Charity Pool at Panorama
The Panorama Pub in Pattaya Land is holding a pool
competition on Wednesday and Thursday 13 & 14 August 2008 in aid of the
Pattaya Gay Festival. The event is being held over two evenings and
promises to be another splendid event to help raise funds for the fight
to help people with HIV/AIDS.
The entry fee is just 300 Baht and cash prizes of 10,000 baht will be on
offer to the winners of both the singles and doubles competitions. There
will also be lots of consolation prizes and 2 half Baht golf chains to
be won in the lucky draw.
Entry forms are available at the Panorama Pub and various PGF sponsors.
For more details go to www. pattayagayfestival.com
McAllister goes four clear at Phoenix
PSC golf with Phoenix members
and guests (Tuesday group)
Tuesday’s winners: Neil McAllister, Matt
and Mike Gerrard with some of the staff from Toy’s Music Bar.
Tuesday, 29 July, Phoenix – Stableford
With heavy rain falling both the day and night before, we
wondered if we may have to implement winter rules. None of it at Phoenix.
The fairways and the greens here drain so well that normal rules still
Except for one that is. The greens staff seem to have a cruel streak in them
these days. Not only do they place the pins in some impossible positions,
but they have also overfilled the bunkers once again. This after many
requests in the past not to do so.
So, with excess sand in the bunkers and huge rivulets where the rain had
washed them away, we imposed a local rule for the day, whereby marking and
placing in the bunkers was acceptable. It did not help the scores much!
So to the game, and by this time the weather was perfect. Light cloud cover
and a nice breeze. So much so that some of the usual carters (including me)
decided to try and walk the course. And with success I might add. Except the
The winner today was the quickly improving Neil McAllister with 39 points.
Neil has taken some time to settle his game here in Thailand, and after a
shaky few months playing off a handicap of 9 he has had his handicap
increased to 12. No wonder he scored well on the day.
Joint second were Matt Anderson and the scribe, both on 35 points. With our
stableford days we don’t bother with count backs, better to share the
spoils. This will not apply to the first place for the monthly medal next
So it was back to Toy’s Music Bar for the usual happy hour drinks and
Next week will be the monthly trophy (of some sort) sponsored by the owners
of the bar.
With the new handicap scheme introduced last week by the PSC handicap
committee, any player scoring 39 points or net 69 and better will be cut
manually by the tournament organiser, who in turn will post notice to all
other groups in town via a new website address. For further information
regarding this contact the golf chairman at the PSC.
Note: Anyone interested in joining in with our group, every Tuesday
at Phoenix, please call me, Mike Gerrard, on 087 091 7565
The society carries on
IPGC golf from Donovan’s
Thursday, 31 July, Green Valley (White
Tees) - Stableford
1st Graham Dietrich (18) 39pts
2nd Ian Grout (11) 39pts
3rd Jay Nakagawa (15) 36pts
1st Mol Thongkiew (17) 33pts
2’s: Steve Mascari, Ray Dell
Graham Dietrich, one of the first people this Scribe played golf with in
Pattaya, won the day by counting back The Tile. Nakagawa-san swept up the
last of the fellas loot with an even to handicap 36 points. Mol Thongkiew
topped the Ladies’ flight that she was the only one in.
Saturday, 2 August, Green Valley (White Tees) - Stableford
1st Brian Wilkinson (13) 40pts
2nd Ernie Hill (1) 37pts
3rd Ian Grout (11) 35pts
Mol Thongkiew (17) 35pts
2’s: Klaus Schackt, Brian Wilkinson, Graham Dietrich
It is only fitting that Wireless should win the last outing that this Scribe
will cover. He was followed in by a fine 37-point effort by Ernie Hill who
had to shoot 70 to attain that total given his +1 handicap. The Tile cashed
for the second time on the week, as did Ms. Bennett.
Note: The Society will continue to play on Thursdays and Saturdays.
Reservations to play can be made by contacting Steve Mascari at (087)
Sheppard in charge
at Green Valley
IPGC golf from Lewiinski’s
Sunday, 17 July, Green Valley –
1st Jim Munns (11) 41 pts
2nd Ian Halfpenny (13) 41 pts
3rd Bruce Milner (13) 39 pts
1st Charles Sheppard (16) 44 pts
2nd Bob Lindburg (16) 40 pts
3rd Bill Broschart (17) 38pts
Near Pins: #2 Pat Regan; #9 Colin Davis; #12 Chaten Patel; #16 Kris
2’s: Kris K, Jim Munns, Mark Wood, Brian Wilkinson, Jeremy Masse,
Chas Sheppard and Bob Lindburg.
Hidden Six: 1st Bruce Milner; 2nd Eddie Beilby on a count back over
This week forty-eight golfers made the Sunday trip to the ever-popular Green
Valley where the tees were as far forward as possible, as the score’s
The senior flight was a battle between Jim “Capt Fogg” Munns and Ian
Halfpenny, both on 41 super points: Jim edged Ian curtsey of a slightly
better back nine. Third place meanwhile was filled by Bruce Milner on 39
points. The next five participants in this flight carded 37 points each and
nineteen of the twenty three golfers in the flight had 31 points or more.
The junior flight winner was the ‘Man of Leisure’ himself, Chas Sheppard,
with a mammoth 44 points. In second spot, was the guru of Green Valley with
40 points, and rounding out the flight was Bill Broschart on a three-way
count back over the unlucky pair of Kevin Hamilton and Geoff Kubas, all with
38 well-earned points.
Tuesday, 29 July,
Khao Kheow – IPGC Matchplay & Stableford
Lewiinski’s hosted the OK Corral to a matchplay game on Tuesday
and Captain Bob led by example as the home team managed a very hard fought
victory by 4½ to 3½.
The Lieutenant lost by the narrowest of margins and Mark ‘Fancy Shoes’
managed to half his game. Lindsey Semple won his match, Eddie the Eagle and
the Right Honorable, walloped their competitors and Nick Payne was shot to
bits by a Derringer. Rigsby lost narrowly, still suffering from jet lag no
The game was played in a good spirit and finished off in the same manner
back at Lewiinski’s.
Simultaneously, those who didn’t play in the match took part in a stableford
comp, and it was Len Jones, the GM of the OK Corral golfers, who took the
honours and restored some pride with 34 points. In second on 33 points was
Calon “Blackie” Blackburn and the third place went to Joe Mcardle after a
count back over Chas Sheppard, both with 30 points.
Note: Blackie Blackburn was accompanied on the course by his wife,
and was charged 1000 Thai baht. It was cheaper to play the round of golf!
Amazing Thailand or Thai logic?
Matchplay results (Lewiinski’s first): Bob Newell won 2 & 1 Dave Thomas;
Jack Spencer lost 1 down Dave Stockman; Mark Wood halved Chris Voller;
Seamus Cotter won 7& 6 Peter Duncan; Lindsey Semple won 3& 2 Tony Thorne;
Nick Payne lost 4& 2 Ken Derringer; Eddie Beilby won 7& 6 Ronnie Ramsey; Jez
Lees lost 2&1 John Rehm.
1st Len Jones (27) 34pts
2nd Calon Blackburn (16) 33pts
3rd Joe Mcardle (12) 30pts
2’s: Joe Mcardle, Calon Blackburn
Friday, 1 August, Treasure Hills - Stableford
1st Clinton Hazlett (6) 41pts
2nd Gez Lees (17) 34pts
1st Ger Lodge (17) 32pts
A small group made the trip to play the very tough Treasure Hills, but with
the option of different tees. Clinton Hazlett won the Yellow Flight with a
super 41 points while The Principle used his math skills to pip the Captain
with both on 34 points apiece.
The White Flight winner was Ger Lodge with 32 points.
Note: Lewiinski’s is situated on Pattaya Land Soi 1, Beach Road Soi
13/3 near to Walking Street. Anyone wishing to play with us just pop in and
add your name on the list or call Colin on 089 826 0764. Transport is
Robbins shines at Crystal Bay
PSC golf from The Bunker
Monday, 28 July, Green Valley - Medal
1st Gerry Cooney (11) net 69
2nd Roger Privett (15) net 70
3rd John McDonald (6) net 71
4th Eddie Martin (18) net 73
Playing golf at Green Valley is always a joy and today was no exception.
