It’s a clean sweep for Kenya at 13th Pattaya Marathon
Joel Kiplimo Kemboi of Kenya crosses the finish
line to win the 13th Pattaya Marathon.
Sitthichai takes stage three of Thailand Mountain Bike Championships
Story & photos by Ariyawant Nuamsawat
Sitthichai Katekaewmanee, a silver medallist at the Asian Championships and
a six-time Thailand champion, took revenge over his younger compatriot
Thanaphol Charupheng to win the downhill mountain bike title at Koh Larn,
Saturday, July 7, and capture the third leg of the Thailand Mountain Bike
Championships for 2007.
Katekaewmanee was the stage 3 winner of the Thailand Mountain Bike
The event marked the first time the championships had been held on Koh Larn
and drew a class field of over 300 competitors, including members of the
Thai 24th SEA Games team.
The competition on the day was separated into two distinct categories: an
individual Mountain Bike event and the classic Downhill, and was further
split into male and female classifications.
The Downhill race featured a group of 65 riders that included the likes of
Katekaewmanee and Charupheng, a former youth gold medallist at the Khun Dee
Games, and all eyes were on these two as Katekaewmanee looked to avenge an
earlier defeat to his young rival during the second stage of the
championships in Lopburi.
Larn was staging its first national championship event and provided a tough
test for the riders.
On this occasion it would be a case of age winning out over youthful
enthusiasm, as Katekaewmanee powered across the finish line in a time of
2:00:28 minutes to finish in first place ahead of Tinphop Riyapaan (2.01.23)
in second, and his main rival Thanphol Charupheng (2.01.23) finishing third.
In the Women’s category, Usanee Pradapchart was the class act on the day,
winning in a time of 2:19.49 minutes; second was Sattayanan Abdulkaree
(2:21.03) and in third place came Taksaphorn Khawsuwan (2:30.71).
Whilst this inaugural staging of the national championships at Koh Larn
proved to be very popular with most of the riders, there were one or two
dissenting voices. Several members of the Thai SEA Games team were struck
down with sea-sickness on the way across in the morning and were unable to
perform to there usual standard. Better stick to dry land next time boys and
Also, in the build-up to the 24th SEA Games later in the year, another
cycling event was held over the same weekend in Pattaya at the Bhira Race
Circuit. An inline race over 96km was staged with the full Thailand SEA
Games team turning out and crowd favourite Narudee Chaphuukham, the World
Cup Champion, kept his fans happy with an impressive win in a time of
2.33.28 hrs. In second place was Chanpheng Nonthasin (2.33.28) and taking
the last spot in the podium was Thasanee Vichana with a time of 2.33.28 hrs.
Stages four & five of the Thailand MTB Championships will be held in Korat,
September 28-30 and Ubon, November 9-11 with the HM Crown Prince
Vachiralongkhorn Cup to be presented to the overall winner.
A field of over 300
competitors set out to do battle.
Practice makes perfect for Rick
PSC golf from The Café Kronborg
Monday, July 9, Burapha, Stableford
The pristine Burapha A&B layouts were host to a stableford competition held
under very pleasant conditions, and with the additional benefit of a Monday
Sports Day, it was also very good value.
Evans was a triple winner for the week.
Rick Evans took the win with a fine 38 points, Dane, Karsten Kristinsen, was
second with 36 points, Hugh O’Donnell was third with 33 points and Dave
Richardson was fourth with 32 points.
Thursday, July 12, Phoenix, Stableford
The good news for the day was that we were to play this fine
course and not only that, we were to play Mountain and Ocean, most peoples
The bad news was that Rick Evans has stopped drinking, started to practice
more and had won the first two competitions of the week, and despite a
handicap adjustment was favourite on the day. So could he be stopped?
This course is nice and close to Pattaya and the best direction up Sukhumvit
at present, so that automatically starts the day well. It was a quick
book-in and out to the first tee.
Golf courses do not get much more picturesque than this one, with fine views
all the way around. Also on the day the course was in really good condition,
with well grassed fairways and fast tricky greens. However it’s a tough test
of golf these days as Phoenix continues to mature, and the wind blows.
Sat in the restaurant we awaited the results. In the B Flight, 18 up, the
winner was Hugh O’Donnell with 34 points ahead of Mark Brenton with 31
points in second on count back over Arthur Bailey in third.
Now to the A Flight, 0 to 17, and Rick Evans completed a triple for the week
when he won with 39 points. Second was a count back where Don Richardson
beat Derek Brook into third, both with 34 points. The scores show just how
tough this course is becoming.
Les “The Rat” gets the “Dog”
PSC golf from the Bowling Green
Tuesday July 10, Phoenix, Stableford
1st Tewin Lamthong (17) 42pts
2nd Amphan North (19) 37pts
3rd Fergus Brennan (11) 36pts c/b
4th Brian Rideout (30) 36pts
Near Pins: Steve Hamstead, Fergus Brennan and Amphan North
2’s: Fergus Brennan
Thursday, July 12, Crystal Bay, Stableford
1st Fergus Brennan (11) 42pts
2nd Alan Laurie (16) hc 38pts c/b
3rd William Chang (32) 38pts c/b
4th Chaten Patel (16) 38pts c/b
5th Paul Sharples (14) 38pts
Near Pins: Tewin Lamthong, Michael Brett, Fergus Brennan and William
2’s: William Chang and Paul Sharples
Saturday, July 14, Emerald, Stableford
1st Les Burns (33) 38pts
2nd Walter Baechli (13) 36ptsc/b
3rd Michael Brett (18) 36pts
4th Tom Breslin (19) 34pts c/b
5th Alan Laurie (16) 34pts
Near Pins: Barry Rothberg and Michael Brett
Les Burns “The Rat”, nicknamed from his running exploits with the “Swamp
Rats”, had a convincing thirty-eight point win on Saturday at Emerald.
