Boonchu Ruangkit

Boonchu Ruangkit (born 12 May 1956) is a Thai professional golfer who plays on the Champions Tour.

Boonchu Ruangkit
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Personal information
Born (1956-05-12) 12 May 1956 (age 64)
Bangkok, Thailand
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight85 kg (187 lb; 13.4 st)
Nationality Thailand
ResidenceBangkok, Thailand
Career
Turned professional1986
Current tour(s)European Senior Tour
Former tour(s)Asian Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins19
Number of wins by tour
Asian Tour5
European Senior Tour5
Other9
Achievements and awards
European Senior Tour
Order of Merit winner
2010

As a young man, Boonchu tried for a career in kick boxing, but he gave it up after being knocked out cold in his third bout. He made his mark in golf when he won the 1985 Australian Amateur and he turned professional the following year. He has won five titles on the Asian Tour since its first modern season in 1995, and has several other victories to his name. He was the runner-up on the Asian Tour Order of Merit in 1995 and also made the top ten in 1998 and 2004. In the latter year he won the Thailand Open for the second time in his career at the age of 47.

In 2006, Boonchu turned 50 and became eligible to play in senior tournaments. He finished first in the 2006 Champions Tour Qualifying School and joined the Champions Tour in 2007. In 2010, he joined the European Senior Tour and won four events (including three straight) and the Order of Merit.

Amateur wins (2)Edit

Professional wins (19)Edit

Asian Tour wins (5)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 1 Oct 1995 Langkawi Open −15 (67-71-67-68=273) 7 strokes   Jamnian Chitprasong
2 7 Jan 1996
(1995 season)
Myanmar Open +5 (68-72-76-77=293) Playoff   Jeff Senior
3 29 Sep 1996 Lexus International −12 (75-69-67-65=276) Playoff   Mike Cunning
4 6 Apr 1997 London Myanmar Open (2) −15 (72-65-68-68=273) Playoff   John Senden
5 25 Jan 2004 Thailand Open −18 (68-66-69-67=270) 5 strokes   Kim Jong-duck,   Prayad Marksaeng

Asian Tour playoff record (3–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1996 Myanmar Open   Jeff Senior Won with par on first extra hole
2 1996 Lexus International   Mike Cunning Won on first extra hole
3 1997 London Myanmar Open   John Senden Won with birdie on first extra hole
4 2009 Brunei Open   Darren Beck,   Gaganjeet Bhullar Beck won with birdie on third extra hole
Ruangkit eliminated by par on second hole

All Thailand Golf Tour wins (6)Edit

  • 2000 TPC Championships
  • 2002 TPC Championships
  • 2003 Singha Classic
  • 2004 Chevrolet Championship
  • 2006 Singha Masters, Singha E-San Open

Asia Golf Circuit wins (2)Edit

European Senior Tour wins (5)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 7 Mar 2010 Aberdeen Brunei Senior Masters −14 (64-69-66=199) Playoff   Frankie Miñoza
2 14 Mar 2010 Chang Thailand Senior Masters −21 (64-66-65=195) 11 strokes   Jamnian Chitprasong,   Frankie Miñoza,
  Katsuyoshi Tomori
3 28 Mar 2010 Berenberg Bank Masters −3 (69-78-69=216) 3 strokes   Bobby Lincoln,   Sam Torrance
4 17 Oct 2010 Benahavis Senior Masters −16 (68-65-64=197) 7 strokes   John Gould,   Carl Mason
5 4 Sep 2011 Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters −9 (68-68-71=207) 4 strokes   Gordon Brand Jnr,   Roger Chapman,
  Barry Lane

European Senior Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2010 Aberdeen Brunei Senior Masters   Frankie Miñoza Won with par on second extra hole

Japan PGA Senior Tour wins (1)Edit

  • 2013 ISPS Handa Cup - Satsukibare Senior Masters

Team appearancesEdit

Amateur

Professional

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit