China breaks Kenyas hold on Pattaya Marathon
Chinas Lu Zhenghua crossed the finish line first,
in 2 hours 31 minutes and 59 seconds, to win the 1999 Pattaya International Marathon. The
running on Sunday, July 18th was the 7th Pattaya International Marathon, which once again
drew literally thousands of athletes from all over Asia.
Zhenghua raises his hands in victory as he crosses the finish line in 2 hours 31 minutes
and 59 seconds to win the 1999 Pattaya International Marathon.
Sadly, however, the Pattaya International Marathon took a step
backward, becoming perhaps the Pattaya Regional Marathon, when this year organizers
didnt invite back top athletes from Africa and Europe. The reasoning was said to be
because organizers wanted Asian countries to compete for the top places.
The previous 6 Pattaya marathons were all won by Kenyan runners; the
first by Nicodemis Ongeri in 1993 and 4 of the last 5 by defending champion Timothy Moni.
Champion Lu Zhenghua from China receives the spoils of victory, 100,000 baht and first
place trophy, from Paweena Hongsakul of the Prime Ministers Office.
Lu Zhenghuas winning time this year was nearly 4 1/2 minutes
slower than Monis winning time of 2:27.32 last year, and over fourteen and a half
minutes slower than the Pattaya record of 2:17.19 set by Nicodemus Ongeri in the inaugural
running of the event.
Jiratikal Boonma crossed the finish line in 2:34:04, third overall, to
earn the title as fastest Thai marathoner. With or without the higher level of
competition, Jiratikal has consistently finished near the top of the Pattaya Marathon,
also having finished 3rd last year.
Russian Ivan Selichtchev finished second overall, less than a minute
and a half behind Lu Zhenghua. Ivan is no stranger to Pattaya, and although he missed last
year, he, too, has consistently placed near the top of the standings in previous Pattaya
Sometimes 4 legs
are better than two, as these little pseudo athletes demonstrate.
"Marathon Weekend", Saturday and Sunday, July 17 & 18,
was once again a festive affair. The weekend started with the Saturday "Fun Run"
when local hotels and businesses put together teams to compete in the fun and games.
On Sunday, July 18th the marathon, half-marathon and mini-marathon took
place amid pomp and circumstance.
Chonburi Governor Sujarit Pachimnan fired the starting pistol for the
42.195 K marathon at exactly 5:00 a.m.
Pattaya Mayor Pairat Suthithamrongsawat then got the 21.1 K half
marathon underway at 5:30 a.m.
Paweena Hongsakul from the Office of the Prime Minister, who was also
guest of honor at the event, fired the starting pistol for the 10.55 K mini-marathon at
Around the World Association of Japan participated in this years Pattaya
Entertainment during the event included music performed by Todd
Thongdii, a jazz dance performance and aerobics performed by the Thai-Japanese Young
Peoples Center, and music played by the Royal Thai Navy.
Winners of each category received trophies presented from the Office of
the Prime Minister, as well as cash. First place in the International Division, Lu
Zhenghua received 100,000 baht. Thailands Jiratikal Boonma equaled Lu
Zhenghuas earnings, garnering 50,000 baht for overall third plus 50,000 baht for top
Thai finisher, totaling 100,000 baht. Second place Ivan Selichtchev was awarded 70,000
was the first Thai national to cross the finish line.
All finishers within the allotted time were awarded a certificate and a
medal commemorating the event.
Results of the 1999 Pattaya International Marathon
International: 1st Place: Lu Zhenghua (China), 2:31:59. 2nd Place: Ivan
Selichtchev (Russia), 2:33:24. 3rd Place: Jirathikal Boonma (Thailand), 2:34:04.
Thai Men: 1st: Jiratikal Boonma, 2:34:04. 2nd: Somkeun Winthachai,
2:38:34. 3rd: Michai Chuchip, 2:39:55.
Thai Women: 1st: Sunisa Phetphongphrai, 3:01:58. 2nd: Nonglak
Seurmsathan, 3:19:11. 3rd: Kannika Ngampraseutsin, 3:19:47.