The story of the week has to be that of “The Rat” getting the “Dog” on his
way to victory.
prize-winners: Walter Baechli, Les Burns and Michael Brett.
Les was seen to seek assistance from his caddy at the 17th hole about what
direction he should take for his third shot. The caddy, on spotting a dog
sitting up on the rise, indicated that this should be his target. Les, not
ever believing that at any time was the dog in danger, took his stroke only
to see the shot go in to a high looping arc and land but inches from the
dog, who as you can imagine was somewhat surprised to be used for target
practice and promptly got up and ran off never to be seen again.
Fergus Brennan and Tewin Lamthong tried to make it ‘family affair part 2’
this week: a win for Tewin at Pheonix on Tuesday was followed by a win for
Fergus on Thursday at Crystal Bay. But Les put a stop to a clean sweep for
the week on Saturday.
Tuesday’s visit to Phoenix on the Mountain and Ocean courses was to be a
‘Ladies Day’ with Tewin taking first spot with 42 points and followed in
second place by Amphan North with 37 points. Fergus held the honours for the
men with a 36-point count back victory over Brian Rideout for third place.
Visiting Crystal Bay on Thursday, the golfers could be forgiven they
returned to a local church rather than the clubhouse: “Ring a ding, ding.”
The bell was to be rung on two occasions by both Fergus and Bob Sharples.
Fergus took a good 42-point win but all the other places down to fifth were
decided on count back with all players achieving 38 points. Four players
took the near pins and another name in the 2’s. Nice to see proceeds shared
Saturday was to be an all male affair and saw a return to form and a
thirty-eight pointer from Les Burns, who readers may recollect achieved a
magic fifty points some weeks ago. After this achievement he admits to have
struggled over the past weeks to get his form back. Welcome back Les.
Our après golfer Walter Baechli took second spot with thirty-six on count
back from Michael Brett (who was seen taking some serious practice along
with other golfers from the club at the Diana range on Friday including
yours truly). Believe me I needed it. I was last man in on Saturday at
Emerald again but this time with thirteen points having laid my bogey two at
my last visit to rest.
Emerald on the day had what was described by many regular golfers present as
the hardest pin placements ever seen on visits to the course. The person who
placed them must have had a masochistic streak in him. This resulted in
their being no 2’s and a lot of three and four putts showing up in the
Reminder - If anyone is interested in golfing with the Bowling Green we play
every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. We meet at Bowling Green at 7:45am and
new players are always made to feel welcome. Call Tewin on 086 056 7019 or
the Bowling Green on 038-720741.
Gerry sets down a marker for monthly title
PSC golf from The Bunker
Monday, July 9, Crystal Bay, Medal
Monday saw the Bunker Boys play a Medal competition at Crystal
Bay. We had a close finish here with Mashi Kaneta claiming third place with
a one-over par net 73, but nothing could separate Gerry Cooney and Geoff
Parker who shared first place with a one-under par net 71.
Paul Smith took two of the near pin prizes the other two going to Mashi
Kaneta and Eddie Martin.
Wednesday, July 11, Pattana, Stableford
Picturesque Pattana was the venue for a Stableford competition on
Wednesday and a lot of golfers took advantage of a trip to this beautiful
course, making it necessary to split the field into two flights.
With the cut set at handicap 16 and under and playing the A and C courses,
Mick Ramshaw scored 34 points to take third place in the B Flight and Brian
Walker and Carl Lovatt shared first prize with 37 points apiece.
John King and Mashi Kaneta shared third place in the A Flight with 33 points
each, in second place came Tony Robbins with 35 points, but the winner was
Gerry Cooney who won with 36 points.
Near pin prizes were shared between William Macey and Mashi Kaneta with Bob
Rasmussen getting the other two.
Friday, July 13,Green Valley,Medal
Gerry Cooney won the second Medal comp of the week at Green
Valley on Friday to put himself into an early lead for the golfer of the
month title. His one-under par net 71 was two better than Brian Walker’s net
73, and with a host of golfers finishing on net 77 Mashi Kaneta claimed
third spot after a count back.
Near pins went to Bryan Rought, Gerry Cooney and John King.
Barry on top at tough Bangpra
PSC golf from PJ Pool Bar
Thursday’s winners with a
PJPB staffer: (L-R) Tony Walsh, Paul Smylie, Ian Campbell and Wayne
Tuesday, July 10, Bangpra,
Zooming over the new flyover on route 3 at the Laem Chabang
Port entrance, our group of nine was able to arrive more swiftly at
Bangpra golf course, which was as usual in good condition.
The large, fast and undulating greens offer a tough test of a golfer’s
putting skills. The water hazards were nearly full to the brim and
happily were not replenished during our round.
The average score of 27 points reflects the degree of difficulty and
Jimmy Bok was heard to mutter that he suffered the ignominious four-putt
on more than one occasion. Happily Jimmy was able to shed his
frustrations over a cold beer at a Paradise Bar pit-stop on the way back
Barry Quirk continued his good form in coming first off his handicap of
15. Journeyman Jeff Wylie came in second carding 34 points off his
handicap of 8.
Overcoming his total confusion at not finding a near-pin marker to beat
on the first short hole, Jeff Wylie snapped up two near-pins, modestly
leaving the other two for Ian Campbell and Yves Philibert.
