Director, actor and writer takes developing story to the stage at…

first_imgAny devoted science-fiction fan will pick up on the cues in “Constantine Aboard the Constantine,” the original stage play by brothers Jack and Charles Wefso.The one-man show slated to run from Nov. 16 to Nov. 25 at the Aurora Fox theater is full of them. “2001: A Space Odyssey,” check. “Star Trek,” of course.Jack Wefso stars in “Constantine Aboard the Constantine,” an original sci-fi comedy running at the Aurora Fox studio theater for the next two weeks. (Courtesy)The story, which takes place entirely on the deck of a futuristic starship, offers the kind of dry, British humor that made the television series “Red Dwarf” a cult classic. Mark that on the list too.“I’ve always described this show as a love letter to all things science fiction,” said Jack Wefso, who stars as both lead characters in the 70-minute show. “If you don’t know anything about sci-fi, it’s still entertaining. But the more you know, the more little bits you’ll get … We definitely tip our hat to pretty much every trope that you’ve ever seen.”The tribute is one of the Wefso brothers’ many creative collaborations. The pair have worked together on films and short stories, narratives rooted in their shared love for everything from comic books to obscure British films. But most of those projects have remained in the realm of imagination or low-budget podcasts. For “Constantine,” Wefso drew on connections and resources he’s built up in the past several years as an actor in the metro area. A veteran of the Aurora Fox stage, Wefso saw an opportunity to bring the story to life in one of his favorite theaters.The production started as a short story by his brother, progressed to a staged reading at the Fox earlier this year and will end up as a formal production in the theater’s studio space for two weeks.“The entirety of the show takes aboard the E.S. Constantine, which is the largest, faster-than-light ship that mankind has ever built. It’s the first ship that’s going to leave our solar system to colonize another planet,” Wefso said. “On this journey, the play follows two men who never meet each other and who are both in different ways thwarted and manipulated by the artificial intelligence that runs the ship.”It’s a straightforward premise, but bringing the show to life on stage has included plenty of guesswork for Wefso, who is also directing the piece. From wrangling odd props to working on an unorthodox set design, Wefso has had the final word in all phases of the production.“It’s an intense amount of pressure, but it’s personal pressure,” Wefso said. “It’s difficult because it’s not the kind of pressure where everyone is counting on you. It’s the kind of pressure that’s more like, ‘Are you going to live up to yourself?’”Some of that pressure has been tempered by a devoted crew. Lighting designer and stage manager Karin Carter has worked with Wefso to finalize the feel and design of the production; she’s tweaked lighting design and toyed with a flying projection effect to give the stage the feel of a starship zooming through the distant cosmos.“I’m having a lot of fun playing with the lights. We have this ship character, so I’m trying to make the room a ship, in some ways,” Carter said.That effort includes playing with the idea of the computer’s status lights to give the ship its own voice and presence. She’s hoping that such touches will give Wefso a compelling setting for his one-man show, an ambience that transports the audience to the far-flung reaches of outer space. Still, the action will be close enough to earth to include inside references to Captain Jean-Luc Picard and HAL 9000.“Most of the shows that we do are geek-themed,” Wefso proudly admitted.last_img read more

Senior program aims to help with tight monthly budgets

first_imgAURORA | Joy Jones has a goal to live to be 100 years old.The Aurora resident, 70, keeps in shape by walking her Chihuahua around her north Aurora neighborhood every day. But on a tight income of $9,600 a year from social security payments, she’s found it hard to pay for doctors appointments and prescriptions.Joy Jones shuffles through her prescriptions, Aug. 14 at her home in north Aurora. Jones qualified for the “Stretch Your Dollar” Medicare savings program, run by the Colorado Gerontological Society, that helps seniors pay for things like doctors’ bills and healthy food. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)That was until this year, when she qualified for the “Stretch Your Dollar” Medicare savings program, run by the Colorado Gerontological Society.“If I didn’t have that program, I wouldn’t be able to do anything about my health because $800 a month isn’t enough to live off of,” she said.Through the program, Jones gets $100 every month to spend on whatever she chooses, including doctors’ bills and healthy foods.“It’s great, because the bulk of my medical bills I’m not paying for,” said Jones, who visits the doctor for hearing loss and aches in her feet.The program launched in April 2012 and its goal is to help people who are on Medicare, the federal health insurance program for seniors, save money.“It really makes a difference for the people I’ve been able to work with,” said Patricia Cook, project manager for the Colorado Gerontological Society and the “Stretch Your Dollar” program.She and other community organizations are hoping to enroll thousands of seniors in the Denver metro area in the Medicare savings program by the end of the year.“That money has increased their food budget, bought a tank of gas, and helped them be able to pay a doctor bill,” she said.For seniors in Aurora who are on Medicare, $100 can go a long way, she said.“It improves the ability to make choices on how you want to spend your money,” Cook said.To qualify for the program, seniors on Medicare have to be earning less than $1,300 per month in gross income. For more information about the program, contact the Colorado Gerontological Society at 1-855-293-6911 or visit,, or read more

