Sriprasith tops Faldo Series field in Thailand
28 February 2013: Napong Sriprasith is one of five Thai golfers who will join Sir Nick Faldo at next month’s Faldo Series Asia Grand Final following victory in the fifth Thailand Championship at Plutaluang Navy Golf Course in Pattaya.
16-year-old Sriprasith from Chonburi fired two rounds of 69 to finish on six under par and win by one from overnight leader Patthara Amonvescharath. With victory in the Boys’ Under-18 division, Amonvescharath secured a spot alongside Sriprasith at the seventh Asia Grand Final in China on March 13-15.
A one-over-par total saw leading girl Suthavee Chanachai claim a trip to the World Amateur Golf Ranking event at Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen. Chanarojnarong Wattanakul (Boys’ Under-21) and Trichat Cheengab (Girls’ Under-21) completed the line-up of Thai qualifiers.
Established in 1996, 40 Faldo Series tournaments now take place in 30 countries worldwide with more than 7,000 golfers participating each year. Past winners include Major Champions Rory McIlroy and Yani Tseng as well as Thai professionals Nakarin Ratanakul and Thidapa Suwannapura.
In September 2013, Faldo will begin taking students at a full-time residential academy for education and golf development in America. The first ever Faldo Series Academy in Casa Grande, Arizona is also home to the Faldo Series USA and marks the next significant step in the programme’s history.
The 2012/2013 Faldo Series Asia schedule featured a record 18 tournaments in 15 countries, including four in mainland China and others in The Philippines, Chinese Taipei, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Nepal, Malaysia, Japan, Pakistan, Indonesia and Thailand.
The Faldo Series Asia is supported by major partners ISPS, Mission Hills and The R&A. It is endorsed by the Asian Tour and the Asia Pacific Golf Federation.
Leading final scores:
143 – Chanarojnarong Wattanakul (72-71)
153 – Pongsathorn Pengboonma (75-78)
139 – Patthara Amonvescharath (68-71)
140 – Poom Pattaropong (70-70)
141 – Aekachai Chamsukkee (71-70)
138 – Napong Sriprasith (69-69)
142 – Paphangkorn Ithiratchai (71-71)
144 – Sertawut Apirukworawuth (71-73)
156 – Trichat Cheengab (81-75)
158 – Sitanart Singhanart (80-78)
145 – Suthavee Chanachai (75-70)
146 – Taglo Jeeravivittaporn (74-72)
151 – Pasinee Thongthengyai (72-79)