Canadian Tim Watt Wins Jackalope Open 2006
Report & photos from Wayne Ogonoski and staff reporters
Tim Watt became only the second Canadian to win the Jackalope Open with a
remarkable 41 Stableford points at the Pattana Sports Club. After two
consecutive years of rain and lightning, the elusive Jackalope and 93
golfers made it round the A and C courses with the only threat of rain
coming at the very end of the tournament.
Doug Lynch shot a respectable 74 off the stick to win low gross honors;
Lumpy Russell improved on his third place finish last year by winning
Division 1 with 39 Stableford points; Doug Lynch was runner up with 37
points and Mark Sherwood finished third in Division 1 with 36 points, edging
out Rick Montana on count back.
Chris Balzli won Division 2 with 38 points; Larry Willet finished second
with 37 points and Bob Lindborg finished third with 36 points.
Jackalope Open 2006 Champion Tim Watt, right, receives “The Jackalope” from
tournament organizer Mark Gorda.
Bobby “Scar” Taylor won Division 3 with 40 points; Scar became the first
golfer in Jackalope history to win in 2 different divisions. In the
Jackalope Open 2003 Scar won the Rabbits division with 38 points and has now
set his sights on Division 2 for next year’s tournament. Rex Apalakian
finished second with 39 points, followed by Ian Penman in third with 35
Nuan Russell won the Ladies division with 34 points; Saranya Chaiyanont
missed out on making it three in a row coming in as runner up with 33
Canadian Mike Erb hopped away with the Rabbits trophy after carding 40
points. Dave Pitman finished second in the Rabbits Division with 32 points.
Chris Balzli took dead aim and won the most coveted technical prize, nearest
the keg, and was last seen surrounded by thirsty “friends”.
A seemingly confident trio get
ready to tee it up at the first.
Doug Lynch (Div 1), Roger Moore (Div 2), Carl Blackburn (Div 3), Mike Erb
(Rabbits) and Nuan Russell (Ladies) boomed the longest drives of the day in
their respective divisions to take home trophies.
Trophies for near pins went to Lumpy Russell (Div 1), Phil Sharp (Div 2),
Bobby Taylor (Div 3), Saranya Chaiyanont (Ladies), Dave Pitman (Rabbits) on
A3; Ray Matti (Div 1), Phil Sharp (Div 2), Hans Rehm (Div 3), and Mike Erb
(Rabbits) on A8; Lumpy Russell (Div 1), Larry Willett (Div 2), Matt Millar
(Div 3), “Pang” (Ladies) and Lewis Underwood (Rabbits) on C2; and Scott Qua
(Div 1) and Nuan Russell (Ladies) on C7.
There were too many lucky draw winners of great prizes to mention, but
perhaps the “luckiest” of them all was Dene Mundy, who won the
much-anticipated 50/50 draw, the winnings of which this year reached 70,000
Not to be lost in all the fun was the fact that the Canadian Jackalope Open
is a charity golf tournament. This year’s main beneficiary is the Camillian
Center in Rayong, which looks after children with AIDS, or are HIV positive,
or have been orphaned by parents who had AIDS. In addition to the Camillian
Center the Canadian Jackalope Open will be assisting the Jesters Care For
Kids 2006 and the Pattaya Sports Club Charity Classic 2007. This year,
274,000 baht was raised at the tournament, with additional donations coming
at a later date.
With this in mind, the Canadian Jackalope Open Golf Tournament organizing
committee would like to express its appreciation to the following hole
sponsors and prize donators for making this year’s tournament a success: Ann
& Dale Drader, Ray Lepard, Ken Cooke, Mark Gorda, Matt Millar, Mark
Campbell, Derek Reaper, Wayne Ogonoski, Little Britain Merchants, Jack Levy,
Jameson’s - The Irish Pub, Jesters MC, Tahitian Queen, Bobby Taylor,
Canadian Nexen - Yemen, Dave Walsh, The Blue Parrot, Crathco, Gerry
Carpenter, Pattaya Sports Club, Murray Kerr, Neil Sandilands, Harry Riley,
The Diamond Shop, Larry Ball, The Palm Tree Café & Bar, Moe Deverdenne, Paul
Ovens, J.J. Wright, Keith Sandstrom, Michel Erb, Mike Peter, Dene Mundy, The
Eden Bar and the Pattaya Mail.
Special thanks to the Pattana Sports Club staff for all their help in
organizing this year’s tournament, the prize giving and the buffet; Dave
Pitman for his work as MC; Bill “Wild Bill” Freeman, Tony “Pinky” Callen and
“The Beer Cart Girls” for keeping the golfers well stocked with Jackalope
Juice; Harry Riley and Steve Donovan for their assistance at the scorer’s
table and the organizers: Dale Drader, Matt Millar, Mark Gorda, Moe
Deverdenne and Wayne Ogonoski.
Two new Jackalope traditions were introduced this year. The first was the
debut of the Jackalope Jacket worn by Mark Gorda. Mark promises to debut a
new and improved Jackalope Jacket at all future tournaments - “we can only
hope”. The second was 25 hearty golfers and organizers taking advantage of
the new hotel at the course and staying overnight to continue the
festivities and to celebrate Mark Gorda’s birthday. Rumor has it that the
Jackalope Juice and Moose Milk were flowing freely and a good time was had
NB: Viewers of PMTV can catch all the highlights of this year’s Jackalope
Tournament in the Meet &Greet section on Friday the August 11 show.
The Pattana course provided a
true test for all of the golfers. Here one hopeful tees off to an island
Paul shows his Kraft with new clubs
PSC golf from The Three Sisters Bar
The end of the month competition was a no contest as Sus
Ige blew the field away with 40 points. His putter was hot as he dropped
putts from all angles giving the other golfers no slack to close the gap.
Coming in a far second was Dale Murphy. He shot a good game with 36 points
but could not get any closer. The rest of the field trailed off in the
At the start of the month a new leader jumped to the front. Paul Kraft with
his new set of Taylor Made irons chewed up the field with 38 points. The set
not only looked good but also played good for Paul, at least for the day.
Second place went to Herb Ishinaga who managed to garner 36 points. With
Paul’s handicap coming down, the rest of the golfers may have a chance
shortly. We will see what happens next week.
