continues with Chang Cup
The selection process for the Thai Windsurfing team for the upcoming 15th
Asian Games in Doha, Qatar continued last weekend as the second leg of The
Chang Light Pattaya Windsurfing Cup 2006 was held off Jomtien Beach.
Homraroen winner of the Imgo Lightweight class at the Chang Light
Windsurfing Cup 2006. Aran has also been selected to compete for his country
in the 15th Asian Games in Doha, Qatar later this year.
The second round of the national championships and selection process was
held in conjunction with the Thai Windsurfing Association and the Thai
Beverage Marketing Company Limited for the games scheduled later this year.
Competitors in three classes took to the water, vying for their own spot on
the national team and also to accumulate points towards the national
In the Youth Imgo class it was Songkram Singsart who took line honors with
Phanuthat Ruamsap, winner of the Imgo Heavyweight group. The lightweight
class saw veteran Aran Homraroen cross the line first to secure his place on
the national windsurfing team. Several place getters will also come into
consideration for the national team for the Doha games.
Pattana Boonsawat, Windsurfing Association secretary told reporter, “Today’s
competition is the second round of 4 in this series. We are using this event
to help with the selection process and will continue to do so with the next
events until the association finalizes the national team based on fitness
and skill levels to enable Thailand to bring home some medals from the
Pattana added that the Thai team will face tough competition in Doha but was
hopeful of success, particular from the likes of Aran Homraroen, who has
been at the top of Thai windsurfing for quite a number of years.
“My fitness is good and I feel ready to compete,” said Aran, “I’m confident
that I can bring back gold from Doha.”
Pattaya bowlers ‘striking’ out for scholarship fundraiser
Nicolas Demet (far right),
former President of the Pattaya Marina Rotary Club presents the winning
prize to the Mata Hari team.
June 24 at the P.S. Bowl, the Pattaya Marina Rotary Club organised a
charity 10 pin bowling event as a fund raiser to provide scholarships for
Thai children all around the country
Altogether 27 teams, from the Pattaya area took part in the event and the
competition was divided into both ‘Team’ and ‘Individual’ categories.
Dr. Olivier Meyer, President of The Pattaya Marina Rotary Club said that
this event was the first of its kind to be arranged by his organization,
with the main purpose being to raise funds to support scholarships for
underprivileged Thai children. Resources will also be directed to a ‘Lunch
Project’ for children in different areas of Thailand and some of the income
will be sent to support victims of the 2004 Tsunami.
The Pattaya Marina Rotary Club plans to hold this charity-bowling event
annually to raise income to continuously support worthwhile causes.
On the playing side, the following teams and individuals emerged victorious.
The team event was won by Mata Hari with a team score of 2,125; in second
was The Dr. Olivier Team with a score of 2,108, and the third place team was
the Mr. Carlos Team with a score of 2,099. Receiving the booby prize was the
unfortunate Y.W.C.A. Team.
At the individual level the Singles Men’s event winner was Wisut Wangweng
from The Pattaya Rotary Club with a score of 276, and the Women’s title went
to Chanyaporn Sornnuwat from the aforementioned Y.W.C.A. Team with a score
of 273. The Singles Men’s 3 game total high score went to Tanong Laddawan
from The Law Office with a score of 762, and the Single Women’s prize in the
same category was received by Supaporn Champa from the Ten Pins Team with a
score of 740.
Twenty seven teams took part in the inaugural
Pattaya Marina Rotary Club Charity Bowl.
Childs play at Khao Kheow
Peacock Place Golf Society.
Monday, June 26 Plutaluang - 4-ball B/B
Monday saw the team heading for the Plutaluang Golf course thinking we were
in for a very wet time as it had rained all night and was still raining at 8
30am. As it turned out the day was beautiful and apart from a few fairways
the course was remarkably dry.
We decided a 4-ball better ball was the order of the day and the winners
were Mark Joshua and Phil Smith tied with Bob Philp and Jeff McLaury. The
“twos” pot was shared between Marty Allred, Jeff McLaury, Graham Hiskett,
and Bob Philp who had 2. Because it was a roll over, the pot was 1950 baht
so it was a worthwhile win. We all adjourned back to the Peacock for drinks
and nibbles put on by Dao and her beautiful girls.
Thursday, June 29, Khao Kheow - Stroke
After breakfast at the Peacock we headed for Khao Kheow for a
stroke round. The course was beautiful as usual apart from some of the
greens, which looked as though they had had a bad reaction from something or
other and were very hard to putt on. Anyway we all had a great day, and the
event was won with a net 73 by Dave Childs. In second was the captain with
76 and elsewhere there was some very high score’s with some in the 80’s.
Dave Mawford won the free beer with a net 85 and he was pushed all the way
by some of the field
Anybody interested in playing can contact the Peacock or just turn up by 9am
for breakast. See you all Soon.
Organizers aim for problems-free marathon
All organizers of this year’s
marathon attended the important meeting which was chaired by Pattaya Deputy
Mayor, Wattana Chantanawaranon.
Nothing is being left to chance with this year’s Pattaya Marathon, to be
held on Sunday July 16, with the organizers determined every detail will be
minutely planned to avoid the kind of problems that drew intense criticism
Deputy Mayor Wattana Chantanawaranon chaired a meeting at city hall on June
28 where final plans were checked over with great care and further backup
plans created to prepare for any eventuality.
The deputy mayor was informed that all safety issues had been addressed and
the placing agreed for the water stops provided by volunteer rescue
organizations. Additional police would be on standby to stop traffic during
the event for the runners’ safety. Further meetings with medical support
units are yet to be held.
