Veteran property fund managers trade on their reputations to launch start-ups

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Andy edges Chris in 40-point showdown

first_imgPSC Golf from The Outback Golf BarMonday, Nov. 24, Burapha – Stableford1st Chris Thompson (25) 41pts2nd Jim Black (12) 41pts3rd Dennis Pelly (12) 39pts 4th Angus Neilson (08) 36ptsWe welcomed back Wally Brown and Ken Ottaway who joined our four groups playing A and B from the white tees.  There were quite a few coaches and mini vans in the car park when we arrived and it appeared the course would be busy but the visitors must have been on C & D as we, as usual, got away early and had an under four hour round. Chris Thompson was once again the star of the show with another 40+ pointer which is making a bit of a mockery of the USGA handicap system as it seems unable to catch him.  Today’s 41pts was a great score to win on count back from Jim Black, with Dennis Pelly in third on 39 (24 of which were on the front nine!) and Angus Neilson in fourth with 36pts.Andy Makara & Chris Thompson.For the third week in a row there was only one ‘2’, this time from Dennis Pelly.Outback opinion: Weather – Sunny and hot; Check in – Friendly and efficient as usual; Tee time – 20 mins early; Fairways – good; Rough – moderate; Greens – Fast and true; Value for money – acceptable; Pace of play – under 4 hours; Drink stations open – 4 (all).Wednesday, Nov. 26, Bangpra – Stableford1st Andy Makara (29) 40pts2nd Don Lehmer (22) 35pts3rd Kim Danboise (15) 33pts4th Peter LeNoury (10) 33ptsAnother beautiful morning here at Bangpra and what a fantastic time to tee-off (about 8.15am).  The tee was there waiting for our four groups and although a little slow due to a leisurely four-ball, we went through the turn with no delays as all the groups waiting there had to wait for us to come through.  Well done Bangpra!We later all went through the slow four-ball on the 7th (our 16th) as they decided sit down to have a feed; better late than never I guess!A rejuvenated Andy Makara, absent from this course for some time but today armed with a good caddie came out guns a-blazing as he raced to 24pts in just eight holes.  He faltered slightly on the back nine but still finished with an excellent 40pts as he cruised home with ease.  Brilliant Andy and thanks for the bell-ring back at the bar.Trailing by five points to take second was Don Lehmer followed in by three players all tied up on 33; once sorted on count back – third went to Kim Danboise, fourth to Peter LeNoury and Jim Black just missed out.Also playing with us today and welcome was Toshi and his friend Yasu from Japan, who scored a very creditable 26pts off scratch as he didn’t have a handicap, what a gentleman.Don Lehmer got the only ‘2’.Outback opinion: Weather – Sunny with a slight breeze later; Check in – easy; Tee time – on time from 10th; Fairways – good; Rough – average; Greens – fast; Bunkers – sand too soft & light, not raked well; Value for money – good; Pace of play – 4½ hrs, course busy; Drink stations open – 5 (all).Friday, Nov. 28, Green Valley – StablefordDiv A (0-13)1st Peter Nixon (12) 40pts2nd Peter LeNoury (10) 38pts3rd Stephen Mann (10) 37ptsT4th Dennis Pelly (11) 36ptsT4th A Yasu (06) 36ptsDiv B (14-22)1st Stephen Blazsanyik (22) 42pts2nd Mark Allen (17) 37pts3rd John Stafford (18) 37pts4th Sugar Ray Handford (17) 35ptsDiv C (23+)1st Andy Makara (28) 44pts2nd Chris Thompson (24) 43pts3rd David Davies (24) 35pts4th Brendan Cope (26) 34ptsWell there was no stopping two players this week as they came up head to head here at Green Valley, with a good sized field of 37 players.  Both Andy Makara and Chris Thompson had posted 40+ scores earlier in the week; Andy at Khao Kheow on Wednesday and Chris at Burapha on Monday.  Their mindsets must have been just to go out and do it again, don’t change anything.They were both clipped one shot off their handicaps, not that it made any difference as they wrapped up Div C and took it home – Andy with 44pts off 28 and Chris with 43pts off 24; a mile clear of the rest of the field led by David Davies on 35.Not to be outdone, Div A & Div B were also won with 40 pointers; Div A by Peter Nixon (40pts), with course specialist Peter LeNoury two back on 38, Steve Mann third with 37 and Japanese visitor Yasu, playing off 6, in a dead heat with Dennis Pelly for fourth, both on 36.Div B went to Waldo (42pts), with playing partner Mark Allen five adrift on 37.  Previous winner here John Stafford was third, losing out to Mark on count back and Sugar climbed into fourth with 35.Finally, welcome to Brendan’s mates; Bill Bockstahler, Charlie Barclay and Colin Paterson and also to Alfie Eagleson, who was just out for a hit.The real surprise … John Lawton got the only ‘2’.Outback opinion: Weather – Fine, wet underfoot from overnight rain; Check in – good; Tee time – 20 mins early; Fairways – good, some wet patches; Rough – average; Greens – sluggish; Bunkers – not brilliant; Value for money – good; Pace of play – varied, average about 4hrs; Drink stations open – 4 (all).Note:  The Outback Golf Bar is situated about 6km from Sukhumvit Road along Soi Siam Country.  Call Jack on 081 578 1956.last_img read more