Thailand score well
in IODA sailing in Taipei
The young Thai sailors put up good showing in
unfamiliar conditions and against a strong international field.
By Peter Cummins
The just-finished International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA) Asian
Sailing Championship, held in Fulung, Taipei, saw Singaporean Sean Lee well
clear as the overall winner on 11 penalty points, counting his best nine of
the eleven races sailed.
Second, and a brilliant effort to be the first girl, was Singapore Lioness,
Griselda Khng who finished on 21 points.
Thailand’s Nattawut Paenyam finished a credible 13th, with 139 points, in
the huge fleet of 63 junior saiIors. Thai Optimist national Champion,
Benjamas Poonpat, on 155 points finished 15th.
The other three Thai competitors, Navee Thamsoonthorn, Patteera Mee-U Samsen
and Patrick Pakdee Littlejohn finished 16th, 23rd and 50th, respectively.
According to Royal Varuna man Dave Littlejohn, who accompanied the team, the
weather conditions were very different from those of the Thai team’s home
waters in Sattahip and off the Royal Varuna in South Pattaya. The winds
ranged from highs of 25-knots, to lows of some 5-knots.
With participants from China, Hong Kong Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea,
Qatar, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Thailand and host
country, Taipei, this championship was the first to be held since Royal
Varuna hosted the last one in October last year where, again, the
Singaporean boys and girls triumphed.
It’s a fair cop Guvnor
IPGC golf from The Haven
Monday, July 31, Green Valley,
1st Takeshi Hakozaki , 39pts
2nd Barry Traynor, 37pts c/b 22
3rd Doug Maiko, 37pts c/b 19
4th Trevor Schirmer, 36pts
The start of a foreshortened week was at Green Valley with a stableford
competition where it was interesting to see that the caddy’s husband’s
signature hole, the new par three, has been taken out of play and the old
one after the drink stop re-instated - no doubt due to the management at
last playing the hole rather than just looking at it. It can only be hoped
that they do the same with the other holes that were re-designed (sic), and
the course can be returned to being legitimately called a Peter Thompson
/Wolveridge Course again.
Takeshi Hakozaki took advantage of his recent run of form to tick off
another one in the win column with a very steady three under, which was good
enough by a couple to relegate Barry Traynor to second. Barry just took the
place ahead of returnee Doug Maiko by virtue of an excellent back nine on
the count back.
Trevor Schirmer filled the last slot on the podium with, what is now for him
a regular occurrence, another par round.
There were no “twos” in the first division and Doug Maiko had the only one
in the second division.
Before presenting the prizes Richard Livingston, the resident PGA teaching
professional, welcomed back Sonny Crawford, Roger Lyons and Doug Maiko.
Wednesday, August 2, Crystal Bay, Stableford
1st Randy Haupt, 39pts c/b 23
2nd Graham Davis, 39pts c/b 17
3rd Trevor Schirmer, 36pts
Randy Haupt, the ex LAPD policeman, took another win on his way down to an
18 handicap, which cannot come soon enough for his playing partners, but
with the lessons that he has taken from Richard and all of his straight
acquaintances, it was only to be expected. Graham Davis, who at last is
starting to play in the fashion that made him into a single figure
handicapper, had to be content with second, and a cut of a shot, as his
count back proved to be less than required on the pressure holes over the
Once again Trevor Schirmer rounded out the podium with another of the usual.
There were no “twos” in the second division but Graham Davis and Trevor
Schirmer shared the roll over pot in the first division.
Prior to the presentations Richard welcomed back Sally Cownie and Rick
Holmes, the latter now partially recovered from a serious back injury.
Some may be wondering why Barry the Bear has not figured recently in the
reports, and it can now be revealed that he has been undergoing a serious
regime of strict dieting in an effort to lose at least 10 kilos following a
disastrous visit to Pattaya by his sister and the subsequent hosting at
approximately 84% of the eateries in the city. He will be back.
Brian & Dave take the Treasure, Derek the Crystal
PSC golf from The Café Kronborg
Monday, July 31, Treasure Hill - Stableford
The beautiful Treasure Hill layout was host for a Stableford competition in
two flights, A Flight 0 to 17, and B Flight 18 up. The course on the day was
in fine condition, and now has a ‘Sports Day’ on Wednesday and Friday, with
a green fee of only 250 baht.
Brian Noguer won the A Flight with a fine 39 points, Ted Morris came second
with 37 points and Ebrahim came third with 36 points.
one is Dave”, says Derek
In the B Flight the winner was Tournament Director, Dave Richardson, with 37
points. This was his third win in 8 Days and the ‘Handicap Man’ has probably
noticed. In second was Wayne Koch with 33 points and in third was Graham
Buckingham with 31 points.
Thursday, August 3, Crystal Bay - Stableford
This is a fine course, with 3 nines all of a high quality. It is a pleasure
to play, and is on top of most players’ ‘to play’ list. The only draw back
is that it does not have a ‘Sports Day’, so in comparison to other courses
it becomes a little costly. Not that I mind too much; all said so far means
that usually when you play it, it is very quiet.
On this day the course was thinly populated and we could all get around in a
very quick time; especially Dave’s group who raced around. Maybe he didn’t
need to win, being in such fine form of late.
As it happened the ‘other’ Tournament Director, and also in form, Derek
Brook, came through to win with 38 points; no wonder this is one of his
favourite courses. In second was Jeff Wylie, just back from Aussie, with 35
points and in third was Takeshi Hakozaki with 34 points, ahead of a count
back on 32 points that saw Ged Mason in fourth and Alan Ewing in fifth.
