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Beating the heat

Dodgy equipment causes havoc at bowl

Chiang Mai Pool League

Local golfer on a winning streak

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

Chiangmai SportRoundup

Beating the heat

The picturesque 7th at Mae Jo.

Sandy Lie
On April 19th, most of the field in the Royal League’s Stableford event wilted at the Highlands in 42 degrees of sunshine, while undaunted Kim Gilles delivered a red hot performance of 42 points to secure his first tournament win since last January. Kim, whose chronic back trouble recently cleared up, moved five places up the prizewinner’s list and now faces the pain of handicap scrutiny.
Jim Gross’s playing ability has been more consistent than his attendance this season and a solid display in this competition saw him into second place with 38 points – his 4th top three placing in just 9 events.
Kari Sirelius, returning to Finland for 6 months, took 3rd place home with him, but he had to share it with Steve Polaski.
Tee times for all Royal League competitions have been moved back to 2 pm in an effort to avoid the hottest part of the day. But conditions were still uncomfortable in last Tuesday’s scratch tournament.
Nevertheless, Dennis Dobrick won the day with a respectable 84. The battle for second was closely fought between Grahame Curry and Steve Polaski, and Grahame’s 10 foot putt for par on the 18th was enough to place him runner up.
After shrugging off last Tuesday’s roasting temperatures, adaptable Dennis Dobrick responded to cooler conditions by winning his second tournament in just two days. A gross 77, net 69 on Thursday was enough to see him home and dry in the Royal League’s stroke play comp.
Jim Gross fired a net 75 to share second place with Scot Stairs, who recorded his first top 3 placing of 2007 after returning from injury.
Early starter, Neil Alper thought he’d clinched Happy Bar Std’s stroke play tourney at Mae Jo last Monday with a net 68 until final group member, Dennis Woerner, stepped into the clubhouse on 67. To make matters worse, Neil also had his handicap slashed by 2.4 strokes.
Ian Laidlow also experienced a cut in handicap after carding an outward half of 52 and a back nine of 43 at the Highlands last Wednesday. His round comprised 8 pars and a birdie, but it wasn’t enough to stop David Grimble from claiming top prize with a gross 78, net par round.
Lastly, Kim Gilles followed up his recent win at the Highlands with first time honours at Happy Bar Std’s. A winning round of net 72 at last Friday’s Mae Jo event showed Chiang Mai’s golfing fraternity that his recovery from back pain has made him a force to be reckoned with.
Kim’s sparkling performance inflicted more frustration on Neil Alper, who had to content himself with a bridesmaid’s placing yet again, and Noel O’Dwyer wound up third.
For more information visit www.theroyalleague.com, www.chiangmaigolfers.blogspot .com or ring Garry Walker on 081 032 8803 and for Happy Bar Std’s call Noel O’Dwyer on 089 256 5705.


Dodgy equipment causes havoc at bowl

Left to right: Erik, Colin, Phil and friend, and Surachot.

Sadly, the equipment at Chiang Mai’s PS Bowl gets more like Bedrock by the day. From behind the pins, dangling human hands send balls back to the bowlers, and the automatic scoring device is operated manually.
Perhaps Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble would like to join the fray in future, with clockwork computers and wind powered machinery.
After a comedy of mechanical failures, last week’s Chiang Mai Bowlers meet turned to farce when Team C changed lanes more times than a pick up on the Superhighway, and had to abandon their third frame.
Team C’s score was calculated from an aggregate of the first two frames, but nevertheless, all male Team D - Colin, Phil, Erik and Surachot, emerged victorious. Best individual scores were recorded by new face Nick with 252 and Erik on 253.
None of the bowlers have expressed a definite desire to move from PS Bowl. It’s well located, comfortable and the staff does its best under trying conditions. However, there is a consensus that things must improve, and quickly.


Chiang Mai Pool League: Top three run true to form

Pat Black
Blue Sky Bar ploughed through The Garden, Half Moon Pub brought Number 1 down to earth and Inter Bar reduced The Wall to rubble in last Friday’s Chiang Mai Pool League. And December Bar and Heaven’s Beach were the League’s only movers.

