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Smart coming on strong in junior golf

Joy Huss
Chiang Mai resident and PTIS student Chayutpol (Smart) Kittirattanapaiboon, a Division “A” player began this year’s junior Thai golf season with three first-place wins and one third-place finish out of four consecutive events.
Smart’s upcoming 2012 - 2013 tournament schedule consists of an array of national qualifiers in which he is striving to be champion.
The popular TGA-CAT Junior Golf Ranking Tournaments are spread throughout the 2012 and 2013 seasons and open to all junior players who wish to compete. These events offer top performers the chance to qualify for the Singha Junior World Championship Qualifiers, the Asia Pacific Junior Golf Championship Qualifiers and the Junior World Golf Championship Qualifiers. Smart made a terrific comeback to take a third place finish in his July tournament at the Santiburi Country Club with a final score of 150 (80, 70). On 22 - 23 September he tightened his ranking with a first place win at the Royal Chiang Mai Golf Resort with a very impressive final day score of a three under par 69.
Smart’s string of championship wins began at this year’s Thai National Students Golf Championship Qualifier held at Stardome Golf Club on 27 – 28 August with a final round score of 145 (71,74). This event opened the door for him to qualify for the final National Students Golf Championship.
His second championship trophy was brought home at the Youth Nationals Qualifier held at Inthanon Golf Club & Resort on 10 September, marking yet another opening to the Youth Nationals Golf Championship.
“Smart’s ability to self-motivate has allowed him to build an organized and powerful golf swing. In managing this process he has developed the ability of intense focus in achieving his goals of power and precision. I could not be more proud of Smart, not only as a golfer, but also as a person,” says Coach Spike.
 


Over 13,000 people expected for National Chiang Mai Games

Two cartoon elephants are the official mascots of the Chiang Mai National Games.

Nopniwat Krailerg
With athletes and officials from 77 provinces, more than 13,500 people are expected to take part in the National Games to be held in Chiang Mai from December 9-19, 2012.
Suwirat Suwanmethakorn, Director of the Center for the Sports Authority of Thailand Chiang Mai reported on the upcoming games, noting that there were 43 different kinds of sports planned for the Games, and that progress in readying for the Games was going well. There will be a coordinator appointed for each sport.
The province has requested assistance from local governments everywhere, and noted that the people of Chiang Mai were ready to welcome the athletes and their families and supporters.


The 5th EGAT Youth Weightlifting Championships Thailand 2012

Iran took 2nd place in the men’s Youth Weightlifting Championship.

Nopniwat Krailerg
Chiang Mai Governor Tanin Subhasaen presided over the closing ceremony of the EGAT Youth Weightlifting Championships Thailand 2012 at Suksa Songkroh School in Mae Rim on October 12, 2012. The tournament was held from October 8-12,2012 with the winning men’s team from Nakhon Ratchasima Sports Municipality School Team A, 2nd place went to a team from Iran while third place went to a Nakhon Si Thammarat sports school.
Nakhon Ratchasima women took the women’s trophy while Nakhon Si Thammarat came in second and third place went to Nakhon Sawan Athletic Association team.
The 5th EGAT Youth Weightlifting Championships Thailand 2012 saw competitors compete for the cup from His Royal Highness Crown Prince. Hosted by the Thailand Amateur Weightlifting Association and Chiang Mai province, 21 different sports clubs and weightlifting teams from four countries competed; Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Iran. A total of 396 athletes and officials were involved in the contest.


Lanna Tigers lose to Sisaket in Champions League playoffs

Despite playing an attacking game, the Lanna Tigers failed to score in their match against Sisaket United.

Nopniwat Krailerg
The Lanna Tigers needed a win over Sisaket United on Saturday, October 13 at the 700 Years Stadium to propel them into Division One next year after their 3-2 loss to Rayong FC.
However, Sisaket United proved too strong and scored a penalty shot in the 45th minute after the game after the hosts played a fierce attacking game. The coach, Chaiyong Kampiam, replaced number 8Anucha Chaiwong with Aliou Seck but the Tigers still failed to score.
Preecha Khuankham scored the only goal of the match for Sisaket, the second half was scoreless although both sides played hard. Chiang Mai FC will take on Trang FC in the Champions League, Division 2, on October 22, 2012 at 700 Year Stadium at 6 p.m.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Smart coming on strong in junior golf

Over 13,000 people expected for National Chiang Mai Games

The 5th EGAT Youth Weightlifting Championships Thailand 2012

Lanna Tigers lose to Sisaket in Champions League playoffs