Updated: 04/23/2014 13:57 | By Agence France-Presse

Grieving Thai honours late coach after awards haul

Thai golfer Kiradech Aphibarnrat made an emotional tribute to his late coach as he dominated the Asian Tour awards night by winning three prizes including player of the year.

Grieving Thai honours late coach after awards haul

Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand hits the ball during the opening round of the Maybank Malaysian Open golf tournament in Kuala Lumpur on April 17, 2014 - by Manan Vatsyayana

The 24-year-old, who was also honoured for winning last year's order of merit and received a special achievement award, lost his coach Natpasit Chokthanasart, or Pro Jew, in December.

"My success on the Asian Tour would not have been possible without the strong support from my family," Kiradech told the ceremony in Jakarta late on Tuesday.

"I want to thank them tonight and I also want to pay tribute to my late coach Natpasit Chokthanasart who passed away late last year. He played a key role in shaping my game and made me become the player that I am today."

Natpasit, Kiradech's long-time mentor, died from pneumonia at the age of 58.

Separately Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee, 44, was named player of the decade after collecting three order of merit wins and 13 tournament victories.

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