Cake Phuchanbanchob, a 2015 graduate and senior at the IJGA, has verbally committed to California State University – Northridge. Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, arrived at the IJGA in November 2011. In almost three years, Phuchanbanchob went from being a casual golfer in Thailand to one of the top golfers at the IJGA. Her first tournament round in the United States was the IJGT at TPC Sawgrass where she shot 83. A round that included no birdies. On Sept. 21, 2014 at the IJGT at NC State, Phuchanbanchob shot a final-round 2-under-par 70 which included four birdies and an eagle. After 10 holes, she was 6-under-par.
The improvement in Phuchanbanchob’s game did not come without effort. She has trained intensely at the IJGA with her instructor Dick Wedzik to become the golfer she is today. This just the beginning for Phuchanbanchob as she have shown consistent improvement over her time at IJGA. She has worked equally as hard in the classroom at Heritage Academy. Her concerted efforts on the course and in the classroom have led to her the chance to play collegiate golf.
At the IJGA, Phuchanbanchob and Wedzik work to formulate specific goals focused on ways to improve her game in effort to make her the most well-rounded and talented player possible.
In addition to regular training, Phuchanbanchob takes advantage the various resources available to her as an IJGA student in pursuit of her dream to play at the next level. Phuchanbanchob increased her tournament experience by playing in numerous IJGT events, including an impressive 20 top-five finishes. She also spent the 2014 summer with the IJGA playing in many tournaments, and racking up top finishes, including a fifth-place finish at the AJGA IJGA Junior Open and runner-up finish at the Carolinas Junior PGA Championship.
At the IJGA, we value the commitment, dedication and resiliency demonstrated by juniors like Phuchanbanchob and with each year, we are lucky enough to celebrate as students’ dreams become reality.
Congratulations to Phuchanbanchob, Coach Wedzik and her entire support system as she embarks on her journey into college golf with California State University – Northridge. Go Matadors!