Former world champ
to star in Issan
Boxing star Yodsanan 3 K Battery will fight at a charity-boxing tournament
in June to raise funds for the purchase of computers for schools in Issan.
The tournament is being organized by city hall and the Issan Peoples’
Association, and will be held on June 4 from 6:00pm onwards at Fairtex
Thepprasit Boxing Stadium.
Khamla Benjawanich, chairman of Issan Peoples’ Association in Pattaya City
said the Issan population in Pattaya is a large one and that consequently
the association is very active in raising funds for various causes.
Income from the charity boxing matches will be used for purchasing computers
for the large number of schools in remote areas in the Issan region that are
currently lacking them.
The event is supported by Pattaya City and Yodthong Sriwanalak, the renowned
boxing teacher, along with many other people in Pattaya, said Khamla.
There will be nine boxing matches during the course of the evening. One bout
will feature female fighters. Although all the boxers are well known, the
star bout will undoubtedly be between Yodsanan 3 K Battery, the former super
featherweight WBA world champion, and Ankor Sidporlek.
Yodsanan, formerly known as Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai, originally comes from
Srisaket in Issan. He is a southpaw fighter who turned pro in 1993. In 2002
he captured the vacant WBA Super Featherweight Title with a decision win
over Lakva Sim. He subsequently defended the title three times before losing
the belt in 2005 to Vicente Mosquera by a points decision.
Tickets for the event are priced at 200, 800 and 1,000 baht and are
available from the Fairtex Thepprasit Boxing Stadium.
Lions’ ping pong contest
a roaring success
My House Stiga Club in good form won the men’s team championship fixed
category at the Lion Youth Ping Pong Competition on May 7.
younger players displayed an abundance of skill and aptitude for the sport.
Two Lions clubs, Pattaya Lions and Naklua Lions, along with the Chonburi
Province Table Tennis Club staged the contest over the period May 5 to 7 at
Pattaya School No 2.
This is the second year that the event has been held, with competitors vying
for a trophy presented by former minister for tourism and sport, Sontaya
Khunplome. Wittaya Khunplome, chairman of the Sports Association of
Chonburi, formally opened the contest.
Participants were divided into nine categories. In the men’s team fixed
category, My House Stiga Club was the winner. The Alin Pabai team won the
co-ed team fixed category. The under 18 male category was taken by the
Stiga-A Team, the under 15 male by the Joola team, and the under 12 by the
Ranthongdee Butterfly-A team. Tasana Somabut of the My House Stiga Club won
the men’s singles. The under 15 male singles was won by Udomrak Prangthong
of Joola, the under 12 by Suchart Pitakkulsiri from Ranthongdee Butterfly,
and the under 9 by Sirawit Puangthip from the Stiga team.
Pattaya ready to host
World Petanque Championships
Pattaya is preparing to host the World Petanque Championships in September,
when 60 countries will be competing to celebrate 100 years of world
City Hall is inviting everyone to attend the 43rd World Petanque
Championships, to be held between 18-23 September, 2007 at the Pattaya
Indoor Athletics Stadium.
The occasion will also be used to honor the memory of Her Royal Highness the
Princess Mother, who made petanque popular in Thailand.
Pattaya District Office held a meeting on May 16 to prepare for the hosting
of the 43rd World Petanque Championships, which will be held at the Pattaya
Indoor Athletics Stadium between 18 and 23 September.
Pattaya is encouraging Thai people to attend the event and develop an
interest in the game. The Petanque Association of Thailand, which is under
Royal Patronage, will not be charging for admission in order to give Thais
the opportunity to witness world class petanque, and to follow the example
of Her Royal Highness in continuing to make petanque popular in Thailand.
Chonburi swimming clubs participate in 1st Redemptorist Cup
Chanayuth Kuyoong (middle) from the Navy
Swimming Club came in first in the 25 meter 7 year old breast stroke
followed by Chulaphatorn Wanchoke (left) from Pattaya Swimming Club and
Talan Namwongka (right) from Papatsorn School. Pantip Saadtin presented the
More than 100 young people from Chonburi Province took part in the 1st
Redemptorist Cup swimming gala organized by Redemptorist School on May 19.
youngster gives his all in the butterfly event.
Father Lawrence Patin, director of the Father Ray Foundation presided over
the opening ceremony.
The competition brought together swimming clubs throughout Chonburi, namely
Laem Chabang Municipality, Panatnikom Municipality, the Navy Swimming Club,
Papasorn Wittaya School, Sawang Boriboon Wittaya School, Pattaya Swimming
Club and the Sion Swimming Club Pattaya. The competition included freestyle,
butterfly, breaststroke and crawl races.
Thanakorn Srisuk, chairman of the Pattaya Swimming Club said that as the
club used the Redemptorist School swimming pool to train, consultations were
held with the Redemptorist Committee to hold a swimming competition to
enhance relationships between the clubs and also promote the standards of
swimming sports to international standards.
The competition drew competitors between the ages of five and 14.
Pattaya readies for 13th Marathon
Organisers say the 2007 Pattaya
Marathon promises to be the biggest and best so far.
The starting line and the route for this year’s Pattaya Marathon, which will
be held on July 15, have now been announced.
Details of the event were announced on May 18 at Pattaya City Hall by the
city’s administrative chief Somsak Charoenphon.
The marathon is organized by SY Senorita Co Ltd in association with Pattaya
City Hall, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and the Amateur Athletic
Association of Thailand, which is under the sponsorship of His Majesty the
Managing director of SY Senorita Sirisak Suthianthong said that the
marathon, which will be the thirteenth, is expected to be the largest yet.
Prizes are being offered to the club or team that has the most entrants.
The starting line has been confirmed as the beginning of Soi 4 on Pattaya
Beach Road. Displays of lights will be arranged at the starting line in
celebration of His Majesty’s 80th birthday, which takes place this year, and
cheerleaders will be placed at strategic points all the way along the route
to encourage the runners.
There are five categories: the Marathon and Wheelchair Marathons with a
route 42.195 km; the Half Marathon with a route 21.10 km; the Quarter
Marathon with a route of 10.55 km; and the Student Marathon with a route of
A party will be held on July 14 to welcome the Thai and overseas runners who
are attending the competition.
Anyone interested in participating can apply to enter at
www.pattaya-marathon.com, or at any office of the Tourism Authority of
Thailand and the Athletic Association of Thailand. For more information
please call tel 02711 5500.
Neil gets back in the groove
PSC golf from the PJ Pool Bar
Nong James from the PJ Bar
(center) congratulates Neil Duncan and Su Murphy, supported by
waitresses Ke (far left) and Kung (far right).
