Cathay Pacific land 6th Khun Anand - UNICEF Cup
The 6th Khun Anand - UNICEF Cup was once more a triumph of meticulous
organization, sporting endevour and unbounded generosity - all in the cause
of helping UNICEF improve the quality of education for children in Thailand.
continued More features
More Japanese runners targeted for this year’s Pattaya Marathon
Hoteliers asked to reduce rates to boost participation
Japanese runners are being invited by the Athletic Association of Thailand
to join the Pattaya Marathon, which will take place on July 15, while city
hall has requested hotels to reduce their room rates for participants.
The moves to stimulate wider interest in the marathon were revealed on
February 23 at a briefing led by Deputy Mayor Wattana Janthanawaranon along
with Pol Maj Gen Surapong Ariyamongkol, secretary general of the Athletic
Association of Thailand and assistant secretary general Pol Maj Gen Supanat
Wattana said that hotels are being asked to reduce their room rates during
the marathon so that more runners will be encouraged to travel and
participate. Meanwhile Pol. Maj Gen Surapong said that the Athletic
Association of Thailand has been in discussions with the Athletic
Association of Japan to invite more runners from that nation to take part in
the event. Last year the race drew some 10,000 participants but it is felt
that there is still some shortfall in the numbers coming from overseas.
Deputy Mayor Wattana also said that greater focus this year would be placed
upon safety for the runners and that the route would remain largely
unchanged from last year, with the position of the start and finish lines
being located at either Soi 4 or Soi 6, Beach Road.
Mike takes a ‘10’ but still walks
with Monthly Mug
Phoenix Members Golf Society
Georgina from the Camillian Center (third left)
receives a cheque for 18,000 baht from members of the Phoenix Golf Society,
(from left-right): Ben Hogstrom, Kirsten Lillilund, Mike & Angela Poustie,
Ron Bridge and Ning Morris.
Wednesday, February 28, Monthly Mug
Another beautiful day on the fairways of Phoenix, and a nice cooling breeze
as well. 20 of our members and guests attacked the Mountain and Lakes off
the white (men) and red (ladies) tees respectively, for our regular Monthly
Mug (stroke play) event.
Our green keeper still had the sadistic streak in him this week when it came
to pin placements. With the weather being so dry at the moment the speed of
the greens is very fast and the placement of the pin on the Lakes 3rd hole
brought a nightmare into reality, and every group had a tale to tell.
Mike Gerrard had taken 4 to the bottom of the green; from there three times
he putted up to the hole within 6 inches and three times the ball rolled
back off the green. He carded a ten! However, this did not affect the result
of the competition.
Finishing with a net 72 was the aforementioned Mike Gerrard to win the mug.
Second was regular bridesmaid Bob Deane (net 77), whilst in third place came
Mike Poustie with a net 79.
Ning Morris came in first with a net 71 to win the Ladies mug, and Bob’s
better half Mayo Deane took second with a net 76.
Our best guest score was from the ever-reliable Gary Blackburn with a net
71, and Terry Turner (at last) came into the frame in second place with net
Technicals went to Terry Turner, Ben Hogstrom, Kirsten Lillilund, Gary
Blackburn, Kale Karlberg and newcomer guest, Christoffer Karlberg.
Friday, March 2, Stableford
Just three groups assembled today to tackle the Lakes & Ocean
courses off back tees.
I don’t care what anybody says, this is the true test of golf, playing at
any course. Just like the medal days back in the old country.
The dreaded Lakes 3rd pin position was at its worst again. Never mind, it’s
the same for everybody. After the ten Mike Gerrard recorded on Wednesday on
this hole he managed to par it today and went to win the day with 37 points
ahead of Bob Dean in second with 35 points. Gary Blackburn was again our
best guest scorer with 31 points
Technical went to Gary Blackburn (2), Ben Hogstrom, and Mayo Deane.
Camillian Centre benefits from
Cash totalling some 18,000 Baht was recently handed over to
Georgina at the Camillian Centre. The money had been collected at each of
our golf days, (Sunday, Wednesday and Friday) over the last 7 or 8 weeks,
from both members and guests.
The visit was very much an eye opener to the plight of these poor
unfortunate children and I think it fair to say that all our representatives
who attended fought back a tear or two.
Our thoughts also go out to the helpers and staff at the centre who work
tirelessly to bring some comfort to the patients.
We were proud to leave with our very own new collection box, which will be
on display at every golf day we run at Phoenix Golf Club. We hope this box
will soon be full so that we can go back again in the near future to present
more money to the centre.
On behalf of the Camillian Centre, we would like to say a big thank you to
all who contributed.
Anyone wishing to play golf with the Phoenix members is welcome to come
along. Although our days are predominantly for members to participate,
guests are always welcome (subject to tee time availability). To join us
please contact either Mike Gerrard on 08 709 17565 or Ron Bridge on 08 145
World Team to Honor Thailand King with Spectacular “80” Freefall Formation
The World Team members, who
last year broke the world record for the largest freefall formation in Udon
Thani province, will be back in Thailand this month to attempt a special
“80” formation in honor of HM the King’s birthday celebrations.
Members of the international world record skydiving
group, ‘World Team’, have announced they will perform a special aerial
exhibition to honor HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej over Prachuap Khiri Khan,
Thailand. World Team members begin practice at Wing 53 in Prachuap on
Tuesday, March 13 and by Saturday March 17 expect to complete the elaborate
formation in the shape of “80” to honor His Royal Majesty’s 80th birthday.
All operations, with 80 skydivers from around the world flown by the Royal
Thai Air Force, will be visible to the naked eye from the ground.
World Team includes an international group of skydiving specialists and the
Royal Thai Air Force. The group dedicates its efforts to promoting good will
through skydiving events in the host country. World Team holds numerous
world aviation records through the Fédération Aeronautique Internationale in
Lausanne, Switzerland-including the current 400-person freefall formation
record which is in the Guinness Book.
Capt. Roy and the Hunters prevail
The Pattaya Am-Am 2007
The 2007 Am-Am winners: “The
Hunters” - Rick Holmes, Roy Thornton, Barry Traynor & Claus Nilsson.
Friday, March 2, Green Valley
The 12th Pattaya Am-Am was played this year at Green Valley, which is
currently one of the best-maintained courses in the area. The conditions
helped to ensure an extremely competitive result, with the winners returning
a ten-under score that was five more than the previous year, but was still
good enough to win by four clear from second place and eight from third
The Am-Am is played under the same format as a Pro-Am but with all of the
team being amateurs. The objective is for the best two player’s scores to
count on each hole in stroke play format to make an aggregate against a par
of 144 or as on this day with the Stableford system being used, 72 points.
The maximum handicap allowed was three quarters with a maximum handicap
allowance for each player of eighteen shots.
The weather conditions on the day were quite hot which no doubt had a part
to play in the higher than usual scoring. Nearly all of the field (over 75%
of the teams) were unable to equal or better par - although they all enjoyed
the chance to play in a major competition without the usual pressures and
with the benefit of the comaderie of the team format.
The winning team was led from the front by Captain Roy, who is rumored to be
a distant relation of a notorious ex-leader of Cambodia, with his worthy
team of “Hunters” and although they tried to hide their real identities
under the banner of the “Birdie Boys”, everyone knew the truth behind the
Whilst it is important for all the team members to contribute in the AM-AM
format, the winning team usually manages to produce one or two players that
play exceptionally well on at least two thirds of the course. This was the
case with the winners with Roy overcoming extreme pain, with the aid of
several pills on the way round, and the rest of the team providing excellent
support which enabled the team to only drop two shots to par whilst picking
up 12 net birdies on the rest of the holes. This ensured that they went one
better than in 2006 when they were in second place.
The second placed team, known locally as the “Raiders from Soi 13/3 just
across the road from the other place”, also combined very well to put
together a good score on the day of six-under with all the members of the
team contributing their fair share, although the perennial podium finisher
Simon Philbrook shouldered much of the tactical responsibilities.
Third place went to the South Herts team of “The Vardon Cast Offs” ably led
by another Captain in the form of “Captain 2000” Bob Heath. They posted a
score that they thought would have consigned them to almost last spot, but
with the course playing about as difficult as it has ever been, two-under
par was a very competitive score.
An unheralded fourth place was produced following the Doc’s failure to
provide any near pin sticks, which left four trophies on the table and the
decision was taken to turn them into consolation prizes. The team from
Paweena’s overcame those of The Ban Chang Bashers and the Haven Misspent
Youths on count back, with all of them being the only other teams to better
par on the day.
Back at The Haven the prizes were presented by The Doc who thanked all of
the IPGC venues for their assistance together with Wayne Ogonoski for doing
his usual fine job on the scores table, even though he has only recently
been released from hospital following major surgery. Whilst speaking of
hospitals Stephen asked all the members to spare a thought for a recent
popular figure Shaky Pete Murray, who is seriously ill in Bangkok Hospital
Pattaya and who would love to see friends that can spare the time to visit.
He also thanked the staff of The Haven for providing as usual a sumptuous
buffet and the waitresses for ensuring no one could complain of being
Having assisted in presenting the prizes Lumyai, whose birthday was due on
the following day, blew the horn to buy all a celebratory beverage after
which many stayed late into the night savouring the party atmosphere.
|IPGC AM-AM 2007 Results
1st “The Hunters”: Rick Holmes, Roy Thornton, Barry
Traynor & Claus Nilsson 82 points
2nd “The Raiders”: Mark Wood, Simon Philbrook, Jim Brackett & Claus
Thomsen 78 points
3rd “The Vardon Cast Offs”: Bob Heath, Gerald Decio, Jim Slattery,
George Oakley 74 points
4th “Paweenas”: Tony Duthie, Andy Mills, Alan Duffus & Les Hall 73
Colin makes it his week
PSC golf from the Bowling Green
by Barry Hooper
‘Golfer of the Month’ at the Bowling Green for February is Bernie
Segrave and this was achieved without winning a single flight through
the month but being consistently near the top honours on many occasions.
Well Done Bernie it shows that consistency pays off.
On a lighter note this reporter has noted that our organiser has on many
occasions reminded players about keeping up with the pace of play for
the courtesy of other players. But I have been advised on good authority
that on Sunday at Eastern Star this was maybe to come back and bite him
as he was found near the end of his round to be some two holes back on
the pace of the players preceding him. Naughty-naughty!
Tuesday, February 27,
1st Bert Mjornerup (19) 39pts
2nd Brian Heelan (11) 37pts
3rd David Arrowsmith (6) 35pts
1st Greg Mason (28) 46pts
2nd Jack Robertsons (26) 37pts
3rd Les Burns (34) 36pts
Near Pins: Mashi Kaneta, David Arrowsmith, Bernie Segrave
2’s: David Arrowsmith, Bernie Segrave, Bert Mjornerup (2)
Thursday, March 1, The Emerald. Stableford
Flight A (0-15)
1st Pat Regan (11) 38pts
2nd Joe O’Driscoll (14) 37pts
3rd Bob St Aubin (14) 35pts
Flight B (16-22)
1st Colin Cronin (16) 35pts
2nd Peter Harris (20) 35pts
3rd Joel Flor (21) 34pts
Flight C (23 up)
1st Jack Robertson (26) 39pts
2nd Patrick Poussier (25) 36pts
3rd Joe Koubon (29) 34pts
Near Pins: Fergus Brennan, Bernie Segrave, Colin Cronin, Joel
Flor, Peter Seward, Pat Regan, Steve Hamstead
2’s: Jack Robertson, Bernie Segrave, Pat Regan, Jimmy Chanke.
Sunday, March 4,
Eastern Star, Stableford
Flight A (0-19)
1st Colin Cronin (16) 36pts
2nd Tony Oakes (13) 36pts
3rd Fergus Brennan (12) 34pts
Flight B (20 up)
1st Andy Galvin (21) 40pts
2nd Joe Kubon (30) 39pts
3rd John Morel (29) 38pts
Near Pins: Colin Cronin, Andy Galvin, Barry Rothberg, John
2’s: Barry Rothberg
Despite the change to Sunday from the normal Saturday due to commitments
by the club we had an excellent turnout albeit only the two flights.
Good golf in tough but fair conditions and some good scores to boot.
Colin Cronin was back in good form this week and took his second flight
win in three days in the top flight. Well done Colin!
If any one is interested in golfing with the Bowling Green we play every
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. We meet at Bowling Green at 7:45am for
breakfast and transportation, and new players are always made to feel
welcome. Call Tewin on 086 056 7019, Bowling Green 038-720742 or send an
email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neil strikes for second week in a row
PSC golf from the Oohsa Bar
(L-R) - Alan Cassin, Keith Hodges, Yves
Philbert, Neil Duncan.
Tuesday, February 27, Plutaluang, Stableford
A Flight (0-18)
1st Neil Duncan (16) 38pts
2nd Alan Cassin (11) 37pts
3rd Colin Cronin (16) 35pts
4th Steve Hampsted (11) 34pts
B Flight (19+)
1st Keith Hodges (21) 33pts
2nd Yves Philbert (26) 32pts
3rd Mick Heatley (31) 31pts
4th Ron Bullock (25) 30pts
Near Pins: Keith Hodges, Jeff Wylie, Geoff Moodie, David Childs
Long Putt: Ian Campbell
Thirty-eight points on consecutive weeks, over two very different courses,
confirms Neil Duncan as the man in form at Oohsa Bar. Last week the test was
Emerald, this week it was Plutaluang South and East.
The Navy course was playing well as usual, so no excuses, but many found the
greens difficult to handle -”too many three-putts” was a common story. From
a field of 28 players, only Neil and Alan Cassin in the A Flight played to
handicap. Keith Hodges took the B Flight with 33 points. Not quite the 44
points of two weeks ago, but he is no longer off 24 handicap. Last week’s B
flight winner Yves Philbert maintained his good form and ran Keith a close
Following the presentation, Keith outlined a proposal that Oohsa Bar play
two days per week in future. Initially we will try a regular Thursday
fixture at Plutaluang. Turnout at the Navy course is usually high and it has
the advantage of being a short drive on the south side of town. If we
arrange early starts at 9.30am we should avoid other groups booked on the
same day. More information will be available soon.
With the presentation over, the evening started with Malcolm organising the
usual game of ‘killer’ pool. Our next golf fixture will be Greenwood on
Tuesday, March 13.
Birdie blitz at the ‘Mountain’
IPGC Jomtien golf
Monday, February 26, Mountain Shadow, Stableford
A large turnout today to this well maintained course but the
expectations for a high score were almost nil according to the
conversations in the bar before we left. An amazing four birdies were
recorded however on the par 3’s, three of which went to division 2
players, Ben Findon, Bob Lathwell and Magne Gunnarson. Ted Morris won
the only purse in division 1.
Magne and Ted also won the nearest the pin prizes with Targe picking up
her first prize of the season. This wasn’t her only prize of the day as
she finished top in division 2 in the stableford competition with 32
points. She was followed by Miss Nom on 30 points and Miss Am with 29.
In division 1, Ben Findon (35 points) beat Bob Martin on a 20/15 count
back and 32 points secured Ted Morris third spot.
Treasure Hills, Stableford
Two tough courses in as many of days and the long journey
still attracted a maximum turnout. This reflected in the scores today
with Miss Srithong playing off an 8 handicap coming in third with 32
points whilst Nikjo finished second after losing on a 17/16 count back
to Bob Newell’s equal score of 33 points.
Still improving and with a gradually reducing handicap, Miss Am scored
35 points to take the second division honours followed by Miss Nom on 31
and her old man, Ken Foster with 30 points.
There were no 2’s in division two but Jan Charles and Ralph scored a
couple in the top flight. Miss Srithong claimed her first ‘near pin’
prize with her shot on the second; Nikjo Herman and Bob Lathwell were
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 available, please sign up in the bar or contact Glyn on 086 837 5464.
Banchang trip always
draws a crowd
PSC golf from The Peacock Place
Monday, February 26,
Century Chonburi, Stableford
Our venue on Monday was Century Chonburi; always a popular location, not
only because of the low cost green fees but also the layout of the course.
If only the clubhouse could be brought up to standard.
We played a stableford competition and split the field into two flights. A
flight 0 to 13 was won by Bob Philp with 37 points, in second place was Mike
Waltschek with 33 points winning on count back from Jack Spencer. The B
flight was won by our resident crooner Barry Rothberg with 35 points, in
second place was Mick Leighton winning on count back from Alan Bishop.
2’s were recorded by Bob Philp, Matt Anderson and Mike Waltschek.
Wednesday, February 28,
The Emerald, Stableford
On Wednesday we were scheduled to play at The Emerald. This is
one of our most popular locations and whilst the course is good, I can’t
understand why it attracts such numbers! Our members are always slow to
commit themselves beforehand and on the morning in question there was barely
6 names on the start sheet. By the time we were due to leave however our
numbers had swelled to almost thirty.
A number of our young tigers announced that they wanted to play off the blue
tees and pitch their skills against the full length of the course. Who were
we to dampen their ardor? In the event this group was won by Steve Nowell
H/c 8 with 33 points and the rest of the field trailed with 29 points and
The B flight was won by Mick Leighton with 34 points with Alan Haywood in
second scoring 33 points and in third place was Stefan Hoge with 32 points.
The C flight was won by Alan Bishop with a resounding 38 points followed by
Barry Chadboure who scored 33 points and in third place was Wendy Khan with
The only ‘2’ recorded was by Steve Nowell who had a tap in at the 7th. Steve
was heard to mutter at the prize giving that it was well worth getting out
of bed this morning. I say prize giving in the broadest terms as out of a
total of 26 players only 7 made it back to the Peacock Place. The rest of
the field were earlier to be seen heading for Bangchang Village never to
Come and join us if you would like a game of golf with a friendly society.
We meet on Mondays and Wednesdays and our schedule appears in The Pattaya
Mail. If you would like further information, telephone Bob on 087 941 2474.
Chiangmai Cricket Sixes -
20 Years of Fun
The 20th annual Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes
will start on April 1, 2007 at the Chiang Mai Gymkhana Club cricket grounds,
and it will be the largest Chiang Mai Sixes ever, with more teams and more
matches and more fun than ever before.
20th Chiang Mai Cricket Sixes gets underway on April 1 and promises to be
the biggest ever.
For one week, 33 teams from countries around the world will meet to play
cricket and enjoy the warm welcome that Chiang Mai provides to its visitors.
The sounds of willow bats striking leather cricket balls, the cries of
“Howzat!” and the pleasure of a cold drink in the warm April sun will be
enjoyed by everyone who attends.
So far, team entrants are from thirteen different countries for this year’s
tournament, including Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, China, England, Japan,
Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, Thailand, UAE, Vietnam, and Wales. And
then there is the one team billing itself as coming from “the rest of the
world”. The week also includes matches by two women’s cricket teams and an
“Old Crocks” game. A number of notable players with international experience
are usually on hand and playing with some of the teams, so who knows what
cricket star you might see?
So now is the time to dust off that old cricket cap and blazer and get along
to the Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes. Lots of action-packed
cricket, lots of fun and a major measure of friendly socializing!
The Chiang Mai Gymkhana Club is situated on the old Chiangmai Lamphun Road
just north of Nong Hoy Market (before the Sheraton Hotel) and is an easy
tuk-tuk or songtaew ride from any part of Chiang Mai. Admission to the
beautiful, spacious grounds of the Gymkhana Club is free and there is ample,
shaded seating for cricket spectators. The Sixes is sure to be a fun-filled
seven days and a big crowd puller for visitors to the northern city.
Cross fingers and hope to win
IPGC golf from The Haven
Monday, February 26, Eastern Star,
1st Trevor Schirmer 35pts
2nd Glyn Nicholas 34pts c/b
3rd Mikael Andersson 34pts c/b
4th Alan Griffiths 34pts c/b
5th Ole Stamnes 33 c/b
(Also 33pts Brian Kelly, Barry Traynor, John Murphy)
A short week for normal competition was started with a very well attended
outing to take on the challenging Eastern Star. The greens had been allowed
to grow a little on the long side, thereby giving them a lot more nap and
grain than usual which in turn produced a very slow result. This affected
many of the competitors, as they struggled to master the conditions on an
otherwise almost ideally prepared layout.
Trevor Schirmer made up for a very ordinary previous week’s golf by heading
the crowded leader board and finally taking the honours by a single shot for
a group on two-over. These were led by Glyn Nicholas with an excellent back
nine of two-under ahead of Mikael Andersson and Alan Griffiths, both with
the same score but losing out on count back.
Ole Stamnes took the last podium position as he led another group one more
back also on count back.
In the must be mentioned section, Barry Winton bumbled in with a very
uncompetitive score that included three eagles and six birdies, to produce a
very unusual Curates Egg, but as normal, he took it all in good spirit.
Max Arlen and Barry Winton had the only 2’s in the second and first
Before presenting the prizes Richard welcomed new member Christopher Seaborn
and welcomed back Ian Dale, John Mabry, Stephen Lewis, John Murphy and Ole
Wednesday, February 28, Plutaluang, Stableford
1st Tony Barritt 37pts
2nd Takeshi Hakozaki 36pts
3rd Roy Thornton 34pts
4th Roar Berger 33pts c/b
5th Trevor Schirmer 33pts c/b
“One off the bottom of the deck”, was how Barry the Bear described the long
awaited win from Tony Barritt. This followed seemingly months of having to
deal with endless questions about his highly unusual crossed fingers putting
technique and the subsequent pressures that put on the rest of his game. But
at last all has been vindicated as he swept to an imperious one-shot win
over the almost amazed Takeshi Hakozaki. Takeshi must have thought the day
was in the bag after closing out with a level par round over the very
difficult North and West courses.
Roy Thornton continued his meticulous build up towards the AM-AM and not
wishing to peak to early, dropped a shot or two over the last few holes but
still did just enough to see off Roar Berger and Trevor Schirmer who, after
being separated by count back, rounded out the podium.
Takeshi Hakozaki had the only ‘2’ in the first division whilst Alec Woods
had the lone one in the second division.
Prior to the prize giving Richard welcomed back Gary Parks, plus a group
from South Herts, the last club where he had been the professional before
arriving in Pattaya, which consisted of Captain Bob Heath, Gerald Decio,
Jimmy Norris, Peter Alexander, Ray Gibson, Jim Slattery and The hole in one
wonder himself, George Oakley. George is hoping to add to his tally of two
aces in Pattaya before returning to normality.
‘Ladies Day’ at Bangpakong
PSC golf from The Café Kronborg
Monday, February 26, Plutaluang,
The Royal Thai Navy Plutaluang North and West layouts were host to a
stableford competition in two flights with the cut at Handicap 19. The
course on the day was in good condition with fast greens. Sport Days start
on March 1 on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 350 Baht Green Fee.
A & B Flight winners Sirkka Puikkonen (left) and Carole Kubicki.
Maurice Herberge took the A Flight with a best score of the day 37 points.
In second place was Richard Kubicki with 34 points with Larry Simpson in
third with 33 points and Rob Brown in fourth with 32 points, on count back
from Alex Kazazis.
Colin Swann took the B Flight with 34 points ahead of Dave Richardson in
second with 33 points, Carole Kubicki third with 32 points and Jannie
Jasperse third with 31 points.
Near Pin: Graham Buckingham, Chris Bonnart, Dave Richardson, Elias
Long Put: Ebrahim, Mike Rushant
Thursday, March 1, Bangpakong, Stableford
When you have to drive this far to play golf, the course had
better be worth it, and as far as the golfers of the Cafe Kronborg are
concerned, it is well worth it.
We were booked in quickly and soon on the first tee. The course as usual was
in fine condition, and with only a little cooling wind it was a nice walk in
I played with the eventual A Flight winner, and it was nice to play with a
lady who hit the ball as far as most men, with a Red Tee distance 1,200
yards shorter, and straight at that. With 23 points on the front nine she
was always favourite to win, and we expect to see her off a couple of shots
less next week.
So round over, it was Sirkka Puikkonen who won the A Flight, 0 to 19, with a
fine 43 points, ahead of Takeshi Hakozaki winning a three way count back on
35 points, to go into second place with John Ostrom in third and Richard
Kubicki just losing out.
In the B Flight Carole Kubicki completed the ‘Ladies Day’ when she won with
39 points, with Neil Allison in second with 38 points and Harald Gruber in
third with 35 points.
Near Pin: Rada Frankhauser, Inge Nissen, Maurice Herberge, Derek
Long Put: Bjorn Kristjohannson, Tony Mengatti
The Senator grabs two firsts
IPGC golf from Lewiinski’s
Sunday, February 25,
Green Valley – White Tees,
1st Bob Patterson (8) 39 points
2nd Chas Li (7) 38 points
3rd Joe Mooneyham (11) 37 points
1st Mick Shrosbree (15) 41 points
2nd Ray Dell (13) 39 points
3rd Ian Grout (14) 36 points
1st Fergus O’Brien (16) 41 points
2nd George Jackson (17) 40 points
3rd Eddy Beilby (19) 39 points
1st Robbie Bennett (21) 38 points
2nd David Foulk (21) 36 points
3rd Barry Chadbourn (21) 34 points
NP’s: #2 Brian Cooper; #9 Eddy Beilby; #12 Mol Thongkiew; #16 J.J.
2’s: Eddy Beilby, Lou Szigligeti, Paul Henshaw, Ivan Wilberforce,
Rick Holmes, Dene Heath
Mick Shrosbree, Esq. and the Right Honorable Fergus O’Brien were co-Men of
the Match with 41 points apiece. Mick’s B Flight winning score was two clear
of the “The Farmer in the” Dell and an additional three ahead of Ian “Tile”
Grout. Fergus was one clear of One Ball and yet another in front of the 2007
Lewiinski’s Open Champion, Eddy Bee-ill-byy.
Our Title Lad topped out A Flight with 39 points, one clear of a continuing
to improve Chas Li. The Groom, gimp knees and all, persevered for 37 points,
and a third place count back victory over the Shack’s Paul Shaw.
Robbie Bennett put a two-point space between himself and D Flight’s second
place man, and February Monthly Medal winner, David Foulk. Barry Chadbourn
probably spent Sunday night on the couch as he edged his wife, Trudy, on
count back for third place. Although it clutters the story line a bit, Joe
Tynan, was also mixed up in that marriage threatening count back.
Monday, February 26,
Royal Lakeside – White Tees,
2-Person Better Ball,
1st Bob Patterson (8) & Jon Haugen (8) 44 points
2nd Pat Regan (11) & Frank O’Hara (12) 44 points
3rd Lou Szigligeti (20) & Jim Bell (22) 44 points
4th Mossy Quaid (8) & Shay Mitchell (16) 43 points
2’s: Jim Bell (2), Jim Brackett, Colin Davis, Simon Philbrook
The Society decided to take the show on the road a wee bit and prattle on up
to Royal Lakeside. This time the Senator/GM teamed up with motorcycle ridin’
Jon Haugen to accumulate 44 points, using 75% of handicap, and to take a
three-way count back victory.
The Irish team of Pat Regan and Frank O’Hara had the second best of the
count back imbroglio. Lou “Ziggy” Szigligeti and Jim Bell fell all the way
to third with the poorest distributed 44.
A quartet of teams had 43 points and fought it out for fourth place. Two
Irishman had the best of it in the persons of Mossy Quaid and Shay Mitchell.
That was to the collective displeasure of the teams of Bob St. Aubin and
Brian Wood, Eddy Beilby and Jim Brackett, and John Emmerson and Kris
Wednesday, February 28,
The Emerald - White Tees, Stableford
1st Marty Montry (2) 40 points
2nd Nick Payne (13) 36 points
3rd Simon Philbrook (6) 36 points
1st Andreas Grunenberg (16) 35 points
2nd Lou Szigligeti (20) 35 points
3rd Eddy Beilby (18) 35 points
2’s: Nick Pyane, Linda Lee, Jon Haugen (2), Sugar Ray Handford,
The last fixture of the week, in deference to The Haven’s AM-AM which
wrapped up the week on Friday, the lads and lasses went to The Emerald for a
Newcomer, and excellent golfer, Marty Montry topped A Flight, and the entire
field, with 40 points. That figures out to a gross 70, given his skimpy 2
handicap. A trio was knotted at 36 points: Nick Payne had the best of the
math and grabbed second, while Simon of Philbrook hung on for third. Hard
luck Romanro Cerejo fell completely out of the money.
On this day of count backs, Andreas came out of a four-way count back in B
Flight to claim the top spot. Ziggy took second and Eddy Beilby third. So
much for the luck of the Irish as Tom Breslin was counted back right off the
podium, despite having 35 points like all the B Flight money winners.
Frank unfazed by the weather
IPGC golf with the Caddy Shack
Tuesday, February 27, Greenwood, Stableford
A medal competition at Greenwood was interrupted for over 1 hour when
thunder and lightning struck which left the golfers stranded all over the
course. When play was finally able to resume, it was Frank Rigby with a fine
net 67 off his 8 H/cap who took the day’s honours. He was joined on the
podium by Andreas Grunenberg who shot a net 71, with Mark Joshua taking
third on net 72.
There were no 2’s recorded on the day by any of the players.
Friday’s fixture was cancelled due to the IPGC Am-Am tournament taking place
on the same day.
Cowling conquers Phoenix
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at the OK Corral
Tuesday, February 27, members of the Pattaya Golf Society reacquainted
themselves with Phoenix Golf Club. The large party was divided into two
playing flights cut at seventeen and under, and the competition got
under way on the Lakes and Ocean Nines under an overcast sky and with a
slight breeze to offer some comfort.
The top flight was led by Masayuki Matsumoto and John Cunningham whose
net 71’s were a fine reflection of their respective prowess as low
handicappers, whilst visiting lady golfer Srithong Tannert Huser struck
a blow for political correctness by turning in a fine score of net 74
for third place.
In an excellent second flight Paul Brett confounded his playing partners
with a fine display giving him third place with net 70 whilst Margaret
Wilkinson took a leaf out of Srithong’s book by returning her best score
with the group, a net 68 for a well-deserved second place. The best
score of the day was recorded by Harry Cowling and his net 67 marked his
finest return this trip and a thoroughly deserved divisional win.
There was only one birdie ‘2’ on the day and Uwe Schroder’s chip-in on
Lakes Seven was enough to set the bells ringing on his table back at the
The many candidates for the Booby Bevy included the American visitor who
had lost his hired set of clubs before the round began, and his wallet
before it ended, and any of the five golfers who returned scores of more
than ninety, but the sight of an impoverished Kris Pinyoun playing
sixteen holes with cheap copied golf shoes bereft of soles was more than
the presenter could bare, and he was compensated by the presentation of
the beer “in absentia”. At least the golf at Phoenix had been the
For the Pattaya Golf Society, March began with the usual
“fun” format event, this time being the hugely challenging pairs
stableford under the modified “South African” system, and on the
currently tough track at Emerald.
The day was hot and eleven teams had entered the impossible-to-call
event. The main aim of the format is to avoid the dreaded “scratched”
hole and all teams were to struggle in this respect. Tony Kitchen and
Paul Quodomine however, managed to shrug off eight such bloopers and use
their portly handicaps to great effect on the 12th and 13th holes to
post scores of nine and twelve points, which went a great way in helping
them to a final total of 53.
Their third place finish was usurped by the current “SA” champions, Ben
Findon and Les Hall, whose 58-point tally could have been much more if
Ben had come to terms with some very patchy greens and uniquely Thai pin
positions. Partner Les revelled with an individual score of 39 points,
the best individual round of the day.
The winners, a mere point ahead, were the Finnish pairing of Vesa
Turunen and lady golfer Sari Tamminen and their purple patch in the
middle of the front nine was just enough to see them home.
There were two birdie 2’s on the day, both by John Mason, and he took
the pot for his accuracy on holes 7 and 15. The Booby Bevy was enjoyed
by Erik Anttonen and Jorma Liila for their collection of eight blobbed
holes, due in part to Erik attempting to play the round sober! At the
presentation later plans were revealed for regular Sunday golf from the
OK Corral and details will be posted here next week when all the loose
ends have been tied up. March had indeed begun in fine style.
The Beautiful Game?:
Settled from top to bottom?
There comes a defining moment in each season that
sees the Premiership campaigns of every club encapsulated in one
snapshot, and last weekend brought just that at both ends of the table.
Liverpool’s long-awaited showdown with Manchester United at Anfield
began according to plan for the home side as Liverpool dominated the
early exchanges, but they were unable to turn their possession into
goals and paid the ultimate price as substitute John O’Shea, a childhood
Liverpool supporter, rifled home an injury-time winner to steal the game
1-0. With those three points came a lead of twelve (thirteen when you
consider United’s superior goal difference) that all but sends the title
to Old Trafford.
Jose Mourinho will argue with that point, especially after Chelsea beat
Portsmouth later in the day and with United still to visit Stamford
Bridge. It’s not over yet, but should United go on and clinch the title
it will be those final moments at Anfield that will live long in the
memory for United fans.
At the other end, West Ham’s stay in the Premiership is surely at an end
after throwing away three vital points against Tottenham on Sunday. In
an absolute thriller, Bobby Zamora came on as a substitute and gave his
side a 3-2 lead with five minutes remaining, only to see the fantastic
Dimitar Berbatov equalise on 90 minutes and then reserve full-back Paul
Stalteri seal what had looked an impossible win for Spurs.
It was a heartbreaking moment for Hammers fans as their opposite number
enjoyed revenge of sorts for last season’s lasagne incident. Despite
having witnessed one of the most bizarre seasons in the club’s history,
many still believed that the squad still had the quality to turn things
around. With the threat of a points deduction hanging over the club over
the transfer of Argentinean pair Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez,
they are surely doomed. Even before any points deduction they already
find themselves below Watford, who themselves will feel cheated should
they finish in anything but last place.
Unlike the relegation of a few years ago when the Hammers lost the likes
of Joe Cole, Frank Lampard and later Jermain Defoe, you get the
impression that the club would be better off losing a number of it’s
current ‘stars’. It’s no secret that a number of divisions and cliques
exist in the Upton Park dressing room, but after a season when the squad
couldn’t keep themselves out of the news for the wrong reasons it seems
that there are no depths to which the club won’t sink.
According to The Observer, a high-stakes gambling culture has
infiltrated the club, with fortunes changing hands on the poker table.
One player recently lost 38,000 in one hand on the team bus travelling
to a game, and the newspaper suggests winger Matthew Etherington and
goalkeeper Roy Carroll have already sought help for gambling addiction.
One first-teamer told the Observer: “I’ve never seen anything like it in
my career. It’s one big mess here, the atmosphere is terrible, people
don’t talk to each other. Players are losing up to ?50,000 sometimes. By
the time we arrive [at the game] one player owes another and it’s
terrible for the team and morale. They are always playing cards.”
There’s also said to be disharmony over the earnings of the new signings
brought in to arrest the club’s slide into the abyss, particularly the
wages of Matthew Upson and Lucas Neill. “It’s not rocket science,” said
a well-known football agent. “If the established players see new ones
come in for a lot more money it’s obviously going to cause problems.”
You can’t help but think that these problems are all of their own
making, and that the club will have the mother of all clearouts this
summer. For once though, and as bizarre as it may sound, going down
might be exactly what the club needs. And who’s fretting about the loss
of 30 million pounds television money when your owner is a billionaire?
But that’s enough about West Ham for another week. The tantalising
conclusion to the Premiership race will have to wait as it’s a free
weekend. But don’t fret as the FA Cup steps in to takes its place, with
the small matter of a game in Glasgow on Sunday between Celtic and
Rangers who, I’m told, don’t get on so well. Enjoy.
Another footballer nicked
Fulham midfielder Jimmy Bullard received an unwanted shock on
arrival in Iberia for a golfing trip recently. Bullard, recuperating
from a knee injury that has kept him sidelined all season, was
immediately arrested at the airport and thrown into a cell.
We’re all used to seeing players behind bars, but rather than another
example of footballers behaving badly it was a case of mistaken identity
this time around. The former Wigan man was released after the bungling
Spanish police realised that he wasn’t the same Jimmy Bullard wanted for
several alleged crimes in the country.
Sevilla supremo sees stars
Astonishing scenes in Spain last week as Sevilla coach Juande
Ramos was knocked unconscious by a bottle thrown from the crowd during a
cup-tie against city rivals Real Betis.
Sevilla were leading 1-0 in the Spanish Cup quarterfinal, second leg
when Ramos was hit on the head by a bottle, which appeared to be full.
The derby tie, held at Betis’s Ruiz de Lopera stadium, was then
Ramos spent the night in hospital, discharging himself the following day
telling reporters that he could remember nothing from the previous
evening. He immediately called on the Spanish FA to seek out and punish
the culprit, saying, “If we don’t root out this problem we will end up
like Italy and South American countries.”
Vote for me,
Referee-turned-politician Philippe Leuba is looking for a new
gimmick to attract voters in the local elections of Vaud in Switzerland
this week. The former whistle blower released a publicity photo of
himself shaking hands with David Beckham ahead of England’s friendly
with Argentina in Geneva in 2005 with a thought bubble emerging from the
midfielder’s head saying: “I hope you are just as impartial in the state
parliament as you were on the football pitch.”
The bad news for 41-year-old Leuba came when it emerged that Beckham’s
people discovered the ads and gave them the red card, demanding that the
pictures be removed from circulation.
“I won’t be using Beckham again,” said Leuba. “It was just a joke, a
surprise that a friend arranged for me in the newspapers. I don’t think
anyone in Switzerland seriously thought Beckham was backing my
Mike Wing’s it to monthly title
PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s
Tuesday, February 27, Greenwood,
Arriving at Greenwood we all stumbled to the first tee to be told we
were to play the A & C Nines, and we were soon underway under dark skies
with a strong wind blowing. This day was also important because the
‘Golfer of the Month’ was also to be decided, and most of the
front-runners were in the first few groups.
Wing (right) receives his golfer of the month award from Steve Carleton.
The day progressed and the course was not in bad condition. It had obviously
rained overnight and the ground was in fine condition, makes a change from
the hard grounds of late.
As the first group got on to the last hole, the raindrops started to fall
and by the time we were on the green the rain was falling steadily. Minutes
later it was raining heavily, and after a quick shower, and sitting in the
upstairs restaurant we could see the fairways fill up and the whole course
disappear under water.
After watching for a while and seeing the soaked golfers from the later
groups come in with scorecard, unfinished, it was decided to cancel the
competition, and we could relax in the knowledge that we would be able to do
it all again next week.
Back at Bert’s it made a change not to have to do a presentation for the
day’s golf, but one thing we could go ahead with was to declare Mike Wing as
the ‘ Alan Bolton Golfer of the Month’. This was quite an easy decision -
nice one Mike.
Paul Kraft tames
Emerald & the field
PSC Golf from the Beaver Bar & Grill
Friday March 2,
On a breezy day 70-year old Paul Kraft had flashbacks to his younger
days, when at 60 when he possessed a 16 handicap, to shoot an
astonishing 48 points in a round that included 8 pars and a birdie.
winners (L to R): Paul, Apple, Bobby and Eddie.
Now playing off a handicap of 32 he easily outdistanced his B flight
counterparts and playing partner Bobby (Bad Joke Bob) Clark who placed
2nd with a mere 34 points. Geoff Moodie also had 34 points, but lost to
BJB on a count back and had to settle for 3rd place.
Discussing Paul’s round back at the Beaver Bar & Grill, no one’s limited
memory could find a gap so large between 1st and 2nd place. Paul
reckoned that he screwed up as he was heard by all to proclaim, “I only
needed 35 points to win!” Tony Oakes was dancing around with a big smile
on his face all the while emulating Zorro.
The A flight was a bit more subdued, but much more tightly contested.
Eddie Blackwell, playing off a 9 handicap, stood alone in 3rd place with
36 stableford points. Eddie’s real time and playing partner, Apple
scored 39 points as did Vance Millar, better known as Matt Millar’s
father. In a count back Apple had 13 points on the last 6 holes while
Vance scored 15 to take A flight honors, relegating Apple to 2nd place.
There possibly would have been no need for a count back at all if, on
the 12th hole, Vance had not hit Dale Drader’s ball. Dale in turn hit
Ray Lepard’s ball. Seems like the only player in the group not involved
in this fiasco was Matt Millar. His drive was in the bunker and nobody
really wanted to claim it.
The duties of placement of the Near Pin markers had to be taken away
from Paul Kraft and Bobby (BJB) Clark because two weeks ago they placed
one of them on the wrong green. This week the job was handed over to the
Canucks, but predictably they also mixed up the marker on the back nine,
placing it on the 13th rather than the 15th green.