Thursday, July 12, The Emerald, Stableford
1st Wayne Farrell (11) 34pts c/b
2nd Tony Walsh (12) 34pts c/b
3rd Don Parmeter (13) 34pts
4th Jeff Wylie (8) 32pts
1st Ian Campbell (26) 35pts
2nd Paul Smylie ((25) 34pts
3rd Steve Black (27) 33pts
4th Jim Smith (24) 30pts
Near Pins: Ian Campbell, Jim Smith, Jim Fortune, ‘Bluey’.
Long Putt: Tony Walsh.
2’s: Barry Quirk, Yves Philibert.
It was a warm welcome to the large contingent of visiting Aussie golfers
who joined us for our visit to The Emerald on Thursday. Swelled to a
field of 26 players, the average stableford score for the competition
As lush as its name implies The Emerald is being kept in excellent trim
by its greens staff during this wet season although it is difficult to
vision the 2nd hole at Emerald if the coconut palms protecting the green
The Emerald’s degree of difficulty, especially around the greens, was
demonstrated by the usually unflappable Ed Horrock’s club busting war
dance on the 5th tee box. However, Ed’s karma was soon restored with a
cool stiffener at a Flutterby Bar pit-stop on the return journey to
Note: If any golfers would like to play with our group please
visit P J Pool Bar & Restaurant on Soi Watboonsamphan (Soi Kanoi) or
phone Neil on 089 511 0575.
Bob has double cause for celebration at Khao Kheow
Jomtien golf with the I.P.G.C.
Monday, July 9,
Khao Kheow, Stableford
With a depleted field of 19 players there was a quadruple rollover in the
two’s for the division 2 boys today and Bob Lathwell, in his first game for
some time after his return from the UK, was laughing all the way to the bank
at the presentation for his birdie on C3. Bob Martin and Dave Richards
shared the prize in div 1.
With less than twenty players there are only two prizes in each division to
be won in the stableford competition and in the second tier Russell Benson
came in second with 33 points whilst Bob Lathwell’s 39 easily won the
In the premier flight, Chris Holme’s 36 points was two clear of Lee Buil’s
tally in second place.
Nearest the pin bottles went to Dave Richards, Grenville Hill, Bob Lathwell
and Miss Nom.
Wednesday, July 11,
With a similar field to Monday, there were surprisingly no
birdies today on the par threes in either division so a rollover awaited us
at Plutaluang on Monday.
There were some very close scores today in both divisions in the stableford
competition with Dave Richards just pipping Mikael Andersson with 37 points,
with Mikael just one point behind. There were two 37-pointers in division
two with Bernie Sinclair just beating Jim Lane on a back nine count back of
19/18, his first ever count back win since he joined us.
Only three bottle winners today, Mikael, Bob Martin and Ted Morris.
Friday, July 13,
Eastern Star, Stableford
Our last visit for some time with the greens in the condition
they are, and a straightforward single division competition was held.
Three people finishing with 32 points all hoped to take the top podium
position so a count back ensued. With her first ever score of over 30 points
the ever-improving Miss Thong came third with 16 on the back nine. Well done
to her. Miss Nom’s 17 took second place while Russell Benson won with a back
nine score of 19.
Our next extravaganza day has been arranged for Monday July 30 at the
Emerald where we will be holding a two-person stableford multiplier game
with a free buffet for players and partners afterwards back at Paweenas.
Jomtien Golf meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Paweenas on Soi 5,
Jomtien beach Rd. Please sign up in the bar or ring Glyn on 086 837 5464.
Rick tames ‘the beast’
PSC golf from Tropical Berts
Tuesday’s winners back at
Tuesday, July 10, Khao Kheow, Stableford
Those who play this course often know it can be a real
monster. They know it does not forgive a bad shot, and several bad shots
can lead to a total disintegration of a player’s game. Come off a
completed round here with a score that is somewhere near your handicap
and you can say you have had a really good day.
The players usually play off the yellow tees, and at about 6,500 yards
it is a severe test of golf. I remember we once had an Australian team
stop on the way back from the UK after winning a major team
championship, telling me they didn’t want to play off the yellows, and
could they play off the blues as it was more their standard. “Of course”
says I, and of course Khao Kheow destroyed them, as I knew it would.
We, the lesser mortals from Bert’s, set off to play the C & A Nines, in
that order, and it has to be said that the C Nine in particular was in
bad condition for this course. The greens were slow; there was much work
going on and the bunkers were generally not raked. The A Nine was a lot
better and as we played it second, it tended to blunt some of the
memories of the C Nine.
Back at Bert’s we awaited the results, and of course I knew that the
person I played with had had a great day, only messing up the last hole.
It is always nice to see a single handicapper playing well. Do not
forget that according to my recollections, only about 1 in 25, or less,
beats their handicap. On this day we had two.
So to the winner, and with a fine 40 points coming in first was Rick
Evans. Rick will be happy to get back to being a 6-handicapper. In
second place was Bill Knight also with a fine 38 points. Then it was
back to normal as Anders Pederson came in third with 35 points and in a
three-way count back for fourth, Perry McNeely beat Bernie Seagrave and
Gareth Weeks, all on 31 points.
Near Pins: Mick O’Meara, Rick Evans, Dick Warberg, Rick Evans
Long Put: Bill Knight, Perry McNeely
Harry & Ya celebrate in style
IPGC golf from The Caddy Shack
Tuesday, July 10, Green Valley,
This was a special day at Green Valley with a 4-person scramble event being
held to celebrate the 5th wedding anniversary of Harry and Saranya Riley.
and his wife Saranya (left & center) celebrate their 5th wedding anniversary
with teammate for the day, Mikael Andersson.
