The inaugural edition of “Ladies European Thailand Championship”, to be held at Phoenix Gold Golf & Country Club in Pattaya
Ladies European Tour, together with Phoenix Gold Golf & Country Club and Khon Rak Golf Co.,Ltd., in supporting of Sports Authority of Thailand and Thai LPGA announced the inaugural edition of Ladies European Thailand Championship 2017 which will be held during 6 – 9 July 2017 at Phoenix Gold Golf & Country Club, Pattaya – Chonburi with the total purse money of 300,000 Euro (appx. 12 million Baht). The tournament is the return of Ladies European Tour to Thailand in 12 years to write the sporting success story in Thailand again.
Ladies European Tour CEO Ivan Khodabakhsh stated, ““It’s exciting to add the Ladies European Thailand Championship to the LET schedule and on behalf of our players, I would like to thank the Sports Authority of Thailand for their commitment to sponsor the tournament. We believe that this tournament will contribute positively towards growing the game in Thailand whilst showcasing the world class golf facilities to a global audience via our media platforms. I encourage everyone in the local community to come out and cheer on our fantastic female golfers as they compete for glory at Phoenix Gold Golf & Country Club in July.”
While Mr. Joao Paulo Alves Neves Pinto – LET Tournament Director who represented Ladies European Tour in the press conference said, “On behalf of the Ladies European Tour, may I say how thrilled I am to be here at the magnificent Phoenix Gold Golf & Country Club today to launch the Ladies European Thailand Championship 2017. This is an extremely exciting opportunity for us, to bring world class sport to a region where we can make a real difference by engaging with local people, particularly women and children, and encouraging them to participate in sport as part of a healthy lifestyle.”
“As one of the world’s leading golf tours, the LET will be bringing more than just 70 top women golfers to Pattaya. We will bring a fresh and exciting product which will motivate and inspire people to participate in sport and we are looking forward to working with our fellow officials and players from the THAI LPGA.
The tournament will showcase the venue and destination to a worldwide audience via our international media platform, which reaches more than 225 countries through our TV and digital channels.
We’re all excited to be playing at this beautiful venue for the first time.
I would like to thank Phoenix Gold Golf & Country Club – the host venue, Khon Rak Golf Co.,Ltd. – the promoter, Sports Authority of Thailand and also all the media here for supporting this new tournament. Here’s to writing a great sporting success story together!”, Mr. Pinto added.
On behalf of Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT), Mr. Viboon Champangoen – Head of Professional Sports Standardization and Administration Division stated, “As Sports Authority of Thailand, the state government which supports the organizing of Ladies European Thailand Championship. SAT aimed to deliver such supporting and encouragement, in order to develop sports in Thailand. By the foreseeing of the potential of Thailand to be the sport hub of the region and to encourage Thai athletes to step into world-class stages. I also would like to show our gratitude to all supporters that involve in this tournament and wish that it will archive its goals to the utmost success.”
Phoenix Gold Golf & Country Club, the magnificent golf course in Pattaya with its beautiful scenery surroundings, host venue where the tournament take place. Mrs. Chanya Swangchitr – President expressed, “it is such an honour to welcome Thai and international top ladies golfers to Phoenix Gold Golf & Country Club to compete and be the first champion of the inaugural edition of Ladies European Thailand Championship. This tournament is to record the world-class event at our golf course significantly. On behalf of the host venue, we are proudly to announce our readiness to challenge all golfers and facilitate all officers, in order to motivate such this outstanding international event in Pattaya to strengthen the tourism and economics, as well as to bring in local people to be a part of the event. I believe that Ladies European Thailand Championship 2017 will be one of the most exciting tournaments in Thailand.”
The promoter, Khon Rak Golf Co.,Ltd. by Mr. Kritpong Panpha – President stated about the organizing of Ladies European Thailand Championship 2017, “We take pride in the organizing of this significant event for the purpose of arousing and evaluating the ladies golf in Thailand. We aim to strengthen and grow golf to meet the world standard. We also hope that Ladies European Thailand Championship 2017 will contribute highest benefits to all segments, not only golf, but also tourism in region to the country level, through the event organizing and both international and domestic broadcasting.”
126 ladies golfers will compete in the field of Ladies European Thailand Championship 2017, featured of 70 LET golfers, 40 Thai LPGA golfers and 16 invitation spots, for 300,000Euro purse money (appx. 12 million Baht) and World Ranking Points.
About the Ladies European Tour
The Ladies European Tour (LET) is Europe’s leading women’s professional golf tour and formed as the WPGA in 1978. With 324 members from 38 different countries who inspire fans at more than 20 golf tournaments on five continents, the Ladies European Tour brings people and brands together through shared experiences and promotes world class sport entertainment through exceptional events which receive extensive international media and television coverage. At each event, it’s not just about the swing – it’s about a day that goes with a swing: a big day out with fun entertainment and a festival atmosphere set in beautiful scenery. The LET members captivate and excite with their strong performances, but don’t just appear and leave; they create a legacy by connecting with local communities and developing the game in the regions they visit. The Board of Directors are the guardians of the tour and along with the Players Council ensure the tour continues to grow and improve for players, fans and all associates. The tour is also proud to have bestowed Honorary Membership to Louise Crozier Solheim and Helena Alterby Nordström.
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