| Khairil Hassan |
THAILAND led the Putra Cup, Lion City Cup and Kartini Cup while Philippines led the Santi Cup after the first day of the South East Asian Amateur Team Golf Championship (SEAATGC) held at The Empire Golf and Country Club in Jerudong yesterday.
In the individual event, Brunei’s Md Qazzri Fakhri finished second in the Putra Cup with 4-under-par 67.
Conducted by the Brunei Darussalam Golf Association (BDGA), the championship is a 72-hole stroke play event being played on the par-71, 6,427-metre course at The Empire Hotel & Country Club.
The 83-player field features players from Brunei Darussalam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand to play in the Putra Cup; men division, Lion City Cup; boys under-18 division, Santi Cup; ladies division and Kartini Cup; girls under-18 division.
“It is my wish that one trophy should be donated for amateur golfers for South East Asia and I am happy to donate a cup for this purpose,” so wrote Tunku in January 1961.
The Tunku, as he was fondly known, wished the competition to be played among teams along the lines of the World Amateur Golf Team Championship for the Eisenhower Trophy.
In the Kartini Cup, Thailand players ruled supreme with all their 3 players played under the par yesterday.
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras finished 5-under-par 66 to lead. Two strokes off the lead, Kanyalak Preedasutthijit scored 3-under-par 68 to finish second while their teammate, Pajaree Anannarukarn finished tied third with Indonesia’s Rivani ADelia Sihotang with 2-under-par 69.
Brunei’s Nurintan Shafizah HMS finished 19th with 33-over-par 106 and her teammate Dk Amal Izabillah PHAM finished 20th with 38-over-par 111. Brunei team finished with a combined score of 74-over-par 217 tournament total.
Defending champions, Thailand led the Kartini Cup with a combined score of 10-under-par 132 tournament total, 13 strokes ahead of their nearest competitor, Indonesia who finished second with a combined score of 3-over-par 145 tournament total.
Suradit Yongcharoenchai of Thailand led the 8th Lion City Cup after carding 1-under-par 70 followed by Wei Wei Gao of Philippines, finished 1 stroke behind leader at even-par-71.
Rifaqi Alam Ramadhan of Indonesia was third with 1-over-par 72. In the team event, defending champions Thailand led with 2-over-par 144, a narrow margin of one stroke ahead of nearest challenger, the Philippines who carded a combined score of 3-over-par 145.
Brunei’s young golfers Ryan Chee Hong Zu, Ak Md Syakir bin Pg Hj Alli and Chong Jun Horng finished 16, 17 and 18 respectively.
Sock Hwee of Singapore and Claire Amelia Legaspi of Philippines shared the lead with 4-under-par 67 while Suthavee Chanachai of Thailand finished third with 2-under-par 69 in the Santi Cup.
Philippines led the team event with a combined score of 6-under-par 135 tournament total.
Brunei’s Almas Syazwani bte Kamis finished 15th with 9-over-par 82 and teammate Dk Siti Nurmashizriah PGN finished 17th position with 11-over-par 84.
In the main event, the Putra Cup, Thailand led with a combined score of 6-under-par 207 followed by Malaysia with 2-under-par 211 at second place and Singapore at third place with 212.
In the Individual event, Danthai Boonma of Thailand led the field with 5-under-par 66. Brunei’s Md Qazzri Fakhri came in second with 4-under-par 67 and Singapore’s Johnson Poh trailed close in third with 3-under-par 68.