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SPORTS
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

Les Gaulois salvage French pride on World Cup weekend

Cyclists on cross-nation tour pause in Pattaya

Pattaya Marathon ready for the off on Sunday

Ride to the finish

Team Pachoud wins Rotary Club of Pattaya Marina petanque competition

Annual petanque competition - a hit in Pattaya

William Macey takes ‘Golfer of the Month’ title

Big Rod takes his first

Great success for first golf outing

The Sheppard in his Green Valley

A testing time at Burapha

Ray “Papasan” Rogers

Jeff books a date with the ‘handicap’ man

It’s the Derek and Rodney show at Phoenix

ANZACS storm Phoenix

Sus wins but still falls foul of the dreaded 17th

The Beautiful Game?

Grape Vine returns to first place

The Square Ring

Larry Ball wins it all at Emerald

The Khan’s take charge

The Bear takes the Crown on Independence Day

PATTAPA SPORTS ROUND-UP

Les Gaulois salvage French pride on World Cup weekend

Les Gaulois celebrate their victory in the inaugural Pattaya Soccer 7’s tournament.

Report and photos courtesy Reperages-Thailand
The first Pattaya International Soccer 7s was held at the Horseshoe Point Resort and Country Club on the weekend 07-09 July.

Ten teams from five countries, Hong Kong, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan and Thailand participated in this first tournament. Great weather allowed the tournament to be concluded in just one day (Saturday) instead of the scheduled two and just like the weather, the action on the park was hot with the rules that include no offside and rolling substitutions ensuring there was no slacking by any team.
After the pool rounds, the teams were separated into two categories based on their positions on the league table.

The Bowl category for first round losers was won by Webworks from Bangkok who defeated Taiwan Mongrels 2-1 in the final.

The Pattaya City team, (yellow) were unfortunate to lose a tight semi final game to Tokyo International.
The Cup final itself was contested between Les Gaulois from Bangkok and the Tokyo International team, and showing their compatriots in Berlin how it should be done, the French team managed to overcome their Japanese opponents 1-0 in a tight game and thus become the first Pattaya International Soccer 7s champions.
Local team Pattaya City put up a good showing and were very unfortunate not to make the final when they lost to a golden goal in extra time in their semi final against Tokyo International.
This tournament will now become an annual event in Pattaya, similar to the tournaments in Phuket and Bangkok.
The next Thai Soccer 7s tournament will be held in Phuket Island on the 25 and 26 November this year.


Cyclists on cross-nation tour pause in Pattaya

Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn gave a warm welcome to the group of riders in front of Pattaya City Hall

Ariyawat Nuamsawat
A group of 250 cyclists passed through Pattaya on July 3, stopping to pay respects at the King Taksin Monument where they were welcomed by Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn before continuing on their way; the objective being to ride through all regions of the country, covering a distance of over 6,500 km in 79 days.
The idea for the bicycle ride, which is being made in honor of His Majesty the King’s 60th anniversary, came from Net Sa-Nguansat and Captain Sompong Srapcharoen.
Net, who is 63, said the ride began on May 21 and will continue through till August 7. He said that it is also intended to promote the idea of cycling as a form of exercise, and to this end flyers are being given out to the public as the cyclists pass through towns and villages.
The riders started from Bangkok and first went north to Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son, then northeast to Loey, Nakhon Panom and Udon Thani before heading east to Sa Kaew, Chantaburi, Rayong and Chonburi and eventually they will return to the capital having covered a total distance of 6,529 km.


Pattaya Marathon ready for the off on Sunday

The organising committee for the 2006 Pattaya Marathon hold a final media conference July 4 in Bangkok. The race has become one of the biggest events of its kind in the kingdom and is expected to attract some world-class athletes.

Vimolrat Singnikorn
Sunday July 16 will see the 2006 Pattaya Marathon take place, and a press briefing at the Tourism Authority Thailand’s head office in Bangkok was held on July 4 to further publicize the event.
Runners will start out from Beach Road at Soi 6, with the start of the Marathon timed for 04:30 a.m., the Half Marathon at 05:00 a.m. and the Quarter Marathon at 05:30 a.m.
Wattana Jantanawaranon, Pattaya deputy mayor said the city is ready to welcome runners and athletes from around the globe.
“We are ready in terms of both safety on the road and emergencies. A booth will be set up on Saturday, July 15 near Soi 6 for those runners who still need to register before the race,” he said.
The booth and registration table will be open from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Saturday.
Altogether some 10,000 athletes are expected to take part in the various running events this weekend.


Ride to the finish

Up-country cycle event gains popularity

Bhumibol Dam in Tak province, 426km north-west of Bangkok, will host the Fifth Bhumibol Dam Invitation International Mountain Bike Championship between August 26 and 27.
The event is being organised by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).
Organising committee spokesperson, Mr Suwat Pawaputanond, said a one-million-baht (US$25,000) budget had been set aside to organise this year’s championship. From that amount, 400,000 baht will be spent on trophies and prizes.
To commemorate the 60th anniversary of His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s accession to the throne, Mr Suwat said the organising committee was producing a gold replica of its annual trophy worth 80,000 baht to be given to the winner of the international category.
The mountain bike races will feature three categories, professional, amateur and family, and will be held over distances ranging from 24km to 60km. Each category will be divided into sub-categories based on gender and age. There will also be a “funny-bike” competition.
Mr Suwat said he expected the number of competitors to reach 700 this year - a 29 per cent increase over last year. International participants have been invited from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, New Zealand and Australia and will be treated to free accommodation, meals and airport transfers, but they will have to pay for the airfare and the 1,000 baht competition fee.
Last year, the event attracted between 20,000 and 30,000 spectators. (TTG)


Team Pachoud wins Rotary Club of Pattaya Marina petanque competition

Ariyawat Nuamsawat
The Rotary Club of Pattaya Marina held their first petanque (aka betong in Thai) tournament on June 24 with team Pachoud defeating 8 other teams to claim victory. The competition held just off Soi 27, Siam Country Club road saw a total of nine teams take part in the event.

Champions Pachoud are presented with the winners’ trophies and a 25" TV.
Competition was not the only theme as proceeds from the tournament were put towards the Rotary Club of Pattaya Marina’s scholarship program, which provides scholarships for children in the Pattaya area and the poorer northeastern province of Buriram.
The winners received a 25 inch TV for their efforts - just in time for the World Cup finals. The Pachoud team was closely followed by team Maquet in second spot with team Gauthier taking third.


Annual petanque competition - a hit in Pattaya

Vimolrat Singnikorn
Pattaya City’s annual petanque competition, (otherwise known as betong in Thailand) has gathered momentum over the years. This year saw a large number of participants at the Pattaya School No 2 pitch.

