Pattaya, Thailand: The Thailand Open will make a popular return to the golf calendar this year with Singha Corporation at the helm as title sponsor.
Last played in 2013, the tournament will tee-off on the Plantation Course at Siam Country Club from June 11-14.
The 45th staging of one of the region’s most revered golf tournaments will boast prize money of US$1 million and be jointly sanctioned by OneAsia and the Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO).
The tournament is promoted by World Sport Group, Asia’s largest sports marketing, media and event management company and a Full Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
“To be able to announce Singha Corporation as title sponsor of the Thailand Open is a great day for us. We are renowned for being at the forefront of golf sponsorship in Thailand and so to be able to title sponsor our national Open gives us a sense of completion,” said Kittisak Chaimongkoltrakul, Director of Customer Relations from Singha Corporation and Advisor to the President of the Thailand Golf Association (TGA).
Singha Corporation’s sponsorship of the country’s professionals has been one of the main reasons why their players have been able to perform so well on the international stage, while their support of golf tournaments in the Kingdom at all levels has been unrivalled.
“The Singha Corporation Thailand Open promises to be one of the highlights of the year for golf in our country as welcome the leading players from OneAsia and the JGTO,” added Kittisak.
The Thailand Open, first played in 1965, became part of OneAsia in 2010 when Chinese number one Liang Wen-chong took the title. Australian Andre Stolz won the following year with Chris Wood from England triumphant in 2012.
“The Singha Corporation Thailand Open is a world class event and I am hugely satisfied that it is back on the OneAsia schedule for 2015,” said OneAsia Commissioner and Chairman Sang Y. Chun.
“We are particularly pleased that the Singha Corporation Thailand Open will be joint sanctioned by the JGTO whose players contributed so much to the success of the tournament in 2013.”
Two years ago Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng recorded a brilliant victory to become only third Thai to win the title and expectations are high for another thrilling edition this year.
He ended a near decade-long drought by home players to win the Thailand Open with a two-stroke victory at Thana City Golf & Sports Club to claim the winner’s purse of US$180,000 and the coveted King’s Trophy, donated by the country’s revered monarch.
Despite producing a generation of some of Asia’s finest golfers, only two other Thais have won their national Open – Suthep Meesawat (1991) and Boonchu Ruangkit (1992, 2004).
“The Japan Golf Tour Organisation is delighted to be jointly sanctioning the Singha Corporation Thailand Open for a second time,” said Katsuji Ebisawa, Chairman, JGTO.
“We enjoyed being here for the first time in 2013. The tournament provides us with a great opportunity to grow our Tour and expand in the Asian region.”
Designed by Lee Schmidt of Schmidt-Curley Design, a long-time member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation, and opened in April 2008, the Plantation Course is a great test of golf with strong winds regularly adding to the degree of difficulty.
It hosted the Honda LPGA Thailand in 2009 and the Thailand Ladies Open in 2013.
“Having staged many world class events Siam Country Club will bring a wealth of experience to the table and we are confident of being able to add enormous value to the Singha Corporation Thailand Open,” said Dr Phornthep Phornprapha, Chairman, Siam Country Club.
The tournament also welcomes on board as major co-sponsors Mercedes-Benz, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), Emirates Airline and the [email protected] Design Hotel Pattaya.