Medal was the format and it was Gerry Cooney who took advantage of the
marvelous conditions to win with a superb three under par net 69.
With this score Gerry becomes the first player at The Bunker to have his
handicap adjusted according to the new instructions from Pattaya Sports Club
which states that any player who shoots three shots or more better than
his/her handicap will be cut immediately.
Second place went to Roger Privett and third place was taken by John
McDonald, both of them shooting sub-par rounds. Eddie Martin took fourth
place beating Colin Stokes and Alan Sullivan on a count back.
Unusually only one of the winning players won a near pin prize and that was
Gerry with William Macey getting two and the fourth going to John Graham.
Friday, 1 August, Crystal Bay - Medal
1st Tony Robbins (12) net 66
2nd Geoff Cox (13) net 69
3rd Ken Chung (12) net 72
4th Gerry Cooney (11) net 72
Friday was another Medal round, this time at the delightful Crystal Bay.
Tony Robbins come out on top with a fantastic six-under par net 66 ahead of
a very disappointed Geoff Cox who, playing with his newly adjusted handicap
thought he was in with a great chance only to come second with a three under
par net 69. What rubbed salt into the wound was the fact that he along with
Tony gets cut under the new handicap system too! Third place went to Ken
Chung beating Gerry Cooney on a count back.
Vintage Drumm wins
Monthly Mug at Navy
PSC golf from P J Pool Bar
Tuesday, 29 July, Greenwood A & B –
(White Tees) – Stableford
Fourteen of us turned out to find Greenwood its usual
hospitable self with the course in tip top condition. Neil Duncan (was
handicap 14 is now handicap 12) had a cracking day at the office,
notching up 43 stableford points to take first spot and be the first of
the group to encounter the PSC’s new and welcome instant handicap
adjustment system for good play.
Mug winner Bob Drumm (right) with Malcolm and Min.
The runner up was Willie Nachbur (23) with 38 points followed by Bob
Drumm (11) and Tiger Jumparnit (7) in 3rd and 4th places respectively,
each with 37 points. The average score for the day was 32.4 points.
Near pins went to Peter Mills, Jim Fortune, Neil Duncan and Jeff Wylie,
who also sunk the longest first putt on the 18th green.
Thursday, 31 October, Plutaluang E & W (White Tees) –
Perhaps the ideal number for group golf, sixteen of us,
turned up to play for the money and also for the magnificent engraved,
crystal wine glass generously sponsored by Malcolm Smith of P J Pool Bar
Bob Drumm (11) continued his good, consistent form to win the trophy
with a net 72. He was followed by Steve Black (27) net 73, Bill Jones
(32) net 74, Keith Hodges (23) net 76 and Colin Cronin (15) net 77.
Back at the bar Malcolm presented Bob with his trophy which was
impressively filled with good wine!
Near pins were won in course order by Yves Philibert, Bill Jones, Norman
Jones and Bruce Lawrence whilst Neil Duncan sunk a real monster of a
two-footer longest first putt on the 18th green.
Note: Any golfers seeking to play with our group that wish to
know about the format please visit P J Pool Bar & Restaurant on Soi
Watboonsamphan (Soi Kanoi) or phone Neil on 089 511 0575.
O’Donnell storms home
PSC golf from the Cafe Kronborg
Dave Richardson & Thomas Cotton
Monday, 28 July, Bangpra - Stableford
Last Monday, the Bangpra International Golf Club and its monkey
residents were hosts for a stableford event in two flights with the cut at
HCP 18. The course on this day was in very good condition with most of the
renovations finished. The clubhouse will be fully back in operation from
(right) and Hugh O’Donnell: both divisional winners at Bangpra.
The ever-present Ebrahim took the “A” Flight on a count back from Ralf
Zwick, both with 34 points. Doug Maiko was third on a count back over Walter
Bachli, both with 33 points.
Hugh O’Donnell took the “B” Flight with 40 points, the best score of the
day. Kenny Chung was second with 35 points and Wayne Foch was third on count
back over Mike Winfield, both with 33 points.
Thursday, July 31, Eastern Star - Stableford
1st Bill Plath 35pts
2nd Kenny Chung 34pts
3rd Peter Singh Basi 33pts
4th Mike Winfield 32pts
On Thursday, fourteen eager golfers headed south to Eastern Star Golf
Course. The weather was muggy until about 11 am when a breeze came off the
sea to cool the players down a bit. Four of the greens were under repair and
Dave Richardson said that this was “Redneck Golf”. Playing with Dave has the
calming effect of a cup of unsweetened chamomile tea, thereby helping one to
relax and better one’s score.
We had some fun chasing some geese off one of the back tees, but otherwise
it was an uneventful, though pleasant, day except for the buzzing of
helicopters and aircraft from a nearby airport. The geese, however, were
Given the small contingent, there was only a single flight and from Monday’s
leader board only Kenny Chung re-appeared.
Café Kronborg the new leader
Pattaya Sports Club Friday Bowling League
200 Bowlers: Ooy, Kran,
P.K., Mai, Jan & Rich.
Café Kronborg is the new first place leader after
taking all four points from Sala Thai. Kran bowled a 560 series and Jan
a 553 for Kronborg.
Bavaria dropped into a tie for second after losing three points to SaBai
SaBai Friday. VFW Post 9876 is also tied for second after they won all
four points from Café Ole.
Montana is tied for fourth with Brother D as both teams won three
points: Montana beat Montgomery and Brother D beat House of the Golden
Coin. Canada meanwhile won three points from Jack Tar.
Some good series were bowled in these games with Mai bowling a 221 game
and 598 series, Ooy a 205 game, 562 series and Rich a 204 game and
541-pin count. Tukata bowled a 538 series and Rich Montana had a 546.
Dennis gets a ‘Birdie’ treat
PSC golf from the Outback Golf Bar
Monday, 28 July, Burapha - Stableford
The 51 Outbackers out there today were treated to the spectacular C &
D course. There were a few concerns that it was going to be a slow round as most
of the preceding two Japanese groups, dumped their tee shots into the water.
However, those fears were allayed when many of the Outbackers promptly followed
them. The first hole from the blue tee, which was well back today, can be a bit
of a daunting shot with the water all the way up the right to catch most
amateurs favorite shot – the slice. The stiff wind blowing off the left made it
The scoring generally reflected the tougher conditions from the blue tees, with
only four players matching their handicap or better.
Two Ricks took the main honours, Rick Sharp was first overall with a great 38
points and Rick Evans, who putted extremely well all day, first in Div A on 35
points. Capt’ Bob must have been fearing the new handicap cutting procedure as
he finished bogey, triple bogey to end up second overall on 37.
There was one ‘2’ today coming from Mike O’Brien
1st Rick Sharp (13) 38pts
2nd Bob Philp (7) 37pts
Div A (0–14)
1st Rick Evans (5) 35pts
2nd Bruce Milner (12) 35pts
3rd Dave Porter (13) 32pts
4th Ken Little (11) 31pts
Div B (15–18)
1st Jim Smith (18) 36pts
2nd Bob Lindborg (16) 35pts
3rd Rosco Langoulant (15) 31pts
4th Frank O’Neill (15) 30pts
Div C (19+)
1st Mitch O’Neill (30) 36pts
2nd Barry Chadbourn (20) 33pts
3rd Raleigh Gosney (20) 33pts
4th Campbell Potts (19) 31pts
Tuesday, 29 July, Phoenix – Stableford
Playing Mountain & Lake, nine eager Outbackers were at Phoenix early
to enjoy another 4-hour round on this well maintained course so close to
Pattaya. There were three new faces today, Lek & Olle Janssen and Richard.
With an excellent 39 points off his 9 handicap Pat Regan was at the top followed
by Lek with 38 and Nigel with 35. The 3-week rollover of 2’s was shared by Pat
and Chad on the 4th hole at Mountain.
Early risers meet at Phoenix at 07:30 for an 8 o’clock start and are usually on
their way by 1 pm to wherever! Call Capt’ Bob or sign up at the Outback Golf
Note: No early risers on Tuesday August 12th (Queen’s Birthday) - meet
again on 19th.
