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Cink beats Watson in playoff to win British Open
United back in action this weekend
Kenya’s Kipserem Chumh wins 2009 Pattaya Marathon
Mashi on a mission for monthly award
Pierre puts on a magic show
Sinclair avoids the dreaded count back
Channing lets his golf do the talking
Champions: Simon Spaulding, Ted Gardener & Yui Bietry
New Guy on the block
Allidi pips the scribe for monthly honours
Seagrave storms home at Greenwood
Last hole birdie secures win for Sus
A double weekend success for Liam
Birthday boy Ken provides party after Pattana
Milne & Riggall take ‘Roo Cup’ win
King reigns supreme
Alan’s Army triumph twice over Perry’s Patrolmen
Pattaya Backgammon League
Bridge in Paradise
Pattaya Sports Club Bowling League
Mickey Mouse Friday Night Dart League
Cink beats Watson in playoff to win British Open
Turnberry, Scotland (AP) – One putt from 8 feet was all
that separated Tom Watson from a moment no one imagined possible until
he was close enough to make it happen with one final stroke.
On the verge of becoming golf’s oldest major champion, Watson finally
showed his 59-year-old nerves.
Cink kisses the champion’s trophy after winning the British Open golf
championship in a playoff against Tom Watson at Turnberry, Sunday, July
19. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
The par putt never had a chance. An hour later, neither did Watson.
“It would have been a hell of a story, wouldn’t it?” Watson said. “And
it was almost. Almost. The dream almost came true.”
Turns out this year’s British Open was too good to be true.
Stewart Cink, who made a 12-foot birdie on the final hole of regulation
that only looked good enough for second place, overwhelmed a weary
Watson in the four-hole playoff to win the British Open last Sunday.
Cink posed on the edge of a pot bunker with the claret jug. Watson
walked into the press center and quickly sized up the mood.
“This ain’t a funeral, you know,” he said.
Watson stood on the 18th tee one last time, trailing the playoff by four
shots, blinking away tears. He wasn’t alone in his sadness. Thousands of
fans who filled the grandstands for the first time all week sat in
stunned silence. Rarely does a major championship end like this one - to
polite applause from a gallery of long faces.
Cink, who was never atop the leaderboard all week until Watson missed
the winning putt, was flawless in the playoff. He opened with two pars,
finished with two birdies and won by six, the largest margin in this
Cink and Watson finished at 2-under 278, the highest winning score in
the four Opens held at Turnberry.
Gazing at the fabled trophy, he paid his due to the modern-day King of
“My hat’s off to him,” Cink said. “He turned back the clock. Just did a
great job. I speak for all the rest of the people here, too.”
Indeed, he did. The loudest cheer was for the player who won the silver
Cink had to settle for his name engraved on golf’s oldest trophy. Yet
even his first major title was bittersweet. It was hard to root against
Watson, even for those trying to beat him.
Watson plays from the tenth tee during his final round of 72 at the
British Open. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
“I have to be honest, playing against Tom in the playoff, it’s mixed
feelings because I’ve watched him with such admiration all week,” Cink
said. “And of course, it would come down to me against him in the
playoff. And then the golf course is so hard that someone eventually is
going to probably lose the tournament with mistakes.”
Tied with three other players along the back nine on a breezy afternoon,
Watson two-putted for par on the tough 16th hole, where his challengers
all made bogey to fall back. Then he made an easy birdie on the par-5
17th, giving him a one-shot lead as this unforgettable British Open
reached a crescendo.
From the middle of the 18th fairway, Watson was thinking about hitting a
9-iron, then settled on an 8-iron. The ball soared right at the flag,
then bounced hard and fast over the back of the green. His putt back up
the slope ran 8 feet past the hole.
Watson steadied himself over the par putt, and thousands of fans braced
themselves. The moment ended quickly. It was obvious immediately he
didn’t hit it hard enough. Watson’s sagging shoulders confirmed it.
“I made a lousy putt,” said Watson, who closed with a 72. “Then in the
playoff, it was bad shot after another.”
For the first time all week, Watson looked tired. His approach to the
first playoff hole, No. 5, tumbled into a pot bunker and led to bogey to
fall one shot behind. After a remarkable par save on the par-3 sixth,
Watson came undone.
He hooked his tee shot on the 17th into grass so deep it took him two
hacks to get back to the fairway. He three-putted for a double bogey,
while Cink played safe and smart for a two-putt birdie and a four-shot
Jack Nicklaus, whom Watson beat at Turnberry in 1977 in that famous
“Duel in the Sun,” shared Watson’s pain.
“I don’t think Tom was tired,” Nicklaus said. “But emotionally, he was
spent. All his emotions were spent in those first 18 holes. When Stewart
made birdie at 18, and then Tom made bogey, it just goes right through
you. I feel terrible for him.”
Cink, born two years before Watson won his first claret jug at
Carnoustie in 1975, moves to No. 9 in the world ranking.
“It’s been a surreal experience for me,” Cink said. “Not only playing
one of my favorite courses and a wonderful tournament, but playing
against Tom Watson. This stuff doesn’t happen. I grew up watching him on
TV, hoping to follow in his footsteps, not playing against him.”
Some of these fans were at Turnberry in 1977 when Watson beat Nicklaus,
the signature victory among Watson’s eight majors.
He just couldn’t beat Father Time.
“It was fun to be in the mix again, having kids who are my kids’ age
saying, ‘What are you doing out here?’ It was nice showing them you can
still play,” Watson said. “I’m sure I’ll take some good things from it.
But it’s still a disappointment.”
Watson wasn’t alone in that disappointment. Three other players had at
least a share of the lead in a final round where fortunes shifted with
the sea breeze off the Firth of Clyde.
Lee Westwood of England had a one-shot lead with four holes to play
until making back-to-back bogeys. He battled to the end, however, and
made a bold swing from a pot bunker in the 18th fairway. The ball
cleared the sodden wall by an inch and somehow reached the front of the
green. One shot behind, with Watson in the fairway behind him, he felt
his only hope was to make the 70-foot putt.
He ran it about 8 feet by the hole, then missed the next one and took
bogey. Westwood was saddened to see Watson miss the putt for other
reasons - he shot 71 and finished one shot out of the playoff.
“Gone from frustration to sickness now,” he said.
Chris Wood, missing only an “s” in his name to give the weekend some
normalcy after Tiger Woods missed the cut, shot 67 despite a bogey on
the last hole. He tied for third with Westwood, finishing nearly two
hours before Watson missed the decisive putt.
Mathew Goggin, who played in the final pairing with Watson, was also
tied for the lead and had a chance to seize control until badly missing
an 8-foot birdie putt on the 13th. He followed with three straight
bogeys and shot 73, two shots behind.
Then there was Ross Fisher, not even sure he would play Sunday if his
wife had gone into labor. He birdied the first two holes and was two
shots ahead until he chopped away in high grass on both sides of the
fifth fairway and took a quadruple-bogey 8. Fisher didn’t make another
birdie the rest of the day and shot 75.
The closest Cink had ever come to winning a major was the 2001 U.S. Open
at Southern Hills, when he missed an 18-inch bogey putt on the last hole
while trying to clear the stage for Retief Goosen, never suspecting
Goosen would three-putt from 12 feet. Cink wound up missing the playoff
by one shot.
Now, his name is on the oldest trophy in golf, joining the likes of
Woods, Nicklaus and Watson, the man he beat.
“The same Tom Watson that won this tournament in ’77, the same guy
showed up here this week,” Cink said. “And he just about did it. He beat
everybody but one guy. And it was really special.”
United back in action this weekend
Following the mid-season break, Pattaya United resume their Thai Premier
League campaign this coming Sunday with an away fixture against local rival
Sriracha FC at the Princess Sirindhorn Stadium with the kick off at the 6
p.m. United are currently lying one place above Sriracha in the league table
on goal difference with both teams aiming to lift themselves out of the
relegation zone. The Pattaya Mail will have a full report of all the
match action next week.
