The question of honesty
Members of the Happy Bar
Now let’s be honest; have you ever cheated at golf? Well! I have. I had
noticed my playing partner lighting up a cigarette on every difficult shot,
so I stole the pack when he wasn’t watching. At the par 3 island hole, my
opponent surveyed the tee shot, reached for his fags, went into panic when
they weren’t there and promptly put six shots into the water.
While stamping on balls, kicking from rough and throwing out of bunkers are
crude forms of cheating, the psychological approach demands a far higher
level of ingenuity, and the auto suggestive comment, e.g. watch out for
those hazards, works 30% of the time.
The hole in trousers method is a scientifically designed pocket, from which
a new ball can be squeezed down through the inside of a trouser leg to
replace the one just lost. And the accidental cheat is one who’s not sure if
the ball moved or the club touched the sand; and the brain doesn’t quite
make the mouth in time to own up.
There’s no way to justify any form of cheating and yet a USA Today survey
reported that while 99% of 410 top executives considered themselves honest
businessmen, three quarters of them admitted cheating at golf.
By the way, when confronted on the fag theft, I counter charged that my
opponent had played half the round using a performance enhancing drug.
In last Tuesday’s Royal League scratch event, Steve Polaski hit hard and
long to take first place with a gross score of 85. He was closely followed
by Kari Laukkenan and Grahame Curry, who carded 87 and 88, respectively.
With only two events left on the scratch competition calendar, Steve Polaski
is out in front, with Dennis Dobrick and Grahame Curry the only ones who can
still catch him.
The top three players in Thursday’s Stableford tournament produced their
best ever round at the Highlands. Little Man holder, Steve Belair followed
up the previous week’s success with a gross score of 83 and 41 points to put
him tied in first place with Jon Haid.
Steve took the more exciting route round the course, hitting water on more
than one occasion, but ended in style with a par on the 17th and birdie at
the last. Jon managed a steadier round of 42 on each half and 5 pars, but
both players failed to record points on a disastrous 4th hole.
Third placed Kari Sirelius has never broken 80 at the Highlands, and he’ll
be ruing missed chances at the easy par 3, 7th and a bogey on the 11th,
which kept him one stroke off achieving his aim.
Twenty two starters lined up at Mae Jo last Monday for Happy Bar Std’s
stroke play tourney, and at the end of the round, Don Petersen carded a net
70 to take first prize. One contestant, Greg, decided to tear up his card
after failing to complete the round with nothing over 5 on it. Better luck
next time Greg.
It was that man again - Don Petersen - who took first place in Wednesday’s
event with a net 72, followed closely by low handicapper David Grimble, and
Noel O’Dwyer. Nevertheless, it was a day when the less gifted players
improved their scores.
Don was at it again on Friday when he birdied the difficult par 4, 15th, and
Jimmy Catterson recorded one under on the 16th. But the honours that day
went to Dennis Woerner who scored a worthy net 67.
For more information visit www.theroyalleague.com or contact Noel on 089 256
5705 for Happy Bar Std’s. It’s worth noting that everyone’s welcome on Happy
Bar Std’s monthly Chiang Rai trip on March 21st and 22nd.
Chiang Mai Pool League: Blue Sky Bar stretch lead
In a war of attrition that ground on close to midnight, Chiang Mai Pool
League leaders, Blue Sky Bar whittled down second placed Half Moon Pub at
home, and stretched their lead at the top of the table to two clear points.
After The Moon had surged into a 2-0 lead, The Bar shifted into top gear to
take the next three frames, and the match looked set for a classic finish
when the away side leveled at the interval.
But the doubles dragged on into a drab affair, when safety took priority
over playmaking. The Bar etched out a 4-3 lead before taking a marathon
penultimate frame, and the match, when young Billy knocked in a simple black
to wake everyone up.
As the second half of the season gets well underway, the dash for the title
looks like becoming a four horse race between Blue Sky Bar, Half Moon Pub,
Inter Bar and Enjoy Place. With Inter taking a rest last Friday, Enjoy place
kept up their challenge with a victory by the narrowest of margins at home
to Blue Sky Garden.
Four points off the pace, December Bar, Oasis and The Wall face a mammoth
task in catching the leaders. December won’t be happy with their anemic
performance against a solid Wall, while Oasis gave away a 3-0 lead to a
resurgent La Villa and lost by the odd frame.
Happy Bar moved up three rungs of the ladder after an early scare, when The
Local shot into a 3-0 lead, but Jack, Gip and Eugene pulled the game back to
all square by the break. Happy kept up the momentum to take the first two
doubles and the point before The Local grabbed the last as consolation.
Elsewhere, the game was over before the doubles at Maggie’s Place, where
Number 1 Pub was 5-1 up by half time, and Rock Hard Bistro will be more than
pleased to take the point from Heaven’s Beach.
In a bottom of the table clash, Chiangers & Bangers did themselves no
favours by losing 4-5 at home to basement boys Em & Em. Em & Em stay rooted
to the bottom of the table, but they have moved one point closer to
Chiangers and The Local.
Lastly, the John Whiting and Out Back saga looks like reaching a close.
According to a reliable source, John is back in Scotland and has given every
indication that it would be a long time before he comes back to Thailand, if
Oz GP this weekend
Thunder down-under heralds the start of the 2007 Eff Wun
series, and will answer many of the questions in the enthusiasts minds over
the annual break. Will Williams have a resurgence? Can Raikkonen emulate
Michael Schumacher? Is Alonso really a champion? We will all know by Sunday
Albert Park in Melbourne is one of the longer circuits at a tad over 5 km
around. Total laps for the Grand Prix will be 58 and you can expect lap
times around the 1 min 23 mark.
Although this is a relatively new circuit, Albert Park was used in the
1950s, including two Australian Grand Prix but these did not count towards
the World Championship.
I believe Qualifying should be on the Saturday at 10 a.m. and the GP should
start around 10 a.m. Thai time Sunday, but please check your local TV feed.
ESC and Chiangmai Mail are
major sponsors for this
year’s Chiang Mai cricket sixes
Thanks to the generosity of
the Chiang Mai Cricket Sixes participants, junior cricket is thriving in
Cummins, Chiangmai Mail Special Correspondent
Spurred on by joint sponsorship from the European Security Concepts (ESC)
Chiangmai Mail, amongst many perennial supporters, the 20th edition
of the Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes, incorporating the Eighth
Sawasdee Cricket Cup for juniors, is only a two and a half weeks away.
Already there are 27 teams entered from the cricketing nations of the world
to descend on the Gymkhana Club in Chiang Mai from the first until the
seventh of April.
These 27 will vie for the four main tournaments
comprising the week-long event - the Cup, the Shield, the Bowl and the Plate
- plus six more teams in the Spoon.
Through the generosity of the Chiang Mai Cricket Sixes participants, junior
cricket is also thriving in Thailand, with many of the more promising Thai
youngsters graduating to play in some of the regional competitions.