What a day –
1.1 million says it all
The inaugural Pattaya Mail ‘Mike Franklin’
Classic charity golf tournament proved a huge success last Friday.
Preeyakan makes it a double at
Pattaya table tennis championships
Preeyakan Triampho from the Army Team won both the Women’s Singles and the
Women’s Under-18 Singles categories at the Pattaya Table Tennis Championship
2007 held at the end of last month. The Men’s Singles title meanwhile went
to Chatchanok Chanchoengkha from the Muang Pattaya Team.
Chanchoengkha (left) and Preeyakan Triampho proudly display the Men’s and
Women’s Singles champion trophies at the conclusion of the tournament.
Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn opened the championships on June 23, with the
finals taking place on June 25. The competition was divided into 10
categories and had sportsmen from around the country competing.
The Women’s Singles final was contested between Preeyakan and Suthasinee
Setrabut from the Muang Pattaya Team. Preeyakan was favoured after having
already captured the Women’s Under-18 title, and in this main event she once
again showed her serving skills and honed attack tactics and ran out a
Meanwhile in other categories, the winner of the Boys’ Singles Under 18
event was Sibret Kitsamret from the Muang Pattaya Team, the Boys’ Singles
Under 16 winner was Nontakhon Chermplang from Pichit Province, Boys’ Singles
under 14 category winner was Yotsawat Phositawirot from the Yasaka Team, and
the Boys’ Singles Under 12 title was won by Suchat Pithakkulsiri from the
Aside from Preeyakan, the female category winners were Laksika Thongsap in
the Singles Under 15 event and Pisitha Mekamporn in the Singles Under 12,
with both players representing the Muangthong Thani Team.
Ready and set for city marathon
Parts of Pattaya will be closed to traffic on July 15
as the 13th city marathon takes to the streets
Pattaya’s streets will be
awash with runners during next weekend’s 13th International Marathon.
Pattaya City Hall held a meeting June 26 to discuss final
arrangements for the 13th Pattaya International Marathon, to be staged July
Somsak Charoenpol, a district office chief, said many roads would be closed
to traffic between 4.30am-10 am. These would include Beach Road outside Soi
4, and parts of Sukhumvit and Jomtien Beach Road through to Walking Street.
The start and finish line will be situated on Beach Road adjacent to Soi 4.
From the start point at Soi 4, the marathon runners will turn onto Sukhumvit
Rd., going through Soi Chaiyapruak and Walking Street before returning to
Beach Road and Soi 4. Half-marathon runners will begin at 5am from the same
spot but will come back via Soi Wat Boonkarnjanaram and Walking Street.
There is also a special five-kilometre race for students, which will begin
at 6am and go along Third Road. Several wheelchair-bound athletes will also
Mr Charoenpol said around 1,000 officers and volunteers would take care of
safety and traffic during the race, and municipal police would set up
barriers along the route. A joint operation involving traffic police,
tourist officials and Pattaya Police will aim to make the route safe for
Meanwhile, the Dusit Resort, Pattaya has been named as the official hotel
sponsor of the event and is offering runners and family or friends of
runners, special room rates at the resort on the weekend of the marathon.
Superior Rooms (single occupancy) can be booked for Baht 4,200 net per night
with breakfast and Superior Rooms (double occupancy) at Baht 4,600 net per
night with breakfast. Anyone requiring room reservations should call 038 425
Raimon Land announces its support of the 2007 Phuket Race Week
Luxury developer continues its support
of the yachting scene in the Kingdom
With just under 2 weeks to go before the opening event, the 2007 Phuket Race
Week (July 19-22) has already attracted a significant number of entries with
close to 40 yachts confirming participation even before registration
the third year in a row Raimon Land will be a leading sponsor of the Phuket
Now in its fourth edition, the event is a week of professionally run,
international-standard yacht racing, off Phuket’s East Coast from the
organizers of the Phuket Boatshow.
Almost since the beginning, Raimon Land has been a leading sponsor of this
international event, which is getting bigger and better each year. While
this “Green Season” regatta attracts boats from throughout Asia, it is more
of a Thailand-focused event.
Raimon Land Director of Marketing Mr. Henri Young said: “Raimon Land has
made a strong commitment to the yachting and sailing scene in Thailand. We
feel that the Phuket Race Week, and other events such as the Top of the Gulf
Regatta and the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, are in line with our lifestyle
developments strategy and we look forward to another week of sailing action
in Phuket’s crystal-clear waters.”
Raimon Land invites all to join in the races and the social activities,
especially on Saturday, July 29 at the Raimon Land party at Ratri
Jazztaurant on Kata beach.
Petanque will celebrate its 100th anniversary at Pattaya championships
The Pattaya City officials,
the organizing committee, and the tournament mascot are all set for the 43rd
World Petanque Championships to be held in Pattaya this coming September.
Pattaya City will be host for the World Petanque Championships, to be held
from September 18 to 23 and which will see representatives of 60 countries
celebrating 100 years of petanque.
The event is being dedicated to the 80th birthday of His Majesty the King
and to Her Royal Highness Princess Mother Somdet Phra Srinagarindra
Boromarajajonani, who introduced petanque to Thailand.
The announcement for the 43rd World Petanque Championships, which will be
held at the Indoor Stadium, was made on June 28 at Pattaya City Hall by
chairman of the organizing committee Thamanoon Wanglee, Mayor Niran
Wattanasartsathorn and Wittaya Khunplome, president of the Chonburi Sports
Petanque originated in France one hundred years ago, and has subsequently
spread throughout the world. Sixty countries will be represented at the
Pattaya championships, which will be divided into two categories, namely
Men’s Team and Shooting. Thamanoon said he expects the number of people
attending, including officers and followers, to total 10,000.
Wittaya said that the Chonburi Sports Association is always keen to promote
sporting events, particularly those that encourage participation from other
provinces as it helps Thai sportsmen raise the level of their game to the
point where they can compete internationally.
Hats off to the ‘Navigator’
PSC golf from The Peacock Place
Monday, June 25, Crystal Bay,
Crystal Bay was the venue on Monday where we played a Stableford
competition over the C and A nines. The greens were great on the
front C nine but a little slow on the A course.
The winners on the day were: A Division (0-13), Bernie Segrave (11)
in first with a fine 35 points on a 3-way count back from Neil
Hughes (13) in second and Steve Murray (9) in third. B Division
honours went to Gordon Everingham on 39 points, playing off his new
handicap of (27), in second was Alan Bishop (19) with 37 points, and
third was Sugar Ray Handford (19) with 31 points.