Organizers are frantically planning every detail to avoid the mistakes made
last year and to ensure all participants are taken care of, and that there
is plenty of support should someone get into difficulties.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand has handled much of the public relations
for international and local participants with a major press conference held
on July 4 at the TAT head office.
Wattana announced that the welcome dinner on July 15 would be open for all
athletes, unlike previous years where only international runners were privy
to the meal.
Choppy seas can’t stop ‘Chris the Fish’
Catch of the day at Tropical Bert’s
Sunday, July 2 and with the weather unsettled, we decided
to forgo the fishing for Saturday, and so on Sunday off we went hoping the
sea would be better.
plucky fisher folk hold up their catch
Leaving Bang Sarae, we discovered that the sea was pretty choppy, and it
soon became apparent that the captain was going to go outside the islands
into the deeper waters. Yes it was rough, with the boat rocking the worst
way, from side to side, and slapping down on the water.
The captain, however, was after the ‘Big Uns’, despite the rise and fall of
the seas. That the big fish were out there in the deep water was soon proved
when we got one hooked early on, only to lose it when the fish bit through
Riding the heavy swells can be really tiring, so it was nice when we finally
got another big fish on the line and Chris took over on the rod. After what
Chris described as his hardest fight ever, he finally landed a Shovel Nose
Ray of fair size. Shortly after this we landed what we were there for, a
It was time to get out of the rough seas, so in we went to spend a few hours
catching the small fish the ladies so like, and then into harbour for an
Roger Rabbit runs again!
Those of you who intend to either watch or compete in this year’s
Pattaya Marathon, July 16 may be surprised to see a pink rabbit milling
around at the start line or shuffling out somewhere along the course. If
you do, don’t be alarmed. You don’t need to get your eyes checked or
contemplate giving up the occasional drop of the ‘hard stuff’. You see
the pink rabbit is actually an alter ego of sorts for a ‘retired’ London
cabbie who goes by the name of Del McCarrick.
Rabbit talks with Paul Strachan of PMTV on a recent trip down to the
Anyone who competed at last year’s race will remember that Del completed
the half marathon dressed as ‘Roger Rabbit’ and his efforts went to
raising funds for leukemia research. Well this year Del is back and he’s
running the half marathon again, but this time around he hopes to raise
money for some local beneficiaries, the 55 kids at Ban Jing Jai.
Del’s efforts are all the more remarkable when you consider that this
year he turned 71 years of age. He has run all but 4 of the London
Marathons since its inception in 1981 and has also crossed both blazing
deserts and the chilly streets of New York and Boston in the quest to
raise money for charity.
‘Rabbit’ teams up with ex-BBC Radio 1 stalwart Jimmy Saville during the
BUPA Great North Run in Newcastle, England.
After his first London marathon, which he completed in seven and half
hours dressed as a duck and which he described as “absolutely horrible”,
he decided to return the following year resplendent in his new, hand
made “Roger Rabbit” outfit ... and the character has stuck with him ever
Altogether, Del estimates his runs have raised well in excess of 170,000
pounds (Bt.12 million) for various good causes and he is banking on the
generosity of Pattaya residents to help him provide some money to
facilitate dental and health care for the Ban Jing Jai children. Anyone
who would like to support both Del’s efforts and this worthwhile
charitable cause can contact Helle Rantsén of the Pattaya International
Ladies Club on 01 63 68 165 or Email helle. [email protected] to
find out how you can make a donation.
Del, center foreground hopes to raise
some funds this year to help the children of Ban Jing Jai
Ben Finden’s ‘43’ is good enough
JIGS Summer Singles 2006
Jameson’s International Golf Society held the second of its four 2006
tournaments at Eastern Star on Friday June 30. Early rain did not deter
an elite field representative of Pattaya golf and ready for the
challenge of this Robert Trent Jones Jnr. championship golf course.
quarters of a ‘Dream Team’ four-ball get set to tee it up.
Following recent essential maintenance work the course was in fine condition
and, after the early rain, it was only the wind that got in the way. The
management and staff were as helpful and friendly as ever. Jameson’s Khun
Moo was charming at registration and Wayne Ognoski did his computer act to
produce the results.
No problem for 18 handicap Ben Finden as he carded 43 Stableford points to
take the winners trophy. Khun Suriporn, who scored 40 points, was best of
the ladies and took runner-up spot. Andreas Grunenberg was just a stroke
behind with 39 points taking third spot on the podium. Jeff McLaury and
Terry Schofield both had 38 points resulting in a count-back for the 3rd
runner-up trophy. Jeff won the back nine count with 22 points to Terry’s 18
points. Due thanks to Terry Schofield, North Shore Real Estate, for
sponsoring the trophies.
winner Ben Findon, left, receives his prize from Mike Franklin
Jack Moseley won the Men’s low gross prize with a gross 80, while Saranya
Chayanont was lowest of the ladies with gross 89.
Near Pins were claimed by Khun Prakong, Neil Sandilands, Rick Smith and Mam
Trayling. Mam’s tee shot on # 3 stopped just 9.5" from the pin, causing a
sigh of relief from husband Ed who had conveniently forgotten to bring his
wallet with him. Something about having locked it in the safe for extra
security. Four long putts were on offer and duly sunk by Perry McNeely, Rick
Smith, Harry Riley and Simon Philbrook.
Perry also won the men’s long drive, while Saranya Chaiyanont boomed it for
the ladies. Tai Kennedy put it nearest to the keg on #12 winning 40, or so,
pints of Heineken.