7 celebrity women who have started their own businesses

first_img FILE – In this Jan. 14, 2013 file photo, Drew Barrymore poses for a portrait in promotion of the launch of her new cosmetics line “Flower” at the Maesa offices in New York. Flower products can be found at Wal-Mart. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP Images, File) FILE – In this Feb. 8, 2015 file photo, Nicki Minaj arrives at the 57th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The “Anaconda” rapper co-owns bubbly moscato maker Myx Fusions with Mona Scott-Young, the producer of the “Love & Hip Hop” reality TV series on VH1. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) Reese Witherspoon arrives at the 87th Academy Awards nominees luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Witherspoon started online shopping website Draper James, which sells Southern-inspired fashions and home goods, including $125 shorts, a $155 tote bag and $175 sunglasses. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) Business ownership is the latest must-have among women on the A-List. Stars including Halle Berry, Nicki Minaj and Drew Barrymore, have launched businesses in recent years that sell lingerie, bubby wine and lip gloss.Here are some celebs that are cashing in on their star power:Halle Berry, Scandale Pariscenter_img FILE – In this Feb. 19, 2015 file photo, Halle Berry arrives at unite4:good and Variety’s 2nd annual unite4:humanity at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Oscar winner’s Scandale Paris line of $7 panties and $18 bras went on sale at Target stores last year. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) The Oscar winner’s line of $7 panties and $18 bras went on sale at Target stores last year. “The line got off to a strong start when it launched in October and its performance continues to build,” said Target spokesman Joshua Thomas. Berry wants to expand the brand into swimsuits and nightgowns, but first, Scandale Paris lingerie will be sold in more international stores later this year.More info: Minaj, Myx FusionsThe “Anaconda” rapper co-owns bubbly moscato maker Myx Fusions with Mona Scott-Young, the producer of the “Love & Hip Hop” reality TV series on VH1. Myx Fusions Moscato comes in single-serve bottles and in three flavors: mango, coconut and peach. Up next for Myx Fusions is a line of fizzy sangrias, set to launch in June.More info: Barrymore, FlowerFlower, the makeup brand co-owned by Barrymore, sells lipsticks, nail polishes and other cosmetics at Wal-Mart. A website for Flower has pictures and videos of the actress and producer in a white lab coat testing foundations, nail polishes and eye shadow colors. Flower, co-owned by makeup company Maesa, doesn’t advertise, instead it relies on the star power of Barrymore, who starred in 1982’s “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” and the “Charlie’s Angels” films.More info: Simpson, The Jessica Simpson CollectionThe singer, actress and reality TV star started her brand a decade ago. Its clothing, shoes and accessories are now sold in several department stores, including Macy’s, Nordstrom and Dillard’s. In March, she sold a majority stake of the Jessica Simpson Collection to brand management company Sequential Brands. Sequential said annual sales of the brand were about $1 billion. Simpson still has a stake in the company, and her mother Tina Simpson remains as creative director.More info: Alba, The Honest CompanyAlba co-founded consumer products business The Honest Company five years ago. It sells diapers, baby wipes, laundry detergent and other products. The actress, who starred in two “Fantastic Four” movies, told CNBC that the company had $150 million in sales last year.More info: Hudson, FableticsThe “Almost Famous” actress has a line of colorful leggings, sports bras and other workout gear called Fabletics. Each item costs less than $100, and is sold through the Fabletics website. She co-founded Fabletics with JustFab Inc., an online seller of shoes, handbags and jewelry.More info: Witherspoon, Draper JamesThe star of “Wild,” ”Walk the Line,” and “Legally Blonde” fame started online shopping website Draper James last week. The company sells Southern-inspired fashions and home goods, including $125 shorts, a $155 tote bag and $175 sunglasses.More info: read more

Critics say duck boats are too dangerous for city streets

first_img Seattle Police officers look under a “Ride the Ducks” tourist vehicle as a tire and wheel from the bus sits nearby before the bus is loaded onto a flatbed tow truck Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, after it was involved in a fatal crash with a charter passenger bus earlier in the day in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) A plant arrangement and a card are seen near the main entrance to North Seattle College, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, after multiple students in the college’s international program were killed when the charter bus they were riding in to an orientation event was hit by a Ride the Ducks tourist vehicle in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Seattle Police officers photograph the front tire and wheel of a “Ride the Ducks” tourist vehicle before the bus is loaded onto a flatbed tow truck Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, after it was involved in a fatal crash with a charter passenger bus earlier in the day in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) The ticket booths are closed and the parking lot empty at the company offices of Ride the Ducks after one of their amphibious tour vehicles was involved in a deadly crash Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in Seattle. The vehicles, including a charter bus carrying foreign college students, collided on the busy Aurora Bridge, killing four people and sending dozens to hospitals. The crash also involved two passenger cars.(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Seattle Police investigators examine the front tire from a Ride the Ducks tour bus as it lies on the ground following a crash involving the tour bus and several other vehicles, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Police officers and other officials watch as a “Ride the Ducks” tourist vehicle is loaded onto a flatbed tow truck in the late evening Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, after it was involved in a fatal crash with a charter passenger bus earlier in the day in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) About 45 students and staff from North Seattle College were traveling Thursday to the city’s iconic Pike Place Market and Safeco Field for orientation events when witnesses said the duck boat suddenly swerved into their oncoming charter bus.Brad Volm of Philadelphia was driving in another vehicle and said the amphibious vehicle’s left front tire appeared to lock up.Authorities say it’s too soon to determine what caused the crash that killed four students from Austria, China, Indonesia and Japan. A National Transportation Safety Board team was to arrive Friday and lead the investigation.The president of Ride the Ducks Seattle said his main concern was for the families of the victims. Brian Tracey told The Associated Press that “we will get to the bottom” of the crash.Tracey said 36 people were on the vehicle, whose driver had Coast Guard certification and a commercial driving license. All company drivers are required to take continuing education classes, he said.“We take these issues very seriously,” Tracey said.Bulzomi said the latest incident should compel authorities to take action.“I would hope everybody would take a serious look at whether this is a real good idea for the streets of Seattle,” he said.Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said Ride the Ducks Seattle had voluntarily sidelined its vehicles for the time being. The city’s focus was on helping victims and investigating the crash, but duck-boat safety “will obviously be reviewed and evaluated in the days to come,” Murray spokesman Viet Shelton said.Keith Holloway, an NTSB spokesman, said the agency does not have national statistics for accidents involving duck boats.The safety of the amphibious boats has been questioned before. They are remnants from when the U.S. Army deployed thousands of amphibious landing craft during World War II. Once the war was over, some were converted to sightseeing vehicles in U.S. cities.Thirteen people died in 1999 when an amphibious boat sank to the bottom of Lake Hamilton in Arkansas in an accident the NTSB blamed on inadequate maintenance.In July, the family of a woman struck and killed by an amphibious tourist boat in Philadelphia filed a wrongful-death lawsuit. Attorneys for Elizabeth Karnicki’s family allege the May 8 accident was due in part to “huge blind spots” on the duck boats.In 2010, a tugboat-guided barge plowed into a duck boat packed with tourists that had stalled in the Delaware River in Philadelphia. The crash sank the duck boat, and two Hungarian students died.The tug operator was sentenced to a year in prison after acknowledging the accident was caused largely by his continuous use of a cellphone and laptop computer while he was steering the barge.Bulzomi, the lawyer for the Seattle man struck by a duck boat in 2011, said he found two other recent cases in which duck boats had rear-ended vehicles at stoplights. In both cases, the drivers told police they couldn’t see the other vehicle because of the height of the duck boats, he said.The fatal accident happened Thursday as North Seattle College students were touring the city.The collision on the Aurora Bridge, which carries one of the city’s main north-south highways over picturesque Lake Union, left a tangled mess of twisted metal, shattered glass and blood, witnesses said.Authorities say 51 people were taken to area hospitals, and 14 remained in intensive care at Seattle hospitals.Students, faculty and staff of the diverse college of about 14,000 students gathered on campus Friday morning to grieve, spokeswoman Melissa Mixon said.Associated Press writers Martha Bellisle, Lisa Baumann, Donna Blankinship and Manuel Valdes contributed to this report. North Seattle College President Dr. Warren Brown reads a prewritten statement to members of the media at North Seattle College on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. Four North Seattle College students were killed and dozens injured when a Ride the Ducks vehicle collided with a charter bus on the Aurora Bridge in Seattle, Wash. (Lindsey Wasson/The Seattle Times via AP)center_img A towing worker stands in front of a charter passenger bus that was involved in a fatal crash with a “Ride the Duck”s tourist vehicle earlier in the day, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) A “Ride the Ducks” tourist vehicle, center, is loaded onto a flatbed tow truck in the late evening Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, after it was involved in a fatal crash with the charter passenger bus, left, and other vehicles in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Officials with the King County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Seattle Fire Dept. remove a body from the scene of a bus crash involving a Ride the Ducks tour bus and several other vehicles, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) SEATTLE | Even before a duck boat crashed into a charter bus in Seattle, killing four international students, calls had emerged for greater oversight and even an outright ban on the military-style vehicles that allow tourists to see cities by road and water.Critics say the large amphibious vehicles are built for war, not for ferrying tourists. The tours here are complete with exuberant drivers who play loud music and quack through speakers.“These are military craft that were never designed to navigate narrow city streets,” said Steve Bulzomi, the attorney for a motorcyclist who was run over and dragged by a duck boat that came up behind him at a stoplight in Seattle in 2011. “This is a business model that requires the driver to be a driver, tour guide and entertainer at the same time.” Kuen Shouh Wu speaks to members of the media at North Seattle College on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in Seattle. Wu says his daughter, Ming Chao Wu, was on the charter bus that collided with a “Ride the Ducks” amphibious tour bus. She was not hurt. (AP Photo/Lisa Baumann) Seattle Police investigators photograph the front tire from a Ride the Ducks tour bus as it lies on the ground following a fatal crash involving the tour bus and several other vehicles, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)last_img read more

