|Date of Birth||1956-05-12|
Order of Merit
Asian Tour Victories
(5) 1995 Langkawi Open, Malaysia; 1996 Myanmar Open; 1996 Lexus International, Thailand; 1997 Myanmar Open, 2004 Thailand Open.
(13) 1985 Australian Amateur Championship (a); 1985 Putra Cup (individual and team – a); 1992 Thailand Open; 1998 Mercuries Masters, Taiwan, 2003 Singha Classic, Thailand, 2004 Chevrolet Championship, Thailand, 2006 Singha Masters, Thailand, 2010 Aberdeen Brunei Senior Masters, 2010 Chang Thailand Senior Masters, 2010 Berenberg Bank Masters, South Africa, Benahavis Seniors Masters, Spain, 2011 Trevis Perkin Senior Masters, 2012 Thailand Senior Tour Open.
Widely respected by his fellow professionals, Thailand’s Boonchu Ruangkit is one of Asia’s greatest ever players and golfing ambassadors. A five-time winner in Asia, he hit the opening drive when the Asian Tour was launched in 2004 as a players’ body. Showed he still could compete at the highest level by maintaining his full Tour card with a 61st place finish on the Order of Merit in 2012. Was denied an historic victory by Wade Ormsby at the Panasonic Open India in 2013 where a win would have made him the oldest Asian Tour winner at the age of 56. In 2010, Boonchu capped a remarkable start to the year when he won a hat-trick of European Senior Tour titles in Brunei, Thailand and South Africa. Also set a new Senior Tour’s three-day winning record of 21-under-par 195 at the Royal Gems Golf Club. Went on to win his fourth Senior Tour title in Spain en route to winning the European Senior Tour Order of Merit. Was honoured with the Asian Tour’s Special Achievement Award for his remarkable accomplishments. In 2006, Boonchu capped the year when he earned medallist honours at the US Champions (Seniors) Tour Qualifying School and played in two seasons in America (2007-2008) before cutting short his stint due to a wrist injury. Proved that old is gold when he won the 2004 Thailand Open en route to a glorious season where he posted six top-10s. Winning his second Thailand Open title, the first was in 1992, made him the oldest winner in Asia at the age of 47 then. Hit the opening drive on the former Asian PGA circuit in 1995.
Boonchu grew up playing golf at the Royal Army Course and has helped young golfers, including Thaworn Wiratchant, along the way. Initially started his sporting career in kick-boxing but was knocked out cold in his third bout and quit the game. Possesses a classic golf swing. When he retires, he says he will devote time developing junior golf. He is a Board Member of the Asian Tour. Was honoured in early 2015 with the staging of a tournament in his name, the Boonchu Ruangkit Championship on the Asian Development Tour.
2014 EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM (Vice-Captain)