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SPORTS
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

The ‘Sportsmen’ live up to their names

Jameson’s rings in Christmas, but Harry & Saranya were loudest!

Singapore wins The Ambassador’s Cup at Siam Polo Park

Flying Dutchman Jan leaves the field trailing at Bang Pakong

The Beautiful Game?

Ladies lead the way at Phoenix

Mission Impossible at Emerald

Four balls in the water - but still makes a 7

Kerr & McNeely on top at Greenwood

Tony Barritt does an ‘’England’’

McCloone & White snatch Xmas pairs title

Mark Brenton captures December ‘Monthly Mug’

Montana close up on Café Kronborg

Jeff Wiley tames Treasure Hill

San Miguel takes on league sponsorship

The Square Ring

Bob skippers his team to victory

Lavender has the scent of victory

A battle with the wind at Eastern Star

PATTAPA SPORTS ROUND-UP

The ‘Sportsmen’ live up to their names

Noel Thomas Jaidee Classic 2006

Tuesday 19th December saw the third annual staging of the newly renamed Noel Thomas Jaidee Classic the brainchild of Alan Lewis from the www.bahtbus.com website.

The Sportsman’s team; Dave, Dez, Lee and James are crowned ‘Noel Thomas Jaidee Classic 2006’ champions.
It is fitting to mention that this important fund raising event is in support of poor children that are inflicted with HIV/AIDS and are looked after, cared for and educated at the Camillian Social Center Rayong. The center, run by Father Giovanni Contarin and his team of staff, has grown over the years in no small part from generous donations that arrive by such fixtures on the local sporting calendar as this one.
This year’s event once again brought out many of Pattaya’s locals and tourists to either help with the organization, compete, or even do both for the chance to claim the most sought after and coveted honor of winning one of the trophies that are presented to the winners at the end of the day’s sporting activities.
A staggering 301,200 baht was raised for the Noel Thomas Jaidee Appeal on a day of jovial competition and exceptional generosity.

Father Giovanni of the Camillian Social Center Rayong (right) is presented with a cheque for 60,000 baht.
A hearty breakfast at the Caddy Shack, Soi 17, began the early start to the day’s schedule, a little too early judging by the condition of some, both locals and tourists alike. Never the less all were fighting fit and aboard the coach a mere 30 minutes later than planned.
The first event, golf, took place at the Royal Thai Navy nine-hole course at Bang Saray. To say it was a scramble was an understatement as several first time players and medium handicappers struggled to make contact with the ball in the early stages. However all completed the course with some respectable scores, depending on who’s point of view you took at the bar.
The Kiwi Wobblers were true to their name being the first to arrive at the 19th hole and awaited the final foursome, who returned some two hours later.
There were a few surprises in the technical results; Kiwi Pete who can’t normally putt further than his nose managed longest putt on the very difficult 4th green. Some confusion arose within the Barracuda 1 team when the officials suggested they take the furthest ball from the flag in order to challenge Kiwi Pete’s once in a lifetime putt, amazingly they did!
The only women in the competition, Joom, won the nearest the pin prize on the 3rd hole. The men’s reaction was that it was impossible to see the pin due to the trees blocking their view, others were not aware of the water hazard in front of the green.
Ramsey of the Eden Masters would normally have tried to clear the water on the par five 7th hole, but on this day thirst got the better of him as he chose to lay up and hook it wildly to the left in order to win nearest the barrel of beer sponsored by Middy Campbell.
Next on the agenda was lunch at the long established Bang Saray Club where a barbeque and buffet was laid on. This gave the last team home on the golf course, Sportsman’s Bar, time to catch up to all but the Kiwi Wobblers on the drinking stakes. Other teams appeared to be taking on the same challenge so a further delay ensued.
After arriving safely at the ten-pin bowling venue, a few of the teams found themselves short of members and had to coerce spectators into reserve spots. Once again surprising scores were carded by all but a few teams and the Sportsman’s Bar and Barracuda 2 were looking very strong.
It was then back to the Caddy Shack for the last event, 8-ball pool, along with an evening’s entertainment in the capable hands of Master of Ceremonies, Clive.
The two finalists, Barracuda 2 and Sportsman’s Bar had no idea they where tied on points so whoever won this game was to be the Noel Thomas Jaidee Classic 2006 champions. A very close game followed and went all the way to the black ball. The Barracuda 2 just missed their attempt while the Sportsman’s Bar managed to keep their cool and seize the moment.
The presentation to the worthy winners; Dave, Dez, Lee and James of the Sportsman’s Bar incorporating Door to Door was followed by an auction set up by the Caddy Shack boss Keith. Such was the generosity of the crowd that items were selling for much more than their retail value.
RWM Mike Johnstone and several other Freemasons from Lodge Pattaya West Winds were in attendance for the presentation of 60,000 baht to Father Giovanni Contarin of the Camillian Social Center Rayong.
Thanks go to our many sponsors and all the people that worked together (you know who you are) to make this such a rewarding day for those unfortunate innocent children under Father Giovanni’s care.
Further details of the fundraiser and the Jaidee Appeal can be found at www.bahtbus.com

Time for a few refreshments - even the caddie joins in.


Jameson’s rings in Christmas, but Harry & Saranya were loudest!

The 2006 Jameson’s ‘Jinger Bens’ Christmas Pairs Scramble

Mike Franklin
Jameson’s International Golf Society held its annual ‘Jinger Bens’ Christmas Pairs Scramble on Friday 22nd December at Eastern Star, in fine weather and on a course that continues to be presented to a very high standard. Add to that the excellent cooperation and service from the staff and you have the perfect venue for a seasonal tournament. Congratulations to Harry Riley and partner Saranya Chaiyanont who took full advantage and jingled all the way to the podium, winning by just half a shot on count-back.

Simon and Jim Philbrook took the runner-up spot, only missing out on the top prize by a whisker.
The field was limited to a hundred players and that was the number that drove off from the 10th Tee. The pin positions were at medium difficulty but Course Superintendant, Khun Kaweeporn, had lowered the cutters on the greens to produce a running speed of 11 on the Stimpmeter which, for the average player, is quick. No complaints though in playing the technical holes. Near pins were won by Peter Henshaw, Joe McArdle, Mikael Andersson and Ken Lill. The long putts were claimed by George Jackson, Birgitta Luning, Pim Wylacker and Meg Oke. Moon Schwulera won the ladies long drive on #7 and Magnus Johansson had the shot of the day on #4 with a drive just over 325 yards.

Overall winners Harry Riley and Saranya Chaiyanont (left & center) share a word about their exploits with roving reporter Mike Franklin.
All technical winners received a bottle of wine, except for Ann Drader who was ‘Nearest the Heineken’ keg on the short par four, 12th.
The performance results were good, including a creditable highest net score by Bill Johnstone and David Green, duly rewarded with the traditional Nova-Bens (down in one) Jameson’s cocktail.
There were two count-backs in the winning scores. Harry Riley and Saranya Chaiyanont were the overall winners with a net 67 and net 32.5 on the back nine. Simon and Jim Philbrook took the runner-up spot, also with a net 67 but just missing out with a net 33 on the back nine. Third place was taken by Barry Connelly and John McKillop with a net 67.6 and back nine 34.3, nudging Tira Charuvastra and Khun Sririporn, also net 67.6 but 35.3 on the back nine, to take the Best Mixed Pair prize.

