BOONE, Iowa – The opportunity for dirt track racing immortality awaits competitors at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.Drivers from more than 20 states and Canada have now pre-registered for the greatest show on dirt, set for Sept. 4-9 at Boone Speedway.Champions crowned at the 35th annual event will race their way into the record book in full of a packed grandstand and an international audience watching on IMCATV.“A Super Nationals championship is the pinnacle of any driver’s career,” said IMCA President Brett Root. “The entire format of the week is as driver and fan-friendly as possible and with a number of improvements such as expansion of the pit and camping areas, the only wild card continues to be the weather.”“There’s nothing we can do about that,” he added, “except make any necessary adaptations to the race night format as needed.”Entry fees, if paid before Aug. 25, remain $40 for Modifieds, $50 for Late Models, $25 for Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks, Northern SportMods and Southern SportMods, and $15 for Sport Compacts.“We will continue accepting pre-registrations right up until the Friday before Super Nationals,” Root said. “While that gives us a better idea on what car counts to expect, it also saves drivers some money ($20) on registration and makes them eligible for the bonuses to be paid to champions in each division except the Late Models.”Modified, Stock Car, Hobby Stock and Northern SportMod drivers pre-registered for Super Nationals are also eligible to compete in the Sept. 2 50th anniversary Wild Rose Casino and Resort Prelude special at Boone.Super Nationals competitors can pre-enter by calling the IMCA home office at 319 472-2201. Entry forms are also posted on the IMCA (www.imca.com) and Boone Speedway (www.raceboone.com) websites.Depending on car count, purse for the week will be approximately $300,000 with another $60,000 in contingencies to be awarded.Southern SportMods crown the first champion of the week on opening night Monday, Sept. 4.Hobby Stock and Northern SportMod qualifying is Monday and Tuesday; the entire Sport Compact program is on Tuesday.Modified and Stock Car qualifying is Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Sept. 6-8.The Late Model feature is part of the Deery Brothers Summer Series and returns to the Thursday program. The Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational for Modifieds is on Friday.Following last-chance events for the Modifieds and Stock Cars, the Saturday, Sept. 9 program concludes with race of champions and main events for the Hobby Stocks, Northern SportMods, Stock Cars and Modifieds.Event coverage by IMCATV also includes the Prelude.
After disposing of USC and Oregon State at home, Arizona State travels to Salt Lake City for the first time in 34 years and for its first Pac-12 road game.Picked to finish second behind USC in the South division, the Sun Devils might have their hands full. Their only loss this season came on the road at Illinois and they have lost 10 of their last conference road games. One stat favoring Arizona State, however, is that they have won seven straight meetings against Utah. The two teams, however, have not played each other since 1993. This matchup has conference title implications as well. Though USC cannot compete in the inaugural Pac-12 championship game, it still has a shot at the South division title. The Sun Devils hold the tiebreaker over USC, but a Utah win would give USC an outside shot at taking the division if Arizona State can fall for the first time in Pac-12 play. Conference positioning in Salt Lake City USC might not be playing this weekend, but plenty of storylines are out there affecting the Trojans. If this season were to get any crazier — and it has been quite the ride through five games — Utah and UCLA could make things interesting halfway through the season for USC.At least I have something to look forward to this weekend. Woods’ Heisman watch No USC football this weekend. I might cry.The connection between junior quarterback Matt Barkley and sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods is, in a word, beautiful. But I won’t be able to see these Trojans try to break another offensive record Saturday.What about the high praise showering freshman wide receiver Marqise Lee? I won’t be able to hear that either from USC coach Lane Kiffin.But no game Saturday probably also saves me from a heart attack the way these first five games have played out.Despite the criticism and speculation from lamenting fans and students, USC is 4-1 heading into the bye week. It still has a fair share of problems to correct — namely on defense — but wins are wins, and, at this point, that in many ways is all that matters.With an extra week of preparation before its bout