Hua Hin, Thailand, July 18: In-form Gunn Charoenkul, twice a winner on the ASEAN PGA Tour this season, shot to the front in the Singha Panasonic Hua Hin Open on Friday as defending champion and overnight leader Phachara Kwongwatmai fell five shots behind after a rollercoaster round.
Thailand’s Gunn, who heads the ASEAN PGA Tour moneylist thanks to victories at the season-opening Singha Esan Open and the PGM-ASEAN PGA Melaka Championship, carded a 67 for a two-round total of nine-under-par 135 and a one-stroke lead over local hero Prayad Marksaeng, in with a 69.
July 24: Thailand’s Namchok Tantipokhakul moved to the top of the ASEAN PGA Tour Order of Merit after a strong finish at the weekend.
Namchok, winner of the Merit list title in 2009, tied for fourth in the Singha Hua Hin Open to earn a cheque for US$3,256.
Amateur sensation Phachara Khongwatmai, aged 14, triumphed in Hua Hin to become the youngest winner of a professional golf tournament.
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.