6th Annual FCG COBRA PUMA World Championship Tournament Recap
The Boys 15-18 division participants played three rounds on the TPC Stadium Golf Course at PGA West.
The Boys 15-18 division was tightly contested at this year’s event. The eventual champion, Justin Williamson (United States) was well back of the first round leader after a first round of 1-under (71), but was able to leap back up to the top of the leaderboard with a second round of 3-under (69). Williamson limped into the clubhouse with a third round score of 3-over (75), but he was still able to win the division by two strokes. Coming in second place in the division was Sarit Suwannarut (Thailand) who put together three fairly consistent rounds of 72-74-71 to finish the tournament at 1-over (217). There was a three-way tie for third in the division at a final score of 3-over (219). After a card-off, third place was awarded to Michael Wong (Hong Kong) after he carded the lowest third round with a two-over (74).
Top 5 Boys 15-18:
1) Justin Williamson (United States): 71-69-75 – 215
2) Sarit Suwannarut (Thailand): 72-74-71 – 217
3) Michael Wong (Hong Kong): 74-71-74 – 219
4) Xuzhong Li (China): 65-78-76 – 219
5) Josh Molchan (United States): 70-71-78 – 219
Girls 15-18, Boys 13-14 and Girls 13-14 played three rounds on the Jack Nicklaus course at PGA West
Team Thailand was able to take the top two spots in the Girls 15-18 division this year. Kanyalak Preedasutthijit (Thailand) was well in front of the rest of the field, with three consecutive rounds under par (71-67-70) to finish the tournament at a very impressive 8-under (208). Her fellow country mate, Saranlak Tumfong (Thailand), who finished in second place, had first and third rounds of 4-over (76) and snuck in a round of 1-under (71) in between the two. Tumfong finished the tournament at 7-over (223). Winning the card off for third place at 10-over (226) was Texie Petchel (United States). She had rounds of 72-80-74 to secure that third place finish.
Top 5 Girls 15-18:
1) Kanyalak Preedasutthijit (Thailand):
2) Saranlak Tumfong (Thailand)
3) Texie June Petchel (United States)
4) Sana Tufail (England)
5) Mackenzie Raim (United States)
Low scores were aplenty in the Boys 13-14 division. Puwit Anupansuebsai (Thailand) won the division with an impressive score of 13-under (203). He put together rounds of 68-68-67, compiling 17 birdies and 4 eagles in those three rounds. Isaac Lam (Hong Kong) would go very low as well, but would finish in second place in the division. Lam had rounds of 69-70-70 and finished the tournament at 7-under (209). William Mouw (United States) finished in third place in the Boys 13-14 division. In a division with such low scores, his second round of 2-over (74) held him back from a higher finish, but he had first and third rounds in the sixties which allowed him to still finish the tournament at 5-under (211).
Paphangkorn Tavatanakit (Thailand) ran away with the Girls 13-14 division this year. Tavatanakit had three rounds under par and finished the tournament at 8-under (208), which was 19 strokes clear of the second place finisher. April Ranches (United States), made a late push with a final round of 1-over (73), but would finish in second place, putting together rounds of 79-75 in addition to her 73 to finish the tournament at 11-over (227). Ahila Krishnamurthi (Australia) rounded out the division at 17-over (233) which would secure her a third place finish.
Boys 11-12, Girls 11-12, Boys 9-10 and Girls 9-10 played three rounds on the Greg Norman course at PGA West
Nattabutara Sornkaew (Thailand) had a wire-to-wire victory in the Boys 11-12 division, but it wasn’t without some tough competition from Robin Williams (England) and Christian Butterworth (Australia). Sornkaew had two rounds under par the first two days, shooting a 70 and 71 to get his tournament started. This gave him a comfortable lead and allowed him to shoot a 1-over (73) in his third round to finish the tournament at 2-under (214). Williams had two fairly consistent rounds of 73 and 75 the first two days of the tournament, but turned up the heat on Sornkaew on the third day with a 4-under (68) to close out the tournament. Unfortunately, he would fall two strokes short of first place and have to settle for a second place finish. Butterworth shot a 4-over (76) on the first day of the tournament and that would be as many shots as he would give up for the rest of the tournament because he would put together two rounds of even-par 72 to finish the tournament at 4-over (220) and in third place in the division.
Rina Tatematsu (Thailand) who finished with the lowest final score of any girls division ran away with the Girls 11-12 division with a final score of 11-under (205). What was equally impressive was that Tatematsu had all three of her rounds under par, shooting 69-71-65 to capture the victory. Zoe Campos (United States), who finished 21 strokes behind Tatematsu, claimed second place in the division with a final score of 10-over (226). Rounding out the division in third place was Savannah Grewal (Canada), who put together rounds on 76-79-73 to finish the event at 12-over (228).
Wit Pitipat (Thailand) and Ken Shibata (United States) went back and forth on the leaderboard over the three days at the Greg Norman course. Pitipat had a one-stroke lead after a first round 1-under (71) compared to Shibata’s even par (72). On the second day, Shibata took over first place in the division with a 2-over (74) compared to Pitipat’s 5-over (77). Pitipat came back and went low in the third round to claim the victory with a 3-under (69), leaving him with a tournament total of 1-over (217). Shibata finished with a 2-over (74), which was good enough for second place in the division and a final tournament score of 4-over (220). Lorenzo Rodriguez (United States) who finished in third place was well back of the top two players in the division. Rodriguez finished the event at 76-over (292).
Manassanan Chotikabhukkana (Thailand) won the Girls 9-10 division by ten strokes. She got off to a hot start with a first round of 1-under (71), followed up by rounds of 77 and 73 to finish the tournament at 5-over (221). Finishing in a tie for second place was Irene Park (United States) and Ashley Yun (United States). Both players finished the tournament at 15-over (231). Second place was decided by a card-off of low score for the third day. Yun would be awarded sole possession of second place after a third round 74, compared to Park’s final round 76.
The Boys and Girls 8 & Under division played the back nine of the Greg Norman course at PGA West all three days of the tournament.
Boys 8 & Under:
Bryson Barnes (United States) jumped out to an early four-stroke lead in the Boys 8 & Under division with a first round 1-under (35). Both Ivan Tran (United States) and Rapeepong Kosalutta (Thailand) were not far behind after they put together first rounds of 3-over (39). Over the next two days however, the leaderboard would shift in the direction of Kosalutta. Barnes would go on to shoot 7-over (43) on the second day and 3-over (39) on the third day to fall back to third place in the division with a final score of 9-over (117). Tran would keep close to Kosalutta, but when Kosalutta finished with a 1-under (35) in the final round, he would seal the victory by four-strokes. Tran finished in second with a tournament total of 7-over (115). Kosalutta finished the event at 3-over (111).
Girls 8 & Under:
The Girls 8 & Under division was never a close race, there were three participants in this division and Chloe Viray (United States) had it controlled the entire way. Viray ended up winning the division by 26 strokes after putting together impressive rounds of 43-40-41 to finish the event at 16-over (124). Finishing in second place was Luana Valero (Colombia), she finished the tournament at 42-over (150). And rounding out the division was Alaya Vasquez (United States), who ended up 90-over (198).
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