HISTORY OF LION CITY CUP, SANTI CUP AND KARTINI CUP
In 2004, a junior event was introduced called the Lion City Cup with the trophy donated by Singapore with the objective of providing a better junior team event, which is lacking in the ASEAN region. Due to the success of the Lion City Cup, Thailand requested to introduce a ladies event in 2008 and in 2009, Santi Cup was borne. Not to be left behind, Indonesia then jumped into the fray and donated a trophy for junior girls aptly called Kartini Cup, which started in 2013.
The first Lion City Cup held in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2004 was won by Thailand with a total score of 834, The individual title went to Teerawat Paipong of Thailand. The championship was not held for the next 3 consecutive years (2005-2007) as there was not enough participation from the member countries. Since 2008, the Lion City Cup was held consecutively with Singapore winning the 2008’s edition with a combined score of 862 while Thitipun Choeyprakong of Thailand claimed the Individual title. In 2009, Thailand wrested the overall title from Singapore with a total score of 877 and kept the Individual title with win by Poom Saksansin. Malaysia hosted the 50th year anniversary of the Main Event, the Putra Cup in 2010 and the Philippines came in strong to win the Team title with a combined score of 893 while Singapore’s Edgar Oh interrupted the Thai’s dominance by claiming the Individual title. Thailand showed their dominance in the Junior event by claiming the Team titles from 2011 hosted by Hong Kong to 2014 where Brunei hosted for the first time after the formation of the Asean Golf Federation. Malaysia’s Low Khai Jei won the Individual title in 2011 while Thai players went on to win the Individual title from 2012 to 2014.
The Santi Cup was held continuously since its inception in 2009 till present. The inaugural event was won by Thailand, which they kept the title until 2012 in Indonesia. Malaysia came from behind in 2013 held in Phillippines to wrest the title from Thailand with a total score of 576. Phillipines managed to claim the overall title in 2014 with a core of 544. Thai lady players also reigned supreme in the Santi Cup by claiming the individual title from 2009 to 2011. Jayvie Maria Agojo of the Philippines managed to break Thai’s reign by finishing first in the leaderboard in 2012 hosted by Indonesia. Benyapa Nithatsonphon of Thailand won the Individual title in 2013 hosted by Philippines followed by Celia Amelia Legaspi of the Philippines in 2014 hosted by Brunei.
The Kartini Cup was introduced by Indonesia in the Asean Golf Federation (AGF) Annual General Meeting in 2012 of which the member countries agreed. The members realized the importance of the Championship to provide high-class tournament to the junior girls in the region. The first Kartini Cup was hosted by Philippines in 2013 while Brunei hosted in 2014. Thailand won the Team and Individual titles in both years.