Half Marathon - Thai Women: 1st: Wilaiwan Khamphitak, 1:26:39. 2nd:
Rafaen Biawong, 1:28:26. 3rd: Saengchan Buyii, 1:37:09.
Half Marathon - Thai Men: 1st: Bunchu Chandet, 1:13:02. 2nd: Jirasak
Suthichad, 1:13:30. 3rd: Anusak Phidsawong, 1:14:15.
Half-Marathon - Wheel Chair Category: 1st: Phadungsak Sriphakdi, 46:97. 2nd: Ameu
Amrii, 48:06. 3rd: Thammarit Phongsayan, 53:36. 4th: Ekasit Jumjareun, 53:37.
Vogt wins windsurf competition
Daisy Vogt, 14, daughter of Michael and Marion of Thai
Garden Resort, was recently the winner in the womens race (4 legs) of a
Beginner-Windsurf Competition at Jomtien Beach. It was her very first race after starting
windsurfing only 2 months ago.
Trophy winners of
the Beginners Windsurf Competition at Jomtien Beach.
Second place went to Naiyana Humchuen and third place to Siwaporn
The winners of the mens race were 1. Vorawut Colt, 2. Utain
Sampaothong, 3. Suthep Thongmoung.
A big compliment has to go to the Surf Clubs and all the professional windsurfers of
Pattaya who did their best to make this event exciting for all the participants and the
on-lookers. This is a great way of getting young people interested in sports and, at the
same time, increases the number of windsurf recruits. And, who knows, maybe amongst those
young people is the next world champion.
PASS throws down the gauntlet
Are you still capable of saving a
diver in trouble?
The Pattaya Alliance of Safe Scuba will thrown down the gauntlet to all
local rescue divers next month with the challenge "Are you still capable of saving a
diver in trouble?"
They took this step because it is common practice on dive trips for
divemaster to buddy up novices, or nervous divers with a rescue diver, with the assurance
"he will take care of you."
It solves the divemasters problems when pairing up his divers -
but is it a safe practice? Just how competent would the average rescue diver be in
recognising and handling problems six months, or maybe a year, after he or she qualifies?
Thats what PASS, the Pattaya Association of Safe Scuba, aims to
find out on Saturday August 28, when they will challenge diver customers from their 12
member shops to demonstrate their skills in a one-day rescue workshop that will be
included in the price of a normal days diving.
Divers who prove they are competent will be given a special
commemorative T-shirt and a variety of prizes.
Those whose skills are rusty will be shown where they went wrong and
will be encouraged to sign up for a low-cost "Rescue Skills Resuscitated" course
the following day, which will concentrate on the situations a diver is most likely to
PASS chairman David Chandler said, "Many instructors feel that the
being a rescue diver carries responsibilities and that the course should be a renewable
certificate. Students are encouraged to practise their skills after completing the rescue
course, but not many do so.
"This free workshop is offered as a challenge to our diver
customers to prove that they are still good enough to call themselves a rescue diver. I
think that the majority of those who take part will realise that their skills have
deteriorated and hopefully this will reinforce the need to practise."
If the "Rescue Skills Resuscitated" course proves popular
PASS shops will include it as a series of regular events throughout the year and some
members are already discussing broadening the scope to deal with the special problems
associated with rescuing technical divers and those on rebreathers.
For more information, contact Dave Chandler, chairman of the Pattaya Alliance of
Safe Scuba (PASS), email [email protected],
or tel. 038-367 306; 01 308 2911.
Golfing community prepares for Las Vegas Open 99
There are a few questions that need to be answered when
the much-anticipated 3rd Annual Las Vegas Open tees off on Friday, August 6th.
Will either Harry Riley, winner of the first Las Vegas Open, or Svein
Vistung, winner of the second, repeat their feats to become the first double winner of one
of local golfers favorite events? Or will a new champion be crowned, and if so, who
will that be?
Will Groupie Tischbern, he of the famous golf chapeau, be able to
repeat his feat of earning a closest to the pin award as he did in the first Open? Will ye
olde glabrous one, Mark Gorda be able to achieve a closest to the pin as he did last year?