1st Pat Regan (9) 39pts
2nd Lek Jansson (22) 38pts
3rd Nigel Cannon (22) 35pts
Wednesday, 30 July, Emerald - Stableford
The Emerald is still a great little course to play and the 39
Outbackers that played here today are probably of a similar opinion.
Pat Regan on 35 pts, going for his third win in a week, was pipped today by
another excellent display by Capt’ Bob to take second with 36. Neither were good
enough however, to catch the Div A winner, Bruce Milner, with the best of the
day score of 38.
Barry Copestake, playing for the first time with the Outback Golf Bar, took Div
B with 37 from a couple of regular Outbackers, Harvey Samuel & Rosco, both on
Thirty-five points was enough to win Div C, and represented a welcome return to
form for Sugar Ray, who has just returned to golf after a week’s lay off to
nurse a severely bruised rib from an over zealous mate’s bear hug.
There were six 2’s today coming from Bruce Milner, Am North, Jez Lees, Murray
Hart, they were the ‘ordinary’ ones. The other two were different; Rosco got his
chipping in on the Par 4 second hole and Dennis Persson got his on the 13th
through a most unlikely chip. Rumour has it, that he was so far away and down in
his sixes match, that his playing partner, a recent birthday girl, promised to
bare a certain part of her anatomy if he holed it. Well he did and she did,
giving nobody else any chance of putting out for laughing whilst the caddies
couldn’t stop giggling either.
1st Bruce Milner (12) 38pts
2nd Bob Philp (7) 36pts
3rd Pat Regan (9) 35pts
4th Des Scott (8) 32pts
1st Barry Copestake (15) 37pts
2nd Harvey Samuel (17) 36pts
3rd Rosco Langoulant (15) 36pts
4th John Low (15) 35pts
1st Sugar Ray Hanford (19) 35pts
2nd Suzi Lawton (20) 33pts
3rd Trudy Chadbourn (27) 32pts
4th Barry Chadbourn (20) 31pts
Friday, 1 August, Siam Plantation - Stableford
It was the turn of Tapioca and Pineapple to bare their teeth as 37
Outbackers battled to break 36 points round this wonderful course. It was to no
avail, nearest to that magic figure were Eddie Smith, who came second in Div B
with a brilliant 35 off a 12 handicap, and Jake Turner with an equally brilliant
35 off 14, scoring enough on the back nine to snatch victory from Eddie on count
Jake, from Worcestershire, UK, is the youngest of three generations of Turners
that played the course for the first time today, his dad and grandad also
played. Well played young man!
Joe Khomapate, who works with the team reconstructing the new Sriracha course,
due to open early next year, beat John Emmerson on count back to take Div A,
both with 34.
The highest division today, Div C, had a tough time out there with only two
players scoring more than 30 points. One of them was Tony Duthie who won the
division with 32 points and the other was the lovely Jum, who came second with
31. The remaining two places required a three-way count back between Joe Spinley
(3rd), Andy Dunitz (4th) and Bruce McAdaam.
There were four ‘2’s today coming from; Jake Turner, Bob Lindborg, Pete
Stonebridge & Bruce Milner
Div A (0-9)
1st Joe Khomapate (9) 34pts
2nd John Emmerson (7) 34pts
3rd James Brackett (6) 33pts
4th Pat Regan (9) 33pts
Div B (10-17)
1st Jake Turner (14) 35pts
2nd Eddie Smith (12) 35pts
3rd Bill Harding (14) 34pts
4th Phil Knight (11) 33pts
Div C (18+)
1st Tony Duthie (21) 32pts
2nd Jum (36) 31pts
3rd Joe Spinley (22) 29pts
4th Andy Dunitz (18) 29pts
Friday, 1 August, Green Valley - Stableford
The Friday alternate this week was Green Valley, where 20 Outbackers
enjoyed an early start, enabling virtually all the groups to get away before the
official tee time of 10 o’clock.
Rick Evans headed a smaller than average ‘A’ division with 38 points (75 gross)
tucking a second win under his belt following his win at Burapha earlier in the
week. Mr. Consistent, Rosco took second on 36 with Brian Wilkinson a slightly
distant third with 33.
After last week’s blank, the Chadbourns & Doodys were back on the podium, with
Barry (34pts) collecting second and Kathy (33pts), who pipped Suzi Lawton on
count back, taking third. Neither did enough however, to catch Roger Griffin
with an excellent 38 to head the fourteen players of Div B.
There were three ‘2’s today from Geoff Doody, Pottsy & Brian Wilkinson.
Just a reminder this time of the year to get to the course early as very often
the start is ahead of the official tee time. Leaving it to the last minute can
inconvenience your fellow players.
Div A (0-18)
1st Rick Evans (5) 38pts
2nd Rosco Langoulant (15) 36pts
3rd Brian Wilkinson (12) 33pts
Div B (19+)
1st Roger Griffin (20) 38pts
2nd Barry Chadbourn (20) 34pts
3rd Kathy Doody (20) 33pts
Note: The Outback Golf Bar is situated about 6km from Sukhumvit Road
along Soi Siam Country. All are welcome to come and join us for a beer and a
hit. Just call in and put your name down on the list or give Bob a call on 087
941 2474. Our Bus Trip this month is to Royal Lakeside on Weds 27 Aug. More
information can be found on our website www.outbackgolfbar.com.
Aussie’s Rule and No Balls
Golf from the Travellers Rest
Tuesday, 29 July, Phoenix (Mountain & Lake) -
1st Akitoshi Ito (9) 35pts
2nd Billy Fitzgerald (16) 32pts
3rd David Snell (10) 31pts
This month we are not out on Mondays so the first outing of the week was
on Tuesday to Phoenix playing Mountain and Lakes. There was a good
turnout and some very good play.
The day went to Akitoshi Ito with thirty-five points while Billy
Fitzgerald was unable to match last week’s form and came second on this
occasion with thirty-two points. David Snell completed the podium in
third place with thirty-one points.
There were no 2’s so the bell was rung upon return the Travellers Rest
Thursday, 31 July, Greenwood A & B - Stableford
1st Matt Gibbons (15) 40pts
2nd Ted Senior (17) 37pts
3rd Richard Moore (24) 37pts
4th Billy Fitzgerald (16) 37pts
2’s: Ray Trembath
Thursday at Greenwood saw only a moderate turnout.
Matt Gibbons took the day by three clear points on forty
whilst the next three places were fought out on count back, all at
thirty seven points: Ted Senior slipped into second, Richard Moore was
third and Billy Fitzgerald fourth. The 2’s went to Ray Trembath
Saturday, 2 August, The Emerald - Stableford
1st Eddie Townsend (18) 37pts
2nd Ted Senior (17) 37pts
3rd Chris Stewart (9) 32pts
4th Barry Hooper (32) 31pts
2’s: Chaten Patel, Chris Stewart
On Saturday our golfers made the trip to Emerald and a very good turnout
produced some respectable golf on this testy course.
winners - Eddie Townsend and Chris Stewart.
I was able to join in having not played for many weeks and was impressed
with what I found. The course played well and the weather, although a
little damp at the start stayed mostly dry but humid. This must have
suited the Aussies as it turned out to be an Australian benevolence
event with all the top three places being taken by the antipodeans.
Eddie Townsend took top spot, albeit on count back from Ted Senior with
both of them on thirty seven points, and third place went to Chris
Stewart visiting with us for a few more days who despite losing some
five balls on the day still came in with thirty two. Yours truly held up
the British honours in fourth with thirty-one.
The ‘No Balls’ comment in the headline relates to the fact that on
arrival at Emerald we found that no-one had collected any balls on the
practice range and that if you required a knock-up it meant venturing
out on the range and collecting same. So a strange site ensued with
golfers trailing around and picking up golf balls whilst taking their
chances from any stray shots that may come their way.
Rehm continues fine form
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at the OK Corral
Sunday, 27 July, the Pattaya Golf Society visited a very
full Emerald in Ban Chang to play their usual Sunday stableford event over a
course which is now in very fine condition.
