Pattaya, May 8: Defending champion Prom Meesawat is hoping for another injection of confidence by winning his third Singha Pattaya Open title on the ASEAN PGA Tour this week.
The burly 27-year-old Thai has not looked back since ending his five-year win drought last May and says his resurgence is due to the manner of the victory.
“Winning last year gave me a lot of confidence. I shot the lowest round in my career, a 10-under 62 in the second round, and I had a hole in one – so there were a lot of positives,” said Prom, who had a winning score of 20-under-par 268 for a nine-shot victory over fellow Thais Thammanoon Sriroj and Atthaphon Prathummanee.
Jakarta, November 30: Highly rated Ferdie Aunzo bounced back from a disappointing performance on home soil last week to take the first round lead in the Ancora Classic presented by PGN today.
The Filipino fired a six-under-par 66 at Emeralda Golf and Country Club to lead by a shot from Malaysia’s Khor Kheng Hwai.
Indonesian amateur George Gandranata, fresh from success in the SEA Games, and Thailand’s Varut Chomchalam and Pravee Visalkit finished a stroke further behind.
Jakarta, November 29: Thailand’s Wisut Artjanawat will attempt to make it three wins in a row on the ASEAN PGA Tour this week in the Ancora Classic presented by PGN.
Having already secured the Order of Merit title he can afford to cut loose and set more ASEAN PGA records in the season-ending event.
The tournament tees off tomorrow at Emeralda Golf and Country Club featuring a mouthwatering line up including Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung, Atthaphon
Prathummanee from Thailand, Indonesian Mauludin Andik, Filipino Jay Bayron and Singapore’s Choo Tze-huang, who is making his maiden appearance as a professional.
November 17: Thailand’s Atthaphon Prathummannee has heaped praise on the ASEAN PGA Tour after finishing tied for 46th place in the cash-rich Barclays Singapore Open at Sentosa Golf Club last week.
Atthaphon and six other players were handed invites for the US$6 million tournament from their ranking on the ASEAN PGA Tour.
The Thai trio of Atthaphon, Thanyakon Khrongpha and Tanatchan Puaktes, Malaysians Nicholas Fung and Rashid Ismail, Rory Hie of Indonesia and Filipino Jay Bayron booked their tickets from the Order of Merit after the Sabah Masters.
Thanyakon and Bayron also made the cut in the rain-shortened event, finishing 66th and 78th respectively in the elite field.
July 8, Seremban, Malaysia: Juvic Pagunsan from the Philippines underlined his intention to claim the Negeri Sembilan Masters Invitational for a second time when he took a share of the halfway lead today.
The 2007 champion fired a six-under-par 66 at Seremban International Golf Club to move to nine-under-par 135.
Thailand’s Atthaphon Prathummanee and Varut Chomchalam joined him in front after carding rounds of 70 and 69 respectively.
They lead by a stroke from Malaysia’s Rashid Ismail, who carded a 66, and Thailand’s Tepphatud Sanawong, who came in with 67.
July 7, Seremban, Malaysia: Malaysia’s Airil Rizman and Atthaphon Prathummanee, the Thai golfer whose father is Malaysian, shared the honours on day one of the Negeri Sembilan Masters Invitational today.
They both carded seven-under-par 65s at Seremban International Golf Club to take the clubhouse lead by a shot from Malaysian Danny Chia in one of Malaysia’s premier golf tournaments.
A one and a half hour rain delay meant that 33 players were unable to complete their rounds.
The RM500,000 (approx US$165,000) tournament is also the fourth leg on this year’s ASEAN PGA Tour, and is the most lucrative event on the circuit.
Batangas, Philippines, June 8: The first round of the ICTSI Mt. Malarayat Championship was washed out today after heavy rain resulted in play being suspended until tomorrow.
None of the 90 players competing were able to complete their rounds while the afternoon session had not even teed off at Mt. Malarayat Golf and Country Club.
The ICTSI Mt. Malarayat Championship is the second event on this year’s ASEAN PGA Tour and features a stellar field including Filipinos Juvic Pagunsan, Mars Pucay and Jay Bayron plus leading Thais Thanyakon Khrongpha, Wisut Artjanawat and Atthaphon Prathumanee.
Pattaya, May 8: Prom Meesawat of Thailand ended a confidence-sapping five-year title drought in emphatic fashion with a runaway nine-stroke victory in the Singha Pattaya Open on the ASEAN PGA Tour on Sunday.
The burly 26-year-old carded a final-round 68 for a total of 20-under-par 268 at Burapha Golf Club.
Fellow Thais Thammanoon Sriroj and Atthaphon Prathummanee were tied for second after shooting 72 and 69 respectively while the highly rated Rory Hie of Indonesia, who started the day three behind the leader, had a nightmarish 77 and finished tied for eighth.
Prom picked up a cheque for US$8,000 after his second victory in the Singha Pattaya Open following his triumph in 2006.