Local golf star wins Samui cup

20 Jun 2011

Golfer Chawalit Plaphol produced a fine finish to win the Queen's Cup trophy at Santiburi Samui Country Club yesterday. The 36-year-old Thai professional started the blustery day leading by one and ended it with an admirable three-below-par 68 to beat fellow Thai golfer Prayad Marksaeng.

Plaphol won out with a two shot lead, beating Marksaeng’s bogey-free 67. Daisuke Marumaya from Japan came in third and South African Peter Karmis finished fourth in this $300,000 Asian Tour tourney.

Afterwards, Plaphol said he was elated to win the Queen's Cup as he had not won a trophy for five years. He said he had felt fairly confident during play as the last time that he had won was also on this course when he triumphed in the Bangkok Airways Open.

The victor said that despite strong winds which made every hole a challenge, he felt reasonably sure that he would win if he was patient and managed good tee shots. Plaphol’s share of the Asian Tour prize money for his victory is $47,550 (1,450,000 Baht).

Marksaeng’s finishing position as runner up was his third inside the top three over the last seven years at Santiburi. He said that he had not hit his putts hard enough and he also thought Plaphol played the better game. He added that although he still had not won on this course, he hoped to rectify this one day.   

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