Atthaphon finds extra gear in Chiangmai

Chiangmai, Thailand, August 8: Thai veteran Atthaphon Sriboonkaew shrugged off the lingering effects of being hit by a motorbike to take a share of the lead alongside countryman Thammanoon Sriroj at the Singha Chiangmai Open on Thursday.

Atthaphon, who will celebrate his 35th birthday on Tuesday, finished with four straight birdies in an inward nine of 29 for an opening seven-under-par 64 in the ASEAN PGA Tour event.

Thammanoon overcame an embarrassing shank off the tee which cost him his only bogey of the day at the third hole to join Atthaphon atop the leaderboard, a shot ahead of a group of five players including Prayad Marksaeng, bidding for his sixth title of the season on home soil. Schoolboy amateur Phachara Khongwatmai, who set a new world record by winning the Singha Hua Hin Open last month aged just 14 years, two months and 18 days, looked at ease as he compiled a three under 68 at the relatively short, par-71 Mae Jo Golf Club & Resort.

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Phachara goes for the double

Chiangmai, Thailand, August 7: Schoolboy amateur Phachara Khongwatmai, who rocked the golf world by winning last month’s Singha Hua Hin Open at just 14, will bid for unlikely back-to-back titles on the ASEAN PGA Tour at this week’s Singha Chiangmai Open.

The precociously talented Thai lifted last month’s Hua Hin Open by four strokes from experienced countryman Prom Meesawat, a regular on the European Tour, to become the youngest player ever to win a professional golf event aged 14 years, two months and 18 days.

Phachara will take time off from his studies at Kittivit Bilingual School in Hat Yai to tee up against some of Asia’s leading players, including the Thai trio of Prayad Marksaeng, Chawalit Plaphol and Chapchai Nirat, at Mae Jo Golf Club & Resort from August 8-11.

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Namchok number one on Tour

July 24: Thailand’s Namchok Tantipokhakul moved to the top of the ASEAN PGA Tour Order of Merit after a strong finish at the weekend.

Namchok, winner of the Merit list title in 2009, tied for fourth in the Singha Hua Hin Open to earn a cheque for US$3,256.

Amateur sensation Phachara Khongwatmai, aged 14, triumphed in Hua Hin to become the youngest winner of a professional golf tournament.

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Phachara breaks world record

Hua Hin, Thailand, July 21: Wonder kid Phachara Khongwatmai became the youngest winner of a professional golf tournament today when he triumphed in the US$65,000 Singha Hua Hin Open on the ASEAN PGA Tour.

The 14-year-old amateur from Thailand stunned a formidable field, which included most of his country’s top players, after marching to a four-stroke victory following a final round four-under-par 67.

Phachara, who led by two at the start of the day, finished with a four-round aggregate of 13 under par at Royal Hua Hin Golf Course – the country’s oldest course providing the back drop for its young winner.
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Teenager Phachara upstages the stars

Hua Hin, Thailand, July 20: Thailand’s Phachara Khongwatmai, just 14 years old, sensationally took the third round lead in the Singha Hua Hin Open today.

The amateur revelation fired an even-par 71 at Royal Hua Hin Golf Course to lead the ASEAN PGA Tour event on nine under par.

He has a two shot lead over his compatriot Sutijet Kooratanapisan, who also carded a 71.

A stroke further back are two of Thailand’s leading golfers Namchok Tantipokhakul, who shot a 70, and Prom Meesawat, the Hua Hin native in with a 73.
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Jitti savours seven under lead

Hua Hin, Thailand, July 18: Thailand’s Jitti Sritanapol upstaged big-name players to take the first round lead in the Singha Hua Hin Open on the ASEAN PGA Tour.

The little-known golfer fired a seven-under-par 64 at Royal Hua Hin Golf Course in the US$65,000 tournament.

A quartet of his country’s premier players, Prom Meesawat, Chawalit Plaphol, Pariya Junhasavasdikul, and Annop Tangkamolprasert, are in hot pursuit after shooting 65.

Amateur Phachara Khongwatmai is in sole possession of sixth a shot further back.

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