No more ‘Melania Trump’ underwear or honey for Slovenians

first_imgLJUBLJANA, Slovenia | No more Melania Trump honey, cakes, shoes and underwear for Slovenians.The future U.S. first lady has hired a law firm in her native country to protect her name and image from being used on numerous products that have sprung up since her husband, Donald Trump, was elected president.FILE – In this July 18, 2016, file photo, Melania Trump, wife of Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump walks to the stage as Donald Trump introduces her during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Fashion designer Tom Ford said on ABC’s “The View” Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, that he had had been asked to dress Mrs. Trump “quite a few years ago” and declined because “she’s not necessarily my image.” (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)Natasa Pirc Musar, director of the Pirc Musar&Partnerji law firm, said Friday that the use of the name “Melania Trump” for commercial purposes without approval of her client would be against the law in the small Alpine state and would represent a violation of personal rights.“Judicial practice in Slovenia is clear: the use of the name, surname and photo of someone for commercial purposes without approval is not allowed,” Pirc Musar told The Associated Press, adding that the law firm has sent a press release to all Slovenian media, warning of a possible violation of the Melania Trump registered trademark.Items that were named after he include honey jars with labels showing her smiling face and the inscription “from the home garden of Melania Trump,” cakes decorated with golden dust, high heel shoes, an underwear line, a type of salad and even a big Christmas tree in the capital.Pirc Musar said that Melania Trump so far has not launched any legal claims.“We issued only a general warning,” Pirc Musar said. “We did not decide to call anybody or to demand anything. We have nothing against the Christmas tree in Ljubljana named Melania because this has nothing to do with commercial purposes. But we can’t allow some products to be named ‘Melania Trump.’”Born Melanija Knavs, Melania Trump left Slovenia in her 20s to pursue an international modeling career. The last time she is believed to have visited her native country was in July 2002, when she introduced Donald Trump to her parents at the lakeside Grand Hotel Toplice in the resort town of Bled two years before the couple’s engagement.It is not clear whether the branding of some products only as “Melania” would also represent the trademark breach.According to the national statistics bureau, 25 people in Slovenia are named Melania and 198 are called Melanija, the Slavic version of the name.Dusan Stojanovic in Belgrade, Serbia, contributed to this report.last_img read more

