INSPIRED BY the rare presence of his mother on the course, red-hot teenager Suradit Yongcharoenchai won-back-to-back titles with a six stroke victory in the Bt2 million Singha SAT Lumphun Championship at the Gassan Legacy Golf Club yesterday.
The 18-year-old, who claimed his first All Thailand Tour victory in Hua Hin three weeks ago, carded a 66 in the final round for a four-day total of 24-under-par 260 to win his first Thailand PGA Tour title at the par-71, 6,651-yard layout.
“It was special for me. My mother watched me play here. Normally, she is tied up with work at home. So I dedicated this win to her on Mother’s Day,” said Suradit, who also had a top-10 finish in Take Solutions, an Asian Tour event in Bangalore, India, last week.
“I started very well by making three straight birdies, which made it a lot easier.
“I didn’t expect to win two straight local tournaments. It’s amazing,” said the Nakhon Pathom native, one of the hottest Thai golfers this month.
Suradit, who received Bt240,000 for his win, will take two weeks rest before entering an Asian Development Tour event in Indonesia.
Natthapong Niyomchon came second, six shots behind the winner after a final round 64 for 266. Peradol Panyathamasedh followed a stroke behind at third with a total of 267.