Parker tops the podium for November

first_imgPSC golf Bunker Boys @ The RanchMonday, Nov. 25, Plutuluang – StablefordOur previous scheduled visit to the Navy course in October had ended in chaos with our group being double booked with a large tournament, but we decided to give it another try because the course is popular and certainly offers good value for money.  Today there were no such problems and we chose to play the more difficult West and North nines, since our last few visits had been played on the South and East courses. The weather was bright and sunny accompanied by a fresh breeze as the first group tee’d off on schedule, with the prospect of another great day’s golf ahead of them.Geoff Parker receives the KPK voucher from Buff surrounded by the girls from The Ranch. The round progressed smoothly, albeit a little slowly, until the last group was on the 17th fairway when a nasty storm rolled in and the last two holes were played in torrential rain, much to the amusement of the earlier groups, who by that time were comfortably ensconced in the clubhouse.Mike Lloyd produced another fine performance to record the best score of the day with 42 points, six better than second placed Gordon Melia and winning the B Flight in the process.Gez Williams won the A Flight with a more modest total of 35 points, with a count back being needed to separate Geoff Parker and Tony Scambler for second and third places.A Flight1st Gez Wiiliams (13) 35pts2nd Geoff Parker (14) 34pts3rd Tony Scambler (9) 34ptsB Flight1st Mike Lloyd (16) 42pts2nd Gordon Melia (20) 36pts3rd Ken Davidson (23) 34ptsNear Pins:  Keith Smithson, Tony Scambler, and Geoff Cox (2).Wednesday, Nov. 27, Royal Lakeside – StablefordA smaller group of golfers today, but those golfers that were deterred by the slightly longer trip missed a treat.  The fairways and greens were in their normally excellent condition and the weather was almost perfect, so everything was set for a great round of golf on what is always a challenging course.Some of the rough just off the fairways has been allowed to grow longer than usual (probably due to recent heavy rain) and was especially challenging to those golfers unlucky enough to stray just a few yards off target.  Playing from the blue tees, some of the holes here play long (especially playing into the breeze) and perhaps this factor, together with the always tricky greens, was responsible for the low scoring on the day.John Hughes was the only golfer to come close to playing to his handicap, scoring 35 points to win the B Flight one point ahead of Gordon Melia.In the A Flight, Tony Robbins took first place with 34 points, beating Mark West on a count back, with John Graham taking third.Today was the first time in the Bunker Boys’ last sixteen games that no golfer managed to play to his handicap or better – and the last occasion was at Royal Lakeside as well – so clearly we need to play here more often!A Flight1st Tony Robbins (15) 34pts2nd Mark West (15) 34pts3rd John Graham (10) 32ptsB Flight1st John Hughes (17) 35pts2nd Gordon Melia (20) 34pts3rd PJ Redmond (27) 30ptsNear Pins:  Keith Smithson, John Graham and Steve Durey.Friday, Nov. 29, The Emerald – Medal)Today was our final competition of the month and was kindly sponsored by KPK Foods.  Tony Scambler was holding a narrow lead in the race for the Golfer of the Month title, ahead of Mike Lloyd, Keith Norman and Gerry Cooney.  Following our normal tradition, the four protagonists played together in the final group, and fittingly the format was medal for the final shootout.The Emerald course is now almost back to its best condition and once again the weather was fine with a fresh breeze keeping the temperature to a reasonable level.  Although this course is the shortest that we play on our regular schedule, the layout always provides a tough test, and today was no exception with the breeze being a significant factor on several holes.The pressure must have taken its toll on the main contenders and surprisingly none of them managed to find their “A”game, so Tony’s score of net 76 was enough to secure a sixth place overall finish, and take the November title.Geoff Parker was the only player to better his handicap on the day to secure the overall win, and thereby winning the A Flight two points clear of Colin Greig.There were three new faces on the podium in the B Flight with Mike Corner having his most successful round since returning from U.K. to take the honours ahead of Ken Young and Les Burns.A Flight1st Geoff Parker (14) net 702nd Colin Greig (9) net 723rd Keith Smithson (2) net 73B Flight1st Mike Corner (19) net 752nd Ken Young (27) net 763rd Les Burns (29) net 77Near Pins: Keith Norman, Keith Smithson, Mike Lloyd and Paul Smith.Note:  The Bunker Boys are a PSC affiliated golf society that play out of The Ranch bar on Pattaya 3rd Road (in front of the fire station, and almost opposite the Buffalo Bar).  We play three times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, so if you enjoy a fun day out, and a friendly but competitive golf competition why not come and join us.We meet at The Ranch at 9 a.m. and new players are always welcome.  Contact “Buff” on 086 046 5091 or 080 605 5663 for all enquiries.  You can find all the news, schedules and results on our website at read more

