Wachirawit School comes out on top in 3rd speedminton tournament
Participants in the 3rd
Speedminton Tournament of 2006 in Chiang Mai.
The 3rd Speedminton Tournament was held at Sarapee Pitayacome School between
September 15 and 16. Eighty students participated, representing 11 schools
including, Sarapee Pitayacome, Yuporat Witialai, Regina Coeli, Wachilalai,
Witchaiwitaya, Nawamin, Wachirawit, Sucsawsongkra, Lanna Polytechnic,
Panichayakan Lanna (LCC), and Baan Vieng Ping Orphan School.
Udom Pangtit, assistant director of education for Chiang Mai district
presided over the opening. The winner of the girls under 14s was Tipgamon
sattagoonwong from Regina Coeli. The winner of the girls under 16s was
Jutarrat Sankom from Yupparaj Wittayalai. The winner of the girls under 18s
was Patalin Tirapatnapon from Wachirawit School. The winner of the boys
under 14s was Nopadon Buahang from Wachirawit School. The boys under 16s
winner was Ratanapong Monta from Wachirawit School. The boys under 18s
winner was Atapon Getkomfoo from Wachirawit School.
Over 48,000 baht was given in prize money to players and their schools. The
tournament was sponsored by The Commission for Drug Suppression , Coca Cola,
Cizen Thailand, Kawasaki Sports and Phiten.
The trouble with strokes
By not being the most consistent of golfers, my biggest handicap was stroke
play. While I held out hope in Stableford competitions, my inevitable blow
up hole(s) was catastrophic when every shot counted.
you go straight for the pin?
During a monthly medal, I was informed on the 18th tee that I surprisingly
led the field by 4 strokes and a treble bogey would see me home. My drive
started a little to the left and began to fade in nicely.
But suddenly, the ball hit a single overhanging tree branch with a clunk and
that’s the last we saw of it. I reacted with the usual panic and soon
found myself playing seven off the tee.
So, I empathise with Steve Polaski, who finished second in The Royal
League’s stroke play event at the Highlands Golf and Spa Resort last
Thursday week. With a gross score of 79, net 70, he might have thought it
enough to take the honours. But back in the clubhouse he discovered that two
holes had let him down.
Steve seems to have developed a psychological thing about the par 4, 11th,
which is drivable for a man of his calibre. For the umpteenth time he froze
on the hole and putted out one over par, and followed that with a double
bogey on the 12th.
Steve’s two glitches opened the door for Jon Haid to take his second
tournament win in three weeks – one shot ahead of Steve with a net 69.
Playing off 19, Jon completed the front nine with a net four under par,
which comprised five pars, three bogeys and one triple. However, he began to
struggle on the homeward half and so his birdie on the par 3, 17th proved to
Thomas van Nes must have fancied his chances after carding an impressive
gross 80 at Green Valley the day before, and things were progressing well
until a triple and two double bogeys. Nevertheless, Thomas ended up
recording a net 73 to come in third.
At Mae Jo Golf Club, members of the Happy Bar Stds. were not so elated with
their stroke play performances last Monday week. However, Bill Miles managed
one birdie and four pars to gross 85 and he entered the clubhouse winner for
the day with a net 70.
Second place was shared by three players scoring net 71, with Jim Catterson,
Jim Cannon and Jack Cooper grossing 94, 86 and 82, respectively.
On the following Friday, Jim Cannon fired 9 pars and a birdie to take the
honours scoring a net 66 and his handicap was promptly reduced to12. Ranjit
Sidhu came in with a net 72, which was enough to award him the runners-up
Meanwhile, the eclectic table is hotting up and while Jim Cannon holds the
lead on 68, Tom Ingham is close on his tail two shots behind. And watch out,
Jack Cooper is down to 76 after playing just two rounds of the contest.
For more information about The Royal League visit www.theroyalleague.com,
and for Happy Bar Stds. ring Noel on 089 256 5705.