NUWARA ELIYA GOLF CLUB above 6000 feet sea level
Nattawat Suwajanakorn is a cut above the rest – Wins
Championship in style
History books in the annals of Sri Lanka Golf have to record the
name Nattawat Suwajanakorn as the first golfer from Thailand to win the
prestigious National Title of Sri Lanka Amateur Champion which was vied for on
the 127th occasion since its inauguration in 1891 on the same golf
course in Nuwara Eliya.
Nattawat got off to a flying start and led 6up against his fellow
countryman Channachok after the first 18 holes in the 36 hole final. Both young
boys decided that they do not want a long break and for the first time in the
history of this championship teed off the second session in the morning after
just a 30 minute break (which the spectators needed). Chanachok tried to fight
back valiantly and did reduce the deficit to 5 down on a couple of occasions
but could not match the superior shot making of his opponent and team-mate Nattawat.
Despite missing a few short putts at the 7th, 8th and 9th,
Nattawat continued to maintain his
overwhelming lead and finished the match 6/5, giving the organizers plenty of
time to prepare of the final award ceremony and send everyone home after an
early afternoon tea.
According to Sri Lanka’s K.Prabagaran who is playing in the PGTI and
having won 2 titles as a professional including the Sri Lanka Open earlier this
year, Nattawat had all the shots of any professional on the PGTI circuit and
will definitely be a name to look out for should he choose to turn pro.