Hua Hin, Thailand, July 21: Thailand’s Gunn Charoenkul, the latest gem to be uncovered in the country’s rich golf seam, has credited a strong work ethic for his amazing success on the ASEAN PGA Tour this season.
His victory at the Singha Panasonic Hua Hin Open was his third of the year and took his winnings on the circuit to US$34,299.
Hua Hin, Thailand, July 20: Rising star Gunn Charoenkul of Thailand shot a closing 68 on Sunday to win the Singha Panasonic Hua Hin Open, his third title of the season and fourth overall on the ASEAN PGA Tour.
He triumphed by a stroke after a ding-dong battle with his more experienced countryman Chapchai Nirat, who led by a shot after the third day and put further daylight between himself and Gunn early in the final round at Royal Hua Hin Golf Course.
Hua Hin, Thailand, July 19: Big-hitting Chapchai Nirat, nicknamed “King Kong” by his peers, muscled his way past halfway leader Gunn Charoenkul in the third round of the Singha Panasonic Hua Hin Open on Saturday.
The burly Thai sizzled to a 66 for a 12-under total of 204 and a slender one-shot lead over countryman Gunn, who carded a 70 in his bid for a third title on the ASEAN PGA Tour this season.
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.
Hua Hin, Thailand, July 17: Wonder boy Phachara Khongwatmai made child’s play of the pressure and expectation of his title defence at the Singha Panasonic Hua Hin Open to grab the first round lead with a blistering seven-under-par 65 on Thursday.
The 15-year-old Thai became the youngest winner of a professional golf tournament when he triumphed in the ASEAN PGA Tour event last year and continued where he left off at Royal Hua Hin Golf Course with a stunning display of shot making.
Hua Hin, Thailand, July 16: History-maker Phachara Khongwatmai – the wonder kid who became the youngest winner of a professional golf tournament when he triumphed in the Singha Hua Hin Open on the ASEAN PGA Tour last year – will bid for more glory when this year’s edition tees off on Thursday.
As a 14-year-old amateur, Phachara stunned the golf world by taking on and beating a formidable field by four strokes at Royal Hua Hin Golf Course.
Melaka, May 31: Highly rated Thai Gunn Charoenkul cruised to victory in the PGM-ASEAN PGA Melaka Championship on Saturday, a closing two-under 70 handing him his second title of the season.
Gunn, the current ASEAN PGA Tour number one following his win at the season-opening Singha Esan Open, posted a seven-under total of 281 and finished three shots clear of Malaysia’s Iylia Jamil, who closed with a 71 for outright second at Ayer Keroh Country Club.
Players and staff of the ASEAN PGA Tour wish to offer our condolences to Thai golfer Prayad Marksaeng on the untimely death of his wife Prapaporn Marksaeng.
Prayad is one of the most successful and likeable players in the region and our thoughts are with him and his family at this sad time.