(From left to right), Andrew
J. Wood, GM of Chaophya Park Hotel, Suwanthep ‘Tony’ Malhotra, tournament
media director, Ingo G. Raeuber, director of operations of Pinnacle Grand
Jomtien Resort & Spa, Mike Franklin, tournament director, Pratheep ‘Peter’,
Malhotra, managing director of Pattaya Mail, Gerry Germenis, GM of the
European Security Concept (ESC), Ronakit Ekasingh, Pattaya Deputy Mayor,
Itthipol Kunplome, Chief Advisor to the Mayor, Cindy Burbridge, her husband
Biron Bishop, Steve Ryser, President Elect of Rotary Club Eastern Seaboard,
and Khun Chaiwat Charoensuk, TAT Director Region 3.
The Chaophya Park Hotel Driving Range was the venue, kindly hosted by GM
Andrew J. Wood on a fine sunny June 7th Morning. Tony Malhotra, the
tournament media director, eloquently emceed the proceedings with a panel
that included Pattaya Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh, Itthipol Kunplome Chief
Advisor to the Mayor, and Khun Chaiwat Charoensuk, TAT Director Region 3.
Andrew Wood welcomed the press and all attending, before Peter Malhotra MD
of the Pattaya Mail and the Chiangmai Mail spoke about how in 15 years of
the media group’s operations, his family and staff have been engaged in the
development of the eastern and northern communities in Thailand through,
business, social and charitable involvements.
He explained the reasons for the inaugural Pattaya Mail Golf Classic
honoring Mike Franklin and Pattaya Mail’s commitment to the two major sports
on the Eastern Seaboard, Sailing with the Pattaya Mail PC Classic Royal
Cliff Beach Resort International Regatta, and now Golf with the Pattaya Mail
Mike Franklin Classic Charity Golf tournament. The representatives from
Pattaya City Hall and the TAT Region 3 confirmed their support for such
events and the promotion of sport and charitable activities on the Eastern
Gerry Germenis GM of the Title sponsor European Security Concepts,
re-affirmed ESC’s support for charity events that were for the benefit of
children, although this was the first occasion that ESC had sponsored a golf
event. Steve Ryser, newly elected President of Rotary Club Eastern Seaboard,
expressed his gratitude that the Club had been invited to administer and
control the tournament funds and be part of the Organizing Committee. Tony
Malhotra, while talking about the beneficiaries, invited Cindy Burbridge
former Miss Thailand World and well known personality and to express her
thoughts about her visits to the Camillian Social Center and how funds
raised from this event would help. That left just two speakers, and in my
own remarks I emphasized the importance of giving as much credibility and
exposure to the valued sponsors, at whatever level they had agreed to
support the tournament and its objectives. Their support, with the
participation of the players, was foremost in achieving the best possible
financial result to benefit the charities.
The session closed with a review by Ingo Raeuber, Director of Operations of
Pinnacle Grand Jomtien Resort & Spa, of the events and activities due to
take place at the Awards Ceremony & Party at Pinnacle Grand Jomtien at
sunset after the tournament at Eastern Star on Friday 29th June.
ESC Pattaya Mail Mike Franklin Classic
Charity Golf Tournament
Pattaya Mail is nearing its 15th Anniversary and, after many years of
widely reporting local golf tournaments, is confirming its commitment to
golf by announcing the inaugural Pattaya Mail ‘Mike Franklin’ Classic
charity golf tournament to be staged at Eastern Star Country Club & Resort,
on Friday 29th June 2007.
The proceeds raised will be shared by six beneficiaries: Rotary Foundation’s
work with children, Jesters ‘Care for Kids’ Water Purification project.
Thirdly via Diana Group Foundation presentations of Scholarships to Pattaya
Schools. Ban Dorntuapab Pattana Primary School in Korat, Pattaya Young PR
Ambassador Program, Camillian Aids center join project with Cindy Burbridge.
The proceeds as they are committed and spent on the six beneficiary projects
will be reported in the Pattaya Mail group of media and on Pattaya Mail
President Stefan Ryser and Marlies Fritz Treasurer of the Rotary Club
Eastern Seaboard, have joined the organizing committee and together we will
ensure that not only will the tournament to a great success, but also that
funds raised will be spent wisely under the supervision of the Rotary Club
Eastern Seaboard, for the benefit of underprivileged children in our
The tournament will receive extensive Press & TV media coverage in Pattaya
Mail, Pattaya Blatt, & Chiangmai Mail; on Sophon cable and the Pattaya Mail
Television (PMTV) cable network covering Chonburi, Pattaya, Jomtien and
Sattahip. The POV Media Group, Bangkok, is providing 150 framed A3 poster
display sites in prime Bangkok locations.
Another Press conferences will be held at the Pinnacle Grand Jomtien Resort
& Spa on Thursday June 14th.
The Tournament and Award ceremony will be covered by Pattaya Mail Television
and a DVD of the televised feature will be given to the sponsors.
The golf tournament will feature two shotgun starts at 06.45am and 12.30pm,
playing a Four-ball Team Scramble format. Both shotgun starts will be
limited to 25 teams of 4 players. Tournament scoring will be by ‘System 36’
that calculates team handicaps on the day, based on performance. As
individual player handicaps are not a requirement for entry, the tournament
is open to all golfers.
Entry is 10,000 baht/Team or 2,500 individual. There will be performance
trophies for the winning teams & technical prizes to be won on every hole. A
perpetual trophy will be kept at Pattaya Mail and inscribed with the names
of the Champion team. The Award ceremony, BBQ buffet dinner & entertainment
will take place at sunset by the beach at the Pinnacle Jomtien Resort & Spa.
For this inaugural Pattaya Mail tournament is invited in a variety of ways
through donations or sponsorship of specific items such as shirts (Pinnacle
Group), caps, towels, balls, trophies and draw prizes. Due accreditation
will be given at the event, during the prize-giving ceremony and in all the
Pattaya Mail media.
Event sponsorship is available:
Platinum (200,000 baht), Gold (100,000 baht), Silver (50,000
baht) and Bronze (25,000 baht) categories, plus hole sponsorship available
on every hole at 10,000 baht per hole. All sponsors are invited to have
their Web page linked on the Pattaya Mail tournament web page at www.pattaya
Full details are available at the Organization Office: Pattaya Mail
Publishing Co. Ltd., 370/7-8 Moo 9, Pattaya 2nd Road, Nongprue, Banglamung,
Chonburi 20150 Thailand. Or contact Mike Franklin: Tel: 08 1861 8036 - Tony
Malhotra: Tel: 08 1514 8584 - Ingo Raeuber Tel: 081949 9433, Fax: 038 427
596, E-mail: golf [email protected]