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by Saichon Paewsoongnern

 

SPORTS
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

It’s a clean sweep for Kenya at 13th Pattaya Marathon

Sitthichai takes stage three of Thailand Mountain Bike Championships

Practice makes perfect for Rick

Les “The Rat” gets the “Dog”

Gerry sets down a marker for monthly title

Barry on top at tough Bangpra

Bob has double cause for celebration at Khao Kheow

Rick tames ‘the beast’

Harry & Ya celebrate in style

Dynamic duo strike again

French Polish at Plutaluang

The Keith family rules

Kevin gives the ‘old’ kids a lesson

Patrick Regan is presented the Medal

The Square Ring

Sports Club socialites have swinging time at midsummer bash

Mega-break 9-Ball Handicap Pool League

PATTAPA SPORTS ROUND-UP

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.

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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.

Sitthichai Katekaewmanee was the stage 3 winner of the Thailand Mountain Bike Championships.
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.

Koh 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 girls!
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.

Rick 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 favourite layout.
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.
T.T.F.N


Les “The Rat” gets the “Dog”

PSC golf from the Bowling Green

Barry Hooper
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 Chang
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
2’s: None
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.

Saturday’s 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 out.
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 results.
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 Farrell.

Tuesday, July 10, Bangpra, Stableford
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 to PJPB.
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
A Flight:
1st Wayne Farrell (11) 34pts c/b
2nd Tony Walsh (12) 34pts c/b
3rd Don Parmeter (13) 34pts
4th Jeff Wylie (8) 32pts
B Flight:
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 was 28.6.
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 die off.
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 PJPB.
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 division.
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,
Bangpra, Stableford
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 Bert’s.

Derek Brook
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.
T.T.F.N.
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, 4-Person Scramble
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.

Harry 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 Scott Jackson.
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 those present.
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.

Mike Gerrard
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 Cargill.
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 quality greens.
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 conditions.
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 than golf!
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 golf.
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 paramount.
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 Markuu Tynell.
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 future.
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 second division.
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 day’s honours.
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 last group.
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
A Flight:
1st Pat Regan (11) net 69
2nd Dave Stockman (6) net 70
3rd Simon Spaulding (3) net 71
B Flight
1st Nate Welchert (13) net 71
2nd John Hillier (14) net 72
3rd Larry Richard (14) net 74
C Flight
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, Stableford
Blue Flight
1st Tracey Brown (6) 45pts
2nd Stuart Rocchi (6) 35pts
White Flight
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, Stableford
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
A Flight
1st Seamus Cotter (14) 37pts
2nd Ray Dell (16) 33pts
B Flight
1st Geoff Doody (21) 38pts
2nd Charles Sheppard (17) 34pts
2’s: Jim Seamus Cotter, Rick Zanoni, Steve Mascari, Mike Craighead, Geoff Kubas
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 greatly appreciated.”
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 fight.
“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. OK.
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’ Yanks.
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 Hoya-Mayweather!”
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 gloves.”
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 music.”


Sports Club socialites have swinging time at midsummer bash

PSC Summer Party 2007

Derek Brook
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 get-together.
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 press-ganged men.
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

Barry Hooper
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

Semi-final 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 other match.
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
Results from
week four
Group A
John Mega 0 v 3 Nop, Chris 0 v 3 Nop, Chris 3 v 0 John Mega
Group B
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



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