Kris-Kris throws a 44
at Green Valley
IPGC golf From Lewiinski’s
Sunday, July 30, Green Valley -White Tees, Stableford
1st Kris Krisanajootha, 44 points
2nd Nick Payne, 38 points
3rd Jack Spencer, 37 points
1st Jan Eriksen, 39 points
2nd John Low, 37 points
3rd Joe Sebastian, 37 points
1st Ken Kutzing, 38 points
2nd Alec Hoare, 37 points
3rd Fred Theobald, 37 points
Near Pins: #2: Jim Munns; #12: Clive Bruce; #16: Terry Phur
2’s: Mark Wood, Rick Zanoni, Jim Munns
This column has emphasized before that Green Valley is set-up on Sunday
to be knocked off and nobody knocked it off better that Kris
Krisanajootha and his gross 76, 44-point effort. Kris’s goal when he
began this extended golf outing in Pattaya was to attain a single figure
handicap and by this week’s end he had achieved it with an 8.4. Kris’s A
Flight winning score was followed by Nick the Stick who had 38 points
and Gen “Black” Jack Spencer’s 37.
The Quiet won had the second best score of the day with 39 points, one
better than his audio antithesis, Kiwi John Low, and our longtime
friend, NR Sebastian. John in one of his last outings of this visit had
the better of a count back over NR to hold on to B Flight’s second.
K4 showed the junior Flight his heels with 38 points, one clear of the
pair of Irish Alec Hoare and Uncle Fred. The luck o’ the Irish prevailed
on count back.
Tuesday, August 1, Laem Chabang C & A - Blue or White
1st Ron Gamey, 41 points
2nd Lindsay Semple, 37 points
3rd John McHugh, 36 points
1st Mark Wood, 41 points
2nd Norm Robinson, 38 points
3rd John Hillier, 38 points
Near Pin: # A2: Mark Pentland
2’s: Lindsay Semple, John McHugh, Norm Robinson, Vic Hester
Ron Gamey, a mate of The Photographer to the Stars, took the Blue Flight
with an impressive 41 points. Four points adrift was Lindsay Semple (if
he played in a two-ball with Simon Philbrook would their team be “Semple
Simon”). Johnny McHughly rounded out the Blues, as his booming drives
provided an even-to-handicap 36 points.
Marky-Mark took his single digit handicap and snuck into the White Tee
Flight to pick some cherries, as his 41 points would attest. That was
three clear of Stormin’ Norman and Nice Guy Johnny. Through a series of
legalistic moves Norman laid claim to the Silver.
Wednesday, August 3, Bangpra - Blue or White Tees, Stableford
1st Simon Kendall, 36 points
2nd Mark Sherwood, 34 points
3rd Dave Radovan, 33 points
1st Pierre Bietry, 42 points
2nd Nick Payne, 37 points
3rd Don Lehmer, 37 points
Near Pins: # 8: Blue: Claus Birk Thomsen White: Don Lehmer
2’s: Simon Kendall, Sugar Ray Handford, Nick Payne, Don Lehmer
It was off to Bangpra for the lads and lasses for the always intriguing
“what time is our real starting time?” regatta. Big Simon Kendall must
have gotten it right as he took Blue Flight with 36, two ahead of the
Caddy to the Stars, Mark “Woody” Sherwood. Freddie Jacobsen would have
been proud. Newcomer Dave Radovan, a very competent 4 handicap, made his
first dip into the cash drawer with a count back win over Sonny “don’t
call me Sunny” Crawford.
White Flight’s Monsieur Bietry had the better of the Payne/Lehmer
convention by five points. Nick the Stick had the better of the
mathematics over the Lady’s Man.
Friday, August 4, Phoenix L & O - Blue or White Tees, Stableford
1st John Emmerson, 37 points
2nd Sonny Crawford, 35 points
1st Brian Holden, 40 points
2nd Kris Krisanajootha, 39 points
3rd Barry Copestake, 38 points
4th Emiel Van de Wiele, 38 points
2’s: Lindsay Semple, Don Lehmer
The Society, usually brimming with bravado when they attack friendly
Phoenix, was a bit meek on this day. Where usually almost the entire
field takes on the Blues, the solid majority chose the Whites, perhaps
due to recent unseasonable precipitation. That was fine with the GM who
took the Bomber division with 37 points, two more than Sonny with an
The Demon Deacon held off another fine performance by Kris-Kris with a
White Flight 40 points. Three were tied at 38 points for the two
remaining spots in the shorter hitting Flight. Barry gave the other two
the shoe to take third and Emiel the Night Visitor duplicated the
unchivalrous act by out counting the Nat(ural).
A welcome return to The ‘Old Course’
PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s
Tuesday, August 1, Burapha - Stableford
Back to Burapha and this time the A & B Nines. Last time we played we
were put on C & D which were in terrible condition, so on this occasion
we specifically booked the ‘old course’. The layout was in it’s normal
fine condition, although wet from recent rain, and the only problem on
the day was the blustery wind.
The day had started as normal, with one of Bert’s fine free breakfasts,
then a simple drive up to Burapha. The booking-in there is reasonably
easy, and onto a course that is reasonably quiet at this time of the
Scores in and it was back to Bert’s, where all tucked into fish and
chips before Tim got busy and came forward with the results. The winner
was Derek Brook with Mike Wing in second, Mike Gerrard in third and Bill
Knight in fourth, just beating Mashi Kanata on count back.
Presentation over and the players were induced to stay on late by one of
Bert’s ‘Golfers Specials’ where he picks one of the popular beers and
discounts it for the golfers. So of course we all stopped.
Long Put: Derek Brook, Bill Knight, Colin Bavington, Chris Youngman
Near Pin: Ray Spence, Sverre Hvanuens
Thai teams and craft dominate the Evason Regatta
by Peter Cummins, Evason Resort, Phuket
Predictably, Phuket sailors and Phuket-designed and built craft
dominated the just-finished Third Evason Phuket RaceWeek Regatta, which
featured a record fleet of 31 craft, divided into seven classes.
Fireflies In hot contention. Chi Machine (888) took the regatta honours
over erstwhile champ, “Moto Inzi”.
Star of the show was Scott Duncanson, helming his father’s designed
Phuket Eight - appropriately named “Som Tam Express” - who won all six
races in the Sports Boat Racing Class, while simultaneously winning the
Quantum Naga Cup, incorporated into the RaceWeek.
Actually, it was in the Sports Boat Class that the only major
controversy of the regatta arose, when a “crack Kiwi team” racing a new
Beneteau First Class 7.5m, came up to take on the local lads. It was a
matter of handicap, which regatta co-manager Andy Dowden aptly described
as the “rumble in the jungle”, in an oblique reference to the
Ali/Foreman contest years ago. But, all was peacefully sorted out,
without the necessity of a boxing ring and the Kiwis eventually finished
third, behind Jim Poulson’s “Lee Marine Vino”.
