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Chiang Mai Golf Festival tees off next weekend

MMA Chiang Mai takes 1st at Nevertap 2 Grappling Tournament

Chiang Mai Golf Festival tees off next weekend

Organizers of the “Chiang Mai Golf Festival 2010” announce the new tournament at a press conference held at the Kantary Hills Hotel on Tuesday, April 20.

Chiang Mai Mail Reporters

The Northern region is set for its very own amateur golf tournament with the announcement of the “Chiang Mai Golf Festival 2010”, which will be held through May –June this year at selected golf courses in and around Chiang Mai and Lamphun provinces.

Charlermsak Suranant, Director of TAT Chiang Mai Office, one of the principal organizers of the competition, said this great event is being supported by Chiang Mai Provincial Authority, Chiang Mai Tourism Business Association and the Thai Golf Course Association, and will provide a challenge to help stimulate or boost sport and tourism during the low season. Chalermsak said he wants to show off Chiang Mai as a potential major “golf destination” in the kingdom.

The Maejo Golf Club and Resort will be host to the first leg of the tournament on Saturday, May 1. (Photo/Maejo Golf Club & Resort)

“A price of only 800 baht per person will be offered for every golf course involved in the event,” said the TAT Director. “The golf competition will be held on every Saturday, starting from May 1 and will run until Saturday, June 26. It will take place at nine of the twelve selected golf courses in the area,” he said.

Charlermsak continued by saying he hoped the Chiang Mai Golf Festival 2010 would raise the profile of golf in the northern region and attract more Asian golfers and families to the area from Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan, however, he stressed that the tournament is open to everyone who wants to take part.

TAT also plans to push up this event to be in the Thailand tourism calendar and hopes this competition will become an annual major event, Charlermsak added.

A cost of 900 baht will be levied on Saturday competition days to include green fee and dinner (caddy fee not included). Meanwhile all twelve of the participating golf courses, which are listed in the table below, are offering the cut price green fee rate of 800 baht on a daily basis for the duration of the event.

The format each Saturday for the competition will be Stroke-play with 3 flights for the Men and a separate Ladies flight. The event kicks off at the Maejo Golf Club and Resort on Saturday, May 1, with a shotgun start at 12.00 p.m. and presided over by the TAT Chairman, Wichai Srikwan.

For more information, call 053-248604, 053-248607 from 8.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. or TAT Call Center Tel. 1672 from 8 a.m. -8 p.m. or visit the official tournament website at www.chiangmaigolffestival.net

Chiang Mai Golf Festival 2010
(Participating courses & contacts)

Alpine Golf Resort
: www.chiangmaigolf.com, Tel. +66 (0) 5388 0888
Summit Green Valley
: www.chiangmaigreenvalley.com, Tel. +66 (0) 5329 8220-3
The Royal Chiang Mai
: www.royalchiangmai.com, Tel. +66 (0) 5384 9301-6
Lanna Golf Course
: www.golflanna.com, Tel. +66 (0) 5322 1911
Maejo Golf Club
: www.maejogolfclub.com, Tel. +66 (0) 5335 4431-2
Gymkana Golf Course
: Tel. +66 (0) 5324 1035
Gassan Khuntan Golf & Resort
: www.gassangolf.com, Tel. +66 (0) 5350 7006-9
Gassan MarinaGolf Club
: www.gassangolf.com, Tel: +66 (0)53 963 202-4
Star Dome Golf Club
: www.stardomegolfclub.com, Tel. +66 (0) 5328 0629
Chiang Mai Highlands
: www.chiangmaihighlands.com, Tel. +66 (0) 5326 1354–9
Chiang Mai Inthanon Golf:
www. chiangmaiinthanongolfresort.com, Tel. +66 (0) 5326 7115-6
Gold Canyon Country Club
: Tel. +66 (0) 5356 0333

MMA Chiang Mai takes 1st at Nevertap 2 Grappling Tournament

With the meteoric rise in popularity of the UFC (The Ultimate Fighting Championships), mixed martial arts, or MMA has become a hot commodity. MMA gyms have appeared all over the world to meet the rising demand of people interested in getting fit, having fun, and learning a new skill.

Double gold medal winners, Pedro Schmall and Krzystof Hajtalowicz, from the MMA Chiang Mai gym.

Up until very recently, anybody interested in pursuing this exciting sport in Thailand would have had to live in Bangkok or Phuket. With all of its many Muay Thai camps, Northern Thailand had nothing to offer in the way of MMA or grappling. Thanks to MMA Chiang Mai, a brand new gym opposite the Chiang Mai train station, this is no longer the case.

On March 27, MMA Chiang Mai made waves in the ocean side city of Phuket, the home of the Nevertap Asia 2 Grappling Tournament. Representing the fledgling mixed martial arts gym from Chiang Mai were Pedro Schmall and Krzystof Hajtalowicz, who battled their way to first place in the light heavy weight and welter weight divisions respectively.

Pedro is the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor at MMA Chiang Mai. He received his black belt from Royler Gracie and has been teaching and competing in BJJ for 20 years.

The tournament, sponsored by Tiger Muay Thai and held at their training complex in Phuket, drew over 50 competitors from all over the world.

If you are interested in finding out more about the tournament or about mixed martial arts in Chinag Mai, check out www.mma chiangmai.com.



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