| Khairil Hassan |
AFTER a phenomenal three rounds of 16-under-par 197, Danthai Boonma of Thailand breezed through in the final round of the 54th Putra Cup to clinch the individual title at the South East Asian Amateur Team Golf Championship at The Empire Hotel & Country Club yesterday. His final round 1-over-par 71 gave him a tournament total 16-under-par 269 and a four-stroke victory.
His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik presented the prizes to the winners and also witnessed the handing over of the Presidency of the Asean Golf Federation from Brunei Darussalam Golf Association to the Thailand Golf Association who will host the championship next year.
Also attending the prize-giving ceremony was YAM Pengiran Muda Abdul Hakeem, along with the Minister of Culture Youth and Sports, Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah and Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman.
Danthai carded three birdies and two bogeys on the front nine and two birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey on the back nine en-route to victory. Danthai was the favourite to win the championship after breaking the Empire course record; 10-under-par 61 on Tuesday.
“My short game was really good all week,” he said. “My game feels really good right now. I’m just going to try and keep it up and get ready for the next tournament which is the Asia Amateur Championship in Melbourne.”
Thailand, the favourite to win the Putra Cup title, remains true to the prediction by claiming the title with whopping strokes ahead of their nearest challenger, Singapore who finished second with a combined score of 636, and Malaysia trailed in third with a combined score of 640.
Thailand fielded their top amateurs; Danthai Boonma, Kasidit Lepkurte, Natipong Srithong and Tawan Phongphun for the Putra Cup.
Brunei’s golden boy, Md Qazzri Fakhri Hj Aslimon fell to 8th position on the last day scoring 5-over-par 76 with a total of 4-over-par 289 tournament total, sharing the 8th spot with him were Malaysia’s Muhammad Wafiyuddin and Singapore’s Abdul Hadi.
Other Brunei golfers; Md Qawim Fakhri took 22nd position with a total score of 304, Lai Suan Loong in 26th position with 314 total score and Zunaidi Tuah in 28th position with 334 overall score.
Philippines prevailed in the Santi Cup to claim the team title with 24-under-par 544. Thailand finished strong yesterday with a combined score of 6-under-par 136 but remained in second place with a three-day score of 11-under-par 557. Singapore were in third place with 13-over-par 581.
In the individual race, Philippines’ Clare Amelia Legaspi led from day one to claim the title. She scored 67, 67, 69, 69 for a 12-under-par 272. Parinda Phokan of Thailand was second who carded 70, 70, 69, 68 for a 7-under-par 277 total.
Another young Filipina, Pauline DeGuzman was third with scores of 69, 70, 67, 72 for a 6-under-par 278 total.
Brunei’s Almas Syazwanie took 16th position with 334 total score and Dk Siti Nurmashizriah in 17th position with a total of 350.
Thailand continued their dominance in the championship by claiming the Lion City Cup title with a combined score of 2-under-par 568.
Malaysia finished second with 8-under-par 576 followed by Indonesia in third place with 15-over-par 583. In the Individual race, Thailand’s Suradit Yongcharoenchai claimed the title with 4-day score of 5-under-par 279. Indonesia’s M Rifqi Alam stole the limelight with a 4-under-par 67 yesterday to claim second place for a 4-over-par 288.
Malaysia’s Bryan Teoh overtook teammate, Galven to claim the third place with a total 4-day score of 7-over-par 291.
The tournament’s youngest player, Brunei’s 12-year-old Ryan Chee Hong Zu took 16th position with a total of 338, Ak Md Syakir in 17th place with a total of 343 and Chong Jun Horng in 18th place with 357 tournament total.
In the Kartini Cup for girls under-18, Thailand claimed the title with a combined 4-day score of 15-under-par 568, 21 strokes ahead of Indonesia who finished second with a combined score of 6-over-par 574.
Malaysia finished their challenge in the Kartini Cup at third place with 26-over-par 594.
Kanyalak Preedasutthijit of Thailand surged up the leaderboard to claim the individual title of the Kartini Cup beating her teammate, Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras who finished third after a poor outing of 3-over-par 74 yesterday for 4-under-par 280 tournament total.