There was only one ‘2’ on the day, going to Frank Frawley and the
hat went to Jochen (I cant spell his last name but will keep trying
as we expect him to be in the winner’s circle soon). His good friend
Sugar gave him his original handicap of 27 and with friends like
that you don’t need enemies.
Wednesday, June 27, Burapha, Medal
Wednesday was a visit to Burapha and the course was just
fantastic. Playing from the blue tees we held a 2-ball better ball
The winners were the pairing of Tony Oakes and Alan Bishop with a
great net 64, in second place came Sugar Ray and Jochen with net 65,
and in third were Mike Wing and Vince Smythe on net 67. These are
all really great scores from the blues.
Mike Wing got the only ‘2’ on the day - well done Mike.
The hat has a long story this day. Three of our team went for a
drive to Bangpra instead of Burapha so had to play at the back of
the field as a 3-ball with the low member of the team playing with
both the other players. However, the story doesn’t stop there. After
a phone call or three, they teed off and had a fantastic round off
the wrong tees. So all in all they had a fun time. The hat quite
fittingly went to Gordon Everingham the navigator.
See you soon at the Peacock for a game or call Bob on 087 941 2474.
Smith, Smith & Smith
IPGC golf from The Caddy Shack
Tuesday, June 26, Phoenix, Stableford
The Lakes & Ocean courses at Phoenix are always a pleasure to play. The only
downside on this day was a preponderance of 5-balls on the course, which
resulted in a rather long 5 hour round.
Nevertheless, some excellent scores were attained and the three top
finishers were all called Smith. Ramsay Smith fired 39 points, Paul Smith 40
points (gross 74) and the winner was Paul Smith with 43 points. This was
Phil’s best round for months and he can now look forward to the
There were no 2’s but the day obviously belonged to the Smith clan.
Friday, June 29,
A pairs comp was organized for Friday at The Emerald with Rainbow
Stableford the format. The course was very well presented and the red, white
and blue tee positions provided some interesting choices for the respective
playing partners - but friendships still survived.
Remarkably there were 4 teams returning to the clubhouse with 44 points. In
the subsequent count back Phil Taylor and Tom Elsey came fourth (back nine
21pts), Bev Ewens and Alistair Templeton took third (22pts), father and son
team Gus and Lorne Dickie were in second (23pts), and the eventual winners
were the duo of Glen Elsworth and Emmet White. What a tight finish.
The 2’s were shared by Paul Smith, Mick Lloyd, Tom Elsey, and Bec Ewens.
Near Pins were won by Tom Elsey, Mick Lloyd, Paul Smith and Phil Mitchell.
Once again the Rainbow format proved successful and all the players want to
try again as soon as possible.
Simon of Philbrook goes low on Sunday
IPGC golf from Lewiinski’s
Sunday, June 24, Green Valley –
1st Simon Philbrook (6) 43pts
2nd Jeremy Masse (10) 42pts
3rd Ian Grout (12) 40pts
1st Jez Lees (18) 40pts
2nd Pete Stonebridge (17) 38pts
3rd John Hillier (15) 37pts
1st Nok Samporn (36) 38pts
2nd David Foulk (21) 36pts
3rd Mike Craighead (22) 35pts
Near Pins: #2: Keith Brooks; #9: An Kaesavane, #12: Simon
Philbrook; #16: Mark Wood
2’s: Simon Philbrook, Jeremy Masse, Kris Kritsanajootha, Mark
Wood, Klaus Schackt, Jim Brackettt, John Hillier, Colin Davis, Charles
Simon of Philbrook garnered the title slot with a bristling gross 71
which racked up 43 points to take A Flight. The rest of the low
handicappers showed well on the day with Jeremy Masse having to settle
for second despite 42 points, and The Tile having to go to a count back
to have his 40 points better those of Kris Krits.
B Flight had a 40 Man in the shape of The Principal who topped out the
Headmaster by two points. Nice Guy Johnny and the Divine Ms. K were
knotted at 37 points, but the former cited age before beauty and took
the count back.
Ms. Hester, a/k/a Nok Somporn, continued her improvement which will
undoubtedly continue until her handicap joins her Society sisters in the
teens. She nipped David Foulk by two with her 28 points. The Mechanic,
using the guile commensurate with his age, took the count back from good
friend of all, Mo Lamki.
Tuesday, June 26, Laem Chabang B & C – White Tees,
1st Dan Willits (8) 36pts
2nd Joe McArdle (12) 36pts
3rd Bob Lindborg (16) 34pts
2’s: Dan Willits, Nick Payne
Dan Willits who has been with us only a couple of weeks continued to
show well as he bettered The Leprechaun on count back. In like manner,
The Guru shows he can travel as he pipped Sid Ottaway by the same
devilish tool, the count back.
Wednesday, June 27, Crystal Bay B & C – White Tees,
1st Phil Groves (5) 33pts
2nd Joe McArdle (6) 33pts
2’s: Mossy Quaid, Jules Lang
Big Phil, f/k/a The Swimming Instructor, gave The Leprechaun his second
count back loss of the week: So much for Luck of the Irish. A road trip
to Soi Dao by a number of the society members contributed to the light
turnout for the last couple of days.
Friday, June 29, Greenwood B & C – White Tees,
1st Colin Davis (15) 40pts
2nd Jim Brackett (6) 36pts
3rd Kenneth Anderson (5) 35pts
1st Mo Lamki (23) 41pts
2nd Neil Cameron (16) 36pts
3rd Pierre Bietry (20) 35pts
2’s: Colin Davis, Jack Grindvold, Joe Tynan, Jez Lees
With The Society back at full strength, a good-sized field took on the
layout at Greenwood, (f/k/a Noble Place). Mo Lamki was MoM on the day
with 41 points to also top out B Flight. The Club Maker to the Stars,
who wanted this Scribe to pass on that he had a couple of Flight winners
on the week playing the Neil Cameron line of clubs, came second with an
even to handicap 36 points. Monsieur Pierre tidied up the second flight
with a good for third place 35 points.
The Donkey showed why he put the well-conditioned Greenwood on the
monthly calendar as he spun around the B and & C layout with 40 points
to take A Flight. Jimbo Brackett nabbed the silver, with Kenny Anderson,
playing his second to the last match of this stay, assembling 35 points
off his stingy 4 handicap.
Benson & Novak share
in doubles win
Jomtien Golf with the I.P.G.C.