A ‘wooden spoon’ of sorts. Even the less successful golfers got in on the act with a special Nova-Bens (down in one) cocktail.
The Best Men’s Pair prize went to Barry Winton and Paul Davies, net 69 and Best Ladies Pair went to Wanida Reed and Banjob Franklin. Trophies for the overall winning pairs were kindly sponsored by North Shore Real Estate and Q Cars Car Rental
The prize-giving and party back at Jameson’s was hugely festive and a fitting conclusion to ‘JIGS’ Golf in 2006. A Very Happy New Year to all.


Singapore wins The Ambassador’s Cup at Siam Polo Park

His Excellency Felipe Frydman, the Argentinean Ambassador to Thailand (center back-row) joins in the prize-giving celebrations.

Ariyawat Nuamsawat
The Singapore polo team won the recently held Ambassador’s Cup, played out over the weekend December 15-17 at The Siam Polo Park in Pattaya.
Altogether four teams took part in the tournament, which was organized by The Thailand Horse Polo Association; namely Singapore, Indonesia, King Power, and Black Dog.

Singapore (white shirts) take on the Indonesians in the final match.
The tournament, in its inaugural year, was presided over by His Excellency Felipe Frydman, The Argentinean Ambassador to Thailand and all those who attended witnessed some great horsemanship and some extremely close games.
The Singaporeans, who could count top Asian player Sattar Khan from Pakistan in their ranks, won two out of their three matches and tied at the top of the leader board with King Power. With a greater scoring record of 17 to King Power’s 12, the Singapore team were adjudged to be the overall winners by the closest of margins.
In third place came the Indonesian team and the top three were supported from below by the Black Dog team, who could only manage two defeats and one tied game.
The Argentine Ambassador presented the trophy to the winners and the weekend was rounded off with a traditional South American Asado (BBQ). All those who took part declared the tournament to be a great success and will be hoping it now becomes a permanent fixture on the polo calendar.


Flying Dutchman Jan leaves the field trailing at Bang Pakong

PSC golf from The Bunker

Monday, December 18, Bang Pakong, Medal
The first Medal competition of the week was at Bang Pakong where Dutchman Jan Von Spelling showed the way, winning the B Flight with a fine six under par net 66. There was a three-way tie for second place between Paul Quodomine, Richard Baldotto and Brian Maddox, all finishing on two-under par net 70.
In the A Flight (handicap 18 and under), William Macey was at it again winning with a one under par net 71 ahead of Paul Smith and Tony Scambler, who tied for runner-up spot with level par net 72’s.
Near pin prizes were won by Rod Stevens, Paul Quodomine, William Macey and Geoff Parker.
Wednesday, December 20, Mountain Shadow, Stableford
Wednesday and The Bunker Boy’s headed for Mountain Shadow for a Stableford competition.
On a very breezy day good scores weren’t easy to come by, the best score of the day coming in the A Flight where Mashi Kaneta won with 34 points, ahead of William Macey 31 points and third placed Gerry Cooney 28 points.
Bryan Rought and Jack Robertson shared the spoils in the B Flight winning with 31 points apiece and PJ Redmond claimed third place with 27 points.
Near pin prizes went to Geoff Parker, Bryan Rought, Gerry Cooney and PJ Redmond.
Friday, December 22, Burapha, Medal
The second Medal comp of the week was held at Burapha Golf and Country Club. The course was in very good nick but proved to be as tough as ever.
Playing the Crystal and Dune courses and with the cut at handicap 18 and under, John King won the A Flight with a net 73; in second place came Mashi Kaneta and William Macey found himself further down the field than usual finishing third with net 79.
In the B Flight Thea Von Spelling had a very steady round of golf to win with a two-over par net 74, two shots better than Mick Ramshaw’s net 76 and three shots better than Bernie Stevens’ net 77.
Peter Bloom, John Graham, Mashi Kaneta and John King shared the near pin prizes.


The Beautiful Game? by Riz Taylor

2006 - Top that!

That’s another year almost over then, and perhaps a time to reflect on another twelve months of football that never failed to deliver intrigue and drama. We started the year just as it would end, with nightmares for Charlton fans. Five hundred Addicks’ supporters left home at 10am to travel to their furthest away fixture, at Newcastle, only to arrive and find the game had been cancelled by referee Mike Dean just 25 minutes before kick off. “The FA must look at this. Forget the players - it’s just not fair on the fans,” said fat Newcastle chairman Freddie Shepherd.
Portsmouth would finish the year in the top six, an amazing achievement after Harry Redknapp’s surprise return to the club in January, complaining he couldn’t make himself understood in his own dressing room after Frenchman Alain Perrin’s departure. “We’ve got three people who can’t speak English. You can’t even tell them what to do. What are you supposed to do, draw diagrams for 20 minutes? It shouldn’t happen,” he ranted.
In the cup, Nuneaton Borough managed a draw with Middlesbrough and Liverpool were pressed hard by Luton Town. Thierry Henry announced he’d be staying at Arsenal as the club splashed 5 million pounds - which could reach 12 - on sixteen year-old Theo Walcott. Meanwhile Alan Shearer reached 200 goals for Newcastle.
Sven Goran Eriksson was embarrassed by a News of the World ‘sting’ that saw his supposedly private thoughts revealed. In the end it merely confirmed his desire to lace his already bulging bank account, but he ends the year with the last laugh, still being paid 13,000 pounds a day by the English FA despite having left his job six months ago. Nice work if you can get it.
Mike Newell spoke of corruption throughout the game, an allegation that would have far-reaching consequences over the coming year, and to end the month Liverpool completed the shock move of the transfer window by recapturing Robbie Fowler.
Surely February would be more subdued? Well, not really. Alex McLeish announced he’d be leaving Rangers and Egypt scooped the African Cup of Nations. Chelsea crashed out of the Champions League to Barcelona, whilst after revelations that workers on the new Wembley Stadium had been betting on the project being finished later, an electrician told The Guardian: “We couldn’t believe our luck. We got jammed in the [bookmaker’s] door in the rush to place bets. And money riding on Wembley not being ready was hardly an incentive to work harder. Most of the bets were smaller, from brickies and fitters taking advantage of a guaranteed cert,” said the rather happy workman/punter.
Liverpool’s defence of their Champions League crown came to a sticky end with a pathetic exit to Benfica, whilst in the Premiership it was Tottenham who were making noises with a decent run for a spot in the competition. Stan Collymore, meanwhile, spoke of his upcoming role in Basic Instinct 2. “It’s only a short role, but in one of the early scenes I had to make love with Sharon in a car. I guess you could say I had a bit of experience for the part,” he said.
In March 20-year old Wayne Rooney released his autobiography and Stuart Pearce refused a compensation package were he to ever be sacked by Manchester City, and Reading were promoted to the Premiership. In April the English FA dawdled over signing a replacement for the outgoing Eriksson, Gretna qualified for the Scottish Cup Final and Teddy Sheringham became only the second outfield player to feature in a Premiership match aged 40. Arsenal’s slip to fifth in the table meant they might have to win the Champions League, but a quarter final win over Juventus set them up for exactly that.
Chelsea clinched a successive Premiership trophy in early May, before Liverpool overcame West Ham in an FA Cup Final classic at Wemb ... sorry, what was I thinking, Cardiff. Players’ Player of the Year Steven Gerrard was outstanding.
Arsenal pipped Tottenham to the coveted fourth position after Spurs players were taken ill after eating dodgy lasagne (later diagnosed as a stomach bug), guaranteeing them Champions League status this season, the money from which would be crucial to fund the move to their new Emirates Stadium. It also allowed the Gunners to concentrate on the finale to their staggering Champions League run, but Barcelona proved too strong for Arsenal, who lost goalkeeper Jens Lehmann after the keeper fouled Samuel Eto’o just minutes into the game. It was a disappointing end to the competition, but at least two footballing sides had reached the final. A precedent for the future? Let’s hope so.
The World Cup began with news from Scotland, where a man, in the midst of a messy divorce, bundled into his local bookmakers to lay 27,000 pounds on Brazil to win the World Cup in an apparent attempt to spite his greedy wife. Coral said the punter, thought to be in his 50s, had placed the bet to “stop his wife getting hold of his money”.
Meanwhile the tournament came and went. England, whose players had spoken of winning the competition, were hopeless and crashed out to Portugal after losing Wayne Rooney, whilst the impressive Argentina also stumbled after some devastating early form that had put them among the favourites. Australia were making a name for themselves and only went out to a dodgy penalty decision to Italy, this coming the game after flagship English referee Graham Poll issued a player three yellow cards in the Socceroos’ final group game with Croatia. The Italians went on to win the trophy, but the game will be better remembered for Zinedine Zidane’s last actions as a player - to headbutt Marco Materrazzi in the chest before being sent off moments from the end of the final.
Back in Birmingham, Aston Villa got shot of David O’Leary and replaced him with Martin O’Neill, the last act of Doug Ellis reign as chairman and one that could turn out to be his finest. Chelsea picked up superstars Michael Ballack and Andriy Shevchenko from Bayern and AC Milan respectively.
This season has been all about Manchester United’s challenge to Chelsea for the top spot, but although no trophies have been decided there hasn’t been a shortage of stories. Northern Ireland shocked Spain in September with a David Healy hat-trick in a 3-2 win, whilst club after club has been taken over by rich businessmen towards the end of the year. Let’s also not forget Roy Keane’s shock acceptance of the manager’s role at struggling Sunderland.
And that’s just the half of it. If 2007 is to be anything like 2006 there will be plenty to discuss in these pages, and so have a Happy New Year and join us again next Friday for another twelve months of football fun. See you then.


