FORMER SEA Games player Kammalas Namuangrak carded an unblemished 66 to beat South Korean teenager Kim Jooh-yung by two shots and claim his maiden victory in the Bt2-million Singha Classic at the Royal Hills Golf Resort and Spa in Nakhon Nayok yesterday.
The 26-year-old Bangkokian, who won team silver at the 2017 SEA Games, shot a total 10-under-par 274 to win his first title since turning professional in July.
“I’m so excited as I’ve come close to winning so many times in the past. Today I was trying to stay in the present and play my game,” said Kammalas who switched his focus to the pro tour after failing to make August’s Asian Games team.
“The turning point was when I made a great birdie putt on the par-3 15th for a two-shot lead. After that I felt confident and felt great about everything in my game. I played safe from then on to make sure I would hold on to that lead until the end,” added Kammalas who grabbed the winner’s cheque for Bt300,000.
“Winning this title has really boosted my confidence. I want follow the path of my predecessors who made successful transitions from the national team to the pro level – like Danthai Boonma and Natipong Srithong,” he added.
Overnight leader Kim, 16, hit a 69 at the par-71 7,278 yard course to land in lone second on 276. Kasidit Lepkurte, still looking for his first win, shot a final 70 to take third on 278.
The final and 10th stop of the 2018 All Thailand Tour is next week at the Burapha Golf and Resort in Chon Buri.