Chiang Mai Golfers held a very successful 2007
International Challenge Cup event at the Lanna club last Tuesday, with 29
players from eight countries competing. In hot and humid conditions on a
fairly free course, the Scottish side - Scott Lumsden, David McCunnall, Jim
Catterson and Malcolm Tetley - took the honours with an average score of 72,
two strokes better than last year’s winners, the USA. Third place was
shared between Canada and England - both carding 75.
- (left to right) Scott Lumsden, David McCunnall, Jim Catterson and Malcolm
"The Kim Gilles Hole in One Prize" of Bt1,000
went home with Kim, but Warren Simpson, Kieran Savage and Scott Lumsden all
won sports shirts - sponsored by Number 1 Pub - as nearest-the-hole awards
on the par 3s. This type of event has caught the imagination and grown in
popularity, and Chiang Mai Golfers will consider staging up to 3
international challenges in future years. Rumour has it; there could be
another one as early as next December - so watch this space.
Happy Bar Std’s had a very busy programme last week -
cramming in two Chiang Mai events at Mae Jo and traveling up to higher
ground for their monthly Chiang Rai Cup.
In the Rose of the North, last Monday’s stroke play
competition was dominated by Gordon Langtry, whose handicap has been falling
like Niagara. He started the round playing off 24 - down from 30 - and after
carding a winning net 69, with six pars and a birdie, left the course with a
21 handicap. It could have dropped further had it not been for his ten on
The last two Chiang Rai Cups produced first time winners
and last week’s event saw a third in the shape of Peter Efremjan. In
slightly cooler climes at Santiburi Golf Club on Tuesday, Peter finished
leader in the clubhouse after completing a net 74, with Eric George and Noel
O’Dwyer close to his tail.
While Noel faltered on the following day, Eric began a
charge for the top, but Peter managed to stave him off with a total net
score of 150. Eric finished on 154 and Noel came third with 157.
Back in the northern capital, five golfers fought toe to
toe in Friday’s Stableford contest. Tom Ingham parred four of the first
nine, scored an eight on the 15th and then eagled the 16th. Nineteen
handicapper, Neil Alper, had 7 pars on his card, while Gordon Langtry
achieved six, which prompted yet another cut in his handicap.
Mike Nuen shot ten pars and a birdie in his round and
Noel O’Dwyer grossed 97. The outcome was a tie for first between Tom
Ingham and Mike Nuen, both with 39 points. The other three challengers were
just one point adrift.
As drunk as a lord and seeing two off the tee some years
ago, I barely remember striking my drive straight down the first and
birdying the hole. I then managed par, bogey, par, par before the hangover
kicked in and I ended the round with a 121 and heart palpitations.
So, I fully empathize with Sam Chinnapongse, who was
caught red-handed in the trees at the Highlands last Tuesday, swigging from
an early morning can of beer before the Royal League’s scratch event had
even started. Sam set off like Ernie Els - completing the first nine in 40.
But after putting his beer down and starting to concentrate, he came home
with a head-spinning 53.
Sam had led the field at the halfway stage, but finished
joint fifth at the nineteenth, leaving Grahame Curry the winner, Steve
Polaski second and Kari Sirelius and Mike Neun joint third.
For more information visit www.theroyallea gue.com,
www.chiangmai golfers.blogspot.com or ring Garry Walker on 081 032 8803 and
for Happy Bar Std’s call Noel O’Dwyer on 089 256 5705.