Kenya’s Kipserem Chumh wins 2009 Pattaya Marathon
Mayor Ittiphol sounds the
starting siren for the 2009 Pattaya Marathon.
Predictably, and as in previous years, it was the Kenyan athletes
who dominated the 15th running of the Pattaya Marathon held early last
Sunday morning on a street circuit around the city and its environs. Michh
Kipserem Chumh put in a fine performance to complete the difficult 42.2km
route in a time of 2:22:38 hours to finish just 6 seconds ahead of another
international runner, Patrick Kipkemoi, and claim the first prize of 200,000
Kipserem Chumh of Kenya (right) celebrates his victory with runner up
Kipserem Chumh’s compatriot Charles Kipngeich Korir finished third in a time
of 2:24:11 while the best time by a Thai male athlete was achieved by
Boothung Srisang, who crossed the line in 2:35:24 to finish 11th overall.
The women’s race was marred by controversy when the top three Kenyan runners
to cross the line, including the winner Pamela Jemeli Kipchage, were later
disqualified after it was discovered they took on water from an unauthorized
drinks stop. This handed victory in the race to Thailand’s Sunisa
Sai-lomyen, a past multiple winner of this event, who this year finished in
a time of 2:49:35. Another Kenyan athlete, Truphena Jepchumba Kurui, took
the runner up award with a time of 2:52:33.
The Wheelchair Marathon was won by Thailand’s Prawat Wahorum who winged his
way past the more able bodied athletes in a scorching time of 1:38: 4 hours.
In the half marathon discipline (21.1km), victory in the men’s race went to
Simion Kitum Yano of Kenya in 1:09:08 hours while the women’s race was won
by Thailand’s Saifon Boonjang, who recorded a winning time of 1:27:02.
With three new categories being added to this year’s race: male runners 70+,
female runners 60+ and both sexes 60+, it meant that there was a record
total of over 200 prizes and Bt2.4 million in prize money up for grabs.
latest in designer running gear comes complete with accompanying one-man
The event has become increasingly popular over the years and Pattaya Mayor
Ittipon Khunpleum and The Thai Tourism Authority (TAT) are well aware of its
importance in attracting tourists and visitors to the city. Although the
numbers competing were slightly down this year, another effect of the global
recession, the field included a large number of international runners who
had come to the city to specifically take part in the race.
To signify the importance of the event to Pattaya, a plethora of dignitaries
were present at the start of the race including Mayor Ittiphol, Chonburi
Governor, Sehnee Jitkasem (who later took part in the 10.5km race), Pasarin
Sawetarat, the Vice President of Pattaya TAT, and Major General Arnat
Rattanapol, the representative of the Athletic Association of Thailand
(patron: His Majesty The King (A.A.T.).
Race organizers were able to breathe a huge sigh of relief on Sunday morning
when the weather turned out to be bright and clear, unlike last year when a
deluge of rain delayed the start of the race, and Mayor Ittipon was able to
sound the starting gun on time at 4 a.m. to set the athletes on there way.
boots are made for walking/running - Jameson’s ‘finest’ approaches the
As in any marathon, there are those benevolent folks who pound the tarmac in
the pursuit of raising funds for worthy causes. This year’s Pattaya Marathon
was no exception and two individuals worthy of mention here are Jim Lumsden
of the Ambiance Group who took part in the full marathon and received over
500,000 baht in sponsorship this year to be donated to the Pattaya Gay
Festival Charities (see this weeks’ Social Page), and Jameson’s very own pub
landlord Kim Fletcher, who completed the half marathon in what was believed
to be a personal best time (not listed) and raised 50,000 baht for the
Jesters Care for Kids Charity Drive.
Well done to both these competitors and to all those who ran or walked to
raise charitable funds at this year’s event.
And so, as another Pattaya Marathon passes by, the search goes on to find a
local athlete to challenge the might of the African runners. With 12 months
to go to the next installment, it might just be time to dust off those
…and they’re off.
Mashi on a mission
for monthly award
PSC golf from The Bunker Bar
Monday, July 13,
Crystal Bay - Stableford
Mashi came close to winning the golfer of the month title in June and he
seems determined to win it this month. Mashi scored the most stableford
points today to beat Rab by one point and add to the win he had at Green
Valley earlier in the month. This win now takes him into second place in the
monthly race. Meanwhile Tony Robbins had a good day also, finishing third
with 34 points.
1st Mashi Kaneta (12) 37pts
2nd Rab McDonald (13) 36pts
3rd Tony Robbins (11) 34pts
Near Pins: Eddie Martin, Tony Robbins and Takeshi Hakozaki.
Wednesday, July 15,
The Emerald - Medal
Playing a Medal round at Emerald our most senior player “Reggy” had his
second win this month, shooting level par to win by one stroke. Rab McDonald
was runner up and Geoff Parker came in a close third to put all three of
them in the shake up for golfer of the month award, along with Mashi (who
was absent without leave today!)
1st Reg Smart (22) net 72
2nd Rab McDonald (13) net 73
3rd Geoff Parker (15) net 75
Near Pins: Unto Kilvonen, Alan Sutherland, Colin Stokes and Geoff Hart.
Friday, July 17,
Pleasant Valley - Stableford
We haven’t played Pleasant Valley for a few months so the Bunker Boys
decided to give it another go to see how it was coming along. Most of the
course is in good condition and they’ve removed a couple of the internal
“OB’s” which is a plus, but there’s still plenty of construction going on
with trucks buzzing around everywhere, however it is gradually improving.
Rab McDonald kept in touch with the leaders in the golfer of the month
table, but he had to settle for second place today, losing on a count back
to Eddie Martin, while Geoff Cox’s 35 point was enough to get third place.
1st Eddie Martin (17) 37pts
2nd Rab McDonald (13) 37pts
3rd Geoff Cox (13) 35pts
Near Pins: Tony Robbins, Eddie Martin and Alan Sullivan.
Pierre puts on a magic show
IPGC golf from Lewiinski’s
Sunday, July 12, Green Valley – Medal
1st Vic Hestor (13) net 73
2nd Bob Newell (6) net 73
3rd Jim Munns (13) net 75
1st Pierre Bietry (16) net 67
2nd Don Lehmer (14) net 69
3rd Bob Lindburg (16) net 70
1st Mike Craighead (16) net 72
Near Pins: #2 Pierre Bietry, #9 Benny O’Connor, #12 Mike Craighead, #16
Ounce again the monthly medal was upon us, and it needed a bit of magic from
Pierre “The Magician” to win and gain entry to the Gold Medal, which is held
later in the year. Pierre posted a sparkling net 67 to win the B flight, the
July Monthly Medal, and man of the match honors. This was Pierre’s first ever
monthly medal win.
Bietry (right) receives the Monthly Mug from Bob Newell.
The Magician’s wife Yui tried to get in on the act with a bit of her own magic,
the four ball disappearing trick on the tee box on the par-four 5th hole. Don
Lehmer finished two shots off the pace to claim second. Bob “The Guru of Green
Valley” carded a very impressive net 70 to close out the flight.
Vic Hestor secured the A flight bragging rights with a net 73, gaining a count
back decision over Bob “Luckless” Newell. Captain Fog returned a net 75 for the
“Michele the Mechanic” waltzed round the course and posted an even par round net
72 to win the Red flight.
Pierre Bietry, Geoff Doddy and Mike Beresford shared a very handy 2’s pot.
Back at Lewiinski’s the biggest cheer of the night was for Colin who won the Lou
inskis free draw worth over four thousand baht.
Wednesday, July 14, Phoenix - Stableford
1st Simon Spaulding (2) 41pts
2nd Tracy Spaulding (9) 35pts
Bill Broschart (17) 40pts
2nd Robin Peach (16) 37pts
It was Simon and Tracy Spaulding’s turn to turn to shine today, this time at the
Phoenix playing the Mountain and Lakes. Simon, who plays off a seemingly stingy
enough two handicap, served yet another notice that he may deserve to be lower.
