Sybille Bammer takes Pattaya Women’s Open title in thrilling final
Sybille Bammer of Austria (6th from left) and
her opponent in the final Gisela Dulko of Argentina (5th, left) pose with
local dignitaries and event organizers at the conclusion of the awards
Staff reporters & AP
This year’s Pattaya Women’s Open tennis tournament was once again a superb
opportunity for the residents and tennis fans of Pattaya to sample the
thrills and spills of top-flight women’s professional tennis as the stars of
the WTA Tour hit town for a week.
delighted champion holds up the winner’s trophy.
Despite the surprising loss of the top seeds in the early rounds of the
singles event, the spectators at the final on Sunday were treated to one of
the games of the tournament as last year’s beaten semi-finalist Sybille
Bammer survived three match points to defeat Argentina’s Gisela Dulko in
three marathon sets and claim her first win on the WTA Tour.
Earlier in the week, the top seeds found the going tough as they came up
against either opponents looking to make a name for themselves, or against
previously top ranked players on the comeback trail from injury.
First to bite the dust was Russia’s up-coming teenage starlet Maria
Kirilenko, who, as reported in this paper last week, was ousted by
Australia’s Nicole Pratt in the first round on Tuesday. She was swiftly
followed the following day by the exit of Thailand’s Tamarine Tanasugarn
6-4, 2-6, 6-1 to Indian fifth seed Sania Mirza, who appeared to be the most
in-form player in the early stages of the competition.
crunches a forehand past her opponent in the opening game of the final.
The local favourite said her below par performance in the final set was due
in some part to the tournament’s tight schedule. “Yesterday (Tuesday) I
didn’t finish till nearly 1am and today (Wednesday) I had to play two
matches. I didn’t have any rest while other players had one day free. I
don’t know why the schedule was arranged like this”, said a clearly
Next of the big names to fall by the wayside was top seed Marion Bartoli of
France. Bartoli has recently risen up the world rankings to number 24 on the
WTA list and was strongly fancied to at least make it to the final here in
Pattaya. Her opponent, Slovakia’s un-seeded Martina Sucha clearly hadn’t
read the script however as she came back from a set down to defeat the
higher ranked Bartoli 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Gisela Dulko surrendered three match points in the final set.
Austrian Sybille Bammer, the world number 62 had started the tournament in
confident fashion. After comfortably negotiating the early rounds, she then
faced a tough quarterfinal match against Bartoli’s conqueror, Sucha.
In what turned out to be a real slugfest, the 26-year old Austrian finally
overcame her opponent by a score of 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 to reach the semi-finals
for the second year in a row. A more straightforward 6-4, 6-2 victory
followed over China’s Shuai Peng and the un-fancied Bammer suddenly found
herself in the final where Argentina’s Gisella Dulko awaited her.
With both players enjoying some enthusiastic, vocal encouragement from their
banks of supporters, the final was played out in a riveting atmosphere.
First to set down a marker was the Austrian girl as she raced into a 4-1
lead in the first set. With both players struggling to hold their service
games however, it wasn’t long before Dulko struck back, breaking Bammer
twice to level the match at 5-5. With the set now hanging on a knife-edge,
it was Bammer who came good, passing her opponent with some solid ground
strokes to break her opponent once more and hang on to her own serve for
Clearly buoyed by winning the first set Bammer started the second in a
confident mood, taking the first two games comfortably. It was at this
point, however that world number 51 Dulko started to find her range and she
completely dominated the remainder of the set, taking it 6-3 as Bammer’s
game came unravelled.
The final dramatic set got off identical fashion to the second: Bammer took
an early 2-0 lead before the Argentine girl struck back hard to stand on the
brink of victory at 5-3. A clearly struggling Bammer somehow managed to
survive three match points against her and came back to level the scores at
5-5. This seemed to knock the wind out of Dulko and Bammer stormed through
to win the last two games and capture her first ever WTA title.
“It was a tough match. Even when I was down, I kept fighting,” Bammer said
afterwards. “Both of us wanted to win. I was lucky to win. It’s one of the
happiest days in my life “
Runner-up Dulko described the hard-fought match as “unbelievable” and said
she was disappointed with her performance.
“I had three match points, I was so close to winning,” she said. “But she
made a great effort. She never gave me (a) free point.”
For her efforts over the week, the newly crowned champion received a
winner’s cheque for US$23,700 (870,000 baht) whilst Dulko picked up
US$12,775 (473,000 baht) for reaching the final.
Later in the doubles final, Australia’s Nicole Pratt and Italy’s Mara
Santangelo defeated the Taiwanese pairing of Chan Yung-Jan and Chuang
Chia-Jung in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6.
Both girls enjoyed great support from the packed
crowd at the Dusit tennis arena.
Pattaya Swim Club takes top place in swimming competition
The Pattaya Swim Club put on a
strong showing at this year’s event.
Pattaya City Swim Club came out top at the 4th Pattaya Youth
Swimming Competition, held over the period February 3 to 4 at Satit
Itthipol Khunplome, chief advisor to the mayor of Pattaya, presided over the
opening ceremony with deputy mayors Ronakit Ekasingh and Wattana
Chantanawaranon also present.
The competition was divided into two age categories: 5-14 years and 15 years
and upwards. Competitors were from school teams, associations, clubs and
swimming pools from Pattaya and the neighboring provinces, with over 30
teams and 330 competitors taking part.
Itthipol said that Pattaya City Council and the Pattaya sub-committee on
tourism promotion and sports had jointly organized the event.
Highest scores went to the Pattaya City Swim Club, which received 7,000 baht
in scholarships. Runner up was the Tasana Garden Club with in third place
the Tappaya Swim Club, fourth was the Assumption Swim Club from Rayong and
in fifth was Aqua Attack. All these clubs received prize money towards
12th Anniversary Pattaya
Green Valley, March 2nd
The only chance for the majority of the ex patriot community to play a Pro
Am format in the Pattaya area is once a year in the Pattaya Am-Am, which
this year is being held at the Green Valley on Friday, March 2nd.
In a Pro-Am 3 amateur players play with a Professional, but the Am-Am format
is four amateurs with two Stableford points scores from four counting on
Once again this year, to make the competition even more competitive, the
players will only be allowed 75% of their handicaps with a maximum allowance
of one shot per hole. Ladies will play from the same tees with an additional
2 shots added to their handicap after the 25% reduction. This finally brings
the competition into line with the genuine Pro-Am format after nine previous
years of events and will once again ensure a much closer finish with many
more teams in the hunt for the places.
There are prizes for the first three teams plus 4 nearest the pins.
Be sure not to miss this once a year opportunity to play in one of the real
fun events on the Pattaya golf calendar.
Entries can be made at The OK Corral, The Haven, Jomtien Golf, Lewiinskis
and The Caddy Shack golf venues and cost 1,300 baht per player, which
includes green and caddy fee, and a sumptuous buffet prior to the prize
giving at The Haven. The teams are limited to 25 so early applications are
Mike posts winning score
Phoenix Members Golf Society
Sunday, February 11, Phoenix,
Only 23 players today and the temperatures are starting to rise. One good
thing about this is that there are not so many tourists about and we were
able to start a little early and get round quite quickly.
Poustie (winner) with wife Angela Poustie and Captain Ben Hogstrom making
the presentation on Sunday.
Using the (Mike Poustie) handicap system on Sundays we expect to get high
scores in, and today was no exception.
In third place was Lennart Loquist with 41 points, second with 42 points was
our lovely Prakong Robinson (welcome back Prakong), and our winner today,
after having a triple bogey and no points on the first hole, was the
handicap originator himself, Mike Poustie with 43 points: Well played Mike.
Rest assured all three players will be cut drastically and everybody else
will get one shot back, so it should be a different set of names in the
winners enclosure next week.
The results for last Wednesday, Feb 7 were as follows: Men’s Division Ron
Bridge winning with 37 points, Eddie Blackwell (35pts) in second and Hans
Colen (35pts) in third.
In the Ladies Division, Prakong Robinson won with 35 points and Mayo Deane
(31pts) came second
The results for Friday, Feb 9 saw Terry O’Conner win the Men’s Division with
38 points and Mayo Deane take the Ladies honours with a score of 31 points.
Start sheets are now available every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday for all
comps, or by calling the usual contacts: Mike Gerrard: 08 709 17565, Ron
Bridge: 08 145 25995 or Ben Hogstrom: 08 615 75310
A special start sheet will be ready next week for our annual Club
Championship to be held on Sunday, March 4. There are limited places and
sign up is important. Rules for this comp will be available at the same
Hopefuls still in the hunt
San Miguel Lawn Bowls Leagues
Melgram retain their top place in Division One after a
convincing win over YingYangs (29-7) but the Hopefuls stay hot on their
heels after winning themselves over Shoemakers. Cunning Stunts are
hanging in for third place, just 5 points off the lead.
In the second division Harvons have had their lead cut to three points
after a drawn match at 15 across against the Odd Couple. Celtic Warriors
now have second place to themselves with their win over the Golfers and
the Odd Couple are now in third. The Lighter Men were offered a walk
over by the Gunners because off an illness that has struck down Aussie
John (a co organiser of the leagues). All the player members wish him a
quick recovery and hope to see him back on the green soon.
The management are having a tough time at the moment keeping the rinks
in trim what with no rain and the continuing problems of an interrupted
local water supply but a concerted effort is being made to keep things
A large amount of visiting bowlers have been seen this week with some
old hands and newcomers alike. Everyone is welcome at the club and all
equipment needed is available with starter tuition offered to any one
who has never played before. So why not come along and give it a try.
The club is in Soy Xcite near the nightclub just off Third Road in
New ATV Motor Cross track opens in Pattaya
Friday, February 2, Brothers Car Rent opened Pattaya’s new ATV racetrack
called “Day & Night ATV Motor Cross” in response to the demand of its
increasing customer base. Pol. Col. Suthin Sapphuang, Superintendent of
Pattaya Police Station presided over the official opening ceremony in
the presence of the many honoured guests and attendees.
new track provides a challenging ride for ATV enthusiasts.
Brothers Car Rent, managed by Prasittichai Poungjinda, revealed that the
ATV racetrack was created following customer demand from those who rent
the ATVs, especially foreigners who love this type of vehicle and the
increasing number of ATV enthusiasts who need a private, challenging
venue. The track is 400 meters long with slopes and challenging hills,
but with a high level of safety built in and its usage will be pitched
at a level to suit most people’s budgets.
“We would like our customers and those interested in a challenging ATV
ride to experience this new standard track in Pattaya with vehicles
imported from the U.S. The track is open day and night,” added
The “Day & Night ATV Motor Cross” is located at Brother Car Rent on
Thappraya Road, Pattaya, opposite The Captain’s Corner restaurant and
the Residence Suites. The facility is open between 10.00 hrs-23.00 hrs
Janie makes it ‘ladies day’ at Treasure Hill
PSC golf from the CaféKronborg
Monday, February 5, Treasure Hills,
Following the recent disastrous visit to Treasure Hills a couple of
weeks ago, which amongst other things resulted in the competition being
‘rained off’ it was with some trepidation that our crew from the
Kronborg rolled up for this Monday’s stableford.
However they need not have worried as on this occasion everything turned
out fine with all the caddies ready to go and, with the management
kindly allowing us to tee off thirty minutes early, the day got off to a
As to the condition of the course, well it was a little on the dry side
and with the ball running a mile it was a feat in itself on some of the
dog leg holes to keep it on the fairway, however the greens were good
and as long as the bunkers were avoided it was more than playable.
On to the competition then and it was definitely ‘ladies day’ as Janie
Jasper swept all before her to card the best score of the day a
excellent 40 points to win the ‘B’ flight from Jepser Rasmussen (37pts)
in second with Hugh O’Donnell’s 36 points (his best ever score) being
good enough to take third place from newcomer Remo Schlauri a somewhat
surprised but delighted fourth with 35pts.
In the ‘A’ flight three of the first four winners came from the first
group, with Clive Robinson (38pts) finally edging out Ted Morris (37pts)
into second place, with Larry Simpson (37Pts) in third and another
newcomer Arthur Barratt (34pts) taking fourth place.
Longest Putts: Brian Noguer, Johani Fait
Near Pins: Cees Bosman (2), Hugh O’Donnell, Mike Rushant
Kheow Kheow, Stableford
This course is certainly one of the best and also one of the
toughest around, so when we arrived it was nice to see it was not
blowing a gale. Even so, you cannot take this course lightly, you can be
sailing along and one poor shot can totally destroy your round. You get
a good score here and you know you have played well.
Just for a change today we played B & C nines, which is a pretty
difficult combination with plenty of water around and thus many lost
balls. The franchise for lost balls here must be worth a fortune
As the scores came in it was obvious that, as usual here, shoot your
handicap and you would be in the shakeup. In the B Flight, (20-up) Karen
Brown broke her handicap, and thus won with 38 points as the other
flight players were left in her dust. In second was Brian Gabe with 33
points and in third and fourth came Jesper Rasmussem and Rolf Hoffman
with 32 points and 31 points respectively.
In the A Flight, (0-19) the scores were remarkably good with all four
winners equaling or beating their handicap. The winner was Derek Brook
with a very good 41 points, in second was Rob Brown with a very
creditable 38 point, third came Ursula Lehner with 37 points and in
fourth was Ebrahim with 36 points.
Near Pin: Ursula Lehner, Lars Peterson, Finn Olsen, Rolf
Long Put: Brian Gabe, Rolf Hoffman
Jack’s birdie blitz leaves the field trailing at Greenwood
PSC golf from The Peacock Place
Monday, February 5, Pattaya C.C., 2-Person Better-Ball
Pattaya Country Club was the venue for today’s game and twenty-eight
players turned up, hopeful of a good game of golf. Captain Bob decided
we would play a 2-man (or woman) Better Ball, Stableford competition.
The course was, as it has been for a while, very dry, and everyone was
hitting a good distance thanks to the hard surface, and some very good
scores were returned. The greens however, were not at all forgiving, and
Captain Bob had suspicions that some people were playing different
greens to him, as he seemed to be having trouble with his putter, and
no, it can’t swim.
Dao, or Michelle Wie, as our trusty Captain likes to call her, had a
fantastic game for only her second time out, and on two occasions, was
actually putting for par. Well-done Dao.
The results for the day saw Harvey & On Samuals in first place, Matt
Anderson and Keith Taylor in second and a 3-pair tie in third place
featuring Steve Nowells and Mike Walshek, Barry Rothberg and Alan
Bishop, and Tony Cobb and Roger Rush
There were two 2’s recorded by Mike Leighton and Matt Anderson
Wednesday, February 7, Greenwood, Stableford
Wednesday’s game was held at Greenwood Golf Course. We had 24
golfers, including four guests from overseas. The course was, as usual,
in beautiful condition, and once again some good and close scores were
returned. Even the Ice Maiden (Wendy Khan) had started to thaw out and
had her first good game in many weeks. This was mainly due to her
personal trainer and coach (lucky man), having given her a lesson
earlier in the week.
The results in the A Division saw Jack Mosely in first with 38 points
and Captain Bob in second with 37 points on count back from Mark Joshua,
also on 37 points.
B Division had Doug Chalkley on the top step with 39 points, Bob
Drummond second on 38 points and Wendy (Ice Maiden) Khan in third with
Most people are very pleased to get one ‘2’ during their game, they
would probably be ecstatic to score two ‘2s’ but to score three ‘2s’ on
the same day as Jack (the 2’s specialist) Mosely did is just being a
little bit greedy. Steve Nowells did his best to compete with Jack and
managed two fine ‘2’s’ himself.
The Peacock Place runs a very welcoming and friendly Golf Society, so if
you are looking for a game with a group of really great people, come and
join us anytime. Just call Bob on 087 941 2474.
Treasure Hill off the roster
PSC golf from Bowling Green
Tuesday, February 6,
1st Bob Dearnley (13) 40pts
2nd Brian Heelan (13) 37pts
3rd Joe O’Driscoll (16) 37pts
1st Colin Cronin (19) 38pts
2nd Graham Ramsey (21) 37pts
3rd Gary Clarke (22) 35pts
Brian Rideout (33) 43 pts
2nd Gordon Everingham (28) 39pts
3rd Jack Robertson (27) 38pts
Near Pins: Dave Askew, Joe O’Driscoll (2), Barry Power
2’s: Barry Power
Saturday “Eastern Star” winners: Alan Evans,
Brian Heelan, and Mike Wing.
Three flights again today. Good conditions made for enjoyable golf with
winners and losers but as always with everybody trying there best and that
is the name of the game. Colin Cronin, Brian Rideout and Bob Dearnley were
the flight winners with play going off the White Tees
Thursday, February 8,
Treasure Hill, Stableford
1st John Merritt (15) 37pts
2nd Bernie Segrave (14) 36pts
3rd Joe O’Driscoll (15) 35pts
1st Tony Holehouse (24) 39pts
2nd Paul Barker (26) 38pts
3rd Stan Everingham (17) 37pts
1st Mam Morel (29) 36pts
2nd Les Burns (35) 32pts
3rd Jack Robertson (27) 32pts
Near Pins: Stan Everingham, John Clements,Tom Herrington, Dick
2’s: Neil Duncan, Michael Lonsdale, Stan Everingham (2)
On arrival at the course there were no caddies available and the management
were equally conspicuous by there absence. It seems like Treasure Hill is
suffering from a lack of organisation at the moment and until they resolve
the situation, the Bowling Green golfers will not be returning there any
Despite the difficulties, some golf did take place off the yellow tees and
John Merritt, Tony Holehouse and Mam Morel were the respective flight
Eastern Star, Stableford
Flight A (0-13)
1st Brian Heelan (13) 39pts
2nd Brian Beaupre (6) 39pts
3rd Jack Moseley (9) 35pts
Near Pins: Bob St.Aubin, Joe O’Driscoll, Barry Power, Rick Scramm
2’s: Derek Eastham, Marcuss Mattsson, Rick Scramm, Brian Beaupre,
Another excellent turnout took on Eastern Star in tough but good conditions.
Fergus the organiser, sidelined by a recent operation, had his superlative
organisational skills put to the test at the presentation back at the
clubhouse when it was found that a couple of mistakes had been made in his
prepared winners lists - much to his embarrassment. But he took it on the
chin and all was quickly resolved. Fergus we all hope that you can get back
behind the clubs soon.
If any one is interested in golfing with the Bowling Green we play every
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. We meet at Bowling Green at 7:45 am for
breakfast and transportation, and new players are always made to feel
welcome. Call Tewin on 086 056 7019 or the Bowling Green 038-720742 or send
an email [email protected]
Peter sparkles at The Emerald
I.P.G.C. golf with The Caddy Shack
Tuesday, February 6, Eastern Star,
Eastern Star was the choice for a medal competition on a perfect day for
golf. The two divisions were split with the cut being 15 and under.
In Division 2, Lindsay Joshua came second with a net 77 whilst Pete White
scored a net 74 to take the honours. In Division 1 Wilf Latham shot a net 75
to come 3rd, but the battle of the day went to playing partners Dave Smith
and Paul Lavender, both scoring a net 73 with Dave having the better count
back to take the win.
There was only one birdie “two” on the day scored by Gay Brotherton.
Friday, February 9, The Emerald, Stableford
The Emerald was chosen for a stableford competition and to our
surprise, and pleasure, the course was virtually empty. Two divisions were
the order of the day and the cut was made at 15 and under.
In Division 2 last week’s winner Phil Smith scored 34 points to come in 3rd
place, whilst Brian Kelly put in a very good round of 43 points and almost
celebrated victory until the very high scoring card of Peter White arrived
with a massive 47 points. This took 1st place hands down. The scalpel will
be out Peter that’s for sure.
In division one Mark Joshua and Michael Waltchek scored 36 points a piece,
Michael had the better count back to claim second, but the winner with 37
points was Gary Brotherton.
There were six birdie “twos” recorded by John Mason, Dave Smith, Clark
Alexander, Gary Brotherton and Wilf Latham (2) and the Caddy Shack sponsored
‘near pin’ prizes were collected by Wilf Latham, Brian Kelly and Big Ronnie
Only Care for Kids did better than Ron Birdsall
12th Classroom Charity Golf Classic raises 120k baht
As he has in each of his four years of ownership, Pete Stonebridge “bought”
the Green Valley Rayong Country Club on Friday, February 9, from 11:00
o’clock on, for the staging of the 12th Classroom Charity Golf Classic. From
a player’s and marshall’s standpoint this means that everybody on the course
was a part of the tournament and that any interlopers might be summarily
rejected. It did, as it has in the past, lead to a most relaxing round of
golf despite the popularity of the event.
Birdsall was top of the class after returning a fine 41 points at Green
Valley to become this year’s overall Classroom champion.
Pete’s planning was complimented by his capable management staff of John
Foley, who used his ample graphic skills to develop personalized scorecards
and tee box placards of forthcoming technical prizes and Willie McCallum,
who had the enviable task of driving the “school bus” full of beautiful
One shouldn’t go any further without talking about those “students” who, as
always, did a marvelous job of braving the heat and providing a pictorial
diversion from some of the less then photogenic profiles of the competitors.
And no showing of appreciation should forget Scotty Foley, who kept the home
fires burning and who along with the capable staff back at the Classroom
prepared the “Schoolhouse” for the invasion of golfers, many hungry and
thirsty, and some even lecherous, who were there to avail themselves of the
buffet, the trophy presentation, numerous Lucky Draw prizes and the
Stonebridge (left) exchanges a check for 120k baht in return for a
Certificate of Appreciation from Jester’s president Woody Underwood.
A full field was ushered through registration quickly, thanks to Headmaster
Pete and Sen. Bob Patterson. The players then proceeded to their assigned
starting holes to begin the assault for the 12th Classroom Charity Golf
Classic title 2007. With the report of a shotgun, the players were away, and
the contenders began to score, and the less concerned began to drink.
When play concluded, it was time to turn in the scorecards, which is
something that every competitor should remember to do as he walks off the
course. Then it was back to the Classroom where the target was a 7pm
The formalities was kicked off in a timely manner by Peter asking Care For
Kids’ “Woody” Underwood to the stage for the presentation of the day’s
charitable contribution of 120 thousand baht. It should be noted that half
of that contribution came from tournament entry fees, less payment of fees
and costs, and that the second half came from the personal donation of Peter
himself. Special thanks from Woody, his Care For Kids Drive staff and all
the kids who stand to benefit, to the competitors, the players and Peter and
the Classroom staff.
The winning scores reflected not only the fine play of those players but
also the excellent handicapping work of the IPGC under Stephen Beard and the
PSC under Tony Oakes as all the winning scores were once again within
reasonable limits. Only one player topped 40 points, and he by only one at
that, a far cry from the old days. Appropriately it was an A Flight player
(13 handicapper), Ron Birdsall who tallied that point total, thus claiming
The A Flight winning prize and his position on the perpetual trophy as the
There was only one count back on the day as the balance of A Flight was
sorted by the math, with Roger Stromstedt having an inward 22 to better
Teddy Morris’ 19. Scotsman Derek Bannerman’s 39 points was tops in B Flight,
enjoying a two-point gap over Tony Kitchen and three point spread over
Irishman Tommy Noonan.
A half a dozen gals contested the Ladies’ Championship and Wira Widness, on
the getaway day of this extended stay in Pattaya with husband Einar, proved
the best of the lot with her 32 points. Wira was five clear of Raya Hopea,
who herself was three clear of the balance of the female field.
There was a Team Prize on the day with the winner determined by the best
three scores of each four-ball. Derek’s Bannerman’s B Flight winning 39 led
the way for his lads as Scottish mate Albert Bruce had 38. Either David
Foulk (30) or Geoff King (28) could have provided ample third man support as
the team score of 107 was four clear of Ray Dell, Mike Craighead, John
Hillier and Jim Munns.
Peter, and certainly the players, wish to thank the generosity of the
following sponsors who provided gifts that enhanced the technical prizes and
Lucky draw: Andy James at “Misty’s A-Go-Go”, Kevin Mitch at the “Blue
Parrot”, Simon Dutton at “Shenanigan’s”, Joe Banks at the “Whitehouse
Condotel” on Soi 13, Steve Mascari at “394-3rd Road Restaurant” and Woody
Underwood of “The Jesters”. Also, thanks to Green Valley General Manager
Khun Niran, his capable assistants on the day, Khun Noy and Khun Tippawan,
and the fine staff at the course and clubhouse.
And finally, a special thanks from Peter to all those who participated and
his sincere hope that you all “enroll” again next year.
|12th Classroom Charity Golf Classic Results
Overall Champion: Ron Birdsall 41pts
Men’s A Flight:
1st Ron Birdsall 41pts
2nd Roger Stromstedt 39pts (c/b)
3rd Ted Morris 39pts
Men’s B Flight:
1st Derek Bannerman 39pts
2nd Tony Kitchen 37pts
3rd Tommy Noonan 36pts
1st Wira Widness 32pts
2nd Raya Hopea 31pts
Near Pins: #2 Graham Dietrich; #5 Joseph Bisonette; #12 Jeff
North; #16 Colm Mullen. Long Drive: Men’s A Flight: Anders
Pedersen; Men’s B Flight: Khun Sittipong ; Ladies: Raya
Long Putt: Tony Duthie.
Nearest the Keg: Adam Schoenfeld.
Team Prize: Geoff King, Albert Bruce, Derek Bannerman, David
Doug digs deep
at Mountain Shadow
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at the OK Corral
Tuesday, February 6, the Pattaya Golf Society travelled
to Mountain Shadow to renew its acquaintance with a course not visited for a
few months. Nothing had changed and the course proved as tough as ever with
trees still much in evidence in the fairways, acres of water and greens
almost impossible to master.
The large field made up ten groups and the divisional cut was at eighteen
In the second flight, golfers struggled to make an impact and Brian Kelly
and Len Jones toiled most of the day to garner net 80’s for a share of third
place. They were usurped by Ray Underwood whose net 79 was the best of the
In the top flight the places were also keenly fought over with Brian Beaupre
and Syd Harrison sharing third place with net 76’s, one behind Kevin
Taylor’s excellent 75 in second. The day however belonged to personable
career golfer Doug Williams and his gross figure of 75 gave him net 74 for a
The large “twos” pot was shared by David Thomas, Lloyd Lewis, Brian Kelly
and Andreas Grunenberg. The reluctance of certain candidates for the Booby
Bevy to appear at the presentation meant that the day’s worst score was
recognised in time-honoured fashion and Keith Hector duly enjoyed the
Jeff Johnson ends on a high
Eastern Star hosted the Pattaya Golf Society’s weekly stableford
event on Thursday and the large field found the course in good condition but
with greens running much slower than expected as a result of maintenance and
There were two flights with the divisional cut at eighteen and under and it
was refreshing to have a Ladies’ flight again after an absence of a month or
two. This was predictably won by the ever-improving Mod Churaiska and she
took the prize with a level par 36 points from Margaret Wilkinson and Jang
In the second flight, less regular faces were to emerge as heroes on the day
as Roger Koehler turned in a 31 point score for third place and Barry Pethig
took second with 34 points. The flight winner was Keith Barr after an
absence of a few weeks and his 35 points represented a fine return for the
popular Canadian golfer.
A very tightly contested top flight had Mikael Andersson in third, firing
the day’s best gross score, 77, giving him 36 points, and John Cunningham
recovering his poise after a nightmare two days previously to claim
runner-up place with 37 points. The best round of the day was carded by Jeff
Johnson in his final round with the PGS before returning to work
“stateside”. Showing his father the way home he finished on 38 points to
bring the curtains down on his golfing stay. He also shared the “twos” pot
with Brian Beaupre and David Thomas, the latter eagling the eighteenth to
claim his share.
The Booby Bevy went to Chris Voller to mark his final round before returning
to the UK on a day which had started with him losing all his keys, having no
money and later forgetting to take a change of clothing to the course. But
he still made the golf on time!
Derek & Mike take
the honours at Bangpakong
PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s
Tuesday, February 6,
We arrived at the course to find it was as usual overbooked, so our 10am
start time slipped by at least a half hour, and the round was so slow with
even a few 6-balls out on the course. Not only that but they also ran out of
carts, so many players who would normally ride had to walk.
So were we downhearted? Not a bit of it. Bangpakong is a delight to walk,
it’s flat and what is more there are little spots all the way around where
you can sit and contemplate life. The longer it takes the more you get for
This fine, long course with very flat, grassy fairways and greens is a great
test of golf and at present, with a special deal on it’s great value.
Much later, back at Bert’s, the winners were declared as follows: A Div,
(0-20) was won by Derek Brook with 39 points on count back from Rob Brown in
second whilst in third came Brendan McGovern on 38 points and Bill Knight in
fourth with 37 points. Of note was Brendan’s 38 points off +1 handicap, nuff
In the B Div it was nice to see Mike Wing come back to form with 41 points
ahead of Pete King in second with 40 points, and Joel Flor in third with 39
points followed by Henry Cignac in fourth with 38 points.
