British International School, Phuket (BISP) students recently took part in the FOBISIA Golf Invitational at Staffield Country Club in Kuala Lumpur, hosted by Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar.

This is the first year the BISP Golf Academy has been represented at the annual golfing championship, which included Asian schools such as North London Collegiate School, Jeju; Harrow Bangkok; Alice Smith; and The British School Kathmandu. The format was two day stroke play, with gross and net individual scores, and overall winning team.

Altogether nine BISP golfers took part, including participants in the U13, U15 and O15 boys categories.

After two days of exciting play, BISP won the most awards, including Sam Doublard shooting impressive rounds of 74 and 70 on the par 72 course to be named Overall Individual Winner (gross) as well as winning the U13 category, with Toy Napatparamatharoenroj carding 144 to take home the U15 category, and fellow player Mark Luangnitikul a close runner-up, just two shots behind.

Elsewhere, Tamino Lokenberg won the U13 Individual Winner (net), and U15 player Noel Mathys won the nearest to the pin competition on day two, with a tee shot on a par 3 that landed just two feet from the hole. The BISP boys also won the best Overall Team award.

Head Coach Oliver Bates says, “For some of our players this was their first time playing competitive international golf. I’m very proud of all the them, we had a lot of fun, and we came back with some truly outstanding results.

“All of our guys really enjoyed the experience and played excellent golf, continuing to improve as the competition went on. There is definitely a lot of promise for the future, and everyone represented the school to the high standards that we expect.

“As next year’s hosts, we’re looking forward to building on this year’s successes, and defending our titles at Laguna Golf Club in Phuket.”

Director Jeff LaMantia adds: “We’re very proud of all our golfers, and their fantastic achievements at the FOBISIA championships. They not only displayed great golfing technique, but were also fantastic ambassadors for BISP.”

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