The landlord in the familiar guise of Kim Fletcher had an appalling round
and was, therefore, awarded the Lowest Stableford points prize cocktail -
number of points undisclosed to protect an otherwise unsullied reputation on
The tournament entry fee of 500 baht included a Jameson’s Carvery and a free
Irish coffee, both being well taken up by the players as well as the silly
Heineken ‘Happy Hour’ prices. The prize-giving concluded with a scorecard
draw featuring finally a ‘Free Jameson’s Carvery Every Week for a Year’ won
by Harry Riley
A good finish to a good day.
Unfortunately nobody was able to correctly answer all 3 questions for
last week’s quiz. Thanks to all who tried and in case you were wondering
about the answers, here they are:
1) Theoretically, what is the maximum score you can achieve through one
shot in a game of snooker?
Answer: 16 -a free ball plus all 15 reds. (Ed note: This feat is
almost physically impossible, as you would need to hit the ball with the
strength of Superman and then enjoy the luck of the Devil)
2) Who is the only player to score for 2 different nations in 2 separate
World Cup finals tournaments?
Answer: Robert Prosinecki (Yugoslavia 1990 and Croatia 1998)
3) Which player recorded the first ‘live’ televised perfect 9-dart
Answer: Shaun Greatbatch at the 2002 Dutch Open. John Lowe
achieved the first televised one but it was not shown ‘live’.
This weeks Questions are:
1) Which American basketball team has won the most NBA
2) Which team holds the record for the most Formula 1 Constructors World
3) How many countries have played host to the FIFA World Cup finals?
Dene goes ‘hearless’ to win with Wireless
IPGC golf from Lewiinski’s
Sunday, June 25,
Green Valley White Tees - Stableford
1st Jim Brackett, 41 points
2nd Roy Thornton, 38 points
3rd Jeremy Masse, 38 points
1st Mike Shrosbree, 38 points
2nd Dave Porter, 36 points
3rd Don Lehmer, 35 points
1st Chris Poggetti, 40 points
2nd John Ginnane, 38 points
3rd Jez Lees, 38 points
Near Pins: #2 - Seamus Cotter; #9 - Dene Airey; #16 - John Pegrum
2’s: Roy Thornton, Jeremy Masse (2), Brian Wilkinson; J.J. Wright; Seamus
Cotter; Emiel Van de Wiele
Jim Brackett, a micro-economy with the town’s working staff, was the MoM
instead of his usual status of MoS (“..the Soi) with an exemplary 41 points
off his rather miserly 7 handicap. The supporting gross 74 was also best on
the day. Roy Thornton (MBE), who was to claim limited notoriety by week’s
end bettered the Masse Shot via count back to take the #2 slot in the
Chris Foggetti, part of the Rear French Guard (Hey! Maybe they let Italians
in!) bettered the junior circuit with a fine 40 points, two more than the
duet of Johnny Ginnane and The Principal. The low profile Mr.Ginnane had the
better of the math.
Micheal Shrosbree, Esq.cleared Dave Porter by a pair in the Klang Flight
with his even to Standard Scratch 38 points. The Lady’s Man edged Capt. J.J.
and our Title Guy via the order of the day, the count back.
Tuesday June 27,
Khao Kheow A & C Yellow Tees - Stableford
1st Gareth Gill, 38 points
2nd Don Lehmer, 36 points
3rd Dave Porter, 36 points
2’s: Don Lehmer, Pierre Bietry, Peter Hynard (2)
With a gang of 20+ off to Soi Dao for the middle of the week, a small, but
quality, and spirited, field took on Pete Dye’s local design. Big Gareth
Gill had the top notch in the one flight day, with The Lady’s Man reversing
Sunday’s standings on The Valet’s Best Friend for the remaining two slots.
In a calm week, such as this was, The Scribe is able to accentuate the more
sublime anecdotes of each competition, and in this case the light shone on
Peter Hynard who had two “2’s” and then had only 28 points. Apparently he
had two holes “that keep you coming back” and sixteen holes “that make you
want to sell your equipment”.
Wednesday, June 28,
Eastern Star White Tees - 2-person Scramble Stroke/Medal
1st Mikael Anderson & David Stockman, net 61.8
2nd Dene Airey & Brian Wilkinson, net 63.5
A couple of Ban Chang bandits in the persons of friends Mikael Anderson and
Dave Stockman rode off with the day’s loot with a 61.8. That bettered the
title-referenced duo of Deaf Dene and Wireless. Now there is no medical
evidence of Dene’s auditory impairment, but how else do you explain making
it through a round with Brian as your teammate. (You know we love you
Wireless! After all, you are “Our Wireless!”)
Friday June 30,
Burpaha A & B White Tees - Stableford
1st Dene Airey, 38 points
2nd John Emmerson, 37 points
3rd Larry Watson, 37 points
2’s: Roy Thornton (3), John Hillier, Vic Hester
Soi Dao and forty days and forty nights of rain both contributed to a quiet
week as another one flight field took on the American Wood and British Link
nines. Dene, now able to take the cotton wool out, showed the field his
heels with 38 points. That left the GM having to work the pencil to edge
Irish Larry Watson.
I mentioned that Roy Thornton’s had a run at immortality. Roy amassed three
(2’s) for what this Scribe believes is the first time in Society history,
only to finish out of the Place money.
Wet, Wet, Wet!