The field was a high quality one with the average handicap barely fifteen,
and it was a pleasure to welcome back Paul McNally, newly married and en
route to his work base in China. He found Ban Chang was still a tough nut to
crack however after a few month’s barren of golf.
Principals to feature were Larry Slattery in fourth place with a fine 35
points, and Chris Voller sharing second place with Wichai Tananusorn on 38
points each. The winner was John Rehm, following a very successful week at
the IPGC Annual Championship, putting together a quality card of 40 points
on the strength of some very sound iron play.
John also had the honour of the only birdie ‘2’ of the day, nailing a
crucial ten-foot putt on the fifteenth.
Len Jones had played the first nine in 22 points but then found the wheels
coming off his wagon after the thirteenth and he ended up with the Booby
Bevy for a paltry 33 point final haul: Four uphill putts on the seventeenth
is enough to break anyone’s soul!
Regular Sunday golfers are reminded that the Pattaya Golf Society is back on
schedule at Eastern Star every weekend until the end of October.
The Pattaya Golf Society visited glorious Greenwood on Thursday, 31
July, to play a stableford event on the A & B nines. The course was
beautifully turned out and the scene was set for some very good scores as
the tees were well forward, giving even the shorter hitters more chance of
“greens in regulation”.
So it was to be as Chris Voller joined Bill Pickersgill on 39 points for a
share of third place, Chris using the bonus points to seal his first ‘Player
of the Month’ award since relocating in November.
A country mile ahead in second was Keith Hector on 43 points and he must
have been disappointed not to win as John Rehm continued his exceptional
form at the moment with a startling 45 points, to register the group’s
second best total of the year. Such has been John Rehm’s form that in the
space of a week he has taken a divisional victory in the IPGC Annual
Championships and played two other rounds in a total of 13-under par! Golf
is obviously a doddle for the Swiss golfer at the moment.
Four people had a share of the rolled over 2’s pot with the lucky golfers
being Bill Pickersgill, Keith Hector, Peter Duncan and Larry Slattery, who
chose to sink a pair from off the greens. Playing partner George Doyle found
his first round with the group memorable as he picked up the Booby Bevy for
his low score.
At the end of the day, after a performance like that, John Rehm must be
wondering what will happen next. For certain it’s going to get tougher John.
Three Sisters stop the rain - once again
Despite the early morning rain the stalwart members of
the Three Sisters golf group proceeded to the Pattaya Country Club for their
usual 6:30 am rendezvous and, as if by order, the drizzle stopped and rain
clouds began breaking up.
winner Bill Key, Jr. (left) with second placed Paul Donahue.
The first group off had to contend with wet and slow greens and a few of the
fairways were pretty damp, but by 9 am the sun was breaking through and
Late to arrive was Bill Key, usually out in the first group, and grabbing a
cart he proceeded to zip past singles, pairs and foursomes to catch up with
his usual group at number 12. His rushing around the course didn’t hurt his
play as he came in with a top score of 38 points. This being the last game
of the month, Bill gets his name engraved on the Three Sisters trophy.
Struggling to catch Bill were Paul Donahue and Dale Murphy, both coming in
with 37 points apiece. Paul took second place from Dale courtesy of the
count back. Usually at the bottom of the stack, Paul managed to keep his
head down and his score showed it today.
The remainder of the group came in with mid to low 30’s and everyone then
retired to Caddy Shack II for some great spicy sausages, provided as usual
by Herbie Ishinaga, accompanied by some liquid refreshment.
Russell Exley and Paul Taylor secure the medals
IPGC golf from The Haven
Monday, 28 July, Green Valley –
1st Shane Heavey 44pts
2nd Alan Pilkington 42pts
3rd Fred Land 40pts
4th Chris Knapp 38pts
5th Phil Groves 38pts
6th Ken Deringer 38pts
Usually by Monday morning the tees have been moved back from the weekend
positions, but on this day they were found unmoved and somewhere near the
usual red placements. This made the course very short for the higher
handicappers and they all made hay while the sun shone from clear skies.
Shane Heavey was the player who benefited most from his 18 handicap as his
short game is extremely good. He amassed a very unusual seven-under the
day’s CSS of 71 and came sharply into the handicapper’s focus for a trim.
Alan Pilkington, who is in good form having just succeeded in the Club
Championship, also took advantage of the reduced length to put in a good
return of six-under, just ahead of Fred Land who with his already prodigious
length off the tee found things a lot easier that a normal Monday and went
Chris Knapp led home the group on two-under par by count back from Phil
Groves and Ken Deringer.
Once again there were no 2’s in the second division but Glyn Nicholas, who
had just moved divisions over the weekend had one in the first together with
Before presenting the prizes, The Doc welcomed new members Bob Wardle and
Ken Deringer and welcomed back Markku Tynell and Harry Vincenzi. There was
also a farewell to the IPGC Net Champion, Alan Pilkington, who is returning
to Blighty to celebrate.
The day was also the culmination of the July Walker of The Month, which this
time was taken by Chris Knapp with a total of 144 and Barry Traynor as
runner up on 142. The best score of the month went to Trevor Schirmer with
his outstanding effort of 46 points at Greenwood.
This competition is open to all, who must select four courses from the
month’s schedule and play an extra round if desired as replacement for a
poor result. The total stableford points score determines the month’s
Tuesday, 29 July, Siam Country Club – Stableford
1st Russell Exley 36pts
2nd Barry Winton 36pts
3rd Fred Land 34pts
4th Trevor Schirmer 33pts
5th Graham Davis 33pts
A day out testing the new Siam Country Club Old Course was a complete change
of pace as the usual format for prizes was altered to best score and best
front and back nines. These turned out to be the top of the normal order in
any event, with Russell Exley winning on count back and Barry Winton winning
the front with 19 points and Fred Land the back with 20 points. There were
no 2’s competitions, which was just as well as nobody had one.
The general consensus was the best looking and prepared course in the area
bar none, but a few too many tricked up greens which is unnecessary for such
a great course from tee to green. The round took over four and a half hours
whilst playing in three-balls due to the excessive walking from cart path to
The main drawback here is the cost, which may be very reasonable for
tourists who typically pay more than the total sum inclusive of a cart in
their home countries, but is a little expensive for those golfers living
here who are used to prices of a third of those charged on the day, although
perhaps for courses not quite of the same quality.
For those interested, the CSS on the day calculated at 73.
Wednesday, 30 July, Phoenix Blue Tees - Monthly Medals
1st Russell Exley net 76
2nd Marty Rock net 77
3rd Tony Barritt net 78
4th Ian Grout net79
5th Al Keith net 79
1st Paul Taylor net 71
2nd Shane Heavey net 72
3rd Ken Graham net 74
4th Tom McCarthy net 76
5th Chris Knapp net 78
Starting out under clear skies, none of the competitors were prepared for
the torrential rainstorm that hit with the majority of the field still
having five holes to play. A stoppage ensued with the greens unplayable, but
Phoenix always drains well and play resumed quickly, although the rain and
wind continued to decimate the scores as every hole went by.
One may have thought that the two divisions were played over different
courses as the second division contestants by and large achieved lower
scores, with Paul Taylor leading them in on three-under from the blues after
the CSS had gone out to 76 with the conditions as they were.
Shane Heavey again showed well in second place and ensured that he would be
three shots lower on the following Monday, and Ken Graham also did well as
one of the earlier starters.
The first division was a much tougher affair as most of the players went off
later and took the full brunt of the storm, but Russell Exley still managed
to put in a very respectable card to lead them in with Marty Rock, an early
starter, just one back in second and Tony Barritt, who just finished before
the heavens opened taking third place.
Once again there were no 2’s in the second division but Barry Winton had two
in the first division. He unfortunately forgot that the day’s format was
medal on the fourth hole after missing his bogey putt, performed a very good
example of his Mum’s pudding bowl method, he then picked up to record a
no-return on a day which he surely could have won.
Prior to the presentations Ian Grout was welcomed back from school and there
was a farewell to Tom McCarthy who was returning to school.
Friday, 1 August, Crystal Bay - Stableford
1st Tony Thorne 37pts
2nd Russell Exley 34pts
3rd Barry Winton 33pts
4th Orathai Winton 33pts
5th Graham Davis 33pts
6th Ken Deringer 33pts
Another very tough day with the wind always a factor and seemingly never
really helping even down wind, and it showed in the scores with only one
player getting within the buffer zone and therefore requiring the CSS to be
set at 75.
