Thailand claim maiden Nomura Cup win

Thailand won the Asia-Pacific Amateur Golf Team Championship for the Nomura Cup for the first time at Sungai Long today, finishing 12 shots ahead of defending champions Japan.

The Thai quartet of Kammalas Namuangruk, Atiruj Winaicharoenchai, Kosuke Hamamoto and Sadom Kaewkanja finished with an impressive four-day total of 56-under-par at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Sungai Long course.

“We finally won,” said Thai team manager Kanes Nitiwanakul.  “Our players deserved all the credits for winning the Nomura Cup title. They did not crack under the pressure. I am really proud of them. They handled the pressure well.”

Thailand also won the individual title through Kammalas with an 18-under-par-270 total, one clear of Japan’s Kazuya Osawa.

The Malaysian team of Afif Fathi, Afif Razif, Chan Tuck Soon and Rhaasrikanesh finished 12th with  a four-day total of 9-under-par 855. Afif Fathi continued to impress and finished joint fifth in the individual standings on 14-under-par (68, 71, 64, 71). Malaysia finished 10th in the last Nomura Cup in Abu Dhabi two years ago.

A total of 23 member countries of the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation took part in the event.

Top 3 Teams:

808 – Thailand (204, 199, 201, 204)

820 – Japan (209, 204, 202 , 205)

825 – Australia (211, 202, 209, 203)

Top 3 Individual:

270 – Kammalas Namuangruk (Thailand) 64, 72, 64, 70

271 – Kazuya Osawa (Japan) 68, 66, 68, 69

272 – Sadom Keakwanja (Thailand) 69, 66, 70, 67

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