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Russia tastes Cup success at inaugural Chiang Mai Tens

Chiang Mai welcomes 15th University Games

T.C. Chen wins PTT Thailand Senior Open 2010

Russia tastes Cup success at inaugural Chiang Mai Tens

The Cup losing finalists Chiang Mai Tigers are still all smiles after the game.

Chiang Mai Tigers Rugby Club and Citylife Chiang Mai were pleased to welcome all rugby lovers to the 1st Chiang Mai Rugby Tens Tournament held over the weekend November 27-28 at the rugby field of The Prince Royal’s College in Chiang Mai.

The tournament brought teams from all over Thailand such as the Pattaya Panthers, Phuket Vagabonds, The Old Bangkok Bangers, Goosers, Thonburi University, and a local team from The Prince’s Royal College, as well as an overseas contingent in the form of the GU ‘Doverie’ team from Russia, who all came together in a celebration of rugby and sporting spirit.

The college rugby field was presented in exceptional condition and the tournament organizers received unstinting support from the school.

A big thank you also goes to the Chiang Mai residents who came along in large and vocal numbers to watch the rugby over the two days and help to make this inaugural event a great success. The feedback from all involved has been very positive and the organizers have pledged to turn this into an annual event with teams from Australia and New Zealand already penciled in for next year.

To the tournament itself, and after two days of colourful and thoroughly entertaining Tens rugby, it seemed the long trip taken by the GU ‘Doverie’ team was well worth the effort as they overcame some spirited to opposition from the Chiang Mai Tigers to record a 14-7 win in the showcase Cup final, having earlier disposed of Thonburi University 22-0 in the semis in a comprehensive exhibition of running rugby.

In the Plate final, some local honor was restored when the host team, Prince Royal’s College, ran out 17-10 winners over the experienced and well known Bangkok Bangers.

A tournament of this nature obviously cannot go ahead without some generous help from sponsors and in this regard a great deal of thanks and appreciation goes from the organizers and players to Citylife Chiang Mai, Majestec, The U.N. Irish Pub, Athena Siam Limited, On Smooth Thai, Chang, Rajavej Chiang Mai Hospital, Pole Star, Nam Man Muay and Green Bus. This tournament would not have happened without their generous contributions.

Everyone is now looking forwards to another successful Chiang Mai Rugby Tens Tournament next year!

The victorious GU ‘Doverie’ team from Russia
with the Citylife Chiang Mai Tens rugby Cup.

Chiang Mai welcomes 15th University Games

The organizing committee of the 15th ASEAN University Games gather at a press conference for the event at Chiang Mai University on December 8.

Phitsanu Thepthong

The ASEAN University Games 2010 was scheduled to kick off in grand style this week with the opening ceremony taking place at Maejo University on Wednesday, December 15.

Sportsmen and women from 11 ASEAN nations are taking part in the sporting jamboree which will last until December 23. About 5,000 athletes and their support staff will compete in various disciplines including badminton, basketball, football, swimming, volley ball, beach volley ball, taekwondo, table tennis, karate, golf, petanque, takraw, track & field, tennis, bowling and panchak silat.

The 700 Year Stadium in Chiang Mai, Maejo University, Monfort and Prince’s Royal College, North Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai University, Payap University and UFO Bowl –are being utilized to stage the various competitions.

The organizing committee has set aside some 64 million baht to put on the event which for the first time will feature representatives from all the nations within the ASEAN umbrella.

Chiang Mai was the venue for the inaugural University Games in 1980 and Thailand has since hosted the biennial event on two other occasions; 1988 at Burapha University near Pattaya and 1996 at Ramkamhaeng University in Bangkok.

T.C. Chen wins PTT Thailand Senior Open 2010

Taiwan’s T.C. Chen, seated left, holds the winner’s cheque following the third and final round of the PTT Thailand Senior Open 2010 at Royal Chiang Mai Golf Resort.

The PTT Thailand Senior Open 2010 was held at the Royal Chiang Mai Golf Resort in beautiful Chiang Mai from December 1-4. The course conditions were perfect, the skies were blue and sunny, and the players delivered accordingly.

Taiwan’s T.C. Chen played some very solid golf with rounds of 68, 64 and 74. He led the field right from the start and after Day-2 he was leading with 12 under par total that put him 8 strokes in front of fellow Taiwanese player and nearest challenger Chen Tsang Te.

Despite a closing round 2-over par score on Day 3, Chen hung on to top spot to finish on 10 under par and two strokes up on Chung Chun Hsing (-8) from Taiwan and three ahead of Jee Tae Hwa(-7) from Korea.

Top ranked Thai players were Choompol Chamchen and Nopajuk Meesom, both tied for 4th place with 5 under par after three days of great golf.

Preceding the main event at the Royal Chiang Mai Golf Resort was a Pro-Am tournament on December 1 featuring twenty amateur teams of four who were given the chance to play a round with of golf with a Senior Tour player.

Representing Chiang Mai’s very own Three-Generation Golf Academy (TGGA) and the PTIS International School were Team Elite players Tapat (Es) Wittayakom (Grade 10) and Chayutpol (Smart) Kittirattanapaiboon (Grade 9) along with cricket coach, Englishman David Buck and PTIS operations staff, Australian Rod Driscoll. Teamed up with PGA Senior Tour player Don Leary from Perth, Australia, they appeared to be a well-rounded team with handicaps ranging from 0 to 27.

It’s white-knuckle time for most amateurs teeing it up for the nerve-wracking first shot from the championship tees under the watchful eye of a Tour Player, but with this group one felt as if they were out for a weekend round of golf such was the easy going camaraderie that Don Leary established early on in the day.

Es and Smart, the only junior golfers who entered the Pro-Am event, played with ease and confidence. Their combined tournament experience and golf talent contributed to the team winning not only the team event, but also Es taking home the individual amateur trophy for his gross round of 75.

Team Elite players Tapat (Es) Wittayakom and Chayutpol (Smart) Kittirattanapaiboon with David Buck, Rod Driscoll and PGA Senior Tour player Don Leary.