BISP budding golf champions at phuket showcases victories, including a Youth Olympic golf medal, as the school celebrates its anniversary, while showcasing world-class facilities and top-notch coaching for budding young golfers.
Phuket, Thailand, April 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Golf Academy of British International School, phuket (BISP) celebrates its fifth anniversary with impressive statistics and victories in international tournaments. Two talented young golfers contributing to these winning records are Pasoot Luengcharoenwatana (IT) and Namo Luangnitikul, both 12-year-old Phuket natives and golf stars who play regularly on local and international golf tours. Apart from their golfing skills, the two also share the same spirit of gratitude and affection for their “Coach Ollie”, aka the head coach of the BISP Golf Academy. Olivier Bateswho talks about it just as well.
Golf is a family affair for the two youngsters. IT was encouraged from an early age to follow the example of his father, who is an avid golfer and has since guided his son through dozens of tournaments and victories. For Namo, his older cousin and former BISP student, Vanchai (Mark) Luangnitikul has always been his inspiration, followed by Thai golf star Atthaya Thitikul. Incidentally, Vanchai and Atthaya teamed up to bring home golf gold for Thailand at the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires.
“Namo and IT are great examples of the type of high-achieving student-athletes we are developing at BISP Golf Academy,” says BISP’s athletic director. Jeff LaMantia. “The goal of our golf academy is to provide our students with unparalleled opportunities to develop their golf abilities to their highest potential while receiving an exceptional education. I would love to see one of our current elementary school students achieve his goal to play golf at the college level or professionally.”
Namo and IT both talk about the dedication and time that golf requires and practice six days a week. Most of the time, they spend three to four hours on the green, late in the evening until about 7 p.m.. It is therefore not surprising that they were ranked at the top of Thailand for their age groups at one time or another and both qualified for the IMG Academy Junior World Championships in San Diego this month of July.
IT placed high in the tournament and also picked up third place at the 13th FCG Callaway World Junior Golf Championship in Southern Californiawidely known as a recruiting ground for junior golfers looking to develop their game and play at the collegiate level at USIT, ultimately hoping to be ranked in the PGA, but also dream of being a pilot in the future.
Namo, who qualified for the IMG World Junior Championships by winning the TGA-Singha Junior Golf Championship in March this year, was unable to make it to San Diego due to the pandemic. This did not prevent her from playing and winning tournaments within Thailand, including the TJDT Tour Final Master Championship held in Pathum Thani earlier this year. Ever optimistic, Namo is looking forward to qualifying for future tournaments and hopes to make the Thai national team this year, despite being younger than the minimum age of 13. Like her cousin Vanchai, she hopes to eventually win Youth Olympic gold and be ranked in the PGA.
IT and Namo credit their school’s support system and attribute their success to their coaches, teachers and friends.
“Before coming here, I used to get angry very easily in a tournament or competition,” says Namo, “but Coach Ollie taught me to stay calm and now I’ve improved a lot. He also understands the pressures of school and tournaments, and gives me great advice on how to balance it all out.”
Namo also thanks her teachers for supporting her when she is away for tournaments and allowing her to make up for lost work and time in class.
IT reiterates Namo’s comments saying, “Coach Ollie is very easy going. I can talk to him about anything. He taught me how to be competitive but also that it’s a game and I should take it easy and have fun with golf. I feel valued by my school community, whether I win or lose.”
Athletic Director LaMantia also thanks Coach Oliver for his good connection with each golfer and his understanding of their needs to help them develop their game technically, tactically, physically and mentally, all of which are important pillars of the BISP program. Golf.
“Coach Ollie has the ability to give informative feedback to our players and is able to set up a clear individual learning path for each of our golfers,” says LaMantia.
Oliver believes that the well-being of the students is as important as their physical training. “I love seeing kids blossom mentally and their overall well-being is really important to me,” he says., “We teach kids how to work hard to get better and stronger, but also how to compete and be humble. Golf teaches you all of that and more, which is what makes it such an amazing sport.”
Coach Oliver recalls the early days of the academy and how it all started with a few kids and a bus to the Laguna golf course to practice, before BISP had its own facility. He has been a member of BISP for five years and a Phuketian for 20 years, where he was involved in numerous academies and youth clubs. He started the golf academy at BISP with athletic director Jeff, then manager Neil Richards. He also participated in the design of the course in collaboration with John Morrow (who also designed the Red Mountain Golf Course in Kathu). And by a stroke of luck, as Oliver says, the great golfer Sir Nick Faldo was in town when the course opened and christened it by hitting a few shots and playing a four-hole shootout with future Youth Olympic champion Vanchai.
Oliver believes that starting young is always a big advantage for any athlete. “When kids have friends to play with and facilities to practice in, some of them just naturally get into it,” he says., “Much of the credit goes to the parents who are willing to travel with them and support them. The authorities of Thailand and companies such as Singha have been very good at golf over the years. Thailand is really strong at the moment, especially on the women’s side where they have fantastic players and a great infrastructure.”
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British International School, phuket (BISP) is a coeducational day and boarding school, established in 1996 and set in extensive landscaped grounds. The school aims to offer the highest standards of teaching and learning to an international community emphasizing well-being and passion on a modern and well-equipped campus.
The school is divided into Early Years, Primary and Secondary levels and offers the IB Diploma, IGCSE and Cambridge ESOL exams. British International School, phuket also offers an externally assessed program from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and top academies in football, golf, swimming, tennis and aerial arts.
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