Plant & Hoddy take the spoils

first_img3rd Ben Plant 29pts4th Tim Knight 28ptsA somewhat depleted field due to various tours being conducted made the trip to Green Valley. The course conditions were good and there was a cooling breeze which helped considerably. With the absence of any 2s four prize places were up for grabs and Steve Plant laid claim to the top spot with his 34 points.Thursday, Feb. 7, Green Valley – Stableford1st John Hoddy 34pts2nd Steve Plant 32pts3rd Ben Plant 29pts4th Tim Knight 28ptsAn experiment was carried out by booking a midday time and although we started in the heat, towards the end the temperature had significantly cooled making the last 6 holes very enjoyable.John Hoddy posted 34 points to take top spot ahead of Tuesday’s winner Steve Plant. Ben Plant and Tim Knight completed the podium in second and third respectively. PSC Golf from the Kull BarTuesday, Feb. 5, Green Valley – Stableford1st Steve Plant 34pts2nd Colin Simpson 31ptslast_img read more

Smith sails to victory

first_imgPSC golf from The CaddyshackMonday. August 26, Bangpra – StablefordThirteen players made the trip to Bangpra on Monday and Ramsay Smith put together an excellent round of 41 points off his 23 H/cap to take the win ahead of Derek Teeling and Jason Barnett. 1st Ramsay Smith (23) 41pts2nd Derek Teeling (30) 36pts 3rd Jason Barnett (5) 33ptsWednesday, August 28, Green Valley – StablefordA slightly larger group than Monday of 18 golfers took on the challenge today of Green Valley.  The scoring was very competitive with Bruce Tollit just edging ahead for the victory by one from runner up James Savage.1st Bruce Tollit (20) 39pts2nd James Savage (19) 38pts3rd Mike Philipps (11) 37pts4th Bob Lindborg (22) 37ptsFriday, August 30, St. Andrews – StablefordGreen Valley’s sister course of St. Andrews was on the roster for today and Jason Barnett tore up the field with 39 points to win by seven over Marty Rock, while Robert Marsh took third another point back.1st Jason Barnett (5) 39pts2nd Marty Rock (11) 32pts3rd Robert Marsh (25) 31ptsNote:  The Caddyshack is located on Soi 17 off 3rd Road or soi 8 off  Thepprasit Road.  All golfers are welcome and reservations are taken at 081 865 3104.Ramsay Smith.Bruce Tollit.Jason Barnett.last_img read more