Dale’s excuse was that his golf cart was losing power and he needed to
reduce the weight. In addition to ditching the marker early, he also got
rid of most of his golf balls. As it was, the near pins were won by
Peter Harris on the 7th and Apple on the 13th.
Most of the 33 golfers enjoyed the day and were welcomed back at the
Beaver Bar & Grill by host Larry Willett. Each Friday the Beaver plays
at the Emerald with a 7:44am starting time.
The Square Ring:
by Howie Reed
There are some things in life that are true because
they’re true. In boxing one of those “givens” is that promoters, cable
television networks and ranking organizations have taken over the sport.
It’s also a “given” that all the named “usual suspects” have egos bigger
than even the biggest boxer. Their narcissism is worn like a badge of
honor for all to see and admire. There are times however when a ranking
organization actually upholds it’s own rules. When that happens the
cheers from boxing fans should bring down the thunder from the skies.
Recently the WBC stripped Joel Casamayor of his WBC lightweight title
because he signed to meet WBO champion Acelino Freitas, which as it
turned out he didn’t cause no network was interested and the fight fell
Some boxing websites had Casamayor fighting WBA champ Juan Diaz last
weekend but that didn’t happen either. Instead Freitas has signed to
meet the WBA’s Juan Diaz. Go figure. The new WBC Lightweight champion?
That would be David Diaz who is not to be confused with WBA Champ Juan
Diaz or IBF champ Julio Diaz. Too many Diaz’s can spoil a division.
“Your Lordship, did you read what the WBC President Dr. Jose’ Sulaiman
said about Mike Tyson? He said and I quote: ‘The truth is that the
American society has enraged him, has despised him, and has
discriminated against him ... Tyson is a good man, a man with the heart
of a boy that always tried to help the children.’
“What do you think of that, your Lordship?”
I contacted the WBC to verify that statement Jeeves. It was suggested
that maybe I had misunderstood what Dr. Sulaiman meant and it might be a
problem with the English language. Could be as English was never my
strong point. That aside, Dr. Sulaiman has done a lot of good things in
boxing and for that should be congratulated.
In the case of blaming ‘American society’ for Mike Tyson’s problems -
he’s as full of it as a Christmas Goose. It was Tyson’s problem if
American society enraged him. Mike Tyson was relatively ‘straight’ under
a couple of white guys in Manager Gus D’Amato and Kevin Rooney his
The argument can be made that when D’Amato fired initial trainer Teddy
Atlas after he tried to discipline Tyson, the die was cast. Tyson knew
he could do what he wanted. Gus died and “Don King and his Forty
Thieves” stepped in. Tyson married a gold digging tramp (Ms. Robin
Givens) while spinning out of control. No one cared as long as the money
rolled in. Promoters, venues and ranking organization, to say nothing of
lawyers, made tons of money and did nothing. Tyson’s problem was Tyson.
Some time early Sunday morning the IBF heavyweight title fight from the
SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany may be shown. That would mean that if
you’re excited about IBF Champ Wladimir Klitschko (47-3) defending
against Ray Austin (24-3-4), it’s got to be an early Saturday night and
no brain fluid or dance contests.
Justin Fortune, a former heavyweight boxer who’s pro-record was 15-8-2
is making more headlines as an assistant trainer to Freddie Roach. His
prior claim to fame was getting TKO’d by Lennox Lewis back in ’95. His
view of the heavyweight division? “Jesus! Look at this f—in’ mess!” My
thoughts exactly. This fight might be a good one to pass on.
The big heavyweight title fight would have been WBO champ Shannon Briggs
against Sultan Ibragimov. That of course was postponed due to Briggs
“It seems that everything having to do with Briggs is attached to an
excuse,” said Ibragimov. “I don’t understand why he just can’t get in
the ring and fight. We all get aches and pains and little sicknesses
when we’re preparing for a fight, but the real fighters fight through
them. Unfortunately, it seems there aren’t any real fighters left.”
Briggs answer is pretty darn good: “First of all, I know Sultan didn’t
even say those things. He’s not much of a talker and he’s a classy guy.
I guess his twin promoters Leon and Sampson, known in the boxing world
as Dumb and Dumber, are trying to stir up some hype. That’s the job of
the promoters, so I understand. I fought George Foreman twelve rounds
with a broken nose, I fought Lennox Lewis with a broken hand and I fight
every fight with asthma. I wanted to fight, even with pneumonia.”
At the Home Depot Center near Los Angeles, Rafael Marquez (37-3) had
little trouble stepping up in weight to Super Bantam with a convincing
7th round TKO over now former champ Israel Vazquez (41-4). It was a heck
of a battle with Vazquez scoring the only knockdown which came in the
3rd, after Vazquez himself had been tagged.
Sometime in the second round, according to Vazquez trainer Freddie
Roach, his fighter broke his nose. By the end of the 7th it was swollen,
he couldn’t breath and the fight was over. This one calls for a rematch.
Maybe one of the reasons for Marquez’s success is that according to
fight commentator Steve ‘Never Shuts Up’ Albert, “Marquez trains at 10
miles up in the Mexican Mountains.” That would be some task as that
equates to 52,800 feet. Mount Everest highest peak is “Peak XV” at
29,002 feet. What a Maroon.
One tag that will never be glued on IBF Fly champ Vic Darchinyan (28 -0)
is “lack of self confidence”. Prior to last Sunday’s encounter with
Victor Burgos (39-15-3) he said, “People need to understand that I want
to win all my fights by knockout. Knockouts are what draw attention to
the boxers in the lighter weight classes like me. I am not satisfied
winning by anything other than knockout.”
Well he got it in the 12th round of a fight that was hardly watchable as
Burgso had no chance. Burgso was carried out of the ring on a stretcher
from the accumulation of punches he took over 12 rounds.
Many non-Puerto Rican boxing fans are finding it hard to accept WBA
Welter champ Miguel Cotto (29-0) as the next Felix “Tito” Trinidad. Ever
since Cotto got rocked by Rocardo Torres, he’s faced nothing but
non-power hitting boxers.
That trend continued on Sunday in San Juan when Cotto successfully
defended his title against Oktay Urkal. Even though it was a WBA title
fight the Puerto Rican Boxing Commission decided to use open scoring
which has judges scores announced at the end of 4 and 8 rounds. I
mention that bit of information because it was one of the factors that
led to Urkal’s trainer Ulli Wegner tossing in the towel at 1:01 of the
Cotto was frustrated by Urkal who gave as good as he got, albeit not
doing enough to win many rounds. In fact, when the open scoring at the 4
and 8 round mark was announced, Cotto was ahead on all cards.
Hometown referee Luis Pabon deducted a point from Urkal for a head butt
in the 7th. When Pabon took another point in the 11th, Urkal’s trainer
Wegner tossed in the towel. Later Wegner would explain, “Yes it was the
open scoring but more important my fighter was being hit illegally in
the back and the judge (referee) did nothing.”
