Pilkington picks up top prize on Golden Elephant tour

first_imgJomtien Golf with the IPGCThis was our 14th annual trip to Hua Hin and as always it consisted of a 72-hole competition spread over 4 days with an individual two divisional contest on each round for the men. We had dispensed with the cars this year and instead booked two mini buses to ferry us on the 5 hour trip to Hua Hin on the Saturday and then spend a relaxing afternoon and the next day wandering around the town.Alan Pilkington, right, is presented with the Golden Elephant trophy by Glyn Evans.According to our research, this year one of our favourite courses, Majestic, was not up to scratch so we switched to Springfield instead.  The Banyan Tree was ruled out owing to its cost so we would be playing everyone’s number 1 selection, Black Mountain, twice.Monday, May 9, Palm Hills – StablefordThere were 19 players listed for the trip this year, but there are only 17 made it to the tee for the first day at Palm Hills.  The cut was 1-18 in division 1 and 19 + in division 2 and the course was still in good condition and the majority enjoy the round.Playing off 18, the best score of the day came in from Kari Aarnio in division 1 with 42 points.  Pete Sumner, off 8, was second with 36 and Andy Baber took third with 33.Lee Casey won division 2 with 34 points and ‘count-back’ Burnie was second one point behind with Terry Redding lying third with 32.In the ‘2’s Trevor Schrimer birdied the 8th and Pete Sumner the 11th to share the purse in division 1, while there were none in division 2.Tuesday, May 10, Black Mountain – StablefordEverybody’s number 1 choice here and it is still in immaculate condition.  There are a few improvements going on throughout the course but this is expected at this time of year.Alan Pilkington, playing off 8, won division 1 with 39 points while Barry Winton, improving every game and off 4, was second with 36.  In third place with 32 points was Pete Sumner.The Hua Hin tour group from Jomtien Golf.The Lambourn boy Steve Ironside took out division 2 with 35 points, with the count-back boy second 1 point behind and in third place with 33 was Terry Redding.Alan Pilkington secured the ‘2’s purse in division 1 while Burnie Sinclair and Kevin Tobin, playing in the same group, birdied the 3rd and 14th to split the rollover pot in the second flight.Thursday, May 12, Springfield – StablefordAnother popular course, the Jack Nickalaus designed Springfield today, and with 19 out the cut was up to 17 in division 1.We were playing the original 18 holes and these played tough, especially on the back nine.  Russell Exley came in with 38 points to win division 1 ahead of Trevor Schrimer in second two points behind, and Andy Baber beat Paul Renall and Barry Winton on a 17/15/13 back nine count-back for third after they all finished with 34 points.The organizer bounced back to win division 2 today with 37 points and count-back Burnie was second one point behind while Kevin Tobin took third with 33 points.Paul Renall from division 1 and Andy Baber from division 2 birdied the 6th and 17th respectively to take the purse in the ‘2’s.In the lead now after three rounds was Burnie Sinclair on 103 points, closely followed by Alan Pilkington (102), Kari Aarnio (102), Pete Sumner (102) and Barry Winton (98).Friday, May 13, Black Mountain – StablefordOur last round of the trip and everything was up for grabs, including the ladies prize for the lowest score.  It had been a remarkable week of golf on great courses and with a fantastic friendly group.After scoring only 16 points in the first round on Monday, the organizer came in today with a division 2 winning 40 points but he did not feature in the overall top placings.  Kevin Tobin was second in the division with 36 points and Lee Casey beat Steve Ironside on a 18/17 back nine count-back for third.In form at the moment Alan Pilkington headed division 1 after beating Paul Renall 16/14 on the back 9 after they tied with 36 points, and John Lay was third after beating Trevor Schrimer on a 19/15 count-back.Marty Aronson won the ladies prize for the lowest score of the four rounds, which he did not expect and was not happy with his presentation prize, after he was asked to be photographed.There were four ‘2’s in division 1 sharing a meagre prize; Paul Renall on the 3rd and 8th, Trevor Schrimer on the 8th and Pete Sumner on the 3rd again.  Andy Baber birdied the 11th for the division 2 purse.After four rounds of golf a great week and well done to the winners.  Congratulations to Alan Pilkington from all of us at Siam Cats and Jomtien Golf for  winning this years Golden Elephant Trophy.Overall Standings (4 days)1st Alan Pilkington 138pts2nd Kari Aarnio 134pts3rd Pete Sumner 133pts4th Paul Renall 131pts5th Trevor Schrimer 131ptslast_img read more

