After viewing his tournament victory in April 2013 in Washington DC, where he won the Junior World Qualifier, college scouts later flew to Las Vegas to watch Prem Tinsulanonda International School Grade 12 student Chayutpol (Smart) Kittirattanapaiboon play. His six years of hard work with Director of Golf, Spike Collier, at the Three-Generation Golf Academy (TGGA) in Chiang Mai, Thailand, has paid dividends, as the University of Hawaii, a NCAA Division 1 school, awarded him a golf scholarship of nearly 50% to play for their golf team and continue his studies after he graduates from Prem in June.
Golf Academy Team Elite member, Tapat (Es) Wittiyakom, who graduated from Prem last year received an academic scholarship at one of the top engineering schools in the USA - Rose Hulman Institute of Technology. Due to his high-level golf skills he was instantly accepted on their golf team and currently ranked as their second seed player.
Five TGGA golf team players - and their parents - have the same dream. Today schoolboys - tomorrow leading sportsmen. It really is possible to combine the best of both worlds in Chiang Mai - where the essential sporting ground work and the crucial academic work can be combined to lead on to greater opportunities.