09 October 2017
Southeast Asia’s Future at Gading Golf
In every golf competition in Southeast Asia, there is always the question of which country will claim 2nd and 3rd if Thailand is participating. With a wealth of exceptional players, Thailand is always the favorite to win. Proof that that is no exaggeration comes in the form of the country's results in the SEA Amateur Golf Team Championship 2017.
Thailand dominated all categories of the event held September 5-8. The country made a clean sweep in the Putra Cup, Lion City Cup, Santi Cup, and Kartini Cup., claiming all the individual titles, and even the 2nd positions, along with the team titles.
Thailand’s Kusuke Hamamoto became the star of the event. The 18-year-old not only claimed the individual and team titles but also made a record score of 264 (24-under) and a record low daily score of 64 (8-under). Fellow countryman Sadom Kaewkanjana placed 2nd just two strokes behind the leader.
“I feel a little tired after playing in the SEA Games, but I try to keep playing well. I really enjoy the game in this tournament. The course is also very nice and challenging. I am happy to play well,” said Hamamoto, who also won gold (individual) and a medal (team) at the 2017 SEA Games two weeks before the event.
Indonesia managed to secure two Top 3 spots. Kentaro Nanayama, who scored a total of 283 (five-under), finished six strokes behind the leader to claim 3rd place in the Lion City Cup. Patricia Sinolungan made a total of 278 (10-under), eight strokes behind the leader, finishing 3rd in the Santi Cup. In the team category, Indonesia took 2nd place in the Santi Cup and 3rd place in the Putra Cup, Lion City Cup, and Kartini Cup.
The SEA Amateur Golf Team Championship 2017 is one of the premier tournaments in Southeast Asia. Participated in by eight countries in Southeast Asia, excluding Hong Kong, the annual tournament always features the top amateur golfers from the region. The SEA Amateur Golf Team Championship 2017 reflects the faces that are the future of Southeast Asian golf.