On 3 April 2016, British International School, Phuket (BISP) student and BISP Golf Academy member Mark Vanchai Luangnitikul won the Thailand Golf Association ‘TGA Junior Golf Champion (Class A-B) Qualify to Junior World’ tournament at the Royal Hills Golf Club in Nakhon Nayok province, 90 kilometres northeast of Bangkok.
Featuring the best young golfers in Thailand, the four day event was played over four rounds (72 holes), and Mark scored an even par total score of 288, beating the next best player by three shots.
Mark is now officially ranked as the number one golfer in Thailand in the 15 and under age group, a position that grants him a place at the prestigious IMG Academy Junior World Championships taking place in San Diego this summer.
At last year’s championships in San Diego, Mark came an impressive third after leading the tournament over the first 15 holes – in the last four years he has come 5th, 4th, 4th and 3rd – and his goal this year is to win.
“Over the last year, I have worked on my control in the game, to go alongside the technical side, and I’m confident that this will be my year to take the title,” says Mark.