Sabah Masters returns as season-ending decider


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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Magical Mamat strikes in Melaka

Melaka, Malaysia, May 11: Evergreen Mardan Mamat marched to a convincing victory in the PGM-ASEAN PGA A’Famosa Masters today at the A’Famosa Golf Resort.

The 45-year-old shot a two-under-par 70 for a four stroke win over Malaysian Khor Kheng Hwai.

The US$60,000 tournament, which is joint sanctioned by the ASEAN PGA Tour and the PGM Tour, marked Mamat’s third ASEAN PGA title.

His triumph also made up for his loss against Filipino Tony Lascuna in a sudden-death play-off in the Sabah Masters in January.
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Prayad Prevails in Gripping Play-off

Khon Kaen, Thailand, February 17: Veteran Thai Prayad Marksaeng drew on his long years of experience as a professional to seal victory in the US$100,000 Singha Esan Open at the fifth playoff hole on Sunday.

The 47 year old saw off challenges from countrymen Thanyakon Khrongpha, a two-time winner on the ASEAN PGA Tour, and Sattaya Supupramai and Thailand-based Korean Baek Seuk-hyun after the quartet finished regulation play tied on 14-under 274 at Singha Park Golf Club.

Prayad, co-overnight leader with Antonio Lascuna of the Philippines, endured a difficult day but his even-par 72 proved good enough to get him into sudden death after Sattaya blew his chances of outright victory by bogeying the final two holes. Lascuna slumped to a 74 and finished joint sixth.
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Prayad and Lascuna dead level

Khon Kaen, Thailand, February 16: Golden oldies Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand and Filipino Antonio Lascuna set up a final-day shootout in the US$100,000 Singha Esan Open after contrasting rounds on Saturday.

Prayad, a six-time winner on the Asian Tour who celebrated his 47th birthday last month, rode a hot putter to a 66 to join 42-year-old Lascuna, who had a day to forget on the greens en route to a 70, in the lead on 14-under-par 202.

The duo are three strokes ahead of Sattaya Supupramai (70) and Thanyakon Khrongpha (69) in the season-opening event on the ASEAN PGA Tour at Singha Park Golf Club.

Prayad closed the gap on Lascuna, who held a three-shot overnight advantage over the field, thanks to six birdies including one at the last which saw him grab a share of the lead.
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In form Lascuna sets pace

Khon Kaen, Thailand, February 15: Antonio Lascuna of the Philippines set himself up for back-to-back wins on the ASEAN PGA Tour on Friday when he took a three-stroke halfway lead following a second successive 66 at the Singha Esan Open.

Lascuna ended a long wait for his first Tour win with victory at the 2012/13 season-ending Sabah Masters last month and has continued his rich vein of form at the testing Singha Park Golf Club.

He leads countryman Mars Pucay, the joint overnight leader who added a 70 to his opening 65, and the Thai duo of Sattaya Supupramai and amateur Chirat Jirasuwan in with matching 66s.
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Pucay pounces in Esan

Khon Kaen, Thailand, February 14: Two-time ASEAN PGA Tour champion Mars Pucay of the Philippines sizzled to a seven-under-par 65 to lead the season-opening Singha Esan Open with three rookies, including two of his countrymen, after a low-scoring first round on Thursday.

Pucay, twice a winner during the Tour’s inaugural season in 2007, was joined at the top of a crowded leaderboard by teenage compatriot Clyde Mondilla, a former Philippine Amateur Open champion, American-educated Carl Santos-Ocampo and the unheralded Kittiroj Chantharothai of Thailand.

Kittiroj, out in the morning session, birdied the final hole to head celebrated Thais Prayad Marksaeng and Thammanoon Sriroj by a shot. In the afternoon, the duo were joined by Filipino Antonio Lascuna, who won the 2012/2013 season-ending Sabah Masters last month, and Thailand’s Panuphol Pittayarat, in with matching 66s.
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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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Nearly man Lascuna prevails in Sabah

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, January 12: Filipino Antonio Lascuna ended a long frustrating wait for his first win on the ASEAN PGA Tour today by triumphing in the US$75,000 Sabah Masters.

The popular 42-year-old beat pre-tournament favourite Mardan Mamat from Singapore on the third hole of a sudden-death play-off at Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club.

Lascuna started the day five shots adrift of Mamat, who led after each of the first three rounds, but stormed through with a five-under-par 66.

Mamat closed with a 71, in the final event of the 2012-2013 season on the ASEAN PGA Tour.
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