Asean PGA members shine on OneAsia


roryhie01NANSHAN, China, Oct 12 – Six ASEAN PGA Tour regulars are in for a lucrative weekend after making the cut at OneAsia’s Nanshan China Masters, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Major winners Darren Clarke and Charl Schwartzel.

Malaysian Nicholas Fung, Indonesia’s Rory Hie and Thais Annop Tangkamolprasert, Thanyakon Khrongpha and Wisut Artjanawat have all won on the ASEAN PGA Tour, and George Gandranata, also of Indonesia, is seeking his first professional victory.

While Hie and Wisut are OneAsia regulars, the others got into the U.S. $1 million tournament by virtue of the special relationship the tour has with the ASEAN PGA.

Hie started the third round at four under, two shots off the lead in joint second place, while Wisut was four over.

Thanyakon started Saturday tied for ninth on two under, while Annop was one over and Gandranata and Fung a shot further back.

Thanyakon is playing in his first OneAsia event outside Thailand. He finished tied for 20th in this year’s Thailand Open, which was co-sanctioned by OneAsia and the Japan Golf Tour Organisation.

Tour set for 2013 season opener

Khon Kaen, Thailand, February 13: Some of the most outstanding prospects in the region will pit their skills against Asian number one Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand at the Singha Esan Open, the season-opening event on the ASEAN PGA Tour, this week.

Indonesia’s Rory Hie, third last year, Annop Tangkamolprasert of Thailand, winner of the Gowa Classic in Indonesia last November, and fast-rising Singaporean Choo Tze Huang are amongst the young guns looking to shoot down former champion Thaworn, the Masters-bound 46-year-old who lifted four international titles in a quite extraordinary 2012.

Filipino Antonio Lascuna, victorious in the season-ending Sabah Masters last month, decorated Thai Prayad Marksaeng, like Thaworn a past winner of the Singha Esan Open, and countryman Wisut Artjanawat, the 2011 ASEAN PGA Tour number one, are also in the strong field at Singha Park Golf Club from February 14-17.
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Pulses racing in Palembang

October 23, Palembang, Indonesia: The Palembang Musi Championship tees-off this Wednesday on the ASEAN PGA Tour playing an exciting and crucial role in determining who gets to play in the lucrative Barclays Singapore Open in two weeks.

The leading three players from the ASEAN PGA Order of Merit after this week’s tournament gain entry into the US$6 million event and with the prize money for Palembang having been increased to US$150,000 – twice as much as last year – the race is wide open.

Not surprisingly a strong field has entered including Indonesian number one Rory Hie, defending champion Wisut Artjanawat from Thailand, Singapore’s Mardan Mamat and Malaysian Nicholas Fung.
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Gunn pulls trigger in play-off win

Khon Kaen, Thailand, August 19: Thailand discovered another golfing gem today when Gunn Charoenkul triumphed in the US$65,000 Singha E-San Open.

The little known 20-year-old beat Malaysian Nicholas Fung on the first extra hole at Singha Park Golf Club to claim his first title since turning professional last year.

At the start of the week a host of big name players, part of strong international field, were expected to dominate but in one of the biggest upset victories on the ASEAN PGA Tour Gunn pulled off a shock wire-to-wire win.
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Gunn one round away from glory

Khon Kaen, Thailand, August 18: Unheralded Gunn Charoenkul maintained his grip on the US$65,000 Singha E-San Open today after firing a third round a two-under-par 70 at Singha Park Golf Club.

He leads by two strokes from Indonesian Rory Hie with Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung a stroke further back. Both players also carded 70 in the third event of the year on the ASEAN PGA Tour.

Gunn, aged 20, turned professional last year and is playing the tournament of his life having led the tournament since day one.
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New Boy Gunn on target in E-San

Khon Kaen, Thailand, August 17: Thailand’s Gunn Charoenkul fired a brilliant back nine of six-under-par 30 to keep the lead after round two of the Singha E-San Open on Friday.

His five-under-par 67 at Singha Park Golf Club gave him a two stroke lead over Indonesia’s top golfer Rory Hie, who carded a 66.

Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung shot a 67 and is a stroke further back, in the third event of the year on the ASEAN PGA Tour.

Gunn is in his second year as a professional and after two impressive rounds he is starting to make a name for himself. He began the day with a two shot lead and is now 13 under for the tournament despite a poor one over par front nine.
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Young Gunn calls the shots

Khon Kaen, Thailand, August 16: Gunn Charoenkul fired the finest round of his fledgling career to take the clubhouse lead with an eight-under-par 64 in the Singha E-San Open on Thursday.

The young man from Pattaya, who turned professional last year, made four birdies on each nine at Singha Park Golf Club to finish the day ahead of compatriot Pijit Petchkasem, in with a 66.

Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung and Rory Hie from Indonesia lie joint third after returning 67s, in the third event of the season on the ASEAN PGA Tour.
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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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