Wealth can be a powerful ally. Quick to spot the talent in his son, Puwit, Anupansoebsai senior channelised his surplus funds into a 20-lane driving range. Not only was the multi-million dollar project testimony to his loving ways, it was proof of the gentleman’s business acumen. Apart from honing Puwit’s skills since last year, the state-of-the-art facility has been thrown open to the outside world.
The benefits have been immense, as Puwit has lost little time in establishing himself as Thailand’s top player in his category.
For one who took up the sport three years ago, the stats are staggering — the 10-year-old’s driver sends the ball soaring to a jaw-dropping 250 yards! Experts claim the average distance covered by a 12-year-old is 200-210 yards.
Combining his big-hitting ability with the openness of the Classic Golf Resort to work up a potent concoction, the baby-faced golfer continued to rule the roost in Category D (8-10 years) of the Albatross International Junior Championship (held in association with HT).
If a 68 established his supremacy on Wednesday, following it up with a 67 meant Puwit opened up a yawning 19-shot lead over his nearest opponent.
The card was strewn with birdies— four each on the front and back nine. But for the dropped shots on the 12th, 13th and 18th, the sheen could have been greater.
Having Tiger Woods as his idol means the talkative lad is going ahead full steam towards emulating the pensive American. But before that, a few lessons are being exchanged across generations.
The father may have convinced his son to embrace golf but the way things have turned out so far, the elder Anupansoebsai is learning golf all over again.