with the Golden Bears in the Bay Area, there is football outside of USC football.Not only can USC pay attention to game film, but it can also watch other Pac-12 games that have further implications affecting itself and its possible Heisman candidates in Barkley and Woods.Here’s a viewer’s guide to this weekend sans USC football: Root for UCLA? What more can be said about Woods? The Serra standout has seemingly done it all this year. He broke a USC game-high record with 17 receptions against Minnesota and he fell five yards short of tying the Trojans’ single-game record for receiving yards against Arizona last weekend. Through just five games, he is 10 receptions and 45 receiving yards shy of tying his totals as a freshman. And he already has tied the number of touchdowns he scored last year.Still, he has not garnered much attention as a possible Heisman candidate.Other possible wideout candidates playing this weekend include Oklahoma’s Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon, Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd and Western Michigan’s Jordan White. Woods, however, is outproducing all of them. The only knock against Woods? Broyles and Blackmon play for national title-contending teams. Voters will surely take that into account if a wide receiver were to be invited to New York at the end of the season. “In the Zone” runs every other Friday. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Trevor at [email protected] With that said, and as weird as it sounds, I might have to root for the powder blue Bruins this weekend. UCLA stands at 1-1 in conference play, good for third place in the South division behind Arizona State and USC. The Bruins take on Washington State at home Saturday. And if the Bruins, favored by 5.5 points, can win, this would set off a frenzy. Yes, UCLA wins but its win complicates matters halfway through the season.If Arizona State loses, there would be a three-way tie for first place in the South division among the Trojans, Sun Devils and Bruins. Optimistic? Yes, but anything is possible. read more
MASON CITY — Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for our listening area until 6:00 AM Wednesday morning. 4-7 inches of snow and ice accumulations are possible with this storm. Below are the latest weather statements as of 6:45 AM. For up to date weather statements click on the red weather advisory bar at the top of the page. Click here for a detailed overview of this storm Kossuth-Winnebago-Worth-Hancock-Cerro Gordo-Humboldt-Wright-Franklin-Butler-Bremer-Webster-Hamilton-Hardin-Grundy-Black Hawk-Tama-Jasper-Poweshiek-Marion-Mahaska-Including the cities of Algona, Forest City, Lake Mills,Northwood, Manly, Garner, Britt, Kanawha, Mason City, Clear Lake,Humboldt, Eagle Grove, Clarion, Belmond, Hampton, Parkersburg,Clarksville, Shell Rock, Greene, Aplington, Allison, Dumont,Waverly, Fort Dodge, Webster City, Iowa Falls, Eldora, Ackley,Grundy Center, Reinbeck, Conrad, Dike, Wellsburg, Waterloo,Cedar Falls, Tama, Toledo, Traer, Dysart, Gladbrook, Newton,Grinnell, Pella, Knoxville, and Oskaloosa611 AM CST Tue Jan 22 2019…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CSTWEDNESDAY…* WHAT…Heavy mixed precipitation. Snow accumulations of 4 to 6inches and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch.* WHERE…Much of Northern and Central Iowa.* WHEN…Until 6 AM CST Wednesday.* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Travel could be very difficult. Patchyblowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. Thehazardous conditions could impact the morning or eveningcommute.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow, sleetand ice will make travel very hazardous or impossible.The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from canbe obtained by calling 5 1 1.========Mitchell-Howard-Winneshiek-Floyd-Chickasaw-Fayette-Fillmore-Including the cities of Osage, Cresco, Decorah, Charles City,New Hampton, Oelwein, and Preston637 AM CST Tue Jan 22 2019…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CSTWEDNESDAY…* WHAT…Heavy mixed precipitation. Snow accumulations of 5 to 7inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze.* WHERE…Portions of north central and northeast Iowa andsoutheast Minnesota.* WHEN…Until 6 AM CST Wednesday.* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Travel could be very difficult. Thehazardous conditions could impact the morning or eveningcommute.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow, sleetand ice will make travel very hazardous or impossible.The latest road conditions for Iowa can be found on-line at511ia.org, in Minnesota at 511mn.org, and in Wisconsin at511wi.gov or by calling 5 1 1. read more
