Thais sweep the board again
Hamamoto, Atthaya shine as Kingdom prove too strong for Southeast Asian rivals
>> 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.