Palembang on the golfing map

October 11: Southeast Asia’s new breed of golfers compete at one of the newest tournament venues in the region when the Palembang Musi Championship tees-off on Thursday.

Indonesia’s inspirational young golfer Rory Hie, Sabah sensation Nicholas Fung, and the gifted Thai players Wisut Artjanawat and Pavit Tangkamolprasert are just a few of the top names who will line up at Palembang Golf Club.

Filipinos Jay Bayron and Gerald Rosales will also vie for honours in the US$75,000 tournament.
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Top seed Namchok eyes title defence

Ho Chi Minh, September 29: Namchok Tantipokhakul from Thailand, seeded number one and the defending champion, will face Vietnam’s Nguyen Thai Duong in the first round of this week’s Mercedes-Benz Masters Vietnam.

The US$60,000 tournament, which marks the first time the Mercedes-Benz Tour has staged a Matchplay event, tees off tomorrow at Song Be Golf Resort featuring 32 of the circuit’s best players lining up in 16 exciting matches.

Second seed Thanyakon Khrongpha from Thailand, who has caught the eye with a brilliant rookie season, has been drawn against Vietnam’s leading golfer Tran Le Duy Nhat.

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Chawalit on a mission

Singapore, August 13: Thailand’s Chawalit Plaphol increased his lead in the US$60,000 Mercedes-Benz Masters Singapore to six shots after shooting his best round of the week with a six-under-par 66.

He moved to an impressive 15-under-par 201 for three rounds at Laguna National Golf and Country Club and is well placed to secure his second Mercedes-Benz Tour title of the year.

His compatriot Panuphol Pittayarat, aged 17, is in second place after also carding a 66.

Singapore’s Lam Chih Bing stormed back into contention with a 65 and is tied for third with his compatriot and defending champion Mardan Mamat, Singapore-based Australian Scott Barr and Thailand’s Pavit Tangkamolprasert. They are nine shots behind Chawalit.

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Tour’s Magnificent Seven

Filipino Artemio Murakami, a familiar face on the Mercedes-Benz Tour, won this year’s Asian Tour Qualifying School to set up an exciting season for the talented golfer.

He was one of seven members from the Mercedes-Benz Tour to earn Tour cards for 2010, which was an impressive figure that once again demonstrated the Mercedes-Benz Tour acts as a stepping stone for the region’s players.

Murakami, who has come close to victory on the Mercedes-Benz Tour several times, won the tournament after beating Dutchman Guido Van Der Valk on the second extra hole.
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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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