Chinnarat was born in Chantaburi, Thailand. As an amateur, he won tournaments in Asia, Australia and the United States. His most notable win came at the 15-17 age group event at the Junior World Golf Championships in San Diego, California. He won the 2005 Double A International Open on the Asian Tour at the age of 17 years and five days, becoming the youngest person to win on the Asian Tour. He trailed by five shots going into the final round but forced a playoff with a final round of 67 which included three birdies on the final holes. He defeated Shiv Kapur in a playoff to win the tournament. The win also made him the third amateur to win a professional tournament in Asia. He turned professional right after the victory.
Chinnarat won his second event on the Asian Tour at the 2006 Crowne Plaza Open. He was two shots back with three holes left in the tournament and birdied holes 16 and 18 to force a playoff. He defeated Prom Meesawat and Lin Wen-tang in the playoff.
2001 Asia Pacific Junior Golf Championship
2002 Jack Newton Junior Golf Championship (Australia)
2003 Sprint International Amateur Golf Championship (USA)
2004 Asia Pacific Junior Masters
2005 Junior World Golf Championships (Boys 15-17)
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