Monday, June 25,
Sixteen teams today playing in the competition and with a green fee of 1,800
baht for four persons, we all hope this will continue for some time into the
With an I.P.G.C. recommended format, it was a 40% combined handicap system
in this medal event that was deducted from the gross scores.
After a two-week absence due to ill health, Ben Findon and his partner Les
Hall recorded a score of 60.6 to take third place. Paul Quodomine and David
Thomas finished just ahead with a net 60.2, but the winners on the day were
Russell Benson and Tom Novak with a score of net 58.
Tom Novak and Burnie Sinclair, Mikael Andersson and Jack Hinchey, Miss Am
and Glyn, and Oam and Paddy all took home Near Pin prizes.
Wednesday, June 27,
With another small influx of members returning to the UK, and
even more next week, there were only 18 of us out today.
We have been informed by the management that the greens here at Eastern Star
will be back to their normal condition by August, we will keep you updated.
In division 2 Miss Nom beat Glyn Evans on count back 17/15 after they both
finished with 33 points to claim the top position. Mikael Andersson’s 35
point beat Ben Findon’s 29 to take the 1st division prize.
In form Mikael also won two nearest the pin prizes while Ton Sathrum took
Friday, June 29,
With one more starter than Wednesday, it was our basic two
divisional game today and with a deserted course it was a three and a half
The cut was made at 1-20 for division 1 and three people all tied for first
place on 34 points. Russell Benson ended up third with a back nine score of
17, Les Hall second with 19, but with 20 points David Howe was declared the
A remarkable 29 points was good enough in the lower division to earn Rick
Newman third place, Ken Foster on a greater count back was in second, but
the other half, Miss Nom won the division with 35 points.
Jomtien Golf meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Paweenas soi 5,
Jomtien Beach Rd. for a 10.30 tee off time. Please sign up in the bar or
call Glyn on 086 837 5464.
Ed’s the star at Century
PSC golf from The PJ Pool Bar
Tuesday, June 26, Century Chonburi, Stableford
1st Ed Horrocks (30) 42pts
2nd Barry Quirk (15) 34pts
3rd Ian Campbell (28) 33pts c/b
Near Pins: Barry Quirk, Bob Pearce
Horrocks (right) and Barry Quirk - first and second at Century Chonburi.
We only had nine players for today - not a huge turnout but enough. Century
is not everyone’s favourite partly due to the distance but mainly the
condition of the course and facilities. But for all that it is a
well-designed course and well worth playing.
Despite the small field it was a successful outing, particularly for our
star performer Ed Horrocks who returned one of the best scores of the month,
42 points. A long way back in second was Barry Quirk. Ordinarily he would
have been very pleased with his 34 points.
Ian Campbell and Neil Ormsby were one point behind Barry, tied on 33. Ian
took third place with a better back nine, which was unfortunate for Neil who
was awarded his first handicap last week. But it still gives him every hope
of a podium finish next week.
Thursday, June 28, Plutaluang N&W, Stableford
1st Jeff Wylie (9) 39pts
2nd Roy Pimblett (21) 36pts
3rd Barry Quirk (15) 35pts
4th Bruce Lawrence (10) 34pts
Near Pins: Ron Bullock, Bruce Lawrence, Ian Campbell, Barry Quirk
Long Putt: Neil Duncan
With advanced warning of hollow tyning of the greens on South and East, we
asked to play North and West even though it was the same eighteen as last
week. Reports from a group playing the other course seemed to justify our
With no heavy rain in the last few days North and West was in good shape.
The rough had been cut, the fairways weren’t quite so heavy and it didn’t
seem such a long way round as last week.
Scoring was much improved also. Considering that 31 points was enough to win
three weeks ago, today you didn’t feature in the prizes with less than 34.
Jeff Wylie returned to form in style with 39 points in first place which on
this course is probably five better than handicap. Roy Pimblett, whose
excellent 36 points would have won comfortably in the past had to settle for
second. Barry Quirk rounded off another good week taking third place, adding
to his second place finish at Century on Tuesday.
Eddie Martin is the man for June
PSC golf from The Bunker
Monday, June 25, Bangpra, Medal
Monday saw The Bunker Boys play a Medal competition at Bangpra, with play
going off the slightly easier white tees.
Martin - ‘Golfer of the Month’ for June.
Rain clouds were swirling around and looking menacing as the game got
underway and it wasn’t long before there was a hold up as the heavens
opened, but the downpour was short-lived and the round was completed without
any further dalays.
Mashi Kaneta and Peter Habgood came out on top, sharing first place with
two-under par net 70’s, whilst Paul Smith finished one shot back on net 71.
Near pin prizes went to Mike Lloyd, Paul Smith, Eddie Martin and Geoff Hart.
This win put Mashi hot on the heels of Eddie Martin for the ‘Golfer of the
Month’ trophy, which had to be decided by Friday at Phoenix.
Wednesday, June 27, Khaow Kheow, Stableford
A Stableford competition was next on the agenda at Khaow Kheow on
the Wednesday. Mike Lloyd took the honours with 34 points whilst Paul Smith
and “Skinny” Newton shared second prize, one shot behind on 33 points.
Paul Smith won two of the near pin prizes with the other two going to Roger
Privett and William Macey.
Friday, June 29, Phoenix, Medal
The second Medal comp of the week was held at Phoenix Golf and
Country Club and it would decide who won the ‘Golfer of the Month’ trophy
As it turned out it was Eddie Martin who came through with his second placed
net 73 proving enough to clinch the title. Dewey Augustsson took the day’s
honours with a one-under par net 71 and third place went to John King with a
The same three players collected a near pin prize each along with “Skinny”
Rich Montana steals
the show at Pattana
PSC golf from The Café Kronborg
Monday, June 25, Crystal Bay, Stableford
The Crystal Bay Resort and Country Club was host to a Stableford
competition on the A & C layouts. The weather was fine and hot with just a
few threatening clouds around.
The course in general was in good condition with most greens being cored and
sanded recently, and there was even hot water in the showers for the first
time in two years.
Steady Ebrahim took the first place with 39 points ahead of Morton Gausla in
second with 38 points, Kevin Dinan in third with 36 points, Joel Flor in
fourth with 35 points and Martyn Topham in fifth with 33 points.
Thursday, June 28, Pattana, Stableford
Whilst this is not my favourite course it has to be up there
amongst the best, and certainly the facilities are the best at any venue,
mind you do pay for the luxury
Montana was in fine form at Pattana last Thursday, winning the A Flight with
Arriving at Pattana the first thing you see is the magnificent clubhouse.