Competition was tough through the two-day annual event.

The game, which was introduced into Thailand by HM the King’s mother, has gained momentum around the nation.
This year, the Pattaya competition hosted 4 main categories for competitors including the youth category for boys and girls under 12 and 15 and Seniors (over 50s) men’s and women’s classes as well as the open category and division players. A total of 132 teams took part in the two-day event.
Winners of each class received trophies and other prizes for their efforts.


William Macey takes ‘Golfer of the Month’ title

PSC golf from The Bunker Bar

Monday, July 3,
Khao Kheow - Medal

The Bunker Boy’s travelled to Khao Kheow on Monday for a Medal competition to find the course in a very soggy condition, which played havoc with the scorecards.

William Macey: The Bunker Boy’s ‘Golfer of the Month’ for June”.
In the A Flight Paul Smith mastered the conditions to win with a fine net 73 with John King claiming runner-up spot with a net 77. In the B Flight PJ Redmond found himself the surprise winner with a very modest net 81 followed in second place by Jim Payne with net 84. Near pin prizes were dominated by the lower handicap players - Paul Smith and John King claiming two a piece.
Wednesday, July 5, Phoenix - Stableford
The lovely Phoenix Country Club was the venue for Wednesday’s competition and with the course in fine condition and the weather not too hot the B Flight saw the best score of the day when Graeme Preston came into the clubhouse with a great score of 43 points to win ahead of Arnold Van De Graaf who shot a fine 38 points. Tony Geeland came in third with 34 points.
In the A Flight Roger Privett came out on top with 36 points, Mark Levy was second with 34 points and Paul Edgar and Bernie Stafford tied for third place finishing with 33 points each.
Near pin prizes were shared between Brian Walker, Graeme Preston and Brian Bellis who won the other two.
Friday, July 7, Plutaluang - Medal
The Thai Royal Navy course was next on the fixture list on Friday for another Medal competition. Playing the South and East courses Bruce Lawrence used local knowledge to show the rest of the field his heels by winning the A Flight with a net 69, ahead of Mikita Homma and Alan Campbell, who finished with net 77 and net 78 respectively.
Duncan Lee playing with The Bunker Boy’s for the first time in a while won the B Flight with a net 72; Tony Geeland got second place with net 75 and Brian Walker finished third with net 81.
Near pins today went to Dave Lightfoot, Roger Privett, Mikita Homma and Duncan Lee.


Big Rod takes his first

IPGC golf from The Haven

Wednesday, July 5,
Crystal Bay - Stableford

1st Rodney Nabbe, 34 points
2nd Brian Henderson, 32 points
3rd Randy Haupt, 31 points c/b 17
4th Gordon Millar, 31 points c/b 16
5th Phil Groves, 31 points c/b 16
Big Rodney Nabbe won his first and indeed his only podium position of this trip as his swan song before returning to Oz to play with his train set between Woolagong and Sydney. Although it was not a classic win, it was one rung out of an extremely tight course where the greens were fast and true but one needed to be in the right segment to avoid the three putt syndrome. Rod put his success down to a strict regime of low alcohol intake coupled with at least 12 hours a night back in the pit.
Brian Henderson was the best of the rest, a couple of shots adrift with the trio of Randy Haupt, Gordon Millar and Phil Groves, having to be separated by count back for third place.
Brian Henderson had the only “two” in the first division and once again there were none in the second division.
Before “The Doc” presented the prizes, in the absence of Richard, who was still recovering from the previous night’s celebration, he welcomed back Graham Davis, Gordon Millar and Tom Breslin and also said goodbye to Rodney Nabbe and Terry Spicer.
Friday, July 7,
Eastern Star - 2 Person Scramble
1st Brian Wilkinson & Jeremy Masse, 46 points
2nd Trevor Schirmer & B.J. Smith, 45 points c/b 24
3rd Mark Wood & Dale Shier, 45 points c/b 23
Having just read in The Pattaya Mail, prior to departing for the course, “that it was in fine condition”, it was rather disappointing to find that the renovation work was still being undertaken and that, therefore, the course is not yet ready to be called good. In due course things will no doubt be much better, and the IPGC will continue to support the course as it has done throughout the low season and the renovations.
Brian Wilkinson, for once being quiet and sedate, teamed up with Jeremy Masse who has recently undergone corrective surgery for his hearing difficulties, to slip past the old firm of Trevor Schirmer and B.J. Smith on the last hole with a gross birdie which netted them 4 points and the days spoils.
Mark Wood and Dale Shier showed why they were pre tee up favorites with a very creditable nine under, but just allowing one or two missed putts over the closing holes, meant that they had to settle for third on the count back.
Once again the adjusted format and handicap allowance made sure that every one was in contention, even the higher handicappers, and that a very enjoyable day was had by all.
The “twos” competitions were suspended due to the format of the day.
Back at The Haven Richard welcomed back Dale Shier and Mark Wood and also said farewell to the group from England consisting of Michael English, Brian Henderson, Mike Hill and John Wilson.


Great success for first golf outing

PSC golf from The Oohsa Bar

Nile Sheehan, Roy Pimblett & Nigel Cannon - The top three from the Oohsa bar’s inaugural golf outing.

July 4 saw the first golfing day run out of the new location of the Oohsa Bar and it turned out to be a great success.
Plutaluang Navy was chosen as the location for the inaugural outing but of course we had to have breakfast first and so we arrived at 8am to see just what had been put on for us. We were not disappointed. Malcolm and his staff were there to greet us and a first class brekky was laid on and a little while later, feeling fairly full we departed for Plutaluang.
Both the north and south courses were in great condition although a little wet underfoot and the greens were in good shape, unlike one or two of our members who did extremely well to show up after a 5am turn-in the previous night/morning.
There were no world-beaters on display on this occasion but it turned out to be a very close and hard fought affair with the eventual winner being Nile Sheehan, closely followed by Roy Pimblett and Nigel Cannon on 32 and 30 points respectively.
‘Long putts’ were won by Colin Cronin and Makito Hommer and the ‘Near pin’ prizes were won by Rich Murphy, Nile Sheehan and Makito Hommer; but one green proved just too much of a challenge with no one able to hit or stay on the putting surface. What a great bunch of golfers we are,
On return to Oohsa’s we were once again impressed by the friendly staff and the relaxed atmosphere. We were served with spaghetti bolognese which all our members agreed was suburb, had a few beers and many of us chose to stay on and enjoy the occasion with everyone that was available signing up immediately for the next outing.
For more information please contact Keith Hodges on 07 916 7171.


