Chiang Mai Golf Festival 2010
The 4th round of the Chiang Mai
Golf Festival Championship 2010 was held at the Royal Chiang Mai Golf
Resort on Saturday, May 22 and was once again well attended by golfers
in the area.
Warin Poonsiriwong, left,
chairman of the Royal Chiang Mai Golf Resort, presents a prize to the
winner of Overall Low Gross, Worachart Soikham, following the 4th round
of the Chiang Mai Golf Festival Championship 2010.
The Overall Low Gross champion on the day was
Worchart Soykhgam who shot a fine score of 75 off the stick.
Taking top prize in the A Flight was Sa-ard
Chormngarm with a gross 77, while Khachen Boonwong took the net prize
with net a 70 on count back ahead of Prakai Thongkhamkoon .
B Flight honours went to Komon Rakkid with a gross 79
and Supoj Chumpol edged out Aphichart Chobthammuan for the net prize,
both on net 70.
Werner Jung shot the low gross of 86 to win the C
Flight after Krasae Kritdamnoenkitch took the net award with another
round of net 70.
Finally in the Ladies field it was a good day for
Chanjira Nongkaew who fired a gross 80 off her 13 H/cap to head the
flight and she was followed in by the net winner Arisara Vejkama and
runner up Sa-ngob Panyatrong.
The next round of the Chiang Mai Golf Festival
Championship will take place on Saturday, May 29 at the Gold Canyon
Country Club in Lamphun. An updated report of the competition will be
published in the next issue of Chiang Mai Mail.
Chainat FC keeper Mballa Zambo
(22) comes out to collect
a cross as Chiang Mai pile on the pressure in the second half.
Chiang Mai FC lost out on a golden chance to go top of
the Division 2 Northern Region league table last week when they were beaten
2-1 at home by current league leaders Chainat FC at a packed Municipal
Stadium on Sunday, May 23.
With both teams level on points going into the game,
Chiang Mai were happy to see the return of Sarun Sridej and Anucha
Chaiyawong from injury while the visitors were able to field a full strength
team including the dynamic duo of Sanor Longsawang and Chaiwuth Wattana.
Knowing the importance of the game, the hosts got off to
the worst possible start when they conceded a penalty inside the opening 5
minutes after Prawit Pamornphol was adjudged to have fouled Chainat forward
Hor-jarern inside the area. Aboubacar Sanogo calmly stepped up to dispatch
the kick past the Chiang Mai goalkeeper Phansa Meesattham and give Chainat
an invaluable early lead.
Egged on by the vocal home support, the Tigers tried to
exert some authority on the game and they were unlucky not to equalize on a
couple of occasions, the first when Chaiwong shot just wide from long
distance and the second, 5 minutes later, when Zambo in the Chainat goal
failed to hold onto a free kick from Anucha and the ball was only cleared to
safety after Chiang Mai’s Benjamin appeared to be fouled in the box on the
Referee Boonlue Joymee turned down the home side’s appeal
for a penalty, much to the disappointment and disbelief of the Tiger players
Despite enjoying the majority of possession for most of
the opening half hour, Chiang Mai suffered another decisive blow when
Chainat’s Hor-jarern controlled the ball on the right flank and crossed
beautifully for Thanongsak Promdard to head home past Meesattham and make
the score 2-0.
Not to be dispirited, the hosts fought back and gained a
foothold back in the game just before half time after a great left foot
cross shot from midfielder Nattapong Suk-ngarm found the bottom corner of
the visitors’ net. Indeed the Tigers very nearly grabbed an equalizer in
first half injury time but Chaiyawong shot just wide when well placed inside
the Chainat penalty area.
The crowd, which included prominent Thai football
officials Wimol Kanjana and Anucha Nakasai, were regally entertained at half
time by several finalists from the Isuzu E Series modeling contest who came
on to the pitch and performed a colorful dance routine to the enjoyment of
Chiang Mai were forced to take off the injured goalkeeper
Meesattham in the second half and the replacement keeper Theerasak Kawichai
was called on early to produce a super save to deny Chainat’s Thanongsak
Promdard following a fierce shot on the run.
In the 75th minute tempers boiled
over on both sides after a tussle between Chiang Mai’s Suk-ngarm and Chainat
forward Aboubacar Sanogo, which resulted in a melee of players getting
involved in some unnecessary confrontation. After order was restored some 5
minutes later, referee Joymee decided that Panuwat Art-in of Chiang Mai and
Traore of Chainat were the major culprits and issued them both with red
Down to 10 men per side, Chiang Mai strove manfully for
the equalizing goal but it proved to be elusive and the game ended in favour
of the visitors who consolidated their position at the top of the league.
It proved to be a doubly bad weekend for Chiang Mai after
Pichit FC had earlier on Saturday won their home match against Singburi FC
and thus assumed second position in the league. Only the top two teams will
proceed to the regional playoffs at the end of the season.
Chiang Mai’s last fixture before the mid-season break was
due to be played on Saturday, May 29 away at struggling Phayao FC. A full
update will be provided in next week’s Chiang Mai Mail.
A bright spot for both sets of
supporters as the finalists of the Isuzu E Series modeling contest strut
their stuff during the half time break.