Three Lancashire teenagers made history for their school when they won the English schools’ team championship by two points on the Bracken Course at Woodhall Spa. Tom Blackhurst and brothers Louis and Harvey Talarczyk scored 75 points to win the salver for Baines School in Poulton-Le-Fylde (image © Leaderboard Photography). They beat Lode Heath School, from Solihull in the West Midlands, and another Lancashire team, Standish High from Greater Manchester, who both had 73 points. “This is a first for our school,” said Baines PE teacher Dan Vernon. “I’m very proud of them.” Golf is on the curriculum at the school but this is the first Baines team to win through to the national final and they’ll be recognised tomorrow night at an achievement event. Louis, 15, led the way for the team with 40 points – which also won the individual prize – and was supported by Tom, a four-handicapper who contributed 35 points. Harvey, who plays off one, was able to discount his card of 34 points. “We were joking on the way down here that we might be returning as champions,” said Tom, 18. “But really we were thinking more of the top ten and we were hoping to be number one in Lancashire.” The team were among the earlier starters and had a long wait before their score was confirmed as the winning total. “We’ve been staring at the scoreboard for four hours,” laughed Tom, who made an unlikely par on his last hole to secure his score. “It’s a bit surreal,” added Louis. All three are members at Blackpool North Shore Golf Club while the brothers also belong to Royal Lytham & St Annes and play for Lancashire boys. They qualified for the final at their county schools’ event at Preston when all three scores counted. Today, both Tom and Harvey, also 18, found the putting challenging and even Louis, who played round in level par gross 72, felt he’d left shots on the course. “Tee to green I played really, really well and I hit 15 or 16 greens,” said the four-handicapper. “I did make three birdies but my putting wasn’t as good as it should have been.” However, those three birdies – all within the last four holes on the homeward nine – proved crucial, for both the team and individual prize. They meant he played those nine holes in two-under par, amassing 22 points and winning the individual Tom Ward Cup on countback from William Kibbler, 14, (Culford School/Flempton Golf Club) and Gabrielle Dickinson, 18, (Durham Sixth Form Centre/Houghton-le-Spring Golf Club). William, who plays off 20, described his round as “not bad at all!” while Gabrielle, made a remarkable recovery from a “horrendous” start when she began triple bogey, bogey. Team runners-up, Lode Heath School, was represented by Jonathan Chapman, Joshua Parsons and Reece Wyatt; while Standish High’s team was Michael Jones, Ryan Fairhurst and Callum Pegler. Click here for full scores Caption: (from left) Louis Talarczyk, Tom Blackhurst and Harvey Talarczyk. 6 Jul 2016 Lancashire trio make history for their school read more
We sped off up No. 7 and arrived at the course just 39 minutes later which meant we had plenty of time before our 10.00 am booked tee off and we were asked by the Starter to please proceed straight away which meant our first four-ball got away 10 minutes ahead of schedule at 9.50 am. The weather was fine but hot with very little breeze and the golf course was as ever in terrific shape with the infamous Bangpra slick greens all too eager to punish anyone with lengthy putts above the hole.We breezed through the first nine in just over two hours but slowed down considerably on the back nine after catching up with a Japanese lady four-ball. Not to worry as it was a very enjoyable round of golf with excellent company and our eighteen holes were completed in four hours & fifteen minutes.We had 2 Grades – A Grade for handicaps 0 to 17 and B Grade for handicaps 18 & over with 6 places in each grade. There were also rewards for nearest the pins on the four par threes and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens. John Davis, Paul Kennedy & Bob Akapita.After having his best round of golf for many months, the visiting Bob Akapita won the A Grade with 35 points, just 1 point ahead of Mike Allidi in second place. With 3 golfers on 33 points a count back was necessary to determine third, fourth & fifth and it was Kevin “Wayco” Waycott (18 point back nine) taking third spot from Jayson Schembri (17 point back nine) in fourth place and fifth went to Sal Brizzi (14 point back nine). Another count back was required to decide sixth place with two on 32 points and Ebrahim (16 point back nine) claimed that spot from your writer, Peter “Blacky” Blackburn (15 point back nine).The B Grade was won by John Davis who had 35 points and with 2 golfers having 34 points another count back saw Patrick Poussier (18 point back nine) take second place from Rita Zoebelli (14 point back nine) with Thientong