Pressure will be on teenage prodigy Atthaya to stimulate an effective project, composes Kittipong Thongsombat
Thailand initially tasted success in the Asian Games golf fights in a stunning style at Incheon 2014 where the females’s group were crowned champs and the males’s team completed third.
They likewise took house a silver and a bronze in the females’s specific competitors.
4 years on, Thailand Golf Association president Rangsrid Luxitanond is targeting a more glittering efficiency from his gamers at the 2018 Asian Games, which formally get underway on Saturday in Indonesia.
” I am positive that we will win a minimum of 2 gold medals in the group occasions,” he stated.
” It might be 3 as we might declare both gold medals in the females’s competitors. Our huge hazard might be the Philippines, who will be supposedly utilizing their US-based gamers.
” For the males’s contest, Japan, China, South Korea and Taiwan are strong, while India might be a surprise plan.”
The Thai males’s gamers, from left, Kosuke Hamamoto, Wichayanont Chotehiranrungroeng, Wanchai Luangnitikul and Sadom Kaewkanchana.
Thailand’s male gamers are 2017 SEA Games champs Kosuke Hamamoto, Sadom Kaewkanchana, Wanchai Luangnitikul and Wichayanont Chotehiranrungroeng.
The females’s staff member are Atthaya Thitikul, Kan Bunnabodi and Kulthida Pramphun.
Although all the Thai medallists at the 2014 Asian Games have actually now turned specialists, Rangsrid is positive about his gamers’ opportunities of fulfilling the two-gold target in Indonesia.
Teenage prodigy Atthaya, perhaps the very best female amateur worldwide at the minute, is tipped to shine in Jakarta.
The 15-year-old took the low amateur honours at 2 significant champions this year– the ANA Motivation and Women’s British Open.
She made areas at both occasions thanks to her triumph at the inaugural Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific in Singapore in February.
In 2015, at the age of 14 years, 4 months and 19 days, she won the Ladies European Thailand Champion in Pattaya to end up being the youngest ever gamer to win at an expert occasion.
A couple of weeks later on, she recorded 2 gold medals at the SEA Games.
” My self-confidence has actually been improved by my efficiency at the Women’s British Open. I have actually been training with specialists. I will attempt to assist the group maintain their title however will not put additional pressure on myself,” Atthaya stated.
” We are practically one hundred percent prepared now. We will provide our all to bring house gold medals.”
Kan stated that the hardest challengers would be the Philippines.
On the males’s side, Sadom and Kosuke were members of the four-man team that won the 28th edition of the Asia-Pacific Golf Group Champion in Malaysia previously this year.
Thailand Golf Association president Rangsrid Luxitanond, centre, with his gamers and authorities. picture: credit
The success ended Thailand’s 54-year await gold medal at the difficult competitors including the similarity the U.S.A., Japan, Australia and South Korea.
A couple of weeks earlier, Sadom likewise won the Dutch Junior Open.
Japanese-Thai Kosuke, who beat European Trip gamer Nicolas Colsaerts to win the Singha Classic on the All Thailand Golf Trip in 2015, thinks that the males’s group are strong enough to contend for the title in Indonesia.
” Our company believe that we can beat any group at the Asian Games,” he stated. “We will attempt to win the gold medals for all Thais.”
TGA coach Sanit Hensirisakul stated the greens at the competitors course are quick and putting will be crucial to success at Pondok Indah Golf Course in Jakarta when the golf occasions occur from Aug 23-26.
” The course is not that long however the greens are a bit challenging,” stated Sanit, who likewise coached the Thai group at the 2014 Asian Games.
Inquired about the females’s group where all the pressure is most likely to be on Atthaya’s shoulders, Sanit stated that it is regular for all excellent gamers to feel the problem.
On The Other Hand, Kulthida and Kan have actually enhanced significantly and must have the ability to assist the group win a medal.
Golf, presented into the Asian Games in 1982, will utilize a 72-hole stroke play format. For the males’s group occasion, the very best 3 ratings out of 4 gamers will be counted, while in the females’s group, the very best 2 out of 3 ratings will be considered.