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Parker puts on a show at Pattaya Country Club

first_imgPSC golf from The Bunker BarMonday, August 29, Khao Kheow – StablefordOnly one good round worth mentioning today which was played by Tony Robbins who won with a very respectable 35 Stableford points.  Second and third places went to Colin Greig and Raleigh Gosney respectively, Raleigh beating Geoff Hart on a count back. 1st Tony Robbins (12) 35pts2nd Colin Greig (10) 28pts3rd Raleigh Gosney (18) 25ptsNear Pins:  Raleigh Gosney, Colin Greig, Geoff Hart.Wednesday, August 31, Green Valley – StablefordA reasonable turnout for Green Valley as usual saw Tony Robbins make it two wins out of two for the week, just nicking it by one point ahead of Mukesh who in turn was one point ahead of Colin Greig who won on a count back for a change!1st Tony Robbins (10) 38pts2nd Mukesh (10) 37pts3rd Colin Greig (10) 36ptsNear Pins:  Colin Stokes, Peter Habgood, Reg Smart, Geoff Cox.Friday, Sept. 2, Pattaya C.C. – StablefordSimon Parker playing off handicap 3 had a superb round of golf, winning with 41 points, three points ahead of his pal Eddie Martin and Ken Young got in the frame for one of the first times in his illustrious career with the Bunker Boys!1st Simon Parker (3) 41pts2nd Eddie Martin (18) 38pts3rd Ken Young (28) 37ptsNear Pins:  Eddie Martin, William Macey, Tony Robbins, Colin Greig.last_img read more

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Golfnutter: Thai Caddies and the Rules of Golf

first_imgTo those of you who do not play competition golf, the following has no relevance.  To those of you who do, read on.Let’s assume you’re playing golf in LOS and your caddie:Uses the flag stick, hand or other implement to touch the putting surface to indicate your line of putt.Asks another more experienced caddie for advice on club selection, or the break on a tricky green? Taps down a pitch-mark on the apron, positioned between your ball and the putting surface. Repairs scuff-marks on your line of putt.Thinking your two-inch putt will be given, picks up your ball.Upon removing her ball-marker, thumbs-down or smooths the putting surface immediately behind your ball. Your playing partner’s caddie replaces his ball in front of the marker – in the normal way.  Yet you’re sure when she originally marked his ball she positioned the marker to the side.  She repeats this action on the next green. These and other similar examples are everyday occurrences on any course in Thailand.  Everyday occurrences?  No, make that many times during the course of a single round, especially rounds involving Farang whose golfing experience is limited to Thailand.A two-inch tap-in and she picks it up! Perhaps some have played with a venue or outlet that insists on adhering to the Rules, to the extent that caddie mistakes, as outlined here, always incur the appropriate penalty.  I personally can’t recall playing with such a group.  And if I did, I doubt whether I would return.Most of us know that under the Rules of Golf, occurrences as outlined above incur a one or two-shot penalty.  More imposing is Rule 1-3 Agreement to Waive Rules, where the penalty for breach is disqualification.  Yet agreement to waive rules is what I’m advocating.What authority am I invoking here?  Unfortunately I cannot instance any, and this is the point of the post.  The Local Rules of IPGC and PSC make no allowance for these or similar situations involving unwitting rules transgressions by caddies.  Yet common sense and equity demands, in my view, golfers not be penalised for the ignorant actions of caddies.The wiser of Pattaya’s golf venues, when asked, will say that golfers need not be penalised for certain actions of their caddies.  A common convention in some golf outlets is to allow caddies one error per event, or one chance per infringement, regardless of how many separate infringements may occur per round.  The golfer is then charged with advising her/him of their mistake, and accepts that a repeat will incur a penalty.  Please note that this involves actions carried out by a caddie about which the golfer had no prior knowledge.  It does not include the golfer accepting her advice in error, e.g. wrongly claiming an entitlement such as a free drop, or mistaking the extent of a hazard line etc.  That’s the golfer’s error, not the caddies.The problem is that many golfers don’t know that such unwritten concessions exist.  Surely a duty of any golfing administration is to ensure all players are playing by the same rules?  So why don’t our local administrators provide for “caddie leeway” in their Local Rules?The answer may have something to do with the likelihood of the R&A approving such a Local Rule being zilch.  Yet any reasonably-minded administrator, who has ever played golf in Thailand, would recognise the need for lenience.It comes down to playing in a country which has its own unique way of doing things, particularly things involving caddies, and to a lesser extent green keepers, six-balls and, well, just being Thai.  Here are some mitigating factors:It is compulsory to hire the services of a caddie when playing golf in Thailand.The golfer, more often than not, doesn’t or can’t choose his/her caddie. Very few caddies understand the Rules of Golf.Few caddies speak or understand English.I believe a somewhat liberal interpretation of Rule 1-4 could apply:Rule 1-4: Points Not Covered by Rules.  If any point in dispute is not covered by the Rules, the decision should be made in accordance with equity. Surely that’s what it’s all about, equity, fairness?  Ensuring we are all playing by the same set of rules, singing from the same song sheet?  Yet how does equity to all apply here, when many don’t know such conventions exist?  Where do they go to find out, and what about the issue of uniformity between venues?The IPGC and PSC contribute a great deal to Pattaya golf.  The enjoyment of thousands of golfers, me included, wouldn’t be the wonderful experience it is without the dedicated work of unselfish golf administrators at both organisations.  Notwithstanding, in this instance some well-intentioned golfers, by sticking to the Rules, are being unfairly penalised.I believe Local Rules is the appropriate forum to address this oversight.Happy golfing,Golfnutterlast_img read more

