Ashman the top player for June

first_imgBunker Boys @ The Bowling GreenMonday, June 25, Green Valley – StablefordOnly a small field of golfers today for our first visit of the year to the formerly popular Green Valley course.  We stopped playing here in the high season when the management’s pricing and scheduling policy became unfair to local societies.  Several members were reluctant to return as a matter of principle, but those that did enjoyed the day. June ‘Golfer of the Month’ Dave Ashman with Ning.1st Geoff Parker (12) 33pts2nd PJ Redmond (24) 31pts3rd Eddy Kelly (17) 29ptsWednesday, June 27, Mountain Shadow – StablefordA momentous day today as we welcomed back former 3-time Bunker Boys champion, Gerry Cooney for his first game in more than a year, following treatment for a serious shoulder injury.At long last some renovation work is being undertaken in the changing rooms and restaurant, so hopefully this is also a good omen for the future.  The course today was surprisingly dry, and the greens had been recently cored, making conditions difficult for the champion’s return, and he failed to make it to the winner’s enclosure, although his pleasure at being back out on the course was clearly evident after the round.With the course virtually to ourselves (again!) the leading group pulled out a 3 hole lead over the more senior members in the following group, and finished in double quick time.  Dave Ashman produced the best round of the day to further cement his grip on the Golfer of the Month title with only one game remaining.1st Dave Ashman (14) 33pts2nd John Graham (10) 31pts3rd Barry Murnin (15) 30ptsNear Pins:  Barry Murnin, PJ Redmond and Paul Edgar (2)Friday, June 29, Eastern Star – StablefordA warm greeting from the management awaited us when we arrived at Eastern Star, and the offer of an additional discount got the day off to a good start.  This course has improved considerably since our last visit, and the greens were significantly quicker than they were previously.A strong breeze was blowing throughout the round, keeping the temperature down, but making the course even trickier than usual.  We had 12 golfers in the field today including PSC President Tony Oakes, who got off to a flying start, only to fade on the inward nine. This left the field open for Eddie Kelly to record the best round of the day with an impressive 39 points, with Dave Ashman taking second place on a countback over Barry Murnin.Dave’s second place finish sealed his first Golfer of the Month title, so congratulations all round when we returned to the Bowling Green.1st Eddie Kelly (17) 39pts2nd Dave Ashman (14) 31pts3rd Barry Murnin (15) 31ptsNear Pins:  Paul Edgar, Lee Butler and Tony Robbins.Note:  The Bunker Boys are a PSC affiliated golf society who now play out of the Bowling Green on Soi X-Zyte between Pattaya 3rd Road and Soi Buakhaow.  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 Bowling Green at 9 a.m. for breakfast and transportation, and new players with valid handicaps are always welcome.  For more information call Dave on 087 146 9978, email [email protected] The course was quiet and in good condition, and once again the weather gods were shining on us.  Geoff Parker (playing off his lowest ever handicap) produced the best score of the day ahead of PJ Redmond who has recently rediscovered some semblance of his previous form.last_img read more

Read More →

Mabprachan Thursday Pool League

first_imgResults & Standings March 9 (week 21)Results: Diva Angels 9 – 6 Pats Bar, Family Inn 9 – 6 Honeypot, GB Bar 8 – 7 Blue Moonies, Mary Lou’s 11 – 4 Niftys, Moonies Kitchen 12 – 3 Old Bill CID, Moonies Magnet 8 – 7 Diva Sport, Pride 3 – 12 Black Moonieslast_img