David Lindahl’s “La Samudra” was clear winner of the IRC One Class,
whereas Mick Kealy (“Minx”) and Stuart Crow (“Cinders”) had a desperate
struggle to finish equal on seven points, in IRC Two Class, with Mick
winning on a count-back.
In the Multihull Racing Class, new-comer Marc Cuddenec, who had just
launched his new Multihull Firefly, “Chi Machine”, built by Phuket
boatyard Latitude Marine, narrowly beat the erstwhile reigning Firefly
champion and 2005 Phuket King’s Cup winner, “Moto Inzi” (Swahili for
‘Firefly’), helmed by Roger Kingdon.
hard to windward.
Elsewhere, Chris Runnegar (“Chameleon”), Gunther Nutt (“Kerida”) and
Greg Plunkett (“Princess Isabella”) were the winners of the Multihull
Performance Cruising, the Classic and the Club Classes, respectively.
The rains came, but the Third Evason Phuket Race Week finished in a
blaze of glory - if not sunshine. The last day of the four-day regatta,
held off Phuket’s south-eastern corner, on beautiful Laem Kha Bay, was a
grand finale to four days of splendid sailing, first-class race
management and a great social ambience.
One superb advantage of sailing over other outdoor sports is that, no
matter how much the rain falls or storms strike, the “playing arena” is
never any wetter.
heels hard to port in the closely contested IRC ONE Division.
The major sponsors of this regatta have been the Evason Phuket and Six
Senses Spa - the event base - Raimon Land, and the regatta managers
Image Asia whose directors, Andy Dowden and Grenville Fordham have been
major promoters of marine sports in and around Phuket.
Other sponsors (randomly listed): the Yacht Racing Association of
Thailand, Lee Marine, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Royal
Phuket Marina, the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, Asia Marine, Swan 55 Big A
and Sunsail whose manager, Simon James had the arduous task of principal
race officer for the event - not a job for the faint-hearted!
Other supporters were the magnificent old cutter, S.Y. Seraph which was
the scene for endless on-board parties, to celebrate the ‘lady’s’ 100
years at sea, Phuket Inter Wood, the Phuket Boat Lagoon, Simrad and
Special commendation must be accorded to the Phuket International
Hospital, on duty at the race scene every day, ever ready to help when
occasioned. It was just two years ago at the 18th Phuket King’s Cup
Regatta, when the hospital made an exemplary rescue at sea, transporting
a badly injured lady crew member from her stricken yacht, to the
hospital ECU in just 40 minutes. It saved the lady’s life.
As at the international festivities last month, to honour the 60th
anniversary of HM the King’s accession to the Thai throne, the closing
Awards Ceremonies and gala dinner at the Evason Phuket Resort and Six
Senses Spa were awash in yellow shirts.
As the office of the Governor of Phuket aptly summed up RaceWeek during
“Over the years, we have had the Phang Nga Bay Regatta at Chinese New
Year, the annual Phuket King’s Cup Regatta for two decades, to celebrate
the birthday of H.M. the King every December and, now, the Evason Phuket
Race Week which adds another dimension to marine tourism in Phuket”.
“The Thai government has identified yachting and marine tourism”, the
Governor’s office continued “as priority activities to encourage
quality, environmentally-friendly, pursuits in sustainable tourism.
Taxes on imported boats have been reduced to zero and regulations have
been adjusted to make visiting our islands easier. We already have three
fine marinas and another one due to open in 2007 with several others on
the drawing board.”
“Very soon”, the office concluded, “Phuket will have facilities to rival
any destination in the world.”
All at the Evason RaceWeek concurred.
|Third Evason Phuket Race Week Results:
1. David Lindahl “La Samudra” (5 points); 2. John Vause “Ruby
Tuesday” (9); 3. Keith Garry “Beaux Esprits” (15); 4. Craig Murphy
“Switchblade” (20); 5. Horst Lakits “Big A” (22)
1. Mick Kealy “Minx” (7); 2. Stuart Crow “Cinders” (7); 3. Jim Kane
“Chetak” (15); 4. George Foose “Free Wind” (17)
1. Marc Cuddenec “Chi Machine” (6); 2. Roger Kingdon “Moto Inzi”
(9); 3. John Stall “Charro” (15); 4. Bob Brindley “X Catriot” (18);
5. Henry Kaye “The Sting” (24); 6.Chris Jongerius “The Horse” (30)
MULTIULL PERFORMANCE CRUISING:
1. Chris Runnegar “Chameleon” (4); 2. Bob Mott “Kilo” (7); 3. Jerome
Perignon “Aliocha” (11)
SPORTS BOAT RACING:
1. Scott Duncanson “Som Tam Express” (5); 2. Jim Poulsen “Lee Marine
Vino” (11); 3. Wade Lewis “Team Simpson Marine” (14); 4. Mark
Horwood “Image Asia Attitude” (18)
1.Greg Plunkett “Princess Isabella” (3); 2. Kevin Ashby “Lily” (6);
3. Richard Bell “Sun Flyer” (9)
1. Gunther Nutt “Kerida” (5); 2. Julian Hill “Sanook” (7); 3. Graham
Chuck “Anjuna (10); 4. Tom Howard “Seraph” (11); 5. Mark Myking
“Idiom” (12); 6. Mark Cain “AumGaia” (18)
Miss A and Mr. A headline again
I.P.G.C golf from the Jomtien Golf Society
Monday, July 31, Green Valley, Stableford
We welcomed Miss Noy, a new signing into our regular Monday Stableford
competition, and the twenty-three competitors left Paweenas for the short
journey to Green Valley.
It was a two division challenge today, but after three holes, which had
taken an hour to play because of a five and six ball in front, there were
rumblings behind that a few of our members had had enough already. They were
persuaded to stay the course and after a five and a quarter hour round, the
results came in.
In Division 2, Dannie Larsen and Miss Kaew contested third place with 32
points, but our lady won on a superior count back on the back nine. We had
another tie for first place with 34 points; Miss Amphan and Jack Hinchey,
with the ladies striking again with a better score on the back nine.
