In­au­gu­ral Singha Phuket Open

Hosted by La­guna Golf Phuket as part of its 30th an­niver­sary year-long cel­e­bra­tions

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The in­au­gu­ral Singha Phuket Open, Phuket’s first pro­fes­sional golf tour­na­ment co-sanc­tioned by the Asian Devel­op­ment Tour (ADT) and All Thai­land Golf Tour (ATGT), was spon­sored by Singha Cor­po­ra­tion and or­gan­ised by the Sports Man­age­ment Group (SMG). The tour­na­ment saw over 300 top male and fe­male in­ter­na­tional pro­fes­sional play­ers vy­ing for an over 2 mil­lion Baht prize fund, play­ers com­peted at the award-win­ning La­guna Golf Phuket course and were wel­comed by en­thu­si­as­tic spec­ta­tors from around Phuket.

23-year-old Thai tal­ent “Tap” Chana­chok De­jpi­ratana­mongkol was crowned the Men’s

Pro­fes­sional Cham­pion (-27), bag­ging a 300,000 Baht first prize and his sec­ond pro­fes­sional win this year. “Thanks to Singha Cor­po­ra­tion for sup­port­ing the All Thai­land Golf Tour. Also thanks to the host La­guna Golf Phuket, de­spite the rain fall­ing ev­ery day, I was very im­pressed with the con­di­tions of the golf course and the great fa­cil­i­ties this week,” said Chana­chok.

La­guna Golf Phuket mem­ber, 16-year-old “First” Kit­tiphong Phaichun­charoensu was hon­oured as the Ama­teur Cham­pion (-6) and re­ceived an in­vi­ta­tion to play the Queens Cup on the Asian Tour. An­other young La­guna Golf Phuket mem­ber “Golf” Pawat Pra­choom­srisakul pro­duced the “shot of the tour­na­ment” with a fab­u­lous Hole-in-one dur­ing his third round.

The event also wit­nessed a mag­nif­i­cent fi­nal round 59 (-11) by Su­ti­jet Kooratanapisan, en­abling him to climb the leader­board and fin­ish in 3rd place. All Tour­na­ment Cham­pi­ons re­ceived an exclusive “Stay & Play” pack­age worth over 90,000 Baht spon­sored by Banyan Tree Phuket, La­guna Golf Phuket and Banyan Tree Spa, in ad­di­tion to the tro­phy and prize money.

Live cov­er­age dur­ing the fi­nal rounds on Satur­day and Sun­day was broad­cast by True Vi­sions around Thai­land to over 2 mil­lion house­holds, with recorded high­lights shown across Asia via tele­vi­sion and so­cial me­dia.

Mr Paul Wil­son, La­guna Golf Phuket AVP/ Group Golf Direc­tor en­thused, “As a part of La­guna Phuket’s 30th an­niver­sary year-long cel­e­bra­tion, we are very hon­oured to be host venue for this high-pro­file in­ter­na­tional golf tour­na­ment. De­spite the un­set­tled weather con­di­tions, our golf course pro­vided a won­der­ful stage for these top in­ter­na­tional golfers. All Thai­land Golf Tour shares our phi­los­o­phy of de­vel­op­ing golfers in Thai­land, it was par­tic­u­larly heart­en­ing for me to see some of our home-grown play­ers com­pet­ing well this week.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit www. la­gu­nagolf.com/phuket or con­tact +66 (0) 7627 0991 / golf@la­gu­na­phuket.com.

Prize giv­ing Cer­e­mony

Saran­porn with La­guna Phuket Rep­re­sen­ta­tives

The birds’s eye view of the event

La­guna Golf Phuket Hole 1 Green

Ms Claire Chi­ang re­ceiv­ing an ap­pre­ci­a­tion plaque from Mr Jit­ti­sak Tam­prasert

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