After beating Klitschko, Fury wants to be ‘great champion’

first_imgBritain’s Tyson Fury celebrates after winning in a world heavyweight title fight for Ukraine’s Wladimir Klitschko’s WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts in the Esprit Arena in Duesseldorf, western Germany, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)BERLIN (AP) — He threatened to walk away from boxing if he lost to Wladimir Klitschko, or even if he won. Now the always unpredictable Tyson Fury says he intends to be a great heavyweight champion. “I hope to have many more defenses of these titles in future,” Fury said after outpointing the Ukrainian Saturday night and taking his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight belts in a huge boxing upset. “If I could be half as good a champion as Wladimir Klitschko, I’d be very, very happy.”The 39-year-old Klitschko had reigned for 9 ½ years since beating Chris Byrd for the IBF belt in Mannheim in 2006. He defended the title 18 times and hadn’t been beaten since losing to Lamon Brewster in Las Vegas in 2004.Ukraine’s Wladimir Klitschko and his wife Hayden Panettiere, right, leave the hall after Klitschko lost to Britain’s Tyson Fury in a world heavyweight title fight for Klitschko’s WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts in the Esprit Arena in Duesseldorf, western Germany, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Sebastian Konopka)But the unbeaten Fury — 12 years Klitschko’s junior — made the older man look ordinary at the 55,000-seat soccer stadium in Duesseldorf, as the Briton lived up to the promises that few had taken seriously beforehand.A rematch beckons, a stipulation the Klitschko camp insisted upon in the fight contract.“So, to be continued. But we can’t yet say how or when or where,” Klitschko said.Fury, now 25-0 with 18 knockouts, said he would happily fight again in Germany.“It doesn’t really matter to me where I fight. If you say I’m fighting in Japan, Turkey, Azerbaijan, America, wherever it has to be, it has to be,” Fury said. “I’d like to come back to Germany again to fight Wladimir. I enjoyed it. I got a great reception from the German fans. The German people really did show me some love.”Fury had been entertaining them all week. He serenaded Klitschko with his own version of the Bette Midler song “Wind Beneath My Wings” on Wednesday, and he celebrated beating him by singing Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” in the ring to his wife Paris, who is expecting their third child.The build-up to the bout had been dominated by Fury’s antics and trash-talking, as well as disputes over the gloves, canvas and finally the hand-wrapping before the fight. The next will likely be more of the same, with a lucrative payout for the participants.“The interest in the next fight will be crazy,” said Klitschko’s older brother Vitali, the former WBC champion. “We know Wladimir’s potential and that’s the question: In a rematch do we see him back in his old form or that today was no accident? Only he can answer this question. I’ll just say that we didn’t see much of Wladimir’s potential (against Fury).”Klitschko dropped to 64-4 with 53 knockouts after contesting his 28th title fight. Time is not on his side with his 40th birthday coming up in four months. Fury, on the other hand, is only likely to improve.“I’m a fighter, so I will take on all challengers. I want to be a great champion. So I could do it all again. I came here tonight, took the world titles, so whatever happens next is a blessing,” said Fury, who is of Irish-Gypsy heritage and comes from a bloodline of bare-knuckle champions on both sides of his family.“It’s a very great honor for me to be sat here, champion of the world four times over. It’s not come easy. Twenty-five fights now, three world title eliminators, so I earned my right to be here. I wasn’t given anything for free,” Fury said. “Everybody wrote us off, said we had no chance … we all believed we could do it, we came here and we done it.”Fury was scornful when asked about a potential bout with Deontay Wilder to unify the four major titles. The American holds the WBC title that was vacated by Vitali Klitschko to concentrate on politics in 2013. The older Klitschko is the current mayor of Kiev.