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.

Namchok has now earned US$21,772 from four events this season to edge ahead of countryman Kwanchai Tannin, who boasts earnings of US$21,188.

Both players have claimed titles this year with Namchok winning the Luang Prabang Laos Open and Kwanchai the Singha Pattaya Open.

Their compatriot Thanyakon Khrongpha is third on the list having won US$17,116. He was second in the first two events of the season.

In 2009, Namchok completed arguably the finest season of his career by winning the Mercedes-Benz Masters Vietnam, the season-ending Tour Championship on the ASEAN PGA Tour.

That enabled him to secure the Merit list title. He also won the B-ing Championship on home soil and finished the year with earnings of US$27,540 from eight events.

The Singha Hua Hin Open, was the sixth leg of the 2013 schedule, and was co-sanctioned with the All Thailand Golf Tour.

The next event on the ASEAN PGA Tour is the Singha Chiang Mai Open from August 8 to 11.

It is also co-sanctioned with the All Thailand Golf Tour and will be played at Mae Jo Golf Club and Resort.

The ASEAN PGA Tour boasts 12 tournaments this season with an overall purse of just over US$1 million.