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The 2014 ASEAN PGA Tour

By: Antony Sutton

Kwanchai Tannin of Thailand

Kwanchai Tannin of Thailand

The ASEAN PGA Tour makes a welcome return to Indonesia in 2014 with a couple events being held at courses somewhat off the beaten track among the 11 tournaments announced at the start of February.

Launched in 2007, the first tournament was the less than grandly named International Championship hosted by the Imperial Klub Golf in Jakarta with Malaysia’s Danny Chia becoming the first ever winner.

But while both Indonesia and Malaysia played such an important role in getting the Tour off the ground, it is the Thais who have dominated with no less than 15 of the top 20 on the 2013 Order of Merit coming from the Land of Smiles. Kwanchai Tannin lead the way, pocketing a cool $35,000 and lifting the Singha Pattaya Open and the PGM-ASEAN PGA Negeri Sembilan Masters in Malaysia.

It was a fallow year for Indonesian golf on the Tour with no events being hosted in the country and the best ranked player, Kurnia Hersihandy, being ranked 55th. Competing in just four events, his best performance came at the Penang Masters where he finished in 11th place with a seven under 281.

Hopes are high that 2014 will see a better showing from local golfers. Whether they can give the Thais a run for their money remains to be seen.

The Tour begins in Thailand with the Singha Esan Open in Khon Kaen in March and runs throughout the year, taking in events in Malaysia, Indonesia and Laos.

The inclusion of events in Palembang, South Sumatra and Makassar, South Sulawesi, is interesting and allows the enthusiast the opportunity to check out courses in parts of the country they may not otherwise visit.

Also known as Padang Golf Kenten, the Palembang Golf Club lays claim to being one of the oldest in the country, opened in 1926 by the Stanvac oil company. Meanwhile, Padivalley Golf Club sits in the foothills of the Gowa mountains close to the city of Makassar.

The season will close with the now traditional Sabah Masters and the ASEAN PGA are hopeful even more events can be added to the calendar.

“This year marks the eighth season of the ASEAN PGA Tour and its success is because it continues to be enthusiastically embraced by players, sponsors and tours,” said AC Wong, Executive Chairman, ASEAN PGA.

“The Tour is continually looking to expand in to new markets and is hopeful of announcing additional events in 2014, ” added Wong.

The 2014 ASEAN PGA Tour Schedule

2014 ASEAN PGA SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Singha Esan Open March 27 to 30 Singha Park Golf Club, Khon Kaen,Thailand
Total Prize Money: US$ 100,000
Defending champion: Prayad Marksaeng (THA)

Singha Pattaya Open Burapha Golf Club, Thailand May 8 to 11
Total Prize Money: US$ 100,000
Defending champion: Kwanchai Tannin (THA)

PGM-ASEAN PGA A’Famosa Masters A’Famosa Golf Resort, Melaka, Malaysia May 28 to 31
Total Prize Money: US$ 60,000
Defending champion: Mardan Mamat (SIN)

Singha Hua Hin Open Royal Hua Hin Golf Club, Thailand July 17 to 20
Total Prize Money: US$ 65,000
Defending champion: Phachara Khongwatmai (amateur) (THA)

PGM-ASEAN PGA Penang Classic Penang Golf Club, Malaysia August 6 to 9
Total Prize Money: US$ 60,000
Defending champion: Shaaban Hussin (MAS)

Singha Chiang Mai Open Mae Jo Golf Club and Resort, Thailand August 21 to 24
Total Prize Money: US$ 65,000
Defending champion: Thammanoon Sriroj (THA)

PGM-ASEAN PGA Staffield Championship Staffield Country Resort, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia October 15 to 18
Total Prize Money: US$ 60,000
Defending champion: Kwanchai Tannin (THA)

Sabah Masters Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club, Malaysia January (Specific Dates TBA)
Total Prize Money: US$ 75,000
Defending champion: Wisut Artjanawat (THA)

Palembang Musi Championship Palembang Golf Club, Indonesia Date TBA
Total Prize Money: US$ 150,000
Defending champion: Nicholas Fung (MAS)

Gowa Classic Padivalley Golf Club, Indonesia Date TBA
Total Prize Money: US$ 100,000
Defending champion: Annop Tangkamolprasert (THA)

Laos Open Venue TBA Date TBA
Total Prize Money: US$ 100,000
Defending champion: Namchok Tantipokhakul (THA)

2013 ORDER OF MERIT
1 – Kwanchai Tannin (Thailand)
2 – Namchok Tantipokhakul (Thailand)
3 – Wisut Artjanawat (Thailand)
4 – Rathchapol Jantavara (Thailand)
6 – Sattaya Supupramai (Thailand)
7 – Mardan Mamat (Singapore)
8 – Rattanon Wannasrichan (Thailand)
9 – Khor Kheng Hwai (Malaysia)
10 – Sutijet Kooratanapisan (Thailand)

Golf Indonesia will of course be keeping an eye on the ASEAN Tour while the website, www.aseanpgatour.com will have all the latest news and views.

About Antony Sutton

I am a freelance writer who has been hanging round South East Asia for about 20 years. Unfortunately, I haven’t picked up a club in anger since my days in Bangladesh on the Kurmitola course where I benefited greatly from the words and wisdom of Nelson, the one armed caddy. Today, I keep threatening to head to the local driving range to shake off the cobwebs but haven’t yet made good with that promise. Instead I content myself with a few quiet, cold beers once in a while and helping my son become a good Arsenal fan!

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