After a protracted booking in procedure it is then down to the very fine
changing facilities and from there, only a short trip to the caddy area.
On this day the test was the A & C Nines, which meant we did not have the
truly terrifying drive into the wind on B1, and on the day it was windy. If
you are a big hitter this is a course you will appreciate, once you get to
know the line of shot, and it is fairly forgiving of the wayward drive. So
belt it, find it, and knock it on the green. This is an easy game!
With the wind up it was still difficult although the fairways were good, the
greens fast and the rough not too bad. So it was a bit of a tricky one to
guess at the winning scores.
Round over and up in the excellent restaurant the results were announced.
The winner in the A Flight (0-18) was Rich Montana with 41 points ahead of
Graham Houston with 39 points in second and yours truly in third with 36
In the B Flight the winner was Mark Brenton, having a good week, with 38
points ahead of a three-way count back on 35 points that saw Willy Cellis in
second, Kevin Dinan in third and Mike Winfield just losing out.
Tony Kitchen has the best of the year
IPGC golf from The Haven
Monday, June 25,
Green Valley, Stableford
1st Alan Duckett 40pts
2nd Chris Knapp 39pts c/b
3rd Chris Davisson 39pts
4th Al Keith 37pts c/b
5th Rick Holmes 37pts
Alan Duckett made it a happy return to The Haven with an excellent round of
four-under his handicap to squeeze Chris Knapp and Chris Davisson into
second and third places respectively. The latter two had to be separated by
count back with Captain Chris getting the nod with an outstanding 23 points
on the back, after Chris Davisson had the same on the front nine.
Al Keith and Rick Holmes in fourth and fifth places also had to go to a
count back with Al taking it on the last 3.
There were no 2’s in the second division but Trevor Schirmer and Chris
Davisson had one each in the first division.
Before presenting the prizes “The Doc” welcomed new member John Parker and
also welcomed back Michael English, Brian Henderson, Michael Hill, John
Wilson, Walt Straub, Kenneth Andersen, Alan Duckett and Paul Hartley.
Wednesday, June 27,
The Emerald, Stableford
1st Roy Thornton 35pts c/b
2nd Brian Kelly 35pts
3rd Dave Stockman 34pts
4th Yasuo Suzuki 32pts c/b
5th Chris Knapp 32pts
Roy Thornton continues to defy his doctors orders and even manages to get it
round in fairly good figures, which is amazing when one considers that he is
presently almost totally unable to walk. On this day however, with a very
good back nine that won him the count back over Brian Kelly, he was good
enough to take the top honours.
Dave Stockman also had a steady round and whilst he never quite got into the
groove, he did just enough to take third place ahead of Yasuo Suzuki and the
in-form Chris Knapp.
Roy Thornton had the lone ‘2’ in the first division whilst Brian Kelly swept
the board to claim the triple rollover in the second division. He was so
grateful that he blew the horn to add to the participants’ line of drinks
after Captain Roy had already done the same for topping the podium.
Friday, June 29,
Phoenix - Blue Tees, Monthly Medal
1st Yasuo Suzuki net 69
2nd Al Keith net 70
3rd John Desmond net 71
1st Tony Kitchen net 66
2nd Chris Knapp net 69
3rd Suichi Kodaka net 72
Tony Kitchen had the best Monthly Medal round of the year so far over the
Lakes and Ocean courses at Phoenix playing off the blue tees, which on this
day were about as far back as they could be. Tony thus reserved his place in
the Gold and Silver competitions to be held at the end of the year, and in
doing so also took the second division medal ahead of Chris Knapp, who must
have thought that he was a certainty to cap off and excellent week with a
well deserved win after his return of three-under.
Suichi Kodaka also had a good day with a level par round assisted by a very
nice ‘2’ to take third spot.
In the first division things were even tighter as Yasuo Suzuki threw caution
to the wind with a three-under round that proved to be just enough to edge
out Al Keith into second, with John Desmond continuing his run of from in
Suichi Kodaka had the only ‘2’ in the second division and Al Keith, John
Desmond and Barry Traynor had one each in the first division.
Back at The Haven “The Doc” welcomed new member Harry Vinceza and also
welcomed back Kinya Akiyama and Suichi Kodaka.
Rick rips it up at Phoenix
Phoenix Members Golf
Wednesday, June 27, Medal
Just before our registered tee-off we had 10 names signed up and
I’m thinking how easy it will be to sort it all out quickly and go and
prepare for my own round of golf. Ha, think again MacDuff.
Ten minutes later we had 24 players and I had already sent a 3-ball out.
Never mind, it was all sorted out - with a lot of help from Ron and Graham.
With this being a medal day playing off the back tees on the Lakes/Ocean
course, the last thing you want is confusion on the tee. I started off with
a 4-putt first hole to record an 8 and that was about the end of my
challenge for the honours.
Despite all this we managed to get round fairly quickly and with the threat
of rain staying away we all looked forward to the 19th.
The course is now in magnificent condition and the greens are very fast and
Being off the back tees there were some bad scores for the round, but the
boys at the top did exceedingly well..
Only two ladies were with us on the day and the mini mug went to Noi
Jenvuthida with a net 74 off the yellow tees.
‘B’ flight winner was Kevin Bird with a net 72 playing off 18, with Norm
Robinson in second place on count back with a net 75 playing off 17.
‘A’ flight winner was Clive Robinson with a net 71 playing off 8 and second
was Ron Bridge with a net 75 playing off 9. Ron came second on count back
from myself and when I checked the scores back at home I discovered that I
had actually pipped him for second place on count back. You owe me a drink
Saving the best till last was our mug winner with a fantastic gross 78
playing off 12 to give a net 66 off the blue tees. Rick Delaney had a super
knock and the good news for the rest of us is that Rick will be playing off
a much lower handicap next time out.
Technical prizes went to Graham Hiskett and the days champion Rick Delaney
who got three!
Wednesday, July 11, will be a pairs competition at Phoenix so please phone
your 2-ball team to me as soon as possible.