Ladies lead the way at Phoenix

Phoenix Members Golf

Wednesday, December 20, Phoenix, Stableford
Men’s Flight ‘A’
1st Ian Spiers 31pts
2nd Eddie Blackwell 30pts
3rd Neil Mcallister 30pts
Men’s Flight ‘B’
1st Mike Poustie 34pts
2nd Thomas Nielson 33pts
3rd Ben Hogstram 33pts
Ladies
1st Mayo Deane 35pts
2nd Annette Haroldsson, 35pts
3rd Tukta Spiers 33pts
A gathering of 26, including both members and guests turned up at Phoenix on a beautiful sunny day with a fair breeze blowing to keep everyone cool.

The winners from the Phoenix Members Golf society outing played Dec. 20.
With a field of 19 men and 7 ladies it was decided that we would have 3 flights today: 2 for the men, split at 0 to 14 for ‘A’ Flight and 15 and above for ‘B’ Flight, and a ladies flight all to themselves.
Although the weather was good and the course (Mountain & Lakes) in magnificent condition, it was soon clear that the high amount of tourist golfers, a strong wind and super fast greens (downhill) were going to make the going slow - and tough!
Nevertheless playing on our super home course is always a bonus even if a little slow sometimes. The scores returned reflected the conditions with no one breaking their handicap. The Men’s A Flight winner with 31 points was Ian Spiers whilst in the B Flight, Mike Poustie scored a respectable 34 points for top spot. The Ladies division fared slightly better with both Mayo Deane and Annette Haroldson posting scores of 35 points and Mayo taking the count back.
Technical Prizes: Barry James, Paul Sharples, Ben Hogstram, Terry O’conner.
Lucky Draw: Mike Gerrard
Phoenix Members Golf society meets every Wednesday and Sunday in the restaurant at Phoenix G.C. at about 11.30am. The draw is at 12.00 Noon sharp with a first tee time at 12.32pm. For more information call Ron Bridge on 08 1452 5995 for Wednesday golf and Ben Hogstram on 08 6157 5310 for the Sunday golf or call Mike Gerrard on 087 091 7565.
NB: Full details of the new Phoenix Members Golf society will be included in next week’s Pattaya Mail


Mission Impossible at Emerald

IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at the OK Corral

Tuesday, December 19, all the players at the Pattaya Golf Society were looking forward to was a relaxing pre-festive season medal competition at the revamped Emerald course at Ban Chang.
Instead they found the course still wearing its Asian Tour Qualifier “dress” and on top of that, a very stiff breeze was blowing. The day would be no picnic! The rough was thick, the fairways firm and the greens were relentlessly hard and running at a pace no one had ever experienced before.
The two flights were cut at nineteen and under and in the top flight the best single figure handicap score was that posted by Stuart Thompson, his gross 85 giving him net 79 and third place. He was headed by Emiel van der Wiele who took second place with net 78 whilst long-hitting Andy Parkinson took the honours for his excellent round of net 73.
In the second flight Jim Ferris came third with a hard won net 79 whilst Ray Underwood equalled the day’s second-best net score with his fine 73, which more than merited second place. The round of the day was that recorded by Ian Kidd and his net 70 was a mind-boggling score considering the conditions, and he took the honours with his usual self-effacing smile.
Unsurprisingly there were no birdie “twos”, three and four putts being the order of the day, and the rolled over pot would be well contested two days later at Green Valley.
Emerald had been more than a test of golf, it had been a severe jolt to the system. The course has always been recognised as a fine challenge but on this day it had served as a reminder of what the game is all about at the moderately high levels of a major tour qualifying school, and the realisation of just how good the best players in the world are. Maybe we should all just play the game for fun?
Old & Young Heads at Eastern Star
On Thursday the Pattaya Golf Society managed to find a peaceful course at Green Valley, bereft of the usual hordes, and a hassle-free Stableford competition was in prospect for all.
Bolstered by the return of several old friends, and the presence of some new ones, the large field was cut at 21 and under for the event and the course was splendidly set up with firm fairways and challenging fast greens. The only downside was the constant strong breeze which was to add a little spice to the mixture and ensure that all the golfers put the emphasis on control rather than length.
In the second flight the minor honours were shared by Len Jones and Paul Quodomine, their scores of 27 points coming a distant second to lady rookie Mod Churaiska whose round of 33 points was the best of her very short career to date. Having hit her first golf ball a mere six months ago and played her first tournament only three months ago, she managed to keep her game in hand throughout and returned an excellent back nine total of twenty points to bolster her front nine score and take the victory.
In the top flight things were much tighter. Fine golf helped Jan Eriksen post a total of 32 points for third place whilst “old hands” Harry Riley and John Cunningham tied at the top with 33 points.
The substantial rolled-over “twos” purse was shared by Jan Eriksen and Adrian Bullock and the presentation party enjoyed the tales of woe on the course, what with “JC” John Chamber’s shanking problems, and the incredible low scores of a few top flight golfers, but the ‘Booby Bevy’ eventually went to Phil Gann whose back nine total of a mere four points stood out like a beacon amongst the other cards. The “Tiger” in his tank was certainly a warm welcome to the OK Corral for Phil!
The day had been a good one and golf at Green Valley had certainly been a fine way to start the festive season. The PGS wishes all its friends and golfers, old and new, wherever they are, a Happy and hazard-free New Year.