Read More →

Noonan & West triumph at Navy

first_imgPSC Golf from the Phantom Golf SocietyMonday, Dec. 21, Plutaluang N & W – StablefordCombining with Colin’s Golf Bar we had 6 groups ready to visit Plutaluang and on a beautiful Monday morning we departed the Phantom Bar just before 9.00am and headed south.  The traffic was pretty good for a Monday and going a different way, this time past Silver Lake, we arrived at the course in the very good time of 38 minutes.  The golf course was fairly busy and we were allocated the North & West nines, which was our preference anyway and our first group got away 10 minutes earlier than our scheduled 10.30am tee time.  With no-one immediately in front of us the pace was quite good and the course was in fine shape with the greens in very good condition.Matt Noonan & Paul West. As mentioned earlier, the weather was fantastic for golf as it was not too hot and there was very little wind.  After the first nine holes it was unusual to find that all our four had 19 points each and the expectations were great with most of us playing steady golf on the back nine but nothing exceptional.  It was a very good, leisurely round with excellent company and we finished in the good time of just over four hours.We had 2 flights, A Flight for handicaps of 0 to 18 and B Flight for golfers with handicaps of 19 and over.  We also had nearest the pins on 2 par threes and longest first putts on the ninth & eighteenth greens.The A Flight was well won by Matt Noonan with 41 points and big Phil Davies came second with 38, which was 1 point better than your writer, Peter “Blacky” Blackburn who finished in third place.In the B Flight it was Paul West who was declared the winner after scoring a fine 40 points, with Colin “Donkey” Davis in second spot with 37.  There were 3 golfers with 36 points so a count back was required to determine third place and that went to Marcus Earp (17 point back nine, 10 points on the last 6 holes & 6 points on the last 3 holes), with Tony Cook (17 point back nine, 10 points on the last 6 holes & 5 points on the last 3 holes) and Stu Mann (17 point back nine, 10 points on the last 6 holes & 5 points on the last 3 holes) just missing out.A Flight (0-18)1st Matt Noonan (8) 41pts2nd Phil Davies (13) 38pts3rd Peter Blackburn (14) 37ptsB Flight (19+)1st Paul West (19) 40pts2nd Colin Davis (20) 37pts3rd Marcus Earp (30) 36ptsNear Pins: N3 Alistair Gall, W8 Torben LindgaardLong Putts: N9 Sean Larner, W9 Phil DaviesNote: The Phantom Golf Society welcomes golfers of any persuasion – low & high handicappers alike, female golfers and beginners.  We generally play Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, meeting at The Phantom Bar in Soi Buakhow at 8.00 am with transport departing at 8.30 am.  Breakfast is now available at the Phantom Bar from 7.30am onwards.  For bookings or more information please contact Peter on 0806 351 386 or email to [email protected]last_img read more

Read More →

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

Read More →

Learning To Ride At Highland Farm

first_imgStory and photos by Art Petrosemolo ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – It’s early September at Highland Farm. Shannon Cunneff, the Farm’s manager and head instructor works with 9-year old Winter Tietjen and her new pony named Poker.From the other side of the outdoor riding ring, she offered encouragement to Winter.“Eyes up! Shoulders back! Shorten you reins, close your knees,” Cunneff said.Winter moved Poker from a walk to a trot and into a canter following her instructor’s urging and then confidently over two jumps, breaking into a big smile as she heard Cunneff’s generous praise.Highland Farm was buzzing on this Saturday as youngsters caught up on lessons at the start of the fall riding and show season, with Cunneff and instructor Grace Smith scheduled to work with several students. Close to 20 ponies and horses, some owned by the farm and many personally owned, call the Highland Farm home.Highland’s riding facility includes grooming stalls, a tack room, feed and laundry room and an indoor wash stall with heat lamps plus large indoor and outdoor riding rings with jumps. It’s all part of a 70-acre tract with paddocks, fields, ponds and riding trails in the midst of Monmouth County, not far from Sandy Hook Bay.Winter Tietjen and Poker under the watchful eye of Shannon Cunneff.Instructors Cunneff and Smith have ridden and competed on show ponies and horses since they were children and relate to the pre-teens and teens under their care. They take riding seriously and help both novices and experienced young riders hone their skills. Along with years of experience, Cunneff is is certified through the United States Hunter Jumper Association as a professional trainer.Private lessons last about 30 minutes but students don’t just mount and ride. They are taught to tack their mounts (saddle and bridle their equine partner), under the watchful eye of an instructor and do so before every lesson prior to heading to the ring. Working with their pony teaches responsibility and helps create a strong bond between horse and rider, the instructors say.Cunneff and Smith give upwards of 50 lessons a week and coach their students at shows usually on Sundays in New Jersey and as far away as Florida and Vermont. Spring and fall are the busiest at Highland Farm, as it offers the best riding weather here at the Jersey shore.About half of the students are first-timers and some have family members who ride or who rode in the past. “Young girls outnumber the boys learning to ride,” Cunneff said, “and they gain great confidence in the process.”Youngsters start their riding adventure on a pony which is more “their size and much easier to control while you learn than mounting a big,1000-pound horse and being a long way from the ground,” she explained. Some riders stay with ponies throughout their riding and competition career. Highland Farm specializes in training its riders for hunter-jumper competition.Winter Tietjen gets saddle and tact in preparation for her riding less at Highland Farm.Many children get their first introduction to riding in one of Highland Farm’s several summer camps. “We can put a child on a pony at age six or seven,” Cunneff said, “although we have had five year olds who wanted to get on their first pony and take lessons.”Learning to care for the ponies they ride adds to the riding experience, the instructors believe. “We want to see a bond between horse and rider,” Cunneff said, and that comes with learning to tack the horse, walk it, and brush it down as part of their time here at the Farm. The bond happens quickly,” Cunneff smiled, “and it isn’t long before our serious students are talking to their parents about having their own pony.”Cunneff and Smith said learning to ride and competing in shows helps youngsters think and focus, and being responsible for a pony helps them mature. “Our kids compete in lots of shows,” Cunneff said, “and winning ribbons is fun and something we celebrate but not something we focus exclusively on. We encourage students ‘to ride for the ride and not for the ribbon’ and enjoy the experience.”The instructors and parents said that students develop very strong friendships with fellow riders at Highland Farm. “With a common focus and goals, there is very little pettiness here, all agree. The kids become friends and stay friends,” Cunneff stressed.Along with lessons, Cunneff overseas the care of the horses including visits from the veterinarian, farrier and equine dentist. A staff of grooms and stable hands works with her to keep equine residents happy, fit and healthy, and the facility a showplace for riders, their parents and visitors.“I’ve been riding since I was as old as my students,” Cunneff said, “and truly enjoy passing along the skills I’ve learned. I take great pride in watching these young riders progress. It’s a terrific career and I enjoy coming to work every day.” Cunneff smiled, as she turned and reminded Winter to keep her shoulders back as Poker glided over the fences a second time.last_img read more