Altogether 52 players formed up into 13 teams and thanks to the staff and
starters we checked in and teed off without a hitch. The weather was perfect
and as always in this format, tactics were all important.
The scores were very close and in third place came the team of Phil
Mitchell, Paul Smith, Emmet White and Roy Mitchell with 61.3. The Flowerpot
Men of Bill Hewitt, Ben Findon, Jack Moseley and Terry Phur came second on
60.8, but the team of the day just had to be Ya and The Gay Faders which
included Harry and Ya Riley, Mikael Andersson and Dave Stockman, who between
them fired 13 birdies and 5 pars to come home with a score of 55.4.
Harry and Ya generously sponsored the ‘Near Pins’, which were claimed by
Phil Mitchell, Peter White, Paul Smith and Bill Hewitt. The ‘Long Drive’ was
won by Paul Smith and two ‘Long Putt’ prizes were won by Roy Mitchell and
The Caddy Shack sponsored the ‘Nearest the Keg’ competition which was won by
Paul Smith. The Lucky Draw contained hats and 16 shirts from San Miguel and
John Smiths brewers and Green Valley also donated 8 Green Fees for St.
Andrews and Green Valley.
Following the presentation there was a superb feast laid on back at the
Caddy Shack and the party kicked off with Harry presenting Ya with a special
anniversary gift, who then promptly rang the bell to great applause from all
This was definitely one of the best days of golf for a long time and once
again we say congratulations to Harry & Ya and look forward to their sixth
anniversary next year.
Friday, July 13, Burapha, Stableford
Friday 13 turned out to be no nightmare for the players at
Burapha when playing a stableford comp over the A & B courses. The
conditions were perfect and good scores were expected.
Play was off the white tees and in third place came Brian Jacks on 38
points, whilst tying for first were Graham Lemmon and Alistair Templeton who
both returned 39-point tallies. Alistair held out best over the back nine to
just squeeze Graham into second on count back.
There were a couple of 2’s recorded by Ian Rippey and Bev Ewens and Alistair
celebrated his first ever win with the Caddy Shack with a much appreciated
bell ring back at the bar.
Dynamic duo strike again
Phoenix Members Golf Group
Wednesday’s winners: Bob &
Mayo Deane with Jeff Cargill and Terry O’Conner.
Wednesday, July 11, 2-Ball Better Ball
Off we went on the Mountain and Ocean course for a monthly pairs
competition with a fair breeze blowing to keep us all cool. The course was
very quiet today and we had the whole thing to ourselves.
As we approached the first of the par 3s however, the heavens opened and
delayed play for about 20 minutes but then everything settled down and a
wonderful day was had by all.
Considering the format was 2-ball better ball the scores were not so good,
except for our winning team of that husband and wife duo, Bob and Mayo
Deane, who returned a net 66 to win by a mile.
In second place came Jeff Cargill and Terry O’Conner with a nett 69 and in
third place, beating many others with the same score of net 70 was the
pairing of Uli Leuenberger and Noi Jenvuthida.
Technical prizes went to Jack Spencer, Ray Pearson, Stephen Hoge, and Jeff
Sunday, July 15, Stableford
Our Sunday captain Ben Hogstrom is now back full time and in
control of the registration, and with a field of 15 players this week things
turned out nice and simple for him.
So it was off to the Mountain and Ocean course once again, and it has to be
said this layout is getting better by the day. It also has to be said that
it seems to be getting harder (or is it me getting worse as a player?)
Anyway, it was Mickey Mouse handicap day and we would expect some good
scores in (especially from the ones who haven’t won for some time).
None of it today - the winner, with a modest score of 39 points, was the
lovely Louise Roe. Second with 38 points was ‘Mr. Nice Guy’ Alataire Aitken,
and third was in-form and winner on Wednesday Bob Deane, sporting his new
swimming hat hairstyle.
Technicals were gobbled up by Mayo Deane and Alastaire Aitken with 2 each.
With the results in it was a sad farewell to Ray Pearson and his lovely lady
Louise Roe who had to rush off to the airport for their journey back to cold
U.K. Hopefully they will be back later in the year.
Note: July 25 will be the Monthly Mug stroke play event from the back
tees. Please sign up early for this one.
French Polish at Plutaluang
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at the OK Corral
Sunday July 8, the Pattaya Golf Society travelled from
the OK Corral to Plutaluang to play a stableford event over the testing
North and West nines on a course which was in good condition with top
The usual Sunday single flight had attracted some “new” players as well as
the usual comrades and the day was set fair for some good golf.
Sharing fourth place were Paul Quodomine and David Thomas and both were
surprised, even a touch embarrassed, to fine that their 31 point scores had
won them some cash. In third place came Tony Kitchen, suffering from a
mystery infection, and his 32 points were bravely achieved under stressful
The top two places were held down by two Gallic golfers, Gilles Akoum and
Jean Morel, the former taking second place with 34 points and the latter, a
former French chef, had all the right ingredients for the win with a score
of 35 points.
Ian McLaghlan and Chris Walsh shared the 2’s pot and the Booby Bevy went as
consolation to Len Jones who was forced to sit the day out supervising
repairs after Thursday night’s storm had brought a coconut tree crashing
down on his house. Once in a while there is something even more important
K.I.S.S. at Khao Kheow
The Pattaya Golf Society visited Khao Kheow on Tuesday, July 10,
to play a medal round over the “C” and “A” nines, and for many of the older
heads the course was tougher than it had ever been.