Four balls in the water - but still makes a 7

PSC golf from The Three Sisters Bar

At the end of last month, (November 28) the monthly winner was Sus Ige who came in with 37 points. He was tied with Dale Murphy but managed to beat Dale on count-back.
The next in line was Tommy Sato from Hawaii with 36 points. Tommy is leaving for home shortly so he will be missed for a while on the circuit.
There was no golf outing on December 5th due to the King’s Birthday. One week later, on the 12th, Dale Murphy made up for his loss to Sus as he came in with 40 points to take the day. He and Sus changed places as Sus came in second with 37 points. Aaron New came in a distant 3rd with 35 points.
This past week, December 19, found Kenny Mau at the top with 38 points. With his hip hurting Kenny was still able to beat the field by a point. Bob Benda and Sus managed 37 points each but could not catch the front-runner. The wind was blowing hard making the course more difficult and the greens faster.
One of the golfers said that he had four balls in the water on the par five 11th at Pattaya CC and took a seven for the hole and managed to get a point. Needless to say the other golfers didn’t believe him. His story went like this: He had a good drive and put his second shot near some rocks by the stream. His third shot had to be played out toward the water hazard on the left of the green. The ball ended a few inches from the water. He then tried to take a stance by the water hazard, lost his footing, and fell into the water up to his eyeballs. That was two balls in the water and you can guess what the other two balls were that got wet.
He was then helped out of the water by his caddy and Bob Benda. He then completed the hole by chipping next to the green on his 4th shot and finally got down for seven and a point (true story).


Kerr & McNeely on top at Greenwood

PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s

Tuesday, December 19, Greenwood, Stableford
It’s getting busy now, with the lists at most of the outlets filling up fast and courses filled to the brim. This usually leads to slower rounds, as we found out last week, however there are still bright spots, and as we sat eating breakfast at Bert’s, we hoped we were heading for one.

Dick Kerr (left) and Perry McNeely celebrate their golfing success back at Bert’s
The drive up to Greenwood (Noble Place) is long, both in distance and time, but with new roads it is gradually getting better and quicker.
On this day the road was not too bad, and we got up there fairly quickly, and as we pulled into the course it was noticeable that the car park was practically empty, so we got changed quickly and got to the first tee as quick as possible. Once there we were able to tee off straight away, and during the whole round we were clear ahead, in fact a really fine trip around. We were playing the B & C Nines on this day, and this was fine because it is a long time since most of us had played the C Nine.
The course is now getting dry and hard, particularly off the fairway, and the greens are fast but not very receptive, so a chip on usually meant it reached the other side, and the strong winds did not help either. Still, on a difficult day we had three fine scores, luckily for the A Div they were all in the B Div.
Round over and back at Bert’s the players tucked into their snacks, curry and chips, while the results were sorted out. In the A Div the winner was Perry McNeely with Kevin Dunne in second and Magnus Johannson in third, while in the B Div the winner was Dick Kerr with Dick Warberg in second and Mike Wing in third.
After a fine day many a thirst was then slaked.
T.T.F.N.
Near Pins: Rainer Helling; Magnus Johannson; Kevin Dunne; Jim Morton; Mike Wing; Dick Warberg; Andy Evans
Long Put: Phil Barnsley; Vincent Smyth; Bill Knight


Tony Barritt does an ‘’England’’

IPGC golf from The Haven

Monday December 18, Bangpra, Stableford
1st Rainer Helling 36pts
2nd Alan Howell 35pts
3rd Ian Kidd 34pts
4th Alex Sala 33pts c/b 22
5th Carl Lovatt 33pts
It was a tough day out in the swirling wind that brought welcome relief from the heat but also played havoc with the competition hopefuls as they struggled to keep to the straight and narrow on the tight Bangpra layout. With the greens as usual playing from slick to almost ‘impossible’ (dependant on where the pin was positioned), it made for a long and mostly unrewarding round for the majority.
Rainer Helling played one of his best rounds in recent times to record his first win out of The Haven, albeit by just a single shot from the always steady Alan Howell in second place.
The raiding party from the OK Corral took the next three places as the locals folded up against the conditions; Ian Kidd led home Alex Sala and Carl Lovatt who had to be separated by count back.
It was no surprise to find that the CSS had gone out to 73 on the day, thus ensuring that Rainer would at least get a small cut in handicap.
Rainer Helling had the only “two” in the First Division whilst Carl Lovatt had the lone one in the second.
Before presenting the prizes Richard Livingston, the resident PGA teaching professional, welcomed back Stewart Thompson, Ian Kidd, Alex Sala and Carl Lovatt, most of whom thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Wednesday, December 20, Eastern Star, Stableford
1st Trevor Schirmer 38pts c/b 21
2nd Tony Barritt 38pts
3rd Kenny Priddy 34pts
4th Rick Holmes 33pts
5th Stephen Lewis 32 c/b 16
6th Chris Davisson 32
The day’s golf proved to be even more testing than on the previous outing, with the wind continuing to blow in all directions but seemingly mostly in the opposite one to which the players were going.
Tony Barritt came out of the trap at a gallop and completely mesmerized Trevor Schirmer (his playing partner) over the first 14 holes, taking an eight-point lead and looking to all intents totally invincible. Trevor proved true to the Aussie template as he battled on and whittled the lead down to 4 standing on the last tee. He then proceeded to stick a 4-point birdie in the mix which was the final straw for Tony as he collapsed to a zero point double and then lost out in the count back for the top of the podium placing. This was another heavy blow to add to disappointments in Perth.
Kenny Priddy led home a bedraggled bunch several shots back with a very good round in the circumstances. Rick Holmes had the better of the count back with Stephen Lewis and Chris Davisson.
Back at The Haven after the scores were tallied the CSS was placed at 74 to nobody’s surprise, although Tony was delighted to find that he would be playing off 2 shots less in the coming weeks due to being just on the cusp at the start of the day, whilst Trevor would lose just one.
In line with the difficulty of the playing conditions there were no “twos” in the Second Division and only one in the First Division, which was achieved by Glynn Nicholas. It acted as a reminder to the captain who recently dropped him from the scramble team that putting can be important.
Prior to the prize giving Richard welcomed new member Morten Stamnes and also welcomed back Chris Olsson and Cliff Hornsby.
Friday December 22, Phoenix Blue Tees, Monthly Medal
Division 1
1st Phil Groves net 73
2nd Alan Keith net 74
3rd Rick Holmes net 80
Division 2
1st Peter Aitcheson net 69
2nd Mike Poustie net 79
3rd Brian Kelly net 80 c/b 41.5
Many members have been enquiring as to the whereabouts of both Jimbo Bobeee and Ginger Tom, and it can now be revealed that they are both recovering from their recent colonoscopies, which following a very expensive quote from a local hospital they decided to have undertaken in Pattaya Land at Big Bens Bongo Boys Club. Unfortunately they did not realise that the boys would be using hand held cameras for the operation.
In line with the previous two outings of the week, the conditions made an already difficult course played from the blue tees, which were all back to the blocks, a very tough proposition and the scores reflected that with the CSS once again rising two shots to 76.
The First Division was a hard fought affair with the top three all playing in the same four-ball and obviously getting some benefit from each others play. Phil Groves once again showed why his handicap continues to progress towards scratch with a very tidy round that equated to one-under off the blues.
Alan Keith was just a shot away after not playing for a time whilst he caddied for a fellow club member from Vancouver, who was attempting to qualify for the Asian Tour. He unfortunately missed out by a single shot having made it through to the last rounds, but perhaps was a good example for Alan to emulate.
Rick Holmes while not able to match the first two was still good enough to fill out the final place in the First Division.
After a close scrutiny of the cards and the obligatory drugs test, Peter Aitcheson was declared a very good winner of the Second Division as he swept away the field by a massive 11 strokes to record his first ever medal triumph.
Second, but not close was Mike Poustie who also recorded his best medal result with a more representative round on the day of 6 over, which was good enough to see off the chasing pair of Brian Kelly and Alan Griffiths.
Phil Groves won the First Division “twos” pot and Stephen Lewis did the same in the Second Division.
Back at The Haven, Richard welcomed back Reg Warner and Steve Lockhart.