The Sheppard in his Green Valley

IPGC golf from Lewiinski’s

Sunday July 2,
Green Valley White Tees - Stableford

A Flight
1st Roy Thornton, 41 points
2nd Simon Philbrook, 37 points
3rd Andy Moore, 36 points
B Flight
1st Andreas Grunenberg, 39 points
2nd Don Lehmer, 35 points
3rd Colin Davis, 34 points
C Flight
1st Chris Poggetti, 38 points
2nd John Ginnane, 36 points
3rd Jez Lees, 35 points
D Flight
1st Charles Sheppard, 42 points
2nd Kevin Moraghan, 39 points
3rd Sid Ottaway, 33 points
Near Pins: #2 Emiel Van de Wiele; #9 Gene Connor; #12 Gareth Gill; #16 Roy Thornton
2’s: Roy Thornton, Jim Brackett, Don Lehmer, Dene Airey, Emiel Van de Wiele
Charlie Sheppard started a short Society week out with a big bang as he was MoM and first in the junior Flight with 42 points. That was three clear of soon-to-be resident Kevin Moraghan’s 39 points. There was then a big gap to the bronze holder, Sid Ottaway, and his 33 points.
The ever improving Roy MBE took the Premier Flight with 41, as his name also appeared in the Near Pins and the 2’s competitions. Roy was four clear of Simon of Philbrook, who was yet again one clear of the quartet of Florida’s Andy Moore and locals Jack Spencer, Jim Brackett and Jeremy Masse. Apparently it paid to be from out of town as Andy had the better of the locals on count back.
In B Flight, Andreas the Dusenberg showed his class to the B Flight Field with a four point clear 39 points. The Lady’s Man edged The Donkey by a Stableford point to claim second.
Chris Pogetti renewed his membership and won the penultimate Flight with 38 points. That nice re-start, left Johnny Ginnane two arrears backing second with the Principal yet another adrift.
Wednesday, July 5,
Sriracha White Tees - Stableford
1st Kyle Moore, 38 points
2nd Phil Mitchell, 36 points
3rd Emiel Van de Wiele, 35 points, c/b Jules Lang, Johnny Hillier
2’s: Kyle Moore, Phil Mitchell, Emiel Van de Wiele
The Society returned, for the first time in a long time, to Gary Player’s contribution to the Eastern Seaboard golfscape, Srirarcha. The most challenging moment of the day came right off the bat as no one could remember how to get there. Once navigation was determined and the driving done, the golfers were greeted by a course that was in good condition and provided a pleasant day. The current special provides golfers with both on course vouchers and clubhouse restaurant vouchers, so the good golf was coupled with great affordability.
Since no one had the upper hand of experience, it provided a nice opportunity for a visitor to jump to the fore and one did so in the person of young man Kyle Moore, Andy’s son. Kyle who had enjoyed considerable success in the previous day’s tourney at The Haven took the single flight day with an even to Standard Scratch 38 points. The older generation had their representatives in the persons of Flipper and Emiel the Night Visitor. It should be noted that Emiel needed a count back to edge Jules “Verne” Lang and Johnny Hillier.
Friday, July 7,
Khao Kheow A & B,
Yellow or White Tees - Stableford
Yellow A Flight:
1st Simon Philbrook, 35 points
2nd Liam Horgan, 34 points
3rd Larry Watson, 34 points
Yellow B Flight:
1st Andreas Gruneberg, 35 points
2nd John Hillier, 34 points
3rd Bruce Milner, 33 points
White Flight:
1st Ken Kutzing, 40 points
2’s: Phil Mitchell
A good sized field took on Pete Dye’s yellow tees at Khao Kheow, and, it must be said, lost the battle. No one matched their handicap as both flights were mastered with 35 points. The Lord of Philbrook edging two Irishmen, Chef Liam Horgan and Larry Watson. The culinary expert sliced and diced Larry in the count back to sort out the silver and the bronze.
The Dusenberg set atop a one point cascade with Johnny Hillier having the 34 and Oz’s Bruce Milner the 33.
The Geritol Division was a two (old) dogfight with K4 out-dueling The Mechanic.


A testing time at Burapha

PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s

Tuesday, July 4, Burapha - Stableford
We book his course every month; usually during the first week because all the players like to play it, and of course it is only a chip and a put away from Pattaya. Usually we try to play the A & B ‘nines’ because most players seem to prefer it, but on this day we were directed to the C & D layout. And why not, I thought; it will be nice to play the other 18 holes for a change. It seemed A & B were being prepared for a competition.

Mike Gerrard (L) and Gordon (R) with Max, unsettle Pu’s Staff
I do not think I have ever seen nines holes in worse condition on any course than the C ‘nine’ and the D ‘nine’ was only a little better. C was diabolical - so bad that we had to make a special ruling as the whole layout was G.U.R.
Sat in the restaurant and taking the cards in, I was surprised to find the players were very philosophical about it all. The feeling was that yes it was bad, but we have so many good days on this course that one that was not up to standard could be endured. People sometimes amaze me.
So back at Bert’s, food over, the winners were declared with our new Golf Chairman, Mike Gerrard winning the A Div, with Fergus Brennan in second, and Gordon Everingham winning the B Div with Bob Sutterfield in second.
T.T.F.N.
Near Pin: Fred Theobald, Fergus Brennan, Bill Knight, Ian Covill, Dave Swain, Rodney Clarke, Bob4U, Gordon Everingham
Long Put: Derek Eastham, Fergus Brennan, Mark Brenton, Tim Holt


Ray “Papasan” Rogers: May 9, 1915 - June 28, 2006 A legend? No, just a good man

A message from the family

“Papasan” was born Raymond Charles Rogers in Los Angeles, on May 9, 1915 on the “Rocking Rogers Ranch.” The second son of Charles and Carrie, with three brothers, Forrest “Bus”, Hal and Art, and the little sister Carolyn.

In July of 1941 Ray joined the Army-Air Corps and received his honorable discharge in July, 1945. He held a multi-engine, fixed wing pilots license and flew B24’s and B29’s during these times. He was commissioned to First Lieutenant in 1946 retroactive to his discharge in ’45.
Two years later he became a California Highway Patrolman following his father and older brother “Bus” (My Dad) into law enforcement. Their father rode a horse for the LAPD in 1909 and was one of the “First Thirteen” motor officers for the LAPD, riding an Indian motorcycle in 1913. His picture stands today on the top floor of the Los Angeles City Hall. My Dad “Bus”, followed as an LAPD Detective for thirty years. I guess I was the ‘Black Sheep’.
Ray’s tenure as a CHP officer came to an abrupt halt when he was involved in a motorcycle accident and broke his neck. But that didn’t stop him! He became a California licensed Private Investigator and formed a company he named ARCO (Accident Reenactment Co.) and had contracts with larger insurance companies to “recreate” accidents to determine what the cause was, i.e. brakes, drive train, faulty parts, driver error etc. The company did so well, (now with 8 investigators) that he sold it to a venture company for US$90 thousand in late 1953.

