Summer Golf Classic 2010

Tom Clarks team win the Camel Summer Charity Classic, 2010.

Great support sees a RECORD amount raised for the St.Camillus Foundation.

10th Annual Camel Summer Charity Classic, 2010.

Saturday, 12 June – Emerald Golf Course, Banchang.

For the 10th annual Camel Summer Charity Classic the weather was fine but humid and 184 congenial golfers played in support of this most worthy of causes, for the St. Camillus Foundation which run the Camillian Social Center – a relief center for HIV/AIDs affected people, just out of Banchang, in Rayong. This summer’s tournament raised a total of 410,200.00 Baht, a new tournament record, for the Camillians. The Camel Summer and Winter Charity Classic tournaments, since inception, have now raised over 4 million baht for the St Camillus Foundation.

Golfers from Banchang, Pattaya and Bangkok teed off from 06:30am and the organizers, once again, had everything arranged and in order, from the easy registration (a special thank you to Bob, Vanessa, Tom, Steven, Rod and Kh Tong), to the carts, drink stands and all of the technical prizes. Players received tournament shirts and caps, and banners for major sponsors were located on each hole. The organizers recognize the great support received and extend our warm gratitude to the management, staff and caddies from Emerald for turning the course and facilities out so very well and supporting the tournament every step of the way.

The format was Texas Scramble and with such a large number, golfers were teeing off until just past 1:00pm but there were no delays and the teams generally managed to get around in better than 4 hours. The Camel Pub had strategically placed huge buckets of the finest Bloody Mary’s and sizzling sausages at the halfway point to keep golfers strength up and their concentration focused.

After the game and some welcome refreshments at the clubhouse, golfers and their families made their way, by 6:00pm, to The Camel Pub, Banchang’s largest and finest pub/ restaurant. There, The Camel had prepared a pig on the spit and a sumptuous buffet.
Prize giving and presentations to the successful golfers started at 7pm. Hosting was done by MC, Mr Dennis Willett with able support from Steven, Rod & Vanessa. A well provided raffle and a vibrantly contested auction for a brand new set of clubs/ bag (donated by locals John Greenoff and Alan Abernathy) were also held and contributed greatly to the final amount for the charity. Many kind donations were made by some very generous folks and the organizers extend their thanks.

The tournament champions for the Camel Summer Classic, 2010 are Tom Clarks B.Bags United team of Tom Clark, Scott Clark, Steve Giles and Joe Duffy, with a brilliant net score of 53.6. We should also mention that the winners shot an amazing Albatross on hole 9. Well done! The Champions were presented with individual crystal trophies and associated prizes. The Runners Up are the Thai NDT (Winter Classic Champs) team of Jimmy Deakin, Ray Campbell, Steve Page and Steve Hovi with a net score of 54.2. The Runners Up were presented with crystal trophies and associated prizes.

Congratulations to 2010 Champions and Runners Up.

For the technical prizes this year, there were 2 longest drives, one longest putt, one nearest the pin in two and 4 near pins. The technical prize winners were: Mens Long Drive Hole 9; Scott Clark. Ladies Long Drive Hole 18; Kh Saranya Riley, Long Putt Hole 14; Kiwi Bar team. Near Pin in Two Hole 8: Shawn Merryman. Near Pin Hole 5; Kh Nat Sisan, Near Pin Hole 7; Guus Harting, Near Pin Hole 13; Kh Ittiphon, Near Pin Hole 15; Nick from ARV. Congratulations to the technical prize winners.

Terry from the Camel Pub wishes to sincerely thank the legion of contributors for the generous support and for making the tournament the great success that it was. They are ALE Heavy Lift, CEA, Chevron (Offshore) Thailand Ltd, CR Asia, Crathco, Dacon Services, Deborah Services Ltd, DOW SCG, Jim Duff, Heineken Beer, Jesters MC, LS Cargo, NCE, Paradise Property, Q Cars, Jim Ryan, John Ryves, San Miguel Beer, Sarens, Sence of Siam (SOS), Siam Asia Scaffolding (SAS), Scott and Shawn McKeirnan, Western Foods, and of course, The Camel Pub.

Additionally, The Camel Pub also wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the following local establishments for a bottle of spirits each: The Bar, Blackcat Bar, Beaver Bar, Cupids, Faces Bar, Fat Bob’s, Jigsaw Bar, Kiwi Bar, Lasse’s Pizza, Mams Bar, Offshore Bar, Rainbow Bar, Ship in the Hole Bar and Wherehouse Bar. Also, generous support was received from local folks, Alan Abernathy, Ray Barrett, Rod Carmichael, Glen Ebert, John Greenoff, Dave Issit, Anne Shop and Noi Shop.

The organizers would like to acknowledge the donation from “The Banchang Golf Society (BGS)”, who gathered funds from the memorial tournament of long serving BGS organizer Keith Whittle earlier this year. The BGS is a local golfing society that has been operating specifically in the Banchang area for over 9 years.

Finally, Terry would like to express his thanks to tournament organizers Rod Carmichael, Steven Coulson and a big thanks to Kh Tong from the Camel. Details of the Camel Pub and of the tournament are at http://www.thecamelpub.com

Many thanks from the organizers to all who supported and played in this fine tournament. We hope to see you all and your friends back for the Camel Winter Classic, in Dec 2010.

More information about the St. Camillus Foundation of Thailand and the Camillian Social Center can be found at: http://www.camillian-rayong.org

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