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Rogers & Eyles retain anniversary scramble title

first_imgPSC Golf from The Golf ClubMonday, June 29, Green Valley (white tees) – Monthly Medal1st Kenny Aihara (3) net 702nd Paul Tudor (5) net 723rd Charles Tregurtha (7) net 73 Wow!  Kenny did it again!  For the very first time in our 8 year history, one man has won 4 stars on his shirt for 4 monthly medal wins and it was no surprise to see it was Mr. Aihara.  That is a run of great golf and as consistent as Kenny is, it really was just a matter of time.  Way to go Kenny, we know a 5th is on the cards for next year.  Pretty soon you will have as many Antigua’s as Dave Ferris.Wednesday, July1, Greenwood A&B (white tees) – Stableford1st Ben Denham (3) 37pts2nd Kenny Aihara (3) 34pts3rd Steve Zeigler (13) 32ptsWe hadn’t been out here to Greenwood in quite some time and it was good to get back to this lovely golf course.  Like Pattavia and Treasure Hills, it is another 15 minutes up the 331 but so good when you do finally get here.Scramble winners, Peter Rogers & Billy Eyles.Visiting Floridian Steve Zeigler did well today and found his form for third.  Once again, it was Kenny up on the podium as the previous week he was absent from any victories thus giving the other lads a shot.  Ben Denham was the story of the day though as he blew away the field with a 37, so well played to Ben for a great round off just a 3 handicap!Friday, July 3, Pattavia (white tees) – 2M Scramble1st Billy Eyles/Peter Rogers net 61.82nd Freddy Graham/Nick Handscombe net 63.63rd Barry Collier/Ron Robertson net 64.5Today we celebrated the 8th birthday of The Golf Club a day early as the 4th fell on a weekend.  It was a quick trip out as the last 7km of road has improved greatly and we had little problem dealing with Amata, as the previous week was a nightmare through this junction.  You just never know!  Time out was 55 minutes and back about the same, but it is well worth it once you get here.Wednesday’s top three, Ben Denham with Ken Aihara & Steve Zeigler.Apart from a sizzling one hour stretch in the middle, the weather was just great and a perfect afternoon breeze kicked up for the back nine play.The golf course was in top shape, it really is worth that little extra bit of a drive to get out here because it is such a good track.  Greens are probably the fastest and most treacherous in Pattaya, but that is what makes this place fun!This is a great course for a scramble, and when you throw in that rainbow format (6 red, 6 white and 6 blue tees) it makes for some interesting strategic moves.  For once, my fellow TGC partner Adam and I found ourselves at the finishing 4 holes with all our drives in and playing 3 reds and a blue in hand.  As hot as Adam’s putter was, I certainly dragged him down to my level.Third Place went to Barry Collier and Ron (R2) Robertson with a decent score of 64.5 and second was a card from Freddy Graham and Nicky Handscombe with a 63.6 circled on top.  But the big winners were the defending champions, Peter Rogers (U.S.A.) & Billy Eyles (England) who ham & egged their way around this tough track to reclaim the top prize with a hot 61.8.  Both players will receive our legendary Antigua shirts monogrammed for the event as well as a steak night dinner of their choice.Diehard scramblers at Pattavia.Near pins went to Peter Rogers (4th hole), Mark Wood (7th hole), Nick Handscombe (13th hole) and lastly Steve Ellison on the 17th.  Nicky also took the longest putt on the 18th of 26 feet and Kenny Aihara had the long drive nailed down on the 9th.  All of these technical prizes win pork chop dinners on the BBQ for another day.  Thanks to all who joined us and we hope the 4th was just as good for you!Note: The Golf Club is located on Soi LK Metro.  Just call 085 434 3377 or see our website www.golfclubpattaya .com and for more information mail us: [email protected] and see updates at www.facebook.com/golfclubpattaya… all handicaps welcome!last_img read more

