Round One Recap

High ranking JGTA Junior Order of Merit holders set the pace in the action packed first round of the JGTA Phuket Junior Open taking place at Laguna Golf Phuket this week. In total, competitors from nine countries are playing to improve their ranking in the JGTA Junior Order of Merit – the source for AJGA PBE Status in Asia.

Scores are tight atop the leaderboard in the Boy’s Division. Willy Chen (2022) of Taipei, Taiwan leads the field after firing a two-under-par 69 with a total of six birdies. Chen currently sits fourth in the JGTA Junior Order of Merit and finished in second place at the JGTA Taiwan Junior Championship earlier this season.

Conor Kelly (2019) of Bangkok, Thailand, Ting Yu Chen (2019) of Taoyuan, Taiwan, Chi Yi Huang (2019) of Taoyuan, Taiwan, Pongsapak Laopakdee (2023) of Bangkok, Thailand, and Chia Yin Yeh (2021) of Taoyuan, Taiwan are in a five-way tie for second place after posting scores of even-par 71. Kelly, Chen, and Huang are currently in the top 10 in the JGTA Junior Order of Merit.

Current JGTA Junior Order of Merit Leader Camille Boyd (2020) of (USA) Shanghai, China leads in the Girl’s Division after firing a one-under-par 70. Boyd, a fully exempt AJGA status holder, won the JGTA Bintan Lagoon Junior Championship earlier this year. A good finish in the JGTA Phuket Junior Open will make her hard to top in the JGTA Junior Order of Merit.

Phuket local Surapa Janthamunee (2021) is in second place after firing a first-round two-over-par 73. This is Janthamunee’s first JGTA appearance. JGTA Taiwan Junior Championship winner Jana Ni (2021) of Beijing, China and runner up Natachanok Tunwannarux (2023) of Bangkok, Thailand are tied for third heading into the second round after shooting scores of 74. Ni holds the lowest Rolex AJGA Ranking in the Girl’s Division.

The second round of the JGTA Phuket Junior Open takes place tomorrow (April 19).

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About the Junior Golf Tour of Asia

The Junior Golf Tour of Asia (JGTA) is the governing body for competitive junior golf tournaments in the Asia-Pacific for young golfers to hone their skills at the highest level, developing into successful Collegiate athletes and future champions of the game. Members of the JGTA compete alongside other top-ranked players from across the region, who share similar competitive standings and aspirations for greatness.

JGTA tournaments are ranked on the JGTA Junior Order of Merit, the Tour’s official ranking system, and the source for AJGA PBE Status in the Asia-Pacific. Players earn Merit Points from their performance in JGTA events to improve their standing on the Junior Order of Merit. Following the end of each JGTA season (approx. June 1st), the top-performers (60 players total) are awarded AJGA PBE Status according to their final standing on the Junior Order Of Merit. 

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