CHIANG RAI – has won his first All Thailand Tour title with a two-shot victory over teen sensation Phachara Kongwatmai at the Santiburi Country Club yesterday.
Trailing a shot behind the 18-year-old prodigy, Panuphol sank a birdie on the 18th hole for a 67 to match him at 16-under. Phachara, who was playing flawless golf throughout the day, teed off into a pond on the 18th and collected a double-bogey to finish on 70.
The win for Panuphol comes just seven days after losing his girlfriend in a road accident. On Monday night, Panupol endeavoured one of the saddest days of his life when his girlfriend Rada Kornjirajindakul died following an accident while she was on her way to Chiang Rai.
Prom Meesawat, settled for joint third along with Thammanon Sriroj and Itthipat Buranatanyarat, each with a 276. Pawin Ingkhapradit stumbled to a 79, which saw tied 21st with a total 281.
On the women’s side, amateur 17 year-old, Pajaree Anannarukarn beat Parinda Phokan and Saranporn Langkulgasettrin by two strokes for her second All Thailand win.
Parinda and Saranporn, who finished tied second with 283, each earned the prize money of Bt57,500.
Pajaree plans to turn professional when she turns 18 next month and will fly to the US to prepare herself for the first LPGA Q School Stage in October.
By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam