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Laidlow takes his place in history

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Laidlow takes his place in history

Sandy Lie
In this month’s “Little Man” stroke play competition, Ian Laidlow not only achieved back to back wins, but also became the first Royal Leaguer to win this tournament three times in one season since the society was formed six years ago.

Ian Laidlow with “The Little Man”. Note the custom made golf bag rack on Ian’s motorbike - a Laidlow invention waiting for mass production.

As current number one in the Prize Winners List, Ian has been off the leader board for several weeks now, but he chose to come back with a bang at the Highlands Golf and Spa Resort by recording a net 69, which included five pars and a birdie.
Ian’s shot over bunkers and water on the 195 yard par 3, 14th left him close enough to a pin placed at the back of the green to make birdie, which was just as well, as he reacted by shooting a nine on the par 5, 15th.
The error was almost fatal, as Steve Blake also posted a net 69 off the same handicap as Ian. However, Steve had had his problems too, when after a steady outward half, he ran up three double bogeys and failed to par on the back nine, which eventually forced him into second place on the count-back rule.
Jon Haid must have thought it was going to be his day when he shot a convincing gross score of 42 on the way out, but he blew up on the back nine and had to be satisfied with third.
Meanwhile, the Monday meet of the Happy Bar Stds. society was played in perfect conditions at Mae Jo Golf Club, where Dennis and Ranjit came in joint winners with net 69s.
Apparently, a visiting Australian called Shane had brushed the field aside with some splendid golf on the day, but he proved to be no bandit by sportingly keeping his card in his pocket.
Ian took first spot in Friday’s event and after all scores for both rounds were totted up, the eclectic situation had changed dramatically. Bill Miles dropped from leader to sixth on 84, while David Cameron moved up to the top with 78. He was closely followed by Tom Ingham and Dennis Woerner – both on 79.
For more information about Happy Bar Stds. call into the Happy Bar, Moon Muang, Soi 2 or ring Noel on 089 256 5705.

Chiang Mai Pool League: All over bar the shouting

Pat Black
After the penultimate match of this season’s Chiang Mai Pool League, all places of significance had been resolved, but some sides were still left fighting to improve their position in mid table. With Half Moon Pub already champions, Friend’s Corner had made sure of runners-up position, while Chiangers and Bangers had the heart wrenching disappointment of coming in third for the second consecutive year.

Bo making a good impression at Out Back.

Several sides in the mid table have enjoyed their best performances to date and Blue Sky Bar, The Wall, December Bar and Out Back all looked to the last match with a chance to finish anywhere between 4th and 7th.
The Local have been left sitting on the bottom rung of this term’s ladder, and although they could still catch Number 1 Pub on points, it was impossible to overhaul their games-won tally.
Last week, Half Moon Pub justified their achievement of winning back to back championships by beating a strong December Bar away 6-3, but the win wasn’t that easy.
December took the first frame, and trailed 1-2 and 2-3 before squaring up the singles. However, The Moon clicked into another gear after the break and whitewashed the doubles.
Friend’s Corner also proved why they achieved second in a rather one-sided affair at Rock Hard Bistro. Five-one up after the singles, The Corner rattled off the next two frames, but The Rock held firm in the last doubles to avoid further embarrassment.
Commiserations to Chiangers and Bangers for coming in third yet again, although this season they rarely looked like catching a very consistent Friend’s. Nevertheless, last week they outgunned Number 1 Pub in one of the most exciting matches of the evening.
Number 1 had led 1-0 and 3-2 before scores leveled at the break, and the first two doubles went both ways to set up a decider, which Changers took with four balls left on the table.
Among the sides dueling for 4th, Blue Sky Bar was the only one to pick up a point last week. Following up on their 5-4 win in a rearranged fixture with Number 1 Pub, they comfortably beat near rivals Out Back by a 6-3 margin.
Out back might have had some justification in claiming they weren’t getting the run of the balls during the first half, but all credit to The Bar, who took full advantage with a 4-2 lead and went on to get the better of the doubles.
While Blue Sky Bar has 15 points, they can still be caught by Out Back, December Bar; and The Wall who suffered a shock 4-5 defeat from the Pizza Boys of La Villa.
In a hard fought contest, scores stayed close at 3-3 and 4-4, but The Wall eventually cracked and lost the decider with 6 balls remaining.
Blue Sky Garden celebrated their inaugural match at their posh new surroundings with a fairly comfortable win over The Local. From the 6-3 score line, two of The Local’s points were earned by Andrew playing with a patch over one eye. The suggestion has been put forward that from now on the whole team should be one-eyed, or maybe patches over both eyes would be even better.
Lastly, the match between Happy Bar and Enjoy Place was put back to the following Monday, and don’t forget the trophy presentation at Half Moon Pub on the evening of September 22nd.