In Division 1, Jeff Stubbs, who is back for ten days before returning again
in mid August, and Alan Bissell both tied on 32 points for second place; but
with a count back of 17 on the back nine, Jeff had the smirk on his face.
Winning today with 35 points was the ever-improving Andy Mills, playing off
nine. His first few weeks’ scores since his arrival have been a bit erratic,
but that’s down to Chang beers we think.
The only “two” of the day went to Alan Bissell; and after the ladies in
Paweenas had explained what the small rope with a metal casting hanging
above the cashier’s head was ... he rang it. Cheers Alan. With an abysmal
score on the day of 18, Les Hall secured the ladies tipple.
Wednesday 2nd August, Royal Lakeside, Monthly Medal
After setting off from Paweenas at 8.30am in a small convoy for
our 10:30am tee off time at Royal Lakeside, the leading car, with our
so-called organiser (no names mentioned) got somehow miss-routed after
leaving the motorway. Luckily we arrived in time to an empty clubhouse and
then to a deserted course for our monthly medal.
There were no “twos” today in the reckoning, as it is a difficult format, so
the lads and lasses were playing for a few bottles for nearest the pin.
Chris Holmes won the Gin and Vodka on the 3rd and the 6th, Alan Bissell
collected the Scotch on the 12th as did Andy Mills on the 15th. After a few
discussions back at Paweenas, we will now be running a two division, nearest
the pin competition for the alcoholic delights.
Rob Heath, who has not been in the winning enclosure for some time came in
third with a net 71, but still in winning form and with her handicap
decreasing each week, Miss Amphan tied for first with a net 70, only to lose
on count back to Andy Mills with an incredible gross 37 on the back nine,
playing off a nine handicap.
There were a few horrendous scores in for the day, but the ladies’ drink
goes to Jeff Cargill, playing off 15 now; his nightmare started on the first
with a 13 on the card.
Jomtien Golf Society meets every Monday and Wednesday at Paweenas, Soi 5,
Jomtien Beach Rd. and departs at around 9.15am for a 10.30 tee off time.
Transport and club hire are available at the bar. Please sign up in the bar
or contact Glyn on 06 837 5464.
Ken & Su in unbeatable form
PSC golf from The Peacock Place
Tuesday, August 1, Eastern Star,
We left after breakfast for Eastern Star Golf course for a Stableford round
with 27 starters. Eastern Star as always was in great condition and the day
was fine and sunny, even hot at times, as was the golf, (well from some
The winner of the ladies’ match was Su Muangmatcha with a fantastic score of
40 points; runner up was Toy Theobald on 38 points - well done girls.
The men’s Division B was won by Dave Childs with a great 39 points; runner
up was the intrepid old gentleman Ken Little with 36 points. A Division had
a joint 1st with Phil Mitchell and Bob Philp sharing the spoils - both
recording 35 points.
Now to the rollover “twos” and there were only 2, with Rich Murphy and
Graham Hiskett sharing the huge pool well in excess of 2,000 baht. The free
beer went to Bob Wighton with a fine effort of 23 points.
We all adjourned back to the Peacock Place for a lovely buffet Dinner. Many
thanks Dao and Mike.
Thursday, August 3, The Emerald, Medal
Off we went to the Emerald for a medal round. I think Capt Bob
was slightly mad as it was windy and promising rain. Even so, what a day we
had; some magnificent scores and some absolute shockers, with even a few
NCR’s. But there were some that could handle the conditions.
Starting with the ladies, the winner was Su Muangmatcha again with a fine 73
net; runner up was Wendy Khan on 78. Believe me that was good scoring in the
wind and on that course.
The men’s Division A was won by Bob Van Mol with 77 net; runner up was Bob
Philp. The B Division was won by that nice old gentleman, yes you guessed it
Ken Little again, and I’m not sure whether he played off the same tees as
everyone else but he assures me he did. Sixty six net was a magnificent
effort Ken. The runner up to Ken was Peter Allen with a mighty 73.
There were 4 “twos” on the day: scored by Bob Van Mol, Phil Mitchell, Roy
the Guru Pimblett and Jack Mosely. Ian McCallister got the free beer.
The meal we had when we got back was absolutely great - many thanks once
again to Dao and Mike.
Everybody is welcome call into the Peacock on Siam Country Road opposite
Mabprachan Lake or give Bob a call on 07 941 2474
Bowling Green golf extended
to three days a week
Report and photo by Barry Hooper
The Bowling Green Golf venue has now become so popular that Fergus Brennan
has been persuaded to organise it for three days a week: Saturday and
Tuesday as well as the regular Thursday. Full details are available on the
notice board at The Bowling Green or just give Fergus a ring on 06 056 7019
Thursday August 3, Phoenix, Stableford
Most of the scores were good from the thirty players in two flights
including this week two ladies.
winner Steve Hamstead with Mashi Kaneta (2 near pins and 2 “twos”) and Peter
It was a great day for Fergus at the ever popular Phoenix Golf Club, winning
the A flight (0-16) with 42 points. Mike Wing took the B flight with 38
The course was in excellent condition, with just a little rain, and as usual
a lovely meal after at the Bowling Green clubhouse. Thanks yet again are
offered to Tony, Jean and the staff
1st Fergus Brennan (13), 42 pts
2nd Steve Hamstad (14), 38pts c/back
3rd Ted Morris (10), 38pts
4th Tim Douglas (8), 37 pts
1st Mike Wing (22), 38pts
2nd Dick Warburg (19), 37pts c/back
3rd Terry Hopkins ((22), 37pts
4th Tewin Lamthong (31), 36pts
Nearest Pins: Alain Taddi, Bob Sutterfield, Tewin Lamthong, Ted Morris.
“Twos” Club: Chaten Patel, Alain Taddi
Saturday, August 5, Sriracha, Stableford
Siracha is becoming the permanent location on the extended Bowling Green
Golf Society calendar for Saturday golf. Fergus Brennan the golf organiser
has acquired a very good deal with the Sriracha club, which will remain in
place and at the same price even during the “high season”.