It’s Francis’ week; Bob’s Medal

first_imgPSC golf from Lewiinski’s Golf SocietySunday, March 11, Green Valley – Monthly MedalA Flight1st Bob Newell (7) net 672nd Francis Goyons (9) net 68 3rd Bob Watson (4) net 72 B Flight1st Glenn McBurney (17) net 692nd Mark Bonner (14) net 723rd Colin Davis (15) net 72Red Flight1st Mike Craighead (19) net 75Near Pins: No 4 Graham Holmes; No 12 Gary Blackburne; No 16 Ranay SinghBob ‘Broad more’ Newell knew the round was out there, it just hadn’t been answering the call.  Well it heard him in time to take the monthly medal for March 2012 as he scorched the course with a gross 74, a whopping net 67, to take the crystal whiskey glass and a bottle of Jameson’s.  Every bit of that ‘scorching’ was required as a sublime day had the field tightly bunched and low. In quick succession Bob was followed by Francis Goyons, no stranger to the pay window, and Bob Watson, each just a stroke back from the other; Bob Watson did however need the aid of a count back over the unlucky Peter Lenoury.Medal winners Mike and Bob with Colin the Golf Manager.Glen McBurney led the lads in B Flight with a rock solid net 69.  Confusion followed as the calculator went in to overtime to sort out a five player pile up all with net even par rounds.  ‘Mussels’ Bonner won this one as he took the silver followed by whom else but the ‘Donkey’ to lift the bronze.  Jerry McCarthy, John Foote and Mikko Mutanen were left satang less at sea level.Mike ‘the mechanic’ added yet another crystal flute to his vast collection with a net 75 in the Red Flight.As all our regular readers know, Mike and Bob get a non-transferable invitation to play in the year end Gold Medal.Seven 2,s were recorded.Monday, March 12, Royal Lakeside – StabelfordA Flight1st Francis Goyons (9) 38pts2nd Greg Bates (11) 38ptsB Flight1st Lou Szigligeti (17) 36pts2nd Colin Davis (15) 35ptsFrancis Goyons continued his weekly climb to the top of the podium as Sunday’s second place was followed by today’s first with a rock solid 38 points.  It did not come easy though as a count back was required to edge the red hot Aussie Greg Bates.Francis Goyons and Koi.Aussie traffic warden Lou Zig-Zag took the honours in B Flight as he put a no parking ticket on the Donkey’s cart with an even par round.No 2’s were recorded so a rollover on Wednesday.Wednesday, March 14, St. Andrews – Stableford A Flight1st Francis Goyons (9) 38pts2nd Graham Holmes (8) 38pts3rd Ian Bell (6) 38ptsB Flight1st William Peach (20) 37pts2nd Sukh Jutana (17) 36pts3rd Peter Henshaw (18) 35ptsIt is always tough to lose a count back and it is always tough not to win when you have 38 points at the Desmond Muirhead designed St Andrews.  Well it happened to Graham Holmes (no not that Graham Holmes) and Ian Bell, as they were left second and third in A Flight respectively.  The man on fire Francis Goyons made it two wins and a second place in as many games as Francis’s 38 points was more favorably dispersed between the outward and inward nines.William Peach was one stroke clear in a battle marked by consistency seldom seen in high handicappers, especially on a course so demanding as St Andrews, over Sukh Jutana.  Peter ‘Don O Corleone’ Henshaw snuck in for the last spot in B Flight, edging Michael Goggin on count back.Ian Bell, Ranay Singh, Thierry Petrement and Sukh Jutana shared a rollover 2’s pot.Friday, March 16, Crystal Bay – Stableford1st Merle Humphries (19) 38pts2nd Peter Larsson 9140 36pts3rd Lou Szigligeti (17) 36ptsOn a day when the numbers were a bit modest, given the PSC Charity event, old friend Merle Humphries retuned with a good bit of zeal as he enjoyed a two stroke gap on the field.Peter Larsson emerged from a triumvirate of players to reap the silver while Aussie Lou the ‘Soi 13 Traffic Warden’ claimed the bronze.  Greg Bates was left scratching his head but he did manage a 2, as did Lou and Merle so they just about managed to get their money back.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 Colin on 089 826 0764. Transport is provided.last_img read more

China defeats USA for gold at Thailand beach-volleyball championships

first_imgDespite having one player challenged with a knee injury, China’s Chen Xue and Xi Zhang still came out strong and got even stronger against the USA pairing of Jennifer Kessy and April Ross to capture the internationally-televised gold medal match at the Phuket Thailand Open last Sunday. The gold medal match on the tropical Karon Beach center court saw the Chinese duo  defeat the USA second-seeds, 21-16, 21-14 in just 40-minutes.  Xue and Zhang leave Phuket with a perfect 6-0 record with each match being won in two sets while Kessy and Ross finished with a 5-1 record.Gold medal winners: China’s Xi Zhang (left) and Chen Xue. The FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour visited Phuket for the sixth consecutive year at the purpose-built venue on Karon Beach for this extremely popular event at the dynamic tourist destination on the southwest side of exotic Phuket province.  Many of the world’s current top and rising stars of women’s beach volleyball tandems were in Thailand to conclude the 15-event 2011 women’s FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour.The winning pair will share the $30,000 first-place prize while the silver medal team will split $21,000, the bronze $15,000 and the fourth place team will divide $11,200.“My teammate carried me on her shoulders today and was always there when I wasn’t quiet there, it was remarkable to experience,” said Zhang following her team’s gold medal performance.  “We really didn’t make very many mistakes and by controlling the tempo like that we got we really want—a happy ending.  The Americans are a great team but somehow today we didn’t miss on very many, sets, digs, kills and blocks.  My knee hurts but obviously it fells a lot better now.”China’s Chen Xue and Xi Zhang (left court) take on the USA pairing of Jennifer Kessy and April Ross in the final of the 2011 Phuket Thailand Open at Karon Beach, Phuket, on Sunday, November 6.In the bronze medal match Sunday, Italy’s fifth-seeded Greta Cicolari and Marta Menegatti overwhelmed Australia’s 19th-seeded Louise Bawden and Becchara Palmer in two-sets, 21-19, 21-15 in 47 minutes.The Phuket Thailand Open was being produced by Pentangle Promotions Co., Ltd. of Bangkok in association with the FIVB and the Thailand Volleyball Association.last_img read more

