Park Jung Chum wins the coveted HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Trophy

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Jung Chum Park of South Korea with the highest of respect raises the HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Trophy.
Jung Chum Park of South Korea with the highest of respect raises the HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Trophy.

Rotary Club of Phoenix Pattaya raises 1 million baht for charity

More than 75 golfers raised at least a million baht for children as the Rotary Club of Phoenix-Pattaya held its first charity golf tournament.

German Ambassador H.E. Georg Schmidt was the guest of honor for the tourney at the Phoenix Gold Golf & Country Club. Seventy-eight golfers competed for the HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Trophy and two trophies in the name of H.E. Schmidt and Pattaya Mayor Sonthaya Kunplome.

H.E. Georg Schmidt presents the Ambassador’s trophy to Kampanart Tangamatakul.
German Ambassador H.E. Georg Schmidt presents the Ambassador’s trophy to Kampanart Tangamatakul witnessed by President Dieter Barth, Linda Heil, Sarah Chagri and Axel Brauer.

Organizer Axel Brauer ensured the event would be a success, saying beforehand that he would raise a minimum of 1 million baht which would be donated to the Human Help Network Foundation (Thailand), Child Protection and Development Center (CPDC), Take Care Kids Foundation and the German Aid Association Thailand e.V. (Deutscher Hilfe Verein e.V.).

Jung Chum Park of South Korea won the Nov. 1 tournament, receiving the prestigious Princess’s trophy at the post-golf gala dinner at the Renaissance Pattaya Resort in Jomtien Beach.

Kampanart Tangamatakul took second place, receiving the Ambassador’s Cup from H.E. Georg Schmidt, and Tarana Kanya third, receiving the Mayor’s Cup from Sonthaya Kunplome’s advisor Rattanachai Sutidechanai.

The poolside reception and ballroom dinner were lavish affairs, with beautiful violin music from Princess Group, Rock ‘n Roll from sensation Barry Upton, dance performances by children of the CPDC, the rock ‘n roll dancers from the Plutaluang dance club, and the rollicking Elvis Presley impersonator Arthur Elvis.

Past Rotary District 3340 Gov. Peter Malhotra emceed the event, introducing Schmidt, Brauer and Phoenix club President Dieter Barth for speeches to a crowd full of community leaders and expats who flew in for the occasion.

Rattanachai Sutidechanai advisor to the Mayor Sonthaya presents the Mayor’s Trophy to Tarana Kanya.
Rattanachai Sutidechanai advisor to the Mayor Sonthaya presents the Mayor’s Trophy to Tarana Kanya.

Among them at the VIP table were Roland Wein, director of the Thai-German Chamber of Commerce, German Honorary Consul Hagen Dirksen, who is also German Aid Association Thailand, Sopin Thappajug, managing director of the Diana Group, HHNF Director Radchada Chomjinda, Praichit Jetapai, chairwoman of the YWCA Bangkok-Pattaya Center, and Noi Emerson, charity chairwoman for the Pattaya Sports Club.

Volker Fischer and wife Monika were among the guests, just having returned from Vienna along with Fabian Arp of ThaiGerline, Dr. Olivier Meier and members of the Rotary Club of Marina Pattaya, and former German golf champ Jens Maspfuhl.

Axel Brauer the force behind this most prestigious and successful event.
Axel Brauer the force behind this most prestigious and successful event.
President Dieter Barth (right) inducts HE Georg Schnidt as an Honorary member of the Rotary Club of Phoenix Pattaya.
President Dieter Barth (right) inducts H.E. Georg Schmidt the German Ambassador to Thailand as an Honorary member of the Rotary Club of Phoenix Pattaya.
President Dieter Barth presents PP Peter Schlegel with the Paul Harris pin and badge for his generous contribution of US$1000 to the Rotary Foundation.
President Dieter Barth presents PP Peter Schlegel with the Paul Harris pin and badge for his generous contribution of US$1000 to the Rotary Foundation.
HE Georg Schmidt (left) and Axel Brauer (2nd right) congratulate Jung Chum Park on his magnificent achievement.
H.E. Georg Schmidt (left) and Axel Brauer (2nd right) together with Sarah Chagri and Linda Heil congratulate Jung Chum Park on his magnificent achievement.
HE Georg Schmidt is flanked by Radchada Chomjinda, Director of HHNFT and Elfi Seitz, Executive Editor of Pattaya Blatt.
German Ambassador H.E. Georg Schmidt is flanked by Radchada Chomjinda, Director of HHNFT and Elfi Seitz, Executive Editor of Pattaya Blatt.
Radchada Chomjinda, Director of HHNFT together with Siromet Akarapongpanich, Asst. Director of HHNFT and two lovely volunteers present a special gift to HE Georg Schmidt.
Radchada Chomjinda, Director of HHNFT together with Siromet Akarapongpanich, Asst. Director of HHNFT and two lovely volunteers Sarah Chagri and Linda Heil present a special gift to H.E. Georg Schmidt.
President Dieter Barth of the Rotary Club of Phoenix Pattaya presents a donation of 500,000 baht to Radchada Chomjinda, Director the Human Help Network Foundation (Thailand)
President Dieter Barth of the Rotary Club of Phoenix Pattaya and German Ambassador H.E. Georg Schmidt present a donation of 500,000 baht to Radchada Chomjinda, Director the Human Help Network Foundation (Thailand)
President Dieter Barth of the Rotary Club of Phoenix Pattaya presents a donation of 500,000 baht to Hagen Dirksen, Vice Chair of the German Aid Association Thailand (Deutscher Hilfe Verein e.V.).
President Dieter Barth of the Rotary Club of Phoenix Pattaya and German Ambassador H.E. Georg Schmidt present a donation of 500,000 baht to Hagen Dirksen, Vice Chair of the German Aid Association Thailand (Deutscher Hilfe Verein e.V.).
PDG Peter Malhotra congratulates HE Georg Schmidt on being inducted as an Honorary member of the Rotary Club of Phoenix Pattaya. At left is Assistant Governor Rodney Charman.
PDG Peter Malhotra congratulates H.E. Georg Schmidt on being inducted as an Honorary member of the Rotary Club of Phoenix Pattaya. At left is Assistant Governor Rodney Charman.
Barry Upton together with Elvis Presley kept the dancefloor thumping throughout the evening.
Barry Upton together with Elvis Presley kept the dance floor thumping and jumping  throughout the evening.
The rock ‘n roll dancers were brilliant.
The rock ‘n roll dancers were brilliant.
The grand finale was the fireworks display over the gulf.
The Grand Finale was the fireworks display over the gulf.
There was plenty of action on the golf course during the day

There was plenty of action on the golf course during the day.