Will Lassie Draglands newly earned handicap keep him from earning long drive as he
did in the inaugural event?
One thing is for sure; come August 6th, a large field will gather for
one of the "most fun" events on Pattayas golfing calendar.
Last year over 80 golfers teed it up, vying for the 24 technical and an
unknown number of "other" prizes up for grabs. This year is expected to be every
bit as fun.
Sign-ups are now being taken at Las Vegas on Soi Post Office, and PSC Golf venues
throughout town. Sign-up now to ensure your spot in the 1999 Las Vegas Open. Further
details at Las Vegas, Soi Post Office.
PSC Golf this week
On Sunday 25th July, Lewiinskis go to play stroke
at Century Chonburi.
On Monday 26th July PSC Golf from the Café Kronborg goes to Sriracha
for Stableford, while the Splinter Golf Group from the Green Bottle play Stableford at
On Tuesday the 27th Pattaya Golf Society from the Bunker go to Century
Rayong for a medal round while Lewiinskis play Stableford at Eastern Star.
On Wednesday the 28th there is just one fixture from the Green Bottle
at Noble place. Both the 27th and 28th July are public holidays.
On Thursday 29th July, PSC Golf Café Kronborg switches to Phoenix for
the Monthly Medal Mug sponsored by Bjarne, and on Friday the 30th the Splinter Group go to
Rayong Green Valley for their Monthly Medal, sponsored by the Diana Group, while Hare
House go to Siam Country Club for a two man scramble.
The August schedule can be seen at the PSC Golf venues, at Delaneys, in Pattaya
Mail and at our Web Site at www.pattayasports.org.
Learning the Manchester Fling
PSC TAGGS... golf from the Hare House
July 14 - Natural Park Hills (Better Ball)
1st: Ciano Glavina & Harry Riley, 60
2nd: Jimmy Little & Gary Parkinson, 66
3rd: Alan Bloom & Brian Kelly, 73
Australian Ciano Glavina and Englishman Harry Riley teamed up to run
away with the first place trophies in the TAGGS Better Ball competition at Natural Park
Hills on Wednesday, July 14. Their winning score of 60 is not a record. The TAGGS Better
Ball record is 55 shot at Pattaya Country Club. But the course once known as Panya Hills
doesnt give away low scores easily, and a 60 is quite an achievement.
In second place, and playing in the same foursome with Ciano and Harry,
were Jimmy Little and Gary Parkinson who shot a very respectable 66. This is a score that
would have won three of the last four better ball tournaments at Natural Park Hills. In
fact, they thought they were going to win when they made the turn at 32 and a stroke lead
over Harry and Ciano. But that was before Harry learned how to do the "Manchester
Fling" as he sank long putt after long putt. The Glavina / Riley team won the first
six holes on the back nine en route to an astounding 27 and left the Little / Parkinson
team asking "Who are these guys"?
Alan Bloom and Brian Kelly took third place in a count back over
Stephen Beard and George Jackson with a one over par 73.
Friday, July 16 - Great Lake Golf &
Country Club (Stableford)
1st: Gary Parkinson, 40 points
2nd: Bruce Lawrence, 38 points
3rd: Paul Ovens, 36 points
Twenty-two golfers teed it up in the weekly TAGGS Stableford
competition at Great Lake on Friday, July 16. High clouds and strong breezes kept down the
heat, but one golfer was on fire. Australian Gary Parkinson, playing off eight, shot a
gross 76 and pulled in 40 Stableford points to win his first Red-eyed Rabbit Trophy. Gary
was also the twelfth consecutive different singles winner out of the Hare House.
American Bruce Lawrence shot a 39 on the front nine. With his sixteen
handicap, that gave him a start of 23 Stableford points. He then started the back nine
with triple bogey, double bogey and his hopes for his first win out of the Hare House
began to fade. To Bruces credit, he settled down and played steady golf to finish at
Third place went to another Australian, Paul Ovens, who shot an even
par 91 off his 19 handicap and came home with 36 points.