Charoenrung fourth on 33 points. Graham “Grunter” Buckingham took fifth place with 32 points and in a count back for sixth with two players on 30 points it was veteran Hugh O’Donnell (19 point back nine) who edged out Max “Corsets” Bracegirdle (16 point back nine).The golf course was as usual the winner on the day with no-one playing to their handicap or better but it had been a really good day at a quality golf venue.A Flight (0-17)1st Bob Akapita (17) 35pts2nd Mike Allidi (3) 34pts3rd Kevin Waycott (11) 36pts4th Jayson Schembri (17) 33pts5th Sal Brizzi (7) 33pts6th Ebrahim (16) 32ptsB Flight (19+)1st John Davis (23) 35pts2nd Patrick Poussier (24) 34pts3rd Rita Zoebelli (22) 34pts4th Thientong Charoenrung (19) 33pts5th Graham Buckingham (22) 32pts6th Hugh O’Donnell (33) 30ptsNear Pins: 2nd – Mike Gosden, 8th – Dave Neal, 12th – Rita Zoebelli, 17th – Thientong CharoenrungLong Putts: 9th – Rita Zoebelli, 18th – Mark StapletonThe Growling Swan NAGA Award, (awarded to the golfer who has the worst score on the day and discreetly their score is not made public) was won by Paul Kennedy and he accepted & wore the award with pride for quite some time in the bar later.Thursday, Sept. 12, Pleasant Valley – StablefordIt was a wet Thursday morning as we gathered at The Growling Swan in readiness for the journey to the Pleasant Valley Golf Course and there was yet another bumper field of 34 golfers signed up to play.We welcomed Graham Rice from Gove in the Northern Territory of Australia, Peter Petroaillis from Brisbane and Italian Luca Santi currently working in Pattaya. It was sadly time to farewell Paul Kennedy who is returning to Melbourne and Bob Akapita who is returning to his work at Gove in the Northern Territory of Australia.We departed the GS in three mini vans just a tad after our scheduled 8.30 am and proceeded to the golf course in drizzling rain but we were of course confident of an uninterrupted round of golf – well it almost was!After just 39 minutes we arrived at the course and it appeared to be fairly busy as is only natural on this fine golf course at a good price and after waiting 10 minutes or so we sent our first four-ball away 15 minutes ahead of schedule at 9.45 am. There had been a fair bit of rain overnight so carts were not allowed on the fairways which meant preferred lies were the order of the day and as the fairways were somewhat soggy this did help considerably.Apart from the wet the course was looking quite good although some of the greens were very slow and took some time to adjust to the pace. We completed the front nine in just over two hours & then the heavens opened but thankfully it only lasted about fifteen minutes and after sheltering for a short while we continued without any more interruptions. Four hours and fifteen minutes was all it took to complete the round even with the stoppage and I have to say it was very enjoyable to have played with another three of the Growling Swan Delinquents in Andrew, Russell and Fred.We had 3 Grades – A Grade for handicaps 0 to 13, B Grade for handicaps 14 to 21 & C Grade for handicaps 22 and over with 4 places in each grade. There were also rewards for nearest the pins on the four par threes and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.We played off the white tees mainly due to the wet conditions so I anticipated some good scores but veteran Ted Morris had an absolute day out and almost shot his age (75) in winning the A Grade with a magnificent 45 points off his 13 handicap – Well done Ted! Another terrific score of 69 gross could only give Mike Allidi second spot with his 42 points and Peter Bye was third with 40 points with John Pierrel fourth on 39 points.There were three players in the B Grade with 39 points so a count back was required which resulted in newcomer Luca Santi (22 point back nine) being declared the winner from Mark “Westy” West (21 point back nine) in second place and Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei (20 point back nine) took out third place. Stu “Heineken” Rifkin finished fourth with 37 points.In the C Grade Fred Dineley’s 39 points got him first place from Paul “Muncha” Moloney in second place. John Davis finished third with 35 points and Mark Stapleton was fourth on 33 points.A Flight (0-13)1st Ted Morrs (13) 45pts2nd Mike Allidi (3) 42pts3rd Peter Bye (13) 40pts4th John Pierrel (11) 39ptsB Flight (14-21)1st Luca Santi (19) 39pts2nd Mark West (15) 39pts3rd Alain Taddei (17) 39pts4th Stu Rifkin (14) 37ptsC Flight (22+)1st Fred Dineley (25) 39pts2nd Paul Moloney (32) 38pts3rd John Davis (23) 35pts4th Mark Stapleton (25) 33ptsNear Pins: 5th – Mark West, 8th – Gavin Garfield, 13th – Luca Santi, 17th – Russell CalcuttLong Putts: 9th – Peter Blackburn, 18th – Mark WestThe Growling Swan NAGA Award was well won by Niall