IPGC golf from The Haven
Monday, June 26,
Green Valley - Stableford
1st Russell Exley, 38
2nd Yasuo Suzuki, 33
3rd Fred Land, 31 c/b9 15 c/b6 11
4th Trevor Schirmer, 31 c/b9 15 c/b6 10
It takes an act of real faith to leave the comfort of a nice cup of tea and
toast, (made with bread straight from the oven), when the wind is howling
and the rain is lashing down so much that just getting to the cars in the
car park was a recipe for a total drenching. But it all turned out well for
those that took the plunge, in some cases literally, and traveled to what
proved to be an area of beautiful and tranquil weather at Green Valley.
The playing conditions were a little difficult, with no run on extremely wet
fairways, and the scores reflected the problem with only Russell Exley able
to play better than his handicap. Indeed the day turned out to be
non-counting for going up and with the CSS moving up three strokes Russell
took a rather larger cut in his handicap than he was expecting.
Yasuo Suzuki had the consolation of second place after he missed out on his
primary objective for the day. Fred Land just pipped Trevor Schirmer on
count back for third place.
There were no “twos” in the second division and Brian Henderson slotted in
the only one in the first division.
Before presenting the prizes Richard Livingston, the resident PGA teaching
professional, welcomed new members Brian Henderson, Michael Hill, Patrick
Scullion and John Wilson and also welcomed back as foretold in last weeks
report, Yasuo Suzuki, who after reading the Pattaya Mail on line, traveled
from Japan in a vain search for the end of the rainbow in the form of the
1st division “twos”. Micky Moore was unable to get a flight back from
England to compete in the second division but now says it is almost better
to be in London working on the Olympics construction, but added that he will
be watching developments closely and may change his mind if the pot
continues to grow.
Wednesday, June 28,
Khao Kheow - Monthly Medal
1st Al Rolnik, 72
2nd Barry Traynor, 77
3rd Serge Straeten, 80
1st Daniel Lalande, 77
2nd Dave Spendley, 78
3rd Tom McCarthy, 81
Once again the hopefuls left The Haven in very rainy conditions but after
the good result on the previous outing confidence was high that play would
be possible. It was indeed but playing from the yellow tees on an extremely
damp track makes for a very long and difficult day under medal conditions,
and again the CSS moved up but this time only by two to 74.
Al Rolnik was the only player to equal his handicap as he cruised in five
ahead of the nearest challenger who turned out to be Barry Traynor, making
an infrequent visit after opening his new beauty salon, with Serge Straeten
another three shots back in third.
Daniel Lalande was quite surprised to find himself being presented with the
second division honours with a disappointing five over but it was still good
enough to see off Dave Spendley and Tom McCarthy, who finished second and
Once again there were no “twos” in the second division but Rodney Nabbe had
the only one in the first division to sweep the pool. Unfortunately it was
just a day too late.
Prior to the prize giving Richard welcomed back Dave Spendley who is making
a flying visit to see what his contractor hasn’t done on his new home in the
last few weeks.
Friday, June 30,
Phoenix - Stableford
1st Barry Winton, 38
2nd Rodney Nabbe, 36
3rd Tom McCarthy, 34 c/b9 18 c/b6 13
4th Trevor Schirmer, 34 c/b9 18 c/b6 12
5th Randy Haupt, 34 c/b9 17
The final tournament of the week was a last chance to practice in
competition before the upcoming Independence Day, due to be played over the
same course on the following Tuesday.
Again there was zero roll to be found as the course played every inch of its
distance and maybe a few more and it was quite an achievement for Barry
Winton to get it round in two over gross as he continues to build towards
the upcoming Club Championship.
Rodney Nabbe also had a very commendable round to equal par and take second
place ahead of Tom McCarthy, the latter collecting his second podium placing
of the week, both achieved without troubling the handicappers.
Rand Haupt also took another podium placing and again it was with a score
that usually would not be in contention at Phoenix, but with the conditions
as hard as they were, just getting around was no small victory in the end.
So at the end of a week when all the competitions had been played under very
difficult conditions necessitating the implementation of lift clean and
place local rules, it was gratifying to have been able to play three times
against all the indications to the contrary.
Back at The Haven Richard welcomed back John Desmond, Gary Bingham and Ken
Once again there were no “twos” in the second division whilst Barry Winton
scored the only one in the first division and went very close with three
A three-way tie at Emerald
IPGC golf from The Caddy Shack
Thursday June 29 saw the Caddy Shack golfers take a trip
to the ever popular Emerald Golf Course in Ban Chang. We found the layout to
still be in a state of ongoing repairs and this resulted in us employing a
‘pick and place’ rule on the fairways for the day’s event. Possibly next
time we play there we will advise all the golfers to take along their own
piece of grass.
There were three joint winners; Brian Jacks, Nile Sheehan and Don Francis,
all firing 32 stableford points. The “twos” were won outright by Al McGrory
and the ‘Bananas’ were awarded to Brian Clarke for his 21 points.
Triple Crown at Bangpra
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at the OK Corral
The Pattaya Golf Society shrugged of the effects of late
night football and visited beautiful Bangpra International Golf Club on
Tuesday, June 27 for their weekly medal event. The course was found to be
damp after heavy rains but in otherwise excellent condition, with the
exception of the bunkers.
June’s Player of the Month, David Thomas, right, is congratulated by Mr. Denis
With the course playing long it was anticipated that the lower handicappers
in the field would hold all the aces. Even the legendary monkeys were
keeping their heads down however, as the first group returned to the
clubhouse bearing nothing better than a net 78 and it was only later that
the better cards arrived.
Aussie Stuart Thompson, manfully overcoming his disappointment at the
previous evening’s football, posted a net 75 to join playing partner Dave
Thomas at the top of the leader board and two groups later another fine card
was returned as Ben Findon, playing the course for the second consecutive
day, found that local knowledge worked to his advantage in also posting 75.