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Play Your Part Episode 23: Synopsis

first_imgThe next episode of the Play Your Part Television Series will air on Saturday, 24 February 2018 on SABC 2 at 18h00.Get your sneak peek of episode 23 of the Play Your Part TV series, here.This episode is anchored on pillars of mentoring, skills development, health and education. These are strategically aligned to priorities of the NDP.Avashoni MainganyeArtist Avashoni Mainganye, who has been instrumental in helping young aspiring artists in Venda to develop and market their works, tells us about his passion for the arts and mentoring young artists.Rivoningo MhlariCo-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Rikatec Information Management Systems, Rivoningo Mhlari tells us about the importance of harvesting information and presenting it in a contemporary way to clients in various industries.Geoff JohnsonGeoff Johnson is the man behind the ‘10th province of South Africa’. He has managed to rally the expatriate community behind him to raise funds for the benefit of communities in South Africa. One of his main fundraising efforts has been the South African Charity Golf Day.Lulu BoxozaLulu Boxoza tells us about how the Temba Community Development which initially focused on poverty alleviation in communities, has put the alleviation of the devastating effects of HIV in communities at the heart of their work.Play Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on every Saturday on SABC2.To get Involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolvedTell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow Play Your Part on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA; orLike us on Facebook: Official Brand South AfricaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Twitter Cohort Lite

first_imgBy Molly C. Herndon, Social Media SpecialistThe Personal Finance and Network Literacy teams will again be joining forces to create a learning opportunity for folks interested in Twitter. The 2-week event will begin May 18.This year’s event will focus on asynchronous activities that participants can complete at their own pace. The event’s guides have assembled resources and homework for participants that will teach new skills and broaden existing networks. Watch videos and view last year’s syllabus here.The Twitter Cohort Lite promises to be an easy way to get your feet wet and start tweeting with a supportive and encouraging network of professionals. By participating in this year’s event, you will:Build your Twitter personal learning network centered around your interests.Engage in conversations with a Twitter community that starts with your fellow cohort members and reaches across the world.Start online relationships that will last into the future.Begin to see how Twitter can be used for teaching, learning, and connecting.So if the Twitterverse seems intimidating or if you’re just learning to enhance your own personal learning network, register today for this immersive learning opportunity.This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on May 5, 2015.last_img read more

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Gear Hacks: DIY Camera Stabilizers and Rigs for Under $25

