Tournament organizers have confirmed that the Honda LPGA Thailand will once again take place at Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course from February 17 – 20, 2011.
Atsushi Fujimoto, President of Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., Ltd., stated that, “Fifty professional players who are in the LPGA Official Money List 2010 will take part in this prestigious sporting event including previous LPGA winners, and it is certain that they will pull in many of their fans and supporters.”
Golfing superstar Michelle Wie is expected to join a star studded cast of players for the Honda LPGA Thailand 2011 at Siam Country Club Old Course next month. (Photo/Honda LPGA)
The field will once again represent the elite of the women’s game and their participation in the Honda LPGA Thailand will lift the excitement of the tournament. Together, they will be competing for over a million US dollars in prize money plus the title, and the added bonus of a luxurious New Honda Accord for any ‘hole-in-one’ scored.
As one of the co-promoters, Surang Prempree, the MD of Channel 7 who will televise the event, spoke of the growing prestige of the tournament.
“I firmly believe that golf fans around the world will focus on the action and results at the Honda LPGA Thailand in mid February as the tournament has been chosen by the LPGA to be the season opening event for the year 2011,” she said. “The race to be World’s No. 1 is very intense and the Rolex Rankings No. 1 spot has changed hands nine times between three different players; Shin Ji Yai, Cristie Kerr and Ai Miyazato since Lorena Ochoa retired in early 2010. It is expected to see three other players; Suzann Pettersen, Paula Creamer and Na Yeon Choi, also vie for the crown in the year 2011 as well,” she added.
The host venue, Siam Country Club Pattaya, Old Course is widely regarded as one of the best golf course in Thailand. Prasertchai Phornprapha representing Siam Country Club said, “Hosting the only LPGA-sanctioned event in Thailand is an excellent opportunity to showcase the club’s world class facilities, further promoting Thailand as the world’s golfing destination. We are very confident to provide the best course conditions to challenge the skills of LPGA players.”
The roster for this year’s Honda LPGA Thailand 2011 will feature a 60-player field boasting some of the world’s top ladies golfers, comprising the top 50 players on the LPGA Money list plus 10 sponsors’ invites. They will compete in a 72-holes stroke play with no cut for the purse prize of US$ 1.45 million. This will be the fifth edition since its inaugural event in 2006.