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AIS Golf competition at Gassan Khuntan

Golf tournament raises 1 million baht for CMU Alumni Club

World tennis superstars in 25 million baht match line-up

Thai Navy graduates sink Chiang Mai Press team 1-0 in soccer friendly

Chiang Mai Bowling Club to host the Mekong Friendship comp in 2005

Chiang Mai-Bangkok Badminton Open scheduled for October next year

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AIS Golf competition at Gassan Khuntan

Autsadaporn Kamthai

Advance Info Service (AIS) held the Serenade the Ultimate Golf Talent for its exclusive clients at the Gassan Khuntan golf course in Doi-Tee district, Lamphun on December 3.

Pongsak Tanwisut, director of the Regional Operation Center-Northern Region prepares to hit the first gold golf ball at the opening of the Serenade the Ultimate Golf Talent. One wonders if the women behind him are the serenaders.

Presiding over the tournament were Pongsak Tanwisut, director of the Regional Operation Center Northern Region, and Ratthakarn Jumpaman, marketing manager of the AIS Northern Region.

Pongsak Tanwisut (third left, 2nd row), Ratthakarn Jumpaman (first left, 2nd row), marketing manager of the AIS Northern Region; celebrity, Ammarin “Am” Nitipol (first left, front row) and his two friends (on his left) played in the tournament.

Results:
Overall low gross

Surat Tipyanetra, 79
Overall low net
Somboon Leelathitikul, 68
Low gross flight A (0-12)
1. Keerati Biangbuab, 80
2. Kittichai Jeewasantikarn, 81
Low gross flight B (13-18)
1. Chartchai Nareenartmetikul, 83
2. Pornthep Jiamsakul, 83
Low gross flight C (19-24)
1. Chukiat Jantranpoon, 86
2. Wichien Kuanchom, 88
Low net flight A (0-12)
1. Chalermporn Kanthana, 70
2. Auayporn Nilkamhaeng, 73
Low net flight B (13-18)
1. Preecha Niyomkul, 70
2. Napatra Koomklod, 68
Low net flight C (19-24)
1. Jakkrit Saenkamkard, 68
2. Sorasak Intakan, 68
Low net flight (0-24) star
Chatchai Chabamnej, 71


Golf tournament raises 1 million baht for CMU Alumni Club

Autsadaporn Kamthai

The Chiang Mai University’s Mass Communication Alumni Club organized a Charity Golf Competition at the Royal Thai Army’s golf course in Bangkok on November 14, to celebrate the university’s 40th anniversary.

The president of Chiang Mai University, Prof Pongsak Angkasith (left), with the Thailand Tobacco Monopoly team at the trophy presentation.

“It is wonderful that various organizations and companies have sent over 60 teams to compete for the HRH Princess Sirindhorn trophy,” said Nongnart Harnwilai, president of the CMU’s Mass Communication Alumni Club.

The Alumni Club raised approximately 1 million baht from this charity golf tournament. The income will be used to support projects established by the Faculty of Mass Communication and needy students studying there, he said.

The Thailand Tobacco Monopoly team from the Treasury Ministry won the tournament and the trophy.


World tennis superstars in 25 million baht match line-up

New Year countdown with Venus!

Nopniwat Krailerg

Superstars Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova will play at a tennis match to be held at Chiang Mai’s 700 Year Anniversary Stadium on January 2. Thai tennis greats Tammarine Thanasukarn and Suchanun Viruchprasert will also join in the tournament.

It will be held on the outdoor tennis court with the spectacular backdrop of Doi Suthep, and will be broadcast to 45 countries through the ESPN sports network.

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) committees in Bangkok approved a 25 million baht budget for the “2005 Invitational Tennis”. TAT believes that this match starring both Sharapova and Williams will create a positive image for Thailand and promote Thailand as a world destination, especially among tourist groups from Russia and the US where the two tennis superstars were born.

Of the budget allocated, 20.1 million baht will be used to pay the four players, while the rest will be spent on advertising, news announcements, transport, the welcoming party and other organizing expenses. Besides participating in the tournament, Maria and Venus will also participate in other activities, such as the opening of a tennis clinic for Thai youth and the New Year’s countdown party in Chiang Mai.

Tickets for the event, priced at 1,500 baht, are available at the Thai Ticket Master located on the first floor of Central Airport Plaza Chiang Mai.


Thai Navy graduates sink Chiang Mai Press team 1-0 in soccer friendly

Saksit Meesubkwang

A soccer friendly between the Royal Thai Navy Chief of Staff Academy and the Chiang Mai Press was played at Wing 41’s main field on November 26.

Chiang Mai Press team players (in white) with the Royal Thai Navy Chief of Staff Academy players (in blue) at the friendly.

Captain Apichart Panyachartwat brought the academy’s graduates to Chiang Mai as part of an educational trip, and playing football was apparently part of it, though the education was for the opponents!

The navy boys poured cold water on the hopes of the Chiang Mai Press, displaying superior technique and teamwork. However, the Press team, with pens and notebooks clutched and ready, managed to defend successfully up till half time, with the scores at nil all.

In the second half, the news hounds played their ‘wild card’, the Chiangmai Mail’s representative, number 17, Saksit Meesubkwang, but despite bending it like Beckham and playing like Pele, the press could not stop the Academy team which managed to land the only goal of the match, scored in the 65th minute from the boot of Lt Commander Samphan Na-ngam.


Chiang Mai Bowling Club to host the Mekong Friendship comp in 2005

Staff reporters

The Two Mekong Lands Bowling Club has assigned the Chiang Mai Bowling Club to host the Mekong Friendship Bowling Championship in February, 2005, announced by the chairman of the Chiang Mai Bowling Club, Samrarn Wongsasing.

Six members of the Two Mekong Lands Bowling Club will participate in the competition including the Vientiane Bowling Club from Lao, Khon Kaen Bowling Club, Udonthani Bowling Club, Korat Bowling Club, Lampang Bowling Club and Chiang Mai Bowling Club.

It appears that the Chiang Mai Bowling Club will use the U-FO Bowling as a venue but the exact landing date is not yet confirmed.

The defending champions are the Vientiane Bowling Club, victorious in the last tournament in Vientiane.


Chiang Mai-Bangkok Badminton Open scheduled for October next year

Mark your calendar

Staff Reporters

Showing that it’s never too early to get excited about a badminton tourney, officials announced that Chiang Mai will host the Chiang Mai-Bangkok Badminton Open October 17-25 at the 700 Year Anniversary Stadium next year.

The Chiang Mai and Bangkok Badminton Training Centers take turns holding the event. They are looking for the best badminton players from all over Thailand, who will have nearly an entire year to get ready.

The winners will have an opportunity to garner royal trophies from His Majesty the King.

The Chiang Mai Badminton Training Center will send an invitation to Her Serene Highness Siriwanwaree Mahidol to compete in the event, as the Princess is one of the most talented badminton players in this country.