Tuesday, May 22, Phoenix,
1st Neil Duncan (15) 37pts
2nd Su Murphy (32) 35pts
3rd Yves Philibert (26) 34pts
4th Jeff Wylie (7) 33pts c/b
Near Pins: Peter Mills (2), Neil Duncan (2)
Long Putt: Geoff Moodie.
An excellent turnout of 20 players for the first official competition
from our new home base of the PJ Pool Bar on Soi Kanoi.
It was a change to have a hot day and Phoenix was a picture in the
sunshine. Indeed it was hard to find fault with any aspect of the course
presentation. This was our first visit to Phoenix for some time. Sadly,
the prices charged in the high season may be acceptable to the tourists
but not to many of our local residents. Everyone seemed to enjoy the day
though, even those who didn’t amass many points.
Scoring generally was good with a fair proportion of scores better than
30 points. Neil Duncan returned to his form of a few weeks ago with a
fine 37 points in first place. The intense chipping practice we observed
just before the start must have paid off. Su Murphy was second with 35
points, also returning to the winners’ circle after a short absence.
Near Pin prizes were divided equally between Neil Duncan and Peter
Mills. Peter’s tee shot at the 8th was the closest to an ‘ace’ anyone
will get this year, tapping in from inches for his two.
After the golf, it was back to the PJ Pool Bar for the presentation.
Before long all the facilities were in full use including the bar,
restaurant and swimming pool. It was a hot day after all.
Thursday, May 24, Plutaluang S&E, Stableford
1st Yves Philibert (26) 40pts
2nd Neil Duncan (15) 33pts c/b
Near Pins: Mark Brenton, Barry Quirk, Neil Duncan
Long Putt: Rich Murphy.
At last some sunshine on a Thursday at Plutaluang! Unfortunately not
many players took advantage with a field of only eight taking part.
Perhaps the diabolical weather of recent weeks had put some of the
regulars off, and some had entered the PSC members tournament at Crystal
Bay the following day.
The course has recovered well from the rains and was in good shape. The
greens putted well but the rough was still very green and thick after
the rains and there was a premium on hitting the fairways.
Once again Yves Philibert scored 40 points and took first place with
ease. His results over the last month have been outstanding. Two firsts,
two seconds and a third place. That handicap will surely come down soon.
Neil Duncan, a winner on Tuesday, completed a successful week by coming
in second with 33 points, winning on count back from Steve Black.
Uli strolls to victory
Phoenix Golf Members Society
Wednesday, May 23, Stableford
Still playing the Mountain and Lakes course, we had a fine field of
18 players for this week’s Stapleford competition.
Now the threat of heavy rain has abated and the course has dried out a
little, the ground staff have done a good job and the greens are once again
becoming very fast and tricky.
Nevertheless, some good scores came in as we downed the first beer of the
day. (Well for most that is)
Fourth place today went to yours truly. It seemed apt to award a token
fourth place after a miserable front nine of 12 points and a back nine of 24
points to finish on 36. This game is crazy at times.
Third place went to Jack Spencer with a fine 37 points playing off 9; second
with 38 points went to Mayo Deane, and our winner (again) was Prakong
Robinson with 39 points. This after a voluntary manual cut to 18 handicap -
Well done Prakong!
Technical prizes went to Ron Bridge, Mayo Deane, Jack Spencer and Peter
With a couple of birdie two’s and a couple of lucky draws half of the field
went home with some sort of a prize.
Sunday, May 27, Stableford
A reasonably good turn out of 17 players showed up today to challenge the
Lakes and newly re-opened Ocean courses. I am told the Ocean course was in
good condition, but the greens still have a little sand on them. They should
be ok in about a week’s time.
As usual our Sunday golf at Phoenix works under its own domestic handicap
system so we were expecting a few new names on the winning rostrum today.
Not a bit of it!
In-form Prakong Robinson came in 3rd place with 37 points whilst two other
form players at Phoenix returned the same score of 43 points: Mayo Deane got
the tough end of the count back to leave Uli Leuenberger as our winner yet
again. He also won the Friday monthly mug off tiger tees. What an
advertisement for golf Uli is: in the twilight years, 69 years old, still
walking the course and playing the best golf of his life ... Great!
Technicals prizes went to Bob Deane, Nigel Oakins, Brian Jacks and Mayo
The Beautiful Game?:
Milan victory silences Premiership
Another season has come and almost gone, and what a season it was. A
full review coming soon to a Pattaya Mail near you, but we’re not quite
there yet and so let’s hold fire on the analysis of 2006/07 and instead
start by congratulating AC Milan for their functional if unspectacular
victory in Athens. We’ll overlook the fact that the team shouldn’t even
have been allowed to enter the competition in the first place for their
involvement in a Serie A match-fixing scandal, and gloss over the
somewhat strange performance of the referee in Greece last week. Despite
all that the Italians deserved their win, and The Beautiful Game?
salutes the new champions of Europe.
Quite surprising really, especially after a semi-final line-up that saw
three Premiership representatives reach the final four for the first
time in the competition’s history. Milan’s win might have upset those of
us rooting for an English win, but then after sitting motionless through
the dullest FA Cup Final in living memory who amongst us wouldn’t agree
that an all-Premiership conclusion to the Champions League might have
been the ultimate anti-climax?
What’s more, the Italian victory will ensure that English football
doesn’t spend the summer patting itself on the back, and that can only
be a good thing.
North of the border to Scotland, where Celtic clinched yet another
domestic double by defeating the unfortunate Dunfermline by a solitary
goal in the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden Park on Saturday. They left it
late though, with Jean-Joel Perrier Doumbe’s 84th minute winner proving
enough to send the valiant Pars home empty handed. As they say in
Glasgow, there’s only one Jean-Joel Perrier Doumbe.
It was also a fitting send off for captain Neil Lennon. The Northern
Ireland international was appearing in his final match for the club, and
it was emotional day for the midfielder. “I couldn’t have asked for any
more. It was a great way to finish my career here,” he told BBC Sport.
“We’ve finished the season as double winners. The boys made a bit of
history for themselves and for the club. I’ve had seven unbelievable
years and it’s a brilliant way to finish.”
Blackpool beat Yeovil to secure a place in next season’s Championship,
whilst Bristol Rovers waved goodbye to League Two as they trounced
Shrewsbury Town 2-1. The Pattaya Mail prints too early to cover the
Championship playoff but I’m pretty sure that any self-respecting Derby
or West Brom fan will be aware of their fate by now.