Read More →

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MARCH 2, 2017

first_imgMIDNIGHT STORM IS DEFINITE FOR BIG ‘CAP Philip D’Amato641371120%48%$816,940 Peter Miller802220828%63%$1,176,315 Tiago Pereira801091013%36%$330,815 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS SANTA ANITA’S GRASS COURSE COULDN’T BE GREENERWhat a View, on target for the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile a week from Saturday, will be running on a grass course that drew rave reviews from Kenny Black.“It’s a great turf course,” the trainer said. “It’s taken all that rain and still looks wonderful. It’s as good a turf course as I’ve ever seen.”Probables for the Kilroe include Bal a Bali, Bolo, Conquest Enforcer, Flamboyant, Papacoolpapacool, Ring Weekend, War Envoy and What a View. Flamboyant worked six furlongs on the main track Thursday in a bullet 1:12.20 for Paddy Gallagher. Rafael Bejarano9918151718%51%$983,493 Victor Espinoza47912719%60%$643,797 MIDNIGHT STORM TO WORK FOR BIG ‘CAP            Midnight Storm will run in the Santa Anita Handicap a week from Saturday, March 11, and not in the Dubai World Cup March 25, Phil D’Amato confirmed Thursday morning.“We’re running in the Big ‘Cap,” the trainer said. “We made the decision yesterday for sure. The horse is going well and depending on weather, he could breeze Sunday or Monday.”Probable for the 80th Santa Anita Handicap, a Grade I, $750,000 race for older horses at a mile and a quarter: Follow Me Crev, Gangster, Hard Aces, Hi Happy, Imperative, Isotherm, Midnight Storm, Shaman Ghost and Twentytwentyvision. Jerry Hollendorfer9618111919%50%$1,338,488 Martin Pedroza8610161512%48%$461,198 ECLIPSE CHAMP CASTELLANO RIDES ‘KOBE’ Flavien Prat16839253123%57%$2,570,699 Tyler Baze17833372019%51%$1,525,266 Kent Desormeaux10121121021%43%$1,268,091 UNIQUE BELLA READY FOR SANTA YSABEL Vladimir Cerin3587623%60%$284,064 (Current Through Sunday, Feb. 26) Mike Smith38133934%66%$1,252,159 Bob Baffert4496720%50%$886,151 Peter Eurton4495520%43%$489,669center_img Joseph Talamo1101691715%38%$524,503 Luis Contreras8910102311%48%$487,537 MULTIPLE ECLIPSE CHAMP CASTELLANO AT SANTA ANITAJavier Castellano, winner of an Eclipse Award as the nation’s outstanding jockey the last four years, invades Santa Anita a week from Saturday, March 11, to ride Kobe’s Back in the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes at seven furlongs for trainer Peter Eurton.Kobe’s Back, who last raced June 25, 2016, finishing third in the Triple Bend, worked six furlongs in 1:13.13 on Santa Anita’s “good” main track before Sunday’s first race.A six-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Flatter owned by the C R K Stable, millionaire Kobe’s Back has a 5-3-4 record from 20 starts with earnings of $1,036,250.Castellano, whose agent is former Santa Anita Racing Department official Mike Lakow, won the Eclipse in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. The 39-year-old native of Venezuela has 4,625 career wins and $271,934,924 in purse earnings. Santiago Gonzalez9711141211%38%$506,762 Edwin Maldonado5096718%44%$290,180 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Norberto Arroyo, Jr.82138816%35%$648,020 Corey Nakatani5486515%35%$465,131 William Spawr23102343%65%$283,951 John Sadler43791016%60%$471,964 Mark Glatt55911716%49%$400,915 Richard Baltas9416171517%51%$872,657 VERSATILE UNIQUE BELLA ON RAIL FOR SANTA YSABEL            Unique Bella will have to overcome two firsts in Saturday’s Grade III Santa Ysabel Stakes for three-year-old fillies: breaking from the rail and going a mile and a sixteenth.It should make no never mind for the budding superstar filly, winner of her last three races by a combined margin of 26 ½ lengths, who is using the Santa Ysabel as a prep for the Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks on April 8.