Lorena Ochoa (3rd left) talks to hotel general manager Chatchawal
Supachayanont (second right) at the Dusit Club Lounge while Surang
Prempree (center) managing director of organizers TV Channel 7 and
others look on.
Just a day after the conclusion of the 2010 PTT
Pattaya Open on February 14, Dusit Thani Pattaya was again welcoming
participants in another world-class sport event. This time it was the
Honda-PTT LPGA Thailand 2010, the fourth Honda event and believed to be
the biggest and best-ever women’s golf tournament in Thailand, which
took place from February 18-21.
Michelle Wie and Paula Creamer were among the world’s
leading female golfers who arrived earlier at the five-star resort while
defending champion Lorena Ochoa was warmly welcomed Tuesday by hotel
general manager Chatchawal Supachayanont and Surang Prempree, managing
director of organizers TV Channel 7.
In between practice rounds at Siam Country Club
Pattaya Old Course, the top players from Thailand, Japan, South Korea,
the US, Australia, Norway and other European countries took time out to
attend the cocktail reception prepared for them at the hotel’s extended
terrace, The Point.
They also graced the Charity Auction Night on
Wednesday, February 17 held at the hotel’s Napalai Convention Hall. The
event was filled with female golf stars who signed autographs on items
for charity sale as well as on their personal belongings, many of which
fetched more than THB55,000 during the auction. Proceeds will benefit a
local tree-planting program and other charitable groups.
The charity event was attended by all VIP sponsors
from Honda Automobile-Thailand, PTT Group, Channel 7, IMG, Singha Beer
and many others. Dusit Thani Pattaya is the sponsoring hotel for the
second year now for the first Asian leg of the LPGA season with a prize
purse of US$1.3 million.
Last year’s LPGA event helped boost the kingdom’s
tourism as it attracted more than 16,000 golf enthusiasts to see their
favorite players battle it out. This year’s tournament saw an increased
size of spectators as golf fans from all across the world visited
Thailand to experience the thrill and excitement of seeing the world’s
top ranked women’s golfers.
For more information on the Honda-PTT LPGA Thailand
2010, visit www.lpgathailand.com
Michelle Wie, one of the local favorites, holds up one of her
autographed belongings with the highest bidder during the Charity
Auction Night at Dusit Thani Pattaya.