Young golfer pockets pro title in Da Lat

By Quoc Huy   November 25, 2020 | 03:25 am PT
Young golfer pockets pro title in Da Lat
Truong Chi Quan in VPG Tour Dalat Championship 2020. Photo courtesy of Vietnam Golf Association.
Truong Chi Quan was crowned champion at a Vietnam Professional Golf Tournament (VPG Tour) game held in Da Lat of Vietnam's Central Highlands on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old golfer won VPG Tour Dalat Championship with a result of +6. Quan passed the first round on 76 strokes and the remaining two on 73 each, setting an 18-hole record for the tournament.

This is Quan’s second VPG Tour title after going professional in October. His first was VPG Tour FLC Ha Long Championship on November 6 with a result of +3.

He scored four bogeys on the first day, four bogeys with three birdies the next day, three birdies and two bogeys, and a double bogey on the closing day. Throughout the tournament, Quan scored most of his bogeys in the par-4 hole.

The difference between Quan and South Korean runner-up Kim Gwang-tae was seven strokes. Tae is the only foreign player in the top five and the oldest golfer at the tournament (34).

Dinh Song Hai came third on +16, Le Huu Giang fourth (+17), while Nguyen Dinh Chau and Nguyen Tuan Kiet shared fifth place on +18.

VPG Tour Dalat Championship also recognized 11 amateur golfers taking aim at going pro. This year, Doan Uy won the "Excellent Amateur Golfer" award after peaking at 10th on +24.

As champion, Quan received $3,233 (after tax) from the total prize of $13,000.

According to the rules, only the top 15 golfers (amateur excluded) can receive a bonus, of which the champion gets 30 percent of the total prize, second place gets 15 percent, third 10 percent, fourth 8 percent, and fifth 6.4 percent. Organizers Vietnam Golf Association (VGA) said golfers would receive the prize money within a week after the tournament.

VPG Tour Dalat Championship took place from November 20 to 22 with 30 participants on a par-72 course of 7,000 yards with an average stimp rating of 9.5.

In September 2019, Quan won "Best Amateur Golfer" at Lexus Challenge at Laguna Golf Lang Co in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue.

Quan is a four-time national amateur golf tournament champion and a key member of Vietnam's national golf team at Asian Games 2014, as well as recent SEA Games events.

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