He managed six birdies in his round that even without the birdies would have
been a personal best for most of us. His gross sixty nine 41 point haul
deservedly copped first place in A Flight
Just to prove a point Tracey, Simon’s better half, followed him home with 35
points for second spot.
B Flight chucked in a forty-pointer by way of one Mr. Bill Broschart. Robin
Peach and Sid Crawley were knotted on 37 points apiece; with the resulting count
back going to Robin 21/19.
Guess who had the only ‘2’ of the day? That’s right Simon.
I heard it on the ‘Wireless’
Golf is a game of opposites - the world’s slowest people are ahead of you, and
the fastest are behind.
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 to the list or call Bob on 080 096 8232. Transport is provided.
the dreaded count back
Jomtien Golf with the IPGC
Monday, July 13, Plutaluang – Stableford
It was a quiet start to the week before the IPGC Club
Championship taking place on Wednesday and Friday and only 21
players were out today.
It was back to our favourite combination of the North and West
courses here and with the conditions improving every week it was a
pleasure to play. This was reflected in the scores with Burnie
Sinclair winning division 1 with 38 points and not losing on count
back, if you can believe this. Andy Mills came in second on 33
points and in third just three points behind was Harry Vincenzi
In his last week with us, with a preference to living in Scotland
rather than here, Tony Sawers won division 2 with 32 points. Tony
Duthie was one point behind in second place and Bryan Rought took
third after beating Jack Hinchey and Gordon Everingham on a 16/13/10
back-nine count back.
There were no 2’s in either division.
Due to the IPGC Club Championship (see report on page 52), there was
only the one outing this week.
Channing lets his golf
do the talking
PSC golf from The Caddyshack
The weekly winners strike a pose
with the Aussie sponsors.
Monday, July 13, Green Valley – Stableford
It must have been playing its usual tough self because for the
second week in a row nobody played to their handicap on our home course of
Coming home in the third place with 32 points and continuing his good form
was every bodies favourite German, Helmet Helstred. I have played a few
rounds with Helmet of late and his game has improved so much I think that
the next step for him is a single figure handicap. One place above Helmut in
second, and now officially the second best left handed golfer in the Caddy
Shack, was James Savage. The winner on the day with 35 points, on holiday
visiting his far less talented brother (Greg), was Gary Ritchie.
1st Gary Ritchie 35pts
2nd James Savage 34pts
3rd Helmet Helstred 32pts
Wednesday, July 15, Bangpra – Stableford
We were all really looking forward to playing Bangpra after the
recent Thai tournament and all the good reports of late. It’s just our luck
then that the day before we turn up they decided to sand and spike the
greens. This was to be a problem to most of us with only one person shooting
better than their handicap.
There were two 2’s on the day, these being achieved by Ben ‘love really
hurts without you’ Findon and Jack Hinchley.
In third place in the stableford today, and playing his first round with the
Caddyshack, was Steve Rawlings with 33 points. One place above in second and
also playing his first round with the group was the Aussie/Englishman Paul
Spedding. Paul plays off a twenty handicap back in Perth but this will be
under review for the next time he plays. Coming home in first place with a
wonderful 37 points was Bernard Channing. When it comes to talking Bernard
is world class and today his golf was class as well. Well done Bernie.
1st Bernard Channing 37pts
2nd Paul Spedding 35pts
3rd Steve Rawling 33pts
Friday, July 17, St. Andrews – Stableford
Whenever we get to play St. Andrews for the same price as Green
Valley there’s never a shortage of players. Today was no different, meaning
the field was split into two flights.
In A flight third place went to Keith Hecter with respectable 34 points.
Second place went to Gary Ritchie who capped off a good week with 35 points,
and the top spot was claimed by Bill Hewitt with a very nice 37 points.
B flight third place was taken by Mell Mcgowan with 34 points, just one
behind the very popular ladies man Derick Mower in second. In first place,
and for the last time playing off 20, was Paul Spedding with another 37
Thank you to the Australian contingent who sponsored the 2’s today. There
were two in total and the lucky winners were Emit White and Jeff North.
1st Bill Hewitt 37pts
2nd Gary Rithie 36pts
3rd Keith Hector 34pts
1st Paul Spedding 37pts
2nd Derick Mower 35pts
3rd Mell Mcgowan 34pts
Champions: Simon Spaulding,
Ted Gardener & Yui Bietry
The IPGC Championship 2009
The IPGC Championships were held this year over two days,
Wednesday and Friday July 15 & 17, at the impressive Pattana 27 hole
course where day one was played on the par 72 B & C courses and the
pressure day 2 on the A & B nines, which have a par of 73.
2009 IPGC Club Champion, Simon Spaulding (left) receives the winners’
trophy from the IPGC Club Chairman, Chris Knapp.
The total cost of 2,000 baht included the two rounds of golf with
caddies and three buffets, day one being in the Oriente Restaurant at
the course, the second on the Thursday at Lewiinski’s and the third
prior to and after the presentations at The Haven on Friday evening,
which represented fantastic value for the members especially when the
lucky draw prizes, which everyone attending the prize giving received,
were added in to the mix.
The entrants were divided into three divisions set at 0 to 11, 12 to 17
and 18 and above in the Gentlemen’s divisions and a Ladies section
playing Stableford over the two days without a cut.
Day one was played in a stroke play format with a cut being made at
around 50% of the entries in each division, the top half having made the
cut to play a second day of stroke play and the rest of the competition
going into the Plate Competition played under a stableford scoring
The three courses had been especially laid out with tee positions and
pin placements by the organising committee to provide a very tough test
of golf over the two days as was to be expected for the Club
Championship and the scores returned certainly showed that objective had
been attained, with the CSS on day one moving to 73 and just staying at
73 for day two.
Even with a lower possible attendance, due to the current economic
recession and the threat of various flu epidemics, the numbers
participating were only two down from the previous year underlining the
steady growth of the IPGC over the last year and the quality of player
also advance with just under 25% being single handicappers.
Day 1 - Pattana B & C Courses par 72
Day one was played over the B and C courses, on which the
management and green staff had worked wonders, considering the recent
heavy rainfall in the area, and although the greens were slow they were
true and even without too much sanding. The course still played all of
the stated 6564 yards with a serious degree of difficulty and with the
pins in championship positions it was about as tough as anyone could
The day started with the players being greeted in Pattana’s impressive
entrance lobby and provided with a special edition card of the course
fully detailed with names and handicaps, and a plan of the pin
placements for the day and a copy of the IPGC local rules, and aided
with the television display of the tee times everyone knew exactly what,
when and where, which meant that the starters had a fairly simple task
to get everybody away on time. The round then proceeded at a good pace
as the whole field was divided into three-balls for speed and
convenience of play.
The Ladies Division was tied up with Ann Silawong and Yui Bietry on 35
The Third Division was headed by the new Club Chairman, Chris Knapp off
an 18 handicap, one of only two players able to match par on the day
with none bettering it. He was followed by Charlie Sheppard with a 73,
also off of an 18 handicap, and Evan Millar also with a 73 off of his 21
handicap. The cut in the third division came at 79 net.
In the Second Division, things were just as close with Ted Gardener and
Trevor Schirmer leading at 73 and Robin Peach and Yasuo Suzuki one
behind, and the cut also being made at 79.
The first division featured the only other player to match par, Clinton
Hazlett at 72, with Daniel Willits, Phil Mitchell and Dave Stockman all
on 74. The cut came at 77 in the division with Daniel Willits unable to
compete on the final day having been unable to change his flight
schedule back to Oz.
Day 2 – Pattana A & B courses par 73
Starting from two tees again with the Plate Competition
beginning on the B course and the Championship divisions from the first
tee on A, the stage was set for another tense and exciting final day
with 22 trophies to play for.
As usual the Ladies led off the day and although there were only two
competing they proved that golf can be competitive whilst also being a
sport to be enjoyed even under pressure. Yui Bietry continued with her
recent good form to claim the Ladies Championship with a two under
handicap round of 38 points to win by six from Ann Silawong.