“Can you not count? I’ve got four,” Fury said as he counted the belts. Then: “Why do we need to mention Deontay Wilder? Let’s have a laugh at his name shall we?”But Fury was keen to pay tribute to Klitschko, before verbally punching Wilder again.“This man has been on top for so long, he’s reigned as champion of the world for the longest,” Fury said. “If Deontay Wilder wants a unification fight he’s going to have to wait, because Wladimir Klitschko has a round two — ding ding ding!”,“I hope to have many more defenses of these titles in future,” Fury said after outpointing the Ukrainian Saturday night and taking his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight belts in a huge boxing upset. “If I could be half as good a champion as Wladimir Klitschko, I’d be very, very happy.”The 39-year-old Klitschko had reigned for 9 ½ years since beating Chris Byrd for the IBF belt in Mannheim in 2006. He defended the title 18 times and hadn’t been beaten since losing to Lamon Brewster in Las Vegas in 2004.Ukraine’s Wladimir Klitschko and his wife Hayden Panettiere, right, leave the hall after Klitschko lost to Britain’s Tyson Fury in a world heavyweight title fight for Klitschko’s WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts in the Esprit Arena in Duesseldorf, western Germany, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Sebastian Konopka)But the unbeaten Fury — 12 years Klitschko’s junior — made the older man look ordinary at the 55,000-seat soccer stadium in Duesseldorf, as the Briton lived up to the promises that few had taken seriously beforehand.A rematch beckons, a stipulation the Klitschko camp insisted upon in the fight contract.“So, to be continued. But we can’t yet say how or when or where,” Klitschko said.Fury, now 25-0 with 18 knockouts, said he would happily fight again in Germany.“It doesn’t really matter to me where I fight. If you say I’m fighting in Japan, Turkey, Azerbaijan, America, wherever it has to be, it has to be,” Fury said. “I’d like to come back to Germany again to fight Wladimir. I enjoyed it. I got a great reception from the German fans. The German people really did show me some love.”Fury had been entertaining them all week. He serenaded Klitschko with his own version of the Bette Midler song “Wind Beneath My Wings” on Wednesday, and he celebrated beating him by singing Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” in the ring to his wife Paris, who is expecting their third child.The build-up to the bout had been dominated by Fury’s antics and trash-talking, as well as disputes over the gloves, canvas and finally the hand-wrapping before the fight. The next will likely be more of the same, with a lucrative payout for the participants.“The interest in the next fight will be crazy,” said Klitschko’s older brother Vitali, the former WBC champion. “We know Wladimir’s potential and that’s the question: In a rematch do we see him back in his old form or that today was no accident? Only he can answer this question. I’ll just say that we didn’t see much of Wladimir’s potential (against Fury).”Klitschko dropped to 64-4 with 53 knockouts after contesting his 28th title fight. Time is not on his side with his 40th birthday coming up in four months. Fury, on the other hand, is only likely to improve.“I’m a fighter, so I will take on all challengers. I want to be a great champion. So I could do it all again. I came here tonight, took the world titles, so whatever happens next is a blessing,” said Fury, who is of Irish-Gypsy heritage and comes from a bloodline of bare-knuckle champions on both sides of his family.“It’s a very great honor for me to be sat here, champion of the world four times over. It’s not come easy. Twenty-five fights now, three world title eliminators, so I earned my right to be here. I wasn’t given anything for free,” Fury said. “Everybody wrote us off, said we had no chance … we all believed we could do it, we came here and we done it.”Fury was scornful when asked about a potential bout with Deontay Wilder to unify the four major titles. The American holds the WBC title that was vacated by Vitali Klitschko to concentrate on politics in 2013. The older Klitschko is the current mayor of Kiev.“Can you not count? I’ve got four,” Fury said as he counted the belts. Then: “Why do we need to mention Deontay Wilder? Let’s have a laugh at his name shall we?”But Fury was keen to pay tribute to Klitschko, before verbally punching Wilder again.“This man has been on top for so long, he’s reigned as champion of the world for the longest,” Fury said. “If Deontay Wilder wants a unification fight he’s going to have to wait, because Wladimir Klitschko has a round two — ding ding ding!”last_img read more