This was a big blow in all senses for Tony Thorn as the day’s winner, who
lost an extra shot for the upcoming August Knockout Matchplay.
Russell Exley rounded off a good week of two wins and two in the buffer zone
and a return to a single figure handicap with a solid round. Barry Winton
led in a large group, consisting of his wife Orathai, who won her first
prize ever, and Graham Davis and Ken Deringer all having to be separated by
Barry Winton and Russell Exley shared the first division 2’s pool but once
again there were none in the second division making it a quintuple rollover
and leading to speculation that the purse holder may well do a runner before
the next pay out is due. Fortunately we know where his family lives.
Before pressing the prizes The Doc welcomed back Dougie Brennan.
The Square Ring:
by Howie Reed
The Games of the XXIX Olympiad will open this Friday in
Beijing, China, before more TV and media coverage than any event in
history. “Back in the day” that would mean an automatic shot in the arm
for the sport of boxing. Cassias Clay, George Foreman, Sugar Ray
Leonard, Evander Holyfield, Roy Jones jr., the Klitschko’s and Oscar De
La Hoya all got their pro careers jump started via Olympic boxing.
What happened? First and foremost the International Amateur Boxing
Association became just as corrupt as the Olympics themselves. Judges
were bribed to determine the outcome of fights, which meant the term
Olympic Champion Gold medal winner didn’t mean ‘diddley.’
Roy Jones loss in 1988 turned the harsh light of public opinion on the
problem of corrupt judging. TSR has some personal knowledge of an
official who was offered money and refused only to find his bags packed
and sitting in the lobby of his former hotel.
From the HBO website came, “After watching Jones soundly defeat hometown
favorite Si-Hun Park in the light middleweight final, the world was
stunned when the South Korean boxer was given the gold medal by a score
of 3-2. As one boxing expert moaned: ‘Those blind bums would have given
Custer a gold medal after the Little Big Horn.’ One judge immediately
admitted the error of his ways, but later, after a serious discussion
with his superiors, he recanted. In an attempt to cover up the blatant
crime the Olympic officials exposed it further by awarding Jones the Val
Barker Trophy, given to the Games outstanding boxer.”
The sport was already in disfavor when TV decided that the Olympics was
more than sport so they went out of their way to show Olympic events as
“family entertainment.” That welcomed in the era, which we’re still in,
of water ballet, women gymnastics, synchronized swimming (singles and
pairs) along with other feel good politically correct events that sell
You can never have too much TV time devoted to pairs rhythm gymnastics,
ballroom dancing or fencing, which one must watch while sipping a double
coffee late’ mocha from a recyclable organic container in natural
To its credit, it appears that the AIBF is taking steps to improve
its image by electing Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu as the new president. He replaces
the 84-year old Anwar Chowdhry from Pakistan, of whom many ethical
questions were asked.
Those questions were not only about officials, but also finances.
Following an outside financial investigation, AIBF Turkish General
secretary Caner Doganeli was suspended. The AIBF ethics committee is
looking into financial irregularities against both Doganeli and
The critics of “business as usual” involved in amateur boxing strongly
supported and voted for Dr. Wu. Prior to the Olympics he received a
letter, released to the public, from Dr. Jose Sulaiman, President of the
“I am suggesting to President Wu that he take a very important step in
the history of amateur boxing, which is to warn the ring officials that
will work in the coming Olympic Games to devote themselves absolutely to
the principles of honesty, impartiality, competency, and loyalty to the
AIBA institution, and that those who do not should be eliminated from
the Olympic Games and never be appointed officially by the AIBA again,”
He continued, “I believe strongly in Dr. Wu’s honesty and integrity. I
am confident that he will work very hard to erase the apparent
corruption that has existed in the past with some of AIBA’s ring
officials that (has) hurt many innocent boxers and nations who have
deserved to win medals.”
Note to Dr. Sulaiman - Nations don’t win Olympics medals, athletes do.
As Jeeves’ mother use to say, “People in glass houses should not run
Olympic Boxing Team
Thailand has had some success in Olympic boxing, starting in 1996
when Somluck Kamsing became the Kingdom’s first Gold medal winner. Many
felt that he had a good chance to repeat the feat in Sydney in 2000 but
by skipping training while working on his singing and acting career he
eliminated his chances.
Manus Boonjumnong got the light-welterweight Gold in Athens by
out-punching Cuba’s Yudel Johnson. He collected a $600,000 USD bonus
from the Kingdom and then went goofy by acting like a farang on holiday.
He spent the money on alcohol, gambling and one would expect an
To turn things around and get away from the “Bangkok playboy lifestyle,”
Manus spent time in Cuba and then became a monk to wean himself off the
party life. He’s back on the team as the leading candidate for the Gold.
He turned up winning Gold at the 2006 Asia Games and the Southeast Asia
games last year.
Trying to head off a “train wreck” at this year’s Games, Thailand’s
boxing chief Taweep Jantararoj three months ago deported the team to
rural Vietnam to avoid “distractions” of the Thai nightlife. “I’m
keeping them in Vietnam right up until the Games because I worry about
what they will do at home,” said Jantararoj.
There will be eight Thai boxers at this year’s games with Taweep tipping
seven to win medals. Two boxers, besides Manus, have good chances of
winning. Flyweight veteran Somjit Jongjohor was the runner up last year
at the world championships in Chicago and reigning bantamweight silver
medallist Worapoj Petchkoom is back.
Called the “best of the new bunch,” but a long-shot for a medal, is
middleweight Angkarn Chomphuphuang whose stock shot up after the beat
Kazakhstan star Bakhtiyar Artayev, the Olympic gold medalist from 2004,
in the Kings Cup.
2004 Olympic silver medallist, Amir Khan (18-0), has dipped into the
North American pool of trainers as he replaces Dean Powell with Jorge
Rubino. While his September 6 opponent is still a mystery, his trainer
won’t be. Rubino’s most successful trainee to date is Yuriorkis Gamboa
(11-0). Regular readers of TSR will remember Gamboa as one of the Cuban
boxers who defected in December of ’06 while the team was in Venezuela.
Venezuela wanted, and tried, to send Gamboa back to Cuba but the Germans
stepped in to save the day. Gamboa fought in Bangkok in ’03 in the world
amateur’s, losing to Somjit Jongjohor from Thailand after 2 earlier
One might think that maybe former world champion Jeff Lacy, 2000 USA
Olympic team, has gone a little “loopy”. After his “disputed “ win over
Epifanio Mendoza it was announced that Lacy would face former USA
Olympic teammate Jermain Taylor on November 11.
Within days that announcement was met with a riposte from Lacy about
retiring from boxing. “I feel like Taylor needs me more than I need him
and what do I look like fighting that fight for $550,000 and risking my
life in there like I did against Mendoza because the referee is not on
top of this guy hitting me in the back of the head?”
Within moments Lacy’s attorney told the St. Pete Times, “I’m telling
you, as Jeff’s attorney, a deal has been reached. It took a lot of work,
a lot of effort, a lot of discussion, but we got it done.”
One of the first ‘eastern block’ fighters to gain world recognition was
former champion Mate Parlov of Croatia, who died of lung cancer last
After winning the gold medal at the 1972 Olympics he went on to a
successful pro career (24-3-2), which included the WBC world
light-heavyweight championship. He won that title in January 1978 when
he KO’d previously unbeaten Miguel Angel Cuello. He would defend against
the UK’s John “Mr. Elbows” Conteh before losing the title to Marvin
He fought some of the best, getting a draw and loss against Marvin Camel
and Matthew Saad Muhammad respectively. He also had a win against Tony
Mundine whose bum son, Anthony, got an easy win last week in Australia.
Three Dot Lounge …Ya all come on in
“How ya doing Mr. Dunahey. What’ll it be? The usual?”
“Sure Joe. Did you get a chance to watch the replay of the
“Yea, was a hell of a scrap.”