“She can adapt to any situation,” said Dan Ward, assistant to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. “She can be on the lead or sit off it. She’s schooled well for the race and ready to go.”The Santa Ysabel, race six of 10: Unique Bella, Mike Smith, 1-5; Tap It All, Santiago Gonzalez, 20-1; Spooky Woods, Flavien Prat, 20-1; Mistressofthenight, Corey Nakatani, 30-1; What What What, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; Noted and Quoted, Martin Garcia, 6-1; and Abel Tasman, Joe Talamo, 5-1. Stewart Elliott11612141610%36%$603,802 Doug O’Neill10913221912%50%$1,097,551 BLACK CALLS SANTA ANITA TURF ‘BEST EVER’ FINISH LINES: Today’s pro sports parlay: Kopitar, a three-year-old son of Shackleford making his debut in the fifth race, is named for Los Angeles’ Kings Captain Anze Kopitar, while Catfish Hunter, a three-year-old son of Grazen named for the Hall of Fame pitcher, makes his first start in the sixth race. Kopitar, trained by Phil D’Amato, is 4-1 on Jon White‘s morning line, while Catfish Hunter, conditioned by Steve Miyadi, is 7-2 . . . Five of the six three-year-old fillies entered in today’s second race finished second through sixth in their last race, the California Cup Oaks here on Jan. 28 . . .  All THOROUGHBREDS members at Santa Anita on Big ‘Cap Day will receive a free Santa Anita umbrella with paid admission while supplies last. There will be a $1 million guaranteed Late Pick 4 and a $100,000 guaranteed Pick 6. TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won J. Keith Desormeaux3473521%44%$446,760last_img read more

Read More →

HARPS BOSS APPEALS TO FANS TO COME OUT IN FORCE FOR CRUNCH GAME

first_imgFinn Harps Manager, Peter Hutton, has appealed to the North West soccer supporting public to come out and support his team in Friday night’s Airtricity League First Division fixture against Waterford United at Finn Park.Harps boss HuttonHarps have won each of their last two home games and another victory on Friday would put them right back in the hunt for promotion and within touching distance of a play-off spot.Just a little more than 200 fans turned up at Finn Park last friday to watch Harps put in a super display to beat Salthill Devon. Hutton said that a big crowd cheering on his team can only help the players during the game.“You only need to look at games earlier in the season when we had a decent crowd, the atmosphere really galvanised the players and they fed off that support and it truly spurred them on,” said Hutton.“Prime examples being the home win against Longford and the League cup game against Derry in which the team were exceptional.“I genuinely hope we get a crowd that really gets behind the boys, this bunch of players have worked extremely hard for little if any financial reward from early December last year to get the chance to play in games like this, games that can define a season and they certainly deserve the vocal support of the Donegal footballing public.” Friday’s game against Waterford kicks-off at 8.00pm. HARPS BOSS APPEALS TO FANS TO COME OUT IN FORCE FOR CRUNCH GAME was last modified: August 13th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CrowdFinn HarpPeter Huttonlast_img read more