We now move onto what might be the most exciting part of the year as the
rumours, speculation and outright lies begin to dominate the headlines
as the transfer window reopens. With more and more billionaires entering
the fray there are now an awful lot of very rich Premiership sides, and
with the likes of West Ham, Aston Villa and Spurs amongst others all
planning to spend big in an effort to break into the big time we can
expect a flurry of activity over the coming months and some ridiculous
transfer fees for some very mediocre players. Personally I can’t get
enough of it.
But that’s all to come. For the die-hards amongst us there’s still more
football action hitting our screens, starting this weekend with a huge
serving of international fixtures. England take on Brazil in a friendly
as they raise the curtain on the new Wembley this Friday evening (2am
Saturday, Pattaya time) which might also include a recall for David
Beckham, and that’s followed by a glut of European Championship
qualifiers Saturday that include Denmark against Sweden, Wales versus
the Czech Republic and the unmissable clash between the Former Yugoslav
Republic of Macedonia’s and Israel. And with the Asian Cup on the
horizon - see next article - you lucky people have never had it so good.
Football fans wanted
Football officials from Qatar are planning to hire thousands of bemused
locals to support their team during their upcoming AFC Asian Cup matches
in Hanoi, Vietnamese newspaper Thanh Nien Daily reported last week.
Delegates of the tiny Gulf state hope to craftily recruit up to 10,000
fans to cheer on the team in the My Dinh Stadium, where Qatar will
line-up against Japan, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam themselves
Army officials managing the stadium said the delegates told them of
plans already being in place to buy outfits for the supporters. They
were also told to contact local student associations to recruit fans for
the July 7-29 event, which Vietnam will co-host along with Indonesia,
Malaysia and Thailand.
Thailand kick off their campaign against Iraq on Sunday July 8 at the
Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok, before taking on Oman at the
same venue on Thursday, July 12. Australian supporters will also get
their chance to see the Socceroos in action, as the World Cup quarter
finalists are also in the same group. Thailand versus Australia will be
played on Monday, July 16, again at the Rajamangala National Stadium.
Fancy getting your hands on your very own football team? It might
sound ridiculous given the current financial climate, but thanks to an
idea called ‘My Football Club’ you don’t need to be a billionaire to get
The idea is simple. Fifty thousand signatories are required, each
pledging a small amount - around 2,300 baht - to become a shareholder.
When the magic number is reached the administrators will make an
official bid for a football team within budget.
Each member will have an equal say in every facet of the club. “You will
vote on team selection and formation,” says their website. “You will
also have a say in tactics by voting for your preferred style of play
and substitutions depending on match situations. The Head Coach will
field the 11 players, formation and tactics chosen by MyFootballClub
members. You will vote on how to allocate club funds, whether it’s on
transfers, youth policy or the stadium. You will also vote on major club
decisions, such as which kit manufacturer to use.”
Sounds like fun eh? Anyone wanting in should flag down a passing
Internet and tell your driver to head to www.myfootballclub.co.uk, but
be warned - current voting suggests the takeover will be targeted at
Leeds United. Next on the hitlist at the time of writing are Cambridge
United, Nottingham Forest and Accrington Stanley.
Alan & Russell triple
in the week
IPGC golf from The Haven
Monday, May 21,
1st Alan Griffiths 36pts
2nd Terry Hodgkiss 34pts c/b
3rd Russell Exley 34 c/b
4th Bob Maloney 34
Alan Griffiths continued with his good form although the tough conditions
and variable greens on the North and West courses meant that it was a fairly
modest return for the day. Terry Hodgkiss made it a happy start to his
membership taking second place on count back from the local
“home-do-it-all-yourself-specialist”, Russell Exley, who is still managing
to play reasonably well whilst holding down both a day and night job.
Bob Maloney having shot a very tidy 21 points on the front suddenly
remembered where he was and what he had been doing the night before and
crashed on the back as he mentally planned the evening’s activities, but he
still managed to slip into fourth place.
As usual there were no 2’s in the first division but Noel McKenna and Alan
Griffiths had one each in the second division.
Wednesday, May 23,
1st Russell Exley & Fred Land 50
2nd Alan Griffiths & Kenny Priddy 46
3rd Tony Barritt & John Harris 45
4th Barry Winton & Stephen Beard 43
Trying to break the stranglehold that Trevor Schirmer and B.J. Smith have
had on the pairs scramble over the last few months, there were some tactical
changes made to the usual make up of several teams. In the event, with
Trevor suffering from a virus and B.J. worrying lately more about his
children than golf, they were not in the final shake up for the prizes but
the new team formats were in the main successful.
None more so than “Every Wife’s Dream” and Fred Land, who had been
previously tipped to clean up in the next couple of weeks. They scored a
tremendous 14 under which even the dynamic duo in full health may have found
hard to beat. It seemed that whenever one of them hit into trouble the other
just calmly knocked it 250 down the middle or onto the middle of the green,
and with a wonderful 2-under gross on the back nine, the result was never in
In another new combination, Alan Griffiths and Kenny Priddy combined well to
take second spot from the last minute team of Tony Barritt and John Harris.
With John shouldering all the putting worries, Tony was at last free to
enjoy golf again and be in contention. Fourth place went to the old pairing
of the “Bear” and the “Doc”, with the latter making a return after going
through somewhat of a recovery from his recent torpid state and Barry
getting an appetite for something other than food.
Due to the format the 2’s competitions were suspended for the day.
Friday May 25,
Phoenix - Blue Tees,
1st Peter Sumner Net 74 c/b
2nd Barry Winton Net 74
3rd Barry Traynor Net77
1st Russell Exley Net 71
2ndWayne Harman Net 74
3rd Alan Griffiths Net 76
It is always a bit of a struggle off the blue tees over the Mountain and
Lakes courses at Phoenix, and this month’s Medal competitions turned out to
be no exception
With only the in-form Russell Exley succeeding in breaking par, the tougher
than normal rough took its toll on most of the hopefuls and the greens were
almost impossible to read following the previous outing at Mountain Shadow.
In the second division, with the CSS starting at 74, Russell’s was an
exceptional round in the circumstances and he was rewarded with the Monthly
Medal, a third podium placing in the week and another reduction in handicap:
he is now only a knock on the door away from the first division.
Wayne Harman upheld the pride of Gosnells with a very good 2-over and took
second place from Alan Griffiths, who was also appearing on the podium for
the third time in the week.
The first division Medal was snatched away from Barry Winton on the last
hole as one of his playing partners, Peter Sumner, chipped in for an eagle
three on the Lakes and then to add insult to injury also nicked the count
back to take top spot and a place in the Gold and Silvers at the end of the
Barry Traynor just did enough to secure third place with a 5-over round and
in so doing ensured that he may well be back in the reckoning at the next
“Pot Hunters” selection meeting.
