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Chiang Mai Junior Cricket

Smart wins Srixon-Cleveland Junior golf tournament

Chiang Mai Junior Cricket

Graeme Monaghan
The 38th Sawasdee cricket tournament was held at the Prince Royal’s College on Saturday, February 6 under the guidance of the Chiang Mai Schools cricket Alliance, and with the best five grade 6 teams playing the standard of cricket was extremely high.

The victorious Wat Doc Chan School cricket team.

As Chol Prathan Phateak School had won every competition for the past three years they were the obvious favourites. However, they received quite a shock from the Wat Doc Chan School who went on to win the tournament convincingly. The interesting thing about this school is that it consists entirely of Hill tribe boys. They were introduced to cricket less than a year ago by the diligence and enthusiasm of Chris Dodd, Martin Papworth and have come on in leaps and bounds as their recent performance indicates. They are now the team to beat.
The favourites, Chol Prathan Phateak narrowly avoided finishing third after a close fought game against Sahakorn Song from Mae On, coached by Peter Dawson; who, incidentally, was awarded the International Cricket Council Centenary Award medal for his services to cricket.
The next Sawasdee tournament is due to be held during the San Miguel Chiang Mai International Sixes on 1st and 2nd April, when 12 teams are expected to compete.

Smart wins Srixon-Cleveland Junior golf tournament

Smart (center) collects his trophy after winning
the Srixon-Cleveland Junior Golf Tournament, Sunday, January 31.

January 2010 has been a victorious month for young Thai golfer Smart, a Grade 8 student from the Prem Tinsulanonda International School in Chiang Mai.
Last month, as reported here in the Chiang Mai Mail, Smart secured his second victory in the Mercedes Trophy Junior Golf Championships. This is a seven-leg series, played at a variety of courses around Bangkok, of which Smart has now won the first and fourth events.
This is a special event because the player’s grades come into play for points in their standing. Smart’s application to his studies at school saw his name listed on the Honor Roll, again, which gives him twenty extra ranking points for each event in which he plays. His best 18 Hole score was a 2 under par 70!
Two weeks later, Smart was champion yet again after an exciting playoff finish at the Srixon-Cleveland Junior Golf Tournament. The event was held on 30-31 January at the Inthanon Golf Club and sponsored by the Northern Thailand Junior Golf Club (NTJGC).
Smart has been studying at The Prem Golf Academy for two years. After the first year of working together he lowered his handicap by 20 strokes which earned him a 50% scholarship to PTIS. Not only does he have great golfing skills, but Smart is an extremely well-rounded person with a great sense of humor and dedication to everything he does.
“He represents what I call being ‘in The Zone’,” says Coach Spike. “I’m not talking about that elusive ‘mystical zone’ so often talked about and seen as ‘unconscious’ or ‘miraculous’. I’m talking of the ‘Real Zone’ where one participates fully in everyday life with eyes and heart wide open.”

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