A tenderloin gets an assist from dark brown sugar, paprika

first_img This May 24, 2017 photo shows crusty pork tenderloin, made with a barbecue rub of dark brown sugar, salt, pepper and paprika, at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Elizabeth Karmel. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) CRUSTY PORK TENDERLOIN WITH JEZEBEL SAUCEServings: 4-6Start to finish: 20 minutes2 pork tenderloins (10 to 12 ounces each)Olive oilCrusty Barbecue Rub:1/2 cup dark brown sugar1/2 tablespoon coarse ground pepper1 tablespoon kosher salt1 tablespoon granulated/white sugar1/2 tablespoon smoked paprika or Hungarian paprikaCrushed Pineapple Jezebel Sauce:1/4 cup pureed or crushed canned pineapple1 jar (16 to 18 ounces) tart apple jelly1/4 cup white horseradish (not horseradish cream)1 1/2 tablespoons dry mustard1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepperMake rub and sauce before grilling.For Rub: Mix all rub ingredients together until well combined. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.For Sauce: Combine all ingredients. Cover and chill. Store any extra in an airtight container in the refrigerator.Coat tenderloins lightly with oil. Sprinkle each with 1-2 tablespoons of the Crusty Rub. Place directly on the cooking grates over direct heat to sear. Grill 2-3 minutes per side.Once seared, move to the center of the cooking grate and cook for 12-15 minutes, turning once halfway through cooking time to ensure even cooking.Remove the tenderloins from the grill, allow them to rest for 3-5 minutes, then slice on the diagonal into 1/2-inch slices and serve with Jezebel Sauce.Nutrition information per serving: 257 calories; 63 calories from fat; 7 g fat (2 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 101 mg cholesterol; 691 mg sodium; 14 g carbohydrate; 0 g fiber; 13 g sugar; 33 g protein.EDITOR’S NOTE: Elizabeth Karmel is a barbecue and Southern foods expert. She is the chef and pit master at online retailer and the author of three books, including “Taming the Flame.” As its name implies, the tenderloin is one of the most tender cuts of pork, and comes from the full loin. It’s mild in flavor and takes well to rubs, marinades and sauces. Tenderloins range in weight from 10 ounces to 1 1/2 pounds. I prefer the smaller 10-12 ounce tenderloins and look for those when I am shopping for meat.I love coating the tenderloin with my simple “crusty” barbecue rub of dark brown sugar, salt, pepper and paprika. The sugar in the rub helps to create a nice crust on the pork, and thus the name. After applying the rub, I sear the tenderloin over direct heat on both sides and then move it to indirect heat to finish cooking. Depending on the size of the tenderloin, the entire cooking time will be between 15 and 20 minutes, making it perfect for a quick weekday meal.If you are using a meat thermometer, cook the tenderloin to a medium end temperature of 145-150 F. Don’t be alarmed if the inside is still a bit pink. This is the way that pork today should be served. If you cook it until it is well done, it will be dry and much less tasty. Once the meat rests for 3-5 minutes, slice it on the diagonal and serve with a generous slather of Jezebel Sauce.If you aren’t familiar with Jezebel Sauce, think of it as the less popular southern sister to Hot Pepper Jelly. Jezebel Sauce is thought to have its origins along the Gulf coast where it appears in community cookbooks as far back as the 1950s. Growing up in North Carolina, it was served as an appetizer, spooned over cream cheese, and accompanied by crackers. But I always thought that it was begging to be served with pork. Regardless of where it came from, it is very good with crackers and cream cheese but it makes an amazing sauce for grilled pork and sausages.The unusual flavors of sweet pineapple, zippy horseradish and the heat of dry mustard complement the smoky grilled pork tenderloin. Traditionally, Jezebel Sauce is made with pineapple preserves and apple jelly, but lately, I have had a hard time finding pineapple preserves so I made it with pureed canned pineapple and apple jelly. The texture is a bit looser but I like the tang of the uncooked pineapple.last_img read more

Serena Williams talks motherhood, insecurities at conference

first_imgPHILADELPHIA | Serena Williams has opened up about parenting, motherhood and her own insecurities during a women’s conference in Philadelphia.The tennis star was one of a number of speakers Friday at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women.Serena Williams speaks at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women in Philadelphia, Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)She told the group of about 10,000 attendees: “I always have these insecurities that I’m not good enough as a mom. We all go through these different emotions that we all don’t feel comfortable talking about. But I think we should.”The Philly Voice reports she also spoke about the disparity in health outcomes between black and white mothers and her status as an inspiration for working moms.She wrapped up by saying she wants her 1-year-old daughter to grow up in a world where women support other women.She says “the success of another woman should be the inspiration to the next.”last_img read more

Bell puts on a masterclass

first_img3rd Chaten Patel (18) 39pts4th Barry Tregurtha (21) 38pts5th Barry Copestake (21) 37ptsNear Pins: No 8 Suresh Mehta, No 16 Howard Bland.Green Valley was looking pretty good today, with nicely cut fairways and dry conditions seem to make it a bit easier than usual course.Jimmy ‘AK-47’ Bell stepped up for the challenge to record one of his best score, 46 points (his best ever score is 49).  Mickey ‘nine holes’ Beresford returned to some form as took the silver spot on the podium with a fine 41 and was two shots clear of Chaten ‘the Rajah’ Patel.  Barry ‘the bookworm’ Tregurtha filled the fourth step with a solid 38 points while Barry Copestake rounded out the flight with 37.There were four ‘2’s, coming from Pat Regan, Peter LeNoury, Phil Taylor and Martin Zimmerman.Tuesday, Nov. 28, Green Valley – Stableford1st Mark Wood (9) 44pts2nd Brian Wilkinson (24) 41pts3rd Mark Watkins (21) 38pts4th Bob StAubin (15) 37pts5th Pat Regan (16) 37ptsNear Pins: No 8 Brian Wilkinson, No 16 Phil Taylor.We had 16 players out today to play our regular slot at Green Valley.  We teed off slightly later than normal and this seemed to suit some of the players as all five podium slots had subpar scores.  The man of the match was Scotland’s very own Mark Wood with a fantastic 44 points.  It is sometimes hard to say something nice about our good friend Brian Wilkinson but we had to take our hats off to him as he posted a great 41 points and had a ‘2’ as well.Third spot on the podium went to Mark Watkins with a solid 38 points and two players were tied on 37, Bob St Aubin just edging Ireland’s Pat Regan for the fourth spot.Friday, Dec. 1,The Emerald – Stableford1st Mick Beresford (17) 44pts2nd Jim Bell (20) 40pts3rd Nick Shaw (21) 39pts4th Billy Eyles (23) 39pts5th Pat Regan (16) 36ptsNear Pins: No 7 Howard Bland, No 15 Mick Beresford.We had 16 keen golfers signed up for our regular Friday trip to play the Emerald Golf Club.  It was not going to be an easy day out as this course is always a difficult test of golf even on the best of days.It was therefore somewhat of a surprise to see Mickey ‘nine holes’ Beresford turn in a fantastic 44 points, a near pin and the only ‘2’ of the day.  Jimmy ‘AK-47’ Bell took the second step on the podium with 40 points that would normally win the match.  Nick ‘Elvis ‘Shaw and Billy ‘the hat’ Eyles both with fine scores of 39 points went head to head in a count back, with Nick’s back-nine more favorably dispersed.  Pat ‘the Irish rover’ Regan closed the flight with a solid even par round. Jim Bell (right) with George Jackson and John Player.The Players’ Lounge Golf SocietySunday, Nov. 26, Green Valley – Stableford1st Jim Bell (20) 46pts2nd Mick Beresford (17) 41ptslast_img read more