first_imgCamera mounts and stabilizers can be quite expensive when buying name-brand gear. Making your own DIY camera stabilizers and mounts is a much cheaper alternative.Top image via Film RiotThe world of camera mounts, rigs, and stabilizers is quite diverse. Camera rigs come in all shapes and sizes for all types of jobs. Sometimes you need the most advanced camera rig for reliability and flexibility on an expensive shoot. Other times, you just need something cheap and quick to keep your footage stable.If you find yourself with a free afternoon, why not take a trip to your local hardware store and put together a quick and cheap DIY camera stabilizer rig to add to your arsenal. Depending on your needs, one of the DIY options below just might be perfect.The Silver FlyerThe “Silver Flyer” is a popular DIY camera stabilizer rig on the internet for which you can find several how-to videos on YouTube. For all its popularity, it really is a solid option that stabilizes almost as well as its high-end counterparts.The curved design does a great job of distributing the weight out across its frame while still giving your focal point the balance and control it needs to move around. The metal frame makes it a little heavier than some of the other, lighter PVC options, but also increases its longevity and sturdiness (along with the weight being a good balance mechanism). Here’s what you’ll need to put it together.(2) 3/4″ 90-degree elbow metal tubing(3) 3/4″ metal tubing couplers(1) 1/4″ hex screw(1) 1/4″ nut(1) 5/16″ x 1″ fully threaded hex screw(1) 5/16″ nut(2) 1/4″ x 3″ hex screw(2) 1/4″ nut(~50) 1/4″ center x 1 1/4″ diameter fender washer(2) 1/4″ butterfly nuts(1-3) standard bearings (for how much it turns)(1) 1/2″ PVC pipe 5-8 inches long(1) 1/2″ PVC pipe male and female adapter (2 parts)(1) Traxxas 1651 set (3 pieces per set)(1) macro slider(1) quick release plateTotal Estimated Price: $15PVC StabilizerFor our second recommendation, we share Collin McDowell’s “PVC Stabilizer” which he demonstrates on YouTube. Unlike the Silver Flyer (and as its name suggests), McDowell’s invention makes use of Polyvinyl Chloride piping — more commonly referred to as PVC pipe.The PVC is much lighter than the metal contraptions and offers a little more give. The PVC stabilizer makes use of two side arms and counterweights at the bottom which can also be rotated to become a shoulder rig. Its simplistic design makes it possibly the cheapest and easiest option out there. Here’s what you need.(3) 3/4″ PVC pipe caps(3) 3/4″ PVC elbows(1) 3/4″ PVC cross(2) 3/4″ PVC pipes (2 ft each)(1) 1/2″ PVC pipes (2 ft)(1) 3/4″ metal nipple(1) standard tripod head mount(2) 2.5 lb dumbbell weightsTotal Estimated Price: $13Double Shoulder RigThe good folks at Film Riot are no strangers to DIY gear hacks. They’ve actually done the DIY camera stabilizer before (which you can view here), but it’s a little more expensive and not quite as awesome as their double shoulder rig.While this may look a little bit like an overkill, it actually provides the most reliability and sturdiness of any of the DIY options. The double bars give perfect balance and full control for most stationary and minor camera moves, however it does bounce a little more when moving quickly. If you’re ready to take on this mammoth, here’s how.(1) PVC cutter(4)- 3/4″ PVC elbow(2) 3/4″ PVC couplings(4) 3/4″ PVC tee joints(2) 3/4″ PVC 90-degree elbow bends(1) cover plate(2) weight plates(1) can of black spray paint(4) 3/4″ x 2 ft. PVC pipe(1) all-purpose cement(1) 3/4″ 6ft Armacell(8) #6 32 x 2″ machine screws(8) #6 32 machine nuts(1) drill bitTotal Estimated Price: $25Metal Counterbalance StabilizerMeet Bob from I Like To Make Stuff. He likes to make stuff. And not just film stuff — he makes all types of stuff, which might explain why his solution to creating a DIY steadicam is so ingenious. Similar to the Silver Flyer in its weight and handheld design, it offers a little more control with its second-hand crossbar option. The overall design is very sturdy but allows for a great range of motion — although no shoulder mount modification. Here’s what you’ll need to build your own.(3) lengths 3/4″ steel pipe(1) 3/4″ steel pipe T-fitting(1) 1/4-20 x 1″ screw and (2) 1/4-20 nuts(2) 3/4″ steep pipe caps(1) 3/4″ steel pipe flange(1) 1″ PVC pipe (about 6″ in length)Duct tapeFlat black spray paintTotal Estimated Price: $15DIY Fig RigUnlike the other stabilizers and shoulder mounts, the fig rig is an innovative alternative to keep your camera steady while still providing the full range of motion. A fig rig works exactly like it looks like it would. You place your camera in the center and hold onto the outer ring as you would a steering wheel. This allows tons of different contortions and canted angles which you won’t get in a standard stabilizer. Here’s what you need to get started.(1) 3/4″ PVC (5 ft)(10) 45-degree elbow(1) cross connector(2) T-connector(2) end capsPVC cementPVC cleaner(1) 1/4″ bolt, 2″ long (maybe shorter)(1) 1/4″ washer(1) 1/4″ nut(1) 1/4″ wing nut(1) 3/4″ drill bit(1) lawn mower gripspray paint (high temp)Total Estimated Price: $12Other DIY AlternativesIf you’re in a desperate pinch and need some stabilization to hold you over until you build your own rig, there are some simple options you can try in the meantime. Watch the video above to try out any of these handheld quick-fixes.Pulling the camera strap against your neckStanding on a string attached to your cameraUsing household objects in your environmentUsing your tripod as a steadicamAttaching a rubber band to your waistTotal Estimated Price: FreeHave any other DIY gear hacks that you’d like to see? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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