The course was nicely presented but set up as if for a tour event, with the
yellow tees well back, the bunkers atrociously unraked and the greens
inconsistent. In addition the wind was up and the tight Bermuda rough was
almost unplayable. Some task lay ahead and only the straightest of hitters
would take any joy from the day.
“Keep it Straight, Stupid!” was uppermost in players’ minds as they teed
off. Being a monthly Order of Merit event there was just one flight and in
third place was the indomitable Japanese golfer Masashi Iizumi whose net 76
was a fine reward for his accuracy. In second place was Kiwi David Thomas
whose gross 83 was the day’s best, giving him net 76. It was an incredible
round as he had lost his entire handicap allowance after the third hole,
with a horrendous double-double-triple bogey start.
The day’s winner was lady golfer Mod Churaiska, and whilst saying the course
was easier off the red tees, it does not detract from the accuracy of her
There were no other winners on the day, there being no birdie 2’s, and the
Booby Bevy went inevitably to Ian Hart for a round he would sooner forget.
Jeez, Khao Kheow was tough!
Same names, different course
Thursday, July 12, the Pattaya Golf Society found itself at
Crystal Bay to play a stableford event over the “C” and “A” nines on a
cloudy and very windy day. It would be the second successive round that week
when players had to contend with the elements and accuracy would be
Unsurprisingly the same three top players who had impressed at Khao Kheow
two days previously repeated the show on a vastly improved track, and there
was a very strong smell of “deja vu” about the round.
Sharing second place were David Thomas and Mod Churaiska, joined this time
by Bill Hewitt, all on respectable scores of 35 points. The winner was
Masashi Iizumi, a revelation on this trip, and his 38 point total was by far
the best round of the day.
A touch of spice was added to the day’s proceedings as the double rolled
over 2’s pot was finally won by Bill Hewitt and Joop Medze, both achieving
the feat on the attractive signature par three hole, “A” 8.
The Booby Bevy went to an embarrassed David Thomas who accepted a penalty
for moving the ball with his practice swing and the subsequent error cost
him second place outright, and maybe even the win.
It goes to show that all golfers, good, poor or indifferent, all make
mistakes. It is what makes the game such a fascination.
The Keith family rules
IPGC golf from The Haven
Monday, July 9, Bangpra, Stableford
1st La Keith 38pts
2nd Simon Spaulding 37pts
3rd Graham Davis 34pts
4th Takeshi Hakozaki 33pts c/b
5th Chris Knapp 33pts
Simon Spaulding must have been a little disappointed to not find himself at
the top of the prize-winner’s list as he once again produced an excellent
round of gross 74. This can be added to several other recent rounds of the
same score or lower as his superb form on the local venues continues.
Alas for Simon on this day it was not to be as La Keith, who is also
producing a good run of form of late that started with the Independence Day
win last week, came in with a two-under total that was just good enough to
take the top honours.
Graham Davis was the closest to the two front-runners with a very useful
sub-eighty round as usual, and he claimed third place ahead of Takeshi
Hakozaki and Chris Knapp, who both had to be separated by count back with
Takeshi getting the nod after Chris slumped over the last three.
There were no 2’s in the first division and La Keith had the only one in the
second division to sweep a pool that included two rollovers, and make it an
almost perfect day for her.
Before presenting the prizes “The Doc” welcomed new member Nigel Thompson
and also welcomed back Simon Spaulding, Tracey Brown, Peter Aitcheson and
Wednesday, July 11, Greenwood, Stableford
1st Al Keith 37pts c/b
2nd Tony Barritt 37
3rd Paul Hartley 36 c/b
4th Yasuo Suzuki 36
With the journey now seemingly getting easier every time, the trip to
Greenwood was again a most pleasant day out. This is one of the
best-conditioned courses in the area and, at one of the most reasonable
green fees available, it will surely figure regularly on the schedule in the
Once again it was a member of the Keith family who took top honours, this
time the head (or so he says) with a solid gross 76 which netted him 37
points and a very good gross level par on the back nine that proved good
enough to keep Tony Barritt off the highest step of the podium.
Paul Hartley made a good return to form with a very steady handicap equaling
round to secure third place after a very one-sided count back.
Yasuo Suzuki, having thrown out the anchor in a big way after a stunning 22
points on the front nine, still managed to take the last spot on the podium
after the count back.
Al Keith had the only ‘2’ in the first division while there were none in the
Back at The Haven “The Doc” welcomed back Gary Bingham.
Friday, July 13, The Emerald, Stableford
1st Trevor Schirmer 38pts
2nd Brian Kelly 37pts
3rd Graham Davis 36pts c/b
4th Yasuo Suzuki 36pts
It was almost a relief for the field when they discovered that none of the
Keith family were amongst the days contestants and that their run of
successes was sure to end with someone else having a chance of winning.
That person turned out to be Trevor Schirmer, who had not been troubling the
scorers of late whilst he recovered from a couple of rounds with the
“Putting Master.” But even with the disadvantage of a “Princess Di” on the
last hole, Trevor had already performed well enough earlier to take the
He led Brian Kelly by one as the latter returned to some form after a slight
hiatus from the prize winner’s circle.
Graham Davis made it twice in a row for Yasuo Suzuki as he just edged him
out in the count back for third place to leave Yasuo again regretting the
early deployment of the anchor.
Graham Davis achieved the only ‘2’ in the first division whilst once again
there were none in the second division.
Prior to the presentation Tom McCarthy was welcomed back by “The Doc”.
