Queen’s cup boost for Thai Golf


Samui, Thailand: The success of the Queen’s Cup tournament on the Asian Tour will continue to help unearth new talents and champions from Thailand, officials said today.

The US$300,000 Queen’s Cup will be played at the stunning Santiburi Samui Country Club on the holiday isle of Samui from June 17 to 20, 2010 where title holder Chinnarat Phadungsil of Thailand and former Asian Tour number one Thaworn Wiratchant will headline the field.

Kanokphan Chulakasem, Governor of Sports Authority of Thailand, said: “The Queen’s Cup Samui Golf Tournament – Asian Tour is one of the major golf tournaments in our country which continues to develop and bring Thai golf to the next level.

“This is an excellent opportunity for Thai players to compete side by side with the world’s top players.”

Bangkok Airways, in collaboration with the Sports Authority of Thailand, Thailand PGA and Asian Tour, jointly announced the upcoming tournament at a press conference at Santiburi Samui today.

The Queen’s Cup, which is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Thailand PGA, is held in the honour of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. It made its debut on the Asian Tour last season.

Capt. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, President of Bangkok Airways, said: “We are excited to be associated with the tournament for the second year as it is organized in honour of our beloved Queen Sirikit and more importantly for the King’s 60th Coronation Anniversary which is also His Majesty’s Golden Jubilee.

“We have always strived to take Thai golf tournaments to an international level and we hope the event will draw a large number of golf enthusiasts who will stimulate Samui’s tourism.

“Bangkok Airways will also offer a hole-in-one prize of 100,000 baht worth of air tickets during the tournament.”

M.L. Nandhika Varavarn, Bangkok Airways’ Vice President – Corporate Communications and Chairman of the Tournament Committee, said: “The previous year’s tournament was very well received and was followed immensely by golf fans around the region which Samui has already become a new destination for golf. The tournament’s pro-am will be held on June 16 to give an exclusive chance to our local amateur golfers to compete with Asia’s top pros. The tournament will be broadcast live on True Visions 62.”

The highlights show of the Queen’s Cup will also be aired on the Asian Tour’s television platform which reaches 40 countries globally and over 350 million homes.

Asian Tour Executive Chairman Kyi Hla Han expressed his appreciation to the Sports Authority of Thailand and Bangkok Airways for their support of the Queen’s Cup.

“Once again, we are deeply honoured to be involved with such a prestigious tournament in Thailand. The Queen’s Cup is revered by all the Thai players due to its importance and I’m sure we will witness another memorable tournament,” said Han.

“Golf in Thailand has grown immensely over the past decade with the likes of Thongchai Jaidee, Thaworn Wiratchant, Prayad Marksaeng, Boonchu Ruangkit, Chapchai Nirat and Chinnarat Phadungsil achieving success on the Asian Tour and we believe our close working relationship with the various parties in Thailand will continue to provide an impetus for the game to grow.”

Other main sponsors of the Queen’s Cup include Airbus and Santiburi Samui Country Club while co-sponsors are Tourism Authority of Thailand, Samui Island Municipal, PTT, Siam City Asset Management and Bangkok Hospital, Bangkok and Coke Haadthip. Media partners include The Nation, Bangkok Shuho, Elite magazine and True Vision. The official hotels for this year’s tournament include Santiburi Resort, Seasons, Samui Palm Beach Resort, Chaba Resort, Amarin Victoria, KC Resort and Mercure Samui Buri Resort.

For golf fans, Bangkok Airways and Bangkok Travel Club will offer the “Samui Queen’s Cup Golf” package for two nights at prices starting from 10,600 Baht valid from 10 – 30 June 2010. The package includes a roundtrip ticket between Bangkok and Samui by Bangkok Airways, twin-sharing two-night accommodation, airport transfers, and transfers between hotel and the Santiburi Samui Country Club.

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