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Chiang Mai to host world class pro golfers

Chiang Mai Golf Classic begins June 30

Jason Dufner, who won the PGA Championship in 2013, is one of the featured world class pro golfers who will be taking part in the Chiang Mai Golf Classic 2014.

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The Chiang Mai Golf Classic is set to attract world class professional golfers when it begins on June 30, 2014 the Chiang Mai Governor, Wichien Puthiwinyoo announced at Chiang Mai City Hall this month.
The Chiang Mai Golf Classic was held for the first time last year and was such a success that the event has been added to the golfing world calendar. Thaweewat Thaweephon, Alpine Golf Resort Chiangmai General Manager, as the main coordinator, said that last year the competition was by many world class professional golfers such as Ernie Els, Michael Campbell, Y.E. Yang, Scott Hend and top class Thai golfers Thongchai Jaidee, Prayad Marksaeng, and Kiradech Aphibarnrat. The committee plans to invite at least 6 international pro golfers and three have already accepted: American Jason Dufner, a PGA Championship winner, South African Charl Schwartzel and American Anthony Kim.
The Governor noted that Chiang Mai was working with the Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Organization, PTT Public Company Limited, Tourism Authority of Thailand and other agencies to host the “Chiang Mai Golf Classic 2014” that will be held during June 30 to July 6 2014 at Alpine Golf Resort Chiangmai in San Kamphaeng. The Tournament helps to promote Chiang Mai as an international golfing destination. The competition is considered a major golf tournament of Asian Tour and has total prize money of 24 million baht.
The pro golfers taking part in the competition will help to promote Chiang Mai by visiting interesting Chiang Mai and Northern locations for the tournament The Chiang Mai Golf Classic will be broadcast live around the world to more than 652 million households in 180 countries.


Lanna Tigers overcome Pattaya United in 5 – 1 victory

The Tigers celebrate one of their five goals in their match against Pattaya United. Babo Mark Lauddry was the man of the match scoring two goals.

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Chiang Mai FC are always strong at home with huge support from local fans and this showed in their match against 11th placed Pattaya United FC of the Yamaha League 1 at the 700 Year Stadium on May 4, 2014.
The 10th ranked home team played aggressively with Babo Mark Lauddry scoring a goal for the Tigers in just the 6th minute of the match. The home team continued their attacking game with a second goal by Rungrath Poomchantuek in the 15th minute.
In the second half Kittipan Jantatoom scored a third goal for the Tigers in the 54th minute. Pattaya United returned the attack and Andrew Araujo scored a goal for the visitors in the 55th minute.
The Tigers remained too strong for the visiting team and scored two more goals; Babo Mark Lauddry at minute 57 and Anggello Machuca at the 85th minute giving the Tigers a resounding 5 – 1 victory over Pattaya United in the Yamaha League 1 division.
In the Tigers away game against TTM – Custom FC in Bangkok Chiang Mai FC on May 11, 2014 started out strongly in the first half with a goal by Wutthipan Pantalee scoring a goal in the 7th minute. However, in the second half the hosts scored three goals, one in the 46th minute, the 55th and the 60th minute. The Tiger’s Anggello Machuca scored the Tigers second goal in the 63rd minute but the team couldn’t catch up and lost the game. The next big match is a home game against Angthong FC which stands number one on the Yamaha League 1 table. The game took place May 17 at the 700 Year Stadium.

 


Rising junior golfer in Chiang Mai

Eight-year old local golfer is making his mark

Rising young golfer Aksel Moe won his first national title at the U.S. Kids Thailand Championship this year.

Rising eight-year old local golfer Aksel Moe starts his weekdays around 7 a.m. when he carries his golf bag to the driving range across the street from his house at Green Valley Country Club in Mae Rim. After practicing for 30- 40 minutes the third-grader gets on the van to Prem Tinsulada International School. After school Aksel works with his coach or practices short game and putting with his father. On weekends he plays in local tournaments or golfs at Green Valley or Alpine Golf Resort with his parents and seven-year old brother Jonas, who began playing junior tournaments this season.
Aksel’s efforts are paying off. He is the top ranked golfer (Boys 7-8) in the Thai Golf Association’s Upper North Region this season (2013-14) after ranking second the previous season. Aksel broke through on the national level in April at several season-ending junior championships.
He won his first national title at the U.S. Kids Thailand Championship (Boys 9) by two shots with a 36-hole score of ten over par, capped off with a final round two over par (74). Three weeks earlier Aksel finished second at the True Visions International Junior Golf Championships held at one of Thailand’s best golf courses, the Old Course at Siam Country Club Pattaya which hosts the Honda Thailand LPGA event. Aksel’s 54-hole score of one over par was highlighted by an opening round tournament-best score of five under par (67).
“Aksel excels at the hardest part of the game, which is hitting scoring shots and making putts under tournament pressure” said his coach Kitti Sornkaew. “His intelligence and athleticism are success factors and he enjoys the challenge of strong competition, even if the other players are older and bigger, which only makes him better”, he added.
Aksel and Jonas will both play in the Callaway World Junior Golf Championships in San Diego, California in July for the second consecutive year. Last year Aksel finished 30th out of 85 players with a 54-hole score of 25 over par.
The Moe family moved to Chiang Mai in 2007 from Amsterdam when his parents Erik, an American, and Alice, a Czech, stepped away from their careers as international corporate lawyers. Since arriving in Chiang Mai, Erik has golfed avidly and regularly shoots in the 70s. Alice has learned the game and plays golf on Sundays with her family. Both parents are committed to helping their sons realize their golf potential.
“We think that Chiang Mai is a fantastic golf location,” said Erik. “With golf weather every day, access to many quality courses and multi-day competitive tournaments, the boys are able to get lots of experience and learn to love the game at an early age, as well as the benefits of participating in the Thai junior golf scene. It’s not PGA Tour or bust. We just want the boys to apply themselves to the golf opportunity that they have in Chiang Mai and time will tell where it leads them,” he added.


Chiang Mai University comes in 3rd for medal tally at Angkaew Games

The 33rd OHEC Personnel Sports competitions

Chiang Mai University personnel led the field strongly in many competitions and came in third with a gold medal tally of 29 gold medals.

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The 33rd annual Angkaew Games which features University personnel from schools around the country competing in various sporting events was held at Chiang Mai University from May 1 – May 8, 2014 and saw CMU come in 3rd place in the gold medal tally with a total of 29 gold, 34 silver and 58 bronze, for a total of 121 medals.
Bangkok based university Kasetsart came in first with 58 gold, 35 silver and 31 bronze medals for a total of 124 while Mahidol University came in second with 44 gold, 41 silver and 48 bronze medals for a total of 133 medals.
The closing ceremony of Angkaew Games was held at Chiang Mai University Convention Hall, presided over by Associate Professor Pairote Wiriyacharee, Ph.D., Vice President for Administration and Human Resource Management of CMU and he also deliver the Thailand University Games’ flag to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sombat Chinawong, Vice President of Kasetsart University as hosts of next year’s 34th OHEC Personnel Sports games.


Woodball championships coming to Chiang Mai

The Thailand Woodball Association held a press conference on May 12 to announce the 7th Thailand Open International Woodball Championships, which will be held in Chiang Dao from May 19-24.

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As part of this year’s annual Air Sea Land Games, Chiang Mai will host the 7th Thailand Open International Woodball Championships from May 19-24. The competition will be held at the Woodball course in Chiang Dao district and will be divided into both team and individual events with an open field and a separate category for those aged 60 and above.
Woodball is a cross between croquet and golf and can be played on grass, sand or indoors. Players strike a ball with a wooden mallet along a course comprising of 12 separate fairways (holes). Each fairway can range in length from 30-130 meters. At the end of each fairway is a gate marked by 2 bottles through which players must strike the ball to complete the fairway. The player(s) who complete all 12 fairways in the lowest number of strokes is/are declared the winners.
The event in Chiang Dao is expected to draw up to 400 competitors from 9 countries, including Hong Kong, Indonesia, Taiwan, Poland, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand.
The Thai Woodball Association hopes to use the tournament as a qualifying eliminator to pick the national squad for the 4th Asian Beach Games that Thailand will host in Phuket later this year. Thailand has been crowned Woodball champs at all three previous Asian Beach Games.

Woodball is a unique sport featuring elements of both golf and croquet.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Chiang Mai to host world class pro golfers

Lanna Tigers overcome Pattaya United in 5 – 1 victory

Rising junior golfer in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai University comes in 3rd for medal tally at Angkaew Games

Woodball championships coming to Chiang Mai