Near Pin: Brendan McGovern (3), Rob Brown, Henry Cignac, Brian
Long Put: Paddy Fitzgerald, Mike Wing
Bob & Ben win Monthly Medal
IPGC Jomtien golf
Monday February 5, Eastern Star, Monthly Medal
For the large majority of our group, Eastern Star is always a pleasure to
play, but it is the first competition of the month so that equates to the
dreaded monthly medal, and with a tough opening nine on this course there
are always reservations.
This proved so in the return scores today. Bob Lathwell’s net 71 took podium
position for Division 2, closely followed by Miss Am and Glyn Evans with 73
each but the young lady’s greater count back took the larger purse.
Magnus Hagesjo’s net 74 came in third in the higher division, with Alan
Spinks, one better, but Ben Findon’s net 72 held up to win the first prize.
With an unbelievable handicap rating of 16, the second hole on this course
has caused many a nightmare for our players in the past, but an astonishing
eagle 2 by Ken Lill put him in the frame for the “two” along with Mikael
Andersson who birdied the par three 13th. Miss Nom had the only “two” in the
The ‘near pin’ prizes were awarded to Dave Street, Miss Nom, Chris Jones and
Paddy Wilson. A warm welcome back greeted Andy Mills on his arrival today.
Wednesday, February 7, Crystal Bay, Stableford
Many thanks to Crystal Bay for increasing our tee allocation the
previous afternoon but we were still over subscribed for this game and could
not accommodate all of our members. After eavesdropping to other society
members in the changing room the general chat was that 40 to 42 was the
normal winning stableford score.
Ted Morris’s 38 was good enough to win the Division 1 prize, closely
followed by Andy Mills, now playing off 7 and Paddy Wilson’s 34 beat Graham
Johnson on count back for third place.
After two months of mediocre golf, Miss Amphan Dasa’s remarkable 41 points
won her the first prize in Division 2, much to the dismay of Les Hall who
thought his 39 was good enough. Tony Duthie came in third with 36 points.
Ted Morris had the only “two” of the day on the B course 6th, so a rollover
in Division 2 will ensue next week. Both of Brian Marsden’s shots on the B
and C course par threes secured him the nearest the pin prizes, while Fred
Duffy and Alan Spinks shared the Div 1 spoils.
The ladies tipple was awarded to Ricky Smith, after a three month holiday in
Iraq, his first game back with us, he blobbed on six holes on the front nine
... welcome home Ricky. The lucky draw was won by Ben Findon.
Friday, February 9, Eastern Star, Stableford
As always, the same venue every Friday and the cut today was made
at 16 and under.
The organizer’s 33pts drew with Les Hall for first place but lost out on the
count back; he was not a happy chappy yet again. Rick Smith’s 32 earned him
In Division 1 Ken Lill’s 35 points was good enough to beat Mikael
Andersson’s 34, with the Angolan bound sandbagger John McLoone finishing
third on 33. There might be a small influx of lower handicappers joining us
now as he is away for 5 weeks.
Jomtien Golf meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Paweenas in Soi 5
Jomtien Beach Rd. at around 9am for a 10.30am tee off time. Transport is
also available. Please sign up in the bar or ring Glyn on 086 837 5464.
Keith back on the winning trail
PSC golf from The Oohsa Bar
Tuesday, February 6,
1st Barry Quirk (14) 41pts
2nd David Gardner (12) 38pts
3rd Jeff Wylie (7) 37pts
1st Keith Hodges (24) 44pts
2nd Keith Avery (30) 38pts
3rd Su Murphy (33) 36pts
Near Pins: Ron Bowden (2), David Gardner, Kevin Noble
Long Putt: Kevin Noble
A larger than usual field of 31 players assembled for breakfast before
setting off for Greenwood. One member of the party was looking for Noble
Place but made it to the 2nd tee eventually. The usual regulars were
joined by a very welcome group of Aussies on holiday from the Gold
Coast. Congratulations to Ron on picking up two near pin prizes.
Greenwood was in its usual fine condition: good fairways and moderately
paced greens leading to good scoring. Keith’s excellent score came after
a week of serious analysis, practice and some coaching. It clearly paid
off. Barry continued his good run with a score over 40 points yet again,
The next date for your diaries is Plutaluang on February 20. See you
The Beautiful Game?:
You’re missing the point, FA
Back to the FA Cup this weekend, but don’t bank on
any upsets. Your first live offering will be either Arsenal or Bolton
against Blackburn, depending on who won their replay in midweek, and
Manchester United are sure to follow later as they take on Reading. In
between, surprise, surprise, it’s Chelsea versus either Blackpool or
Assuming Arsenal get past Bolton - though that’s by no means guaranteed,
mind you - we’ve got the biggest three sides left in the competition on
the TV once again, and all will be playing at their home grounds against
I can’t help thinking that we’re missing the chance to watch some proper
cup football here. They say that the FA Cup is losing its appeal as
clubs instead concentrate on their league position, but surely the
broadcasters have a responsibility in all this? Rather than show what
the FA Cup is all about, we’re saddled with watching the big boys
steamroller their way into the next round - again.
That’s probably unfair on Reading in particular, who are this season’s
surprise package and kept up their amazing record with a 2-0 victory
over Aston Villa at the weekend. But however good they might be - and
incidentally how good does Steve Sidwell look in their midfield -
they’ll be hard pressed to find a way past United at Old Trafford.
With that in mind I’m saving my viewing for Sunday, when things pick up
in the unpredictability stakes. We’ll be treated to a genuine cup tie as
Preston North End host Manchester City at Deepdale, and it’s also a
chance to see what all the fuss surrounding Preston striker David Nugent
is all about. Later on it’s a London derby as Fulham ‘welcome’ Tottenham
to Craven Cottage.
Still, if those in charge want the world watching the FA Cup, or even
just hold onto those that already pay attention, I’d suggest that
instead of the usual suspects it might be better to show the likes of
Watford against Ipswich, or Plymouth’s fixture with Derby County. Yes,
the football might not be as pretty as watching Arsenal ponce around
their bloody Emirates stadium yet again, but surely we’re treated to
enough of expensive teams full of foreign imports doing their stuff each
week in the Premiership? Fair enough, the likes of United and Chelsea
are the best teams and deserve to be on the box more often than everyone
else, but here’s a chance to show just why English football became
popular in the first place. It’s seems that some people just don’t
Stay at home,
Italy’s Sports Minister Giovanna Melandri has slammed the
football supporters who whistled during the minute’s silence to honour
Filippo Raciti, the policeman killed after fans rioted in Sicily earlier
Raciti died after Catania fans went on the rampage at their team’s derby
match against local rivals Palermo. The Italian football federation
suspended all domestic matches after the tragedy, while the government
promised tough security measures to combat Italian football’s growing
Serie A resumed on Sunday, but Melandri was incensed after some fans at
Roma and Torino whistled during a minute’s silence for the dead officer.
“Not all the imbeciles stayed at home,” he told La Stampa newspaper on
Monday. “With these new regulations these people will be punished and
they will be banned from the stadium.”
Napoli fans have
Staying with Italian football, an amazing idea dreamed up by
a bunch of Napoli fans on the ‘calcionapoli.it’ website could result in
a somewhat surprising signing in the near future.