This is truly a wonderful golf course, difficult enough without being too
challenging, very scenic and with some lovely water features. When Gary
Player designed it he made good use of the natural features and the
management has maintained it to a very high standard with always a warm
welcome and the caddies really know their craft
Mashi Kaneta certainly took to the course and found no problems with the par
three’s, getting two near pins and two of the “twos” - Well Done Mashi.
Steve Hamstead also played some lovely golf to win on the day with 41
The course played very well - rewarding good shots and punishing the bad
ones. The society now looks forward to the same again next week, August 12.
1st Steve Hamstead (14), 41 points
2nd Peter Harris (21), 39 points
3rd Ged Mason (18), 38 points c/back
4th Derek Eastham (16), 38 points
Near Pins: Mashi Kaneta (2), Phil Dwyer, Chaten Patel
“Twos” Club: Mashi Kaneta (2)
Hong Kong fishermen claim their personal bests
Catch of the Day with Tropical Bert’s
I do like a day on the sea. I do like fishing, and I do
like catching big fish. My wife on the other hand is not too keen on any of
the above, but she does like eating fish. Surprisingly so does her family
and her friends and Uncle Tom Cobly and all. So of course when we have a
good day, I am in favour.
feisty fisher folk with their prize catches
On this day a group from Polycom in Hong Kong, consisting of Chris Taylor,
(The Boss), Rick Sample, (Canadian now living in Aussie), Kazuo Seta
(Japanese) and Alan Ma (Chinese) decided to go out and try to catch the
biggest ‘one’ they had ever caught.
The weather has not been good of late, as all who live here will have
noticed, the sea has been a little bouncy and taking your tablets before
departing would be advisable. What is not advisable is stopping out for a
late night and then going fishing. However, it seems that not being well
brings the fish on to feed.
So ‘The Dolphin’ left a very busy Bang Sarae at about 08:15 and went out
into a choppy swell. The lines went out and soon many small fish were taking
a nibble whilst Captain Ting made valiant efforts to hook the big one. Me? I
went to the upper deck and tested the deck chairs for a few hours; I am very
good at this part of fishing.
Chris told me that the two youngest members had to be back at the hotel by
18:00hrs, so we had to set back at 16:00hrs. At 15:30 we still had not even
had a bite on the big rods, and we thought it was not to be our day, so we
tried one final place for the last half hour. After all, this is fishing,
and one never knows.
Out went the big lines, and all Hell let loose. First the line on the left
zoomed out, and after a good fight Kazuo pulled in a fine Pompano of 8kg, or
so. Fine eating indeed.
Immediately after, the reel on the right screamed out and Chris was into the
fight of his fishing life for a full 45 minutes. Ten minutes into the battle
and the big line at the front also shot out and Rick, an experienced
fisherman was into one of the biggest fish of his fishing career, and
finally landed a fine Barracuda of about 5 feet.
Chris meanwhile was still fighting his fish, and long after Rick landed his,
he finally got it to the boat, and we finally landed it. It was an Eagle Ray
of about 40kg, a fine fish.
Catch on board and we dashed for harbor to meet an appointment with a plane,
when really we all wanted to stay out in this fine fishing world
A great trip, really enjoyed by all, and all four fishermen got the biggest
fish they had ever landed as Alan Ma had never fished before.
Grape Vine stumbles but does not fall
Pattaya Sports Club Friday Bowling League
200 Bowlers - Kran, Doug, Morn, Teuvo, & La
Grape Vine dropped three points to Three Sisters, yet hold a five-point lead
as we head into the last two weeks. Second placed House of the Golden Coin
squeeze out a split with Morn’s 233 to Kran’s 208 for the extra point.
Montana moves back to fourth place, loosing 3 to 1 to Domicil. France
dropped 3 points to VFW Post 9876. Friends take three from Mai’s Thai
Restaurant. Brother D and Shenanigans sweep all points from Café Olé and
Jack & Tar
The Square Ring
by Howie Reed
Jeeves has returned home from his night time tour of Pattaya with O.R. and
Monkey House Fred. He appears none the worse for wear, a little chagrined by
his Yank like deportment and searching for his umbrella, which he says,
“Must have been stolen.”
There’s something about the ‘dog days’ of summer that brings out almost
nothing good in boxing. It’s the time of year when old timers make
“comebacks” and “wannabes” issue challenges in the form of “I call him out.”
It’s just something that’s there because it’s there.
Out in the land of Kiwi and nervous sheep there’s a young heavyweight named
Shane Cameron who at 16-0 is probably ready to step it up a notch. Upon
further review, it appears I miss wrote. His 16-0 record is built on boxers
that are not even opponents. That aside, Cameron wanted to, so he did, call
out fellow New Zealander David Tua. It would be a slaughter. Tua would knock
Meanwhile Roy Jones was fighting something called Prince Badi Ajamu in the
major fight town of Boise Idaho USA. Jones, back from a three year absence
that no one seemed to notice, won 119-106 on all official cards: “I wanted
to see if my reflexes were still there. I wanted to see if I could do the
things I used to do like catch him off balance. After tonight, I realized
that I can still do the things that I’m not supposed to be able to do any
more!” Note to Roy, “No one cares. You are so yesterday.”
Many in boxing think that Ike Quartey may have been one of the best in the
sport in the last 15 years. He fought them all, beat most while actually
acting like a professional athlete.
Vernon Forrest for a much shorter time was held in the same regard.
Forrest’s mistake after beating Shane Mosley was running into the wild, mad
Ricardo Mayorga. The latter is out of boxing as he was handed a suspension
by the Nevada Athletic Commission for testing positive for an “illegal
substance” after his fight with DeLaHoya. Appearing before the Commission
Mayorga admitted taking the substance but said, “I didn’t know it was
illegal.” Yeah right.
Quartey and Forrest met in a crossroads fight last Sunday at Madison Square
Our Thai stringer saw the fight a little different than I did: “Forrest had
a point deducted for a low blow and Dave Bontempo agreed with your Thailand
stringer that Quartey won the contest. He has lost a couple of “iffy” close
decisions in the past and I think even Forrest was a little surprised at the
outcome even though he gave it the ‘I knew I beat him’ interview.”