McCloone & White snatch Xmas pairs title

IPGC Jomtien Golf from Paweenas Bar

The winners of The Xmas Extravaganza and the girls back at Paweenas.

Monday, December 18,
The Emerald,
Stableford
Another large gathering showed up for our trip to The Emerald after it’s closure for the past two weeks due to the Asian tour. Everybody was wondering, in what condition the course would be in after the ‘pros’ had finished, and yes it was still tough with the semi rough punishing, and this reflected in the day’s scores.
Kari Aarnio’s 33 points won the Division 2 Stableford competition and there was a tie for second place between Miss Kham and Tony Duthie, both with 31 points; but the young lady was smiling at the presentation as she had a greater count back of 17/15.
John McCloone’s 35 points won Division 1 with Paddy Wilson in second on 31 points and Robert Watkins, on a fleeting visit from Hong Kong in third place on 30 points.
The ‘nearest the pin’ bottles were won by Bill Hewitt and Alan Spinks in Division 1 and Bob Lathwell and Kari Aarnio in Division 2.
There were no “twos” in the premier flight so a rollover ensued at Noble Place on Wednesday. That man again, Kari, had the only two in Division 2 whilst the ‘ladies tipple’ was won by newcomer Tiger Aster for hitting a ball that landed on Fred Duffy’s peaked cap. Welcome Tiger.
Wednesday, December 20,
Noble Place,
Stableford
The ever popular and improving Noble Place proved to be a tough challenge today, especially with a strong wind blowing. This was reflected in the scores with Bob Lathwell’s and Colin Mearns’ 33 points tying for second place, Colin having a slightly better count back of 16/15, and Linda Lee, having just missed out on a prize on Monday, coming in first with 34 points.
There were similar scores in Division 1 where Dave Richard’s 31 points earned him third place; one point better was Jim Connelly in second, but with a winning score of 34 points was Ted Morris who took the honours.
In the “twos” competition there was a rollover from The Emerald game and in-form John McCloone scooped the double payout with his birdie on the 200yd 3rd hole on the C course. Russell Benson and Tony Duthie shared the Division 2 prize. The bottles for ‘nearest the pins’ were won by John McCloone, Jim Connelly and Linda Lee.
The Xmas Extravaganza - Friday December 22,
Phoenix, Stableford
With 16 teams of 2 going out today in an individual Stableford competition, and also a pairs multiplier, this was supposed to be a fun day, but the lads were talking serious tactics before we went out. With the missed ‘nearest the pin’ bottles collected over the past three months there were 12 prizes to be won and a free buffet for all back at Paweenas afterwards.
The wind seemed to be stronger than it was on Wednesday and with the fast greens it could have been a struggle for some. However, I was proved wrong.
In the individual Stableford contest, Dave Richards 38 points won him the Division 1 prize with John McCloone two points behind in second and Ted Morris in third with 31 points.
Ben Findon’s 35 points gave him third place in Division 2, one better was Kari Arnio, but with his first ever mention in the paper and his first ever score over 30 points, Martin Anderton won the division with 37 points.
In the Pairs multiplier, Tony Duthie and Dannie Larsen came in third place with 55, in second with 58 were Ben Findon and Les Hall, but 7 points clear with 65 were the team of John McCloone and Emmet White.
The ‘ladies tipple’, a bottle of strawberry daiquiri was awarded to Paddy Wilson for his speedy backward ‘Irish Jig’ after his caddy had told him there was a foot-long snake under his trolley on the second hole on the Lakes course
Near Pins Div1: John McCloone, Dave Richards, Alan Spinks, Dave Richards.
Near Pins Div2: Ben Findon, Allistar Cruickshank
Longest Drive: Div 1 Emmet White; Div 2 Allistar Cruikshank
Longest Putt: Div1 Joop Medze; Div 2 Martin Anderton
Jomtien Golf meets every Monday and Wednesday at Paweenas in Soi 5 Jomtien Beach Rd. at around 9am for a 10.30 tee off time. Club hire and transport are available, please sign up in the bar or ring Glyn on 086 837 5464.


Mark Brenton captures December ‘Monthly Mug’

PSC golf from The Café Kronborg

Monday, December 18, Eastern Star, Stableford
Eastern Star was host to a Stableford competition in two flights; A Flight 0 to 18 and B Flight 19 upwards. The course on the day was in fine condition and busy at the start, but with very few players going out in the afternoon.

Bjarne (right) presents the ‘Monthly Mug’ to Mark Brenton.