Hill warms up for Hua Hin with victory at Green Valley

first_imgPSC golf from The Outback Golf BarMonday, Feb. 25, Burapha – StablefordForty-nine players went to Burapha to play the A and B courses from the blue markers.  The day was hot and humid with a light breeze to start with that disappeared half way through the round and it looks like summer is here to stay, so it’s only going to get hotter from here on.  The course was presented well with all fairways, greens and rough, cut and bunkers raked.  The greenkeeper continues to heavily water the course, especially the greens and surrounds which makes for some difficult shots as you have to fly the ball all the way to the green.  Some fairways have dried out and you can get some distance with your drives, however, the greens are in great condition and will hold flighted balls and are flat and true to putt on.Greenwood podium placers (from the left): Barney, Ploy, Paul, and Laurie.Welcome to the TIAC members who joined us today and for the rest of the week, in preparation for their own annual four-day tournament which started Monday (4th March), and also welcome back to some of the Wanneroo boys, namely Kim Scaddan, Terry Fitzgerald and Trevor Oliver.Four Divisions plus the ‘2’s and the best score of the day was recorded by Tim Knight with 38 points off his 22 handicap, winner of Division C; other good scores were returned by Wayne Cotterell with 37 points to win Div B; Andrew Makara also with 37 points to win Div D and Graham Holmes with 36 points to take Div A.There were four ‘2’s from Eng (B3), Graham Fletcher (B8), & Graham Holmes got two on A6 & B8.Div A (0-12)1st Graham Holmes (6) 36pts2nd Peter Sapwell (12) 35pts3rd Geoff Stimpson (7) 33ptsDiv B (13-17)1st Wayne Cotterell (13) 37pts2nd John O’Keefe (16) 34pts3rd Stephen Mann (12) 33ptsDiv C (18-22)1st Timothy Knight (22) 38pts2nd Bob Lindborg (22) 35pts3rd John Player (19) 31ptsDiv D (23+)1st Andrew Makara (29) 37pts2nd David Davies (23) 35pts3rd Sunanta Duangwaw (29) 31ptsTuesday, Feb. 26, Khao Kheow – Stableford28 players to Khao Kheow to play the C and B courses yet again (6 weeks in a row) and I can tell all players that we will definitely be playing more of the A course and getting more variety in the coming weeks.  A lovely summer day with a great breeze which didn’t make the golf course any easier but at least it kept the golfers cool.Peter Macnoe (left) with the Wanneroo Group.The course is in good condition and all fairways, rough and greens had been cut and the course looked a picture.  The fairways are a little dry and the new fairways are coming along very well and overall the course just gets better and better.  With the dry fairways players were getting a lot more run than normal and certainly helped the longer hitters.  The greens are excellent to putt on and are flat, true and fast.Welcome to Perry See Hoe for his first game with the Outback and also welcome back to Rod Crosswell.Two Divisions plus the ‘2’s and the best scores were all in Division 1 with Conner Doyle returning the best score of the day with 38 points off his 11 handicap from Graham Holmes with 37 and Rod Crosswell also with 37.  Mark Gagliardi was happy to show some form to take fourth place with 36 points.Div B was won by Sugar with the meagre score of just 34pts.There were two ‘2’s from Graham Homes (C8) and Steve Davey (B3) – well done Steve!Div A (0-17)1st Conner Doyle (11) 38pts2nd Graham Holmes (6) 37pts3rd Rod Crosswell (14) 37pts4th Mark Gagliardi (12) 36ptsDiv B (18+)1st Sugar Ray Handford (17) 34pts2nd Jock Young (23) 32pts3rd Graeme Crofts (22) 31pts4th Terry Fitzgerald (21) 29ptsWednesday, Feb. 27, Plantation – StablefordTwenty-seven players to Siam Plantation to play the Pineapple and Sugar Cane courses, thanks to the starter for the switch from the Tapioca course which we have played for the last few weeks.  Two groups hit off at 8am and the other five hit off at our normal time of 8.36 and all groups were finished and in the clubhouse by 1pm which is great time around Siam at this time of the year.The course has been heavily watered and there was not much run on the fairways but the greens were very receptive.  What can you really say about the course other than it’s just in great condition and is always presented that way.  