In the Third Division, Chris Knapp continued serenely, although not
quite so convincingly as day one, with a net 77 that was good enough to
see him home by three strokes from second placed man Kevin Hamilton,
whose second day round of 73 was enough to win the count back with Bryan
Rought on the same total of 152, but a worse 78 on the last day. Chris’s
two-day total was four better than the previous years winning total.
The Second Division top spot was passed to Fred Land, as Ted Gardener
went forward to the Net Champion position, with a solid even par round
on day two he finished with a 147 total to take the division by one shot
from second place man Yasuo Suzuki, who managed to keep it all together
this time after last year blowing the division with a ten over round
when leading at the start of the day. Third spot was claimed by Robin
Peach as he took the count back on the final round by a score of 76 when
Trevor Schirmer, with the same 150 total, could just scrape in with a 77
to miss out on the prizes by the slimmest of margins.
The top of the first division looked like it would be a real battle,
with the main contenders vying for both the division prize and the
prestigious IPGC Gross Champion award. In the event it was Rick Holmes,
playing in the second from last group, who came through to surprise the
front runners with an outstanding net level par round of 73, which left
him with the winning total of 148 that equaled the winning score from
the previous years event.
The final group did provide two placings with Dave Stockman taking
second place with a 150 total and Clinton Hazlett claiming third another
Having missed the cut with a very surprising eight over on day one,
Simon Spaulding got it all together on the final day with a gross 77
that was just enough to see off the challenge of Steve Mascari, who
could only manage a pair of 79s, as he finished with 157 gross and took
the coveted 2009 IPGC Club Championship trophy.
The Plate Competitions
Division 3 had Laurence Slattery at the front with a modest
34 points as the difficulty and length of the 6,769 yards course began
to tell, especially against the higher handicappers. Derek Holt slipped
into second place with a better count back of 18 to Harry Vincenzi‘s 17,
with both having the same score of 32 points.
Division 2 saw Pierre Bietry add to the family’s trophy haul for the
day, as he became the only player in the Plate divisions to equal par
with a very steady round. Grant Cadell at last kept it on the short
stuff for most of the round as he garnered 35 points and second place
ahead of Mikael Andersson by one in third spot. Mikael had to see off
the efforts of Eddie Beilby with a better count back of 17 to Eddie’s
Division 1 gave a fillip to Rodney Hayes as he took top spot with 34
points with his unspectacular but effective game off the tee that rarely
sees him miss a fairway.
Before the presentation of the prizes by Len Jones the Club Promotion
and Advertising specialist, Chris Knapp, the Club Chairman, thanked Len
Jones, Glyn Evans, Steve Mascari, Bob Newell and Russell Exley together
with their respective venues, for assisting in the promotion and
organisation of another very successful Club Championship and also
thanked the recently retired Chairman, Bob Newell for his efforts on
behalf of the Club in the past.
There was also an additional thank you to Stephen Beard and Russell
Exley who had spent most of the week dealing with many of the details
setting up the course, organising the new IPGC Club banners and custom
made tee markers and in organising Start times, registration, starters
and scoring amongst other things together with Glyn Evans who had
assisted very helpfully on the golf days at the course.
Chris also thanked the management and staff of Pattana for presenting
the course in great condition and also controlling tees and generally
marshalling what must be said was a very disciplined and amenable field.
Special thanks also went to the catering staff for the sumptuous buffet
The Chairman then gave notable appreciation to all the IPGC members who
had supported and contested over the two days and to Pattaya Sports
Supply for once again supplying all of the trophies. Chris also thanked
Lewiinski’s for providing the buffet on the in-between day and also The
Haven and Khun Lumyai for once again providing a first class buffet that
went on late into the night well after the prize giving was finished.
This put a final gloss on what had been once again a very memorable and
well organised two days of top drawer golf played in the very best
spirit of the game.
Following the prize giving, everyone attending was presented with a
lucky draw prize of either a pair of custom made golf shoes, an IPGC
branded shoe/kit bag, or a dozen quality golf balls by Titleist,
Callaway, Nike or Taylormade, which rounded off the day very nicely.
The full 2 day results can be accessed on the official IPGC web page
Hdp D1 D2 Total
Simon Spaulding 1 80 77 net 157
Ted Gardener 12 73 72 net 145
Yui Bietry 17 35 38
New Guy on the block
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society
at Rabbi’s Elephant Bar
The Pattaya Golf Society visited Greenwood on Tuesday, July 14, to play a
loosener before the start of the IPGC Annual Championship, beginning the
following day at Pattana.
The chosen combination was the tough C and A selection and the small quality
field found the going tough on a day with the clouds heavy and the humidity
high. There was still more than a hint of pace in the greens after the lightning
speed of the week before and amazingly the point scores were high.
Sharing third place were Emiel van der Wiele and Chris Voller with 38 points
each, the latter adding another sub-par round to his recent CV and his best
gross figures of 76 showed the consistency of his game. In second place was Kazu
Agune, playing his final round this trip, his 40 points being the best score in
his PGS career. The winner was new member Guy Pennington and his remarkable 42
points showed a golfer with unnerving accuracy.
Tony Thorne shook off his sad recent form with a birdie on C3 and shared the
‘2’s pot with Chris Voller, for whom the birdie on C6 added a little more to his
The Booby Bevy was reserved for Japanese visitor Inaho Saito after his low
scoring expedition but in his absence went to Mr. Len whose usual steady driving
had deserted him, leaving the rest of his game in tatters. The perfect
preparation for the big one at Pattana!
Allidi pips the scribe for monthly honours
PSC golf from the Café Kronborg
Monday, July 13, Treasure Hill – Stableford
There was a very good turnout for this golf day as 17 players
were entered on the sheet, so we headed off in 2 mini vans and arrived
at the course at around 0905 hrs. Our numbers were boosted by the 3
members of Gosnells Golf Club in Perth, Australia – Bob Maloney, Norm
Cheetham and Andrew Smart who were paying yet another visit to exciting
Allidi (left) receives his Mug from ‘The Admiral.’
With just one group to tee off in front of us our first group hit off at
around 0930 hrs in perfect conditions albeit somewhat overcast. Being in
the first group, which incidentally contained the winners of both
flights, we were able to alert the group behind us on 2 occasions of the
presence of rather large snakes, one just off the fairway and another
alongside one of the greens. I enquired of The Admiral as to what kind
of snakes they were and his reply was “the ones you stay away from”!
The course was as usual in very good condition and excellent value at
just 370 baht for green fee.
The winner of A Flight with 36 points (another big comeback with just 14
points on the front nine) was your scribe, Peter Blackburn. In second
place with 34 points was that man again, Don Richardson, playing his
last game before returning home tomorrow. In third place with 33 points
was Ted Morris.
In B Flight the winner with 36 points was Kris Helgason, playing his
first game with Café Kronborg for quite some time. Hugh O’Donnell took
out second place with 32 points and the consistent Daryl Evans, who is
also returning home in the next day or so finished third with 31 points.
Just to mention that none of the Gosnells boys finished on the podium
but Bob Maloney managed to take 100 baht from each of his two fellow
July 16, Phoenix (Ocean & Mountain) – Kronborg Monthly Mug/Stroke
Yet another good turnout as 17 golfers took off from the Café Kronborg
at 0815 hrs for the short trip to Phoenix. Amongst the group was Doug
Maiko from Providence, Rhode Island who has once more returned to
Pattaya for a month and a half of golf and “sanuk”.
We arrived at the course around 0850 hrs and our first group were able
to hit off at our allotted time of 0936 hrs. Conditions were overcast,
in fact after about 6 holes we played in a light drizzle for around 30
minutes but it was hardly worth bothering pulling the umbrellas out of
the golf bag. The course was as usual in great “nick” although most of
us found the greens a little bit “furry” and those uphill putts caught
out all in our group on several occasions.
After a drink & a feed in the Phoenix Restaurant we all retired back to
the Café Kronborg for the Monthly Mug presentation.