During that period he married Vera, a widow with three young sons, Joe, Roy and Larry. Together they had Anita Lu, who is his only child. Anita is 58 now and resides in Camarillo, California and suffers from a degree of MS. She has two daughters and is also a grandmother.
Ray was always in security. A leader of men, he held many contracts with the U.S. government which took him all over the world and many were covert operations, and true to his word, he kept them that way. He also contracted to private firms (mostly U.S.) including American Machine and Foundry, (AMF) and led security in the building of the Boulder Dam (now Hoover Dam) near Las Vegas. These events took place between 1953 and 1976.
In 1976, he contracted with Fluor Corporation (under contract for ARAMCO) to work on their G.O.S.P. (gas oil separation process) and spent most of his time between Saudi Arabia and Thailand. In the early eighties, he fell in love with “Chawee”, a wonderful Thai lady who had three children, Tim, Toy and Ned. They were married in California when he brought her there and we had the reception at the Rogers family home in Los Angeles. We are a close family!

“Papasan” retired completely to Thailand in 1984 where he and Chawee became entrepreneurs in their own right before Chawee was killed on a motorbike a few years after he retired. He was devastated! He had called my Dad that night and he felt like his life was over and not worth living without his beloved Chawee. But he was wrong!
Many people were never aware how much he loved children and that he and his wife, and himself thereafter, gave generously to blind and crippled Thai children across the country. I have the receipts of large amounts given to homes and schools I’ve never heard of. If anything, I believe that is the legacy for which he should be remembered by, although he was very proud of being a “founder” of the non-profit, Pattaya Sports Club (PSC) with some of his best friends.
My uncle was a brash, sometimes overbearing, but unbelievably caring person who loved his fellow man (and of course the ladies ... that runs in the family!). He would “pull out all the stops” to help a person in need. Maybe hard on the outside was more the case because I know of no one with a softer heart! And if he “blew his cork” and “went off” in a fit of rage, the anger was completely gone in five minutes. He was that way all his life as were all his brothers. None of them “pushovers”, but maybe a little bit “marsh-mellow” on the inside.
After the depression, at our family home, when anyone came to the door hungry or tired, stranger or not, they were invited in to eat and to rest. In the family house where they (and I) were raised, still sits a book titled “101 Famous Poems”. In that book is a poem titled, “The house by the side of the road” written by Samuel Walter Foss (1858 - 1911). It was my Dad’s and his little brother Ray’s favorite. In short, it said “Let me live in a house by the side of the road and be a friend to man.” My Dad and “Papasan” lived by that rule, and that is why my uncle always said, “My house is your house!” That tradition will continue on Siam Country Club Road!
The Rogers family all believe we need to mourn the dead, but we believe more in celebrating the “life”. We also believe we will all see each other when it is all said and done, and I’ll bet my uncle is “upstairs” playing poker, or cribbage and has Chawee by the hand! I’ll catch up with them when it is my time.
“Papasan” is survived by his daughter Anita, a brother Art, and I’ll include Roy and myself because he was Roy’s Dad and in many ways, like a father to me.
The family wishes to thank the U.S. Embassy, The VFW of Pattaya, The PSC and all of the many friends who cared for and supported him through all these years. He loved you all! As for me, I’ll just say, “Catch ya later Uncle Ray!”
Sincerely, Gary M. Rogers (nephew)


Jeff books a date with the ‘handicap’ man

PSC golf from the Jomtien Golf Society

Monday, July 3, Pattaya CC - Stableford
A good turnout at this time of the season as 18 players took part in the weekly Stableford competition. It was an overcast day and perfect for golf.
In third place with a creditable 35 points was Les Hall. Colin Mearns came in with 39 points and on most occasions would have expected the winners rostrum, but had to settle for second place after Jeff North’s astonishing and incredible gross 72 off a ten handicap to earn him 46 points. Congrats to Jeff and welcome to single figures.
Wednesday July 5, Eastern Star - Medal.
The first Wednesday of the month, so it’s our monthly medal at the ever-improving Eastern Star course: A difficult choice for our inaugural medal meeting with plenty of water and OB’s (that’s obscenities from what I heard).
In third place with a net 74 was Rob Heath. One ahead in second was Am with a net 73 (the old man’s back in the UK for a couple of weeks so the golf came first ). After vowing never to play golf again (week in week out) Les Hall came in with a respectable net 72 to take first prize. It looks like the laser eye op worked.
The Jomtien Golf Society has been running for three months now, and is affiliated to the P.S.C. and we can be found at Paweenas bar on Soi 5, Jomtien Beach Road (This is the same soi as the Pattaya immigration office) We play a Stableford every Monday, the first Wednesday of the month is a medal, and the following three Wednesdays there are various competitions. Everyone is welcome. You can sign up at the bar or ring Rob on 070873810 or Glyn 068375464. We normally leave the bar around 9.15am, transport and club hire are also available.


It’s the Derek and Rodney show at Phoenix

PSC golf from The Café Kronborg

Monday, July 3, Bangpra - Stableford
The beautiful Bangpra layout was host for a Stableford competition in one flight.
Marty Allred won with 40 points, Wayne Koch was second with 36 points, Ted Morris was third with 33 points and Ebrahim was fourth with 29 points on count back from John Swanson and Gene Rooney.
Thursday, July 6, Phoenix - Stableford
This course gets more difficult by the year, as the local trees grow, and it is now a real test. Mind, there is still room for the big boys who blast it onto the next fairway. The tests for this day were the Lake and Ocean nines - not the toughest but they will do to be getting on with.

Winners, Derek (L) & Rodney
This is really a very scenic course, with fine views from the clubhouse, however I always take a dislike to the cart rules, you have to walk for miles, and there is sometimes the feeling that the course management do not do all they can for the golfers.
On this day we only had one problem; despite putting out a ‘Rodney Warning’ we allowed him to win. What is the world coming to? I just had to grin and bear it. I think he only did it to annoy me.
So in the B Flight, 18 up, the winner was, alas, Rodney Clarke, with 40 points. Here I must say well done, as being a winner he bought me a beer later but only after I told his wife and ‘she’ said he had to. In second place was Koji Yamada with 36 points and in third was ‘The Admiral’ Dave Richardson with 33 points.
In the A Flight, 0 to 17, the winner was Derek Brook with 39 points, and yes before you ask, I did buy Rodney a beer. In second was Kevin Callaghan with 37 points and in third was Don Richardson with 36 points.
T.T.F.N.


