• Punpaka Snaps Long Drought to Clinch Title at Muan Suen Thai LPGA

Punpaka Snaps Long Drought to Clinch Title at Muan Suen Thai LPGA

Veteran Punpaka Phuntumabamrung ended her seven-year drought of title after she beat Kornkanok Sungpankhao by four strokes to win the Bt1.7 million Singha-BGC Muan Suen presented by EGAT at Ubonratana Dam Golf Course in Khon Kaen on Friday.
May 4, 2023

Punpaka showcased her skills with solid fairway shots and precise greens in regulation, enabling her to score four birdies on holes No. 6, 7, 10, and 14 during the final round. Despite facing some challenges on holes No. 2 and 16, where she recorded two bogeys, she managed to finish strong with a final round score of 70. Her three-day total of five under-par-211 propelled her to the first victory since winning the Thai LPGA event at Panya Indra Golf Course in Bangkok back in July, 2015.

“I am quite satisfied with my performance in the final round. I was able to execute my game plan so well by hitting the fairways consistently and giving myself multiple opportunities to make birdies,” said the 32-year-old Punpaka who will return home with her second professional win.

“I am thrilled to have accomplished my mission. It has been quite some time since I secured my first title, and ending this dry spell has left me feeling overwhelmed with joy,” added Punpaka who won the winner’s prize money of Bt238,000, the biggest cheque in her career to date.

“I just want to express my gratitude to all the sponsors who have supported me throughout my career, and most importantly, I want to give a special shoutout to my family for their unwavering support. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart,” she added.

Along with the prize money, Punpaka was also awarded a stunning trophy named "Through Sweat and Strenuous Effort." It was designed by Udomsak Rachaderm, a renowned artist from BGC Glass Studio, which is Thailand's premier glass learning center. The trophy's aesthetic handcraftsmanship embodies the perseverance and dedication required to attain victory. The sweat depicted on the trophy represents the tremendous effort and devotion that a player must put in to reach their goal.

In second place was 17-year-old Kornkanok, who had an impressive performance, sinking three birdies against two bogeys to finish with a score of 71 and a total of 215. She received a cheque for Bt153,000 as the sole runner-up.

Three players comprising Kotowa Hato of Japan, Chonlada Chayanun and Samaporn Khangkhun finished at tied third, each with a total 218.

Halfway leader, Budsabakorn Sukhapan, who started the final round with a one-shot lead over Punpaka, unfortunately fell ill and was unable to play up to her usual standard. She struggled and finished with a final score of 80, giving her a total of four-over-par 220, which placed her in a tie for 10th place.

The next Thai LPGA event, the Singha-BGC which is the sixth circuit on the 2023 calendar, is set to take place from May 3 -5 at the Panorama Golf and Country Club in Nakhon Ratchasima.

The Thailand Ladies Professional Golf Association provides an opportunity for both professional and amateur golfers not only to hone their talents, but also to accumulate points for the Thai LPGA rankings and Order pf Merits, and for the Rolex World Ranking points, which can open doors for their professional pursuit on a worldwide scale. The Thai LPGA Tour is supported by the Sports Authority of Thailand, National Sports Development Funds, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), BG Container Glass, Pathumthani Glass Industry, Boon Rawd Trading, Central Group, Leonian (Thailand), Muang Thai Life Assurance, Nikon Sales Thailand, AIS PLAY, Nestle (Thai) and Ubonratana Dam Golf Course

Each Thai LPGA tournament is competed in a three-day stroke play format for a total of 54 holes. The tour features ranking points for the 2023 Thai LPGA Tour Order of Merits, 2023 Thai LPGA Tour points and the Rolex Women’s World Golf Ranking points.