Foreign golfer wins first major Vietnamese golf season

By Quoc Huy   December 22, 2022 | 11:19 pm PT
Foreign golfer wins first major Vietnamese golf season
Joel Troy with the Tour Championship trophy on December 22, 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Quoc Huy
Australian golfer Joel Troy was named the ultimate champion of the first-ever Vietnam Golf Association Tour (VGA Tour) after winning the major title Tour Championship on Thursday.

The tour took place at the par72 Thanh Lanh Valley Golf & Resort in the northern Vinh Phuc Province, where Troy dominated. After the penultimate stage, he topped the competition with a score of -7, 12 less strokes than the runner-up. In the final round, Troy put his score to -3 after 16 holes, due to five bogeys. After that, he scored birdies on the last two holes to seal the final score of -5 and 11 strokes ahead of second place, Canadian Brian Jung and Vietnamese Truong Chi Quan.

Troy received a trophy and VND500 million ($21,180) in cash.

"I’m really happy. After the match, I immediately called my parents to tell them the good news. This victory also has a lot of support from caddie Nguyen Thao My," Troy said.

My is also a professional golfer, having won the women's Lexus Challenge in March.

The VGA Tour is considered a grand final to find the champion of the 2022 VGA Tour season, based on the combined scoreboard of the top 30 golfers in four previous tournaments, including the Lexus Challenge, Vietnam National Championship, Vietnam Open and Vietnam Masters. Troy participated in two tournaments, finishing first at the Vietnam Open in September.

The Vietnam Golf Association earlier this year established the professional VGA Tour, which is similar to the PGA Tour in the U.S.

In its very first season, the VGA Tour had a total of five tournaments running from March to the end of the year. Its average pool prize is equal to or better than Asia’s second professional golf system - the Asian Development Tour. With financial backing from enterprises, the VGA tournaments are currently associated with two auto brands and three financial, banking and stock exchange companies.

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