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.

Pagunsan also received the Most Birdies on Tour Award with an incredible 141.

Fung, aged 20, ended just US$77 behind Pagunsan on the Merit list but he was consoled by the fact that he took to the stage in the evening as he was voted by the players as the Player of the Year.

Singaporean Mardan Mamat claimed the Most Inspired Performance of the Year title for his victory in the Mercedes-Benz Masters Malaysia.

Mamat triumphed in that tournament despite fasting as it was the month of Ramadhan – the Islamic month in which Muslims refrain from eating and drinking from dawn until sunset.

Kota Permai Golf and Country Club, the venue for that event, was named the Host Venue of the Year.

Thailand’s Thanyakorn Khrongpha, who claimed the Kariza Indonesia Championship, finished as Rising Star of the Year and his compatriot Chawalit Plaphol had the Best Stroke Average with 68.49 per round.

The seven players who earned their berths in the Barclays Singapore Open also received their players’ badges for the event on stage. They were Thailand’s Namchok Tantipokhakul, Wisut Artjanawat, Panuphol Pittayarat, Thanyakon, and Atthaphon  plus Fung and Filipino Jay Bayron.