Gunn, Sukree ready for Melaka showdown

Melaka, May 30: Rising star Gunn Charoenkul of Thailand and Malaysia’s experienced campaigner Mohd Sukree Othman shot matching two-under-par 70s on Friday to share top spot heading into the final round of the PGM-ASEAN PGA Melaka Championship.

The duo are locked together on five-under 211, a shot ahead of Thailand’s Pravee Visalkit (70) at Ayer Keroh Country Club.
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Malaysia’s Iylia jumps into Melaka lead

Melaka, May 29: Unheralded Iylia Jamil of Malaysia shot an accomplished three-under-par 69 to grab the halfway lead at the PGM-ASEAN PGA Melaka Championship on Thursday.

He has a two round total of five-under 139 and a one-shot advantage over countrymen Lam Yu Shuen (69) and Airil Rizman (70) at Ayer Keroh Country Club.

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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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Panuphol Pushing for win

May 9, Pattaya: Thailand’s brilliant golfer Panuphol Pittayarat has been making the headlines for years, which is quite a feat considering he is only 19.

Nicknamed ‘Coconut’ because of his baby face, he is once again one of the players expected to feature in this week’s Singha Pattaya Open, which tees-off tomorrow at Burapha Golf Club.

Regularly being in the spotlight is because of the quality of his golf and the fact he turned professional when he was 14.
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Praise for Players at Awards Night

The Mercedes-Benz Tour enjoyed a memorable conclusion to 2010 at the Gala Dinner Awards Night after the final day’s play at the Mercedes-Benz Masters Indonesia.

Thailand’s Atthaphon Prathummanee triumphed in the Mercedes-Benz Masters Indonesia and there were many more winners that night at the Gala Dinner – which was held in the impressive Mercedes-Benz showroom in downtown Jakarta.

Earlier in the day Filipino Juvic Pagunsan secured the Mercedes-Benz Order of Merit title. He ended joint fifth to finish with earnings of US$25,405 for the year, ahead of second place Nicholas Fung from Malaysia.

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Fung eyes merit crown

Jakarta, October 26: Brilliant young Malaysian golfer Nicholas Fung will attempt to add the finishing touches to a fine season on the Mercedes-Benz Tour when he tees-off tomorrow in the Mercedes-Benz Masters Indonesia.

The tournament is the season-ending Tour Championship and is being played at Emeralda Golf and Country Club. It boasts a total purse of US$80,000.

Fung won the Mercedes-Benz Masters Vietnam, the circuit’s first Match Play event, at the beginning of the month for his maiden victory as a professional.

The 20-year-old turned professional at the end of last year and has not missed a cut on the Mercedes-Benz Tour, which boasts 10 events.

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Rookie Fung is the matchplay king

Ho Chi Minh, October 2: Malaysian Nicholas Fung won the duel of the young pretenders today in the final of the US$60,000 Mercedes-Benz Masters Vietnam.

The 20-year-old from Sabah beat Thailand’s Panuphol Pittayarat, aged 17, 4&3 at Song Be Golf Resort.

The victory was fine reward for Fung who has been enjoying an outstanding rookie season as a professional.

He has not missed a cut in seven events on the Mercedes-Benz Tour – a circuit formed in 2007 for the very purpose of allowing young professionals like Fung to learn the trade of being a Tour professional.

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Young Guns to Face off in final

Ho Chi Minh, October 1: Thailand’s Panuphol Pittayarat and Nicholas Fung from Malaysia, two of the region’s most exciting young golfers, will face each other in the final of the US$60,000 Mercedes-Benz Masters Vietnam tomorrow at Song Be Golf Resort.

Panuphol, aged 17, and Fung, who turned 20 last July, steamrolled their opposition in today’s quarterfinals and semifinals.

While the world will be watching the Ryder Cup, the game of golf’s most famous and popular Matchplay tournament, this weekend Asia can look forward to watching a mouthwatering Matchplay final close to home.

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