Kris Helgasson took the A Flight with 34 points ahead of Walter Bachli in second with 33 points on count back over Ebrahim in third and Bill Plath in fourth. In the B Flight, Graham Mitchell took the honours ahead of Uwe Kessler in second with 33 points, with Jan Lovgren in third on 32 points and Wayne Koch in fourth with 31 points.
Near Pins: #3 Ken Lucente; #6 Christian Christianson; #13 & #17 Graham Mitchell (with his driver)
Long Put: #9 Mike Winfield; #18 Brian Noguer
Thursday, December 21, Pattaya Country Club, Stableford
Where has the past 12 months gone? This was to be the final Kronborg ‘Monthly Mug’ of the year and the preceeding eleven have just flown by. Never mind. As we gathered at The Cafe Kronborg early, we were pleased to see we had a full house, and that is something that happens at this time of the year, indeed before we left for the course the sign up sheet for Bang Pakong next week was also full, Merry Xmas.
Arriving at Pattaya Country Club, the most apparent thing was that some players would have to apply the super glue to their wigs to hold them on. The wind was more than strong and as we stood on the first tee we knew it was going to be a major problem.
The course at the moment is not in bad condition, but it is a fairly open layout and to be wind-blown all the way around gets very annoying. You can ignore it for a few holes but in the end it starts to get to you, and then the mistakes start.
The big hitters with a heavy slice, or an over played draw were going to be in trouble, and so it proved, whilst the shorter hitters on the whole produced the better golf.
Sat back in the Pattaya Country Club the cards started to come in and there was only one clear winner, with only two people breaking 70 and the winner well ahead. Then it was back to The Cafe Kronborg for the presentation, this being the only regular competition here that is not presented at the course. Back at the ‘Ranch’ all the players were waiting and the presentation got under way.
The winner of the A Flight, 0 to 19, was Elias Magnusson with Net 70 on count back over Ursula Lehner in second place. In third was Takeshi Hakozaki with Net 73 on a count back over Eric Hansen in fourth.
The winner in the B Flight was Herbie Ishinaga with a fine Net 69 ahead of Rolf Hoffman in second with a Net 70. In third was Kenny Mau with a Net 71 ahead of Kevin Dinan in fourth on count back.
Now to the ‘Monthly Mug’ winner, and after many tries the clear winner with a fine Net 65 was Mark Brenton, proving that the short hitters really can win, especially in heavy winds. Well done Mark!
This being the last report of the year, a very Merry Xmas to All, and a Happy and Prosperous New Year. T.T.F.N.
Near Pin: Cees Bosman, Takeshi Hakozaki, Dave Richardson, Kevin Dinan
Long Put: Fred Theobald, Peter Hammond


Montana close up on Café Kronborg

Pattaya Sports Club Friday Bowling League

200 Bowlers - La, Andy, Ooy, Teuvo, Kran and Konrad.

Kran rolled games of 203, 193 and 216, 612 series, to lead her team to a three-point win over Brother D and maintain their position in first place. Meanwhile Montana took all four points from Café Ole and moved into second place.
Diamond Shop won three points from Three Sisters and is tied for third place with House of the Golden Coin who got three points from Jack & Tar. VFW Post 9876 split their match with Shenanigans with each team getting two points.
Wade rolled a 203 game and 524 series to lead his Mai’s Thai Restaurant team to a three-point win over Domicil. Some good bowling was rolled by spare bowlers with Leen throwing a 564 series, Klaus a 555, Andy a 219 game, 536 series, and Tukata a 512.


Jeff Wiley tames Treasure Hill

PSC golf from The Oohsa Bar

Jeff Wiley (right) takes the plaudits from his fellow players after a fine round at Treasure Hill.

Tuesday, December 19, Treasure Hill, Stableford
The old saying is that you can’t keep a good man down and on our last outing the same saying obviously applies to golfers.
After another excellent breakfast we left the Oohsa Bar and arrived at Treasure Hill in good spirits and found the course to be in very good condition. Most of us found the greens to be very quick but the main obstacle to a good score was the wind, which played havoc with quite a number of our groups.
Back at Oohsa Bar we enjoyed a very good Weiner schnitzel and awaited the results. Our winner was Jeff Wiley who scored 41 points off an 8 H/cap. Those playing with him said he played some absolutely outstanding shots and it was a welcome return to form for him as he had not been playing to his usual standard for some time.
In second place was David Childs with 36 points off 20 followed by Yves Philibert 33 points off 24 and Mike Brooke with 28 points off 19.
Near pins were won by Jeff Wiley (2), Yves Philibert and Paul Griffiths. Jeff also won a free beer for a “two” on one of the par-three holes whilst the longest putt award went to Mick Heatley. Well played guys. Back at the Oohsa Bar a game of killer pool finished the day off nicely.
Our next trip will be to Noble Place which has been renamed Greenwood on Tuesday, Jan 2 and once again the invitation is there for you to join us. For more information please call Keith Hodges on 089 916 7171 or drop into the Oohsa Bar on Soi Kao Talo


San Miguel takes on league sponsorship

Lawn Bowls from The Pattaya Bowling Green

The San Miguel sponsored shirts are presented by (co league organiser) John to Fergus Brennan and (club owner) Tony to Graham Illingworth along with other members of the league.

Barry Hooper

League Tables

Division 1

Pos.

Team Points Shot Diff.

1st

Melgram 4 23

2nd

Hopefuls 4 4

3rd C.

Stunts 3 1

Division 2

Pos.

Team Points Shot Diff.

1st

Panac 4 23

2nd

Banita 4 4

3rd

Tanjo 2 19

Well it was good news for the league bowlers at the Bowling Green this past week. San Miguel breweries have agreed to take over full sponsorship of both leagues. All league members were presented with complimentary bowls shirts at the “San Miguel” music night that is held every Friday at the Bowling Green.
This is a very good start to the new season of league bowls, now in only its second week of play and our thanks must go out to San Miguel for their valuable support.support.
The new regulation introduced this season regarding scheduled matches not being played on the night designated (unless by prior arrangement) has already had to be employed, with one match in both divisions being claimed due to a ‘no-show’ by the opposition.
We now have eight teams in the First Division and ten teams in the Second Division and also many new bowlers waiting in the wings to take up places that become vacant.
I would like to set a record straight at this point in the report and apologise to Keith from the Cunning Stunts. I reported last week that his partner Wanida was responsible in the last end of play for a conversion that won them the match. This was wrong information supplied as it was in fact Keith who pulled off the winning shot. Well done Keith.
The second week matches for the First Division kicked off on Wednesday, December 20 with three matches held and the fourth being claimed due to a ‘no-show’.
Match 1 saw The Hopefuls against the Shoemakers and was a fairly tight affair. New members Terry & Jan were given a chance to show their skills but at all square at 11 across at the fifteenth end, Tony and Paul pulled through with a two to take the match 13-11.
Match 2 was claimed by Melgram after a member of the Ying Yangs failed to show.
The third game, the Cunning Stunts against the Bankers was another close match with neither team finding any advantage. The score line at the fifteenth end was advantage to the Bankers but Cunning Stunts raised a single in the final end for a drawn 17 across result.
The final match saw the Hat Tricks take on the Roo’s and again it was a keenly fought tussle with the Roo’s coming out on top with a 15-10 win
The Second Division games were held Friday, December 22 with 4 out of the 5 matches taking place and the other being claimed by Banita due to a ‘no-show’ by the Odd Couple. As I actually bowl in this league it is difficult to watch the actual play, so reporting is not easy.
In Match 1 The Lighter Men came up against Austar, and if as I believe the name is derived from Australian Stars, the name would appear to be fitting as they produced a convincing 32 -3 win.
Match 2 was Panac against the Gunners and resulted in a win for Panac with a comprehensive 25-11 score line.
The third game, Celtic Warriors (Kevin & Brendan) against the Harvons (Harvey & On), was a close affair up till the seventh end where Kevin and Brendan found a big five-pointer. The Harvons could not recover from this and the Warriors eventually rolled out 15 - 8 winners.
The final match saw the Golfers against Tanjo, and new players Fergus and Stuart were given a lesson in match play with Tanjo taking a convincing 27-5 win.