Stuart and the returning Yasuo Suzuki shared the “two’s” pot for their
excellent efforts on the immaculate par-three eighth and those at the
presentation found great amusement in the “ball-by-ball” description of one
of Carl Lovatt’s holes as he savoured the ‘Booby Bevy’ with his customary
good humour and infectious smile. The golf had again been enjoyable and
after that it was back to the football!
Findon & McCarthy tops at Burapha
On Thursday it was the turn of Burapha Golf Club to host the
Pattaya Golf Society for its weekly stableford event, this time over the
picturesque and shorter “A” and “B” nines. As usual the golfers resorted to
the longer blue tees and found that these were placed at their furthest
extent, thereby making the exquisitely well manicured course a tough
challenge on a cloudy and humid day.
The two flights were cut at nineteen and under and in division two “newbie”
Ray Underwood nailed his first podium place with the PGS with a hard won 29
stableford points. He was pipped for second by Len Jones’ 30 points but was
a long way behind the flight winner, Tom McCarthy, playing his first PGC
round for a year, on this, his annual holiday from teaching in Florida. His
37 points signalled his arrival in style.
A quality division one field had Stuart Thompson in third place with 31
points, Harry Riley in second with 34 points and Ben Findon taking the
honours with an excellent 38 points to conform his current status as a
player very much in form.
There were no winners of the “twos” pot and amongst the “also rans” there
were a clutch of players vying for the ‘Booby Bevy’ but it found its way
into the hands of Andy Haycox whose points score marked the low point of his
PGS career so far. Burapha is a quality track and the day had been a good
one for the Pattaya Golf Society.
Kevin hammers the field - then scarpers
PSC golf from The Café Kronborg
Thursday, June 26, Pattana - Stableford
You may have noticed there is no report for Monday ... well done, and take 5
Brownie points, and quite surprisingly, there is no report because there was
no golf. It was the weather you see, it rained, heavily, in fact really
heavily. So on Monday it was back to bed.
winners Kevin Dinan (standing) and Brian Wilkinson
However on this particular day off we went to a nice course, even if it was
wet. We played the A & C nines, and to me they were fine. Mind there were
those spoil sports who said the greens were too difficult. Must be getting
the leg irons off that does it.
So on this fine day on this lovely course we had some firsts: Brian played
off what ever tees he felt like and still won, and Derek played in the B
Flight for the first time this century. Is this progress or just old age? If
I could remember I would tell you.
Back to the plot: in the A Flight, 0 to 14, Brian Wilkinson won, despite
playing off the wrong tee once. He had 36 points and was closely followed by
a count back on 34 points that saw Donald Hendry in second and Gene Rooney
In the B Flight, Kevin Dinan won with the obscene score of 46 points,
however as he left for home the next day, we will have to wait until he
returns to raise his voice by a couple of octaves. In second was Chris
Platten with 38 points and in third was Derek Brook with 36 points, who beat
Dave Richardson on count back.
One last point, some work has been done by the course to lower prices in the
restaurant, and it is now cheaper than at least one other course that shall
remain nameless, till we play it in this month’s Monthly Tournament.
Marty sets the Phoenix on fire
PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s
Tuesday, June 27, Phoenix - Stableford
This will not be a long write up as we all know Phoenix, love it or hate it,
it is nice and close with great views. On this day we were to play the Lakes
and Ocean, probably the easiest 18 holes, and actually the course was in
Allred (L) and Pete King (R) with the ‘rose’ in between
Round over we sat in the rest stop between Lake 9 and Ocean 1, not only is
it cheaper than the restaurant, but the views are better and you can see the
players on the green.
Showered and ready to go we stopped off in the restaurant to find most
people had gone straight back to Bert’s, or elsewhere.
On our return to Bert’s we were to be treated with a ‘special’, as we were
presented with some really fine cut meats and Bert’s special potatoes.
Anyway, enough about food and on to the presentation: I usually make a point
not to declare scores, as this is first and foremost a fun competition.
However, on this day the scores were so good I will mention a couple.
In the A Div, the winner with a gross 69, and 41 points was Marty Allred off
a 2 handicap; a very fine round indeed. Close behind were Ian Covill and
Donald Hendry with 40 points.
In the B Div, the winner was Pete King with 43 points, ahead of a count back
on 39 points that saw, Pete Harris in second, Bob Sutterfield in third and
John Christie just losing out.
Near Pin: Marty Allred, Kevin Callaghan (2), Donald Hendry, Mike Wing, Dick
Warberg, John Christie, Colin Cronin.
Long Put: Kevin Callaghan, Ian Covill, Jerry Hough, Mike Wing.
The Beautiful Game?: Same old story for Eriksson and England
A little difficult to preview the final of the World Cup when you’re
writing before the semi-finals, but I’m just hoping for a watchable game
between two attacking teams. Not that I hold out much hope on that
front. There have been too many matches decided by penalty kicks during
the knockout rounds, and although games have shown snippets of
excitement it’s been largely dull and defensive during the knockout
Talking of penalties, it’s also hard to write an article when you’re
still bitterly disappointed after seeing your side crash out at the
quarter final stage AGAIN, and once more from the dreaded shootout. So
you’ll excuse me for getting on my soap box this week.
England’s tournament came to an end in Gelsenkirchen on Saturday, and
what a hapless, pathetic whimper of a campaign it turned out to be.
