Asian Tour Qualifying School graduate Kosuke Hamamoto of Thailand will be looking to translate his impressive form into a victory at the inaugural Classic Golf and Country Club International Championship, which starts on Thursday.
September 11: Asian Tour Qualifying School
graduate Kosuke Hamamoto of Thailand will be looking to translate his
impressive form into a victory at the inaugural Classic Golf and Country Club
International Championship, which starts on Thursday.
Kosuke, who entered the spotlight
when he came in runner-up at the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship in
Chinese Taipei last week, is inspired to bid for a successful outing when he
gets his campaign underway at the Classic Golf and Country Club.
Thanks for his commendable
result last week, the 20-year-old Thai has virtually locked up his Asian Tour
card for 2020 after playing only five events so far this season. He will be
aiming to go one rung better in the inaugural Asian Tour event, which offers a
prize purse of US$300,000.
India’s Chikkarangappa S.
and Viraj Madappa are counting on home advantage to steer themselves to a victory
this week. Their title ambitions will be put to test by Korea’s Taehee Lee and
Masahiro Kawamura of Japan, placed fourth and fifth respectively on the Order
The host venue, which
comprises of an 18-Hole Signature Championship Course as well as a 9-Hole
Signature Canyon Course, witnessed a slice of history in 2009 when Thailand’s
Chapchai Nirat recorded the world’s lowest 72-hole score with a 32-under-par to
win the third of his four Asian Tour titles then.
Prior to hosting its first
Asian Tour event in 2009, the Classic Golf and Country Club was also home to
the prestigious Indian Open in 2000 and 2001. Over the past few years, it has
also played host to several tournaments on the Professional Golf Tour of India
Did you know?
- Kosuke Hamamoto enjoyed a runner-up finish in Chinese Taipei last week to move to 27th
place on the Order of Merit, where he has virtually retained his playing rights
for the 2020 season.
- The 20-year-old, whose father is Japanese and mother
is Thai, joined the play-for-pay ranks after coming through the Qualifying
School last December.
- In just five starts on Tour prior to this week, Kosuke
has secured a tied-16th place result at the Sarawak Championship last
month and a tied-10th finish at the Bank BRI Indonesia Open a
- Kosuke also enjoyed
some solid results on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) this season, having
notched four top-10s, including a runner-up finish at the Thongchai
- Hamamoto started
playing golf at the age of eight. He is a former Thai Amateur star, South East
Asia (SEA) Games individual gold medalist and was part of the first Thai team
to win the Nomura Cup in Malaysia in 2017.
- He was also part of Team Thailand that finished second
in the Team event at the SEA Games in 2017.
S. is a two-time winner on the ADT. He
has also won twice on his domestic circuit this year.
- Chikka will be chasing for his first title on the
Asian Tour this week.
- He sits in 21st place on the Order of
Merit, thanks to a tied-20th place finish at the lucrative Maybank
Championship and a top-10 finish at his National Open earlier this season.
- Viraj Madappa
will be chasing for his second Asian Tour title this week. The 21-year-old
claimed his breakthrough on home soil when he was still a rookie last August.
- Madappa holds the record of being the youngest Indian
player, at the age of 20, to win on the Asian Tour. He finished his rookie
season in 35th place on the 2018 Order of Merit.
- Madappa has endured a lacklustre season, having made
only five cuts in 12 starts to sit in 67th place on the money list. The young
Indian, however, is getting his season back on track with back-to-back top-25
finishes in Indonesia and Chinese Taipei coming into this week.