Boy (left) wins the toss for Maggie’s Place.

League leaders, Blue Sky Bar made short work of their opposition in a local derby match with Blue Sky Garden. The Bar wrapped up all six singles before The Garden marked the scoreboard, and the latter continued to wilt towards an 8-1 defeat.
This result not only kept The Bar’s 100% home record intact, but also maintained their one point lead at the top of the table. Half Moon Pub retained second spot with a 6-3 win over Number 1 Pub after going in at the break all square. But it’s worth noting that The Moon has played one more game than The Bar, and Inter Bar, who trail in third place by just 9 frames.
Faced by tough opposition, Inter went two frames down to The Wall before winning the next four. The Brickies put up some stubborn resistance by taking the first doubles, but they failed to stand up to Inter’s pressure play and cracked in the final two frames.
Meanwhile, December Bar made no mistake in taking an expected point from Rock Hard Bistro, which saw the former move above The Wall into fifth place – just one point behind Enjoy Place.
December forced their way into an unassailable 5-1 lead at the interval, and although The Rock took the first two doubles, they failed to clinch the third.
The other League mover was Heaven’s Beach, who climbed into eighth spot with a convincing win at Chokdee. Of the four new sides that joined the League this season, Heaven’s Beach, Inter Bar and Oasis are currently in the top half, while Maggie’s Place is only 3 frames below the mid table position.
Last Friday, Oasis shared the spoils for the singles points, but won the first two doubles to outpoint a fading Enjoy Place, who are hanging on to 4th slot like a worn out plaster. Maggie’s Place also put on a creditable performance against Happy Bar, who were rather flattered by the 5-4 score line. At 5-2 up, Maggie’s took their foot off the gas in the closing stages of the match.
In a bottom of the table clash, The Local did themselves a favour by beating near rivals Chiangers and Bangers and closing the gap to one point behind them and Rock Hard Bistro.


Local golfer on a winning streak

Proud winner June Wongmalee takes first in the Ladies Division at the Nike Open Golf Championship.

Suchada “June” Wongmalee won the Ladies Division at the recent Nike Open Golf Championship with a low net score of 142.
The annual two day tournament was held at the demanding Blue Canyon Resort and Country Club in Phuket.
The event attracted golfers from Thailand, Singapore and other countries.
June’s husband Veerasak is also an accomplished golfer and he happened to win the Men’s Division title three years ago at the same venue.
This was by far June’s biggest win under strict PGA format where her long and accurate drives put her ahead of the other competitors.
June now can claim two big wins as she placed first with her husband at the recent Chiang Mai-Lamphun course. Congratulations June!


Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

CH3, the oldest hash club (males) in Chiang Mai runs on Mondays every 2 weeks. If you need a lift from the H3 Pub on Moon Muang Road (corner of Soi 2) at 4 p.m. please Call 09 99 358 27 before 3 p.m. Website: http://www.geocities.com/chiangmaih3/
CUMH3 is now the most popular Male hash in Chiang Mai and pick up is every week on Tuesdays from the Fish n Chips Shop on Ratchawithee Road (tel. 053-418210). Website: http://www.geocities.com/chiangmaih3/cumh3.html
CSH3 is a mixed hash. Runs every Saturday. Pick up from H3 Pub on Moon Muang Road (corner of Soi 2) at 3.30 pm. Website: http://www.geocities.com/chiangmaih3/
Chiang Mai’s Happy H3 is a mixture of traditional values and progressive thinking. Very democratic, good runs and “on on’s” guaranteed. Pick-up from Fish ‘n Chip Shop, Ratchawitti Road, 4 p.m. every Saturday. Website: http://www.geocities.com/chiangmaih3/CH4.html
BH3 female hash (Harriettes) runs once a month on the last Sunday of the month. Pickup from H3 Pub on the corner of Soi 2 at Moon Muang Rd. is at 3.30 p.m. during the winter and 4 p.m. during the summer.
It’s great fun and you surely get value for your money plus you get to meet all the long-time expats here!



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