Everyone remembers Maradona’s shock move to the struggling southern
Italian side in the eighties which resulted in a league title for the
Partenopei and hero-status for the pint-sized Argentinean.
Well, thanks to the fans, another Barcelona superstar - Ronaldinho, no
less - could follow in Maradona’s footsteps by heading to the club, who
are currently struggling to get out of Serie B. The idea is this:
Ronaldinho has a buy-out clause in his contract of 134 million Euros, an
amount that makes him all but untouchable by just about anyone’s
standards. But the fans plan to raise just 2 million Euros and place a
bet on him to join Napoli at odds of 67/1. After concluding negotiations
with Barcelona the Napoli fans plan to pick up their winnings and use
them to pay Barca the 134 million.
Presumably they’ll also get their stake back too!
Korean makes a hit ... and another ... and another.
New Middlesbrough signing Lee Dong-Gook has made an instant
impression at the club - but at the wrong game. Team-mate Andrew Davies
said: “The first day Lee came into the training ground the manager
brought him into the dressing room and explained it was where the lads
are. He pointed straight at the tennis table and said ‘ping-pong!’ They
were his first words. It was funny. It was like he wasn’t bothered about
what else was going on, it was the table tennis he wanted. Then we saw
why. He started playing with his agent and it was unbelievable; we think
we’re good but he just ripped it up. It was like a machine. Nobody wants
to play him after that - he is that good.”
Puravarna Phang Nga Bay Regatta opens the 2007 yacht-racing season
by Peter Cummins
According to Duncan Worthington at Phuket, the annual Phang Nga Bay
Regatta is now Asia’s second biggest sailing event after the Phuket
King’s Cup Regatta and will be sailed this year from February 16-20th.
karsts provide a dramatic backdrop to the Phang Nga Bay Regatta (photo
The new principal sponsor is Puravarna, an ambitious, high-end villa and
resort development in Nai Harn Bay, Phuket, who have signed on this year
as the major supporter of this colourful, lifestyle regatta.
The regatta, readying for its tenth sailing this month, became Asia’s
second biggest yacht racing event in 2006, when 46 craft competed during
the four days, with courses spanning Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi
provinces. The organisers were taken by surprise when the regatta grew
to this size so quickly, expanding from the average of about 30 boats
during previous years. The organisers had earlier planned to limit the
event at about 30 boats, for the logistics of a regatta that moves to a
new anchorage each day are difficult.
Last year the volunteer committee managed the 46 boats and 300 plus crew
around the islands of the Andaman, and the regatta’s reputation for fun,
casual sailing in the most beautiful scenery continues to spread
rapidly. By the end of January – more than two weeks before this year’s
sailing – some 49 yachts had already registered for this year.
The reputation of this event continues to pull in more and more boats –
so many that the organisers tried (unsuccessfully) to cap this year’s
fleet at 45. Worrying about getting too many entries is an unusual
problem. National regattas in regional countries like Singapore,
Malaysia and the Philippines struggle to get 25 or 30 yachts together to
form a respectable fleet. It’s a testimony to the huge potential of
sailing along Thailand’s amazing Andaman coast.
This year’s event begins this Friday with the Raimon Land opening party
at the Chandara Resort, Ao Po. The next morning five classes will sail
around mountainous pillars of rock protruding from the calm seas of
Phang Nga Bay – perhaps the most stunning backdrop for any regatta in
The event was initiated in1997, specifically to bring sailing right into
the midst of this spectacular marine scenery. The older, more famous
Phuket King’s Cup Regatta (by far Asia’s biggest) had become serious,
with participants eyeing trophies, reputations and serious sailing in
expensive, high-tech boats. They shied away from islands, preferring to
race around buoys out in the open ocean.
This fleet will begin in Phuket, heading out into the Bay. This year the
first over-night is at Koh Yao Noi, with the evening party held in The
Paradise Resort. The second day’s racing, the SEA Yachting Around The
Islands Race, will really test the fleet’s skills, winding in and
out of a group of beautiful islands off Krabi. The evening party will be
held in Krabi Resort. The third day sees the boats head downwind to Phi
Phi, where four adjacent resorts on Phi Phi Don’s northern tip have
joined to welcome the hundreds of sailors with a beach party.
The final day, the Puravarna Sea Race, takes the fleet back to
Phuket where it will finish in southern-most Nai Harn Bay, right off the
Puravarna Phuket Yacht Club Hotel (formerly the Phuket Yacht Club Hotel,
the home of the King’s Cup Regatta for the first decade). Puravarna has
planned a huge final party, a combination regatta finale and Chinese New
Year bash for which they have chartered a special plane to fly in stars,
models and press from Bangkok. The famed Bed Supper Club of Sukhumvit
has been engaged to organise a huge beach party with DJ music, dance,
shows, fireworks and a fancy dinner banquet, creating one of the most
memorable party events on Phuket’s calendar.
With this huge party planned for the regatta finale, this year’s
Puravarna Phang Nga Bay Regatta promises to surpass even its own
reputation as Asia’s most fun sailing event.
Other major sponsors of the regatta include Raimon Land PLC, QBE
Insurance, Yacht Supply, Artasia Press and the Ao Chalong Yacht Club
plus many other Phuket businesses who continue to provide invaluable
support for the event.
Rich rolls a 635 series
Pattaya Sports Club Friday Bowling League
200 Bowlers – Leen, Nun,
Bill, Antero, Rich & Tui.
Montana increased their first place lead after taking
all four points from Brother D and VFW Post 9876 won three points from
Mai’s Thai Restaurant and remain in second. Bill Gibson rolled a 221
game and 548 series for VFW.
Diamond Shop is still stalking first as they won all four points from
Shenanigans. Café Ole was led by Rich Montana’s 635 series, games of
196, 203 and 236, with Antero also bowling well with a 214 game, 547
series. Mio knocked down 546 pins for Golden Coin but her team dropped
down into fifth place.
Leen bowled a 205 game and 542 series to lead Three Sisters to a three
point win over Domicil. Café Kronborg moved up to fourth place after
winning three points from Jack & Tar.
The Square Ring:
by Howie Reed
“Your Lordship sometimes when you prepare your award
winning column it often seems that you’re getting your information off
the police blotter.”
Jeeves, would you be so kind as to explain yourself?
“With pleasure Your Lordship. Lately Scott Harrison has moved to the
head of the line. He just seems to be a trolley looking for an accident.
First he was an hour late for court in Glasgow when he was scheduled to
appear to answer charges that he assaulted a police officer in a pub,
then he was supposed to return to Spain to appear in court but that was
delayed through no fault of his own. Now it’s reported that on January
11 he avoided bankruptcy by promising to sell some of his property to
meet a US$163,397 tax bill. He’s a mess.
“Also former world champion Ricardo Mayorga, who’s no stranger to the
‘old nick’, is in and out again. This time he was in on charges of
writing bad checks in his native Nicaragua. Promoter Don King has bailed
him out and brought him to the USA for a proposed fight.
“There is no argument but that De La Hoya-Mayweather jr. will be the
fight on the century. That’s a safe statement when one considers that
the century is only 6 plus years old and boxing is still trying to find
the glory it once had. It was just a matter of time until someone came
up with a boxing card on “free TV’ to oppose the May 6 mega-fight.
