Attaboy Atthaphon

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.
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All eyes on local hero Fung

November 2, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia: Sabah sensation Nicholas Fung competes on the ASEAN PGA Tour this week with a skip in his stride as he is playing on his home patch at the Sabah Masters.

At the age of 12 he started playing golf in Sabah and now nine years later he starts as one of the hot favourites to claim the title at Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club.

The US$60,000 tournament tees off tomorrow and is making a return to the golf calendar having not been played since 1999.

Fung, who turned professional last year, has quickly emerged as one of Malaysia’s top golfers and headlines a strong field that includes his compatriots Airl Rizman, S. Sivachandran, Rashid Ismail, and Khor Kheng Hwai.
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Red hot Siddikur seals win

July 10, Seremban, Malaysia: Siddikur from Bangladesh continued his remarkable rise from ball boy to one of Asia’s best by winning the Negeri Sembilan Masters Invitational in electrifying fashion today.

The 26-year-old from Dhaka soared to victory with two eagles on the back nine at Seremban International Golf Club.

He fired a final round seven-under-par 65 for a four shot victory over Malaysia’s top golfer Danny Chia, who came in with a 70.
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Juvic moves into position

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.
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Lam In Seventh Heaven In Indonesia

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May 15: Singapore’s Lam Chih Bing fired his second successive seven-under-par 65 to maintain his lead in the Mercedes-Benz Masters Indonesia today.

Lam confidently collected three birdies on the front nine and four on the back for a four stroke lead over Malaysia’s Danny Chia.

Chia shot a 66 at Emeralda Golf and Country Club, just outside Jakarta.
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