The winner of the July Café Kronborg Monthly Mug on a count back from
myself, Peter Blackburn with a score of net 73 was Mike Allidi. In third
place, also on a count back from Daryl Evans (not yet returned home as
previously stated) with net 74 was Mr. colours himself, Walter Bachli.
Frank Pilkington took out fifth place with a net 75 on a count back from
Patrice Bardy & Kevin Dynan.
Seagrave storms home at Greenwood
PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s
Tuesday’s top four (left-right): Thomas Cotton,
Perry McNeely and Bernie Seagrave.
Thomas Cotton &
Tuesday, July 14, Greenwood - Stableford
A mere 220 years ago, the Parisian citizenry stormed the
Bastille, the hated symbol of monarchial oppression. When our correspondent
woke on Tuesday morning, the sky was heavily overcast and it was raining, so
he wondered whether the delicate golfers from Tropical Bert’s would be brave
enough to storm Greenwood Golf Course. But at Tropical Bert’s, launch pad
for the attack, there was a respectable contingent keen to face the storm
and storm the course. Their numbers were augmented by returning combatants.
Amongst them was the staunchly Democratic Doug Maiko, still blaming George
W. Bush for all the ills of the world’s economies.
So the revolutionary and apolitical alike scuttled off to Greenwood, hoping
they would land an agnostic foursome. We were also favoured with the return
of Mashi Kenata from his annual sojourn in the U.K.
Steve Hamstad appeared, although his PSC membership had evidently lapsed,
but he was determined to keep in the running for the coveted “Alan Bolton
Golfer of the Year”. Steve was in fine form this day, driving long and
straight and putting like a champ. If not king, Steve may be queen of the
par-3’s but oddly this day his swing was shunned by the short holes. His
putting, on the other hand, was masterful and inspiring.
Well, the day started with a steady drizzle which morphed into an unsteady
drizzle, which denigrated into a drip, which finally departed, leaving hazy
and cloudy skies with a tentative sun peaking-through, teasing the golfers.
Our correspondent was able to play the whole round without once donning his
There were several memorable shots, like that of our Captain DB, who
chipped-in for a birdie on the very long C-9 Par 4 to block Mashi’s Mashers
from winning the front nine. But in the end our Captain’s luck was smashed
and the Mashers won the back nine and the game!
Back at Bert’s we celebrated Bernie Seagrave’s exemplary performance with a
score 5 strokes under his handicap. But sadly, we didn’t have one French
person with whom to share the “Fete Nationale” of France. Perhaps they were
put off by the home of the British Legion.
1st Bernie Seagrave 41pts
2nd Steve Hamstad 36pts
3rd Perry McNeely 36pts
4th Thomas Cotton 34 pts
Near Pins: Mick O’Meara (2), Bernie Seagrave, Daryl Evans.
Friday, July 17, Rayong Country Club - Stableford
After last weeks successful outing at this course, we rescheduled
and returned for another round. Check-in was efficient from the friendly
staff and the price, 300 Baht green fee, was even lower than a week ago!
This made everyone happy and we were soon off to find the course in very
A lot of work is going on around the course to improve the overall
environment. Other than the few barren areas noticed last week and played as
GUR, all aspects of the course were in excellent shape. The greens again
were on the slow side but were smooth and true once the speed had been
figured out. This reminded some of the greens at Siam C.C. years ago. All
players expressed satisfaction with the course and we will definitely return
in the months ahead.
We had a few more participants today including the venerable Bob Benda,
returning from a brief hospital stay for a stint insertion after heart
attack symptoms. With more players, technical prizes’ were in order which
made for a bit more interest on the par 3’s. Some good scores were recorded
on this challenging layout with Joel Flor leading the way with 39 points,
resulting in a one stroke cut to his handicap for the next few games.
With fish ‘n chips on special back at Tropical Bert’s, we headed back for
drinks, food and the prize presentation.
We play every Tuesday and Friday from Bert’s and all are welcome.
1st Joel Flor (21) 39pts
2nd Mashi Kaneta (12) 36pts
3rd Tom Breslin (22) 36pts
Near Pins: Bob Benda, Mashi (2), Daryl Evans.
Last hole birdie secures win for Sus
PSC golf from The Three Sisters Bar
A hardy group of golfers teed off despite the heavy
clouds hanging about. The skies teased the players with light showers, not
so bad, but then an errant cloud dumped on the crew: nothing like wet gloves
and slippery grips! The rain backed off around the 10th hole but the damage
was done to some but not all of the gang.
winner Sus Ige (left) with runner-up Dale Murphy.
Dale Murphy was looking good to move on Sus Ige until Sus got a birdie on
number 18 to slide in with a 39 to Dale’s 37. Arnold Van Der Graaf, soon to
be back aboard his ship, squeaked in just behind Dale with a nice 36. A golf
holdout, Kenny Mau who had not played this year came in with a respectable
34. Somyong Ishii saved Paul further shame by coming in with 17 to Paul’s
Semi-dried and back at Caddy Shack II, players enjoyed Herbie Ishinaga’s
sliced roast Beef sandwiches. It’s nice having the “President” cook for you.
Considerable beverages were also available.”
A double weekend success for Liam
Golf from the Travellers Rest
A name you will not have seen very often on my reports is Liam
Horgan. The reason for this I am not really sure, but he has certainly done
his best to make up for that over the past two weeks.
winners: Ted Senior, Mod Chaviraksa and Liam Horgan.
He was second last week at Green Valley to George Robinson and then made
this weekend an even better one at the same course with a fine win. It
really must suit his game. It was his last game as well before returning
home. Liam heralds from the ‘Emerald Isle’, Dublin to be exact. What a nice
way to finish any vacation.
The other name that I just have to mention this week is Ted Senior. Over the
three outings this week he had two seconds and a win and this was despite
being cut two shots throughout the course of the week. Well done Ted your
success is deserved.
Monday, July 13, Bangpra - Stableford
1st Ted Senior (15) 35pts
2nd George Bishop (14) 35pts
3rd Seamus Farrell (35) 35pts
4th George Robinson (11) 34pts
5th Alan Evans (24) 34pts
6th Liam Horgan (12) 34pts
On Monday we took a trip to Bangpra and we had a good turnout on the day. It
turned out to be a very tight pointed affair with only seven points covering
the whole field. Fourth place went to George Robinson with a thirty-four
after a three-way count back against Alan Evans and Liam Horgan. Third to
first likewise was a thirty-five count back shoot out with Seamus Farrell
(nice to see him back in the fold for a visit) losing out to George Bishop
in second, and just winning with a better back nine by two was Ted Senior.
There were three ‘2’s coming from Fergus Brennan, Seamus Farrell and George
Thursday, July 16 Phoenix (Lakes & Ocean) - Stableford
1st Rodney Hayes (11) 41pts
2nd Ted Senior (15) 39pts
3rd Fergus Brennan (9) 39pts
4th Tom McCarthy (22) 39pts
With no play on Tuesday we paid another of our regular visits to Phoenix
(Lakes & Ocean) on Thursday.
The ‘2’s on this course seem to be very hard to obtain and this is the third
week that I have none to report. However, the general scoring was strong
with three-way count back thirty-nines covering second to fourth places. Tom
McCarthy could only pull a fifteen on the back nine and had to settle for
fourth. Six up on him at twenty one were both Fergus Brennan and Ted Senior
so count back of the last six was required with Ted edging it by two at
fourteen. But the winner was in no doubt with a great forty-one from Rodney
Hayes (new name to me this time) but a well deserved win. Congratulations
Rodney or is it Rod.
Ted found his handicap cut by two to thirteen on returning back to the
Travellers Rest for the presentation.
Saturday, July 18, Green Valley - Stableford
1st Liam Horgan (12) 34pts
2nd Ted Senior (13) 34pts
3rd Mod Chariraksa (11) 32pts
Saturday saw us back for one of our regular weekend visits to Green Valley.
We had a low turnout and some low point scoring as the course proved tough
on the day.
