Tour caddies honored

Kuala Lumpur, February 3: Malaysia’s Gary Green and Supardi Marjonit won the 2017 “Caddie of the Year” award at the second Professional Tour Caddies of Asia (PTCA) annual gathering held at the Maybank Championship on Thursday.

Gary, father of Gavin, and longtime caddie Supardi Marjonit made a joint effort to help Gavin win the 2017 Asian Tour Order of Merit. Gary caddied for his son at the 2017 Hero Indian Open, Yeangder Heritage in Chinese Taipei and the Shinhan Donghae Open in Korea. Supardi guided Gavin to his first Asian Tour victory at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters.

Asian Tour Chief Operating Officer Cho Minn Thant, PTCA Sponsor Thongchai Jaidee, PTCA Chairman Guna Sunthararaj and Saujana General Manager Ken Kudo were present at the annual gathering to honor the 90 members from 16 different countries, with the support of the Thongchai Jaidee Foundation.

Thongchai, a 13-time Asian Tour winner has been a strong advocate for the development of golf in his country and across the region over the past few years. He launched the Thongchai Jaidee foundation in 2009 with the aim to help the under-privileged golfers in his hometown of Lopburi. The foundation supports professional golf for men in Thailand and around the world.

“The Thongchai Jaidee Foundation started supporting the Professional Tour Caddies of Asia just this year. We have been talking with the PTCA since last year about getting more support for caddies. I just want to give back and support them. I would like to get more sponsors on board and I have been speaking with Guna (PTCA Chairman) about this for a long time,” said Thongchai.

“I think caddies are so important for the tour and I just want to see an improvement in the support for caddies. My life is very good, I have won on the European Tour and the Asian Tour so when I look back I want to give back to anyone that has helped me along the way. And that’s what my foundation is about, being able to support people around the world.” added Thongchai.

Honorable mentions were given to Graeme Peacock who caddied for Shiv Kapur when he won the 2017 Royal Cup and 2017 Yeangder Heritage in chinese Taipei, Sharol Ahmad who caddied for Nicholas Fung at the 2017 Queen’s Cup, Neung Arinchai who caddied for Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Tim Cox who helped Gaganjeet Bhullar win the Macao Open.