Prayad Prevails in Gripping Play-off

Khon Kaen, Thailand, February 17: Veteran Thai Prayad Marksaeng drew on his long years of experience as a professional to seal victory in the US$100,000 Singha Esan Open at the fifth playoff hole on Sunday.

The 47 year old saw off challenges from countrymen Thanyakon Khrongpha, a two-time winner on the ASEAN PGA Tour, and Sattaya Supupramai and Thailand-based Korean Baek Seuk-hyun after the quartet finished regulation play tied on 14-under 274 at Singha Park Golf Club.

Prayad, co-overnight leader with Antonio Lascuna of the Philippines, endured a difficult day but his even-par 72 proved good enough to get him into sudden death after Sattaya blew his chances of outright victory by bogeying the final two holes. Lascuna slumped to a 74 and finished joint sixth.
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Prayad and Lascuna dead level

Khon Kaen, Thailand, February 16: Golden oldies Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand and Filipino Antonio Lascuna set up a final-day shootout in the US$100,000 Singha Esan Open after contrasting rounds on Saturday.

Prayad, a six-time winner on the Asian Tour who celebrated his 47th birthday last month, rode a hot putter to a 66 to join 42-year-old Lascuna, who had a day to forget on the greens en route to a 70, in the lead on 14-under-par 202.

The duo are three strokes ahead of Sattaya Supupramai (70) and Thanyakon Khrongpha (69) in the season-opening event on the ASEAN PGA Tour at Singha Park Golf Club.

Prayad closed the gap on Lascuna, who held a three-shot overnight advantage over the field, thanks to six birdies including one at the last which saw him grab a share of the lead.
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In form Lascuna sets pace

Khon Kaen, Thailand, February 15: Antonio Lascuna of the Philippines set himself up for back-to-back wins on the ASEAN PGA Tour on Friday when he took a three-stroke halfway lead following a second successive 66 at the Singha Esan Open.

Lascuna ended a long wait for his first Tour win with victory at the 2012/13 season-ending Sabah Masters last month and has continued his rich vein of form at the testing Singha Park Golf Club.

He leads countryman Mars Pucay, the joint overnight leader who added a 70 to his opening 65, and the Thai duo of Sattaya Supupramai and amateur Chirat Jirasuwan in with matching 66s.
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Pucay pounces in Esan

Khon Kaen, Thailand, February 14: Two-time ASEAN PGA Tour champion Mars Pucay of the Philippines sizzled to a seven-under-par 65 to lead the season-opening Singha Esan Open with three rookies, including two of his countrymen, after a low-scoring first round on Thursday.

Pucay, twice a winner during the Tour’s inaugural season in 2007, was joined at the top of a crowded leaderboard by teenage compatriot Clyde Mondilla, a former Philippine Amateur Open champion, American-educated Carl Santos-Ocampo and the unheralded Kittiroj Chantharothai of Thailand.

Kittiroj, out in the morning session, birdied the final hole to head celebrated Thais Prayad Marksaeng and Thammanoon Sriroj by a shot. In the afternoon, the duo were joined by Filipino Antonio Lascuna, who won the 2012/2013 season-ending Sabah Masters last month, and Thailand’s Panuphol Pittayarat, in with matching 66s.
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Tour set for 2013 season opener

Khon Kaen, Thailand, February 13: Some of the most outstanding prospects in the region will pit their skills against Asian number one Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand at the Singha Esan Open, the season-opening event on the ASEAN PGA Tour, this week.

Indonesia’s Rory Hie, third last year, Annop Tangkamolprasert of Thailand, winner of the Gowa Classic in Indonesia last November, and fast-rising Singaporean Choo Tze Huang are amongst the young guns looking to shoot down former champion Thaworn, the Masters-bound 46-year-old who lifted four international titles in a quite extraordinary 2012.

Filipino Antonio Lascuna, victorious in the season-ending Sabah Masters last month, decorated Thai Prayad Marksaeng, like Thaworn a past winner of the Singha Esan Open, and countryman Wisut Artjanawat, the 2011 ASEAN PGA Tour number one, are also in the strong field at Singha Park Golf Club from February 14-17.
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Gunn pulls trigger in play-off win

Khon Kaen, Thailand, August 19: Thailand discovered another golfing gem today when Gunn Charoenkul triumphed in the US$65,000 Singha E-San Open.

The little known 20-year-old beat Malaysian Nicholas Fung on the first extra hole at Singha Park Golf Club to claim his first title since turning professional last year.

At the start of the week a host of big name players, part of strong international field, were expected to dominate but in one of the biggest upset victories on the ASEAN PGA Tour Gunn pulled off a shock wire-to-wire win.
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Gunn one round away from glory

Khon Kaen, Thailand, August 18: Unheralded Gunn Charoenkul maintained his grip on the US$65,000 Singha E-San Open today after firing a third round a two-under-par 70 at Singha Park Golf Club.

He leads by two strokes from Indonesian Rory Hie with Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung a stroke further back. Both players also carded 70 in the third event of the year on the ASEAN PGA Tour.

Gunn, aged 20, turned professional last year and is playing the tournament of his life having led the tournament since day one.
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New Boy Gunn on target in E-San

Khon Kaen, Thailand, August 17: Thailand’s Gunn Charoenkul fired a brilliant back nine of six-under-par 30 to keep the lead after round two of the Singha E-San Open on Friday.

His five-under-par 67 at Singha Park Golf Club gave him a two stroke lead over Indonesia’s top golfer Rory Hie, who carded a 66.

Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung shot a 67 and is a stroke further back, in the third event of the year on the ASEAN PGA Tour.

Gunn is in his second year as a professional and after two impressive rounds he is starting to make a name for himself. He began the day with a two shot lead and is now 13 under for the tournament despite a poor one over par front nine.
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