Kevin gives the ‘old’ kids a lesson
PSC golf from The Three Sisters Bar
Mid-year and the golf is heating up. On July 3rd there were three golfers
vying for the title; all were tied at 37 points apiece for a photo finish.
Nosing to the lead with the best back nine was Bill Gibson playing in the
Kenny Mau and Bob Benda were already sipping the suds at Caddyshack Two
thinking that one of them had won. They were disappointed as Bill Gibson and
his group stopped by and dropped off their cards.
July 10 saw the man from the USA in for his vacation whipping the ‘old’ kids
on the block. Kevin Worl, taking a break from his work, shot 40 points to
win the day. Coming in a close second was Big Bill Key with 39 points. The
rest of the guys faded in the distance.
Patrick Regan is
presented the Medal
IPGC golf from Lewiinski’s
Sunday, July 8, Green Valley – White
Tees, Monthly Medal
1st Pat Regan (11) net 69
2nd Dave Stockman (6) net 70
3rd Simon Spaulding (3) net 71
1st Nate Welchert (13) net 71
2nd John Hillier (14) net 72
3rd Larry Richard (14) net 74
1st Noy Pimmoen (29) net 74
2nd Mark Reid (19) net 76
3rd Ian Halfpenny (17) net 76
Near Pins: #2: Jack Spencer; #9: Tracey Brown, #12: Bruce Milner;
#16: An Kaesavane
2’s: Simon Spaulding, Mark Woods, Chris Davisson, Jack Spencer,
Jeremy Masse, Ian Grout, Seamus Cotter, Ray Dell, An Kaesavane.
Non-counting 2: Nok Somporn
After overcoming confusion at several levels, Pat Regan emerged the July
Monthly Medal winner. Pat’s net 69 was one clear of A Flight mate, Dave
Stockton, and two ahead of the triumvirate of Simon Spaulding, Wacko Jacko
and Dudley Dooright (as well as the B Flight winner).
Just a word to the Society, some of the confusion could have been eliminated
if the Marker had added correctly, the Player had signed for the correct
score and if the Player had consulted the starting sheet, or handicap sheet,
to see if his/her handicap had changed. It has oft been said in the decadent
depths of the bars in Pattaya, that golf organizers are protracting the
awards presentation to sell more libations. In actuality, the delay is
typically caused by the need to unravel, on a field wide level, what could
have been sorted and corrected at the individual and/or four-ball level. No
umbrage taken, but we are all in this together and everyone’s assistance is
needed and appreciated.
The aforementioned B Flight winner who was two adrift was none other than
that Soldier of Fortune, Nate Welchert. Nate edged Nice Guy Johnny by one
and Larry Richard (or was it Richard Larry?) and John Heaney by two. With
Irishman Pat sitting atop the lot, there was no luck left for John as he
lost the count back for B Flight third to Larry.
Noy is starting to improve again, given a little more play, and it showed in
her C Flight winning effort. Noy’s net 74 was two better than the three pack
of Mark Reid, Ian 1/2penny and visitor Paul Kelly. When the loot was divvied
up Mark’s pockets were pretty full, Ian’s were OK and Paul’s were empty.
Tuesday, July 10, Laem Chabang A & C – Blue or White Tees,
1st Tracey Brown (6) 45pts
2nd Stuart Rocchi (6) 35pts
1st Place Kris Kritsanajootha (9) 41pts
2nd Bill Broschart (15) 40pts
3rd Colin Davis (14) 39pts
2’s: Blues: Tracey Brown (2), Mossy Quaid. Whites: Colin Davis
Non-counting 2: Tom Breslin
The Society set out on a silent tribute to this Scribe’s birthday. Tracey
Brown emasculated the field with a gross 72 off the whites (ladies’ Blues),
a score that was to lower her handicap by three strokes. She was followed in
the bomber flight by visitor Stuart Rocchi.
Kris Krits is showing that he is good enough to mix work and golf as his 41
points topped the White Flight and Billy Broschart by one point. The Donkey
came a quiet third with 39 points.
Wednesday, July 11, Crystal Bay A & C – White Tees,
1st Simon Spaulding (3) 42pts
2nd Takeshi Hakosaki (11) 38pts
2’s: Simon Spaulding, Glen Perkinson, Ian Grout
Well, while Tracey (a/k/a Mrs. Brown-Spaulding) followed last week’s title
slot with a scintillating Tuesday, her co-title holder, and old man, did his
thing on this Wednesday. Simon shot gross 69 to top out the day’s single
flight by three points. Hakosaki-san came second with 38 points.
Friday, July 13, Green Valley –
White Tees, Stableford
1st Seamus Cotter (14) 37pts
2nd Ray Dell (16) 33pts
1st Geoff Doody (21) 38pts
2nd Charles Sheppard (17) 34pts
2’s: Jim Seamus Cotter, Rick Zanoni, Steve Mascari, Mike Craighead,
The MoM was Geoff Doody whose B Flight winning 34 points were four clear of
Charles. Irishman Seamus Cotter topped out the premier flight with 37
points, four clear of The Farmer in The…
The Square Ring: by Howie Reed
“From the calls and e-mails that the Square Ring has
received Your Lordship, it appears that your brief one week absence was
Well yes Jeeves, you did a fine job but I must take you to task for
calling dethroned IBF/IBO champion Vic Darchinyan a “right prat”. That
was very unkind of you.
You did however have a good point, although obliquely stated, that the
new champion Nonito Donaire seemed like the kind of person who can
become a star. Real stars are always humble and allow their talent to
speak louder than words. Here’s what the new champ had to say post
“I came in here as an underdog. Nobody believed in me but I did it. I
said yesterday that one punch can make a difference between me and him.