Barry Traynor and Bob Maloney shared the first division 2’s while Alan
Griffiths had the only one in the second division.
Ebrahim remains the man in form
PSC golf from The Café Kronborg
Monday, May 21, Eastern Star, Stableford
Eastern Star was host to a Stableford competition on Monday on a course that
has had a considerable amount of rain in the last few weeks; the greens have
also been under a sanding regime and the rough is knee deep in most places.
Kevin Dinan took first place with 36 points ahead of Ebrahim in second with
35 points. Steady Arthur Bailey was in third with 34 points, and Graham
Buckingham in fourth with 33 points ahead of J.C. Lhoste on count back.
Thursday, May 24, Bangpra, Stableford
Bangpra played pretty tough today; a light breeze and hot humid condition
seemed to drain most of the players. The course itself was not in bad
condition however and was generally a pleasure to play.
The man in form, Ebrahim, came in first with 37 points on a count back over
Daryl Evans in second. In third was Marty Allred with 34 points and in
fourth was Graham Buckingham with 32 points. Round over it was through the
hot tub and then sit down with a great Rainbow ice cream and all was well
with the world - and that was before the ‘cold un’.
Eddie on fire as he hits the ‘nineties’
PSC golf from The Three Sisters Bar
Due to a holiday on the first Tuesday of the month, The
Three Sisters Golfing group took a long needed rest. On the following
Tuesday, May 8, play resumed with Brian Orr winning the honors with 36
points. Brian edged out Fast Eddie Kristianson - both came in with 36 points
but Brian won out on count back.
On May 15 we had some good scores that came in; as a matter of fact one was
fantastic. After warming up the previous week, Eddie Kristianson shot the
best game of his life as he broke into the nineties and came in with 46
points. Eddie normally has a decent drive but his chipping and flat stick
was working wonders on this day.
Sus Ige was in second place with a good score of 40 points which normally
would have won the day, but it was a no contest with Eddie’s 46 points. I’m
sure that Eddie’s name will be changed to Manual by next week along with the
chop from Tony.
Man U star/decorated Reading manager wins in Scramble
IPGC golf from Lewiinski’s
Sunday, May 20,
Green Valley - White Tees, Stableford
1st Phil Mitchell (6) 40pts
2nd Chris Davisson (10) 39pts
3rd Jeremy Masse (10) 38pts
1st Andreas Grunenberg (15) 40pts
2nd Jez Lees (19) 37pts
3rd Colin Davis (14) 36pts
1st Ken Kutzing (21) 38pts
2nd Oddvar Rykke (22) 36pts
3rd Peter Ring (22) 35pts
2’s: Chris Davisson, Joe McArdle (2), Gary Blackburne, Klaus Schackt,
Lindsay Semple, Robbie Bennett
The ol’ Flipper is back at it with the Society and showed his considerable
golf skills to have co-MOM honors and Low Gross on the day - the latter with
an excellent 73. It should be noted that Phil’s long game emasculates the
shrunken Sunday Green Valley set-up. To that extent the Society is looking
at having two-tee outings on Stableford Sunday’s to give the big guns a bit
of a challenge.
Chris Davisson had a fine 39-point output to capture the A Flight silver
whilst Jeremy Masse tabbed the bronze with 38.
Andreas Grunenberg tied Flipper for co-MoM honors with his 40 points which
topped out B Flight. The Principal was three back in second, one ahead of
The Donkey. K4 captured C Flight, a couple ahead of Oddvar the Tentmaker and
three in front of The Lord of the Ring.
Tuesday, May 22,
Khao Kheow A & C - Yellow Tees, Stableford
1st Simon Philbrook (6) 38pts
2nd Marc Napier (10) 36pts
3rd Phil Groves (5) 35pts
1st Adam Schoenfeld (17) 35pts
2nd Yui Duangkaew (35) 33pts
3rd Don Macleam (28) 31pts
2’s: Phil Groves, Steve Mascari, Peter Bevis, Brian “Pen” Carruthers
Simon of Philbrook, introducing two friends from England to the Society (one
of which is our title guy) showed them how the game is played by topping out
the day at Khao Kheow with gross 76 and 38 points. Marc Napier shot level to
his handicap and followed Simon in A Flight, but two adrift. Big hitting
Phil Groves, rounded the premier group out with 35 points.
NY Slim topped out B Flight with 35 points. Newcomer, and like all Thai
ladies, quickly improving, Yui Duangkaew (a.k.a. Ms. Bietry), came second
with 33 points, two ahead of Don Maclean. Don, who is now appearing on the
rostrum and collecting a ‘2’ now and again has had to do so playing off the
Society maximum of 28 rather than his actual handicap of 32. So kudos Don!
Wednesday, May 23,
Bangpra - White Tees,
2 Person Scramble Stroke/Medal
1st Steve Coppell (13) & Peter Bevis (7) Net 61
2nd Barry Manns & Wayne Herman (13) Net 63.9
Some may call today’s title selection as pandering to celebrities or
name-dropping, but it is not. It’s just plain sucking-up. Actually, Steve
and Peter were a great addition to the field on the two days they were able
to join us. Even the Americans feigned English football knowledge.
Prior to Steve’s introduction as a Manchester United star (playing in three
FA Cups finals, with a winner’s medal in 1977), 2006 League Championship
Manager of the Year, 2006 and 2007 League Managers Association Manager of
the Year (awarded to a manager regardless of division of play) and 2007 FA
Premier League Manager of the Month (twice) at Reading, most American’s
thought that Reading was a Railroad on a Monopoly Board.
This Scribe apologizes to Peter Bevis (and for that matter, Barry Manns and
Wayne Herman, the second place guys) for not knowing their CV. Their’s might
be equally impressive. I also apologize to Steve if his wife didn’t know he
was in Pattaya!
Friday, May 25,
St. Andrews 2000 - White Tees, Stableford
1st Place - Jeremy Masse (10) 39pts
2nd Place - Lou Szigligeti (20) 35pts
2’s: Jeremy Masse
Desmond Muirhead’s monster seemed to intimidate the Society as a modest
group showed up to take it on.
Jeremy Masse showed no signs of fear however as he bettered his handicap by
three on the par 74 layout. The Zigger, freshly arrived from Down Under,
stepped to the pay window in quick order on this, his first outing of this
It should be noted that the previously diabolical 4th hole has been
re-configured to take out the dual water crossing. The hole now is straight
to the right (the old shortcut) but the tee box has been moved across all
the rocks and wasteland, roughly as the hole was played in The 10th
Classroom Charity Golf Classic a couple of years ago.
