Chiang Mai Golf Classic brings big names to Chiang Mai
Famed South African Charl Schwartzel is
scheduled to play at the Chiang Mai Golf Classic November 10 – 16, 2014
at Alpine Golf Resort Chiang Mai.
The Chiang Mai Golf Classic is scheduled to be held from
November 10 – 16, 2014 at the Alpine Golf Resort Chiang Mai in San
Kamphaeng. Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya announced the upcoming event
at a press conference last week. The event which is being held by Chiang
Mai Province together with the Chiang Mai Provincial Administration, PTT
Public Co. Ltd and governmental and private agencies.
The event will promote golf in Chiang Mai and the upper North
internationally and give the province international exposure for
A commercial video has been made with each tennis star visiting major
sites around the province and Lamphun including Charl Schwartzel
visiting the San Kamphaeng OTOP Center, Kiradech Aphibarnrat at Wat Si
Suphan and K.T. Km visiting Lamphun’s textile factories. Retired sports
celelbrity Paradorn Srichapan also took part in the video visiting Wat
Phra That Doi Kham. The Chiang Mai PAO will host the parties at the Hor
Kham Luang Pavilion in Royal Park Ratchaphruek.
The Chiang Mai Golf Classic offers US$750,000 prizes and is part of the
Asia Tour. Alpine Golf is promising to shake things up with the addition
of new bunkers to further challenge the players. The event was
rescheduled from July, and Chiang Mai’s cool weather will go with the
breathtaking views offered by the course. Designed by Ron M. Galr, it is
nestled in a valley surrounded by the San Kamphaeng forests.
Tigers continue their top form
Still in the running for league promotion
The Tigers continued their good form with two
wins as they have high hopes for a chance at promotion to the Thai Premier
The Lanna Tigers continued their top form in the past two matches
beating rivals both home and away. The team has only three matches left in
the Yamaha League 1 2014 and are still in the running for a chance for
promotion to the Thai Premier League in their very first season in the
Ratchasima Mazda FC stands at the top of the table and has already qualified
for promotion to the Thai Premier League.
Chiang Mai FC took the game at home on October 5 handily, beating bottom of
the table visitors Sriracha FC 4 -0. Jaroonsak Somking scored in the third
minute while Kansit Premthanakoon scored the second goal only five minutes
later. Star of the match Anggello Machuca scored the two remaining goals.
Chiang Mai FC played away against 8th ranked Krabi FC on October 10, 2014.
The Tigers continued their strong form beating the Andaman Eagles 2 – 0.
Scorers in that match were Kittipan Jantatoom and Diego Oliveira Alves.
The Tigers are looking to score as many points as possible so that they can
advance up the table and earn a chance to play in the Thai Premier League
next season. Next games include a home game against 17th ranked Khon Kaen FC
on October 18, then visit 3rd ranked Bangkok FC on October 25. The last game
is at home against 7th ranked BBCU FC on the first of November.
Delia Memorial School make return visit
to Chiang Mai as new cricket season begins
Junior Cricket team members at Prem
The 2014/15 cricket season in Chiang Mai started on 1st October
after a break of less than two months as a Chiang Mai Senior League XI
took on Delia Memorial School, a touring side from Hong Kong who had
visited last year and returned to Chiang Mai to prepare for their new
season back at home.
The boys from Hong Kong were playing a Select XI drawn from the teams
that make up the Chiang Mai Senior League and the visitors proved too
strong for the home side in the two 20-over matches that started their
Richard Cowles won the toss in the first match and chose to bat first on
a sunny morning with the ground at Prem having made a remarkable
recovery from a storm that had left the ground flooded only two days
earlier. Openers, Tariq and Wani, were both undone by impressive opening
bowler Waqas Khan and it was left to Martin Cardno to hold the innings
The visitors found batting rather easier as opener Akbar Khan reached an
unbeaten fifty and was given good support from Sheryar (23) and Waqas
(21). Choo took a wicket as Chanchai took a good catch and Wani took a
wicket with his first ball, but Chanchai was the most impressive bowler
as he only conceded 16 from his four overs.
Delia Memorial School recorded an eight-wicket victory with 3.4 overs to
spare but the home side would have another chance in the afternoon when
the second match got underway with Delia Memorial School winning the
toss and electing to bat. The boys had changed their batting order but
this only gave the chance to Sarfaraz Khan to open the innings and he
played an excellent innings of 71 with 3 sixes and 9 fours.
DMS looked on course for a big total but 14-year-old Nok came on to bowl
and showed she was perfectly capable of bowling to the boys as she
claimed four wickets for 23 and dismissed all three Khans, Sarfaraz,
Akbar and Waqas, the leading players in the visiting team.
She impressed the opposition, her team-mates and all who were watching
including David Buck who runs the Cricket Academy at Prem and is a good
judge of cricketing ability. Young Nok is one of the most promising
juniors in the country and may soon get her chance with the Thailand
She also fielded well as she caught a catch and almost added a run out
to her afternoon’s work but she could not prevent DMS reaching a useful
total of 142 for 7. A position of 61 for six in the 10th over looked
fairly terminal but somehow the home side stayed in the match as
Bunchuai, pushing the singles, and Richard Cowles, finding the boundary
added a fifty partnership for the seventh wicket.
It has to be said that the home side were helped by a remarkable 49
extras with numerous wides and no balls from the boys but the match went
into the last over. Cowles had just been bowled for 32 and neither
Bunchuai nor Choo could hit the fours and sixes that would have taken
the match to the wire. Delia Memorial School won by nine runs to gain
their second victory of the day and the home side would need to raise
their game in the Saturday’s 40-over match.
Martin Cardno was determined that the Chiang Mai side made up almost
exclusively of Chiang Mai Lanna CC members and their juniors would win
the third and final match of Delia Memorial School’s tour, The side
representing the Chiang Mai Senior League looked to be coasting to
victory as Cardno and Wani both played some fine attacking shots as the
home side reached 171 for 3 but Cardno having just completed his fifty
called his partner through for a risky single and the direct hit that
ended Wani’s innings on 34 looked to have changed the course of the
Earlier in the day when DMS had won the toss and chosen to bat first
they had looked to be on course for a big total in perfect conditions at
the Prem Oval as Shakir and Waqas produced a century partnership for the
second wicket. They were made to work hard by some very tidy seam
bowling from Ismail, Johnson and 16-year-old Chanchai. The boys from
Hong Kong had looked on course for a total close to 250 but a target of
208 remained within the home side’s reach and they were given the
perfect start by their openers and Martin Cardno was able to play the
Chiang Mai cricket had again given a good account of itself against a
touring side who already have asked to make another visit next year and
it was encouraging for local cricket that the juniors had done so well
and that two new recruits had played their parts in a very satisfying
victory for the home side.
Asian Games gold medalist returns home to accolades
Chiang Rai native Butsabakorn Sukpan returned home to a hero’s welcome
after winning the gold medal in golf in the 17th Asian Games in Incheon,
South Korea. She was awarded a certificate by the government, prize
money and a victory jacket by Pongsak Wangsamer, Chiang Rai Governor who
was joined by Bussarin Worapattananan, President of Chiang Rai PAO,
Amorn Aryupan, Director of Sports Authority of Thailand Chiang Rai
Province Center, and government and private officer and Chiang Rai
residents as she arrived at the King Mengrai Monument on October 7,
2014. The golfer is the daughter of Arkom Sukpan, Muang Chiang Mai
District Chief Officer and his wife Kannika. Thailand came in sixth with
12 gold medals, 7 silver medals, 28 bronze medals, for a total 47