ANZACS storm Phoenix

IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at the OK Corral

On the eve of the annual Independence Day/Richard’s Birthday event at Phoenix the Pattaya Golf Society held a hastily rearranged fixture at the same course, where ten teams turned out for a pairs combined medal event. It was the first time the format had been tried and it proved to be pleasantly successful.
The chosen track was the Lakes and Ocean combination and forward tees made the course extremely forgiving. In defiance of public opinion the low handicappers did not have things all their own way as half the top six teams had a team handicap of thirty or more. Battle was now set.
In third place, posting an excellent two-over net 146, was the team of Tom McCarthy and Ben Findon; Tom shooting three-under par for the team’s cause. In second place, on net 144, came the redoubtable pairing of Mikael Andersson and Yasuo Suzuki; Mikael’s gross 74 being the highlight of the team’s day. Predictably, way out in front was the invincible ANZAC pair of Stuart Thompson and David Thomas - the “Two Tommies” - and both fired sub-par rounds for a fine total of 137, representing seven under par.
The best round of the day was that posted by Paul Scully whose net 64 was the best of his short PGS career. There were two birdie “twos” and David Thomas and Masashi Iizumi had the pleasure of sharing a large rolled-over pot for their accuracy on Ocean 5. The Booby Bevy went, amazingly, to Paul Scully as his score was the best of the day but it won for him nothing! It was some consolation for the quiet Scottish golfer at least. Everyone had shared a fine day at Phoenix with the Pattaya Golf Society.
Ladies’ dominate
at Green Valley
The absence of England from the World Cup semi finals in the early hours of the morning of Thursday, July 6 encouraged the Pattaya Golf Society’s largest field for three months to enjoy the luxury of a good night’s sleep before turning out at Green Valley for a Stableford tourney. The day dawned hot and the course was in its usual good condition, except for green maintenance work on the final two holes. The cut for the two divisions was at an amazingly low thirteen and with some ladies in the field it was to be a challenge throughout.
In Division Two, local member Bob Lindborg strutted his stuff to record 32 points and take third place whilst Tony Kitchen took advantage of a lift to the course to boost his fortunes and his 33 points drew to an end a dismal run. His score was enough to share the top place with lady member Trudi Chadbourn, whose regular faultless play left her in no danger at all on the course.
In Division One, current ‘Player of the Month’ David Thomas once again thrust himself towards the top with a third placed 33 points, one behind Barry Traynor’s creditable 34 point scorecard. The best score by a long way was that returned by Pattaya’s “soon-to-be” leading lady golfer, Saranya Chaiyanont and once again she dazzled her peers with an incredible 41 points off her ever decreasing handicap. Excuses could be made for playing off the red tees but there is nothing to be said when witnessing golf of that quality and her gross 78 represents her best ever round.
The day’s substantial “twos” pot was shared by Paul Smith, Harry Riley, Gary Bingham and Liam Horgan and the Booby Bevy went to an absent golfer who had almost thrown the day into chaos before it had started. Some advice for those gentlemen hoping to defeat the ladies at Green Valley - pop along and see Doctor Snippit in Soi Yodsak and a few minor alterations will have you playing off the red tees in no time!


Sus wins but still falls foul of the dreaded 17th

PSC golf from The Three Sisters Bar

June 27, the last Monday of the month, Herb Ishinaga took top honors with a credible 38 points. It did not compare with this week’s winner, Sus Ige, who shot 42 points, which even included a whitewash on the 17th at Pattaya CC. Sus had a great round going but for the 17th which is possibly the hardest hole on the course for amateurs. It is rated third but for us it is the number 1 handicap hole on the course.
Coming in a distant second was Paul Kraft with 37 points. He was followed by Kenny Mau who was in the cellar last week. Kenny made a great come back from last week’s disaster.
This week the Hawaiians took on the Haoles in a freindly match: (three on three). It was the Hawaiians on top at the end of the day with the Haoles looking for revenge next week.


