Asean PGA members shine on OneAsia

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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.

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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Titanic Win for Kwanchai

Pattaya, April 21: Thailand’s Kwanchai Tannin produced a masterful performance to win the Singha Pattaya Open by an emphatic six shot margin today.

Kwanchai shot a one-over-par 73 to complete a wire-to-wire victory at Burapha Golf Club and claim his second title on the ASEAN PGA Tour.

He finished with a four-round aggregate of 18-under-par 270, while his compatriot Thanyakon Khrongpha carded a 68 to claim outright second place.

“I won by a lot of shots but it was hard from start to finish. It is a great feeling. This is a big event in my country,” said Kwanchai.
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Prayad Prevails in Gripping Play-off

Khon Kaen, Thailand, February 17: Veteran Thai Prayad Marksaeng drew on his long years of experience as a professional to seal victory in the US$100,000 Singha Esan Open at the fifth playoff hole on Sunday.

The 47 year old saw off challenges from countrymen Thanyakon Khrongpha, a two-time winner on the ASEAN PGA Tour, and Sattaya Supupramai and Thailand-based Korean Baek Seuk-hyun after the quartet finished regulation play tied on 14-under 274 at Singha Park Golf Club.

Prayad, co-overnight leader with Antonio Lascuna of the Philippines, endured a difficult day but his even-par 72 proved good enough to get him into sudden death after Sattaya blew his chances of outright victory by bogeying the final two holes. Lascuna slumped to a 74 and finished joint sixth.
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Prayad and Lascuna dead level

Khon Kaen, Thailand, February 16: Golden oldies Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand and Filipino Antonio Lascuna set up a final-day shootout in the US$100,000 Singha Esan Open after contrasting rounds on Saturday.

Prayad, a six-time winner on the Asian Tour who celebrated his 47th birthday last month, rode a hot putter to a 66 to join 42-year-old Lascuna, who had a day to forget on the greens en route to a 70, in the lead on 14-under-par 202.

The duo are three strokes ahead of Sattaya Supupramai (70) and Thanyakon Khrongpha (69) in the season-opening event on the ASEAN PGA Tour at Singha Park Golf Club.

Prayad closed the gap on Lascuna, who held a three-shot overnight advantage over the field, thanks to six birdies including one at the last which saw him grab a share of the lead.
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In form Lascuna sets pace

Khon Kaen, Thailand, February 15: Antonio Lascuna of the Philippines set himself up for back-to-back wins on the ASEAN PGA Tour on Friday when he took a three-stroke halfway lead following a second successive 66 at the Singha Esan Open.

Lascuna ended a long wait for his first Tour win with victory at the 2012/13 season-ending Sabah Masters last month and has continued his rich vein of form at the testing Singha Park Golf Club.

He leads countryman Mars Pucay, the joint overnight leader who added a 70 to his opening 65, and the Thai duo of Sattaya Supupramai and amateur Chirat Jirasuwan in with matching 66s.
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Prom night in Pattaya

May 12, Pattaya: Prom Meesawat’s fond affinity with the Singha Pattaya Open continued today as he opened up a four shot lead after the third round.

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He won this event last year by nine strokes and put one hand on the trophy today after firing a five-under-par 67 at Burapha Golf Club.

His compatriot Thanyakon Khrongpha is in second place after shooting a 72.

Two shots further back are Dutchman Guido Van Der Valk and Thailand’s Somsak Kaopratum and Namchok Tantipokhakul. Van Der Valk shot 68 while Somsak fired a 70 and Namchok came in with 71.
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