Vol. V No. 39 - Saturday September 23, - September 29, 2006
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Haid goes third after Stableford win

CH4 Happy Hash Outerhash

Chiang Mai Pool League

Haid goes third after Stableford win

What happened next at the Highlands?

Sandy Lie
Keeping the points ticking over is the essence of winning Stableford competitions and unlike stroke play, they allow for the odd blow up or two. I remember partnering a guy called Cyril at a croupiers’ society meet at West Middlesex Golf Club in London. Cyril clocked up 16 points on the first six holes and failed to score on the following five. But he came in strongly over the final stretch to win the tourney with 32 points from 118 shots, which included 12 to get out of a bunker, as Cyril never picked up.
So in the Highlands competition last week, when Jon Haid marched off the par 4, 16th after failing to score with a seven, he showed little concern, as his points tally had mounted steadily over the previous fifteen. In fact, Jon had bettered Cyril’s achievement by accumulating 19 points over six holes, which comprised five three pointers and a four pointer.
His outward 20 provided a firm foundation for an inward 18, and Jon clocked up his 4th win of the season - not to mention five top three placings over the last six weeks that saw him rise from fifth to third in the Prize Winner’s List.
Just one point behind, Ian Laidlow and Thomas van Nes tied for second, with Ian also building a useful front nine score of 19. Thomas recovered over the second half of the course to card 37 points after 17 holes.
Needing one point on the last to tie in first place, Thomas fired a shot into a lateral water hazard, lost his ball and took one penalty stroke. Even then, a great approach shot left him putting for a point from the front of the green, but the ball failed to drop - that’s golf!
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Despite last Monday’s perfect conditions at Mae Jo Golf Club, play in the Happy Bar Stds. society meeting was generally erratic, with Paul Coppens proving the only exception with a net 70 to win the day.
The same could be said for Friday’s event, when the course claimed victory over some jaded performances. Nevertheless, Tom Ingham and David Cameron tied for first place shooting net 74s.
Over the two days, Tom Ingham took full advantage of the generally inconsistent play to move top of the eclectic table, with David Cameron, who missed Monday’s round, just one stroke behind.
There are still 10 more rounds left in this eclectic season and as only 25% of the player’s handicap is taken into consideration, the contest is still wide open. It’s not too late for new members to join. Anyone interested can call into Happy Bar or ring Noel on 089 256 5705.

CH4 Happy Hash Outerhash

Chiang Mai Happy Hash House Harriers will be hosting a special Outerhash run on Saturday, October 28, during Interhash Weekend.
This is an open invitation run for all hashers who will be in Chiang Mai during Interhash Weekend but who are not joining the Interhash runs / parties. As it will be on the normal Saturday of the CH4 we will hold a normal run (next to the run CH4 has agreed to set for InterHash) but with some extras thrown in.
The Happy Hash Outerhash run fee is 750 baht, which is equal to approximately USD20. For this price you will receive a t-shirt, copious amounts of beer, authentic Thai home-cooked food, transportation to and from the run site, plus, of course, a magnificent hash run. This is a 100% non-profit event and all money collected will be spent on beer, beverages, food, and fun.
No pre-registration is required, but we would greatly appreciate it if you could contact us beforehand and tell us you will be joining us so we can better plan the number of t-shirt sizes to order and the amount of food and liquid refreshment to prepare. Also we ask of you, that when you arrive in Chiang Mai, to please drop by the Fish & Chips Shop to pay the run fee in advance so that we have funds to work with.
If you want to run with Chiang Mai Happy Hash on Saturday, October 28, please reply to Kwazimoto using this email address: <[email protected] info.co.th> or call Burrito Butt in Thailand on her hand phone: 073021235.
Registration takes place at noon Saturday, October 28, at the Fish & Chip Shop, 25/4 Ratchawithi Rd. Buses will leave from there to the run site at 1 p.m. sharp! We plan to return to Chiang Mai by nightfall.
After the run, we will retire to the Irish Pub (opposite Fish & Chips Shop) for our On On On. Everyone and anyone is also invited to join Happy Hash at the Irish Pub in our continuing celebration of Hashing with hashers from all around the globe. At this party, drinks and snacks will be at your own expense.
(NOTE: This run has nothing at all to do with Interhash weekend. The Chiang Mai Happy Hash runs every Saturday no matter what, and we are merely sharing our weekly run with out-of-town visitors, as is our usual practice.) We hope lots of Hashers can join us.
In the hallowed spirit of hashing, On! On!

Chiang Mai Pool League: Pat blacks out

Pat Black
In last week’s report on the Chiang Mai Pool League, some readers might have picked up on Pat Black’s rather premature declaration that Friend’s Corner had secured runners-up position, when in fact they still stood a chance of losing out to Chiangers and Bangers on games-won tally.

Number 1 girls Fern and Joi.

Put it down to bad maths, alcoholic poisoning or a mental blackout, whatever, Friend’s saved him greater embarrassment by doing the business last Friday, just scraping a win in a night of high drama.
With one eye on the second spot that just eluded them last term, Chiangers showed no mercy by shooting into a 6-0 lead against Out Back, which included a splendid eight ball clearance by George on his second trip to the table. Out Back managed to save face by claiming two of the doubles, but with Chiangers now in second place for awhile, full attention turned to events at Friend’s.
Matches against Blue Sky Garden are rarely a walk in the park and Friend’s had to fight back from 0-1 down to lead 2-1 and 3-2 before reaching the interval all-square. The Garden forged ahead by taking the first doubles and after a game of attrition, a fouled black leveled the match at 4-4.
In the decider, Friend’s took the early initiative with a fine spell of potting and before the visitors could plough their way back into the game, Wut knocked in the black to give Friend’s Corner the runners-up spot.
So, once again, well done Friend’s and bad luck Chiangers, who must now look forward to next season.
In the fight for 4th, Blue Sky Bar made sure of that position in another tense encounter. With nothing between them and Enjoy Place at the break, the match progressed to a deciding game, when young Billy bagged the black for The Bar.
That pot was enough to keep December Bar at 5
th despite their 8-1 mauling of Happy Bar, and The Wall’s 5-4 win at Number 1 Pub proved insufficient to lift them above sixth.
At the foot of the table, The Local signed off the season with a comfortable win at La Villa. It was 3-3 at the break, but The Grinders stamped their authority on the match by taking the first two doubles.
The win put The Local on six points; level with Number 1 Pub, but the title holders from two seasons ago stayed bottom, eight games adrift of their nearest rivals.
Rock Hard Bistro managed to stay clear of the last two sides despite going down 2-7 to champions Half Moon Pub. At 2-4 behind at the break, The Bistro lost all their doubles as they have done so many times this season.
In other news, Happy Bar made sure of finishing 5 slots higher than last term’s bottom place by beating Enjoy Place 7-2 in a rearranged fixture last Monday week.
Daeng of La Villa has informed me that the restaurant will relocate soon and the team is not only looking for pastures new, but also new blood. So, any bar or pub that wants to put its pool table to good use or player wanting a regular game, contact [email protected]
Ian of Happy Bar and Alex at Chiangers will be visiting their homeland for a while and Half Moon’s skipper Brian is off on holiday to Germany. Bon voyage to them and we look forward to getting back together again for start to next season - October 13th.

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