Hua Hin, Thailand, July 21: Wonder kid Phachara Khongwatmai became the youngest winner of a professional golf tournament today when he triumphed in the US$65,000 Singha Hua Hin Open on the ASEAN PGA Tour.
The 14-year-old amateur from Thailand stunned a formidable field, which included most of his country’s top players, after marching to a four-stroke victory following a final round four-under-par 67.
Phachara, who led by two at the start of the day, finished with a four-round aggregate of 13 under par at Royal Hua Hin Golf Course – the country’s oldest course providing the back drop for its young winner.
Hua Hin, Thailand, July 20: Thailand’s Phachara Khongwatmai, just 14 years old, sensationally took the third round lead in the Singha Hua Hin Open today.
The amateur revelation fired an even-par 71 at Royal Hua Hin Golf Course to lead the ASEAN PGA Tour event on nine under par.
He has a two shot lead over his compatriot Sutijet Kooratanapisan, who also carded a 71.
A stroke further back are two of Thailand’s leading golfers Namchok Tantipokhakul, who shot a 70, and Prom Meesawat, the Hua Hin native in with a 73.
Hua Hin, Thailand, July 19: Taiki Hara stormed into the lead at the Singha Hua Hin Open today with a second round seven-under-par 64.
The 23-year-old, whose father is Japanese and mother from Thailand, moved to 10 under for the US$65,000 tournament for a one stroke lead over Thai amateur Phachara Khongwatmai.
Phachara returned a 67 at Royal Hua Hin Golf Course.
Prom Meesawat, one of The Kingdom’s premier players who hails from Hua Hin, came in with a 69 to lie two off the lead.
Hua Hin, Thailand, July 18: Thailand’s Jitti Sritanapol upstaged big-name players to take the first round lead in the Singha Hua Hin Open on the ASEAN PGA Tour.
The little-known golfer fired a seven-under-par 64 at Royal Hua Hin Golf Course in the US$65,000 tournament.
A quartet of his country’s premier players, Prom Meesawat, Chawalit Plaphol, Pariya Junhasavasdikul, and Annop Tangkamolprasert, are in hot pursuit after shooting 65.
Amateur Phachara Khongwatmai is in sole possession of sixth a shot further back.
Hua Hin, Thailand, July 17: Golden oldie Prayad Marksaeng – a role model for aspiring Asian players – will chase his sixth title of the season at this week’s inaugural Singha Hua Hin Open on the ASEAN PGA Tour.
The remarkable career of the 47-year-old Thai will come full circle tomorrow when he tees up at Royal Hua Hin Golf Course, the track where he hit his first golf ball with a rudimentary club on his way to primary school.
Prayad developed into one of the best players in Asia and age has not slowed his success rate with five victories on home soil this season, including the prestigious Thailand Open on OneAsia and the Singha Esan Open, the opening event of the ASEAN PGA Tour’s 2013 schedule.
Penang, June 15: Shaaban Hussin will celebrate his birthday tomorrow in fine style. The 33-year-old came from behind to win the PGM-ASEAN PGA Penang Classic today and did so with three strokes to spare.
With a performance that matched his career best score, the Malaysian international was bogey-free on the final day as he finished the tournament on 18-under 270. He started the fourth round at Penang Golf Resort in Bertam two shots off the lead and fired a final round seven-under 65.
Penang, Malaysia, June 11: The PGM-ASEAN PGA Penang Classic tees-off tomorrow at Penang Golf Resort marking the second time this season the ASEAN PGA Tour has joint sanctioned an event with the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour.
The US$60,000 tournament is the fifth event of the year on the ASEAN PGA Tour and as expected boasts a strong Malaysian field as well a wealth of leading names from abroad.
Airil Rizman, Sukree Othman, R. Nachimuthu, and Kenneth De Silva lead the Malaysia challenge while also playing are Indonesian number one Rory Hie, and Mars Pucay and Ferdie Aunzo from the Philippines.
Singapore, June 7: Singapore made a strong start to the Prudential Causeway Trophy today against Malaysia after finishing the first day with 4 points against Malaysia’s 2.
Six Foursomes were played on the World Classic Course at Laguna National Golf & Country Club with Singapore winning three, Malaysia claiming one while two games were halved.
This year marks the inaugural staging of this Ryder Cup-style tournament and sees a wealth of ASEAN PGA Tour players competing.
In one of the matches of the day Singapore’s Quincy Quek and Marc Kawasoe beat the Malaysian duo of R. Nachimuthu and Shaaban Hussin by two holes after a thrilling finish.