Tewin stays on top
PSC golf from the Bowling
Tuesday, June 26, Phoenix, Stableford
1st Neil Duncan (15) 43pts
2nd Tewin lamthong (17) 42pts
3rd Frank Kelly (15) 40pts
4th Barry Rothberg (23) 37pts
5th Tony Geeland (24) 35pts
6th Fergus Brennan (11) 33pts
Near Pins: Barry Rothberg, Tewin Lamthong, Frank Kelly, Neil
2’s: Frank Kelly and Barry Rothberg
Thursday, June 28, Plutaluang, Stableford
1st Tewin Lamthong (15) 35pts c/b
2nd Alan Evans (26) 35pts
3rd Jay Perrin (20) 34pts
4th Dick Warberg (15) 32pts
Near Pins: Lee Kee Tan, Dick Warberg, Amphan North, Takeshi
Saturday, June 30, Emerald, Stableford
1st David Thomas (8) 35pts c/b
2nd Derek Eastham (14) 35pts
3rd Lee Kee Tan (28) 33pts c/b
4th Stuart Thompson (6) 33pts
Near Pins: Ann Haranya, Carl Lovatt, Ian Kidd, Walter Baechli
2’s: Ann Haranya and Carl Lovatt
prize winners: Walter Baechli, Ann Haranya, Lee Kee Tan and Derek
I thought after last week’s report I was going to find a new headline
for this week, but Tewin the “Tigress” remains on the prowl after
another second place and near pin on Tuesday at Phoenix and then topping
that with a win at Plutaluang on Thursday.
I wonder what Saturday at Emerald might have brought had she been able
to play, but her schooling commitments prevented her from taking part.
However the ladies were still taking prizes all week with visiting
Philipino “Lee Kee Tan” having a near pin at Plutaluang and taking third
place on count back from Stuart Thompson at Emerald. And another new
Thai face on the local scene, Ann Haranya, in her first ever competition
event took half the 2’s pot and a near pin at Emerald whilst Amphan
North shared a near pin win at Plutaluang. Congratulation ladies.
Tuesday’s golf saw the only clear win of the week as Neil Duncan
triumphed over Tewin by just one point with the other two outings both
being won on count back.
At Plutaluang, Tewin got the nod overAlan Evans after both finished with
35 points a piece and David Thomas took it from Derek Eastham on
Saturday with the same score line.
Fergus apologised to all our golfers on Saturday because he had to
change the planned trip to Emerald for Saturday and revert to Greenwood
due to a weekend comp being held for the youngsters at Emerald. But it
is back to Emerald for the week after.
We were to see a new 2’s record on Saturday when yours truly scored only
two points for the whole round and was politely presented with a booby
prize by event organiser Fergus on return to the club. Maybe I should
stick to my report writing and give up the golf.
Reminder: If anyone is interested in golfing with the Bowling
Green call Tewin on 086 056 7019 or Bowling Green 038-720742.
Royal Varuna Yacht Club:
An oasis in the Pattaya concrete
(From left): His Majesty
the King with Dr. Rachot, Prince Philip and Prince Bira on the
shorefront at Varuna.
by Peter Cummins, Special Correspondent
This is the second part of a scheduled three-part series of the history
of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club which reached the half century last week.
The first story examined the founding and early days of the then Varuna
Marine Club culminating in His Majesty the King conferring Royal
Patronage on the club. Thus, on April 26, 1965, the Marine Club became
the Royal Varuna Yacht Club. His Majesty the King remains the Royal
Patron, and, during those exhilarating years, the King, members of the
Royal Family, other visiting Royalty and diplomats were all enthusiastic
and skilful sailors at the club.
Majesty the King (TH72) and HSH Price Bhisatej sailing hard on a beat.
The Varuna Marine Club was bestowed Royal Patronage on April 26, 1965
and officially became the Royal Varuna Yacht Club on that day.
Slowly, but inexorably, development started to overtake Walter Meyer’s
pristine Pattaya and Royal Varuna stalwart Poul Weber, for one, saw the
inevitability of the club re-locating or being engulfed by the
all-conquering march of concrete.
Second Commodore, Sid Watkins (l964-l966), was inclined to agree with
Poul and a number of the members who feared being engulfed by Pattaya
developments, as the concrete marched up Pratumnak Hill and up and down
the Pattaya shoreline.
It soon became apparent that Pattaya Bay was developing as a weekend
resort for Bangkokians. The bridge across the Bang Pakong River was
improved and cut almost two hours off the trip from Bangkok, so Pattaya
was filling up on weekends. The first resort hotel, the Nipa Lodge had
opened, another, the Chalet Hotel at Wongse Amat had just started and
the Bay was rapidly filling with power craft.
In 1967, the owner of the land then occupied by the club wanted to
double the rent to about Baht 24,000 per year, which was considered a
great imposition and the members were very indignant. It was becoming
clear that the club needed to move. It was during third Flag Commodore
Denis Lowry’s tenure (l966-l967), that the contentious issue of leaving
South Pattaya became confrontational and eventually split the club.
Fourth Commodore, Rachot Kanjanavanit (l967-l970), secured the present
site - no doubt one of the best on the Eastern Seaboard - designed the
club-house and, in October, l967, led the move “over the hill,” to what
many thought at the time was a “wilderness, with no power, no water
supply and no amenities.”
Dr. Rachot never failed to tell newer members that some of the
membership at the time, thought “we (the Committee) were a bunch of
Dr. Rachot, an active member who sailed an OK, announced that he had
discovered a plot of land suitable for a new clubhouse just around the
corner of the headland south of Pattaya Bay, and in typically fractious
Varuna fashion, the great debate began.
One group was keen to move the club to the middle of Pattaya Bay, where
a site was available. The other group wanted to move to the new site
over Pratumnak Hill. There were furious debates and, when it was learned
that the rent for the proposed new site would be Baht 2,000 per year, a
great cry of ‘We can’t afford it!’ went up.
Eventually at the Annual General Meeting it was finally decided to take
a 10-year lease on the newly-identified plot of land (the present site),
with an option to renew for a further 10 years. Dr. Rachot undertook to
design the new clubhouse and commission the construction.
One fateful Sunday at the new site, before anything had been built, the
only approach was a dirt road down from the hill, deeply rutted by rain
in some places. Rachot stood on the beach looking up the hill, and said,
“Now I’m going to site the clubhouse.” He walked up towards the north
side of the area, stood on a hillock, looked round and said “Here!”
Noting the relative isolation of the site, Dr Rachot also incorporated
the first of the accommodations behind the clubhouse. That is how the
old clubhouse came to be positioned, facing west south-west overlooking
the lawn and the beach. The new clubhouse has followed the same
In fact, many did not join the move to the new site but rather broke
away to form a fishing club at Bang Saray. This is still relatively
active. But, at the new location, Royal Varuna quickly consolidated its
position as the premier sailing club in the Kingdom.
HM officially opens the club house
On September 14, 1968, The Royal Patron, His Majesty the
King, accompanied by HM the Queen, the Crown Prince and the Princesses,
officially opened the Royal Varuna Yacht Club. It was to be almost 40
years later when HRH the Crown Prince opened the splendid new clubhouse,
still located on the same prime site at Kasetsin Beach, South Pattaya.
