Juvic Eyes ICTSI

Batangas, Philippines, June 22: Juvic Pagunsan, despite falling at the final hurdle in the Queen’s Cup in Thailand last Sunday, remains the top pick in a field teeming with talent at the ICTSI Mt. Malarayat Championship which starts tomorrow.

The US$50,000 tournament is being played at Mt. Malarayat Golf & Country Club, and is the fifth event of the year on the Mercedes-Benz Tour.

Pagunsan is coming off a runaway seven-stroke victory in the Mercedes-Benz Masters Thailand three weeks ago and could have wrapped up another title on the Asian Tour at the weekend if not for a shaky start on the final day in the Queen’s Cup. He started round four joint leader but finished third.

The Filipino shot maker faces a talent-laden international field this week, headed by a crack Thai delegation that includes Wisut Artjanawat, winner of the 2008 Mercedes-Benz Masters Philippines, and Namchok Tantipokhakul, the reigning Mercedes-Benz Tour Order of Merit champion, and Chawalit Plaphol.
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Bayron in Peak form for ICTSI

Batangas, Philippines, June 18: Jay Bayron from the Philippines, the current leader of the Mercedes-Benz Tour Order of Merit, will headline next week’s ICTSI Mt. Malarayat Championship.

Bayron has been in red hot form this year and will no doubt relish playing on home soil at Mt. Malarayat Golf & Country Club from June 23 to 26.

The US$50,000 tournament is the fifth event on this year’s 10-leg Mercedes-Benz Tour.

The Filipino has not won on the Mercedes-Benz Tour yet but he finished runner-up in the opening three events and leads the Merit list with earnings of US$14,674.
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Tour Breeds Winners

Marvin Dumandan

Since its inception in 2007, the Mercedes-Benz Tour has established itself as a launch pad for the regions’ up and coming golfers.

There have been many great examples and many more in the seasons to come.

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New Thai Star Namchok Conquers Tour

Hanoi, November 14: Namchok Tantipokhakul completed the finest season of his fledgling career today by winning the US$80,000 Mercedes-Benz Masters Vietnam and securing the Mercedes-Benz Tour Order of Merit title.

The 22 year old Thai fired a final round one-over-par 73 to finish one stroke ahead of compatriot Pavit Tangkamolprasert. Pavit came in with a 67 at Kings’ Island Golf Club, north of Hanoi.

Namchok finished with a four-round-aggregate of 16-under-par 272 and earned a cheque for US$13,000.
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Namchok Shares Lead in Vietnam

Hanoi, November 11: Thailand’s Namchok Tantipokhakul bid to secure the Mercedes-Benz Tour Order of Merit title started perfectly today when he took a share of the first round lead in the season-ending US$80,000 Mercedes-Benz Masters Vietnam.

The 22 year old, who currently leads the Merit list, fired a five-under-par 67 at Kings‘ Island Golf Club, which is about an hour outside of Hanoi.

It was a fine first day for Thailand in what is the Tour Championship as Namchok’s compatriots Panuphol Pittayarat, Tanatchan Puaktes and Natthawut Phiansamrit all joined him in the lead.
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Namchok Aims to be the Mercedes-Benz Master

Hanoi, November 9: Thailand’s Namchok Tantipokhakul, the current leader of the Mercedes-Benz Tour Order of Merit, tees-off in the season ending Mercedes-Benz Masters Vietnam tomorrow hoping to seal his position as the Tour’s number one player.

The 22 year old rising star, who won the B-ing Championship in Thailand on the Mercedes-Benz Tour this season, leads the Merit list with earnings of US$14,540 and is the man everyone will be trying to catch.

The tournament, which is the Tour Championship, is being played at King’s Island Golf Club in Hanoi from November 11 to 14 and boasts prize money of US$80,000.
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Rory Raring to go in Indonesia

October 13, Jakarta: Indonesia’s Rory Hie could be the man to beat at this week’s Mercedes-Benz Masters Indonesia as Emeralda Golf and Country Club, which is host the venue for the second successive season.

The 21 year old, in his second year as a professional, knows the courses there like the back of his hand as he has been regularly practicing at the club.

Hie will also be buoyed by the fact he won The International Championship last year on home soil to become the first Indonesian to win on the Mercedes-Benz Tour. It was also his first victory as a professional.
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Jiramate Takes Route 66

Pattaya, September 16 – Newcomer Jiramate Chantharothai of Thailand upstaged multiple winner Prayad Marksaeng and a strong field with a sizzling six-under-par 66 to take a commanding lead after the first round of the US$50,000 B-ing Championship on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old Jiramate shot seven birdies and a lone bogey at Bangpra Golf Club in the best round of his professional career.

He leads the Mercedes-Benz Tour event by three shots from countryman Atthaphon Prathummanee, currently ranked 21st on the Order of Merit.
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