“You know Joe, what helps make a great fight is sometimes the third man
in the ring. In this fight Kenny Bayless did a hell of a job. He was in
charge, stayed out of the fighters’ way and knew that people paid to see
two gladiators and not some guy in a blue shirt and bow tie run off at
“A lot of folks that watched the fight, at least in the USA, thought
that Cotto might have been winning. If you listen to Jim Lamply and
‘expert judge’ Harold Lederman you had Cotto winning: ‘Jim he’s landing
the more effective punches.’ What a lot of bull stuff Joe.
“To hear Lamply, who was in his ‘don’t believe your lying eyes listen to
me’ mode, it was Cotto’s match to lose. After 10 rounds the official
judges had it scored 96-94 on two cards for Margarito, with one judge
seeing it 95 all. TSR had it 96-94 for Margarito. Another Lamply mistake
was when he said ‘three Nevada judges’. Judge Glen Hamada is from the
state of Washington, which for Jim’s edification is not part of Nevada.
“Ok one for the road Joe. If I stay too long I’ll probably do something
stupid like the California boxing officials who seem to have stayed on
past ‘last call.’ You may remember that a couple of weeks ago The Square
Ring took California boxing officials to task for their stupid decision
in the James Toney-Hasim Rahman fight. The Square Ring and boxing
announcer par excellence, Barry Thompkins, were ‘befuddled’ by the
official ruling of a TKO for Toney. Following the 3rd round Rahman said,
‘I can’t see.’ The doctor told the referee to stop the fight and he did.
Common sense and boxing rules called it a ‘No Contest.’
“After the fight was off television, the boxing officials of California
decided that Toney was the winner because Rahman had indicated he
couldn’t see before the cut was even examined, so a TKO was ruled. We
suggested a ‘single Finger’ salute. Now following an appeal by Rahman
the result is changed to ‘No Contest.’”
If viewers can tear themselves away from the Olympics on Monday,
from 7-9 pm, they’ll get a chance to watch WBC lady atomweight champion
Vinyu ParadornGym (7-1) against Momo Koseki (5-1) from Japan. Vinyu won
the crown when she defeated Momo last August in Thailand. The referee
for that one was your Lordship’s cousin, Bruce MacTavish.
Also on the TV card is former WBA champ Wandee Singwancha (56-8-) taking
on Takahisa Masuda (18-7-3). Wandee is 17-0-1 over his last 18. He had a
very tough patch in ’03 when he lost to world ranked Hussein Hussein,
Peter Culshaw and Vic Darchinyan twice.
Your Lordship, as I get your attitude adjustment fluid, a cigar and some
musical sounds, I have a question for you. You know that the biggest
event in North American harness racing is the Hambletonian. It was run
last Saturday. Do you know the name of the winner? O.K. I’ll give you a
hint. The horse was named after either a law firm in England or all the
bar owners in Pattaya. Give up? The horses name is Deweycheatumnhowe.
Aussie sailors dominate the
Six Senses Phuket Raceweek
The keelboat fleet in line
on Day 1.
Time to have some fun on
the final day of the regatta.
The monsoon weather
conditions tested everyone’s sailing skills.
Story by Peter Cummins; Photos Martyn Goodacre
for IMAGE asia
Peter Ahern’s Australian team from Perth made no mistake in the Racing
(IRC-1) Class at the recently finished Six Senses Phuket Raceweek -
sailed over the period 23-27 July – with a total of eight races for some
of the seven classes participating. Peter won every race on “Yo!2” for a
girl band ‘Unicorn’ dished up some entertainment for the sailors.
Elsewhere Peter’s compatriots had a highly successful regatta as well;
Andrew de Bruin easily winning the Club Charter Class, Bill Webb coming
second behind South African skipper Shane Smith in the Ocean Multihulls,
and Ben Copley followed Peter Ahern in the IRC-1 Class.
Other class winners were the Thai-registered yacht “Phoenix”, skippered
by Niels Degenkolw (IRC-2), Ocean Multihulls Phuket-based Ao Chalong
sailor Mark Horwood on “Charro”, British entrant Peter Dyer skippering
“SEA Property”won the Firefly 850 and persistent Nutt Gunter helmed one
of the ‘Queens of the Seas’ “Kerida” to win the superb Classic Class.
Laem Ka Bay provided a picturesque location for the fifth Six Senses
The last day of the Six Senses Phuket Raceweek was in effect, a
microcosm of the whole week. Although the regatta opened in rather
dismal conditions, it moved on very quickly into a perfect few days of
yacht racing out off the Evason Phuket & Six Senses Spas, around the
beautiful island-studded Laem Ka Bay on Phuket’s southeast coast. But
moderate to strong southwesterly monsoons gave the fleets, at times,
more than some of them could handle.
The more than 10 nationalities which participated included Australia,
China (Hong Kong), France, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Russia,
Singapore, South Africa, UK, USA and Thailand, and added to the great
media coverage the event has attracted via print and TV, the sailors
from these regions will be spreading the word upon return to their home
The regatta, in its fifth sailing, featured 44 craft and more than 30
co-sponsors, supporters and ‘Island Partners’.
Concomitant with the greatly expanded fleets, the international media
honed in on the action with media partners in Australia, Hong Kong,
Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand -in fact a worldwide coverage –
televising the event via sporting and life-style channels and print.
Eurosport, Star Sports, the European Sailing Channel, CNN Mainsail and a
special UK programme, Proactive TV, distributed through Watersports
World, brought the beauty of yacht-racing specifically, and Phuket
generally, to a potential viewing audience of over 150 million around
Of course, the Thai press also covered the action, the Bangkok Post, the
Pattaya Mail, the Pattaya Blatt and the Phuket press to name a few of
the media outlets.
This attention, in turn, attracts more sponsorship and this year the Six
Senses Resorts and Spa, as the principal sponsor, had the naming rights
having supported the regatta, with the Evason Phuket as the host venue,
since day one.
Six Senses Chief Executive Officer, Sonu Shivdasani, sees a remarkable
symbiosis between his company’s goal of maintaining a sustainable
environment and yacht racing – probably one of the sporting world’s most
Other generous supporters were Raimon Land, with a similar philosophy to
Six Senses, whose concern for developing a better environment has been
the catalyst for the company sponsoring so many ventures in the marine
sector and yacht racing up and down the Kingdom.
Rodenstock eyewear has also entered the arena of sports sponsorship,
embracing yacht racing via the Koh Samui and the Six Senses Regattas and
introducing specially designed lenses for sports people. Rodenstock’s
daily ‘happy hour’ was always a full house at the splendid sea-front
restaurant of the Evason.
The Sports and the Tourism authorities of Thailand stamped their
imprimateur on the regatta, ably supported by the national authority,
the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand and the Ao Chalong Yacht Club,
located in the adjacent bay to the Laem Ka racing area.
The “on-water” action was only matched on the land with, at one count,
six parties for five days of racing. One such spectacular was the Raimon
Land party at the Ratri Jazzhouse, Kata Beach, with a splendid view over
Phuket. On hand, so to speak, was the ‘Unicorn’ all-girl band, so nobody
– at least among the weary sailors – bothered to look at the views of
Possibly the regatta could be summed up by Peter Ahern, who had written
in his local yacht club newsletter to his Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht
Club’ colleagues before he came to Phuket: “I strongly recommend anyone
looking for a relaxed but competitive yachting regatta, in the middle of
the next (Australian) winter, to participate in the 2008 Phuket
The Rear Commodore of the club, Peter had spent many months refurbishing
his Farr 40, “Yo!2” and arrived in Phuket with a top team of Perth
yachties, joined by several out of Malaysia.
Meanwhile Johnnie Walker and Mont Clair Wines kept the thirsty sailors,
race management and regatta personnel steadily supplied with a deluge of
beverages and Sixt Rent-a-car also joined the fray in 2008.
The regatta managers, Phuket entrepreneurs Grenville Fordham and Andy
Dowden, along with the superb team of Simon James’ race officers, Mark
Pryke’s international jurors and, yes, even the press and media will
look forward to the sixth edition of the Six Senses Phuket Raceweek next
Six Senses Phuket Raceweek:
RACING CLASS (IRC-1) (first six only). 1. Peter
Ahern (Aus, “Yo!2”, 7); 2. Ben Copley (Aus, “Katsu”, 16); 3.