Next up is June 9th against Zab Judah who should last maybe 6 rounds
under the Cotto body attack. ‘Heart’ has never been a Judah strong
“Your Lordship, while chatting with the lads at the TQ I found out that
if you use Cialis too much you may go blind. You’d better watch out.”
Jeeves, just bring on the lager and the cigars and put some Frank
Sinatra on the music machine, then let’s celebrate the end to another
arduous week. By the way, I’d heard that about Cialis and thank you for
your concern. But I’m just going to use it till I need stronger glasses.
Bobby fires a 47-pointer
at Pattaya C.C.
PSC golf from The Three Sisters Bar
February 20, we finally got in a score that we
normally don’t see. Bobby Clark, in from work, decided that he would
finally play some golf instead of hacking around the course. According
to his playing partners, Bobby couldn’t do anything wrong from tee to
green. His drives were long and straight and his putting spot on. Bobby
came in with 47 points! I’m sure that he will be loosing a few strokes
although his game is now back to normal.
Following a distant second were Dale Murphy with 37 points and Paul
Kraft with 36. The rest of the field fell away in Bobby’s dust.
At the end of the month Sus Ige finally got to the top. He has played
second fiddle for so many weeks he thought it was his position. Winning
the end of the month, Sus gets his name on the trophy again this year
along with Paul Kraft who won in January.
Paul was trying to get his name on the trophy twice in a row as he
narrowly missed getting first place, coming in with 39 points. He was
followed home by Doug Powell who scored 37 points.
Our opening day at Siam CC has gone down the drain as Siam will be
closed on the first Tuesday (6th). The course will also be closed on
Mondays so our Monday Golf at Siam is now scratched.
Thailand wins 24-hour race
Two ‘brolly dollies’ add a
touch of glamour to the proceedings.
by Dr. Iain Corness
No, it wasn’t the Le Mans 24 Hour race, but it might as well have been.
The race was over 24 hours, the start was the classic “Le Mans” start
with the drivers sprinting across the track and leaping into (or rather
‘on to’) their vehicles, and during the 24 hours there were the usual
hard luck stories, refuelling, near-misses and beautiful misses (brolly
dollies), and a bunch of French people.
Team Octopus parade the winners’ trophy at the conclusion of the 24hr
This was the second 24-hour Kart race at the newly refurbished Bira Kart
circuit in the Prince Bira complex which attracted many overseas teams
to our kart enduro. The French were so impressed with the event last
year that they entered two French teams for the 2007 event. Team Benfica
from Portugal was also another of the overseas teams returning to try
and win the 24-hour cup, which is always difficult. You need consistent
drivers, luck that lasts 24 hours, and careful timekeeping to make sure
no driver goes over his or her allotted time frame.
identical karts being used by all the teams, the racing was often
The event was very closely fought, with Thailand’s Team Octopus winning,
three seconds in front of Team Benfica after 24 hours. Third was French
Team #1, five laps astern, with the rest of the field all within
The karts (all identical) were mechanically very strong, and the weather
this year did not produce the torrential rain that limited running in
2006. Peter Klein, the director of motor sport from the Bira Kart
circuit said the event was considered to be a huge success by everyone
and many teams were already indicating their desire to compete next
Well done Thailand!
Eddie caps off a great month
with victory at Eastern Star
PSC golf from The Bunker
Monday, February 26,
Charlie Gooch returned to form after a long spell in the doldrums
winning the A Flight at Bangpra in a Medal competition.
Martin: The Bunker ‘Golfer of the Month’ for February.
Charlie carded a seven-under par net 65 to win ahead of joint runners-up
Markus Berger and Gerry Cooney who both finished with three-under par
In the B Flight it was a close contest where Jan Van Spellen ended his
three month holiday on a high, winning with a five-under par net 67, one
shot ahead of Eddie Martin’s net 68 whilst one further shot behind came
Brian Maddox on net 69. This second place made Eddie Martin firm
favourite to win ‘Golfer of the Month’ award with only one game to go.
Near pin prizes went to Charlie Gooch, Kefin Jones, Jim Treen and Thea
Wednesday, February 28,
Eastern Star, Stableford
The last game of the month was a Stableford comp at Eastern
Cyril Wallwork came up trumps winning the A Flight with 37 points, in
second place came Markus Berger with 34 points and joint third were
Kefin Jones and Swede Orjan who both had 33 points.
Third place in the B Flight went to Brian Maddox with 32 points, in
second place was Dave Keats with 33 points, but Eddie Martin won with 37
points which sealed the ‘Golfer of the Month’ trophy and prize. Another
win for Eddie which sealed a remarkable month for him. Last year he was
involved in a very serious motorcycle accident in which he fractured his
arm and doctors said he may never play golf again - so well done Eddie
for an outstanding month of golf!
Three near pin prizes went to Markus Berger, Kefin Jones and Marion
Friday, March 2,
Mountain Shadow, Medal
The first game of the month saw Eddie Martin continue with
his fantastic form at Mountain Shadow in a Medal comp, winning the B
Flight with a net 75 in treacherous windy conditions. Dave Keats came in
second with a net 76 and Brian Maddox was third with net 77.
In the A Flight Colin Greig made a winning return by taking the honours
with the best score of the day, a four-under par net 68. John Hughes was
second, a massive ten shots adrift with net 78 and third place was
claimed by Mick Benton and Geoff Hart, both with a very modest net 82.
Near pins went to Trevor Sharman, Orjan, Cyril Wallwork and Eddie
Diamond Shop remain
close on Montana’s heels
Pattaya Sports Club Friday Bowling League
200 Bowlers – Rich, La, Jim,
Leen, Mio & Konrad
Diamond Shop moved ahead of VFW Post 9876 and are now
in second place after winning three points from Mai’s Thai Restaurant.
Montana remains in first as they took three points from Three Sisters.
La had a 226 game and 543 series for Three Sisters.
Mio rolled a 218 game, 565 series to lead fourth place House of the
Golden Coin to a 3.5 point win over Brother D. Shenanigans got three
points from Café Kronborg who remain in fifth but are losing ground to
the rest of the field with only four weeks remaining in the league. Sven
bowled a 525 series for Shenanigans and P.K. was best for Kronborg with
Rich Montana had a 213 game, 542 series to lead Café Ole to a three
point win over Domicil and Ole moved up to sixth in the standings. In
the final match of the day Jack & Tar and third place VFW Post 9876
split their match with each team getting two points.
Results & Standings March 3 (week 26)
3 – 1
62 - 42
3 – 1
61 - 43
VFW Post 9876
2 - 2
60.5 - 43.5
House of the Golden Coin
3.5 - .5
59.5 - 44.5
1 - 3
57 - 47
Jack & Tar
2 - 2
53 - 51
3 - 1
52 - 52
Mai’s Thai Restaurant
1 - 3
50 - 54
1 - 3
49 - 55
5 - 3.5
41 - 63
3 – 1
40 - 64
2 - 2
39 - 65