Sabah Masters returns as season-ending decider

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Sabah_Masters_120113_Antonio_Lascuna-06-320Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, October 21: The Sabah Masters will once again take centre stage on the ASEAN PGA Tour as the grande finale to the 2013/2014 season.

To be played from January 8 to 11 it will return to Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club with the support of its mainstay sponsor Sabah Tourism Board (STB).

Boasting prize money of US$75,000 it will play a decisive role in determining who wins the Order of Merit title.

This year Filipino Antonio Lascuna lifted the Sabah Masters trophy and ended a long frustrating wait for his first win on the ASEAN PGA Tour. He beat pre-tournament favourite Mardan Mamat from Singapore on the third hole of a sudden-death play-off.
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Tannin leads Order of Merit

August 13: Thailand’s Kwanchai Tannin has overtaken countryman Namchok Tantipokhakul at the top of the ASEAN PGA Tour Order of Merit.

Kwanchai, the nephew of Thai star Prayad Marksaeng, finished in third place at the weekend in the Singha Chiangmai Open helping to cement a fine season so far.

The 27-year-old won the Singha Pattaya Open in April, and the following week finished fourth in Laos.

He has accumulated US$27,748 this year from five events.

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Namchok number one on Tour

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.

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Awards Galore for Fung

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, January 12: Nicholas Fung stole the show at the ASEAN PGA Tour Gala Awards Night held at Sutera Harbour’s plush Marina.

The young Malaysian took to the stage to receive trophies for winning the ASEAN PGA Order of Merit title and he was also voted the Players’ Player of the Year.

A joint eight finish in the season-ending Sabah Masters, earlier in the day, was enough to allow Fung to top the money list.

The rising star from Kota Kinabalu finished the season with winnings of US$31,884.
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Praise for Players at Awards Night

The Mercedes-Benz Tour enjoyed a memorable conclusion to 2010 at the Gala Dinner Awards Night after the final day’s play at the Mercedes-Benz Masters Indonesia.

Thailand’s Atthaphon Prathummanee triumphed in the Mercedes-Benz Masters Indonesia and there were many more winners that night at the Gala Dinner – which was held in the impressive Mercedes-Benz showroom in downtown Jakarta.

Earlier in the day Filipino Juvic Pagunsan secured the Mercedes-Benz Order of Merit title. He ended joint fifth to finish with earnings of US$25,405 for the year, ahead of second place Nicholas Fung from Malaysia.

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New Thai Star Namchok Conquers Tour

Hanoi, November 14: Namchok Tantipokhakul completed the finest season of his fledgling career today by winning the US$80,000 Mercedes-Benz Masters Vietnam and securing the Mercedes-Benz Tour Order of Merit title.

The 22 year old Thai fired a final round one-over-par 73 to finish one stroke ahead of compatriot Pavit Tangkamolprasert. Pavit came in with a 67 at Kings’ Island Golf Club, north of Hanoi.

Namchok finished with a four-round-aggregate of 16-under-par 272 and earned a cheque for US$13,000.
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