It was a festive occasion with racing, and Her Majesty graciously
presented the prizes. In the late afternoon it was announced that His
Majesty would like to meet and talk with the members, who were told not
to be shy but approach and talk to the King.
Club Treasurer Angelo Gualtieri still remembers the occasion well: “A
crowd of us was gathered on the upper floor with the King in the centre
of the group talking animatedly with the members. We knew that the King
had personally built his own dinghies, an Enterprise, and an OK, and was
building his own design of an International Moth, called Mod.
“One of our Swiss members asked His Majesty if he was planning to go
into production with these boats. He smiled and said no, but that he
would lead the way by showing it could be done in Thailand and then
leave it to others to develop.
“Dr. Rachot produced a large photograph of His Majesty sailing his OK.
He asked the King to sign the photo, which he did with a felt pen. The
picture has hung on the wall of the staircase ever since. Unfortunately
the ink of the felt pen faded until it can no longer be seen. However,
there is a photograph showing the King signing the picture.”
The Vega Rudder Trophy Race:
genesis of a regatta
To commemorate the occasion when His Majesty the King sailed
his OK dinghy solo across the Gulf from Hua Hin to Sattahip, on 19
April, 1966, Dr. Rachot proposed a Trans-Gulf race from the club to Klai
Kangwol Palace at Hua Hin. This would be 64 nautical miles in length on
course 248 from the club, past Koh Rin and across the gulf,
out of sight of land (mooted, at the
time, as the world’s longest race in an open dinghy).
Dr. Rachot asked for the King’s approval for the landing at his
Palace and His Majesty agreed, offered a trophy, and asked Rachot what
he would like.
Rachot asked the King if he would be kind enough to donate the rudder of
his OK Dinghy. His Majesty was baffled, “Why do you ask for that? It is
only a piece of wood. I can give you a large silver cup.””
“Please, Your Majesty,” replied Rachot, “we ask for your rudder blade
because you have made it with your own hands, and it is therefore very
precious to us. It would give us great honour and pleasure.”
“Well, I suppose I can always make another,” the King conceded. “So if
you really are sure that is what you want, I will donate my rudder
blade, but I repeat, it really is only a piece of wood!”
That was the genesis of the famous Vega Rudder Trophy Race which again,
with the King’s advice, was eventually discontinued as a Trans-Gulf
Angelo Gualtieri recalls the inaugural race which started at 6 am in
front of the club just as dawn was breaking. The winds were very light
south westerly, and the aim was to make as much distance to the south as
one could. By the time the fleet had passed Koh Rin, the wind dropped
and in the middle of the Gulf the fleet was almost becalmed. Then
gradually the wind filled in from the south and soon was reaching
towards Hua Hin.
As the boats approached Hua Hin, His Majesty came out from the palace
flying past on a Tornado Catamaran – a gift from Prince Philip to
commemorate his great day with the Royal Family and the race-picnic to
Koh Larn, several years before. Prince Bhisatej Rajani was crewing for
His Majesty on the “Pla Duek” Tornado.
The Trans-Gulf race was repeated twice more, but subsequent races saw
the fleet spread out across the Gulf and along the coastline, to the
point at which it was judged too risky to repeat. Indeed, on greeting
the exhausted sailors on their eventual arrival in Hua Hin, His Majesty
himself said that this was dangerous, and that the sailors had better
not do it again.
So the Trans-Gulf, as a true crossing of the Gulf, came to an end. The
race and its name continue each year to this date, and for the same
trophy, the Royal OK Dinghy rudder, but it is now sailed in sight of the
coastline. It has been run from Paknam to the club, from the club to
Sattahip, from Sattahip to the club and round some of the Gulf islands,
but no longer out of sight of land. More recently, since 1989, it has
been included as an integral division of the annual Hua Hin Regatta.
The third part of this saga, will report the Varuna Club’s rapid rise as
the Kingdom’s – and the region’s – prime yacht club, becoming a chosen
venue for numerous world and regional championships, right up until this
Gareth makes it at last
PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s
Tuesday, June 26, Green Valley,
I like this time of the year, that is apart from the flies,
rain, wind and heat ... hang on I have to rethink this. Well we can play
the best courses, and they are empty and we do play them at good rates.
Yes, all in all this is definitely the best time for the serious golfer,
if he can afford a cart and an umbrella.
winner Gareth Weeks (right) and Steve Carleton of Alan Bolton Property
Consultants (ABPC), or two ‘Big Boys.’
This being the last day of the month, the ‘Alan Bolton Property
Consultants (ABPC) Golfer of the Month’ award was to be decided, and
this month, as has become normal, the race was tight.
In the lead was Mashi, but with Gareth only two points behind and Perry
a point behind him. Gareth was chomping at the bit as we met in the
morning; he had finished as runner up so often (many times on count
back) it was starting to get to him. He knew he had to finish ahead of
Mashi on this day to win.
The test for the day was to be the tough track at Green Valley and on
this day the course was fairly quiet with not many other players out.
The weather was a little hot, but the wind was ever present and at times
troublesome. The course itself was in good condition and was as trying
I played with Gareth who was really keyed up, and he gave it his all. He
had been on the practice range all week and his long game was excellent,
with 300-yard plus drives down every fairway, which I admired from the
After the first nine he had 20 points, and continued to play well on the
back to amass another 19 points to total 39 points. Would it be enough
Back at Bert’s we all sat around a couple of tables and I had the
results. Gareth had to come in the first two and beat Mashi to win the
Golfer of the Month title. Well Mashi had a bad day and the winner on
the day was Mark Brenton with 40 points, but we then had a count back on
39 points for second, which thankfully for the furniture Gareth won with
Bill Knight in third.
So at last the winner of ‘The Alan Bolton Property Consultants (ABPC)
Golfer of the Month’ was Gareth Weeks, and we can all utter a sigh of
Near Pin: Mashi Kenata, Homicide Hank, Gareth Weeks, Anders
Long Put: Bill Knight, Perry McNeely
“Megabreak” 9-Ball Handicap
Pool League 2007
This newly formed 9-ball league originally consisted of fifteen players
and has now reached round three.
(Baz) Sherman breaks off in one of his second round matches.
In the second round last week, Group D saw Chris beat both his opponents
by a 3-0 margin and everyone was left wondering if Martin and Charlie
actually turned up!