The Square Ring: by Howie Reed

Sending out an S.O.S. for trusty sidekick Jeeves who seems to have gone M.I.A. during his Christmas break. I just hope that he hasn’t been kidnapped and is being held for ransom.
It’s a great hardship for the ‘Lord of the Manor’ to get along without his manservant in attendance. The slack has been taken up somewhat by a “doe-eyed waif “ named Noi who seems to be catching on fast. I hope that Jeeves doesn’t think I hold him accountable for saying that Ricky Hatton’s fight against Juan Urango on January 20 in Las Vegas will be his first in the USA. I’m sure Jeeves just forgot that when Hatton fought on May 13th of this year it was against Luis Collazo in the ‘new” Boston Garden in Boston, USA.
Boxing as a sport has a great crossover appeal for sportsmen and entertainment people. Case in point is Ricky Hatton. One of his good pals is Phil “The Power” Taylor, maybe the greatest darts player the world has even seen. Boxers seem to want to be actors while many actors think they’re fighters.
The latest to join the “acting” ranks is former Jr. Welterweight champ Kostya Tszyu. He’s set to make his acting debut in an “action” movie next spring. There is always the argument whether “being” in an action movie is actually acting, but that’s for another time and place.
“I have lots of interesting things ahead of me in the new year and I will be appearing in an action movie for the first time in Russia, said Tszyu recently. “Filming for my role will commence in April and will take three weeks. It is going to be exciting for me to be an actor because I have to learn new skills. Being a perfectionist in life, I want to look good on film and this means I have to practice a lot.”
As boxing is about life, the strong survive and the weak complain, the sport lends itself to the movie business. The latest in the Rocky movies should have hit Thailand by this time. If not I’m sure that a DVD of Rocky Balboa can be found for sale along Beach Road and from various vendors sprinkled around the Kingdom.
Sly Stallone has always used boxers in his movies. This time it’s Antonio Tarver who plays the kinda’ villain, Mason “The Lion” Dixon. According to press releases the genre is “action/drama/more” and the tagline is “It ain’t over’ til it’s over”, which, if written by Sylvester comes directly from the great American philosopher Yogi Berra who said, “It isn’t over till it’s over.” Berra also once said of a popular restaurant, “No one goes there cause it’s always too crowded.”
Not many boxing columns in the world will use the term ‘genre’ as The Square Ring did just there. For that it ought to qualify for some minor award.
The final 30 to 40 minutes of the movie covers the fight between Balboa and Mason “The Lion”. The action was all filmed at a casino in Las Vegas where the “flying fishes play.”
In a radio interview Stallone was asked why he used Tarver instead of maybe the higher profile Roy Jones. “Cos he returned out calls”, was the reply. “We called Roy Jones 35 times and he never returned a single call. We called HBO and asked them if they could contact Jones. They told use that he doesn’t return their calls either.”
Maybe that’s why Jones no longer works for HBO and why Tarver appears in Rocky Balboa. Moral of the story? If the phone rings don’t rush to the door.
As the year of 2006 comes to a bombastic end, Manny Pacquiao just seems to be getting himself deeper and deeper into legal trouble. One of those problem may or may not be his association with Shelly Finkle who always appears at a winning fighter’s side as the manager. In the past Finkle has been called ‘financial advisor’ and ‘consultant’ along with a lot of other things that probably shouldn’t be published in the Pattaya Mail. Now he’s popped up as Pacquiao’s manager.
Finkle’s contract as ‘manager’ at 12% of purses runs out soon. He wants to extend for three more fights, will take the title of ‘consultant’ and reduce his 12% to 5%, but with the power to KO any boxing deal that the Pac Man makes. This all depends on whether Manny becomes his own manager, and even then he’ll still be paying three others.
There is a source inside the Pac Man camp that says Pacquiao may wait until the legal battle is settled between Top Rank and Oscar De La Hoya. From the outside it’s hard to understand the value of Finkle and two other managers. Some, including trainer Freddie Roach think that Finkle can solve the problem between Top Rank and Oscar.
“Shelly is in a position to get Manny out of both contracts since Manny signed both contracts without Shelly’s permission.”
If that’s true then both Top Rank and Oscar De La Hoya will have to deal with Finkle.
Freddie Roach is a great trainer which implies a good dose of common sense and the ability to read people. Roach has been in the business a long time but maybe he should stick to training. “We cannot commit with both contracts but maybe we can deal with them as individuals. With that Manny can always take the highest bidder and the competition will be real good.”
None of this of course mentions the animosity between Bob Arum of Top Rank and Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy. If Pacquiao “voids” both deals, as is being reported, he can forget about being in the gym as he’ll spend most of his time in court. Word on the grapevine is that a majority of Pacquiao’s ever-expanding camp wants the De La Hoya deal.
Even during the Holidays there was box-fighting going on. Former WBC flyweight champ, In-Jin Chi (31-3-1) regained that title with a relatively easy win (117-111, 116-112, 116-113) over the reigning champ Rudy Lopez (19-3-1). Chi lost the title last January to Japan’s Takashi Koshjmoto via a very dodgy split decision in the land of the Rising Sun and falling Yen. Lopez then beat Koshjmoto and lost to Chi.
Kind of like what comes around goes around. Maybe next year they can do it “one more time.” How about Jin against Chris Johns in 2007? Not going to happen.
The WBA stripped Jermain Taylor of his middleweight title and then named Argentine Mariano Carrera the champ. Now whether that was before or after Carrera beat Javier Castillejo on December 2 is anybody’s guess. My guess would be that when Taylor failed to pay the sanctioning fee for either of his last two title defenses, the WBA yelled “Enough”.
Taylor promoter Lou DiBella is always good for a quote. “Anything they do is not shocking,” DiBella said. “The WBA is the most insane of any of the rating organizations. They’re the most difficult to predict and the most difficult to do business with.”
Yes they do seem to take offense when you fail to pay the sanctioning fee. As all Thailand knows, “No pay, no play.”
Yes Noi, what is it?
“Your Lordchip there is a Mr. Jeeves on phone for you from Bangkok.”
Be evasive my dear girl. Tell him that I’ve gone to Las Vegas for New Years and ... why, what this?
“You work hard all year Your Lordchip. You deserve a celebration now you finish last crawem.”
My goodness! A bottle of chilled Dom Perignon vintage 1998, Beluga 000 caviar on small squares of toast and a matching pair of fluted Waterford champagne goblets and a pre-Castro Cohiba. But there’s two glasses - shame to waste one. Why not pour a glass for yourself Noi, sit down and we can talk about the pineapple plantation that your father may let my friend and I invest in. Oh yes ... And a Happy New Year to all. Life is great!