Stuart once again and he accepted & wore the award with pride. Andrew “Turtle” Allen then kindly paraded Deefa the Dog and of course collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan Golfers.Note: Growling Swan Golf welcomes golfers of any persuasion – low & high handicappers alike, female golfers and beginners. We generally play Mondays & Thursdays, meeting at The Growling Swan (formerly The Bunker Bar) in Soi Chaiyapoon at 8.00 am with transport departing at 8.30 am. For bookings or more information please contact Peter on 0806 351 386 or email to petermalcolmblackburn @gmail.com.We also play bowls out of the Growling Swan every Wednesday and Sunday. Sunday is Lawn Bowls and Wednesday is Indoor Bowls. All are welcome and for anyone that is interested the transport leaves The Growling Swan at 10.00am on each of those mornings. For more information please contact Paul Rennison on 0843 454 005. PSC golf from The Growling SwanMonday, Sept. 9, Bangpra – StablefordThe weekend was over and it was time to get back into the serious stuff – Golf! Bangpra has long been a favourite of many and the current Sports Day rate of 800 baht Green Fee is certainly excellent value for money even though after next month it will be back to “High Season” rates. There was a terrific Monday field of 27 golfers signed up to play and when veteran Hugh O’Donnell turned up at 8.25 am looking for a game due to his golf at another golf outlet being cancelled, that made it an even seven groups of four. Three mini vans had been ordered so with a few travelling in private cars there was plenty of room for Hugh and he was of course given a hearty welcome along with our friend Bob Akapita from Gove in the Northern Territory of Australia, Mark Stapleton from Melbourne and long time Pattaya resident Rita Zoebelli.Luca Santi, Niall Stuart, Fred Dineley & Ted Morris. read more
Samut Songkhram7124-55 Wuachon United7331212 Pattaya should have gone further ahead as they spurned several good goal-scoring opportunities either side of the break, however, they looked to have sealed all three points when Paul Ekollo stole in behind the Esan defence in the 76th minute to guide the ball past the stranded keeper.It seemed that all Pattaya had to do was maintain possession of the ball to run down the clock, however former Dolphin star Chanabut had other ideas and with 10 minutes to go he pulled a goal back for the visitors after capitalizing on a dreadful fumble by Narit in the Pattaya goal.Worse was to follow for the home team when their two goal lead was wiped out completely in the dying minutes of the game by Esan’s Jiewkuntod, who directed a near post cross into the Pattaya goal with a smart glancing header.There was still time for some more drama at the end of the game after the referee adjudged an Esan defender to have impeded Ekollo in the box deep into injury time and pointed to the penalty spot. Ittipol Poolsap ran up to strike a clean shot towards the corner of the net but Munze in the Esan goal flung himself spectacularly to his right to pull off a dramatic save. The referee’s final whistle sounded immediately after to bring an exciting game to an end.With Buriram United having no match last weekend, Muang Thong United took advantage to leapfrog them at the top of the standings with a 2-0 win over BBCU. Chonburi FC consolidated their bright start to the season with a 3-1 home win over Osotspa.Pattaya United’s next fixture is an away match against BBCU in Bangkok on Saturday, May 5. Kick-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.Thai Premier League Standings April 29 TeamPWDLGDPts Chainat614107 Buriram United54101013 BEC Tero Sasana6402312 Thai Premier League Season 2012Ex-Pattaya United forward Tana Chanabut led a stirring fight-back by his Esan United (formerly Sisaket FC) team against his old employers last Sunday night at the Nongprue Stadium to earn the struggling northeastern outfit a valuable point from a game they seemed destined to lose. Pattaya stormed out of the blocks from the opening whistle and Dolphin fans weren’t kept waiting long for the first goal when skipper Niweat Siriwong blasted in a free kick from 25 yards out that sailed past the Esan keeper and into the net. Thai Port7214-87 Muang Thong United7430815 Osotspa7304-29 Pattaya United7232-29 Chiangrai United7133-56 Army United7232-19 Bangkok Glass7340713 Esan United7124-65 BBCU7133-56 Chonburi63301012 TTM Chiangmai6042-24 TOT7124-35 Police United7313-110 Results: (Sat 28/04/12) Samut Songkhram 1 v 2 Thai Port; TTM Chiangmai 0 v 0 Bangkok Glass; Chiangrai United 1 v 1 Chainat; (Sun 29/04/12) Pattaya United 2 v 2 Esan United; Wuachon United 2 v 0 Army United; TOT 1 v 2 Police United; Muang Thong United 2 v 0 BBCU; Chonburi 3 v 1 Osotspa. read more
