Chiang Mai kayak team puts province in third place at Suphanburi games
Tanikron Boonmuen and Piyaphun
Phaophat won Gold medals in 200 m.
Kayaking is on the rise in Chiang Mai. If it were not for the men and women
of the Chiang Mai Kayak team, winning 14 medals, Chiang Mai Province would
not have been placed third in the nation at the Suphanburi Games held
between September 10 and 20, 2006.
The athletes on the Chiang Mai Kayak team won 11 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze
medals out of 18 races.
If you find yourself walking or driving along the Ping River between 4:30 pm
and 7:30 pm please stop and cheer on the Kayakers who are sure to pass by
during that time. They can be seen between the damn south of the Army Base
and the Super Highway Bridge.
Piyaphan Phaophat, who received gold in the K1,700 meter race and gold in
the K2,200 meter race with teammate Tanikron Boonmuen, would like to thank
his sponsors for giving him the chance to win these gold medals: The Dukes,
The Kafe Pub and Restaurant, Sunbelt Asia, Mo’C Mo’L, The Monkey Club,
and Wawee Coffee. If you, along with the growing team of sponsors, would
like to support our local athletes and contribute to the success of these
kayakers, please contact Suwannee Eubank at [email protected]
Peder Koch moves up the order
The slicer’s nightmare.
These days it’s not often we see the top three placings of a Royal League
event without a tie involved, but last Thursday’s Stableford tournament at
the Highlands Golf and Spa Resort resulted in clear cut positions, with
Peder Koch taking the winner’s rostrum and moving 7 places up the Prize
Winners List to 14th.
The four par 3s at Highlands are considered by some to be the most
picturesque in the area. Peder, however, wasn’t just looking at the
scenery when he set about parring three of them and birdying the other.
Apart from recording 13 points on those four holes, he also achieved three
more pars and, off a 21 handicap, took the advantage where two strokes were
awarded. He drew a blank on only two greens to end up with a Stableford
tally of 41 points.
Steve Polaski’s gross score of 80 and 37 points was enough to put him into
second place. Steve played a steady game last week - shooting an outward
half of 39 and coming home in 41 – but double bogeys on the 11th
and 12th let him down.
The 11th is proving to be a nemesis for Steve since they put the tee box
back forty yards, and no matter what club he uses the ball seems to end up
Someone should ask if Jack Cooper has taken golfing lessons or simply
possesses a naturally gifted swing. Some Royal Leaguers regard it as being
near to perfection in terms of tempo and last time out it enabled Jack to
achieve a round to handicap and 36 points, which gave him third place.
Meanwhile, positions in the Happy Bar Stds. eclectic competition fluctuated
slightly over two days. At Mae Jo Golf Club, last Monday week’s Stableford
tournament was played from the back tees and Jim Catterson came in winner
with 36 points.
Second placed Jim Cannon managed to improve his eclectic score by three
strokes, and Dennis Woerner, who did likewise, joined Tom Ingham – tied at
the top of the table.
On the following Thursday, Tom Ingham rose to the challenge by not only
taking the day with a net score of 72, but also reducing his eclectic tally
by 3 more strokes with pars on the 5th and 6th and a birdie on the 10th.
However, Jim Cannon was also firing on all cylinders and he too cut his
eclectic score again by 3, which included a fine birdie on the par 5, 16th.
For more information about The Royal League visit www.theroyalleague.com,
and for Happy Bar Stds. Ring Noel on 089 256 5705.
Chiang Mai Pool League: Moon misses the minger
A very good turnout of pool players and supporters found themselves at Half
Moon Pub once again last Friday for the Chiang Mai Pool League trophy
presentation. Unfortunately, the Moon team was without a couple of key
After landing the title for the third time and second year running, Half
Moon’s captain Brian was holidaying in Germany and so vice skipper Kevin
stepped in to do the honours of receiving the winner’s trophy from pool
supporter David Hardcastle of Good Morning Chiangmai News.
Kevin went on to say that his side would like to dedicate this season’s
achievement to Jason the Minger, who is currently in England. Jason might
not have been the Moon’s strongest player, but he was their best supporter
and always at hand to do his part on the green baize when needed. What a
minger is exactly, is open to debate, but after consulting several word
books, I suppose it could mean someone who likes the ladies – and why not?
Half Moon Pub has proved to be the side to beat since the League was formed
and their accomplishments have been down to teamwork, consistency and a mix
of youth and experience. We mustn’t forget that their two veterans, Ron
and Brian, are the two oldest players in the League.
So, once again, well done Half Moon Pub and, as winners, thank you for
hosting the party last week. The rest of us will be out to change the
presentation venue at the end of next season.
Friend’s Corner will no doubt lead an assault on the champs after pushing
them nearly all the way last term, ending second. Just a few season’s ago,
Friend’s came bottom of the league and many of their opponents wondered if
they would have the courage to continue. They had, and that has led to
Edwin, Erik and Tu picking up the runners-up trophy from David last week.
This has been Friend’s Corner’s last season in the League as next term
they will be renamed Em and Em. It’s a pity there are no cups or medals
for third spot, and so Jack took a bow on behalf of luckless Chiangers and
Bangers, who managed to secure the number three slot for the second year
Last but not least, one of the League’s founders, John Whiting, announced
his retirement as coordinator several weeks ago. After five years of single
handedly working out fixtures, collating results and league tables,
administering rules and on the odd occasion discipline, he decided to step
down and let someone else have a bash.
In appreciation for an excellent job well done, members of the league
presented Scottish John with a teddy donning a tartan tam-o’-shanter.
Thanks a lot John, and now we look forward to Shaun’s administration next
season. Shaun has every intention of keeping the League’s traditions alive
by changing very little in the way of rules etc. New fixture lists will be
circulated by October 8 and four new sides could be included. We thank Shaun
for taking on this task and wish him all the best.
Next season breaks off on October 13, so see you then.