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Better working order

Rain soaked Jack takes Little Man

Chiang Mai Pool League

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

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Better working order

After last week’s mechanical disasters at PS Bowl, Chiang Mai Bowlers experienced a vast improvement at the venue during this Wednesday’s meet. Most of the heavy machinery was in better working order this time, but a number of computers were still on the blink. Not 100% yet at PS Bowl, but hopefully we’re getting there.

Ladies left to right, Nang, Pim and Nong, with Phil H. at the back. (Story on page 19)
Whatever, the scoring on this occasion was high, with a big percentage of a sizable field beating handicap. Erik’s 231, Nong’s 232 and Phil H. coming in with a 243 are worth noting, but top performance of the day went to Pim, who scored a marvelous straight 222, 299 with handicap.
As Phil H. and Nong were Pim’s teammates – ably supported by Nang – this quartet ran away with first prize. In fact, only one frame missed handicap from the 12 they played.
Anyone who wants to join Chiang Mai Bowlers is welcome. Just turn up before 3.30 pm at PS Bowl any Wednesday and ask for Les.


Rain soaked Jack takes Little Man

(left to right) Roger Mack, Ron Tyre, Gordon Langtry, Malcolm Tetly, and Gordon Bell.

Sandy Lie
After the drought, enter the floods, as heavy rain thundered down on the Royal League’s Little Man event at the Highlands last Thursday. Weather conditions are an integral part of golf – just ask anyone who’s played a links in Scotland on a windy day, or a mountain course in low cloud – and a true golfer would prefer to leave the wife than quit before the 18th.
Nevertheless, last week’s spot of rain reduced a field of ten to six, leaving Jack Cooper to lift the coveted Little Man for the second time in his playing career. But he was made to fight all the way by needing to chip and one putt on the last and stave off Grahame Curry’s challenge.
Steve Belair, who was one of two players braving the worst of the weather in waterproof gear, came home to tie in second place with Grahame.
Ironically, since the Royal League changed their tee off time to 2 pm in order to avoid the heat of the day – it started raining. Whatever, golfers interested in playing at the Highlands on May 10th should prepare for a 1 pm start.
In Tuesday’s warmer environment, a Chiang Mai Golfers’ field of 22 went into stroke play battle at the Lanna course, and Roger Mack came in home and dry with a winning net score of 67.
Meanwhile, Ron Tyre shared the honours with Gordon Bell in the Stableford part of the competition - both scoring 35 points. Second place was also tied between Gordon Langtry on a reduced handicap of 22 and Malcolm Tetley, who recently broke 100 for the first time at the Gymkhana.
Happy Bar Std’s were back on the road this week, and on the first day of the Chiang Rai Cup at Santiburi, Stableford scores ranged from Peter Robert’s and Don Peterson’s 34 points to Noel O’Dwyer’s self confessed beer induced 23. On day 2 at Waterford, Don soared ahead of Peter by 4 points on the front nine, but Peter reversed the situation on the way back and both players ended joint winners on a total of 71.
In Happy’s regular weekly events, Little Man Champ Jack Cooper ran away with Monday’s stroke play tourney with a net 68, which included an eight on the par 4, 15th. Consequently, Jack’s handicap has been reduced to 9.1 from 10.9.
Jack’s double winning performance last week was equaled by Don Peterson at the Highlands, where his net 70 landed the stroke play competition to go with the Chiang Rai Cup. Hong Kim made second, three shots behind, and Tom Ingham’s 74 put him third.
Lastly, the rain caught up with the happy crowd at Mae Jo on Friday, when 21 brave hearts found the going tough. However, Mike Nuen got his head down to card a winning net 69, five strokes ahead of his nearest rivals, Ian Laidlow and Brian Holden.
Three skins were won on the day – two by Kim Gilles and the other going to David Cameron.
For more information contact 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.


Chiang Mai Pool League: Bar fails to capitalize while Inter succeeds

Pat Black
While Half Moon Pub sat out of this week’s Chiang Mai Pool League proceedings, due to Out Back’s sudden departure, Blue Sky Bar failed to capitalize as Inter Bar took full advantage of the situation.

Paul (left) and Tong of Oasis.

Going into their match at December Bar as league leaders, Blue Sky Bar characteristically shot into a 2-0 lead by beating two of the home side’s strongest players. But December’s lesser mortals met the challenge by taking the rest of the singles and two of the doubles to inflict Blue Sky Bar with their 4th defeat of the season.
Meanwhile, Inter Bar scraped home in a game of nip and tuck against Maggie’s Place to topple Blue Sky off the top of the ladder and move into pole position by just one frame. Maggie’s gave it all they’d got to take the game to the wire, but Inter held on in championship style to run out 5-4 winners.
With 6 weeks left of the season and only one point separating the top three sides, home wins for the following trio have left them with a mathematical chance of glory. While December’s dramatic win keeps them in 5th spot, six points adrift, Enjoy Place returned to form against Rock Hard Bistro to stay 4th and five points off the pace.
The struggling Bistro forged a 2-1 lead in the singles and went into the break all square with Enjoy. But their dismal away record stayed intact when they blew out in all the doubles. And The Wall maintained 6th position, six points behind the leaders, with an academic victory against newly named Chokdee.
At the other end of the table, The Local left Em & Em firmly rooted at the foot of the league with a comfortable 7-2 triumph. But despite winning their last two matches and moving level on points with Rock Hard Bistro and Chiangers and Bangers, The Local is rumoured to be struggling to find players and may drop out of next season.
And Chiangers and Bangers, who have also scratched around to form a team this term, did little to help their cause by going down 2-7 to a rampant Blue Sky Garden.
Elsewhere, Number 1 Pub threw away a 4-0 lead to lose 4-5 to Heaven’s Beach. And Happy Bar almost followed suit when letting a 4-2 advantage over Oasis go to a deciding frame.
While Number 1 can rightly claim to have one of the best tables in the League and Heaven’s Beach a possible worst, The Beach boys have shown their worth by winning as many matches away as at home, and now stand 8th in their very first season.
Over at Happy Bar, the home side had to rely on girls – Gip and Jeab – to turn a 2-2 score line into a 4-2 lead. And after the men failed miserably to figure in the first two doubles, it was the ladies again who came to the rescue.
Next Friday, Blue Sky Bar’s 100% home record comes under threat from Enjoy Place, while Inter Bar faces a tricky away fixture at Oasis. And Half Moon Pub entertains The Local.


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!