Places were awarded to third and Mod Chaviraksa found herself in that
position, much to her surprise, with thirty-two points. Ted, despite his two
shot cut, still held form to come home with a thirty-four and fifteen on the
back nine to take second. But little did he know that Liam Horgan (on his
final outing of his vacation) had also posted an identical score and back
nine count back so it was another count-back of the last six holes where he
found he had edged it by just the one with twelve over Ted’s eleven.
Well done Liam, two good weekend plays in a row. Hope you return home
Three 2’s were recorded by Mod at the second, George R. at the ninth, and
Billy Fitzgerald (there is a name I have not seen for some time) at the
Birthday boy Ken provides
party after Pattana
PSC golf from Mulligans Lakeside
Tuesday, July 14, Green Valley -
An extraordinary week at Mulligans Lakeside, but more on that
later. Firstly, on Tuesday we made our way out to Green Valley, joined by
some M L first timers, including our first lady golfer, Kathy Doody.
boy Ken (left) with Thursday’s winner, Bernie Seagrave.
The course was in fine condition however the greens here, and on all
courses, do not seem to be as fast as in previous years. Maybe they are
being kept a bit longer to prevent wear & tear.
Coming to terms best with a fine 38 points was Jeff Wylie (7), just ahead of
Kathy (20) with 35 points, and followed by friend and fine story teller Alan
Bishop (15) with 34.
Near pins were shared amongst Jeff and Kathy, although stories of “I was
close” were prevalent.
Thursday, July 16, Pattana - Stableford
Now to Thursday, where regular M L player Ken Hole had decided to
celebrate his birthday with a special competition at Pattana, followed by a
buffet and a few ‘quiet’ beverages. Ken put up the prizes & complimentary
entry for all the players, while Ray and Terry joined in the spirit by also
providing some prizes.
The technical awards were hotly contested on the Pattana B & C layout, which
was particularly testing with the windy conditions. Near Pins were won by
Brian Blackford - B3, Ted Morris - B7, Bob Rasmussen - C2, and Jeff Wylie -
C7. We also had a closest 3rd shot an a Par 5, C8, where Bernie Seagrave won
a new Driver, while the Long Drives were won by Kathy Doody, the Ladies;
John Chapman, 15+; and Jeff Wylie, 0 - 14 division.
Ken had generously provided prize money down to 5th spot, however prizes
were decided only after a 6-person count back, from 2nd to 7th, all with 30
Just edging fifth after count back to the last 3 holes was Jeff Wylie (7).
In fourth spot was Kathy Doody (20) on count back over the last 6 holes,
third was Ray Ryan (23) with a back 9 of 16, and in second came John Chapman
(25) who recorded 17 on the back. The overall winner was Bernie Seagrave
(12) with 33 points, a well compiled score in the day’s conditions.
Many thanks to Keow and the girls on their fine preparation and service to
the golfers on the day.
I would like to point out that M L always plays from the second to back
tees, be they Blue @ Mtn Shadow, Yellow @ Khao Kheow, or White @ most other
courses, (as do most golf venues), we do not alter this to suit individuals
or specific groups. It is both offensive and insulting for anyone to suggest
otherwise and blame their inadequacies on the day on anything, but
Note: Mulligans Lakeside plays golf generally on Tuesday & Thursday
(we sometimes change to accommodate a Thai Holiday). Presentations are made
at the course on Tuesday, with Mulligans Lakeside hosting the Thursday
presentation. For more details on scheduling etc., please call Jeff 089 094
1841 or Ray 081 935 8088.
Hope to see you there, Cheers & Good Golfing.
Milne & Riggall take ‘Roo Cup’ win
PSC golf from The Outback Golf Bar
Monday, July 13, Burapha - Stableford
It was an extremely tough test of golf for the 25 Outbackers
playing C & D from the blue tees. Capt’ Bob was in his most vindictive mood
giving everybody something to think about with a three club swirling wind
and trying to hit those narrow tight fairways. If you missed them, the rough
was punishing and as usual the grainy greens were slick and difficult to
Riggall and Steve Milne celebrate their ‘Roo Cup’ victory.
Obviously, Peter Stonebridge must have played a different course as he was
head shoulders above the rest, with the top score of the day, 37 points;
winning Div B by three from Steve Milne in second  and Sid Ottaway in
third. The Aussie visitors wiped the board in Div A taking all three places
with the Spauldings taking first [34 pts Tracey] and third [32pts Simon],
whilst Dan Willits was sandwiched between them also with 34 points but
beaten on count back.
There were only two ‘2’s today and they were apparently both pretty close to
the stick. Bernie Stafford got one of them, and he also got the other one.
Well done Bernie!
Div A (0–13)
1st Tracey Spaulding (9) 34pts
2nd Daniel Willits (10) 34pts
3rd Simon Spaulding (2) 32pts
4th Bernie Stafford (12) 32pts
Div B (14+)
1st Peter Stonebridge (16) 37pts
2nd Steve Milne (17) 34pts
3rd Sid Ottaway (24) 32pts
4th Kevin Moraghan (14) 30pts
Tuesday, July 14, Pattaya C.C. - Stableford
There were a couple of different faces at Pattaya today, with
Rick Evans and General Jack joining the usual Tuesday Outbackers. Sixteen
enjoyed their local course, which is in surprisingly reasonable condition
and well worth the every day ‘sport day’ rate which is currently on offer
One could be picky and criticise the course for being scruffy round the
edges and it’s true to say the bunkers need a bit of attention but the
greens, although bobbly in places, do hold the incoming shot; which is more
than can be said for some greens at the moment.
This time is was the turn of the other ‘stunning’ Lawton, Suzi, to excel
with a brilliant 40 points to win by two from Jack, who after wiping the
first and a catalogue of missed putts that contributed to a poor front nine,
came back in gross 37 to finish on 38 points. In third was Mike O’Brien on
the same score (38) and in fourth was the first timer on the podium, Don
Tyldsley with 37.
1st Suzi Lawton (22) 40pts
2nd Jack Moseley (11) 38pts
3rd Mike O’Brien (21) 38pts
4th Don Tyldsley (29) 37pts
5th Nigel Cannon (23) 35pts
Wednesday, July 15, Bangpra - Stableford
The regular Outbackers were joined by five Kiwis making a total
of 21 players today. The course was empty giving way to some speedy rounds
but regrettably the greens were going through their maintenance programme
having been recently hollow tined and haphazardly sanded. It seemed as
though their usual machinery for doing the job was not working, as
historically the groundsman usually does a good job leaving the greens quite
playable. They weren’t today but it was still a good day out.
A special welcome to John Low and his mates from New Zealand and
particularly to Dion Lane who still holds the world record for the double
buck saw of just 4.7 secs to rip through about a 20 inch diameter log.
Did you hear the one about the Englishman, Irishman, Scotsman & a Kiwi? Well
they were one of the four-balls playing as part of the Outback’s truly
International field, which also included a couple of Aussie boys, five
Americans, five more Brits and another Irishman.
Jack carried on where he left off on Tuesday, but this time going one better
with the top score of the day to win Div A with 37 points, from visiting
Kiwi Geoff Christy on 36 and saw man, Dion, back in third with 32.
Bob Lindborg did enough to take Div B [34pts] despite a succession of holes
around the turn where he collected only a couple of points, from Peter
Stonebridge & Pottsy both with 31.
There were surprisingly five ‘2’s coming from Geoff Christy, Pat Regan,
Henry O’Brien, Rick Evans & Rich Montana.
Div A (0-15)
1st Jack Moseley (11) 37pts
2nd Geoff Christy (5) 36pts
3rd Dion Lane (12) 32pts
Div B (16+)
1st Bob Lindborg (16) 34pts
2nd Peter Stonebridge (16) 31pts
3rd Campbell Potts (18) 31pts
Thursday, July 16, Green Valley – Stableford
The visiting Kiwis dominated the small field of 10 Outbackers at
Green Valley, with John Low beating his mate Geoff Christie on count back,
both with 37 points and leaving Geoff with his second consecutive second of
place of the week. They were four points clear of the third man, Rich
Montana on 33.