Read More →

People will decide if I am ready to be chief minister: Aaditya

first_imgAmid talks of him being the Shiv Sena’s contender for chief minister’s post, Yuva Sena president Aaditya Thackeray said on Friday it is the people who will have to decide whether he is ready for the top job or not.Speaking during his Jan Ashirwad Yatra, Mr. Thackeray said his immediate priority, however, is to listen to the people’s voice and fulfil promises made by Shiv Sena.The 29-year-old chief of the Shiv Sena’s youth wing is on a mass outreach programme ahead of Assembly polls due in September-October.Shiv Sena’s Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut, who is accompanying Mr. Thackeray, had said on Thursday that the Yuva Sena leader would be chief minister if the post comes to Shiv Sena.The Shiv Sena currently shares power with the BJP at the Centre and in the State.“It is the people who will have to decide whether I am ready to occupy the post or not. I can’t talk about it as this is the only thing which is not in my hand. What is in my hand is to fulfil the promises the Shiv Sena makes,” Mr. Thackeray told Marathi news channels here.The young politician, son of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, has embarked on the yatra “to thank” those who voted for the party in the recent Lok Sabha polls and “win over hearts” of those who didn’t.The Shiv Sena had won 18 of the 23 Lok Sabha seats it contested in Maharashtra.“My first priority and duty is to listen to the voice of the people. Whether we are in power or not, the Shiv Sena is the only party which stands with the people all the time,” he said.During an interactive session with students at a city college, organised as part of the yatra, a student asked Mr. Thackeray if he would like to be the education minister to solve the academic problems faced by youngsters. To this he said, “Yes. The home ministry is considered as the most important department in the country. But equally important is the education department if we were to look at the future. I definitely would like to work in that department,” he added.He pitched for encouraging research and innovation in the country.The yatra, which will cover four districts of north Maharashtra, was launched in Jalgaon on Thursday and will cover Nashik and Ahmednagar districts over the next two days.last_img read more

Read More →

Saina Nehwal third in Player of the Year list

first_imgAce Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal, who won five major titles last year, has been voted as the third best Badminton Player of the Year 2010 by readers of an international magazine in a recent poll.File photo of Saina NehwalBadzine, an international badminton magazine, conducted a poll recently and the readers gave Commonwealth Games gold medallist Saina 34 votes to be ranked third in the best players’ list.China’s Lin Dan was voted as the Badminton Player of the Year for 2010 after receiving 110 votes while Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia was a very close runner-up with 97 votes.Fifteen-year-old Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand, who won her second World Junior title as well as her first Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold titles was a surprising fourth with 29 votes in the poll.Saina, 20, won three back-to-back titles in June last year, winning the Indian Grand Prix, Singapore Super Series and defended the Indonesian Super Series.She also won the Commonwealth gold medal in New Delhi, before clinching the Hong Kong Open in November.With five major titles in her kitty, Saina came tantalisingly close to reaching the top rank last year when she climbed to world number two spot before slipping to number four.An injury to her right ankle forced the girl from Hyderabad to pull out of season-ending Indian Open Grand Prix in December. She also missed the Super Series Masters in January this year for the same injury.-With PTI inputslast_img read more

Read More →

Maternal Mortality, Human Rights and Accountability

first_imgPosted on November 19, 2010November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)In September in Geneva, experts in human rights and maternal health gathered to discuss “good practices regarding maternal death audits, the role of national human rights institutions, and the contribution of judicial procedures.” Participants included staff from Human Rights Watch, the Center for Reproductive Rights, Amnesty International and OHCHR, among others.The presentations from the roundtable and the meeting report can be found online through the International Initiative on Maternal Mortality and Human Rights.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Read More →