LPGA stars all set for season opening event in Pattaya

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All roads will lead to Siam Country Club Old Course next week as the world’s top 50 lady professional golfers from the LPGA money list including Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie, Tseng Yani, Shin Jiyai, Choi Na Yeon, and the defending champion Ai Miyazato, will all be vying for glory at the Honda LPGA Thailand 2011, to be played from February 17-20. 

The tournament, the first stop on the 2011 LPGA Tour, will feature a 60-player field comprising of the top 50 players on the LPGA Money list and 10 sponsors’ invites competing in a 72-hole stroke play with no cut for the purse prize of US$ 1.45 million.

Ai Miyazato will be back to defend her title at next week’s Honda LPGA 2011 being held at Siam County Club Old Course from Feb. 17-20. Ai Miyazato will be back to defend her title at next week’s Honda LPGA 2011 being held at Siam County Club Old Course from Feb. 17-20.

Atsushi Fujimoto, President of Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co. Ltd., revealed, “We can expect some thrilling and exciting play with highly-respected players such as Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr and Michelle Wie from the USA, world’s No. 1 Jiyai Shin and last year LPGA’s money winner Na Yeon Choi from South Korea, and defending champion Ai Miyazato from Japan who have all confirmed to play Honda LPGA Thailand.”

This tournament is also giving young Thai golfers an opportunity to play with world-class players and raise their standard of golf.  This year, four Thais have been invited by Honda to compete in the tournament.  Among the Thais selected are Pornanong Phatlum, the only Thai professional player who made the final round of the LPGA qualifying tournament in Daytona Beach, Florida, held last December, and Ariya Jutanugarn, currently Thailand’s best female amateur player.  Jutanugarn, who first took part in the Honda LPGA Thailand when she was only 11 years old, is making her third appearance in the tournament as a sponsor invite,” Fujimoto added.

To spice up the intensive competition, a Honda Accord 2.0 EL worth 1,280,000 baht will be awarded to the first pro who makes a hole-in-one on the Par-3, 16th Hole.

Tickets are available at the course and at every ThaiTicketMajor outlet or logon to www.thaiticketmajor.com.  Daily ticket prices are 200 baht for Thursday and Friday, 300 baht for Saturday, 400 baht for Sunday, and season tickets good for all four days are only 600 baht.  There is also free admission for ages 18 and below or 60 and over!

Channel 7 will broadcast Day 1 highlights at 00.30 – 01.30 on February 17, Live at 14.00-17.00 on February 18 and at 15.00-17.00 on the weekend, February 19-20.

For more information, please visit www.lpgathailand.com, or www.hondalpgathailand2011.com.