Three lacklustre group games and another against Ecuador in the second
round meant Sven Goran Eriksson would once again face his old foe in
History was to repeat itself yet again as Eriksson had nothing to offer
his side in terms of leadership and continuity, and for the third
occasion his side would be unsuccessful at the crucial quarterfinal
stage. Neither manager was born in his country of employment, but
comparing Scolari’s hopping up and down in the Portuguese technical area
kicking every ball with Eriksson’s headmasterly composure told the whole
But now it’s over for England, as it is for Eriksson. As the Swede
departed his post and handed over the reigns to deputy Steve McLaren
early in the week, he pleaded with the English public not to castigate
Wayne Rooney, who got himself sent off after a clash with Ricardo
Don’t worry, Sven. We won’t be getting on Rooney’s back. Yes he’s was an
extremely stupid boy for getting involved in a pushing match with
Cristiano Ronaldo after fouling Carvalho, but what we’re really seething
over is the shocking lack of cohesion in England’s play again and yet
Eriksson had no less than 28 friendly matches to settle on his tactics
and personnel, but was still tinkering with formations right up until
the very last. After several flirtations with different systems he
settled on 4-1-4-1 for the Portugal tie, leaving Rooney to play on his
own up front.
Rooney’s natural inclination is to drop into deeper areas and cause
havoc running at defenders, so asking a barely fit 20-year-old to play
out of position with his back to goal in such a crucial game was a
disgrace. So no, Sven, it won’t be Rooney that gets the treatment.
Instead it will be your ridiculous decision-making at crucial moments.
If nothing else, Eriksson was consistent to the last. Shoe-horning
Gerrard and Lampard into the midfield again failed to pay off, Lampard
in particular having a shocking tournament by his own high standards.
The penalty miss in the shootout summed up his World Cup, and the
Chelsea man trudged back to the centre circle looking a shadow of the
Premiership winning hero of Stamford Bridge.
As if persisting with a clearly out of form Lampard wasn’t enough, why
was Theo Walcott taken to the finals ahead of Jermain Defoe, James
Beattie, Darren Bent or even Andy Johnson? The FA could have taken
Walcott along as a guest had they wanted the youngster to sample the
World Cup ‘experience’, but to select a 17-year-old that has yet to play
a senior level game in the 23-man squad ahead of proven Premiership
performers and to then leave him warming the bench was an absolute
outrage. To nobody’s surprise England were found wanting when injuries
took their toll.
Sven Goran Eriksson will be remembered, but for all the wrong reasons.
He was the man to lead England to three consecutive quarter finals of
major competitions only to be outwitted by Scolari; the man who pandered
to his senior players perhaps like no other before him; and the man that
walked away from five years of employment 24 million pounds richer
having done a job that, let’s face it, you or I could have done.
I’m serious. Whilst few of us could really explain the tactical merits
of playing 4-4-2 versus 4-5-1, the key ingredients of any successful
national team are obvious to just about anybody. At the highest level
you don’t leave your players guessing which formation they’ll be asked
to play until the last moment, you take players to the tournament that
can actually contend for a place and aren’t just there to make up the
numbers, and most obviously you position your players where they perform
best for their clubs week after week throughout the season. Sven’s
baffling decisions would be like employing me to write about football
and then instead assign me with ‘Heart to Heart with Hillary’. It simply
wouldn’t work, Petals.
David Beckham was in tears on the bench after being substituted. Perhaps
it was the thought of defeat, perhaps the prospect of missing the rest
of the tournament through injury. Or maybe it was because he was
witnessing the end of an era for England as his replacement Aaron Lennon
immediately struck fear into the Portuguese defenders with his pace and
unpredictability. Sadly it was the predictable nature of England’s play
that ultimately undid their chances in this World Cup, not helped a jot
by Eriksson’s lack of guts to bring in the required replacements for his
under-performing first eleven when things got tough. After Beckham’s
decision to stand down as skipper it looks like they’re both gone, and
whilst ‘Goldenballs’ has produced countless moments of magic for England
over the last five years, who can say the same for Sven? The end of an
era indeed, but not one that this England fan will ever hanker for.
Chinese lead the way
Think you’re a football addict? If so, ask yourselves if
you’d go to the same lengths as one man in Beijing who refused to allow
the small matter of a house fire disturb his concentration during a
tense match between France and Spain last week. The fire spread quickly
and began to gut the courtyard dwelling, according to the Beijing Daily
“When the neighbours shouted “‘Fire!” I took my little baby and ran out
in my nightclothes,” the man’s wife told the paper. “My husband paid no
attention to the danger, just grabbed the television and put it under
his arm. After getting out of the house, he then set about finding an
electric socket to plug in and continue watching his game.”
Saddam has last laugh
Finally, former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein has been found
guilty and sentenced to the death penalty. His last wish was that he
could pick his own firing squad.
His choice? Lampard, Gerrard and Carragher to take the shots from 12
House of the Golden Coin back
in first place again
Pattaya Sports Club Friday Bowling League
200 Bowlers - Rich, Mio,
Somrak, Bill, Nual & Tui
House of the Golden Coin moved back into first place
after taking three points from Jack & Tar and Grape Vine dropped to
second after only winning one point and losing three to France. Caf้
Kronborg moved back into third place after beating Three Sisters three
points to one. Friends took all four points from Montana and Montana
dropped from third to fourth. Domicil took three points from
Shenanigans, Caf้ Ole got three from VFW Post 9876 and Brother D won all
four points from Mai’s Thai Restaurant. House of the Golden Coin’s
Captain Mio bowled the best series of the week again as she knocked down
584 pins with games of 235, 158, and 191.
The Square Ring
by Howie Reed
I always like to recognize the readers’ contribution to this effort.