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at The Links BarMonday, July 13, Eastern Star (white tees) – StablefordT1st David Thomas (9) 34ptsT1st Peter Buckley (21) 34pts3rd Graham Davis (8) 33pts Our four groups teed off on time in perfect weather, complete with cloud cover and a breeze that became a two-club wind on occasion. Conditions at this course have improved since last we were here six weeks back. Whilst some fairways still have parched areas offering bare lies, they were far less in number. Fairways near the greens are well-grassed, offering perfect lies. Bunkers too were better presented than they were on our last visit. The putting surfaces, so often the bane of this course in the past, are excellent. They are well-grassed, offering a reasonable and consistent speed. Good to see this course steadily improving.Eastern Star clubhouse.There was just the one ‘2’ today, recorded by Paul Hird whose birdie on the par-three 17th was joyously welcomed by his playing partners. Yeah right!Scores were tight with just three shots separating the top six golfers. In third with a creditable 33 points was Graham Davis while Graham’s playing partner, David Thomas, went one better to snare a share of first place. Also on 34 was Peter Buckley, playing just his second game with the PGS.What is it about Eastern Star and Murray Edwards? The last time we played ES, Murray won the lucky beer draw and he did it again today after Mr Len drew his name from the non-winner’s cards. Must be nice knowing however one plays, one is still going to win a prize?Booby bevy candidates were many. Paul Hird, for forgetting to reposition his marker back to where he should have, thus putting from the wrong place. Paul Edgar, for playing superbly from the tee, only to then see the rest of his game let him down. And finally, Russell Exley and Jon Batty, the two august single-figure handicappers who elected to play the course contrary to how it was designed and sending their tee-shots down the 7th fairway, when playing the par-five 8th. This action disregarded two big signs, posted in large red letters, between the 8th and 7th fairways, reading OB.So to Russell and Jon went the spoils of the booby bevy, being the only golfers in the field to have returned a score card showing an incorrect score. “But our caddies never said a word”… Perhaps they knew?Wednesday, July 15, Burapha – StablefordOn Wednesday the Pattaya Golf Society visited the deliciously testing track at Burapha to play a stableford competition from the blue tees, all 6800 yards of the A and B nines, the majority of which were into a strong wind. Wow! Hats on, chins up, heads down!The course was in excellent condition with well grassed fairways and consistent greens and as the majority of the twenty-strong field had never played the course from the blues before, lessons were there to be learnt.The leaderboard held a few surprises as Graham Davis made fourth place with 34 points and the high marker in the field, Mr Len, took third with 36. In second was Mark Lang and his gross 76 was by far the best round of the day but it only gave him 37 points as Aussie Toby Glass again excelled with 40 points to take the win. Youth, enthusiasm, energy, desire and power make him a serious contender these days at the Links and today’s round was the second 40-pointer for the personable Aussie in the last month.The ‘2’s pot was shared by the two Welshmen in the field, Huw Phillips and Mr Len, both birdies coming on B3 and roles were reversed as Russell Exley expertly awarded the Booby Bevy to Doug Cairns for his presumption that his pairing with Russell in an unofficial matchplay duel would sweep all before them and proceeded to up the ante and play poorly, much to the chagrin of his partner.Friday, July 17, Phoenix – StablefordThe Pattaya Golf Society ended its golfing week with a trip to Phoenix on Friday, to play a stableford competition over the Mountain and Ocean nines. The course was in fine condition with well grassed fairways and consistent greens. The bunkers continue to be a problem however, with copious amounts of soft sand giving unstable stances and the inevitable plugged balls. As usual the golfer on top of his game would profit from the generous layout and a round there could be a confidence booster.Sharing third place were Toby Glass, Huw Phillips, Paul Edgar and Michael Sim, all on 34 points, whilst new member Charles Herring went a point better for second. The winner, out of sight in terms of his lead, was Brian Tully whose 42 points showed what Phoenix can do to a golfer’s game.Surprisingly there were no ‘2’s and the consolation beer went to Mr Len while the Booby Bevy was awarded to Japanese golfer Masaaki Sugaya after a slow start gave him 8 points only on the front nine, followed by an acceptable seventeen on the back. read more