The Beautiful Game?: Four more years

By Riz Taylor
That’s it, then. The World Cup is over. Another four long years until the next tournament, another four years to wait until that buzz that only the World Cup can create comes along again. Other sports can try and compete for the attentions in the meantime, but let’s face it who amongst us counts down to Rugby’s equivalent or the Olympic Games up to six months in advance?
Not me, that’s for sure. I’m sure there’ll be a plethora of memorable sporting events between now and 2010, but nothing comes remotely close to the World Cup.
There are those who would happily allow both Argentina and Brazil temporary visas into the crusty world of European football every four years to participate in the European Championships, and yes perhaps it would be a better way to determine who really are the kings of the world game, but those people would miss the point. What makes the World Cup what it is, what lifts the profile of the tournament above every other event of its kind are the very nations that were unwelcome and unwanted until the 32-team format was introduced in 2002.
In 1990 FIFA allowed the African football federation an extra place in the World Cup Finals, meaning two teams from the continent were represented in Italy. Egypt finished bottom of their group despite hard-fought draws with Ireland and the Netherlands, but it was Cameroon who are remembered for their amazing run that saw victories over Romania, Columbia and even Argentina on their way to an unlucky quarter final exit at the hands of England.
By 2006 the African representation had doubled to four, and though there was no Roger Milla to steal the show with sublime finishing and corner-flag shuffles, the quartet of Togo, Tunisia, Ghana and the Ivory Coast gave a more than reasonable account of themselves. Ghana particularly impressed with a unique and powerful brand of football that completely bemused the Czech Republic (supposedly the world’s second best team according to FIFA’s rankings), and for a spell even unsettled the number-one Brazilians.
Asian sides were largely disappointing this time around, and for Japan and South Korea it’s back to the drawing board after being out-muscled by their opponents once again. But you can’t help imagining that somewhere, not too far down the tracks, a nation from this continent will produce a golden generation of players talented enough to really frighten the superpowers of the game in the way South Korea managed 4 years ago, albeit on home soil. Let’s hope so.
Surely the gutsy performance of the “Socceroos” was the story of this World Cup. Australia edged through a tough group ahead of Croatia and Japan to reach the second round, a huge achievement for a nation taking part in only its second finals. It could have been a real fairy story as well were it not for a disastrous moment in the encounter with eventual champions Italy when Fabio Grosso meekly fell over the desperate challenge of Blackburn’s Lucas Neill, “earning” his side a somewhat fortunate penalty.
It’s this kind of diversity through teams such as Ghana and Australia that that makes the tournament what it is: simply the most eagerly awaited event of its kind.
In the end, though, there were few surprises in the competition, at least at the business end. European teams dominated in their own back garden, and once again the South Americans failed to impress on European soil. Brazil were shocking at times, and whilst Argentina gave a taster of what they were capable of in the group stages with some seriously tasty football, they too succumbed to European opposition as they crashed out to hosts Germany in the quarter finals.
It was at this stage that the World Cup balloon began to deflate, at least through these eyes. Discounting the ridiculous third-place playoff, the final three rounds of seven matches produced a pathetic eleven goals. Defensive football won the day, but given the importance of the matches this is hardly surprising. But although the tactical struggles between the world’s best can produce interesting matches it doesn’t make for the most exciting football.
Let’s be honest about it, Italy deserved their win. As usual they brought along a solid looking defence, but this time around coach Marcello Lippi also allowed his attacking players more freedom than his predecessors had done, and whilst the side were always difficult to score against they were also entertaining. Yes that’s right - Italian football was entertaining. Who’d have imagined it?
Some facts. The Italians managed to score a dozen times in the competition, more than any of the other participants, and of these twelve goals ten were scored by different players. No need for a Toto Schillaci or even a Paulo Rossi this time around - the whole team did its job and more, and though France gave them more than a few scares in Sunday’s final the trophy went to the strongest team in the competition.
And what of France? Well, here’s an example of a side that began poorly before finding form in the later rounds when it was required. Take note, England. The French, who were woeful against Switzerland in their opening game, took care of Spain, Brazil and Portugal en route to Berlin, and will consider themselves unlucky not to have gone all the way.
Despite the Italian’s fourth victory the final will always be remembered for the genius that is and was Zinedine Zidane. The ultimate playmaker bowed out of football at the ultimate level on Sunday, and began the match with a cheeky penalty that opened the scoring before Materrazi’s header gave Italy an equaliser. From then on it was France who dominated the match but found themselves unable to find a way through.
Then, ten minutes from the end of extra time came the game’s defining moment as Zidane reacted to banter from Materazzi and head butted the defender in the chest. Unbelievable. It was at that point that France’s dream fell flat, Italy going on to win via a penalty shootout. Not the best end to the tournament, but perhaps a fitting one.
Other than Zidane’s moment of madness, this year’s World Cup will also be remembered for theatrical diving and conning of referees, as once again the tournament was littered with players throwing themselves to the ground at every available opportunity. It leaves a bitter taste in the mouth and taints what could have been a wonderful competition. But that’s life, unfortunately, and we’ll wait another four years to see if things improve. In the meantime it’s a return to good old-fashioned domestic football, and despite its lack of defensive genius and playacting, the return of the Premiership next month will be a most welcome one.
The Tournament In Quotes
“You’re ****, but your chicks are hot!” Australian fans taunt their Croatian counterparts to the tune of ‘Go West’ by the Village People, after the two sides’ Group F crunch match in Stuttgart.
“We didn’t deserve to lose that game. We didn’t lose but we lost on penalties. It was the biggest delusion because I was convinced we could play in the semi-final, maybe the final. Big, big delusion. I am sorry. I am sorry for you, for the players, for the fans. They deserve something better. I tried to do the best I could.” Departing England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson admits to deluding himself - if not the fans.
“I think I should get out of Manchester. The circumstances are not right to keep playing there. In two or three days I will decide where to go. I always said I wanted to play in Spain. Nobody stood up for me at Manchester, although I did not do anybody any harm.” Portugal’s diving little g...I mean tricky winger Cristiano Ronaldo responds to rumours of a post-World Cup move to Real Madrid.
“You are a virtuoso, a genius of world football, you are also a man of heart, of commitment and of conviction. That is why France admires you and loves you. You have given us some unforgettable moments; you have given us huge joy and immense pride.” French Prime Minister Jacques Chirac tells Zidane how it is after the squad’s return to Paris.
“I held his shirt for a few seconds only, then he turned to me and talked to me, jeering. He looked at me with a huge arrogance and said, `If you really want my shirt I’ll give it to you afterwards’. I replied with an insult, that’s true.”
Italian defender Marco Materazzi, talking to Italian newspaper Gazetta dello Sport on the ‘Zidane’ incident. Materazzi has not elaborated on what he did say, but one report suggested he responded with: `I’d rather take the shirt off your wife’.
He has denied, however, some of the more vile insults referring to his wife or sister or calling him a terrorist.
“It was one of those insults you’re told dozens of times and that you often let fall on a pitch,” Materazzi said.
“I did not call him a terrorist. I am not a cultured person and I don’t even know what a terrorist is.”
An alternative and more plausible theory, when taking into account Zidane’s violent response, is that Materazzi said: “Jermaine Jenas is a better midfielder that you.”
Make your own mind up - until next time!


Grape Vine returns to first place

Pattaya Sports Club Friday Bowling League

200 Bowlers - Barry, Tue, Kaew & Konrad

Grape Vine moved back into first place after winning all four points from House of the Golden Coin. Golden Coin was playing without their best bowler, Captain Mio, who is in Norway on vacation. Café Kronborg only managed to win two points from France but remain in third place. Friends made a big jump up to fourth place as they took three points from VFW Post 9876. Brother D took all four points from Montana, Mai’s Thai Restaurant won four from Domicil, Café Ole beat Three Sisters taking all four points and Shenanigans took three from Jack & Tar.

League Table July 7 (week 24)
Team Points Standings
Grape Vine 4 - 0 58 - 38
House of the Golden Coin 0 - 4 56 - 40
Café Kronborg 2 - 2 56 - 40
Friends 3 - 1 52 - 44
Montana 0 - 4 51.5 - 44.5
France 2 - 2 51 - 45
Domicil 0 - 4 49 - 47
Shenanigans 3 - 1 47.5 - 48.5
Brother D. 4 - 0 46.5 - 49.5
Three Sisters 0 - 4 45 - 51
Mai’s Thai Restaurant 4 - 0 43.5 - 52.5
Jack & Tar 1 - 3 41.5 - 54.5
Café Ole 4 - 0 38.5 - 57.5
VFW Post 9876 1 - 3 36 - 60