Interesting to note that some of the bunkers have the same faces as those that cost the Thailand lady her first LPGA win and little ledges can be found on a number of bunkers which would make for unplayable shots, but what do you do to stabilise the faces with the amount of rain and run off that they can get here in Thailand?Welcome back to Robert Holl joining the rest of his Wanneroo mates and welcome to new Outbacker, Mark Partridge.Two Divisions plus the ‘2’s and there were a number of good scores returned with the best from Robert Holl with 39 points off his 10 handicap to win Division 1 and Peter Macnoe with 38 points of his 23 handicap to win Division 2.  Doug Campbell and Chris Davisson both shot 37 points and Geoff Stimpson 36 points, well done to all.Only one ‘2’ for the day and that went to Gerry O’Dwyer on Sugar Cane 6.Div A (0-14)1st Robert Holl (10) 39pts2nd Doug Campbell (13) 37pts3rd Geoff Stimpson (7) 36pts4th Mark Partridge (9) 35ptsDiv B (15+)1st Peter Macnoe (23) 38pts2nd Chris Davisson (14) 37pts3rd Graham Fletcher (23) 35pts4th John Burns (19) 34ptsWednesday, Feb. 27, Greenwood – StablefordAn excellent turnout of 23 players here at Greenwood to play the A & C loops, making a total for the day of 50 players, when added to the Siam Plantation guys.Welcome to the three ladies down from Bangkok, namely Ploy Thongphen, Suparp and Wanta (again) and also welcome back to Bruce Milner, over from the Philippines and warming up for the big tour down to Hua Hin in about 10 days time.Laurie Rive was also warming up for the TIAC group tournament, so a great start for Laurie to win Div A with 35pts ahead of Paul Bourke, who is playing well at the moment, on 33.  Ploy took third playing off 6 with 32.In Div B the honours were taken by Andy Makara, who is getting his game together and must fancy his chances a bit in Hua Hin; Andy scored 35pts, four clear of Barney Clarkson who is playing in both the aforementioned comps, so good luck to you Barney!  Tim Knight kept up his ‘Race2Bkk’ chase with third place, heading a three-way count back on 30.Ploy Thongphen got the only ‘2’.Div A (0-17)1st Laurie Rive (15) 35pts2nd Paul Bourke (11) 33pts3rd Ploy Thongphen (6) 32ptsDiv B (18+)1st Andrew Makara (29) 35pts2nd Barney Clarkson (24) 31pts3rd Timothy Knight (22) 30ptsFriday, March 1, Green Valley – StablefordGreen Valley maybe a popular course but they have to better address their regulars throughout the year rather than surrender all their carts and caddies to the Koreans, who are only here for a relatively short time.  Why not allow sharing and one caddie per cart rather than leave the rest of their customers in disarray, many with no carts and many more with no caddies?More than half our field of 56 players started without caddies (for which they were charged) and many customers were left stranded down by the clubhouse waiting for carts or looking for their clubs.When I left, having got all our groups away, I drove out past the accommodation block where many of the Koreans stay, to see at a guess, some 60 to 80 carts all parked up, each with one bag on them and caddies nearby, whilst they were all in having lunch!The best score of the day was recorded by Greg Hill with an excellent 40pts to win Div C, indicating that he might be just coming right for next week’s big tourney in Hua Hin and another who must fancy his chances will be Paul Bourke, who took the Div A win on 36, with Peter Sapwell and Paul Greenaway both one shot back.Elsewhere, Joe Mooneyham got his new R1 driver set right, winning Div B with 37pts, a long way clear of the second placed man, a surprised John Stafford on 31, tied with Tom Morris, and Dave Coller won Div D with the same 37.Believe it or not, there was not one single ‘2’ today.Div A (0–14)1st Paul Bourke (11) 36pts2nd Peter Sapwell (12) 35pts3rd Paul Greenaway (8) 35pts4th Selwyn G. Wegner (13) 34pts5th Martin Kingswood (13) 33ptsDiv B (15–18)1st Joe Mooneyham (16) 37pts2nd John Stafford (18) 31pts3rd Tom Morris (17) 31pts4th Barry McIntosh (17) 29pts5th Brian Milburn (18) 28ptsDiv C (19–22)1st Greg Hill (20) 40pts2nd Ken Holman (20) 36pts3rd Suzi Lawton (19) 35pts4th Tim Davies (20) 34pts5th Bob Lindborg (22) 34ptsDiv D (23+)1st David Coller (23) 37pts2nd Grant Birkett (28) 35pts3rd David Davies (23) 31pts4th Ray Verrall (23) 28pts5th Andrew Makara (29) 28ptsNote:  The Outback Golf Bar is situated about 6km from Sukhumvit Road along Soi Siam Country.  Call Jack on 081 578 1956.  Finally, if you want to get away from Pattaya over Songkhran, log on to the and read about our next tour to Chiang Mai.  A smaller scale than usual, no more than 28 players, leaving on 15th April and returning on Sat 20th April, and there are still places available.last_img read more