Data compiled by the Volkscomputer, and passed on to Khun Niran, indicated
that it is the world’s easiest par 6 (as it’s still denoted) or the
country’s toughest par 5. 31% of the field birdied it and 15% had a par on
it. Another 23 had bogies. 77% of the field scored points on the hole (One
double bogie stroked). The 23 % who blobbed the hole were done in by a tee
box graphic which did not provide distance on two hidden right side water
hazards. That is not the old hole this Scribe remembers.
First time win for
PSC golf from the Bowling Green
This week was to be another win for the ladies with Amphan North taking the
honours on Tuesday at Khao Kheow in her first ever entry in a Bowling Green
event with her highest score to date - congratulations Amphan!
Tuesday May 22, Khao Kheow, Stableford
1st Amphan North (20) 34pts
2nd Roger Wilkinson (16) 33pts
3rd Frank Kelly (17) 32pts
4th Tewin Lamthong (23) 30pts c/b
5th Paul Skully (22) 30pts
Near Pins and 2’s: Roger Wilkinson, Fergus Brennan.
Play was competed off the yellow Tees using the A & C courses by one flight
and it was to be a ladies day again with Amphan North taking the top honours
in her first entry with the club. Amphan achieved her best ever score in any
The 2’s pot and the near pins was a shared event with a win for both Roger
Wilkinson and Fergus Brennan
Thursday, May 24, Plutaluang, Stableford
1st Derek Eastham (13) 35pts
2nd Fergus Brennan (10) 33pts
3rd Bruce Lawrence (11) 32pts c/b
1st John Morel (27) 42pts
2nd Donald Pearson (36) 34pts
3rd Grant Dawson (24) 33pts
Near Pins: Tom Maude, Amphan North, Takeshi Hakozaki, Fergus Brennan
2’s: Mick Gaussa.
Derek Eastham, having had a break in the UK, came back on very good form
despite having a wrist injury to take the day by two points from Fergus
Brennan. John Morel took the second flight by storm with an eight-point win
over second placed Donald Pearson.
Mick Gaussa made the large 2’s pot all his own.
Back at the clubhouse, Fergus (event organiser) found a necessary
opportunity to offer up some instruction regarding the rules on water
hazards after a number of players miss dropped their balls at the par three
“Island Hole” and found themselves falling foul of the rule book.
Saturday, May 26, Eastern Star, Stableford
1st Mashi Kaneta (13) 33pts c/b
2nd Alan Evans (26) 33pts c/b
3rd Bob St.Aubin (12) 33pts
Near Pins: None
2’s: Bob St.Aubin, Neil Duncan.
It was to be a count back day at Eastern Star with all top three players
having the same point score on 33 points: Mashi Kaneta was the one who came
out with the most favourable back nine.
In the 2’s event a couple of players had different methods at the 3rd hole
to stake their claim. Bob St. Aubin had just a simple twelve-inch putt while
Neil Duncan sank a double breaking 30-footer for his ‘2’.
Warburg marches on
PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s
Tuesday, May 22, Laem Chabang, Stableford
Not a lot to say, we wanted the best and it was on a ‘Sports Day’ so we went
to Laem Chabang, and they put us on the A & C Nines.
That’s the good bit, Oh, and it is close to Pattaya. The other side is that
on the day it was not in its normal prime condition, mind it is still a good
course and we will book it again. As usual the book in was excellent and the
clubhouse and changing facilities were first class.
So to the first tee and we started on the ‘C Nine’ which is probably the
hardest of the three, with plenty of water to put your ball into. The
fairways were not too bad but I think the rain of late has resulted in the
course becoming ‘patchy’: even the best are plagued with problems. The
greens were still in good condition but there was a big difference between
the A & C.
Those players who played the course for the first time remarked how great it
was, we who play it often know it can be, and will be, so much better. On
the day it was still a pleasure to play however.
Round over, and back to Bert’s for the presentation. The Winner with 39
points was Dick Warberg with Rick Evans in second with 37 points, Doug Hubbs
in third with 36 points on count back over Gavin Kelley in fourth.
Near Pin: Mark Gosden, Mark Brenton, John Hurst, Mick O’Meara
Long Put: Joel Flor, Bill Knight
The race hots up for monthly award
PSC golf from The Bunker
Monday, May 21, Phoenix, Stableford
The Bunker Boys travelled to Phoenix on Monday for a Stableford
competition with the race for the ‘Golfer of the Month’ nearing it’s
In the A Flight Bob St. Aubin threw his hat in the ring by winning with
37 points ahead of John McDonald (the favourite) and Paul Smith, who
both finished with 35 points apiece.
In the B Flight Geoff Parker stayed in the hunt by winning with 35
points from Eddie Martin (34pts) in second and brothers Stan and Gordon
Everingham sharing third place with 31 points.
Near pin prizes were won by Gerry Cooney, Bob St. Aubin, Paul Smith and
Wednesday, May 23, Green Valley, Medal
Playing in a Medal comp on Wednesday, Eddie Martin rose to the top with
a fine two-under par net 70. Mashi Kaneta was close in second with a
level par net 72 and three players shared third place - Paul Davies,
Roger Privett and Alan Freeman, all with net 75.
Near pin prizes went to Bob St. Aubin, Mashi Kaneta, Frank Pilkington
and Charlie Gooch.
Friday, May 25, Eastern Star, Stableford
Another Stableford competition at Eastern Star saw Mashi Kaneta keep up
the pressure on John McDonald for the ‘Golfer of the Month’ title by
winning with 34 points from Roger Privett and Geoff Hart, who both
shared the runner-up spot with 32 points each.
Near pins went to Roger Privett, Geoff Parker, Eddie Martin and Mashi
Brother D takes the lead
Pattaya Sports Club Friday Bowling League
200 Bowlers: Barry, Ooy, Tui
Brother D, led by Ooy’s 558 series, won all four
points from last week’s leader Café Ole and is now in first place. Café
Ole is tied for second with Café Kronborg who took three points from
Jack & Tar. Kran bowled a 555 series for Café Kronborg.
VFW Post 9876 moved up to fourth place after they split their match with
Three Sisters with each team getting two points. Mai’s Thai Restaurant
won three points from Beaver, knocking Beaver Bar & Grill down to fifth
place. Leo rolled a 215 game, 530 series for Mai”s and Bill Key had a
524 series for Beaver.
