Clark United team win Camel Winter Charity Classic, 2010

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Great support sees a large amount raised for the St.Camillus Foundation.

Saturday, 18 December – The Emerald G.C.

For the 10th annual Camel Winter Charity Classic the weather was fine and dry and 172 congenial golfers played in support of this most worthy of causes, for the St. Camillus Foundation which run the Camillian Social Center – a relief center for HIV/AIDs affected people, just out of Banchang, in Rayong.  This winter’s tournament raised a total of 360,000 Baht, for the Camillians.  The Camel Summer and Winter Charity Classic tournaments, since inception, have now raised over 4.5 million baht for the St Camillus Foundation.

Golfers from Banchang, Pattaya and Bangkok teed off from 06:30 a.m. and the organizers, once again, had everything arranged and in order, from the easy registration (a special thanks to Bob, Vanessa, Klaus, Steven, Rod and Kh Tong), to the carts, drink stands and all of the technical prizes.

The Camel Classic organisation team present a cheque for B360,000 to the St. Camillus Foundation. The Camel Classic organisation team present a cheque for B360,000 to the St. Camillus Foundation.

Players received tournament shirts and caps, and banners for major sponsors were located on each hole.  The organizers recognize the great support received and extend our warm gratitude to the management, staff and caddies from Emerald for turning the course and facilities out so very well and supporting the tournament every step of the way.

The format was Texas Scramble and with such a large number, golfers were teeing off until just past 1:00 p.m. but there were no delays and the teams generally managed to get around in better than 4 hours.

The Camel Pub had strategically placed Booming Bloody Mary’s, Magnificent Margarita’s and Sizzling Sausages around the course to keep golfers strength up and their concentration focused.

After the game and some welcome refreshments at the clubhouse, golfers and their families made their way, by 6:00 p.m., to The Camel Pub, Banchang’s largest and finest pub/ restaurant.  There, The Camel had prepared a pig on the spit and a sumptuous buffet (many thanks to Quinny)

Prize giving and presentations to the successful golfers started at 7 p.m.  Hosting was done by MC Dennis Willett with able support from Steven, Rod & Vanessa.  Many kind donations were made by some very generous folks and the organizers extend their thanks.

The tournament champions for the Camel Winter Classic 2010 were the Clark United team of Scott Clark, Steve Giles, CK Ong and Joe Duffy, with a brilliant net score of 55.8.  The champions were presented with individual crystal trophies and associated prizes.

The runners up were the CUEL Bangkok team of Chaiya. S, Anat. T, Anirut. K and Jirayuth. T with a net score of 57.2.  The runners up were also presented with crystal trophies and associated prizes.

Congratulations to 2010 Winter champions and runners up.

For the technical prizes this year, there were 2 Longest Drives, 2 Longest Putts, 2 Nearest Pin in two and 4 Near Pins. The technical prize winners were: Long Putt on hole 3; Dennis Forrest, Near Pin on hole 5; Phillipe Martin, Near Pin on hole 7; Anat T, Near Pin in two on hole 8; Andy Lazenby, Ladies Long Drive on hole 9; Jan, Near pin in two on hole 12; Chris Voller, Near Pin on hole 13; Phillipe Martin, Long Putt on Hole 14; Russell Exley, Near Pin on hole 15, Richard C and Men’s Long Drive on Hole 18; Damien Trim.  Congratulations to the technical prize winners.

The Camel Pub wishes to sincerely thank the legion of contributors for the generous support and for making the tournament the great success that it was.  Specifically, Terry wishes to thank the corporate and other donors of cash, prizes and hole sponsors.  They are Aibel, ALE Heavy Lift, Carboline, CEA, Cooper International, CR Asia, Crathco, Expro-PTI, LS Cargo, Mammoet, NCE, Pattaya Sports Club, PK Rayong, Sarens, Sence of Siam (SOS), Scott and Shawn McKeirnan, Thai Oilfield Mchinary (TOMS), Thai Pacific (Heineken), Wood Group and of course, The Camel Pub.

An extra big thanks goes to Deborah Services Ltd for their major support and general contributions for this tournament and all of the previous versions.  Sincere thanks to all the sponsors.

Additionally, The Camel Pub management also wishes to express their gratitude to the following local establishments for a bottle of spirits each for prizes: The Bar, Colleens Bar, Beaver Bar, Fat Bob’s, Happy Bar, Jigsaw Bar, Lasse’s Pizza, Mams Bar, Rainbow Bar, Rumours Bar and The Wherehouse Bar.

Also, generous support was received from local folks, Alan Abernathy, Ray Barrett, Rod Carmichael, Steven Coulson, Erik Klaasse, Glen Ebert, John Greenoff, Dave Issit, Erik Klaasse, Anne Shop, Noi Shop, Barry Soanes and Lasse Westberg.

Many thanks from the organizers to all who supported and played in this fine tournament.  We hope to see you all and your friends back for the Camel Summer Classic, in June 2011.

More information about the St. Camillus Foundation of Thailand and the Camillian Social Center can be found at: http://www.camillian-rayong.org/en/contact.asp.