1st John Low (17) 37pts
2nd Geoff Christy (5) 37pts
3rd Rich Montana (14) 33pts
Friday, July 17,
Laem Chabang - Stableford
Prime conditions gave way to prime scoring as 9 of the 29
Outbackers playing Mountain [A] & Lake [B] went on a scoring spree to match
their handicap or better. Probably the course is a bit short from the white
tees at under 6,100 yards but it is still a good test of golf and has a
number of testing holes; not only the renowned Mountain No.1 but also the
2nd is no pushover nor are the 6th & 7th. Lake also has it’s fair share
including the 3rd and in particular the 6th.
Peter Stonebridge took the top score of the day with 42 points to win Div B;
with Kevin Moraghan playing alongside him in the same group, amassing just
one less [41pts] heading Div A. Two back in Div A was General Jack , who
has had a good week, from the ‘sawman’ Dion , scoring 21 points on the
back after a birdie-birdie finish.
Steve Milne was the runner up in Div B with another great score of 40 points
which figured strongly in his victory [2 & 1] with playing partner, Mark
Riggall, taking the ‘Roo Cup’ from holders, Paul Greenaway & Bernie
Stafford, both having a miserable day. However, that was another English
victory and keeps the ‘Roo Cup’ firmly out of the Aussie hands but the match
on Monday at Burapha against the Kiwis, Dion Lane & John Low, is destined to
be a much tougher battle.
In keeping with the PSC handicap committee’s rules, the following players
have had their h’cap immediately adjusted: Peter Stonebridge from 15.5 to
13.9, Kevin Moraghan from 13.6 to 12.6, Steve Milne from 17.1 to 15.9 and
Jack Moseley from 10.6 to 10.0.
All players are reminded that these handicap reductions apply wherever you
choose to play in Pattaya and remain in place until the publication of the
next handicap list update [25th July].
There were only two ‘2’s, both on the same hole [Lake 8th] from Dion Lane &
Div A (0-15)
1st Kevin Moraghan (14) 41pts
2nd Jack Moseley (11) 39pts
3rd Dion Lane (12) 38pts
4th Bruce Milner (12) 37pts
Div B (16+)
1st Peter Stonebridge (16) 42pts
2nd Steve Milne (17) 40pts
3rd Campbell Potts (18) 38pts
4th Nok Hester (23) 37pts
King reigns supreme
PSC Soi Kaonoi Golf Group
Tuesday, July 14, The Emerald (White tees) -
Our chum Dennis Kannar safely led the group round The Emerald,
discarding empty tins aplenty as he did so.
winners (left to right): Dave Clamp, Mike King and Dennis Jaycock.
Mike King, suitably refreshed from his holiday, took the honors with 36
points after a count-back, pushing Jim Fortune and Mick Benton back into
second and third places respectively. David Clamp was fourth with 34 points
and Rob Gandley fifth a point further behind.
David Clamp and Bob Drumm had two ‘technicals’ apiece and Peter Mills the
The group collectively decided to have a drink after golf at La Piscine in
the Chokchai Garden Homes No 4 village just off Soi Watboonsamphan (Soi
Kanoi) on the left at the top before the right hand bend. By a large
majority a decision was made to make La Piscine the group’s meeting point
and last penultimate drink bar in the future. Ergo the group has
re-christened itself the Soi Kanoi Golf Group.
Thursday, July 16, Phoenix Mountain and Lakes (White tees)
Always a pleasure to play on Phoenix and the venue was up to its
customary high standard. Mike King made it two in a row by carding 41 points
and picking up a manual handicap cut accordingly.
Only eleven players this day so only three small prizes - David Clamp
picking up second place with 35 points whilst Dennis Jaycock took third spot
with 32 points, which was a surprise for him considering he blobbed the
first four holes.
The average score for the day was 29.2 points.
Bob Drumm again made a meal out of the ‘technicals’ with two of them, Leroy
Huntingdon one other, and Mike King having the longest first putt on the
18th green which was just a gimme in anybodies’ book.
Note: Any golfers seeking to play with our group that wish to know
about the group’s format please phone Neil on 089 511 0575.
Alan’s Army triumph twice over Perry’s Patrolmen
PSC Sunday Softball
The softball gang goofing off
after a great day on the diamond (Front row L to R): Rocky (with x bats),
John S., Kevin, Mark and Penn, Sebey and Daniel (being goofy). (Back row L
to R): Rick H, John E, Rick Z, Dirk (behind Rick), Rhys, John CF, Perry
(Michelle in one hand, money in other), Ben, Scott D., Phil (partial
shirtless and sexy), Mathew, Josh, Scotty, Ernie and Shawn.
Two extremely close matches were contested Sunday July12 at
Jimmy’s Field of Dreams. Veteran pitchers Alan and Perry drew up even sides,
Rick and Jimmy agreed to umpire, and two competitive, and sportsmanlike
(surprisingly) softball games ensued.
Perry’s Patrolmen elected to bat first and got off to a fine
start with a hit from Ernie (who sadly will be leaving us to be a real
seaman again for a while), followed by a 2 run dinger from our ever
improving John Stockton.
Alan’s Army struck back with lethal force! They got home runs from Mark and
Rick Harris (who were voted co-MVPs for their overall hitting performance)
to go up by a score of 5-2.
The Patrolmen were persistent, and kept nibbling at the lead. They scored 2
in the second, 1 in the third, and 2 in the fourth to take the lead for
their first and only time of the game 7-6. But Alan’s Army also battled
back, and scored 4 in the fifth, with the highlight being a LONG triple by
the speedster known as Dirk (would have been at least a 5 base hit if anyone
else was rounding the bases, but he did go 5 for 5 in the game and almost
hit for the cycle), and solid hits from new recruit Scott D.
The Patrolmen continued to make a game of it, but came up 3 runs short in
the final inning to lose 13-10.
With such a tight first game, the captains decided to keep the
same teams for the second half of the doubleheader. Rhys and Josh were added
to Alan’s side, while John CF gave Perry’s side a lift.
This game turned out to be a marathon, as it eventually went 10 innings.
After a few innings of pitching, Alan was relieved by Phil, and the hit
parade continued. Perry’s team jumped out to a 2-0 lead after two, but were
down 6-3 in the fourth. Josh, Rhys, Phil and Ben had strong hitting games
for the Armymen who went into the final inning up by a score of 8 to 4.
The Patrolmen rallied in the bottom of the ninth with singles by new recruit
Mathew, Rocky, and a clutch two out single by Rick Z to tie the score and
send the game to extra innings. In the top of the 10th Mark Reynolds banged
a huge blast along the line in right field that turned into a 3 run homer
and was the play of the game. Alan’s Army scored 1 in the extra frame, but
Scotty’s fly out to Phil finished them off, and they came up on the short
side of the 11-9 final.
Due to the huge egos of some of our softballers, a new format is introduced
into the weekly softball story. Batting statistics are shown here, because I
am tired of hearing the following typical response of a member of the losing
team “Yeah, we lost both games, but I went 10 for 10!” Hopefully, the facts
won’t lie, and we can all admit in the weeks to come, that we just aren’t
that good. Enjoy!
Pattaya Backgammon League
The 2009 World Championship of Backgammon at the Fairmont Hotel in
Monte Carlo started this week with 173 entries in the Championship division
representing over 20 countries. Now we are down to the finals with Masayuki
Mochizuki (Japan) and Lars Trabolt (Denmark) who won the title of Worlds’ #1
last year! If he wins, he will be the first ever back to back winner at this
to play 31 Match to 15 Score 0-0
This final round match up could be the strongest and most equally matched
battle for the title ever. Currently, Mochy holds title of 6th best player
in the world and Lars Trabolt 16th.
The final match is a race to 25 points; first player to win 25 points will
be our new world champion. Crawford rule in effect, which means when one of
the players reaches 24 points, this game is played with out the doubling
cube. Good Luck to both!
Last Saturday, the Pattaya Backgammon League had its weekly event at
Somboons Restaurant on Dong Tarn Beach next to The White House Hotel and in
front of Rabbit Resorts newly annexed parking lot. A map how to get there
can be seen on the leagues website, www.pattayabackgammonleague .com. The
weekly tournament starts at 13:00.
