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.

Namchok sets pace in Laos

Luang Prabang, Laos, April 26: Namchok Tantipokhakul from Thailand remained rock steady at the top of the leader board after the third round of the US$100,000 Luang Prabang Laos Open today.

The 25-year-old star in the making fired a two-under-par 70 to keep the lead for the third straight day in the third event of the season on the ASEAN PGA Tour.

In hot pursuit and one shot behind is his more experienced countryman Udorn Duangdecha, who shot the same score.

Five shots behind Namchok in a tie for third are Thailand’s Ratchapol Juntavara, in with 70, and Wisut Artjanawat 72.
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Showtime for Chia and Fung in Sabah

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, January 8: Malaysian number one Danny Chia and countryman and young pretender to his throne Nicholas Fung, compete in this week’s Sabah Masters along with a host of big name players.

The US$75,000 tournament, which tees-off tomorrow at Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club, is the final event of the 2012/2013 season on the ASEAN PGA Tour.

Mardan Mamat and Choo Tze Huang from Singapore, Thailand’s Wisut Artjanawat, the defending champion, and Annop Tangkamolprasert are playing along with Filipinos Antonio Lascuna and Jay Bayron, plus Indonesia’s Rory Hie.
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Sabah to host season finale

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, January 1: This month’s Sabah Masters will provide a thrilling climax to the season on the ASEAN PGA Tour when it is staged at Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club from January 9 to 12.

The popular tournament is the final event of the 2012/2013 season with a wealth of leading players from the region having confirmed their participation.

Sabah’s very own Nicholas Fung, the current Order of Merit leader who was second in Sabah in 2011, leads the line-up along with Thailand’s Annop Tangkamolprasert and Jay Bayron from the Philippines, third and fourth respectively on the Merit list.
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Annop pulls ahead at Padivalley

November 16, Gowa, Indonesia: Annop Tangkamolprasert from Thailand took control of the US$100,000 Gowa Classic today by posting a third round five-under-par 67 for a three stroke lead.

The 22-year-old put himself in an excellent position to claim his maiden professional title by making an eagle, five birdies and just two bogeys.

Singapore’s Choo Tze Huang and Pravee Visalkit from Thailand lie in second place at Padivalley Golf Club.

Choo shot a 72 while Pravee carded 70 in the second from last event of the season on the ASEAN PGA Tour.
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George Ready for Gowa Exam

November 13, Gowa, Indonesia: Indonesian rookie George Gandranata has one huge advantage over his rivals in this week’s inaugural Gowa Classic at Padivalley Golf Club.

Last year he graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in economics and as the great Bobby Jones once famously said: “Golf is 99% mental, and the other 1% is in your mind!”

The US$100,000 Gowa Classic, which tees off tomorrow, is the penultimate event on this year’s ASEAN PGA Tour.
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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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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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