City, county to honor U.S. Women’s World Cup Championship Team Friday

first_imgUnited States’ Carli Lloyd (10) reacts after scoring on a penalty kick against Germany as Meghan Klingenberg (22) follows during the second half of a semifinal in the Women’s World Cup soccer tournament, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Montreal, Canada. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)PITTSBURGH, PA– The City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership will honor the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team in a celebration in Market Square on Friday, August 14.A proclamation ceremony will take place in Market Square at Noon on Friday. Mayor William Peduto will present the proclamation on behalf of the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald to Team USA defender and Pittsburgh area native (Pine-Richland High School) Meghan Klingenberg.Representatives from U.S. Soccer will have the World Cup Trophy on display in Market Square from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Friday. A photo booth will be available for fans to take pictures.last_img read more

Cover to Cover…‘Running with the Champ’

first_imgLike us at @NewPghCourier on Twitter Two heads are better than one.Another body can make work lighter, both in mood and in task. A partner can support you, encourage you, inspire you, and sympathize with you. You solve easier with another mind on the problem. Yes, two heads are better than one, and in the new book “Running with the Champ” by Tim Shanahan (with Chuck Crisafulli), so are four feet.People who knew Muhammad Ali probably wouldn’t be surprised that he met Tim Shanahan in 1970 because of a charity event.Shanahan was working with a Chicago organization, and needed big-name sports heroes to “deliver a motivational speech to the students.” His connections led to Ali, who invited Shanahan into his home and his life. They were friends almost instantly; days later, they became regular running partners.It was a rather informal situation, says Shanahan: they ran when they could, near a park in Chicago. This was after Ali’s three-year boxing suspension, and both knew that the Champ needed encouragement; Shanahan, the better runner, gave it to him. The unlikely friendship began to take deepen: the black Muslim athlete who came from the wrong side of the Louisville tracks and the Catholic white guy born in Wisconsin would lay in the grass after their run, discussing their childhoods, favorite things, dreams, and life in general.Being Ali’s friend was a wild ride through the years.The Champ was often abrupt with his demands, both to Shanahan and to others; he didn’t suffer fools gladly, and expected his wishes to be quickly granted. He was generous, monetarily and time-wise, with nearly everyone he saw, giving away a good portion of his income (and, supposedly, some of Shanahan’s, too). Ali loved meeting celebrities, hated unsolicited advice, could be stubborn (especially in his career), and had a surprising jealous streak, but he was funny and larger-than-life.Then, around the time Ali retired, things changed: he started uncharacteristically losing his patience with many in his inner circle—including Shanahan.In 1984, a diagnosis of “parkinsonism” explained everything…In many such memoirs based on celebrity, you’ll often find a distracting amount of name-dropping and braggadocio. You might even expect that in a memoir about Muhammad Ali, but the surprise is that author Shanahan (with Crisafulli) doesn’t focus on that alone. Instead, “Running with the Champ” is a loving tribute to a friendship.(“Running with the Champ” by Tim Shanahan (with Chuck Crisafulli) c. 2016, Simon & Schuster, $27/$36 Canada, 307 pages.)last_img read more