As fate would have it, I managed to get to the final round against Khun Noo
for a 15 point match where, admittedly, I rolled over him without giving him
much chance. Above is a position from our first game which illustrates some
of the core fundamentals of the game.
I quickly played 17/13, picked up my dice and realized I should have thought
a bit more. While running the open checker or blot to the midpoint looks
natural and probably correct, in fact, it is very wrong. Making the 5 point
in blacks home board with 8/5 6/5 becomes clear when we weigh the assets of
After making the 5 point or the golden point black has chances to contain
the 2 checkers on the 24 point. Running gives white free reign to either
extend his already impressive prime and a second open point in blacks’
position makes it easier for white to escape. Once making the golden point
and white misses the blot on his 8 point, blacks’ game has improved by leaps
Bridge in Paradise: by Neil Robinson
Last week I mentioned the relaxed attitude towards life,
exemplified in the phrase “may pen rai” (meaning something like “never
mind”) which is famously part of Thai culture. However, such an attitude
has its disadvantages when it comes to the bridge table, where planning is
rather important to success.
For declarer, the most important aspect of planning is to count your tricks
before even playing to the first trick. If you are in a four level
contract, you want to be able to count 10 tricks, in a six level, 12
tricks. Try this with the hands below.
You are sitting South and are declarer in six hearts, with no opposition
bidding. The ten of spades is led. You see the North and South hands as
below. Before looking at the full deal, decide what is your plan for the
H: ? H:
D: ? D:
C: ? C:
I watched one declarer play
this. He snarled his thanks at his partner and then paused, correctly,
before playing to the first trick, in order to formulate a plan. As play
proceeded, it became obvious that his plan involved trumping his club losers
on board. That meant delaying pulling trumps.
He needed plenty of entries to hand, so he began by playing the spade king
and overtaking it with the ace in hand. Then he ruffed a low club and led
another spade to hand. He ruffed a second low club and tried a third spade
to hand. East ruffed in and led another trump, leaving only one trump on
board, while hand still had three losing clubs. Declarer then seemed to
lose heart (understandably) and ended up losing a trump, two clubs and a
diamond, in addition to the defence ruff, to go down four.
At the other table, declarer paused to count tricks. He saw that he could
never get to 12 tricks if he used dummy’s high trumps to ruff clubs, because
his trumps in hand were too weak to use to pull trump. The only way was to
use his own trumps to ruff diamonds and try to set up dummy’s diamond suit.
He won the opening trick in hand and led a low diamond. West went up with
the ace, to declarer’s relief, and led a low club. This was ruffed on board
and a low diamond was led to be ruffed low in hand. He crossed back to
board with a trump, and led a third round of diamonds which he ruffed with
the king in hand. West discarded a low spade. Now, he led his last trump
to board and pulled trumps with dummy’s last high hearts. He breathed a
sigh of relief again when trumps split 3-2.
Dummy now has good spades (with the help of the ace in hand) and the good
K108 of diamonds. Twelve tricks (three high trumps, a club ruff on board,
two diamond ruffs in hand, three spades and three diamonds) and contract
made, thanks to careful planning. Admittedly, he needed a little luck, but
he went for the only possible way to make twelve tricks, which was by
setting up dummy, not trying to set up his hand.
More about dummy reversals (setting up dummy, not hand) next week.
This was the full hand, with North dealer and EW vulnerable. Would your
plan have made the contract?
S: 109872 S: 53
H: 983 H:
D: A6 D:
C: Q103 C:
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Pattaya Sports Club Bowling League
200 Bowlers: Christian,
Somrak, Wade, Kran & Rich
Sala Thai Restaurant remain in first place after they
split their match against Bavaria with each team coming away with two
points. Leo Kretscher was best for Sala Thai with a 538 series.
Kran Nielsen had to recover from a bad first game as she bowled a 202 and
208 in the remaining games for a 525 series to lead second place Café
Kronborg to a three point win over Café Ole. Rich Montana had another great
day for Café Ole with games of 231, 213 and 192 for a 636 series.
Wade Meyers bowled a 202 game and 511 series to lead Brother D to a three
point win over Swethai and Brother D moved up to third place. VFW Post 9876
took three points from Green Chilli and knocked them down from third to
fourth place. Dung Downs had a 515 series for Green Chilli.
Indiana are on the move as they won four points for the second week in a
row. They beat Jack Tar with La Montgomery leading the way with a 545 series
and Mai Munsitha had a 550 series for Jack Tar.
Sabai Sabai Friday jumped from eight to fifth place after they won three
points from last place Canada. Nok Kennedy had a 556 series for Sabai and
Ooy Pluemkamon bowled a 545 for Canada.
Results & Standings
July 17 (week 21)
Pos. Team Score Standings
1 Sala Thai Restaurant 2 - 2 50 - 34
2 Café Kronborg 3 – 1 48.5 - 35.5
3 Brother D 3 - 1 45 - 39
4 Green Chilli 1 - 3 44 -
5 Sabai Sabai Friday 3 – 1 41.5 - 42.5
6 VFW Post 9876 3 - 1 41 - 43
7 Bavaria 2 – 2 41 - 43
8 Indiana 4 - 0 41 - 43
9 Jack Tar 0 - 4 40.5 - 43.5
10 Café Ole 1 - 3 40 - 44
11 Swethai 1 - 3 36 - 48
1 - 3 35.5 - 48.5
Mickey Mouse Friday Night Dart League
Results & Standings July 17 (week 17)
The Bunker Boys found they had no work to do on Friday
and they were awarded game & beer against their bye.
Gorgeous George took the Palmers Crew to O’Leary’s where Mandy’s wish from
last week was granted - Palmers taking both the honors, which resulted in OK
Corral becoming the strongest team in the league again. Talking of which,
the Posse packed their saddle bags with provisions to last 3 days and headed
off into the yonder of the dark side to face off against Lucky Time. The
Posse put up a good fight but at the end of the day they were out gunned by
a feisty Team Lucky Time.
Stan’s Boys & Girls made the trip to a secret location on 3rd Road to play
the Coffee Shop Quartet. Blue Mountain took the game, however Cheers journey
was not in vain, Cheers winning the free beer.
In the Soi Yamoto derby, Rigsby led the Sunshine Boys along the soi to
Melly’s dungeon. The Sunshine Boys took the first 4 matches but Melly’s Crew
then staged one of those comebacks and ended up taking the game 9-6. The
Sunshine Boys huddled together for a team talk and before you could say
“Miss Jones”, they themselves staged a comeback and took the beer.
In an exciting race to the end of the season, Lucky Time need a game or beer
win next week to take the league title, otherwise they will end up sharing
the title with Mee Chew. At the other end of the table, the Wooden Spoon
recipients all depends on the results achieved next week by OK Corral and
On a final note, rumors are circulating that one of the Sunshine Boys may be
a Katoey; we do not know for sure which player is being referred to, so
whoever said that it is probably Lance because he throws darts like a girl,
Match Winner Beer-leg
U – 10’s
Bye Bunker Bunker
Mee Chew v Rising Sun Mee Chew Rising Sun
Palmers Palmers Palmers 6-4
Lucky Time v OK Corral Lucky Time Lucky Time
Blue Mountain v Cheers Blue
Mountain Cheers 5-4
Pos. Team Won Lost Beer
U-10’s High Check Out
1 Lucky Time 14 3 13 62
2 Mee Chew 13 4 12
48 Simon 111
3 Bunker 13 4 10 40
4 Rising Sun 11 6 14 72
5 Blue Mountain 10 7 10 57
6 O’Leary’s 7 10 10 63
7 Cheers 7 10 5 53
8 Palmers 6 11 4 89
9 OK Corral 5 12 6 81
Next Fixtures (Week
18): Blue Mountain v Bye, Rising Sun v Bunker, Palmers v Mee Chew, O’Leary’s
v Lucky Time, OK Corral v Cheers
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