Honda LPGA tourney golfers plant trees to battle global warming

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Organizers and players with this week’s Honda LPGA Thailand 2011 golf tournament planted trees to combat global warning before hitting the links at Siam Country Club in Pattaya.

Atsushi Fujimoto, president of Honda Automotive (Thailand), and Wittaya Kunplome, head of the Chonburi Administrative Organization, joined Miss Thailand Universe 2010, television actors and the director of Channel 7 television at Nongprue Public Park Feb. 7 to plan several Golden Shower trees.

Golfers, sponsors and promoters pose for a commemorative photo during the tree planting event. Golfers, sponsors and promoters pose for a commemorative photo during the tree planting event.

Channel 7 Managing Director Surang Prempree said the 1.3 million baht project begun in 2010 has already seen the planting of 999 trees at the entrance of Khao Chichan. Trees are being planted in five Pattaya-area parks.

He said the program was started to fulfill Honda’s wish to support the golf tournament’s host province. It’s hoped the trees both battle global warming and enhance the scenery of the Pattaya area.

Fujimoto said Honda takes global warming seriously and has set up an environmental committee to run projects aimed at preserving the environment.

The Feb. 17-20 tournament drew 50 top golfers for a 72-hole shootout with a purse of $1.45 million.