Barry bowled a 201 game, 577 series, to lead Montana to a two-two split
with Diamond Shop. Aht rolled a 521 series for Diamond Shop and Dang had
Thomas tops again!
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at the OK Corral
Sunday, May 20, the Pattaya Golf Society availed itself
of the Royal Thai Navy’s hospitality at Plutaluang when they played a
stableford competition over the South and East nines.
It was refreshing to see two new lady golfers in the field and both,
Khun Am and Khun Nom fared well; Khun Am in fact sharing third place on
31 points with Denis Smith. In a worthy second place was cagey Aussie
Stu Thompson whose 34 points was marred by three “blobs” on his card.
The day’s winner, as so often in the past, was David Thomas and the
consistency of his golf is such that he could allow himself s scratched
hole, East 6, and still take a well-earned victory. His best gross
figure of 78 was also very pleasing given the nature of the day, with
its inevitable delays.
There were no birdie 2’s and Mr. Denis finally caught up with Len Jones
and presented him with the ‘Booby Bevy’ for his sins after a frustrating
day and a five-and-a-half hour round.
Keith the best,
Tuesday, May 22, the Pattaya Golf Society travelled to the tasty course
at Mountain Shadow for the first time in three months. The format was a
stableford competition on a fine dry day and on a course that has always
provided a stern test for the thinking golfer.
The large field set out on an empty golf course and quickly the golfers
found that the greens were running at a faster pace than seen anywhere
else for the past few weeks. Here good caddies are essential to give the
right “reads” on the greatly undulating greens and the challenge was
The joust for the minor places was extremely close with Ray Underwood
returning 33 points for third place, one behind the 34 points score of
Aussie Stuart Thompson, thankfully having shrugged off completely the
torment of a damaged shoulder.
Plodding on in his own inimitable way, Canadian Keith Barr was
continuing his improvement with a consistent 37-point score and the
victory was a fine reward for the golfer from Vancouver.
Not surprisingly there were no birdie 2’s on those greens, thus leaving
a substantial pot for the challenge two days later at Green Valley.
Mountain Shadow had been a stern test as always.
Green Valley was an absolute treat on Thursday, May 24, when the
Pattaya Golf Society called to play a stableford round, with an empty
course, well prepared and in good running condition.
The single flight, a feature of the group’s monthly Order of Merit
event, made for a tight affair and a twice rolled-over birdie pot added
a touch of spice to the proceedings. Three golfers shared third place
with 35 points each, Joop Medze, Colin Gorey and Barry Manns receiving
the plaudits for some good consistent play whilst local member Len Jones
went a few better, posting 38 points for a well-earned second place.
The highlight of the day was the round by Canadian Keith Barr whose
score represented his best ever round, 40 points giving him the
opportunity to break gross ninety for the first time. His back-to-back
wins this week show the progress he is making and there was no more
popular a winner than Keith, back at the OK Corral when the awards were
For the second successive round the best gross was recorded by Stuart
Thompson, again 81, and there were no birdie 2’s for the third
consecutive round. A ‘2’ next time out would be lottery winning stuff!
Ian Kidd had the ignominy of the ‘Booby Bevy’ for his drab performance
but, to be fair, it could have been shared with Ray Underwood for a
similarly unimpressive display. Golf at Green Valley had been the ideal
way to end the golfing week with the popular Pattaya golf group.
The Tiger roars, and Suzi swoons
PSC golf from Peacock Place
Monday, May 21, Pattaya C.C., Stableford
Twenty-four players made the short trip to Pattaya Country Club, which
is in very good condition but with fast and hard greens.
In the A Flight, Tiger came out on top with 38pts, whilst Terry Phur won
a three-way count back for second over Gary Blackburne and Matt
Anderson, all on 34pts.
The B Flight saw Nigel Cannon in first with 38pts, Paul Crosland second
on 36pts and the two ladies, Wendy Khan and Trudy Chadbourn picking up
third and fourth on 34pts and 33pts respectively.
The 2’s pot was shared between Tiger, Bob Drumm and Gary Blackbourne.
Wednesday, May 23, Burapha, Stableford
Suzi Lawnton was the winner of the A Flight today with a fine 40-point
haul. Roy Thornton was two points further back in second with Brian
Jacks third on 37 points.
Doug Goode took the B Flight with a great round of 43 points over Phil
Smith (37pts) second and John Lawton (37pts) third. The C Flight also
witnessed some good scores with the day’s honours going to John Morel on
42pts with Ian Dunkley (37pts) and Mark Brenton (36pts) taking second
and third respectively.
The 2’s were shared by Bob Philp, Suzi Lawnton and Frank O’Neil.
If you are interested in playing a round with a friendly group of
golfers come and join us at the Peacock Place on Soi Siam Country Club
where we meet every Monday & Wednesday. Call Bob Philp on 087 941 2474
Dave has the
‘golden touch’ in Hua Hin
Jomtien Golf with the I.P.G.C.
Elephant tour’ -
Hua Hin 4-Day Stableford
1st Dave Richards 150pts
2nd Lee Buil 138pts
3rd Paddy Wilson 137pts
4th Glyn Evans 137pts
top three at this year’s Golden Elephant tour: Dave Richards, Lee Buil
and Paddy Wilson.
Other scores: Bob Martin 134, Ken Foster 122, Andy Mills 121, Don Head
112, Martin Anderton 110, Bob Green 109, Alan Bissell 98, Steve Ironside
Monday, May 21, Palm Hills
For a few of us this was our 10th annual trip here, and still in good
condition, Palm Hills seemed to encourage a few high scores from some.
Paddy Wilson’s 39 pushed him into first place that evening on the leader
board, closely followed by Dave Richards on 36 and three people fighting
for the lower placings on 33 points; Lee Buil, Bob Green and Bob Martin.
It was still early days though.
Tuesday, May 22, Lake View
Not many of the group had played here before. We were offered the new
‘Desert’ 18 holes but eventually opted for the original A and B courses
to keep with tradition.
After scoring 20 points the previous day, Glyn Evans came in with 41
points today, to be followed home by Bob Martin and Dave Richards with
36 and the old man Ken Foster on 35.
Thursday, May 24, Majestic Creek
After a day off chilling on the beach we arrived at, what is for the
majority of us, the most popular course in the area. The greens were the
slowest we have encountered for many weeks however, which meant a lot of
three putts in the early stages.
Playing off 8 handicap now, Dave Richards 41 points pushed him up to the
top of the overall rankings, with Glyn Evans (39pts) in second on the
day and Mr. Foster third with 37.
