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.
left to right, Nang, Pim and Nong, with Phil H. at the back. (Story on page
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
(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
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
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:
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:
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:
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!