One of the greats of the boxing game anywhere was the late Eddie Futch.
Many of the top trainers in the game learned their craft at the knee of
Mr. Futch. His love and devotion to the sport is carried on now through
his wife, the “Lady Eva”. Thank you most sincerely for taking a stand on
the issues of boxers’ safety Lady Eva.
Got a note from my pal Patrick the Flying Frog (of Patrick’s Belgian
Restaurant in Pattaya). It was short and to the point:
“How can they allow this??”
What follows is the report that former “world lightweight challenger
Hiroyuki Sakamoto (39-7, 29 KOs), dropped unranked Thai Samrong Wor
Surapol (reportedly 3-3-1 with no KO’s), twice with his trade-mark left
hooks prior to his quick KO win at 2:27 of the opening session.
Now to answer the question, “How can they allow this??” Easy. They,
being the people that control Sakamoto, are following an agenda that
worked for them before. In 1997 Sakamoto fights for the WBC lightweight
title against Stevie Johnson and loses a “split decision”. No problem.
He gets three wins against guys with a combined record of 29-46-9 so
gets another WBC shot against Cesar Bazon only to loose a UD. How one
sided was it? Maybe the best boxing judge Nevada’s Tony Castellano had
it 117-111. That was in 1998.
Still no problem: Five rehab fights with average competition of 42-29-1
and comes yet another title shot against Gilberto Serrano for the WBA
title. Appears that the WBC has finally seen the light. He drops Serrano
twice in the first but the bout is stopped in the 5th as Sakamoto’s eye
is closed. Going to the scorecards gave Serrano the win. Serrano then
loses to Takanori Hatakeyama and guess who gets another title shot? Yep
good old Hiroyuki Sakamoto, but alas he gets KO’d in 10. So in answer to
the question, “How can they allow this??” Simple. The Sakamoto camp gets
him fights against warm bodies and some ranking organization gives him a
championship fight. Title fight equals money. Oh by the way, Thai
Surapol had no “official” record and no KO’s - so at least some of his
“reported” record was correct.
Figured out what fight actually took place on the Nonthaburi Pier.
Undefeated David Nakomlung got to 13-0 and defended his ABCO super-fly
title with a “UD” over Yuki Murai (11-8-4). The local news reported
that, “both fighters excitingly exchanged blows for most of the 12-round
bout and finally, for his more accurate punches, the Thai won 117-111 on
all scorecards. David retained his regional crown for the eighth time.”
The math will tell you that Nakomlung won the title in his 6th fight.
Heck of a title that.
While most believe that “as goes the heavyweight division, so goes
boxing”, in this era of average heavyweights that is anything but fact.
The current crop being harvested in the heavyweight field for champion
status is either not ready for “prime time”, “overly ripe” or “been
found wanting” on prevision occasions.
There is a ‘mashing of the teeth’ in the USA at present about the lack
of Yank heavyweight champions, and them Yanks do the ‘mashing of the
teeth’ thing really well. It’s gotten so bad that when Hasim Rahman
(41-5-2) steps into the ring on August 12 in Las Vegas against Oleg
Maskaev (32-5), he’ll be carrying the hopes of the USA. As a Yank of
good standing, the thought of that is scary. The other alternative is
Calvin Brock (29-0) whose win a couple of weeks ago against Timor
Ibragimov (21-1-1) sent boxing fans running from the venue to hit the
gaming halls of Las Vegas is an attempt to fight off boredom.
Now there are three heavyweight fights in the offing that while not in
danger of changing the heavyweight landscape, may be of interest in
their own way.
On the 26th of next month David Tua gets back in the ring again against
‘TBA’, which in ‘box talk’ means someone he can look good against. Tua
does get trainer Roger Bloodworth who was there early in his career.
Evandler Holyfield, who won’t go away, like knock-off Rolex’s on the
streets of Pattaya, fights in Dallas on August 21 against Jeremy
“Master” Bates (21-11-1, 18 KOs). This is a battle of guys on losing
streaks. Holyfield is 2-51 in this century while Bates is 8-10 last 18
and 0-2 recently. The best match-up on the horizon is only a rumor but
it would bring together Samuel Peter against James Toney. With the
current crop this fight would have ‘star power’.
Hope you got a chance to see Manny Pacquiao (42-3-2) vs. Oscar Larios
(56-5-1) from Manila on Sunday morning. I watched with friends, even
paying for the privilege. This ‘paying for the privilege’ thing violates
one of my basic principles ... ‘Paying for anything.’
The days leading up to the fight had been filled with stories about
Pacquiao not training as seriously as he should. Trainer Freddie Roach
at one point said, “If he’s not here by Monday I’m going back to LA”. If
you took away the cheering throng of Filipinos that packed the Ataneta
Coliseum at 8am on Sunday morning, it was a disappointing performance
for one of the most exciting boxers in the sport. He won an easy
decision (117-110, 118-108, 120-106) with 2 knockdowns but it was not a
The Square Ring had it 119-108. Larios had Pacquiao in trouble early in
the 3rd but then backed off. “I know he’s strong”, said Larios... Wrong
answer. On this performance, if Pacquaio approached his fight with
Morales in November in Vegas like he did this outing, look for the
Mexican to wipe the floor with the “Pac Man”. Third man in the ring
Bruce McTavish was brilliant in controlling the action but never being a
part of the fight.
As everyone knows by now Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (62-2, 32 Ko’s)
successfully defended his WBC flyweight title for the 15th time last
Friday in Bangkok. As predicted, the win against Everardo Morales
(27-11) didn’t call for a lot of ‘heavy lifting’. Morales was down twice
and had a badly cut eye when the referee Bill Clancy of the USA stopped
it at 55 seconds of the 4th.