The HBO announcers also had Quartey winning the fight but ‘His Lordship’ and
the Judges saw it differently. The official scores were 95-94 twice and
96-93. ‘His Lordship’ had it 96-94. Quartey tossed a lot of “show punches”
that looked better than they actually were.
What thinketh you when New York fans, of all people, come unglued at a
decision that favors an American over a foreigner?
That’s what happened when the decision went to Forrest. The fans screamed,
“Bull****, Bull****, Bull****”, long after the fight was over. I’m guessing
there were more foreigners in the crowd than Yanks. It was New York
Thailand’s attention was focused on the “interim” WBO 126 pound match
between Juan Manual Marquez at 44-3-1 and Tersak Jandaeg at 24-1.
No use wasting time and space going into the pre-fight build up as that was
covered brilliantly last week in these spaces. The winner is supposed to get
WBO Champ Scott Harrison, who currently is either in “rehab” or doing a
stint with the “Old Bill.”
In the days prior to the fight, the promoters issued the following about
Jandaeg: “Despite going down once and dropping a 12-round decision by
117-110 and 119-108 twice, the Thai boxer showed his class, grit and
determination when he battled Guzman for 36 minutes.” Imagine the scores if
Jandaeg hadn’t been able to “baffle” Guzman?
“Marquez is not as good (as me) and would lose to Guzman,” Jandaeng said.
“Guzman has quicker hand speed. He dominated me only because he hit and ran
away. Marquez is there to be hit. I will have no problem knocking him out. I
saw a tape of his last fight. He looked old and sloppy in his punches.’’
The classy Marquez played it closer to the vest at the final press
conference: “It is going to be a great fight. Thailand is full of terrific
fighters and Terdsak is one of the best.”
Marquez may have been right about Thailand being full of terrific fighters
but unfortunately they don’t match up to “terrific fighters” from Mexico. It
was a really tough contest with heavy-handed punches dropping like quarters
in the casino’s slot machines. After an even first round, Terdsak hit the
deck in the second towards the end of the round but was able to survive. In
the 3rd, Terdsak was penalized a point for repeated low blows, was down in
the 6th and suffered a TKO at 1:12 of the 7th.
Terdsak had no defense for anything that Marquez did. About the only chance
Terdak had was to switch to the right side of the plate, which he’s capable
of doing, and force a stoppage because of the swelling of Marquez’s right
eye. It appeared that the very tough Thai didn’t have a working Plan “A” and
there was no Plan “B”. To beat Marquez it’s necessary to box, which Chris
Jones did, and Terdak didn’t. The Square Ring had the fight 59-53 at “Fight
“What is it Jeeves?”
“As a matter of fact Your Lordship I am going to comment on Sunday’s WBC
heavyweight fight between Hasim Rahman and Oleg Maskaev in Las Vegas. The
local promoter is trying to bill this fight as ‘America’s last Chance’. The
‘Last Chance’ in this case is not some tawdry saloon, although Las Vegas
probably needs a couple of those, but the last chance for an American
heavyweight champion. The problem is that both fighters are citizens of the
USA, live here and most of America couldn’t give a rat’s posterior.”
“Thank you Jeeves.”
It could though be a pretty good contest, especially in light of the fact
that Maskaev seems to be one of the only fighters in history to “re-invent”
himself. His 5 losses from 32 wins is a little misleading. Two of his losses
came against Oliver McCall (1996 KO in 1) and David Tua (1997 in 11) when
both Tua and McCall were really good boxers.
Maskaev then put together some wins before a match with undefeated Kirk
Johnson who at that time was the ‘real deal’. Maskaev won every round,
Johnson landed a ‘lucky punch’ and the fight was over.
Then came two more losses to Lance Whittaker and Corey Sanders. Most
considered Maskaev ‘through’. Whoops, the pundits were wrong. Maskaev has
put together 10 wins in a row including traveling to Germany to defeat Sinan
Samil Sam decisively.
Rahman (41-5) had his moment of glory when he KO’d Lennox Lewis in 5 back in
2001. I listened to that one in the old computer room of Tim’s Bar Beer and
Dance Palace. Since then Rahman has done squat including getting KO’d by
Lewis in 4 in the rematch.
Prediction? Take Maskaev in what will be a surprisingly good fight. Well
O.R., our Thailand correspondent/stringer ended his fight report with, “Just
another day in the ring, so I’m off to the TQ to darken some Thai lady’s
Sunday. Should have gone to church.”
His Lordship: “Jeeves, oh Jeeves. Confound it, where has that Jeeves gotten
too? It’s time for a few tall cold ones and no Jeeves. Wait here’s a note.
‘My Lord have popped out for a new umbrella. Should return later this
evening. Beer in the fridge - Jeeves’.
“No O.R., you made the right choice. At least at the TQ you might run into
Jeeves shopping for an umbrella. Church? Not a chance.”
Granville takes the top award for July
PSC golf from The Bunker Bar
Monday, July 31, Mountain
Shadow - Medal
The first Medal competition of the week was held at Mountain Shadow, and
on a beautiful day for golf with a slight breeze the field was split
into two flights with the cut at 17 and under.
Swanton - The Bunker Boy’s ‘Golfer of the Month’ for July.
With the greens quick and tricky as usual, the B Flight players
struggled to put their game together with the exception of Granville
Swanton who won with a fine one over par net 73; this win gave Granville
points toward the ‘Golfer of the Month’ trophy. At the time he didn’t
know if it was enough to win the much coveted award until the other
scores came in, as there were four other players in the hunt; namely
Duncan Lee, Geoff Parker, Roger Privett and Japanese golfer Mashi
Runner up in the B Flight was Tony Geeland with net 76 and third place
went to Graham Willoughby who finished way back on net 85.
In the A Flight there was a tie for first place between Paul Smith and
Roger Privett who both carded a net 73, and Roger fancied his chances of
claiming the monthly trophy. There was a tie for third place too between
Dave Lightfoot and Alan Campbell who both finished the day with net
Two near pin prizes were won by Paul Smith with Paul Davies and Dave
Lightfoot claiming the other two.