“Enter Don King, who after doing his good deed in getting Mayorga
released from the ‘Gray Bar Inn’, then announced he is going to promote
a May 6 fight of his own featuring Mayorga against Fernando Vargas. The
self-serving press release calls this possible match up
‘mouth-watering’, which may be a stretch. What does make it attractive
is ‘free TV’. As every punter knows Your Lordship, ‘free’ is always
Thank you Jeeves. One boxer that has been a resident of the “Concrete
Ramada” on occasion is Floyd Mayweather jr. He wants to be recognized as
the best in the world and the most popular fighter. If he just allowed
his talent in the ring to influence public opinion he’d probably get his
wish. Instead he insists on opening his ‘yapper’, flapping his ‘soup
coolers’ and spreading his senseless ghetto mentality drivel.
In his mind he’s already beat De La Hoya and now has his sights set on
Ricky Hatton. “Ricky Hatton ain’t nothing but a fat man. I’m going to
punch him in his beer belly”, Mayweather told BBC Sport. “He ain’t good
enough to be my sparring partner … when I retire, I’ll get Ricky Hatton
to wash my clothes and cut my lawn and buckle my shoes … I’ve only seen
Ricky Hatton fight one time and that was against Urango and he looked
like garbage. All he can do is punch and hold, punch and hold and
Hatton, as is his wont, has taken the ‘high road’ and completely ignored
the garbage from Mayweather jr. It does though appear that Ricky’s
promotional team haven’t really gotten their act together. Last week
co-promoter Dennis Hobson was quoted in The Guardian as saying that
Lovemore “Not Less” Ndou’s (IBF mandatory defense) would be Hatton’s
next payday. Just days later Hatton told the Sky Sports: “The Castillo
(fight) will go ahead 100% in June and is going to be in Las Vegas. It
is up to my promotional team to sort out with the IBF what is going to
happen, but if I am going to have to vacate the belt, sadly that is what
I will have to do.”
The Sun tabloid quoted N’dou as saying: “Hatton’s camp lied to the
president of the IBF.” The Square Ring would title that bit of
information as “Man bites dog.” Late last Saturday Hatton surrendered
the IBF Belt. As Grandma Reed use to say, “Good riddance to bad
The Square Ring would be empty without a weekly update on Manny Pacquiao
and the “Trials and Tribulations” thereof. The April 14 date for his
fight in the San Antonio Alamo dome (Texas) is set in stone as much as
anything is set in stone in boxing. Old geezers will remember the Alamo
dome as the site of the classic contest between Pernell Whitaker
(40-4-1) against Julio Cesar Chavez (108-6-2) back in September of 1993.
That one ended in a draw, which prompted most fans to decide that this
was the second time that the Mexicans got the best of the Yanks at the
With that in mind, Manny Pacquiao better be on guard if, as reported,
his opponent is unbeaten Mexican Jorge Solis (32-0-2). What happened to
Injin Chi as an opponent? Top Rank is reporting that it was the “lack of
hotel rooms” that forced the postponement until September or October.
One other minor problem may cause even this fight to be postponed and
that would be a lawsuit by Golden Boy Promotions who “claim” to have a
signed contract with Pacquiao.
Kind of hard to understand David Tua’s mental process as he reportedly
passed up a nice payday of US$170,000 to face former sparing partner
Shane Cameron (17-0) in his native New Zealand. Tua instead has chosen
to appear against Robert Hawkins (21-6) at the Roseland Ballroom in New
York City. Hard to see how this ‘paid workout’ will enhance Tua’s quest
for a heavyweight title shot. On the other hand maybe ‘Dancing with the
Stars’ is on the cards.
On tap this Sunday at Wembley Arena, Audley Harrison (21-2) tries to add
another “W” to his record against Michael Sprott (29-10) in the hope of
attracting a world title opportunity. The star of this card is Amir Khan
(10-0), who will get another notch on his winning belt over Craig Watson
We talked before about fighters trying to turn back the clock. Well
that’s exactly what Shane Mosley (44-4) did last Sunday in Las Vegas
when he led from the opening bell in winning a unanimous decision
against Luis Collazo (37-3-1). It was Mosley first fight at 147lbs since
his glory days and he looked terrific. Those that watched the fight
closely, The Square Ring and Judge A. Byrd, had it 119-108 while a
couple of judges obviously still in training made it 118-109. HBO who
televised the bout in the USA tried to portray Collazo as a “budding
super star” which of course is ‘hogwash’. Collazo doesn’t have a lot of
power which explains his loss to Ricky Hatton. Regardless, Mosley found
the magic elixir which will probably be on sale at a Soi near you.
Jeeves, Jeeves! Where has that man gone? Oh here’s a note: “Your
Lordship, Noi and I have gone for a late Valentines dinner. Have left
out lager and cigars and you’ll find Diana Washington’s ‘What a
Difference a Day Makes’ on the music machine. Please remember to lock up
when you retire - Jeeves.”
Well I’ll be.
Thea finds her range at last
PSC golf from The Bunker
Monday, February 5, Burapha,
John Hughes won the A Flight in the first Stableford competition of the
week at Burapha Golf Course. Geoff Parker was runner-up with 35 points
and Tony Scambler was third with 33 points.
The cut was handicap 16 and under and in the B Flight we had a tie for
second place between Jack Robertson and Bernie Stevens, who both scored
32 points, but the winner was Eddie Martin going one better with 33
William Macey and Paul Smith shared the spoils in the ‘near pin’
competition winning two prizes each.
Khaow Kheow, Medal
There was a tie for first place at Khaow Kheow on Wednesday,
where January’s golfer of the month Mashi Kaneta won along with Geoff
Parker, both finishing with net 75 whilst third place went to Paul Smith
with net 76.
There was a three-way tie in the B Flight where Thea Van Spellen, Eddy
Martin and Andy Pach all finished with net 72 to share first place and
‘near pin’ prizes were shared between Paul Smith, Rocky Jones, Eddie
Martin and Brian Maddox.
Friday, February 9, Phoenix, Stableford
The second Stableford comp of the week was held at Phoenix
Country Club and Paul Smith was in the prizes again, winning the A
Flight with 37 points. William Macey and John Hughes shared the
runner-up spot, both scoring 35 points each.
Thea Van Spellen won the B Flight with 41 points ahead of second placed
Bernie Stevens and third place was shared by Richard Baldotto and Dougy
‘Near pin’ prizes went to Cyril Wallwork, Paul Smith, Richard Baldotto
and Thea Van Spellen, who won her first near pin prize since she
returned to Thailand over thirty games ago!
Big Andy Evans does
the job at The Emerald
PSC Golf from the Beaver Bar & Grill
Friday’s winners: Trevor,
Andy, Apple, Tony and Dennis.
Friday, February 9, The Emerald,
A total of 26 golfers turned out for the now-regular Friday
golf at Emerald Banchang. On a pleasant day with reasonable temperatures
and not a breath of wind, there were some fine scores recorded with the
winners’ circle being shared by both higher and lower handicap golfers.
Andy Evans, H/cap 33, shot a great round to score 40 points and take the
first prize. Tony Oakes (13) came in second with 38 points followed by
Dennis Willett (12) with 37 points taking third prize from Trevor
Whittle (34) on count back. Bill Knight (20) with 35 points took fifth
prize on count back from Apple Jitchana and Bill Thompson (10)
Trevor Whittle playing with his brother Keith had a good round going
until Keith began to emulate Maria Sharapova with a mighty grunt every
time he hit driver. Your scribe has been gathering considerable material
on Keith’s exploits on golf courses around the world and this will be
reported in due course.