I think the key for me in tonight’s fight was every time Darchinyan
threw and landed, I punched back and that got him thinking. It took the
bully out of him. He has heavy hands but my brother told me he’s not as
tough as he thinks he is. I shut him up and he still wouldn’t admit in
the ring after the fight that I beat him.”
Donaire is correct. Darchinyan said in reply, “I’m very disappointed. He
caught me with a very good shot. I’ll be back. I definitely want a
rematch. I was trying to load up too much.”
Darchinyan always tries to load up. That’s his style (or lack of same).
He also said, “I weigh too much.” His plan? Move up one weight class.
The winner Nonito Donaire, Filipino born but now living in San Leandro,
California, wants to unify the flyweight division with a fight against
long-running WBC champ Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, who has a record of 65-2
with 17 straight title defenses.
Be a great fight but there is a problem. As some may remember, the
Filipino boxing organization has banned its boxers from fighting in
Thailand. With the WBC convention being held in Manila this November,
wouldn’t a unification fight at the convention be a hit? Yes, but don’t
count on your Teelock before the money changes hands. That’s part of the
“no money no honey rule”.
Jeeves was a lot kinder last week to Wladimir Klitschko after his win
over “Lemon” Brewster than your regular correspondent would have been.
Brewster did absolutely nothing in an attempt to win the much-valued IBF
(“I Be Fixin”) and IBO (I Be Ordinary”) heavyweight title. His
performance was a disgrace.
Brother Vitali said, “Wladimir proved that three years ago he lost to
Brewster due to an outside influence.” For those that don’t remember or
don’t give a rat’s posterior, Wladimir claimed when KO’d by Brewster
that “something was in my water.”
I once had a similar experience. When covering a fight at a local Injun
casino, old friend and sports broadcaster Barry Tompkins offered me a
bottle of water from the TV crew’s stash. I whipped off the top and took
a big swig that resulted in a terrible look of shock. “What the hell is
this?” I cried. “Howie that’s water. Guess you never tasted it without
scotch”, said Tompkins. He had me there.
In fact Klitschko lost the last time because he got hit - not with water
but punches. Maybe Brewster should have tried that approach this time.
Is Lemmon retiring now? Nope, just taking time off.
Ok, mea culpa time. As the ‘Lord of the Manor’ I was of the opinion that
Joe Calzaghe (43-0) would never fight Mikkel Kessler (39-0) in a super
middleweight title bout. I listed, with great care, all the reasons why
the fight didn’t make a lot of sense from an economic standpoint. The
biggest reason was Yank TV probably wouldn’t pony up the money that
promoter Warren would have wanted and deserved. Neither boxer would have
wanted to fight at 3am local time just to satisfy the greedy ‘lout-like’
Whoops, wrong. On November 3 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff,
Wales, Calzaghe and Kessler will get it on. British TV’s Setanta Sports
Network has come onboard to make it happen.
“At the moment we’re talking with American broadcasters, but the main
thing was to make the fight,” said promoter Frank Warren. “We don’t get
TV companies to get behind fights before they’re made, like happens in
the States, except in this instance we did need the British input and
that’s where Setanta has come in. What happens with the American
broadcast will be sorted out next week.”
The British press has gone “gaga” over the fight. It was reported that,
“16,000+ tickets were sold in first 12 hours for the proposed
(Calzaghe-Kessler) title fight. That’s 90% of the total sold for De La
What the heck is the relevance of the report? Is every bout in the world
going to be measured on how fast they sell tickets as compared to De La
Hoya-Mayweather jr? Get a life - or better yet, get a story that
actually means something.
There’s probably some clause in the Square Ring’s contract that says a
Bernard Hopkins (47-4-1) - Winky Wright (51-3-1) fight in Las Vegas
should be mentioned. The fight next Sunday has now duly been mentioned.
This bout is of absolutely no significance to the world of boxing with
about the only people that really care being the two boxing camps,
pay-per-view (which will tank) and High Roller gamblers lured to Las
Vegas. When one uses the term “High Roller gamblers” it means, “Yep, if
it’s free I’ll pay for it.”
Trying to find something to hype this ‘white elephant’ Wright has come
up with the startling observation that Hopkins is a ‘dirty fighter’.
“The way he uses his head. The way he hits you on the cup or hits you on
the leg. He’s just a dirty fighter point blank,” exclaimed Wright. “It’s
definitely things he does on purpose. He knows how to get away with it.
He’s been fighting so long he knows when the referee’s on the other side
and he hits you low. That’s how he fights and it’s always how he fought
so we’re going to be prepared for all of that.”
Next he’s going to reveal to an astonished world that “I love you all my
heart” doesn’t last once you’re out of sight.
Last Sunday (Thai time) was a day of upsets. On any given Sunday, ‘The
Contender’ Alfonso Gomez’s (17-3-2) upset of Arturo Gatti would be the
lead story. Not last week. Gomez, with only 8 KO’s, was given ‘no shot’
to defeat Gatti by the clown that types this column. Fact is the ‘Lord
of the Manor’ actually told a sportsbook person named Eddie at Lake
Tahoe just that, “Gomez has no shot.”
What happened was that Gomez administered such a beating to the “human
highlight reel” that he forced Gatti to declare his retirement from the
sport after the 7 round KO. That announcement was made just prior to
Gatti’s precautionary trip to the local hospital for a quick check up.
