Thais sweep the board again

Ha­mamoto, At­thaya shine as King­dom prove too strong for South­east Asian ri­vals

Bangkok Post - - SPORTS -

>> Thai golfers ce­mented their sta­tus as the re­gional pow­er­house fol­low­ing an­other sweep­ing vic­tory at the South­east Asian Ama­teur Golf Team Cham­pi­onships.

The King­dom’s golfers took home all eight ti­tles up for grabs at Gad­ing Raya Padang Golf & Klub in Ser­pong, In­done­sia yes­ter­day.

They also won all in­di­vid­ual and team hon­ours in Sin­ga­pore last year.

The dom­i­nat­ing per­for­mance in In­done­sia came just two weeks af­ter their suc­cess­ful SEA Games cam­paign in Malaysia, where the na­tional stars won three gold, two silver and one bronze medals.

Thai-Ja­panese Ko­suke Ha­mamoto fired a five-un­der-par 67 to claim the in­di­vid­ual hon­ours of the Pu­tra Cup, fin­ish­ing on 24-un­der 264, two shots ahead of team­mate Sadom Kaewkan­jana, who also carded a 67.

A bril­liant seven-un­der 65 from Kam­malas Na­muan­gruk also pro­pelled Thai­land to the team ti­tle af­ter they fin­ished on 61-un­der 803, nine shots ahead of overnight lead­ers Sin­ga­pore (812). In­done­sia came third on 32-un­der 832.

In the Santi Cup, teen prodigy At­thaya Thi­tikul fired a stun­ning eigh­tun­der-par 64 to win the women’s in­di­vid­ual cat­e­gory by six strokes.

At­thaya, who be­came the youngest known win­ner of a pro­fes­sional golf tour event with her vic­tory at the Ladies Euro­pean Thai­land Cham­pi­onship in Pattaya in July, fin­ished on 18-un­der 270.

Fel­low Thai Manuschaya Zeemakorn, who led the field in the first three rounds, had to set­tle for sec­ond af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing fi­nal-round 72. In­done­sia’s Pa­tri­cia Si­nol­un­gan (70) was third on 10-un­der 278.

In the team event, the Thai women fin­ished on top with a to­tal score of 30-un­der 546, nine shots ahead of In­done­sia. Malaysia were third on 594.

In the Lion City Cup (boys U17), Atiruj Wi­naicharoen­chai was de­clared in­di­vid­ual win­ner af­ter a count­back was re­quired to de­ter­mine the out­come. Both Atiruj (68) and team­mate Ran­chanapong Yoopray­ong (70) fin­ished on 11-un­der 277 af­ter 72 holes.

In­done­sia’s Ken­taro Nanayama (71) was third on five-un­der 283.

Thai­land re­tained the team ti­tle, card­ing 24-un­der 552 to fin­ish 14 shots ahead of Malaysia. In­done­sia were third on 573.

In the Kar­tini Cup (girls U17), Than­rada Pid­don took the in­di­vid­ual ti­tle, clos­ing with a 71 to fin­ish on 15-un­der 273, seven shots ahead of com­pa­triot Kan Ban­bodee (72).

Thai­land also claimed the team ti­tle on 24-un­der 552, 16 shots ahead of Malaysia.

Thai play­ers and of­fi­cials pose with the tro­phies in Ser­pong, In­done­sia yes­ter­day.

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