John Vause (NZ, “Ruby Tuesday”, 22); 4. Stuart Williamson (UK,
“Endeavour of Whitby”, 33); 5. Toshio Furuta (Japan, “Emma”,
44); 6. Peter Jones (Malaysia, “Moya Hin”, 46).
IRC-2. (first three only). 1. Niels Degenkolw, (Thai, “Phoenix”,
9); 2. Peter Dyer (UK, “Madame Butterfly”, 11); 3. Mick Kealy
(Thai, “Evason Phuket Minx”, 20).
CLUB CHARTER (first four only). 1. Andrew de Bruin (Aus,
“Awatea”, 5); 2. Horst Lakits (Austria, “Big A”, 11); 3. Roger
Harris (“Simone”, 19); 4. Somov Viatceslav (Russia, “Thalassa”,
OCEAN MULTIHULL (first three only). 1. Shane Smith (South
Africa,”Chameleon”, 4); 2. Bill Webb (Aus., “Out of the Bag”,
8); 3. Bernard Chapus (France, “Chamaral”, 20).
RACING MULTIHULL (first three only). 1. Mark Horwood (Thai,
“Charro”, 11); 2. Bob Brindley (Aus, “X-Catriot”, 11); 3. Neil
Ayre, “Shanghai Baby”, 20).
FIREFLY 650 (all). 1. Peter Dyer (UK, “SEA Property”, 16); 2.
Henry Kaye (UK, “Mamba”, 16); 3. Roger Kingdon (UK, “Moto Inzi”,
17); 4. Bill Phelps (Thai, “Twin Sharks”, 19); 5. Chris
Jongerius (“The Frog”, 30).
CLASSICS (all). 1. Nutt Gunter (Thai, “Kerida”, 4); 2. Mark
Myking (USA, “Idiom”, 5); 3. Neil Parry (Aus, “Burong Bahri”,
9); 4. Tom Howard (Thai, “Seraph”, 13).
League of Legends - Round 5
by Howie Reed
Maybe the pep talk by the “Old Dart Coach” actually paid off.
John Lowe tossed off the”snyder,” notching his first win, Eric Bristow
gave Peter Evison all he wanted before losing 7-5, Cliff Lazeranko
derailed the Whitcombe express and Cowboy Bob Anderson played lights
out, slam bang, how you doing darts.
It was a grand night for the League of Legends in Reading. It proved
that there’s still plenty of life left in the legends of the game.
John Lowe 7 - Bobby George 2
Last week the “Old Dart Coach” predicted a 7-2 Lowe win in these very
spaces. He wrote: “In his day John Lowe would beat Bobby George
like a rented mule. Look for 7-2.” As The Biz wrote, who was watching at
the venue, “Lowe was magic like the good old days. It was the John Lowe
Lowe celebrates his first win in the League of Legends following his 7-2
victory over Bobby George.
In previous matches Mr. Lowe had trouble scoring, finishing and winning.
That’s now in the rear view mirror. A British sportswriter Jon Wilde
wrote, “It was a showing that would have beaten all but a handful of
players in any organization as Lowe recorded three 180’s and finally
found the fluency on the doubles that had eluded him before turning up
Lowe himself said it best: “The difference tonight was probably pride. I
knew the only way I could keep alive was to win. I’ve been playing
brilliantly in exhibitions and maybe making too many excuses in the
League of Legends instead of just telling myself to play the game like I
know I can.”
Peter Evison 7 - Eric Bristow 5
This was a match that Evison needed, but that he almost lost to a
resurgent Eric Bristow. Bristow swept the first two legs with leg one
being a classic. It included a pair of T40’s and an 82 check. Evison
then got to 1-2 down with a 100 finish in the third.
At 3-3, Evison overcame a T80 for a 4-3 lead then captured another leg
for 5-3. The players then traded legs with Bristow getting another T80
in the 10th to moved him to 6-5 down. In the 12th leg it was Evison’s
firepower and a keen 64 finish that ensured victory.
Evison stated the obvious following his win: “Eric came up trumps, he
played very well and that’s why I had been apprehensive all day. You
should never write Eric off, that’s why he is a legend.” Eric? “I’m
gutted to have lost.”
Evison, the Aristotle of the sisal boards, said Yogi Berra like, “The
job is never done until it’s done.” Although with 7 points in the books
he’s almost “got her done” in clinching a spot in the semis.
The Evison win, coupled with the Whitcombe loss, puts the two players
level in the standings with 7 points each. They meet this Friday.
Whitcombe does have one more leg won so in a tie-breaker he would get
the second seed.
Cliff Lazarenko 7 - Dave Whitcombe 4
This was part 2 of a remarkable comeback for Big Cliff Lazarenko. It
started with the win over Bobby George two weeks ago and culminated with
a smashing victory over Dave Whitcombe 7-4.
This match was not about scoring averages but the will to win. “We both
got bogged down at times but neither of us gave up,” said Lazarenko. It
was also a match that allowed Lazarenko to say, “I belong here.” He
After sharing the first two legs, as is often the case, Lazarenko led
3-2 at the tea break. After the break, yea I’m sure Cliff drinking tea
would be in Mr. Guinness book, Lazarenko took the next pair for a 5-3
lead. When Whitcombe got it to 4-5, he followed that up in leg 10 with a
T80 to leave a small finish. Lazarenko answered with a nifty 114 finish
on him for 6-5. The winning dart was a double 10.
Bob Anderson 7 - Keith Deller 3
Coming off a 7-1 trouncing of Eric Bristow, Keith Deller said: “I’m
going to have to play better to beat Bob Anderson.” In terms of scoring
average he did improving to 27.67 from 25.22.
Deller may have improved but Cowboy Bob Anderson went ballistic with the
best match of the tournament and a 30.00 per dart average. That’s some
kind of scoring in any league, venue or organization.
The win moved Anderson to the top of the table and ‘almost’ insured him
a spot in the semi finals.
Anderson wasn’t pleased with his 6-6 draw with Whitcombe at Batley two
weeks ago. “What I didn’t do in Batley I did tonight. I took my chances
this time and that was the only difference. For the last two weeks I’ve
been doing some real knuckle-bleeding practice on doubles. I know what
you have to do to win in this game. I’ve been at it for 30 years and I
think I showed that tonight.”
This weekends matches
Bob Anderson (8pts) v. Eric Bristow (2pts)
Tonight the League of Legends finds itself at The Spa in Bridlington.
Bob Anderson should have no trouble padding his lead-leading 8 points as
he meets bottom of the table Eric Bristow. A loss by Bristow and his
hopes, although very dim, for a spot in the semis are over. Now that
Anderson has all his “stuff” together he’ll be hard to knock off the
number 1 perch. Look for a big Anderson win.
Keith Deller (6pts) v. Bobby George (2pts)
A win here for Deller and he will leapfrog either Whitcombe or Evison,
the loser of their match, into second place in the standings. Should
Whitcombe-Evison turn out to be a 6-6 draw, Deller would move into
second by himself by a point.
Does Bobby George have a chance? Sure, anytime you have a talented
player there is a chance. The problem is that Deller is playing well
each week while George has been up and down. George’s win came in round
2 at the expense of Peter Evison 7-3. Should George get back to a 27.60
average of that night he has a real chance.
Cliff Lazarenko (6 pts) v John Lowe (2 pts)
Well hello Cliff Lazarenko. That would be joint 4th in the standings
with Keith Deller at 6 points Cliff Lazarenko. This is the most
important match of the league for Lazarenko as a loss here and you can
probably colour his chances of making the semis “toast”.
Left for road kill just one round ago, John Lowe is back in the picture
but just barely. He has to maintain the momentum from his win over
George. This though is not about scoring averages but about pride by two
great players who just happen to be best mates. Lowe has to win as with
a loss his final match against Eric will mean nothing.
