Asean PGA members shine on OneAsia


roryhie01NANSHAN, China, Oct 12 – Six ASEAN PGA Tour regulars are in for a lucrative weekend after making the cut at OneAsia’s Nanshan China Masters, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Major winners Darren Clarke and Charl Schwartzel.

Malaysian Nicholas Fung, Indonesia’s Rory Hie and Thais Annop Tangkamolprasert, Thanyakon Khrongpha and Wisut Artjanawat have all won on the ASEAN PGA Tour, and George Gandranata, also of Indonesia, is seeking his first professional victory.

While Hie and Wisut are OneAsia regulars, the others got into the U.S. $1 million tournament by virtue of the special relationship the tour has with the ASEAN PGA.

Hie started the third round at four under, two shots off the lead in joint second place, while Wisut was four over.

Thanyakon started Saturday tied for ninth on two under, while Annop was one over and Gandranata and Fung a shot further back.

Thanyakon is playing in his first OneAsia event outside Thailand. He finished tied for 20th in this year’s Thailand Open, which was co-sanctioned by OneAsia and the Japan Golf Tour Organisation.

Jitti savours seven under 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.

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Tour set for 2013 season opener

Khon Kaen, Thailand, February 13: Some of the most outstanding prospects in the region will pit their skills against Asian number one Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand at the Singha Esan Open, the season-opening event on the ASEAN PGA Tour, this week.

Indonesia’s Rory Hie, third last year, Annop Tangkamolprasert of Thailand, winner of the Gowa Classic in Indonesia last November, and fast-rising Singaporean Choo Tze Huang are amongst the young guns looking to shoot down former champion Thaworn, the Masters-bound 46-year-old who lifted four international titles in a quite extraordinary 2012.

Filipino Antonio Lascuna, victorious in the season-ending Sabah Masters last month, decorated Thai Prayad Marksaeng, like Thaworn a past winner of the Singha Esan Open, and countryman Wisut Artjanawat, the 2011 ASEAN PGA Tour number one, are also in the strong field at Singha Park Golf Club from February 14-17.
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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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Mamat and Lascuna shine in Sabah

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, January 9: Marquee players Mardan Mamat from Singapore and Filipino Antonio Lascuna stamped their authority on the opening day of the Sabah Masters shooting four-under-par 67s.

The experienced duo top the leaderboard ahead of Malaysian Danny Chia, Singapore’s Koh Dengshan plus Somkiat Srisanga and Rattanon Wannasrichan from Thailand who carded 69s.

The US$75,000 tournament, which is being played at Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club, is the final event of the ASEAN PGA Tour’s 2012-2013 season.
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Showtime for Chia and Fung in Sabah

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, January 8: Malaysian number one Danny Chia and countryman and young pretender to his throne Nicholas Fung, compete in this week’s Sabah Masters along with a host of big name players.

The US$75,000 tournament, which tees-off tomorrow at Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club, is the final event of the 2012/2013 season on the ASEAN PGA Tour.

Mardan Mamat and Choo Tze Huang from Singapore, Thailand’s Wisut Artjanawat, the defending champion, and Annop Tangkamolprasert are playing along with Filipinos Antonio Lascuna and Jay Bayron, plus Indonesia’s Rory Hie.
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Sabah to host season finale

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, January 1: This month’s Sabah Masters will provide a thrilling climax to the season on the ASEAN PGA Tour when it is staged at Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club from January 9 to 12.

The popular tournament is the final event of the 2012/2013 season with a wealth of leading players from the region having confirmed their participation.

Sabah’s very own Nicholas Fung, the current Order of Merit leader who was second in Sabah in 2011, leads the line-up along with Thailand’s Annop Tangkamolprasert and Jay Bayron from the Philippines, third and fourth respectively on the Merit list.
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Maiden win for Annop in Gowa

November 17, Gowa, Indonesia: Thailand’s Annop Tangkamolprasert came of age today with a fine victory in the storm interrupted Gowa Classic on the ASEAN PGA Tour.

The promising young golfer registered his first win since turning professional in 2007 after shooting a three-under-par 69 to triumph by three shots over Singaporean rookie Choo Tze Huang, who also carded 69.

In a dramatic finish at Padivalley Golf Club, a lightning and heavy rain storm hit just as the final group, consisting of Annop, Choo and Thailand’s Pravee Visalkit walked off the 17th green.
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