Friday, May 25,
We switched from Springfield, out normal last day course to Black
Mountain as the A course was closed and the C was still not up to the
standard of the original 18. What a response we received from the lads,
it is a fantastic course in a beautiful setting and everybody had the
same opinion afterwards. It’s a toughie and the best we have played for
a long time.
Many Thanks go to Jirapol, the old Eastern Star manager who is now the
manager here. The clubhouse facilities and the staff are in a different
league to the rest.
An amazing score of 38 points was recorded by Lee Buil to top the day’s
standings, closely followed by the organiser’s 37 and Dave Richards 34.
Ken Fosters 25 points were understandable after he learnt the previous
night that his lady had played 5 rounds of golf that week in his
Congratulations to Dave Richards for his fine four rounds to win the
Golden Elephant trophy for this year.
Winch winds it up
at Pattaya Country Club
Diana Seniors & Ladies Open (May)
Due to a forthcoming Bank Holiday, the May Diana Seniors & Ladies Open
took place at Pattaya Country Club on Thursday, May 24, a week earlier
Wanida & Les: All three winners from the May Diana Seniors & Ladies
The men’s scores were easily topped by the 44 stableford points from Les
Winch who took the Diana Seniors title, with Doug Campbell runner-up on
36 points. A respectable 39 points from Arthur Bailey was enough to win
the Super Seniors with David Jones runner-up with 34 points.
Wanida Reed’s 39 points took the Ladies prize and Joyce, the other half
of the Jones partnership, was runner-up with 36 points.
John Hurst claimed two of the ‘near pin’ prizes, Mick O’Meara and Terry
Phur taking the other two. Arthur Bailey sank the longest putt on the
ninth and Wanida potted a long one on eighteen.
It was a fine hot day at Pattaya Country Club, but with a small field as
a number of the ‘regulars’ were resting up for the PSC Members Open
scheduled for the following day. Newcomers Doug Campbell and Dale Murphy
with Noi were duly welcomed.
The date of the next Seniors & Ladies Open has yet to be decided in
respect of other tournaments on the ‘majors’ schedule.
Bev shoots his age
IPGC golf from The Caddy Shack
Tuesday, May 22, The Navy Course, Medal
Sattahip was the venue for a Medal competition over the South & East
courses on what turned out to be a rather special day. The greens and
fairways were in good condition, but Sattahip can always be relied upon
to provide a stiff test of golf.
Evans celebrates ‘shooting his age’ with some of the Caddy Shack staff.
Coming in second on the day was Trevor Sharman with a Net 77, but still
3 stokes behind our eventual winner Bev Evans who shot a Net 74. Back at
the Caddy Shack for the presentations it was revealed that Bev was also
celebrating his birthday and yes, you guessed it, it was his 74th
birthday. Bev celebrated in style by buying everyone a drink. Well-done
Friday, May 25, The Emerald, Stableford
The Emerald was the choice for a Stableford competition on a very hot
There was a titanic battle for the top spot with three players finishing
with a level par 36 points. Brian Jacks and Paul Smith were the unlucky
pair as they lost out on count back to Mike Allidi, who scored 20 points
on the back off his one (1) handicap.
There was only one ‘2’ recorded on the day, that by the recently
returned Phil Smith who was delighted to take home the huge pot.
Mickey Mouse Friday Night Dart League
Results & Standings May 25 (week 2)
The Rising Sun and The Drum & Monkey go joint top this
week. The Drum took both game and beer from Chaplin’s, whilst The Rising
Sun took the game but lost the beer to Lucky Time Bar with Simon being
the thirstiest scoring a 180 in the beer leg.
Helicopter remains third taking the game but losing beer to The Bunker.
Palmers move up to fifth spot winning game but losing beer to OK Corral.
This meant that Chaplin’s went to rock bottom.
Londoner, with Mark hitting a 180, took both game and beer from Blue
Mountain taking them up to fourth.
The Square Ring: by Howie Reed
‘Your Lordship, I’ve received an email addressed to you.
May I read it?’
Of course Jeeves, proceed.
‘Your Lordship it begins: “Dear Jerk. How long have you been sleeping
with the WBA and WBC? You should give the World Boxing Organization the
respect it deserves. Saying that Taylor could relinquish the WBO belt as
the lesser of his belts shows what an incompetent idiot and uninformed
ignoramus you are.” It’s signed a real boxing fan and expert. How about
them apples Your Lordship?’
Well Jeeves I probably am an ignoramus but that aside, of the 16 current
WBO champions only 2 are considered the best “overall” in their weight
divisions. Those two are Joe Calzaghe and Jermain Taylor. Only 2 out of
16 doesn’t speak very well for the WBO.
Got something else Jeeves?
‘Yes Your Lordship, I’ve prepared my Manny Pacquiao report for his many
‘First his attempt to gain elected office as a congressman in the
Philippines did not go well. He went down to incumbent Darlene Custodio.
Early on Pacquiao said: “I am not conceding and may mount a legal case
against the validity of some of the votes.” Hard to believe Your
Lordship that there could be voter fraud in the Philippines.
‘Then, after that defeat, Manny said he’s now thinking about going to
law school to become a lawyer. That sir, as you would say, is a lateral
‘During the campaign, promoter Bob Arum stumped for Pacquiao. “One of
the most incredible experiences of my life,” Arum is quoted as saying.
The other “incredible experience” must have been that time when he got
caught telling the truth.
‘The WBC has ordered that Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez reach a deal
to fight by June 18. As Bill Shakespeare once wrote, it’s “Much Ado
About Nothing.” If there’s no agreement then a WBC purse bid would be
held. Makes no difference as there will be no fight as long as Arum has
Pacquiao and Oscar DeLaHoya promotes Marquez. Back to you Your
Thank you Jeeves. Manny Pacquiao will be in New York City next week to
receive the “Fighter of the Year 2006” award from the Boxing Writers
Association of America. The presentation will be made by Joe Calzaghe
and the event, held at the Copacabana, will be the association’s 82nd
New “Yahoo Sports” writer Kevin Iole, formerly of the Las Vegas Review
Journal, got the prestigious Nat Fleischer Award for “excellence in
boxing journalism.” The “fight of the year” for 2006 was selected as the
breathtaking brawl between Somsak Sithchatchawal and Mahyar Monshipour.
While not shown on TV, many saw the fight on YouTube via the Internet.
The bout took place on March 18 and was described as follows, “It was a
mind-blowing bout that became a cult classic among boxing fans.”
ESPN.com columnist Dan Rafael called it “raw, unvarnished, jaw-dropping
brutality,” adding that the fight featured “more head-snapping uppercuts
landed than in all six Rocky movies put together.” Way to go Dan. Somsak
got a 10 round KO for the “W”.
