LAHORE - Thailand’s Poosit Supupramai clinched the title in the Asian Development Golf Tour 2017 which concluded here at the Defence Raya Golf Course on Sunday. Pakistan’s Taimoor Khan was declared the best golfer in amateur category.

Poosit claimed the sensational victory after closing with a three-under-par 69. The win was especially sweet as the 24-year-old Thai was a late entry into the US$120,000 Asian Development Tour (ADT) event as his visa was only approved on Monday. His patience eventually paid off when he won his first ADT title by one shot with a winning total of 14-under-par 202 in the event which was reduced to 54 holes due to bad weather. He was awarded a cash prize of US$21,000 that was further enhanced to US$31,000 by Defence Raya Golf Club president Lt Gen Amir Riaz. He moved to 12th position on the order of merit.

Poosit was delighted to taste success. With the victory, the Thai also wrote a small slice of history by joining his brother Sattaya, a three-time ADT winner, as the only brothers to have tasted success on the ADT. “It is a big surprise for me because I entered the championship at the last minute. I am so happy my visa was approved because I really wanted to play in this event,” said Poosit. “Pakistan has been lucky for me and I am looking forward to come here again,” he added.

Luke Joy of England posted a 67 to finish second, one shot from the champion, while Wolmer Murillo (67) of Venezuela and Malcolm Kokocinski (68) of Sweden finished in a share of third place at the Defence Raya Golf and Country Club. They pocketed a cash prize of US$13, 800 and US$7,560 each respectively.

For players of eminence like Luke Joy (England) and Malcolm Kokocinski, the experience at Defence Raya has been a double sense of joy as they managed to show their command and control and win over many Pakistani fans. The young ones of Pakistan golf scene have swarmed them for advice and hints on how to excel and that included Max Babri and his Swedish wife.

About his visit and playing in Pakistan, Luke Joy said: “All the players here felt welcomed. It is a good golf course and we enjoyed our stay at Defence Raya. We felt very safe here and I can’t wait to return next year to play still better.”

From amongst the Pakistanis, Shabbir Iqbal was the best one with scores of 73, 67 and 70 and an aggregate of 210, six under. Other Pakistanis, who cast an imprint of quality golfing, were Shahid Javed Khan, M Asif, Talat Ijaz, M Imran, M Matloob and Hamza Amin. And incidentally, Hamza Amin's father Taimur Hassan helped in bringing the Asian Tour to Pakistan.  The best amateur player of the championship was Taimur Khan of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In the allied events, in Pro Am competition the team that won was Masaru Takahadi of Japan and local players Maj Haroon Shafiq, Fareed Bajwa and Rustam Chatha.

At the concluding ceremony, Lt Gen Amir Riaz awarded prizes to the winners in the presence of Brig (r) Nayyar Afzal of Pakistan Golf Federation (PGF), Brig Sikandar Hayat of DHA Golf Club, Brig Sajid Khokhar, DHA administrator, officials of the Asia Tour organising team and a large number of golfers. The PGF also requested Ghulam Nabi, a former Pakistan Open champion for six years, to give away prizes to Pro Am winners.

Corps Commander Lahore Lt Gen Amir Riaz appreciated the foreign players for their golfing passion to come and participate in a world ranking Tournament in Lahore. “What a wonderful return of international golf in a city, which is heart of Pakistan. We invite you to visit this wonderful country again,” he said.

Unho Park, manager foreign players, praised the golf course of Defence Raya Golf & Country Club and termed it at par with the international standard. He also applauded wonderful hospitality and care accorded to them during their stay in Lahore.

DRGCC secretary Brig Sakinder Hayat thanked the Pakistan Golf Federation (PGF) for hosting such a high-profile event in Lahore. He thanked the foreign players for visiting the country and participating in a world-ranking gold tournament.

FINAL ROUND RESULTS

202         Poosit SUPUPRAMAI (THA) 65 68 69

203         Luke JOY (ENG) 70 66 67

204         Wolmer MURILLO (VEN) 72 65 67, Malcolm KOKOCINSKI (SWE) 66 70 68

206         John CATLIN (USA) 72 69 65, Jakraphan PREMSIRIGORN (THA) 67 68 71

207         Donlaphatchai NIYOMCHON (THA) 69 70 68

208         Wisut ARTJANAWAT (THA) 70 71 67, Masaru TAKAHASHI (JPN) 67 73 68, Nattawat SUVAJANAKORN (THA) 72 64 72

210         MUHAMMAD Shabbir (PAK) 73 67 70, Panuwat MUENLEK (THA) 68 70 72

211         Shahid Javed KHAN (PAK) 73 68 70

212         WANG Wei-lun (TWN) 75 70 67, Hamza AMIN (PAK) 69 75 68, Muhammad ASIF (PAK) 68 72 72

214         LIU Yan-wei (CHN) 77 69 68, Martin DIVE (AUS) 72 73 69, Matloob AHMED (PAK) 74 71 69, Talat IJAZ (PAK) 72 68 74

215         Sam CYR (USA) 73 73 69, Muhmmad IMRAN (PAK) 69 73 73, Mathiam KEYSER (RSA) 72 69 74

216         Adrian HALIMI (INA) 75 70 71, Taimoor KHAN (A) (PAK) 73 70 73, Amir NAZRIN (MAS) 70 72 74.

217         Pannakorn UTHAIPAS (THA) 72 73 72