Bob skippers his team to victory

PSC golf from The Peacock Place

Monday, December 18, Pattaya C.C., 4-ball Texas Scramble
For better or for worse, our number seems to be swelling and by the time we’d gathered on the first tee at Pattaya Country Club on Monday we had a grand total of 40. Captain Bob decided that the number lent itself to a four-ball Texas scramble and that’s what we played. The handicap allowances were calculated adding each team member’s handicap together and dividing by ten but there was a twist in the tail.
We played Stableford and the 2’s competition that we always play for was to be decided by the team who scored the most 2’s. You would think that this format would be fast but that was not to be the case and most people spent five hours on the golf course. The fairways had been neatly cut and the greens were exceptionally fast. The par three sixteenth was like a ski slope and three’s let alone 2’s were a premium.
In the event some good scores were recorded, Captain Bob’s team winning with 49 points followed by Mark Joshua’s team with 47 points and in third place with 46 points were four teams headed by Frank Frawley, Brian Jacks. Jack Mosely and Ken Little. Ken’s team included Dougie Dougle who has just returned after extensive knee surgery. Welcome back Dougie.
Four teams headed by Frank Frawley, Jack Mosely, Brian Jacks and Captain Bob recorded one ‘2’ each so the pot was split.
The staff back at The Peacock Place prepared us a wonderful chicken mosamun curry and rice. If you’ve never tasted a chicken mosamun curry, do yourself a favout and try it.
Wednesday, December 20, Plutaluang, Stableford
My next tale is a rather sad one. On Wednesday the group traveled to Plutaluang Golf club and again the group was a good number at 38.
The tee at the East/South course had been reserved for us and the starter suggested that half start on the East and the other half start on the South. That was a bad decision. True to form, half way round, the starter had allowed other groups to also start and hadn’t made a gap for us to follow on uninterrupted. The result was chaos and the constant waiting between shots left many people so frustrated that they walked in. Needless to say we will not be going back there as a group for a long, long time.
Captain Bob had a similar experience a year ago and had taken much persuading by our group to get him back there. We should have heeded his words.
The results of the competition, if anyone is interested, were as follows. In A flight (0-12), Jack Moseley won with 35 points and second in a count back with 32 points was Chris Barnes from Roy Thornton. The B flight (13-19) was won by Matt Anderson with 33 points with Frank Waterhouse second with 32 points and Alan Ainsworth in third with 31 points. The C flight (20+) was won by Paul Crossland with 37 points with Trudy Chadbourne second with 35 points in a count back from Wendy Khan in third.
The 2’s pot was shared this week by Wendy Khan and her husband John Khan who were playing in separate groups.
We all returned to The Peacock Place for another delicious complimentary meal and a few well earned wet and frosty ones.
If you’re in the Mabprachan area and fancy a game of golf with some like minded and friendly people, come and join us at The Peacock Place Hotel and Restaurant opposite the Mabprachan Reservoir. Our schedule is in The Pattaya Mail or call us on 087 928 7859.


Lavender has the scent of victory

I.P.G.C. golf with The Caddyshack

Tuesday, December 19, Eastern Star, Medal
Tuesday saw a visit to the beautiful golf course at Eastern Star for a Medal competition on a perfect day for golf.
The friendly staff & starter made sure the large field teed off on time with no interruptions at the 10th hole. Harry Riley & Mark Joshua tied for third place on net 77 with Josh winning on count back. Phil Mitchell came in second with 74 and the winner of the day was Paul Lavender with a superb net 69 off his 16 handicap.
The “twos” were shared between Saranya Riley and Steve Nowell: Steve again proving how accurate he is on the par three’s.
Friday December 22, The Navy, Stableford
A trip to The Emerald was arranged for Friday but when we arrived our booking had mysteriously disappeared. Must have been a coincidence that a party of 100 golfers had set off at our previously designated tee-time.
A trip to the Navy course was quickly arranged and they made us very welcome. The South-East courses were allocated and in joint third place were Damien Trante and Ron Millward on 30 points - with Big Ron winning on count back.
Meanwhile, tied for first place on 34 points were Paul Lavender & Mark Joshua. Josh took the count back by 1 point over the last 6 holes. There were no “twos” recorded today.
The Caddy Shack wishes its customers a very Happy New Year to all for 2007.


A battle with the wind at Eastern Star

PSC golf from The Bowling Green

Tuesday’s winners from the Bowling Green golf society

Barry Hooper
Thursday, December 14, Greenwood, Stableford
A Flight
1. Peter Harris (20) 40pts
2. Tony Oakes (11) 40pts
3. Frank Kelly (17) 35pts
B Flight
1. Bansiem Somkid (38) 39pts
2. Tewin Lamthong (25) 36pts
3. Terry Hopkins (22) 36pts
Excellent conditions at Greenwood were the order of the day with very light winds, so no excuses could be found for bad play.
Peter Harris decided to take advantage of the weather for a win before departing for a Christmas break: he took the A flight on count back from Tony Oakes. B Flight saw Banseim Somkid take the honours from tigress Tewin Lamthong.
There were four ‘near pin’ winners whilst a lone Mam Morel picked up the only ‘2’.
Near Pins: Gordon Everingham, Patrick Browne, Terry Morris, Mam Morel
2’s: Mam Morel
Saturday, December 16, Eastern Star, Stableford
A Flight
1. Bob Rasmussen (17) 41pts
2. Steve Carlton (8) 37pts
3. Bob St.Aubin (11) 33pts
B Flight
1. Andy Calvin (20) 39pts
2. Kevin Long (28) 39pts
3. Mam Morel(36) 38pts
Conditions were very testing with high winds, an element not often found here in Thailand but which came into play today and caught the unwary out big style. One player reported to me that some of the gusts on the day were more than he had been used to back in the UK.
Bob Rasmussen managed to find a good 41 points to take the A flight and Andy Calvin conquered all with 39 points for the B flight.
Near Pins: Kevin Long, Bob St.Aubin, Alun Webber, John Merrit
2’s: Bob St.Aubin
Tuesday, December 19, The Emerald, Stableford
A Flight
1. Fergus Brennan (10) 36pts
2. Steve Hallstead (13) 32pts
3. Tom Herrington (18) 30pts
B Flight
1. Colin Cronin (22) 37pts
2. John Robertson (29) 36pts
3. Les Burns (36) 35pts
It was a ‘twos day’ (6 in total) despite the windy conditions, with the 15th hole offering up the majority of these and three players out of one group all managing to make birdies.
The course was in a fabulous condition and the club needs to take pride in its preparations and maintenance. The pin positions were testing as these were the same as those used for the Asian tour event recently.
Our hardworking organiser Fergus Brennan took the A Flight from Steve Hallstead whilst Colin Cronin took the B Flight by one point from John Robertson.
Near Pins: Derek Eastham, Takeshi Hakazoki, Colin Cronon, Patrick Browne
2’s: Fergus Brennan, Petter Anderson, Seamus Farrel, Patrick Browne, Steve Hamstead, Takesh Nakashi
As always all the Golfers would like to thank Tony, Jean and Staff for all the great breakfasts and dinners we enjoyed before and after the golf.
If any one is interested in golfing with the Bowling Green we play every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. We meet at the Bowling Green at 7:45am for breakfast and transportation and new players are always made to feel welcome. Call Fergus on 086 056 7019 or the Bowling Green 038-720742 or send an email [email protected] bowlasia.com.
This reporter (Barry Hooper) would like to wish all the golfers in Pattaya and especially all my friends at the Bowling Green a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.



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