Yes, what is it Jeeves? No, I am not of member of the Boxing Writers
Association. As Groucho Marks once remarked, “I wouldn’t belong to any
club that would have me as a member.” My one exception is the Pistol
Club at the TQ, The Silver Dollar, Bourbon Street, Tims and the Island
Lager Bar on Phuket.
The saga of the heavyweights never seems to end, especially where Samuel
Peter is involved. Always good when talking about “heavyweights” to toss
in a little James Toney. Of course there is nothing “little” about James
Toney but he is back in the ring. Last week he got a strange majority
decision win over Danny Batchelder (25-5-1). The decision was strange in
that Toney got the nod on two cards 98-92 and 97-93, which appears to be
a comfortable win. The other judge meanwhile had it for Batchelder
96-94! Batchelder has now lost 3 out of 4 but he might be a little
better than that. The record of those that beat him with Toney removed
is 60-1. H’mmmmm.
It’s the first time Toney’s been in the ring since his back-to-back
losses to Samuel Peter. Toney weighed 229lbs, which almost qualified for
him to sell advertising on his belly and fly over sporting events. His
wife gave birth to their 6th child earlier in the week. “I had my wife’s
eating habits (but) I ain’t done,” said Toney. “I just looked that way.”
Writing of which (nice segue, huh?), after Maskaev promoter Dennis “Not
ready for Prime Time” Rappaport dilly-dallied around for months, the WBC
finally forced him into a purse bid to defend against Peter. The winning
bid was US$3,201,000 by Duva Boxing. The usual split of the purse is 70%
for the champ and 30% for the challenger. According to the WBC rules, a
deviation will only be allowed under “special and unusual
circumstances.” This is one of those. In this case the split will be
“It’s indefensible!” Rappaport proclaimed. “It’s an utter disgrace and
they’re destroying boxing,” he said. “When someone tries to abuse a
fighter, I resent them. We have just begun the fight. According to the
WBC rules a deviation will only be allowed under special and unusual
circumstances. What’s so special and unusual about Samuel Peter?”
As the promoter for the champion Oleg Maskaev, Rappaport has given the
“rigid digit” to the WBC and boxing ever since Maskaev won the title in
August of last year. Rappaport wanted a fight in Russia so the WBC said,
“Ok, but you have to fight Peter next.” “No problem”, replied Denny.
Maskaev won over “well-known” (by someone), Peter Okhrllo. Peter had won
not one but two title eliminators in that time. Next Rappaport decided
that Maskaev would fight Vlad Klitschko, who was retired, in Russia.
Minor problem - the Russian gangsters that were going to bankroll the
fight did a runner. Backed into the corner, Rappaport is now unhappy
with the purse split. “Tough beans” Dennis!
If anything is bad for boxing, it’s lying, two-faced bottom feeders like
Rappaport. Maskaev couldn’t give tickets away for his fights. Peter will
sell the tickets then whip the heck out of “good guy” Maskaev, who has
the bad luck to be associated with a “Bum” like Rappaport.
‘Your Lordship, you should mention that on Sunday Shannon Briggs
(48-4-1) puts his WBO heavyweight title on the line against Sultan
Ibragimov (20-0-1) on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City.’
Not necessary my good man, and you just covered the subject with all the
space it deserves. There is some other heavyweight news however as it
has been reported that IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko
has struck up a friendship with tennis star Roger Federer. Hope this
isn’t one of those “we’ll pick out furniture next week” deals?
Then there’s the Australian heavyweight that took 14 years between
fights. Steve Hudsen (3-6) lost an 8-rounder in 1992 and chucked it in.
14 years later in Geelong, Victoria he KO’d Andrew Dickson in 2. About
the only thing in Geelong is a Ford plant and a college. I once played
in the Australian Masters darts tournament in Geelong. Also saw the
Geelong Bulldogs play the Paramater Ells in a game of Aussie Footie at
the MCG in Melbourne.
In the UK, news that Clinton Woods has suffered an injury to his elbow
means the defense of his IBF light heavyweight title against Julio
Gonzales on June 23 is off. Hatton-Castillo is still a go for that date
in Las Vegas though.
‘Your Lordship, last week you mentioned that some journalists and news
people are idiots. You got the following e-mail message from your one of
your old college pals, “Nice effort!”’
Well Jeeves, at least he thinks I’m trying. Under the “idiot” alert is
an unnamed gentleman that has stuff published by a boxing website. In
writing about Jermain Taylor’s latest win he commented, “After yet
another controversial decision in the champion’s favor.” The decision
was controversial because Judge Dick Flaherty had Spinks winning
111-117, which is a clear indication that hopefully his white cane is
good for finding water cause it can’t judge fights worth a “tinkers
One boxer whose career isn’t worth a “tinkers dam” is Scott Harrison. As
predicted here a long time ago, it is doubtful the former WBO champion
will ever return to the ring. For the second time in less than a year he
made it to the “Gray Bar Inn” in Spain. He got the trip to “Old Bill’s
House” after getting into a fight in a brothel in Alhaurin el Grande.
Don’t know what “Alhaurin” means but el Grande means “The Big” and
that’s what Harrison is in - “El Grande Trouble.”
IBF (I Be Fixin) middleweight champ Arthur Abraham (22-0) finally got
back in the ring last Saturday at the JAKO Arena in Bamberg, Germany.
Abraham had been on the bench for eight months after breaking his jaw in
two places and having two titanium plates and 22 screws inserted into
his lower jaw. That and a pint of blood is the price Abraham paid for
beating Edison Miranda in what has been called the epic “Battle of
His welcome back effort was against little tested Sebastien Demers of
Canada. Demers’ record looked good at 20-0 but it was filled with NBC
opponents. NBC? “Nothing But Canadians.” Abraham should have had little
trouble with Demers and he didn’t, getting a 3rd round KO following a
“brutal assault.” The time was 2:57.
‘Your Lordship, I bumped into a racehorse owner during my stop over at
the TQ last week. He said he took his son “Little Johnny” to a horse
auction. Johnny watched as my friend moved from horse to horse, running
his hands up and down the horse’s legs, rump and chest. Little Johnny
asked, “Dad, why are you doing that?” His father replied that when
buying horses it’s always good to make sure that they are healthy and in
good shape before you buy. Little Johnny looked worried then said, “Dad,
I think the UPS guy wants to buy Mom.”
‘Yes, I know Your Lordship, it’s time for the lager, a few cigars and
some music as another award winning column wends its’ way to the Hall of