As Wikipedia explains under its terse article Bangkok Airways Open:
The Bangkok Airways Open was an Asian Tour golf tournament played in Thailand from 2005 to 2008. In 2008 the prize fund was US$300,000, which is one of the smaller purses on the tour.
The Santiburi Samui Country Club is one of the top golf courses located on the holiday isle of Koh Samui. The course starts off forest deep offering steep uphill and downhill slopes. The winding fairways cut into the coconut forest as golfers battle the steep terrain.
The 18-hole championship course has been the home to the Bangkok Airways Open which celebrated its inaugural event in 2005. The Santiburi Samui Country Club has a unique driving range where the players will get to enjoy the view of the ocean as they shoot to the hillside greens.
From Golf International Magazine Online, Tuesday, June 3, 2008: Prayad Ready to Pounce at Bangkok Airways Open
Thai star Prayad Marksaeng will be hoping to reach greater heights when he tees off at the Bangkok Airways Open on Thursday.
Fresh from his win on the Japan Golf Tour last week, the 42-year-old hotshot will be eager to better his runner-up outing from last year at the Santiburi Samui Country Club.
“My result in Japan meant a lot to me. I want to be in the top-50 in the world and I will aim for another top finish here in Koh Samui so I can climb up even higher on the rankings,” said Prayad, who is currently ranked 85th in the world.
The Hua Hin-based player is on a roll heading into the US$300,000 Asian Tour event thanks to his win at the Mitsubishi Diamond Cup on Sunday where he had the support of his family. But returning to home soil, Prayad will be up against a top field that include former Asian Tour number one Thaworn Wiratchant, defending champion Lee Sung of Korea, Filipino Juvic Pagunsan, Chinese Taipei veteran Lu Wen-teh and in-form compatriot Lin Wen-tang and Australia’s Adam Blyth, who finished in the top-10 last season.
It was a rewarding return to form for Prayad after a disappointing campaign at the US Masters in April when he was forced to retire due to a back injury. Despite being struck with a second injury to his right shoulder last week, Prayad is confident of a strong showing.
“My back pain is still there but it does not affect my game anymore. It’s been really hectic for me in the past one week and I feel like I have not rested well. But I am in very good form now so I hope to ride on that here.
“The trophy was really heavy and I injured my shoulder while lifting it on Sunday. I am going for some treatment now and hopefully it does not affect my game as this golf course requires near perfect shots and can be very unforgiving,” added Prayad, who admires the talent of teenager Pornanong Phatlum, who is the tournament’s first ever female player.
“She is a very talented player and I think she can do well here. It will be a great deal for her to tee it up alongside the men and if she can focus on her game and not be intimidated by the other players, she has the ability to produce low scores,” he admitted.
Soaking in the atmosphere on the holiday isle of Koh Samui is the18-year-old Pornanong who was pleased to reunite with some of her golfing friends this week.
“The atmosphere here is great. There are so many good players around and I’m excited and nervous at the same time. It’s nice to meet up with my friends like Wisut (Artjanawat), Panuwat (Muenlek) and Pornsakon (Tipsanit). I’ve had a taste of the course on Monday and it’s playing really long for me. But I will put my head down and hope to learn from the other players for a good result,” said Pornanong, who will be eager to become the second female player to make the halfway cut on the Asian Tour. American Michelle Wie was the first female player to make the weekend rounds at the SK Telecom Open in 2006.
Brisbane-based Blyth believes that a cool head coupled with a confident game will steer him through a solid run on the course deemed as the ‘Beast of Samui.’
“This is a very relaxing place to be playing golf. I’ve done some good preparation in the gym so I feel confident about my game. I’m also quite pleased with my performance this year.
“The key this week is to trust my shots and hit it well throughout the 18 holes. Patience is also as important as this course can also be a real test to my mental game,” said Blyth, who booked his place for the British Open during the qualifiers in March.
GolfToday.co.uk published this on Friday, June 6, 2008:
Chinese Taipei’s Chang Tse-peng returned to the course in the early morning to complete his opening round and joined the leading pack after a five-under-par 66 at the Bangkok Airways Open on Friday.
Chang, who started on the back nine on Thursday, returned today with a bogey on the 16th hole and went on to par the last two holes as he led the US$300,000 Asian Tour event alongside Filipino ace Antonio Lascuna, Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand and Japan’s Yoshinobu.
A total of 37 players completed their opening rounds today at the Santiburi Samui Country Club.
A stroke back in a tie for fifth place were Chinese Taipei brothers Lin Wen-tang and Lin Wen-hong, Thailand’s Chapchai Nirat, Wisut Artjanawat and Udorn Duangdecha alongside Mitchell Brown of Australia.
Chang, 37, missed a six foot birdie putt on the 16th hole upon his return in the early morning but he is pleased to have found the right touch to his swing this week.
“I am not disappointed with my overall performance. I couldn’t feel my game as I wanted to end the round and relax. But in the last six months, I was focused at accuracy more than distance on my driving so it paid off in the first round,” said Chang, in search of his maiden title on the Asian Tour.
“I’m feeling great and it is really exciting to play with the tricky conditions out there but with a reliable drive, I hope to continue my run in the second round later today,” added Chang.
Defending champion Lee Sung shot a 76 in joint 115th place while top Asian female golfer Pornanong Phatlum endured a slow start with an 84 to lie in a tie for 149th spot.
The opening round on Thursday was suspended at 11:26am due to lightning and resumed play at 1pm. It was suspended for the second time due to darkness at 6:40pm.
The second round tees off at 6:50am today.
Full details of the event are at Asian Tour.
Overly Tanned in Koh Samui Part 4
Uploaded by yazidyusop on Nov 22, 2008
Back in Samui but soon back in spore.
Felt so short of time when you having a good time.