Amateur golfer leads national professional tournament
On the afternoon of April 20, Pham Minh Phong took the top of the table with a score of -3 after the first round of the Vietnam National Championship on Marsh, par72 of Vinpearl Golf Hai Phong.
Minh Phong hit 69 strokes, scoring five birdies and two bogeys. Particularly for the first half of the field, he did not bogey. “I’m not really good at serving, but this is a result above personal expectations,” the golfer born in 1985 commented on his opening stage performance.
Minh Phong was born in 1985, has been playing golf since 2016, currently has a handicap of 3.0. In 2019, this Quang Binh-born golfer attended the Lexus Challenge professional tournament at Laguna Golf Lang Co (Hue), but was not eliminated.
Vietnam National Championship (VNC) is the second event in VGA Tour 2022 – a professional golf arena established and sponsored by the Vietnam Golf Association (VGA). This year, Lexus Challenge opened the opening season, in March with the championship (point +3) belonging to the 15-year-old golfer Nguyen Anh Minh. This result is a breakthrough for Vietnamese golf, when an amateur golfer won a professional tournament in the country for the first time.
Today, Anh Minh also competed for VNC, standing at T2 (even par score). Besides Minh Phong and Anh Minh, round 1 recorded three more amateurs standing at T8 (+2).
VNC gathered 138 players, half of which were amateurs, including the youngest player Nguyen Viet Gia Han, competing for a total prize fund of 1.2 billion VND, of which 200 million VND was for the Women’s group.
The female branch has 19 players but 15 amateurs. After round 1, Gia Han ranked at T9 (+16) while amateur Doan Xuan Khue Minh kept the first place with a score of +1. The difference between Khue Minh and 2nd place belongs to professional golfer Nguyen Thao My – at three strokes, similar to the South table. Khue Minh and Anh Minh will compete for a golf medal at Sea Games 31 in May.
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