Morris makes a date with
Jomtien Golf with the IPGC
Monday, 28 July, The Emerald -
Our fun game of the month with, as always, an individual
stableford competition for two divisions for the 29 players and also
today a three-in-a-team stableford contest for nine groups. Needless to
say there was total confusion back at Siam Cats after the organiser
asked for a separate scorecard for each player and an extra one for the
In the end, after some fun barracking to some of the players (no names
mentioned of course) William Chang, Joe Kubon and Dave Ross were
declared runners up with 76 points, and just one point ahead in first
were the trio of Peter Grant, Jimmy Johnson and Bryan Rought. There were
seven teams within 5 points of the winners so it was a very close
Two birdies on the 15th for Burnie Sinclair and Paddy Wilson secured a
share of the 2’s pot and the ‘Near Pins’ went to Keith Hector, Bill
Hewitt, Jim Lane, Phin Stewart, Andy Crabb, Peter Grant and Jean Morel.
In the individual stableford contest, Bob Green recorded his first ever
36 points to win division 2, just beating Bryan Rought by 1 point. Ted
Morris took division 1 honours after beating Dave Ross on an 18/16 back
nine count back. Paddy Wilson was third on 36 points.
Wednesday, 30 July, Greenwood – Stableford
It was a smaller field than on Monday but still worth the
journey here to Greenwood.
Jimmy Johnson won division 2, beating Russell Benson on count back after
both finished with 36 points, and the in form Ted Morris took division 1
with a 41-point haul off his 8 handicap. Burnie Sinclair finished second
There were no nearest the pins today, but in the two’s competition Jimmy
Johnson and Jean Morel had one each to share the prize.
Friday, 1 August, Eastern Star – Stableford
With the new greens starting to show some materialization
after all these weeks, the management has told us they should be ready
within the next 2 months.
The scissors will be out this weekend in the weekly IPGC handicap update
as Ted Morris won division 1 for the third time this week,but only with
36 points this time. Calon Blackburn came in second 4 points behind.
Still the same old names crop up, and waiting to be cut as well after
scoring 39 points was division 2 winner Bryan Rought and in second place
6 points behind Peter Grant.
Note: Jomtien Golf meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at
Siam Cats, Soi 5 Jomtien Beach Rd. at around 8.30am for a 10.00am tee
off. There is one month’s schedule in the bar so please sign up or call
Glyn on 086 837 5464.
Thailand beat Hong Kong in Pattaya thriller
The Thailand Tigers relax
after the game at Horseshoe Point following their historic win over
reigning Asian champions, the Hong Kong Dragons.
Thailand’s Australian Rules Football club, the Thailand Tigers
hosted reigning Asian Champions the Hong Kong Dragons last weekend at
Horseshoe Point in Pattaya and handed the champions their first defeat
in more than a year.
It was a significant victory by the Thailand Tigers as the best
Australian football sides have not been able to get close to the Hong
Kong team in recent times.
The last time the Dragons came to Thailand, they were undefeated in
their run through the 2007 Asia championships, eventually taking home
the trophy after a thrilling extra-time final against the Bali Gecko’s.
However this time a rejuvenated Tigers team took it up to the champs to
come away with a hard fought win.
The Tigers started the better, getting away to an early lead with goals
to full forward Aaron Klutke and rover Damien Hoo. Although it was a
tight and scrappy encounter early on, the Tigers were able to make the
most of their opportunities, whereas the visitors were rushed in front
of goal, and unable to convert.
New International Captain, Jarrad Rexilious, was leading the way in the
midfield, with some explosive runs from the center of the ground and
continually pumping the ball into the forward line. He was in good
company with Nathan Kincaid also prominent in his first game for the
Thailand team, showing plenty of aggression at the contests, and also
pushing forward to provide another scoring option.
The Dragons rallied after quarter time, showing some of the qualities
that make them such a force in Asian football. And though they won a lot
more of the football around the ground and looked to be getting on top
of the Tigers, the desperate efforts of the Tigers key defensive players
in Chris Cleave and Michael Sammons were proving too hard to penetrate.
Cleave was a tower of defense in the air, and also at ground level with
his fierce tackling. What Sammons and Cleave didn’t mark or spoil seemed
to be cleared by the Tigers fleet of nimble defenders in James Lie and
Ryan Collett. The Tigers taking a 25-point lead into half time.
With the Hamilton-Riddell Cup on the line, and looking for an
improvement a month out from the 2008 Asian Football Championships in
Singapore, the Hong Kong team threw everything into the second half and
started to peg back the Tigers early lead. The Dragons were not having
things their own way however, with goals still proving hard to come by
for both teams as the pressure intensified. Keeping the Tigers in front
was Hoo whose continued hard running through the middle of the ground,
and aggressive tackling eventually earned him a shot on goal that he
duly converted for full points.
However the Dragons kicked four goals straight for the term to the
Tigers two goals and two behinds, reducing the Tigers lead to 14 points
going into the three quarter time break.
This lead was quickly reduced to only eight points when the Dragons
booted the first goal of the final term and it was suddenly “game on”.
However the Tigers had been resting several of their better players
during the third quarter, and with Rexilious, Hoo, and Kincaid back into
the middle, and dominant ruckman Luke Rogowski drifting across the half
back line, the Tigers grabbed control again. They pushed the ball
forward where Klutke was able to gather a loose ball and kick his third
goal for the day, a great effort on the run from 40 metres out,
restoring a comfortable margin.
This proved too much for the Dragons, with the home side The Thailand
Tigers running out victors by 13 points.
International coach David Paterson was happy with the win leading into
September’s Asia Championships. “We were very happy to come away with a
win against the benchmark in the competition, as we have continued to
make significant inroads from where we were as a team this time last
year. It reinforces that the challenge is definitely there for this
group if they want to achieve the ultimate success in Singapore,” he
Final score: Thailand Tigers: 8 - 7 - 55 defeated the Hong Kong
Dragons: 6 - 6 - 42
Best Players for Thailand: Chris Cleave, Damien Hoo, Jarrad
Rexilious, Nathan Kincaid.
Goal Kickers: Klutke (3), Hoo (2), Kincaid, Sullivan, Rogowski.
Charity Pool at the Sportsman
The pool players gather
for a group photo prior to the knockout tournament.
A charity Pool night on behalf of the Mercy Centre
was held in the Sportsman Pub & Restaurant, Soi 13 on Saturday 20 July.
The Mercy Centre was opened for disadvantaged and abandoned children by
Fred and Dianne Doell.
The evening included 14 players who were whittled down to Mr. Blue and
Dave Bowers who took 1st and 2nd respectively. There was also a raffle
to raise extra money with kind donations from Manhattans Steakhouse,
Casa Pascal, Poseidon and the Sportsman Pub & Restaurant in the form of
A total of 15,500 was raised and Desmond Chalice from Door 2 Door food
delivery then generously added 9,500 baht to the cause, making a grand
total of 25,000 baht. Sportsman Pub and Restaurant would like to thank
all competitors and contributors for making the evening a great success.
Siripen scores best
of the day 43 points
July Diana Seniors, Super Seniors & Ladies Open
Thursday 31 July, Pattaya Country
Club - Stableford
Thirty-one golfers arrived at Pattaya Country Club to contest
the monthly Diana competition for Super Seniors (men over 65) Seniors
(men 50 - 64) and Ladies (any age). They were welcomed by Nigel Cannon
who was standing in for Mike Franklin.
The course was in its usual fair condition with the greens rather slow.
The weather was fine for this time of year with just a little sun.
The best score of the day was 43 points by Siripen Homkum (18) - winning
the Ladies with Sue Murphy (31) the runner up with 42 points. However
the ‘gentle giant’ Herb Schwieterman (23) was not letting the ladies
have it all there own way with 41 points to win the Seniors competition,
with Ian Covill (13) runner up with 38 points. John Hurst (15) was the
Super Seniors winner with 39 points, closely followed by runner up by
Frank O’Neill (15) with 38 points.
The next competition exclusively for men over 50 and ladies any age is
scheduled for Thursday August 28 at Pattaya Country Club with tee times
from 9am. Sign-up sheets are at Diana Driving Range and Green Bottle,
2nd Road until Tuesday, August 26.
Long Putt: #9 Prakong Robinson, #18 Siripen Homkum
Near Pins: #5 Mick O’Meara, #7 Frank O’Neill, #12 Mick O’Meara,
#16 Siripen Homkum.