Haid goes third after Stableford win
What happened next at the
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
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
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:
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
(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
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.
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
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
That pot was enough to keep December Bar at 5th
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
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.