Del Bosque: “The players only think of themselves”

first_img CEST With one more match still to come in Brazil before Spain head home, Del Bosque was very cagey when it came to talking about individuals’ futures. Although he did say that he still has the “same enthusiasm, desire and drive” to continue in his position as manager of la Roja. Vicente Del Bosque has loosely criticised his players ahead of Spain’s final World Cup match against Australia. He wouldn’t be drawn strongly either way on Iker Casillas, Xavi or Xabi Alonso. Sport EN “I am very grateful for my players, I think about all of them, however they only think about themselves. Only themselves.” “Taking the training bib from Cesc was a minor issue,” the 63-year-old said. “One of the teams was numerically inferior to the other in the match, so I decided to change it around. I aked Xabi Alonso for support – it was not big deal. After Saturday’s open training session, a video hit the Internet of la Roja’s boss getting angry with Cesc Fabregas. center_img When he was asked about this incident on Sunday by television channel Cuatro, Del Bosque played down what had happened but still managed to give a blunt response. It has been suggested he favours the Barcelona players, something which, as a former Real Madrid coach, he strongly contests. Upd. at 18:21 “The rest I can accept.” “Football is my big passion and my profession.” “When I see on Madrid website, or a website related to Madrid, that I am a puppet in the hands of the Barca players, that hurts me,” he continued. 22/06/2014 Del Bosque added that some of the criticism has hurt him becasue is has come from so close to home.last_img read more

Getafe 1-5 Real Madrid: Zidane’s men increase the pressure on Barça

first_img Karim Benzema, Isco, Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and Cristiano Ronaldo got the goals against Getafe, who replied late on through Pablo Sarabia, but it could have been a lot more on a comfortable afternoon for Madrid.  When James’ cross came in just before the half hour mark, though, Benzema was able to get on the end of it. His finish wasn’t the cleanest, but it beat Guaita and took the French striker’s tally in La Liga this season to 22 – a personal best.  Real Madrid beat Getafe 5-1 to move within one point of Barcelona, who play against Valencia at Camp Nou on Sunday. It caps off a fine few weeks for Zinedine Zidane’s side, who have progressed to the Champions League semi-final and eaten into Barça’s lead at the top of La Liga – before the Clasico, Luis Enrique’s side were 10 points clear of Los Blancos.  CEST Bale added the third almost immediately after the break. Benzema was again the provider. The Welshman had too much pace for Getafe and latched onto his team-mate’s pass behind their defence, opened up his body and sent the ball back across Guaita.  The second goal came before half-time and Benzema was again involved, although it was more about Isco. The Spain international drove in from the right, shifted the ball to Benzema, who promptly returned it to his team-mate, whose run had carried him into the box. The finish which followed was cool and Madrid were well worth their two goal lead.  It had been almost total domination until that point, but Madrid seemed to ease off once they had a three goal advantage. It almost allowed the hosts to pull a goal back. Keylor Navas saved well from Sarabia, before making another important block from an indirect free-kick, which had been given away after he’d picked up a Marcelo pass.  It looked like that would be that and Ronaldo would miss out on his 31st league goal of the campaign, until a late break allowed Jese Rodriguez to create a tap in for the Portuguese international. Sarabia did eventually get his goal, but Getafe’s moment was short lived, with Madrid going up the other end to add their fourth of the afternoon. Substitute Lucas Vazquez pulled the ball back and James showed fantastic composure to dummy his man and roll the ball home for the goal his performance deserved.  Benzema opened the scoring in the 29th minute, but Madrid could and maybe should have been ahead long before then. Vicente Guaita had saved from Isco and James, while Ronaldo was inches away from getting on the end of a cross which zipped across the six yard line.  16/04/2016 Upd. at 17:55 Sam Marsdenlast_img read more

Tony Sanabria signs for Gustavo Poyet’s Betis

first_img In the deal with Betis, Roma have reserved themselves 50% of any future sale and have also inserted a buy-back clause. 15/07/2016 at 22:41 At the start of the summer, Russian club Rubin Kazan had made a considerable offer for the player, but he declined this option when Barça showed interest. Toni Juanmarti The team from the city of Seville will pay 7.5 million euros to Roma for the Paraguayan, who will sign for five seasons. The Tony Sanabria soap opera came to an end this Friday when Betis officially announced his signing.  Such offers did not take long to arrive, Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham were close to agreeing a deal with Roma, until Poyet’s call to the player. However, it was subsequently decided that Sanabria would not be pursued by Barça, and the Catalan club told the player to accept any good offers that came his way. Barcelona’s technical secretary Robert Fernandez told him he was on a list of possible targets to strengthen the club’s forward line. He becomes the club’s seventh summer signing, with coach Gustavo Poyet cnvincing the striker to join his project, when Tottenham Hotspur appeared to be the likeliest destination for the 20-year-old. CESTlast_img read more