The Square Ring

by Howie Reed
The upcoming week would be a good seven days for Thai boxers to make a statement on the International stage. There’s super bantam Sod Looknongyangtoy (27-1, 10 KO’s) in action in Las Vegas against Daniel Ponce De Leon (28-2, 26 KO’s) while regular bantam Poonsawat Krating Daeng Gym (24-0) tries to take the WBA crown from Wladimir Sidorenko (18-0-1). If I took the time to type “Both will have a steep hill to climb”, I would be “guffawed at” for stating the obvious. Both guys have about as much chance as a punter at closing time at the TQ. But like the punter at last call, with boxers hope always springs eternal.
For Looknongyangtoy it’s a case of “been there, done that and it didn’t work”. October 29, last year he had a chance at De Leon only to come out on the short end of a UD (118-109, 115-112, 115-112). Kind of hard to take anything positive away from that experience except for the fact that Looknongyangtoy wasn’t KO’d which 26 of De Leon’s previous opponents were. Yes the loss was a negative but the fact that Looknongyangtoy survived is a “big plus”. OK, lighten up it’s a “plus”. The next step is to survive and win. That’s going to be a problem.
Is there an upside for the Thai? Yes kinda. This will be his second fight in the USA so he should be better able to handle all the outside distraction including the “bright lights” of Las Vegas. It’s a positive that Looknongyangtoy has had two fights since his loss to De Leon and both of those were wins. The negative is that both wins were against opponents with a combined record of 23-32-5. Looknongyangtoy probably has a better chance of hitting the mega bucks jackpot in Vegas for millions than winning this fight. Bummer!
De Leon and Looknongyangtoy will be part of the support card for Shane Mosley - Fernando Vargas II. If you liked Mosley - Vargas I then you’ll probably be over the moon about his one, and in addition part of a small minority.
The first Mosley-Vargas meeting was interesting only because it was better than most boxing fans though it would be. In hindsight, which is always 20-25 after LASIK surgery, it was only average, a status which this one will probably not achieve. They both “Talk to Much”.
On the same evening at the Color Lone Arena in Germany, WBA middleweight champ Felix Strum (25-1) will be defending against Javier Castillejo (60-6).
Many, like me, think that Felix Strum may be as good a middleweight as there is in the world. His lone loss came against Oscar De La Hoya back in June of 2004. While overmatched, Strum only lost 115-113 on all the officials cards. When Castillejo faced De La Hoya in June of 2001 he looked lousy getting blown out 119-108 all around. Castillejo’s 10 rounder against Fernando Vargas in ’05 was a terrible performance by a boxer who was “there for the money”. Strum will win over the 12 rounds with a large margin of victory on all official cards if a KO isn’t in the crystal ball.
The Square Ring probably wouldn’t even be writing of Strum - Castillejo except that the lead-up bout features a fight for the WBA bantam title between Wladimir Sidorenko (18-0-1) and Poonsawat Krating Daeng Gym (24-0).
This is an interesting match up for any number of reasons. Sidorenko is 18-0 but has almost no power with only 6 KO’s, which indicates that Krating Daeng Gym will be there at the finish. (Yeah I know it doesn’t take rocket science to figure that out but that’s why I get the big bucks.) Krating Daeng Gym has a little more pop in his punches but like Sidorenko hasn’t displayed it lately.
They have a common opponent, which in this case means that they both fought Leo Gamez. Mr. Gamez is ordinary. Last December Krating Daeng Gym handled Leo Gamez over 12 rounds (120-109, 119-110, 119-110). Back in 2005 Sidorenko did the same with a similar result. As they say in ‘Land of Smiles’, “Same, Same”.
There really isn’t a lot to choose between the two. Hard to believe though that Sidorenko is going to lose a decision on his “adopted” home turf of Germany. Krating Daeng Gym probably needs a KO or close to it for a draw.
In boxing there is always a difference of opinion about most boxers. The Square Ring thinks (it’s writer doesn’t have a mind after years of “amber liquid abuse”) that Manny Pacquiao is one of the most exciting boxers in the sport. Taken a step further, The Square Ring also thinks that Pacquiao’s win over Larios was less than was expected. It was not a great performance. Seems the Square Ring may have some critics. (Perish the thought.)
One opined, “He did not get the widely anticipated stoppage win but otherwise Manny Pacquiao did all that could have been asked of him in pounding out a unanimous, one-sided, two-knockdown 12-round decision over a game but beaten-up and outgunned Oscar Larios.”
Not so... we (The Square Ring), ask Manny Pacquiao to get in there and knock the stuffing out of his opponents. While the packed house of Filipinos may have thought Pacquiao was great, that was not the case. How does The Square Ring know? Cause it got an email from our expert on all things boxing from the Philippines.
He opined, “You tell it like it is.” Case closed. Pacquaio will need to whip up his horse against Morales in November.
In a couple of weeks at Madison Square Garden, David Tua takes another step on the come back trail. He fights 40-year old Ed “Iron Man” Gutierrez who is now 15-2. He was 15-0 until he ran into JD Chapman and lost twice. This Chapman guy is kind of interesting with a record of 23-0 with 20 KO’s. Not only that but next weekend he’s scheduled to fight twice on back to back nights in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Fort Smith Arkansas. Forget Tua - Gutierrez and keep your eye on Chapman. Tua has a chance of losing this one.
Rumor has it that Tommy “The Duke” Morrison is back in training and ready for a comeback. “Surely, you jest?” Nope and don’t call me Shirley.
Ten years ago Morrison signed a three fight US$38.5 million dollar contract with Don King. Then he tested positive for HIV. Bye-bye contract. Now Morrison says it was a “false-positive”. Morrison also said about Don King, “It’s like being in a room with rattlesnakes. If the lights are on what can happen?” Great to have the Aristotle of the Ring back. Of course Morrison will be a shadow of his old self but probably as an “American White Guy”, he’ll find a niche’ market.
Maybe one of the better heavyweight fights on the horizon comes up on September 3 when James “Lights Out’ Toney returns to take on Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter. Hard to make any guarantees in boxing but this fight will be a “humdinger” and you can’t hardly finds them “humdingers” any more.
His Lordship: “Jeeves, what is it that you’re on about now?”
Jeeves: “It’s the football My Lord. England went out of the World Cup without firing a shot. Beckham hurt himself, Rooney is a ‘thug’, Sven-Goran Eriksson is a ‘wally’ and the lads were too tired to take penalty kicks. When will this end?”
His Lordship: “Right now Jeeves. It’s time for my afternoon refreshment and do stop that sniveling. Look on the bright side. In 2010 you won’t have the pressure of being defending champions.”
Jeeves: “Quite so sir.”


