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Wachirawit School comes out on top in 3rd speedminton tournament

The trouble with strokes

Wachirawit School comes out on top in 3rd speedminton tournament

Participants in the 3rd Speedminton Tournament of 2006 in Chiang Mai.

Staff Reporter
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

Sandy Lie
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.

Would 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 be decisive.
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 spot.
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.