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Phuket Sports: Stacy Lewis sizzles in record-tying opening round

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PHUKET: America’s Stacy Lewis struck a stunning nine-under par 63 to leave the rest of the field in her wake in the opening round of the Honda LPGA Thailand tournament at Siam Country Club, Pattaya Old Course yesterday. The score tied her career-low round and also the tournament record.

Lewis, who was the LPGA’s Player of the Year in 2012, raced three shots clear of second-placed Karine Icher of France who fired an excellent six-under 66.

In joint third place were veteran Scottish player Catriona Matthew, America’s Gerina Piller and the Korean duo, Inbee Park and Amy Yang, who all shot 67.

Defending champion and world No 1 , Yani Tseng of Taiwan, saw her hopes of a third successive win in Pattaya fade when she struggled with a three-over 75, 12 shots behind the leader.

Last year’s runner-up, Ai Miyazato of Japan, was in joint 10th place after shooting a three-under 69.

Lewis, ranked third in the world, was simply in sizzling form, firing an eagle and eight birdies, with just one bogey on the par-three 16th. ”It was just a great day,” she said.

”I hit the ball really well from the start and holing out for an eagle at the third really gave me the confidence I needed for the rest of the round,” she said. ”I really started swinging at it and only missed two greens all day.”

Lewis said she had a ”ton” of birdie opportunities. ”Everything went well and I even left a few birdies out there, although I’m not complaining,” she said.

She was unlucky at the 15th when her shot hit the flagstick on the fly and bounced a long way from the hole. Coincidentally, playing partner Pornanong Phatlum of Thailand had hit the actual flag with the previous shot. ”I’ve never seen that happen before back to back,” said Lewis.

The American said a new driver had also improved her play. ”I’m hitting it a little further. All in all it’s a good thing.” Lewis admitted that after being named Player of the Year there was considerable pressure on her to perform even better this year.

”That’s the hardest part. You have to keep down the expectations,” she said. ” Realistically you can’t win every week.”

Icher, ranked 33rd in the world, credited her excellent round to a brand new putter that she has only had for two days.

”Last week I played really well but I missed my putts. So I changed the putter,” she said. ”I had a much better feeling with the new putter.”

She said that a more physical training routine had also helped her, particularly with stamina and her driving.

”I have been doing a lot of cardio and strength training and that has helped,” Icher said. ” I need to be longer with my driving to be at the top.”

Piller, ranked 91, also said good putting was the key to her round.

”My irons were good,” said Piller. ”I also drove the ball well, but my putting was the difference.”

She said she had discarded a new putter she used last week and went back to her old putter from last year and it worked. ”It felt so good.” Piller said it was important to hit the fairways because the rough was really difficult.

Korea’s So Yeon Ryu , who was among three players in joint seventh place after hitting a four-under 68, said she was happy with her score considering she was suffering from an eye infection which hampered her vision.

Ryu admitted she struggled early on but ”the back nine was much better than the front.”

She thanked her playing partners, Natalie Gulbis and Candie Kung for keeping her spirits up. ” I really enjoyed playing with them. They supported me,” she said.

Ryu, who was named LPGA Rookie of the Year in 2012, admitted that like Lewis she felt some pressure following her success. ”It’s not my expectations, it’s other people’s expectations,” she said.

Miyazato, who won this tournament in 2010, said she was reasonably happy with her opening 69, but felt a bit tired. ”It was pretty tough out there,” she said. ”The rough is quite tricky, but the greens are fine and fast.”

Thailand’s big hopes, sisters Ariya and Moriya Jutanagarn both performed solidly, Ariya shooting 69 and her older sister 71.

Channel 7 TV, the main organizer of the event, will broadcast live all four days of the tournament. Tickets are available at Thai Ticket Major. There is free admission for those under 18 or over 60.

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Now you see him, now you don’t… Patong Police hunt foreigner over $30k theft

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Patong Police have yet to develop any tangible leads tracking down a foreigner who made off with US$30,000 in cash from a currency exchange booth in Kalim, north of Patong in Phuket, last Tuesday.

The man is about 168 centimetres tall with grey hair and around 60 years old, Patong police told The Phuket News.

“We have no clue what nationality he is.”

He was last seen at the currency exchange booth wearing a purple polo shirt, blue jeans and black cap. Police have checked hotels in the area, police stations across the island and Phuket Immigration, but have yet to join the dots and come up with firm leads.

“Investigators have checked CCTV in the area and collected what evidence we have but we still do not know the man’s name or where he was staying.”

The man had visited the booth several times before Tuesday, when he disappeared with the $30,000 in US banknotes, according to police.

“It was always small amounts”, he added, noting that the amounts didn’t warrant staff at the exchange booth to check the man’s passport before making the exchange.

The man arrived at the booth again at about 1pm on Tuesday, saying that he had 900,000 baht cash to exchange.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room

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The security guard of a hotel in Nai Yang, northern Phuket, 52 year old Yingyot Butsabong, from Maha Sarakham province, was found dead yesterday (October 16) in his room. Police remain mystified how the man came to grief.

A woman named Supattra received a call from the hotel he worked at and was informed that he didn’t show up at work yesterday, so she went to his apartment to check on him.

She saw that his room was locked from the inside, so used the key she had in her possession to open the room and found Yingyot laying on the floor, face down. She thought he was just sleeping so she tried to wake him up but once she flipped him, she found that he already passed away.

She immediately called Saku police, and once on the scene, police found that there was some blood on the floor. The man had a 2 centimetre wound on his left eyebrow which was deep into his skull. There was also a wound on his chin about 1 centimetre long and about a centimetre deep. His left eye had a bruise which looked like he was attacked by a hard object.

Police report that he had been dead for around four hours in the room.

The room was not ransacked and there was no sign of fighting or theft. His body has been sent to Thalang Hospital for a detailed autopsy and to look into the cause of death.

SOURCE: Phuket Hot News

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‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people

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On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.

‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people | News by The Thaiger

From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.

The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.

One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.

‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people | News by The Thaiger

One of the works created by the Happening team; a painting of HM the King Rama 9 on a huge wall (Photo credit: Chawat Chumpasan)

There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.

This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.

This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.

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