Damrong Simakajornboon at ringside wrote: “The bout was very exciting
from the opening bell as Wonjongkam wildly stalked Morales and weakened
the Mexican with many tough body shots. In round two, Morales tried to
counter the world champion by exchanging toe-to-toe, but there was no
effect, moreover, he was sent to the canvas by a vicious left hook by
the WBC king.”
It was almost the fight that wasn’t as Morales was 5 pounds over weight
just days before. At the weigh-in he was “spot on” which means he either
went on a crash diet or changed scales.
Jeeves: “Master I have a communiqu้ from a John M. Shall I read
His Lordship: “Proceed Jeeves”
Jeeves: “He e-mails, ‘Receiving your stuff at this new address
and I love it and I love you... hope to see you again before one of us
dies’. What now Master?”
His Lordship: “I believe I’ll have a beverage, a cigar and a nap
with 2 wins for the week
PSC golf from The Bunker
Monday, June 26,
Green Valley - Stableford
Monday saw the Bunker Boy’s go to Green Valley for a Stableford
competition. With thunderclouds rumbling all around Roger Privett didn’t
let it put him off as he came into the clubhouse with a fine 40 points
to win ahead of William Macey, who was four points behind with 36 points
and a further point behind was Mashi Kaneta who took third place.
Privett - A Flight winner at Pattaya Country Club
Near pin prizes were shared between Mashi Kaneta, Matty Anderson, Mikita
Homma and William Macey.
Wednesday, June 28,
Mountain Shadow, Medal
On a windy day which played havoc with the golfers we played
a Medal competition at Mountain Shadow Golf Course.
William Macey continued his run of good form, winning with a very
credible net 77 considering the conditions. Mashi Kaneta claimed second
spot with net 78 and Mick Ramshaw came third with net 82.
Only three par 3 greens were hit again because of the windy conditions
so the prizes were shared between Bryan Rought, Mikita Homma and Mick
Ramshaw and no near pin prize for William Macey for a change!
Pattaya Country Club
Pattaya Country Club was the venue for the second Stableford
competition of the week for the Bunker Boys and again with rain
threatening but never really materialising the round was completed
The cut was 17 and under and in the A Flight Roger Privett pipped his
arch rival William Macey to take first prize finishing with 40 and 38
points respectively and Brian Bellis took third place with 36 points. In
the B Flight Tony Geeland was third with 29 points, Arnold Van De Graaf
came second with 30 points but nobody could get near Mick Ramshaw who
shot his best round ever, finishing with a best score of the day 43
Near pin prizes went to Donald Hendry, PJ Redmond, William Macey and
Mick Ramshaw took the last one with the help of a ricochet off a tree to
make it a memorable day for him!
Bowers - Best of the day
Diana Seniors & Ladies June Open
Geoff Bowers kept it under the wind to return an impressive 43
Stableford points in the Seniors category of the June Diana Seniors &
Ladies Open at Pattaya Country Club. Thursday, June 29 was the day to
remember with a fine round of golf played off his 12 handicap. Chris
John took the Seniors runner-up spot with a creditable 38 points.
L-R June winners: John Hurst, Toy Theobald and Geoff Bowers.
Toy Theobald, playing off 30, had an equally memorable day scoring 41
points in the Ladies category, with mam Trayling runner-up on 35 points.
John Hurst popped up again for the Super Seniors, winning with 39
points, closely followed by Roy Pimblett with 37 points.
The technical prizes were well distributed amongst the 30 strong field.
Near pins being claimed by Basil Foley #5, Mashi Kaneta #7, Fred
Theobald #12 and Chris John #16. Mam Trayling sank the longest first
putt on #9 and Graham Buckingham was longest on #18.
The weather was kind - overcast, warm and windy with (as is often the
case at this course) a lot of rain the other side of Route 36.
Thursday, July 27 is the next Diana Seniors & Ladies Open playing
Singles Stableford as usual at Pattaya Country Club. Sign up at the
Green Bottle or at Diana Garden Resort Driving Range.
Keith Whittle wins big at Emerald
PSC golf from McAllister’s Bar & Grill
Friday, June 30,
The Emerald (handicaps in parentheses)
The wet weather was not enough to keep 24 hardy golfers away from
Emerald last Friday where almost everyone played their round in showery
conditions. The course is still undergoing some serious maintenance with
most of the greens having been cored, and the fairways yielding many
bare lies necessitating a lift clean and place rule to be in effect.
Winners: Moggy, Keith, Paul
and Larry with the McAllister’s elves
The difficult conditions made Keith Whittle’s efforts even more
outstanding, recording 39 points off his handicap of 25 to take first
place. Moggy Morris (13) took second prize on count back with 36 points,
followed by Paul Kraft (30) also with 36 points. Carl Baumann (27) came
in fourth with 35 points on count back from Larry Ball (24). Those of us
who have the pleasure of having a side-game with Carl can only hope that
he does not find his putting stroke.
Back at McAllister Bar & Grill, Larry Willett continues to keep things
running smoothly while Don continues to recover. The complimentary
buffet accompanied by the drinks served by the ever-friendly staff made
for a pleasurable afternoon as the golfers told of their heroic deeds on
the course. Keith Whittle put his success down to the twelve months of
hard slogging in Banchang making house calls up and down the street. We
wish him a safe and happy holiday.
We look forward to seeing everyone again next Friday - tee off before
8:30 if possible at The Emerald and be assured of a great day of golf