SEA Games 31th: Strong contenders for the number 1 position in Southeast Asia

The upcoming 6 days of competition at Dam Vac golf course is promised to be extremely intense and exhilarating.

From May 13th to May 18th, all of golf lovers from Southeast Asia and Vietnam’s eyes will be centered in Dam Vac golf course (Heron Lake Golf & Resort), which is honored to be chosen for the Golf tournament at SEA Games 31st.

Dam Vac golf course is ready for 6 days of SEA Games 31st.

Top golfers from 9 countries in Southeast Asia will assemble at Heron Lake Golf & Resort with the one and only goal is to bring glory to their team. This promises to bring about tremendously gripping and thrilling competitions for the gold medal in the upcoming 6 days of SEA Games 31st.

Thailand: Determined to regain what was lost

Thailand golf’s team went to SEA Games 31st with a sole goal is to win all 4 gold medals on the Dam Vac golf course. This is also a way for them to reclaim the number 1 position in Southeast Asia after the unmemorable SEA Games 30th with only 1 gold medal from the men's team league.

Thailand’s team at SEA Games 31st.

To accomplish this goal, Coach Preecha Senaprom has had 5 rounds of member selection in his country to find and bring to Vietnam the best names of Thailand’s golf at the moment.

In the men's league, one particularly notable name is definitely Ratchanon Chantananuwat - the world 7th amateur golfer. Along with that are golfers who are in the top 800 in the world such as Weerawish Narkprachar, Arsit Areephun and Pongsapak Laophakdi, a 17-year-old golfer who has won the National Amateur Championship twice.

As for the women's league, world 72nd golfer Natakrita Wongthaveelap will be competeting in search of a gold medal for the Thailand’s team. Accompanying her will be Eila Galitsky, a 15-year-old golfer who has won the U.S. Junior Championship twice and Pimkwan Chookaew who ranked 560th in the world.

On April 28th, Thailand’s team went to Vietnam to familiarize themself to the weather and Dam Vac golf course. Coach Preecha Senaprom and the team are very determined to reclaim the number 1 position in Southeast Asia at SEA Games 31st.

Philippines: Ambition to defend their number 1 position in Southeast Asia

 Philippines women's golf dominated at SEA Games 30th.

At the 30th SEA Games, Bianca Pagdanganan showed off her outstanding skill when she brought home 2 gold medals, the Philippine’s team has surpassed Thailand for the first time and took the number 1 position in Southeast Asia.

Nearly 3 years after that tremendous achievement, Philippine golf’s team made many changes at the 31st SEA Games. Their team is a combination of experienced and young athletes with an attemp to re-create the historical achievement at SEA Games 30th.

Lois Kaye Go is the only name from the team that competed 3 years ago to appear at Dam Vac on May 13th to 18th. World ranked 135th female golfer, with 15-year-old young talent - Rianne Malixi and former number 1 golfer in Philippine - Maria Singson will take on the responsibility of defending 2 gold medals they have won at SEA Games 30th.

In the men's league, two young talents Jet Hernandez (16 years old) and Jed Dy (17 years old) will be the hope of the Philippines. Competing alongside them will be golfer who is studying and competing in the US - Gabriel De Leon Manotoc, along with the return of the experienced golfer Kristoffer Arevalo. In the past 12 years, the Philippines men's team has yet been able to win a gold medal in the SEA Games arena. That's why they are so determined to change the color on their medal at this year's tournament.

The Philippines team was the earliest team to come to Vietnam from April 9th, and had many practice sessions on Dam Vac golf course. With such careful preparation, the Philippines team is ready to defend their crown at the upcoming SEA Games 31st.

Singapore: Trying their best to prove themself

The Singapore team came to Vietnam without James Leow, the owner of the gold medal in men's singles at SEA Games 30th. As a result for having to complete his studies in the US, Singapore's number one golfer was unable to attend and compete to defend his achievement.

The absence of James Leow will most certainly partly affect the Singapore team's ambition to win the numer 1 position in Southeast Asia. Nevertheless, the athletes that coach Matthew Ballard brought to Vietnam shouldn’t be underestimated.

Justin Kuk played at Dam Vac golf course at Putra Cup 2019.

The advantage of the Singapore team comes from the fact that they have athletes who have familiarized with the Dam Vac golf course when they competed in the 2019 Putra Cup. Among them, two particularly notable names are Ryan Ang and Justin Kuk, golfers who are currently ranked at 422nd and 684th respectively on WAGR. These are all the top athletes of the Lion City as they are the defending champion, as well as the runner-up of the Singapore National Amateur Championship.

Meanwhile, in women's league, Aloysa Atienza is considered Singapore's number 1 hope. The athlete born in 1998 is currently the second to best female amateur golfer in Singapore with the 286th position on WAGR. Before coming to Vietnam, Aloysa Atienza also won the SGA 1st National Ranking Game on April 20th to 22nd. Accompanying her will be two golfers Inez Ng and Hailey Loy - the defending champion of the Singapore National Amateur Championship.

Aloysa Atienza is in very good form for the 31st SEA Games.

Despite not being as highly regarded as Thailand or the Philippines, but with the familiarity with the challenges of Dam Vac golf course, coach Matthew Ballard and his students are very confident to compete for gold medals at the SEA Games 31st.

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