In Memoriam: Noppadon “Ka” Thammapanichwongse

November 21, 2011 by Patrick Gavin, Director, PGA Golf Management™ Program, Department of Marketing via email

Our friend and PGM Alumni Noppadon “Ka” Thammapanichwongse was involved in a fatal accident and passed away from injuries. He was a true gentleman and I love the time we spent while he was a student here at NMSU.

He worked hard to achieve his goal as becoming a graduate of the Program and becoming a Golf Professional. Many of you remember him at NMSU with his best friend Sivamin Bom Indamra (also a PGM alumni).

To his many friends and family >> I am sorry and wish I could be in Thailand for the funeral. He will be missed!!!!!!


From the Springfield Royal Country Club Management, 20th November 2011

Noppadon Thammapanichwongse, PGA Golf Management Program alumni

Noppadon Thammapanichwongse, PGA Golf Management Program alumni

Gone but not forgotten

Noppadon Thammapanichwongse, Pro Kla, passed away peacefully at Hua-Hin Hospital at 5PM on Saturday 19th November 2011 because of a brain injury.

Beloved youngest son among their four siblings for 28 years, he spent most of his younger time in Bangkok. He got his high school diploma from the renowned Bangkok Pattana International School. After graduating with a BBA (PGA Golf Management™) from New Mexico State University, U.S.A. in 2006, he joined Springfield as a Golf Professional.

With his great enthusiasm and responsibility, he was assigned more and more jobs. Among those were Pro Shop, golf cart, caddy training, and tournament coordinator to the Maintenance Department and several other projects such as golf environmental implementation.

Last month he greeted the Audubon International representative for our site inspection and feedback. A few weeks ago, he represented Thai golf courses and Tourism Authority of Thailand for an introductory trip to China along with Khun Bob, our General Manager.

He was much loved by those who had known him because of his politeness, patience, and devotion. He worked tirelessly from dawn until dusk whenever there were needs. We cannot think of anything in Springfield Royal Country Club that he was not involved with constructively. The world was much better with his presence.

Buddhism wake will be held at Wat Thart-thong, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok (BTS Ekamai Station) at 7PM, 20th- 24th November. The cremation will be held at 2 PM on Sunday 27th November at the same temple. Springfield will host the wake on Tuesday night November 22nd. Buses will be leaving Springfield at 3 PM that day. All are cordially invited to join. Please sign up at pro shop.

Lord, for your good people life is changed, not ended. When the body of our earthy dwelling lies in death we gain an everlasting dwelling place in heaven.

We are sure God is taking good care of him now as he did so to all golfers and those surrounding him for years.


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