Back at the Beaver Bar & Grill the prizes were awarded by starter Dennis
Willett in quick order together with a round of lucky draw prizes that
were much appreciated by the recipients and their drinking buddies.
Handily located in the centre of the Street of Dreams in Banchang, The
Beaver is a new venue which will sponsor regular Friday golf at the
Emerald. At this time of year the tee times will vary although all
golfers are welcome to show up between 7:30 and 7:45 at the Emerald
Banchang and Dennis will make sure that you will have the opportunity to
enjoy a round of golf with good company. Breakfast is served at the
Beaver starting from 6:30 am.
The European Tour comes to Pattaya
IPGC golf from The Haven
Monday, February 5, Plutaluang,
1st Peter Sumner, 40pts
2nd Roar Berger, 37pts (c/b)
3rd Tom Baigent, 37pts
4th Vic Barton, 35pts (c/b)
5th Al Rolnik, 35pts
With The SuperBowl Party going full swing under “The Doc’s” guidance, it
was left to Trevor Schirmer to organise the day, and a very good job he
did as attested by all the contestants. A large number went off to take
on Plutaluang for the first time in a long time. They found the course
to be in excellent condition and received a very warm welcome from all
the staff and starters.
Peter Sumner took full advantage of the recent tips garnered whilst
playing with friends Chris Knapp and Geoff Picking, to amass an
unusually high score and easily take the day’s top spot by three from
Roar Berger and Tom Baigent. The latter two having to be separated by
count back with Roar getting the edge.
Vic Barton and Al Rolnik filled out the rest of the places after they
were also in a count back, with Vic getting the nod from the scorers.
Al Rolnik slipped in the only “two” in the First Division whilst the
Second Division was shared between Tom Baigent and Vic Barton.
Before presenting the prizes Richard Livingston, the resident PGA
professional, welcomed new member George Dolwick and also welcomed back
Wednesday, February 7, The Emerald,Stableford
1st Gary Nicholas, 44pts
2nd Paul Taylor, 39pts
3rd Mikael Andersson, 36pts (c/b)
4th Peter Tucker, 36pts (c/b)
5th Roar Berger, 36pts
If people thought that Monday’s winning score was unusual, then
Wednesday’s final count up for the leader was in the region of science
fiction - with a bit of Hans Christian thrown in. But as the old saying
goes, “every dog has its day” and this was definitely the case for Gary
With well over twenty scores in the system at an average of 90 plus,
Gary’s winning total proved to be six shots better than his previous
best. The jury was placated however, when Gary supplied some amber
refreshment following a blast on the hooter, and they were finally
convinced of the dog storey.
Paul Taylor was the most surprised after shooting an excellent
three-under which would normally be well in front at The Emerald; but
here he had to be content with a clear second.
Mikael Andersson led the balance of the podium in with a solid level-par
on count back from Peter Tucker and Roar Berger.
Michael Andersson and Martin Grimoldby shared the “twos” in the First
Division and Gary Nicholas and Paul Taylor did the same in the second.
Martin Grimoldby’s “two” came on the par-4 dog leg 2nd hole, having
driven the green.
With Richard again unable to attend due to ill health, “The Doc”
welcomed new member Magnus Hagesjo and welcomed back Brian Libbey and
Friday, February 9, Pattaya C.C., Stableford
1st Philip Golding, 37pts
2nd Tom Breslin, 34pts (c/b)
3rd Glynn Nicholas, 34pts (c/b)
4th Peter Sumner, 33pts
With many societies holding competitions on the day, the turnout for
Pattaya C.C. was a lot less than usual, but the current high green fee
at the course was also possibly a factor.
One of the contenders on the day was Philip Golding, a member of the PGA
European Tour and the Haven’s honorary touring professional, who was in
transit to play in the Indonesian Open in Jakarta the following week.
Phil won playing from the blue tees, to add The Haven to an already
impressive winning CV that includes the Swiss Open, The Mauritius Open
and The French Open, his last big one before this triumph. After being
declared the winner, Phil had a few words of encouragement for all the
club players and a long round of applause followed with many good wishes
for his future success, especially in the coming week.
Almost as an afterthought, Richard presented the balance of the prizes
to Tom Breslin, Glynn Nicholas and Peter Sumner.
The “twos” pool for the First Division was shared by Peter Sumner and
Philip Golding and the Second Division by Gunbjorg Gunnarson and Dave
Lee. It was the first time in a competition from The Haven that a “two”
had been achieved from each of the red, white and blue tees.
Before the prize giving Richard welcomed Magne and Gunbjorg Gunnarson
and Philip Golding and also reserved a special mention for the return of
Stephen Beard to competitive singles golf after an absence of nearly
Phlutaluang caddies injured
in golf cart accident
The 2 Plutaluang caddies
were injured after the golf cart they were riding on overturned.
Two caddies at Phlutaluang Golf course received broken bones on February
8 when the golf cart they were riding on overturned.
The two were identified as Mrs. Bunloet Suwanawongse, 45, of
Phlutaluang, Sattahip who was thrown out of the cart and suffered a
broken left arm. The other victim was identified as Mrs. Phairo Pamayon,
41, of Phlutaluang, Sattahip who was run over by the cart and broke her
Mrs. Bunloet said that she and her fellow caddie were riding on the back
of the cart when it went down a hill at high speed and flipped over on
the wet slippery grass. She added that the golfer who was driving it
probably wasn’t accustomed to the route.
Rochanathamsathaan Foundation rescue workers attending the scene
provided first aid to the two injured victims before sending them to
Somdej Phra Nang Chao Sirikit Hospital.
Feel ready for a challenge? Why not sign up for the River Kwai Adventure Race?
In the 1970s, people ran marathons. In the 1990s,
they competed in triathlons. Today, the sweat factor has been increased
with the emergence of adventure racing.
River Kwai Adventure Race features trail running, mountain biking,
swimming and paddling in the magnificent surroundings of the Kwai
Adventure racing is a new and very fast growing sport that integrates
physical and mental endurance, teamwork, the great outdoors and
adventure. The race is a non-stop expedition during which teams ranging
in size from 2 to 5 competitors must complete a course from checkpoint
to checkpoint as a group. Teams travel by methods such as mountain
biking, trail running, canoeing, rafting, rappelling and more.
Teamwork, determination, perseverance, strategy, endurance and toughness
are the main principles guiding teams trough the woods, rivers, lakes,
and mountains in the course of a typical adventure. Races can last from
a few hours to several days.
Next month The North Face River Kwai Adventure Race 2007 will take place
Saturday, March 10 in Sayoke district Kanchanaburi. The route will
travel along scenic trails, exploring the mountains and farmlands of
western Thailand and the magnificence of the Kwai valley.
This sprint adventure race (Single day Race) is designed to take 3-6
hours to complete. Teams of 2 persons will compete in trail running,
mountain biking, swimming and paddling while testing their navigational
skills trough the picturesque landscape.
The course has been designed to be challenging for the seasoned athlete,
yet achievable to the new adventure racer as there will be 2 different
levels: Adventure: For beginners and relatively fit persons and Extreme:
For athletes and experienced Adventure Racers.
If anyone feels up to the challenge you can get more information on the
event by contacting the organizers at 02 6763869 (Nid or Sassi), call
the race director on 081 922 71 00 or visit www.riverkwaitrophy.com.