LeNoury top of the class

first_img2nd Stefan Berg (5) 38pts3rd Mashi Kaneta (11) 38pts4th Peter Hynard (12) 37ptsMr. Le Noury was seen outside The Golf Club at 5:00 in the morning just before his victory on the links of the beautiful Rayong Green Valley.  No, it’s not as seedy as it may sound, he was joined by another dozen hardy souls to watch the final round of The Masters Tournament.  I suppose it may have been Bubba’s performance that may have given Peter the inspiration to get out there and play to win this week.  Peter likes this course anyway, he shot a 43 a couple of weeks back but only came in 2nd to his nemesis, a certain Mr. Tommy “Bahama” Balch. We say goodbye to our 2nd place finisher Stefan Berg who is winging his way back to Sweden, so see you next year mate.  Mashi Kaneta had another smooth round to better his handicap by 2 strokes just to get beaten by Stefan on the count back, with Golf Manager Peter Hynard scooping 4th place.Wednesday, April 11, Pattana (white tees) – Stableford1st Michael Winterburn (6) 38pts2nd Ken Aihara (5) 37pts3rd Mike (11) 34ptsBob (Nickatelly) Newell took the helm to run the golf today and returned to Pattana full of promise, only to find the sad reality of a comp without any lucky draw prize.  Bob and this writer were invited to play here last month as part of the annual get-together of local golf societies by the generous management of Pattana.  It was a fun day out on a great but mostly overlooked course.Jimmy Brackett, Tony Duthie & Peter LeNoury at Rancho Charnvee, Khao Yai.Everyone loved this course today, in spite of an hour wait for a nasty storm that passed through midway through the round.  All cleared up and we were of once again to take on the challenge of Pattana.  The course has now matured into a lovely landscape and features just enough undulations and motion in the fairways to make things interesting.  General course maintenance has also been given priority and it shows.Michael Winterburn at the bar.Michael Winterburn is now a big fan of Pattana, shooting 38 points that gave him the coveted centre block on the podium with steady Ken Aihara on 37 and Mike finishing off the trio with a 34 off his 11 handicap.One thing everyone commented on was how quick the trip back was … 37 minutes door-to-door so it really is a quality course within easy reach of central Pattaya.  The clubhouse here is without question the finest in the area, and they even have a good menu with reasonable prices.  We will be back soon.  Even if we can’t nick a telly!Friday, April 13, Rancho Charnvee (white tees) – Stableford1st Brian Prudden (20) 38pts2nd Ken Aihara (5) 38pts3rd Jimmy Brackett (5) 36ptsOur Songkran Road Trip is underway and our first port-of-call was Rancho Charnvee.  This is a beautiful little secret tucked away in the hills of Khao Yai, and just a 20 minute trip from Pak Chong.  Someone here is living it large with his own private plane and airstrip, house in the middle of the course and his 40 foot boat in the lake next to the clubhouse.  The owner of Rancho knows how to have fun with his money!There are 7 golf courses in the immediate area of Pak Chong and this is one of our favorites.  After the 3 hour and 15 minute drive here from Pattaya, we checked in into the Landmark Hotel and met our 1:00 tee time with ease.  Being at an 800ft. elevation, it is a bit cooler than Pattaya.Jimmy Brackett didn’t feel the heat and jumped on the course to shoot his handicap, a cool 36 points.  Ken Aihara did 2 better and marked his card with 38 points as did Brian Prudden, so it was down to the count back once again.  Ken had 18 on the back to Brian’s 19, so it was Mr. Prudden who claimed the first victory of the trip so far.  That’s great shooting for 3 guys who had never played the course before.We will stay here through next week so our report will feature 5 more courses in the area.  Buy next week’s paper to read up on Khao Yai C.C., Mountain Creek, Panorama, Toscana Valley and Bonanza.  These are all beautiful golf courses in the Khao Yai area, so see you next week!Note:  The Golf Club is located on Soi LK Metro.  We play on Monday, Wednesday and Friday so come join us for a fun day out.  Just call 085 434 3377 or see our website and for more information mail us: and see updates at PSC golf from The Golf ClubMonday, April 9, Green Valley (white tees) – Stableford1st Peter LeNoury (9) 39ptslast_img read more

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