Both Thailand professional Golf associations, the PGA (Mens Professional Golf Association) and the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association), chose local golf courses to hold championship events in May in recognition of the quality our golf courses.
Both events were supported by the Sports Authority of Thailand and the Singha Corporation with prize money of two million THB and one million baht available to the PGA and LPGA event respectively. The PGA championship was conducted over 72 holes and the LPGA over 54 holes. The PGA event was held at the Springfield Royal Country Club from 8th – 11th May over 72 holes, followed by the LPGA event at Palm Hills Golf Club & Residence from 14th – 16th May over 54 holes. Both courses were able to provide immaculate course conditions and tournament supervision to impress both the respective associations and competing golfers.
In the final round of the PGA championship, Settee Prakongvech, a 24-year-old golfer from Chonburi, overcame a four stroke deficit to draw level with Kasidit Lepkurte, a 27-year-old pro from Prachinburi who had faded on the last day scoring 74. Settee had collected 2 birdies in the final three holes. He parred the last hole with a putt from off the green after putting his second in the water to make a 2-under 70. The Phetchaburi Governor was on hand to witness a thrilling finale as the two tied leaders of the Championship needed to return to the 18th tee six times in a multiple playoff. Officials changed the hole position after four attempts had failed to determine the winner.
On the sixth play-off hole Settee put his second shot in the water of the par five 527 yard hole which requires a water-carry to the green. Kasidit found the green with his second shot then just missed a 48-foot Eagle Putt by a few inches before a tap-in birdie to secure the first prize of 240,000 THB. PGA Final Results Summary 274 Kasidit Lepkurte, 68-64-68-74 (won sudden death playoff on the sixth hole) 274 Settee Prakongvech, 62-73-69-70 276 Atiruj Winaicharoen Chai 70-70-70-66, Wisut Arjanawat 70-69-69-68, Ratchapol asidis Nailakut. In the LPGA Championship 2019, Trichat Cheenglab, a 23 year old from Bangkok make a dream come true, winning her first championship in professional play after two years.
Her score of 2 under par 204 won her prize money of 142,500 THB. The graduate of Silpakorn University had a final round of 4 under-68 with 6 birdies at the holes 1, 7, 8, 10, 15 and 17 and 2 bogeys at holes 2 and 11. She graciously said “Finally, thank you to the Ladies Professional Golf Association that organises competitions for us to develop skills to fight with world class golfers, the Sports Authority of Thailand and the Singha Corporation’s prize money that has always supported the golf industry. Palm Hills prepared a course that was fun to play and importantly, I would like to thank my family and friends who have always been encouraging.
“Sharing second place were Nattapan Siritrai, a 23 year old from Bangkok and Chalisa Limpipolpaibul, another 23 year old from Chiang Mai, who scored 9 under par 207, receiving prize of 78,730 THB each. The leading amateur was Chanoknan Angurasaranee who her second consecutive victory with a score of 2 under par. LPGA Final Results Summary 1. (- 12) 204 Trichat Cheenglab, return 67-69-68, prize money 142,500 THB T2. (- 9) 207 Nattapan Siritrai 67-72-68, Chalisa Limpipolpaibul 71-67-69 prize money prize money 78,730 THB. 9 Award Winning Banyan Golf Club Celebrate the Banyan 10 year anniversary 2019 LIMITED EDITION FOR JUST THB 28,000 REVEIVED THE FOLLOWING BENEFITS
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