The really big upset of the day came when Paul Williams (33-0) laid a
decisive whipping on Antonio Margarito at the Home Depot Center in Los
Angeles. For some time Margarito has been hailed as the next
welterweight superstar by his many Mexican fans. Williams, even though
undefeated, was flying under the radar. Not anymore.
There is an old saying in boxing: “Work the body because when it goes,
the head goes with it.” That has always been the strategy of Margarito
and most Mexican boxers. Williams used a different approach by “working
the head and hoping that the body would go with it.” Williams won out,
scoring 115-113 from two judges and 116-112 from the other.
“I think the 12th round sealed the deal for me,” said Williams.
Was he nervous before the decision, seeing as Margarito was fighting in
front of his adopted home fans? Just a note in passing, “adopted home
fan” is the term now used in politically correct circles for illegal
aliens to the USA from Mexico.
“I wasn’t nervous at all about the decision,” said Williams. I think it
was a fair decision and I beat him in his hometown which means a lot.”
From Margarito we got the usual Mexican whine. “I think they told Paul
Williams that all he had to do was stay on his feet because I thought I
won the fight. He threw punches but most of them I caught with my
Two points of interest here: The first is that Margarito doesn’t get a
vote so what he thinks is irrelevant. Secondly, really tired of boxers
losing then blaming “stupid judges that don’t know what they’re doing.”
Blaming judges is my job.
Jeeves, last week the WBC was informed of Floyd Mayweather jr.s decision
to keep his WBC welterweight title while relinquishing the super-welter
title he won from Oscar De La Hoya. The WBC, leaping into action in a
single bound, issued a very serious press release: “In recognition of
Floyd’s career, the WBC is appointing him ‘emeritus champion’ in the
super welterweight division that turns him into an ambassador of the WBC
for the concord and the peace into the world.”
Not bad for someone that’s been in jail a couple of times, beats up
women and will end up on the garbage heap of life.
Yes Jeeves, I can now accept many lagers, cigars and some good country
Sports Club socialites have
swinging time at midsummer bash
PSC Summer Party 2007
Well, here we are again at the Town in Town Hotel where all the ‘rich
and famous’ of the Pattaya Sports Club meet up for our mid-season
The good thing about this gathering is that you get to see so many of
the people you play golf with all the year round. The reason being that
this party seems to be for the people who live here in Pattaya.
On this night the people flocked in, and a party that only a few weeks
before had seemed as if it would be under subscribed saw a last minute
rush and the place was packed, with all tickets sold.
The night was, as is usual of late, organised by the P.S.C. Social
Secretary, Doug Powell and his band of ‘Eager Beavers’. It is no easy
task to lay on this night, but as they say, a volunteer is worth ten
The function has been held at this hotel for some years now; they
provide fine facilities at a good rate. This year the buffet was
arranged around the pool area, outside, and a splendid spread it was
indeed. One good point of the buffet being here is that if the inside
area becomes too hot, the cool breeze around the pool is very welcome.
Many people like to eat their food out here.
Once the rush for the food had died down the business inside got
underway with the Social Secretary introducing the new President, Dennis
Willet, who then did what all presidents do and gave his address.
He started with the sad news that one of our ex-Presidents, Carl Engel,
had passed away recently and expressed his condolences to Carl’s family.
He then went on to introduce the new Committee, and followed this up
with the news that the A.G.M. had authorised three new ‘Life Members’:
These were Gerry Carpenter, who is an ex-President, John McAllen who has
run the Softball for many years, and Bernie Tuppin, who has been Charity
Chairman, and in some respects our face to the world for many years.
Then the important part of the night came up. Yes, you have it correct,
the ‘Lucky Draw’. Once the excitement of the draw was over, those who
were so inclined could dance to the music of the excellent band, while
those who didn’t feel like dancing could empty the bar of its beer, wine
and whisky. Of course all went home happy.
So till Xmas - T.T.F.N.
Mega-break 9-Ball Handicap Pool League
In group B all three players, Baz, Charlie and Mark, ended tied on the
same points and racks so a three-way play off was required that resulted
in Baz and Charlie getting through to the next round – semi final stage
line-up (L-R): Baz, Chris, Charlie and Nop.
The play off proved to be a battle of endurance with play starting at
11pm in the evening and continuing until 3am, with still a tied
situation found between Baz and Charlie. This resulted in another two to
three hours of play before matters were resolved when Barry seemed to
loose his way slightly, but maybe the tiredness factor just took over.
At the end of this marathon, the upshot was that both Charlie and Baz
made it through to the next round.
Who says that pool is a fast sport.
In group A, Nop beat both his opponents by a three-nil scoreline and he
was joined in the semi finals by Chris who overcame John Mega in the
The semi finals were due to take place this week, Wednesday July 18,
with the final scheduled for this Saturday, July 21, starting at 9pm.
Everyone is welcome to watch the action so why not come along and see
what 9-ball pool is all about.
The next 9-ball league is scheduled to start at the beginning of August.
If you are interested in taking part please submit your names as soon as
possible as entry is restricted to a first come first served basis.
More information on this league and the next planned league plus the
regular “Sunday 9 Ball Competition” as sponsored by DSL can be obtained
at “Megabreak” Soy Diana Inn, Tel No 038 428 858, www.megabreak pool.com
or Email contact @megabreakpool.com
John Mega 0 v 3 Nop, Chris 0 v 3 Nop, Chris 3 v 0 John Mega
Mark 3 v 2 Charlie,Mark 2 v 3 Baz, Charlie 3 v 2 Baz
Draw for the semi-finals is Charlie v Nop, Baz v Chris