Honda LPGA 2015 set to inspire young Thai golfers

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Pattaya’s Siam Country Club Old Course will once again play host to the premiere ladies professional golf tournament, “Honda LPGA Thailand 2015” from 26th February to 1st March.  The tournament will feature the top 60 on the LPGA money list plus 10 exemptions competing in a 72-hole stroke play event with no cut.  A prize purse of 1.5 million USD or 46 million THB will be on offer along with a special hole-in-one prize on the Par-3, 16th hole of an all-new Honda HR-V.

Pitak Pruittisarikorn, Chief Operating Officer of Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., Ltd. states, “The success of the Honda LPGA Thailand ladies’ professional golf tournament over the past eight years is strongly reflected in the caliber of the world-class women golfers who take part in the competition and the tremendous interest from Thai and foreign golf fans alike.  This year, Honda is continuing as the official sponsor for the ninth consecutive year and we have recently signed a contract extension of sponsorship through 2017.

Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist will be hoping to defend the title she won in thrilling fashion last year at Siam Country Club Old Course.Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist will be hoping to defend the title she won in thrilling fashion last year at Siam Country Club Old Course.

Channel 7 and Honda have also committed to supporting and offering opportunities to Thai junior golfers.  A golf clinic will be held during the tournament featuring top players to give out some techniques and advices to junior golfers.  The tournament itself has also offered opportunities for Thai golfers to compete alongside world-class professionals and help inspire a new-generation to follow in the footsteps of prominent Thai golfers like Pornanong Phatlum, Supamas Sangchan and the Jutanugarn sisters, Ariya and Moriya.

Pruittisarikorn, said, “To support young Thai golfers, we are introducing this year the ‘Honda Young Golfer Support Project’.  This project aims to support children in 20 schools nationwide that have a golf training course but insufficient golf equipment.  Interested people can donate golf equipment which will be fixed and given to the youths in the golf training courses.  This will help to develop their golf skills and inspire their dreams to be a professional golfer, including competing in national tournaments.”

For more information on this year’s Honda LPGA Thailand event, go to website www.lpgathailand .com or www.lpga.com.

11-year old prodigy Ariya Jutanugarn became the youngest player ever to take part in an LPGA Tour event when she competed in the Honda LPGA Thailand in 2007.11-year old prodigy Ariya Jutanugarn became the youngest player ever to take part in an LPGA Tour event when she competed in the Honda LPGA Thailand in 2007.