The Group A draw for the next round also proves interesting with the
competitors, Rich, John Mega and Mark all owners of pool establishments:
so we are to have a “Battle of the Bosses.”
Full information on this league plus the regular “Sunday 9-Ball
Competition” as sponsored by DSL (Deborah Services Limited) can be
obtained at “Megabreak” Soy Diana Inn, Tel No 038 428 858,
www.megabreakpool.com or email [email protected]
The next 9-Ball league is scheduled to start at the beginning of August.
Anyone interested in taking part please submit your name as soon as
possible as the entry is restricted and taken on a first come basis.
Results from July 1 (week 2)
Jason 1 v 3 John Mega, John Mega 2 v 3 Baz, Baz 1 v 3 Jason
Nop 3 v 0 Bob, Bob 0 v 3 Mark, Mark 3 v 2 Nop
Rich 1 v 3 Ian, Ian 0 v 3 Olly, Olly 1 v 3 Rich
Martin 0 v 3 Chris, Chris 3 v 0 Charlie, Martin 0 v 3 Charlie 0-3
Players moving forward to round three are: Group A - Rich, John (Mega)
and Mark; Group B - Nop, Charlie and Jason; Group C -Bas, Olly and
Tight at the top at Bangpra
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at the OK Corral
The Pattaya Golf Society continued its Sunday adventures
at Bangpra on June 24 with the usual stableford competition for a single
large field representing nine different nations.
PGS “Player of the Month”, Chris Hardy (right) receives his award from
The course was in excellent condition and the day remained fair
throughout, giving the prospect of a tight competition. Even the
resident monkeys behaved themselves this week as they merely watched the
field go by, not daring to interfere as on previous occasions.
This was the backdrop to the day and it ended with Carl Lovatt,
currently very much the man to beat, vying for third place with Chris
Hardy, who is enjoying a welcome return to form, both scoring 35 points.
The victory was shared by Gilles Akoum and lady golfer Umalai “Ton”
Chaysa and both fired creditable scores of 36 points.
The 2’s pot was shared by Geda Goodridge, Ian Hart and David Thomas
(two). Daz Martindale had the annoyance of a detached sole on his golf
shoe to contend with and he became the automatic choice for the Booby
Bevy, as he ended his round barefoot.
Bangpra continues to provide a wonderful welcome to the group on Sundays
and even with a full course the day can be a very enjoyable one.
Freddy Stars at Greenwood
Tuesday, June 26, the Pattaya Golf Society visited the
ever-improving course at Greenwood and found it empty and in excellent
condition - perfect for a competitive stableford competition over the
“C” and “B” nines.
The day was excessively cloudy and, but for the briefest of showers,
remained so giving the golfers a cool day for their exercise.
It was a day when new faces were to dominate, with Alain Demont stamping
his mark on proceedings for the first time since joining IPGC and coming
up with a very creditable 35 points to take third place. In second was
the June “Player of the Month” apparent Chris Hardy, whose round of 37
points was another step on the road to excellent progress. The day’s
best score was that recorded by Freddy Jones, no relation to the gaffer,
and he found the conditions perfect for his game of power and precision.
The day’s two birdie 2’s appeared on the same hole, B5, the lucky
recipients being David Thomas, again, and Alain Demont and newbie Bill
Pickersgill received the usual OK Corral welcome with the Booby Bevy
heralding his struggle over the two nines on his first round in the
kingdom. All in all a good day for fresh faces.
TK Masters Phoenix
Thursday, June 28, saw the Pattaya Golf Society draw a veil
on the month’s fixtures with a visit to Phoenix for a stableford event
over the Lakes and Ocean Nines. The day was set fair at the start but by
the ninth hole the seasonal rains had set in, refreshing an already
The single flight saw some excellent golf with the principals all
enjoying sub-par rounds.
Sharing third place were Carl Lovatt and Freddy Jones, with 37 points.
Lady golfer Mod Churaiska was having the best round of her short career
with an excellent 40 points which took her to second place, one behind
the winner Tony Kitchen, whose 41 points was one of his best ever
performances. Twenty-two points on the Ocean back nine, after a soaking,
speaks for itself and the quality of the genial Englishman’s golf.
Stuart Thompson birdied the Ocean fifth for a share of the 2’s pot with
the ubiquitous David Thomas, who copied the feat two holes later.
Meanwhile, Paul Quodomine’s day began with a confrontation with the
Highway Police three miles from the course and later saw him hit eight
Phoenix bunkers and one Phoenix house under construction, and ended with
the award of the Booby Bevy.
The day concluded with congratulations for Chris Hardy who capped a fine
month by capturing the PGS “Player of the Month” award after a string of
excellent performances. Well done Chris, here’s to the next one.
The Square Ring: by Howie Reed
As Ricky Hatton’s biggest fan that doesn’t sing either
“Blue Moon” or “Walking in a Hatton Wonderland”, the Square Ring would
suggest caution on the part of both Hatton and his Hattonatics.
His victory over Jose Luis Castillo was a win that signified nothing in
the grand scheme of all things boxing. The mistake would be to put a lot
of importance on his success against a “questionable” opponent.
One Yank reader emailed me: “Howard that fight Hatton had was a farce. I
saw it and Castillo was a joke. (Paul) Spadafora has been talking to
Hatton and if his (Spadafora’s) legal problems are solved, that would be
a better opponent. Paul is 41-0-1. He has been stronger at welterweight.
The Hatton Camp seem to have been over-playing his win. “If I fought
Mayweather he would run like Forrest Gump,” said Hatton. Forget “Blue
Moon”, this is Blue Sky.
Hatton has gotten into the habit of throwing one punch and then holding
on. With Mayweather he’d miss the first punch and be grabbing air like a
service girl chasing the baht of an escaping punter. Hatton was
noticeably faster than Castillo but then everything is relative in life.
There is a possibility that Ricky Hatton can become a “big time free
agent” in boxing. Hatton’s dad, Ray, was being sued by Frank Warren for
libel, which is hard to figure as how could he libel a promoter? Usually
by telling the truth one would think.
That’s now history though as the two have settled the suit. As part of
the settling confidential agreement, Warren and the Hattons will sit
down to talk about working together in the future. Two major American
promoters, Don King and Golden Boy (Oscar De La Hoya), have contacted
the Hattons. Looks like a bidding war for Hatton and his next fight.
One fight that might be interesting would be Hatton - Cassamayor, as the
latter has stated that he would move up to 140lbs. “I challenged Juan
Diaz at the Freitas fight but he is hiding behind his promoter’s skirt.
