The opening day of the Centara World Masters was played on Monday in mild, overcast conditions at Banyan and Imperial Lake View golf clubs in the Hua Hin area of Thailand.
The field of more than 450 players started the tournament enthusiastically and played some excellent golf in conditions that many participants may not have previously experienced.
Several excellent scores were recorded, with winners in ladies divisions from Singapore, the Philippines and Australia.
Men’s division winners came from South Africa, Ireland, Australia, India and Vietnam.
The Centara World Masters is the largest amateur tournament every played in Asia. Being held over four days at four courses in the Hua Hin area, it has attracted players from 23 countries who are staying in several hotels in the Hua Hin area, including the historic Centara Grand in Hua Hin.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand is especially pleased with the success of the tournament, which is being held at a time when the Kingdom is experiencing a downturn in tourism.
Tournament director, Peter McCarthy, the principal of Go Golfing in Australia, said the opening day was one of the best and smoothest he had experienced at an amateur golf tournament, especially one being held for the first time.
“There is huge enthusiasm among players and non-golfing partners. It augurs really well for the rest of the week. The weather has been especially kind, with great conditions for golf.”