Back in The Bunker Bar there was plenty of light hearted banter going on
between the challengers for the ‘Golfer of the Month’ while the scores
came in and the fun continued when a tie was announced, meaning a count
back was necessary. This resulted in Granville winning by just one point
ahead of Roger Privett who conceded defeat gracefully and proceeded to
drown his sorrows!
Wednesday, August 2, Century Chon Buri - Stableford
For the first game of the month, The Bunker Boy’s made the
relatively long journey to Century Chon Buri for a Stableford
competition. With two flights again, the cut was made at 18 and under
and in the B Flight Duncan Lee continued to dominate whenever he plays;
today he scored 37 points to win the Flight. Runner up was Tony Geeland
who scored 35 points and Dave Keats finished third with 29 points.
In the A Flight we saw Dave Lightfoot and Mashi Kaneta tie for runner up
spot, both scoring 34 points, which was one point behind Roger Privett,
still smarting over not winning the Golfer of the Month trophy, but
winning today with 35 points.
Only three greens were hit on the par three holes so Geoff Parker, Roger
Privett and PJ Redmond shared the pot between them.
Friday, August 4, Crystal Bay - Medal
The beautiful Crystal Bay was the setting for the second
Medal competition of the week on Friday.
The field was split into two flights with the cut again at 18 and under,
in the B Flight Mick Ramshaw came runner up with a one over par net 73,
two shots behind winner Jim Payne who shot a one under par net 71.
PJ Redmond won the A Flight with a modest three over par net 75 ahead of
two Japanese golfers, Mashi Kaneta and Takeshi Hakozaki, who tied for
the runner up spot with net 78’s.
Only three greens were hit on the par three’s so Takeshi, Mick Ramshaw
and PJ Redmond shared the kitty between them.
Dave arrows home at Century
PSC golf from The Oohsa Bar
The winners celebrate back at
the Oohsa bar.
The last golf meeting at Oohsa Bar saw twenty one
golfing warriors munching on an excellent breakfast before heading off
for the Century Chonburi course, which most people know to be one of the
least expensive courses to play and one that represents excellent value
for money. Where else can you play for 100 baht? Ok, it’s not world
class but all the same, well worth the money.
Despite the fact that we were rained on most of the round it was a very
enjoyable day and it did slow the greens up a little which most people
Dave Arrowsmith led the way home, showing good precision and placement
to finish with a 37 point tally, closely followed by Roy (just take my
picture) Pimblett on 34, Jeff Wylie 32 and Steve Hamstad with 31 points.
‘Near Pins’ were won by Gus Dickie, Dave Arrowsmith, Bob Philp and Roy
Pimblett while the long putt awards went to Lorne Dickie and Barry
Quirk. A special award for scoring a “two” saw Graham Parry and Daved
Childs receive a complimentary beer from the establishment. This of
course encouraged the rest of us to partake of the ice-cold amber fluid
while tucking in to a very good chicken curry. All in all a great day.
Our next trip will be to The Emerald Ban Chang and once again the
invitation is there for anyone who wishes to join in the fun to contact
Keith Hodges on 07- 9167171
Cunningham & Hewitt - Top Pairing at Noble Place
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at the OK Corral
Tuesday, August 1, the Pattaya Golf Society left the
OK Corral for the long trip to Noble Place for a pairs better ball event
at the very friendly course.
(left) receives his coveted ‘Player of the Month’ award from Mr. Denis.
The skies were heavy all day and the “C” course was played in heavy
rain, leaving the “A” course sodden underfoot for the back nine. It was
a tough day and the ten teams performed well in the conditions with only
five shots covering the whole field.
Paul Scully and Keith Barr joined Ray Underwood and Tony Kitchen in
third place with creditable scores of net 70 and these were only one
behind the score of second-placed Ian Kidd and Carl Lovatt. These three
teams were composed of high handicappers which lends lie to the rumour
that team events only benefit the “better” golfers, but the top team was
indeed one of quality. John Cunningham, partnered by Bill Hewitt,
proceeded to post a score of four-under, net 68, to take the day’s main
award. Surprisingly it was one of the first occasions when the pairing
had been successful and more is now anticipated from them.
There were no birdie “twos” on the saturated greens and Alan Freeman and
Mike Benton took the ‘Booby Bevy’, after a tense count back over two
other teams, for their otherwise good score of 73.
The next PGS team golf experience will be at Green Valley on August 22
when Mr. Len celebrates a major milestone on his birthday with a
four-man team scramble. Entry forms and full details are available at
the OK Corral and all IPGC venues.
Page Takes Centre Stage
Mountain Shadow Golf Club is always a fine challenge for golfers, with
its many trees, water hazards and large, rolling and racing greens and
this was the stage for the Pattaya Golf Society’s weekly stableford
event on Thursday.
The skies remained overcast throughout but thankfully they gave nothing
more than a refreshing breeze to the field, which was cut at nineteen
In a taut Division Two, scores were low as Tony Kitchen took third place
with 28 stableford points and Keith Barr established himself in second
with 32 points. Ian Kidd had the flight in his pocket with an excellent
35 points and all three are to be congratulated for making the podium
for the second successive event.
Division One golfers fared better with Joop Medze, playing with the
group for only the second time, posting a splendid 34 points for a share
of second place; his round owing much to his accuracy off the tee.
Joining him was the astute Aussie, Stuart Thompson, who rose from his
sickbed to record 34 points as well and banish all thoughts of the food
poisoning which had laid him low earlier in the week. So much for 99
Lording it over the flight was Phil Page who used the occasion to post
the day’s only level-par round, 36 points, on his first round with the
Pattaya Golf Society. Well done, Phil, and welcome.
There were no birdie “twos” for the second successive round meaning a
large field would be eagerly anticipating Laem Chabang the next time
out. The ‘Booby Bevy’ went to Len Jones for his attempt to steal the
honour on the seventh, claiming that his decision to “scratch” the sixth
before his playing partners also did so, gave him the right.
The presentation at the OK Corral gave Mr. Denis the opportunity to
award Mikael Andersson with the PGS “Player of the Month” trophy for
July and his month’s Order of Merit efforts were suitably rewarded.
Congratulations Mikael, it is thoroughly deserved. Full results and a
whole lot more can be found at www.thebunkerboys.com