I’m running out of patience waiting for this boy to grow into a man,”
said Cassamayor. “Ricky Hatton says he wants big fights. I’ll give up
the weight and fight him.”
Styles make fights and this would be a good one depending on which
Cassamayor showed up. He sometimes ‘mails it in’.
The big fight though would be Mayweather jr. - Hatton. Lowlife (though
he doesn’t realize it) Floyd Mayweather jr. has opened his yapper yet
again. “Ricky Hatton has talked nonstop about fighting me for the last
two weeks,” said the ‘retired’ Mayweather. “He has disrespected me and
my accomplishments in the ring, and I take that very seriously. I’m
going to give him the opportunity to step up and fight the best in the
world. I don’t think this punk will take the challenge.
“Now that Hatton has opened up his big mouth, he might start to think
about what he has been asking for,” continued Mayweather. “Does he
really want to step into the ring with the best fighter of this era and
embarrass himself? Being the coward that he is, I doubt he’ll get in the
ring. We’ll see what his excuse will be this time.”
Yea right Floyd, Hatton’s a coward cause he doesn’t assault women, old
men or try and run the mother of his child and her child off the road.
This fight would stage itself, which is what will be needed because
Mayweather jr. doesn’t sell tickets. Of the 13,044 that attended the
Hatton - Castillo fight, over 11,000 of the tickets were bought in the
UK. Can Hatton empty the pubs of Peckham and Manchester twice a year for
a trip across the pond? Yes, for a Mayweather jr. match.
Without the UK “Hatton” fans, the Vegas fight was a bust. It’s clear
that anyone calling Las Vegas the boxing capital of the world should be
forced to take a test for substance abuse. Here was a major fight that
sold less than 2,000 tickets in the ‘boxing capital of the world’.
The big difference might have been that “Mexicans” knew that Castillo
was a shot fighter or they couldn’t stand to hear a bunch of drunken
Brits singing “Blue Moon”. Me? Loved it. Boxing is about fans having
fun, drinking a pint with pals and singing off key “Rule Britannica.”
The news last week that the AIBA (Amateur International Boxing
Association) had made some changes in scoring was just the tip of the
iceberg. Disgraced and ousted President Anway Chowdhry has been banned
for life, which at 83 when buying green bananas is risky - it can’t be
The ethics report says of the ‘Chowdhry years’ that they “constitute a
saga of bad or poor management, dereliction of duty, total lack of
governance, greed, breach of rules and law, gross negligence and
possibly criminal acts cascading down from the very top of AIBA’s former
administration.” Could be the description of some countries I could
Other heads it seems are also on the chopping block. One is Chowdry’s
pal, auditor Akhtar Syed, also of Pakistan. The AIBA auditor since 1986,
he couldn’t present the latest financial report because “he had lost his
baggage” en-route. Well, maybe better than “the dog ate my homework”,
but not much.
Not named was another crook who is an assistant to the “business
commission” and used his AIBA credit card to loose US$57,059, mostly on
Second-in-command, general secretary Caner Doganeli of Turkey, put in
for inappropriate expense claims, according to the report compiled by
the federation’s ethics commission. The International Olympic Committee
has held up more than US$1.1 million from the 2004 Olympics. With the
reforms to this point, $700,000 of that money has now been released. IOC
President Jacques Rogge issued a statement to the AIBA that “The IOC
will always be by your side.” Hate to mention this but the IOC has got a
few skeletons in their closet also.
From a source inside the camp of Humberto Soto it was learned that
promoter Bob Arum has given Soto’s manager Nacho Huizar two proposed
fights and dates. Juan Manuel Marquez on September 15 or Manny Pacquiao
on October 6.
The website www.boxin grecords.com tells a different story however. They
have Juan Manuel Marquez facing Jorge Rodrigo Barrios on September 15,
defending the WBC super-feather title that he won from Marco Antonio
Barrera in March. The same website has Soto and Pacquiao on October 6 at
the GM Place in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Bet someone’s right. Maybe.
As with all things Bob “I was lying yesterday but today I’m telling the
truth” Arum, the only truth he was telling was the date. On October 6,
2007, Manny Pacquiao will fight against Marco Antonio Barrera. Barrera
is promoted by Arum’s arch-rival Oscar De La Hoya. Huh? Yep, this
arrangement follows an agreement that forces Arum and Golden Boy to work
together promoting Pacquiao. The ruling came from the court appointed
arbitrator. Left out in the cold is Humberto Soto (again)!
With the first Saturday of the month comes a couple of what might be
good box fights. Of course in Thailand that’s Sunday and that’s as it
At The Koln Arena in Germany, IBF (I be fixin) heavyweight champ
Wladimir Klitschko (48-3) defends against Lamon “Lemon” Brewster (33-3)
in a case of “de-ja-vu”. The two fought in 2004 with Brewster getting a
5th round KO. Since that loss Klitschko has 6 wins on the trot,
including winning the IBF title from Chris Byrd. Brewster defended the
WBO title three times before losing to Serguei Lyankhovich last out in
April of 2006.
My Dad use to say, “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear”. Dad
may have been wrong because trainer Emanual Stewart has actually built
Klitschko into a decent fighter. This one may get ugly early and stay
that way. Get up early on Sunday for this one? You’re kidding.
The IBF flyweight title fight from the Harbour Yard Arena in Bridgeport,
Connecticut will be a heck of a lot more entertaining. Armenian Vic
Darchinyan (28-0), who fights out of Sydney, is as exciting a fighter as
there is in the world today. Last time out Darchinyan sent Victor Burgos
to the hospital where he stayed for over a month. Of his 28 wins, 22
have come via knockout and 9 of his last 10. The only man not to exit
via a KO is Glenn Donaire whose brother Nonito will be Sunday’s victim.
This one will be a ‘Pier 9er’.
It had to happen sometime and last week was that time. The scheduled
fight between IBF mandatory challenger Dmitriy Kirillov and TBA for the
vacant IBF 115-pound world super flyweight belt was finally cancelled.
What does that tell you about the IBF? Hell, even their fights against
‘To Be Announced’ get cancelled. Boxing, you gotta luv it.
“Your Lordship, did you know that many Hatton fans cancelled the trip
across the pond because Wayne Rooney of Manchester United carried
Hatton’s belt into the ring.”
You’re kidding me Jeeves. A Hatton fan would be so petty as to cancel a
trip to Las Vegas and a Hatton fight just because Man U’s star player
carried Hatton’s belt into the ring?
“Well we are British you know. Lager, cigars and music at the ready Your