Larry Ball wins it all at Emerald

PSC McAllister’s Golf

Friday July 7,
The Emerald
(handicaps in
parentheses)

A good turnout of golfers enjoyed a nice cool day at Emerald and shot some very hot scores. Being the first Friday of the month the ‘Champion of the Month’ Tankard was up for grabs, and Larry Ball smoked it with 46 points off his handicap of 24. What a day it was for Larry, finding out that he was a grandfather in the morning and then going out to shoot the best score of his life with 86 off the stick. The A flight golfers were also on fire, Tony Oakes (10) taking first prize with 41 points followed by Larry Willett (20) with 39 points, and Alex Backlund (19) beating Bill Thompson out of the money to take third place with 38 points.
B Flight was won by Larry Ball, with Bob Lawrence (32) again having his photograph taken for his 45 points to take second place, and Skip Sparkman (22) coming in third with 38 points. Larry’s handicap by the way has been whacked by four strokes as a result of his exploits.
Back at McAllister Bar & Grill, the joint was jumping as usual with great complimentary food, good company and drinks aplenty under the steady hand of Larry Willett who seems to be enjoying his tenure as the bar manager, while Don McAllister made a most welcome appearance to show everyone that he continues to recover.
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 and good clean fun.

Winners: Tony, Bob, Alex, Skip, Larry and ‘Champion of the Month’ Larry Ball


The Khan’s take charge

PSC golf from Peacock Place

Monday, our first outing of the week and after a hearty breakfast we set off for the Pattaya Country Club for a Stableford round. The day was fine and the course was fantastic.
The winners on the day were starting with the ladies, Wendy Khan with a fine 36 points, runner up was Toy Theobald with 32 point’s. Wendy got her own back on Captain Bob and made mention of the fact that her score was a hell of a lot better than mine and that last week she was only practicing.
The Men’s A Division was won by Brian Jacks with a fine 36 points closely followed by Ken McCarthy on 35points. B Division was won by John Khan with a great 38 points with Phil Smith taking out the second spot with 36 points.
The “twos” winners were Toy Theobald, Dave Child’s, Dave Palmer, and the man of the day John Khan.
Noble Place wins again
Thursday we took off for Noble Place for a Medal round. The course was in great condition but it was tough, as the scores will attest, with only one man under par on the day. The winner was John McKeon with a fine net 71 with Bob Philp second on count back with a net 74 over Dave Palmer.
The B Division was won with a net 74 by Dave Mawford whilst the runner up was his playing partner Dave Collier on 75. The Ladies’ winner was the lovely Wendy Khan who I might add put her winnings on the bar for some drinks for everybody.
The “twos” pot of 1,100 baht was won by Dave Michaud, which he also put on the bar for more free drinks.
All in all it was a great day. Next week we are at Treasure Hill on Monday 10.30 tee off and Thursday at Sri Racha. Either give Bob a call on 079412474 or call into the Peacock Place on Siam Country Road Opp Mabprachan lake and put your name down. All are welcome.


The Bear takes the Crown on Independence Day

11th Independence Day Golf Tournament

Tuesday July 4, Phoenix Lakes & Ocean, Stableford
The 11th Independence Day and Richard Livingston’s 63rd Birthday Tournament was played as usual at the Phoenix Golf Club over the Lakes and Ocean courses. The conditions were found to be fairly wet and required the implementation of a local lift, clean and place rule to facilitate pleasant golf as well as a special local rule of placing in the bunkers due to the overabundance of sand and the thousands (surely an exaggeration. Ed.) of dogs’ paw tracks.

Jack Moseley, left, receives the 1st Division prize from ‘Birthday Boy’ Richard Livingston
The course is starting to play a lot harder than in the past now that the tree planting is beginning to get some height and width, and it is now no longer possible to stand on the tee and hit it anywhere and still score well. This was noticeable in the winning scores which, apart from two or three unusual ones including best gross, were all worse than last year’s.
The Ladies Division was swept away by Phanom “Apple” Jitchana with an almost unbelievable 50 points, leaving the rest of the entries lagging far behind. Indeed Nora Haugsjordet was in second place some seventeen strokes adrift, but due to the low entries, there being only three, there was only 1 prize.

Phanom “Apple” Jitchana scored an incredible 50 points to take the Ladies’ title.
Les Winch, although unable to reproduce his phenomenal form of a few weeks ago, was still good enough to be the only Third Division contestant under par and his 38 points was good enough to see off the challenge of Yves Philibert, three shots behind in second place, with the rest of the division trailing a further two shots back.
The Second Division also saw an unusual result as Kyle Moore amassed 45 points to hold out Charles Sheppard, whose play of late has brought him into sharp focus with the handicappers, by three points.
The method of deciding of the Tournament Champion was altered from last year, which saw the best point’s winner in all the gentlemen’s divisions taking the crown, to truly reflect the lowest scorer of the day and enable the Champion to unequivocally claim to be the best of the day.
For the second year running Jack Moseley and Barry Winton struggled for supremacy in the First Division and the Champions Prize, with the result this year being reversed as Jack took the top prize in the division by count back following a terrific run over the last few holes and Barry claimed the Champions trophy with an excellent one over gross as he continues his preparations towards the IPGC Club Championships to be held in just under two weeks time.
So once again it was an Englishman taking the prize for the eleventh time and continuing the 100% run in Pattaya’ s Americas Independence Day Golf celebration, which some will say is in some respects fitting as it is also local PGA golf professional, Richard Livingston’s birthday as well and he is the epitome of “The English Gentleman at leisure”
Before presenting the prizes Richard thanked, Len Jones, Steve Donovan and Roy Mitchell for their assistance with promotion, and Stephen Beard, for the registration, scoring Emceeing and once again overseeing most things and now operating on a lot more than the two watts power of the recent past.
He also thanked Lumyai and her staff for once again producing what must surely be one of the best buffets in town, which seemed to go on forever with a continuing stream of refills from the kitchen. A new addition to the menu, fresh bread and rolls from the Haven Bakery, were a tasty accompaniment to the traditional hamburgers and hotdogs together with the nut brownies for those that were not sated with the usual array on the Thai/Mexican/Seafood/Salad/ Fresh Fruit buffet.
Following a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday” to Richard, the celebrations went on deep into the night reliving a great day golfing with their friends and a celebration of two very important birthdays.
Champion Best Gross: Barry Winton, 73
1st Division:
Winner Jack Mosely, 39 c/b9 20
Runner-up Barry Winton, 39 c/b9 19
2nd Division:
Winner Kyle Moore, 45
Runner-up Yves Philibert, 35
3rd Division:
Winner Les Winch, 38
Runner-up Charles Sheppard, 42
Ladies:
Winner Phanom Jitchana, 50
Near Pin Lakes #2: Jason Payne, John Hillier, Eric Moore
Near Pin Lakes #7: Mikael Andersson, Tom Breslin, Randy Blacet
Near Pin Ocean #5: Simon Philbrook, David Knight, Keith Fortt
Near Pin Ocean #7: Roy Thornton, Peter Emslie, Yves Philibert.



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