Thailand’s next Tiger Woods could be a 7-year-old from Pattaya.
Little Thanusorn Kongkiew – nicknamed Pro – recently won the TKG Tour 2020 Class F tournament this month, his 12th tournament since his father Kittisak gave him a plastic club and ball before he turned three.
The young boy is enthusiastic about golf, never giving up and practicing rigorously. He said March 23 that he’s been in love with golf since he could remember. In fact, his father started planning Pro’s sports career before he was born.
Kittisak said while Pro’s mother was pregnant be began imagining his son becoming a Pro Am golfer. The goal is for him to be the top-ranked golfer in the world, but, realistically, he said, he can’t expect his son to be famous or on Thailand’s national team.
However, he does hope he will turn professional, which would give him a solid career.
When Pro was only 32 months old, his father game him a toy golf set. Living with his mother in Sa Kaeo, the boy took to it immediately and Kittisak hired a golf coach to work with him in Issan.
Later, Kittisak moved his son to Pattaya and hired a golf pro to instruct him here. Last year Pro began playing in youth tournaments, first finishing third, then second. The TKG 2020 was his first title, the first of many, Kittisak hopes.
Dad said he regularly asks his son if he’s happy playing golf and Pro says yes. The young duffer admits, however, he has a lot to learn.
Thanusorn is currently a student at Pattaya’s Hatsadin School, but with schools closed, he has more time to practice.