The statistics for the first six months of 1999 showed the Hare House having 31 singles
competitions (majors not included) with 20 different winners. The average handicap for the
31 wins was 22. Stephen Beard and Rick Bevington led the pack with four wins apiece.
Banjob Franklin makes it a Double at Green Valley and
Pattaya Sports Club Golf from the Café Kronborg
Rayong Green Valley - Monday 12th July (Stroke)
Dry and windy conditions at Green Valley provided a good test of golf,
reflected in the resulting scores. Herbie Ishinaga produced the best of the day with net
70 in the A Flight, while Banjob, steadily improving her golf and handicap, took B Flight
with a net 72.
Winner: Herbie Ishinaga, Net 70
2nd: Arthur Hancock, Net 71
3rd: Udo Waack, Net 73
C/B Ged Mason, Pete Galle, 32 points
Winner: Banjob Franklin, Net 72
2nd: John Cahill, Net 77 C/B
3rd: Kathy Pritchard, Net 77
Eastern Star - Thursday 15th July (Stableford)
In fine conditions, but even windier than Green Valley, Banjob had her
best back nine ever, scoring 26 Stableford points and a total of 41 points for the round.
Winner: Banjob Franklin, 41 points
2nd: Doug Maiko, 32 points
3rd: Charlie Rowell, 31 points C/B
4th: Herbie Ishinaga, 31 points
Near-pins: #3 Dave Richardson, #6 Dave Richardson, #13 Not claimed, #17
PSC Golf retains Ryder Cup in Stunning
Victory over Phuket Ex-Pats Golf Society
Two teams of 14 players convened to battle it out over
three days in Phuket in the second Ryder Cup matches between the Pattaya
Sports Club and the Phuket Ex-Pats Golf Society. With three excellent courses in prospect
and enjoying the warm hospitality and efficient arrangements made by the hosts, the scene
was set for a very enjoyable week.
Day 1- Blue Canyon - Four Man Better Ball
Our PEGS hosts opened the three-day competition
with a great surprise by changing the venue. The competition was held at the superb Blue
Canyon championship course, The Canyon Course. On a wonderful day, at this
tremendous course, the PSC Team was ungraciousness enough to hand their hosts a whitewash
with a 7 and 0 win. Best play of the day was by Dick Holt and Niall McCarty with a 6&5
Day 2- Loch Palm -Two Man Scramble
Team PEGS regained a measure of satisfaction with
two victories out of the seven matches on a rainy day and most enjoyable course. Best play
of the day was turned in by Steve Mascari and Pete Stonebridge with a gross 65.
Day 3- Phuket Country Club - Singles Match Play
With the overall results seemingly assured, the
PEGS Team took eight matches to the final hole. The PSC Team did prevail winning nine
matches, losing three and halving two. Ossi Villjanen and Steve Mascari both closed out
their matches 6 & 5.
Singles Results: Jim Brackett won vs. Paul Ashman 3 & 1,
Colin Mathers won vs. Kevin Cooney 2 up, Ibrahim halved Hugo Weingarten, Ossi Villjanen
won vs. Kevin Quilty 6&5, Ron Herbert lost vs. Jim Shand 1 up, Mike Phillips lost vs.
Victor Agneesens 1 up, Jerry Carpenter won vs. Pius Huber 1 up, Pete Stonebridge won vs.
Justine O Donaghue 3 & 2, Niall McCarty won vs. Mervyn Baines 4&3, Ronald
George halved vs. Alan Robibson, Stan Fry lost vs. Christian Lebjois 1 up, Andy Moore won
vs. Peter Wood 3&2, Dick Holt won vs. Daniel Darcy 1 up, Steve Mascari won vs. Peter
Phuket - a
beautiful setting for Ryder Cup matches. PSC defeated PEGS convincingly, and now await a
return match in Pattaya next year.
Steve Mascari, PSC Golf Match Captain, commented: "PSC Golf would like to thank
Kevin Cooney and the PEGS Team for hosting a wonderful three days of golf, and for the
many kindness shown to the PSC Team. We look forward to a rematch next year in
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