The first KKU Royal Trophy Golf to celebrate KKU’s 60th Anniversary gathered 12 famous golf clubs for the competition. The game took place at Singh Park Golf Course, Khon Kaen. The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) is the winner and awarded a Royal Trophy.
March 18-19, 2023 – Khon Kaen University’s Promotion Committee organized the 1st KKU Royal Trophy Golf on the occasion of KKU’s 60th Anniversary. Winners were awarded Royal trophies from Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. The game took place at Singh Park Golf Course, Khon Kaen. The opening ceremony was on March 18, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. at the field next to the Club House of Singh Park. The ceremony featured, firstly, a performance: “Tour Khon Kaen” by students from Nongyai Municipal School, Khon Kaen, before the opening ceremony began. Assoc. Prof. Charnchai Panthongviriyakul, M.D., President of Khon Kaen University presided over the ceremony and gave the opening speech, while Khun Sukit Sirinorakul, Chairman of KKU Operation Promotion Committee delivered the reporting speech. Attendants included the Operational Promotion Committee members and Asst. Prof. Arwut Yimtae, Vice President for Infrastructure and Environment. There were 12 golf teams entering the contest, namely, 1) RTN (Royal Thai Navy), PSU (Prince of Songkhla University), KU (Kasetsat University), EGAT (Electricity Generation Authority of Thailand), RBSC (Royal Bangkok Sports Club), CUAA (Chulalongkorn University Alumni Association), KMITL (King Mongkut Institute of Technology), JAGC (Japanese Association Gold Club), TU (Thammasat Association under the Royal Patronage), PTT Public Company Thailand, PEA (Provincial Electricity Authority and KKU (Khon Kaen University).
Assoc. Prof. Charnchai Panthongviriyakul, M.D., President of Khon Kaen University said that the “1st KKU Royal Trophy” Golf competition for HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s trophy is an event organized to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Khon Kaen University. The event was expected to bring reputation to Khon Kaen University for organizing a standard golf event, with famous clubs and associations entering the competition. The judging and regulations were standardized, under the Golf Association Committee of Thailand, and based on the International Rules. This first “KKU Royal Trophy” would be a fun game for all clubs that entered the competition.
Khun Sukit Sirinorakul, Chairman of KKU Operation Promotion Committee mentioned in his reporting speech, “This first KKU ROYAL TROPHY is a team competition and it is expected to be a traditional golf competition every two years. The Operational Promotion Committee of Khon Kaen University and KKU Engineering Alumni Association co-organize this event. The notable thing about this competition is that it is for leading amateurs of the country that are widely accepted, which is second to the Golden Phra Kiaw Golf. The game is organized with international standards, rules and regulations comparable to professional competition. The event will attract best golfers to join. The event will not score the handicap points and will count the scores of all golfers, thus making all teams to send good golfers to the event. The organizers invited 12 teams who accepted the invitation and each team sent 12 golfers. The game will take 2 days, with 8 golfers playing each time. On the first day, the competition will be pairs, foursome and four-ball, each for 9 holes. The second day game will be individual and scoring is based on stroke play. The points will be totaled from 8 players, and the score of each golfer is calculated from gross scores. Winners are judged from the total score of the two days. The announcement of results and trophies presentation will be held on Sunday March 19, 2023 at Singh Park Golf Course, Khon Kaen. On behalf of The Operational Promotion Committee of Khon Kaen University and the organizers, I’d like to thank all those who have been involved and supported this event.”
The first winner of the 1st “KKU Royal Trophy” was the RTN Team (Royal Thai Navy) from the 12 teams entering the competition on 2 days, with the score +38, and was awarded a trophy from HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. Other winners were No. 2 – EGAT, score: +46, No. 3 – RBSC, score: +56, No. 4 – TU, score: +61, No. 5 – CUAA, score: +74. KKU came the 6th with the score: +76.
The “1st KKU Royal Trophy” Golf event to compete for HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s trophy was held on March, 18-19, 2023 at Singh Park Golf Course, Khon Kaen. It is the first event to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Khon Kaen University. Other events are following this until the exact Anniversary date on 2024.
Photos: Natthawut Jaruwong, Natthapong Chamnan-ua
News: Banjamaporn Mamook
Links to photos of the 1st KKU Royal Trophy (2days):
Game Results – Official Score: https://shorturl.asia/ouadP