Pattaya, Thailand: The Thongchai Jaidee Foundation will move to a new venue when the event returns to the Asian Development Tour (ADT) schedule for its third consecutive edition.
Hosted by Thongchai Jaidee, the event at Pattaya’s Siam Country Club from December 7-10 will offer a total prize fund of ฿4 million (about US$120,000).
The penultimate tournament on the 2017 schedule, players will have everything to play for as they jostle to finish among the leading five players on the final ADT Order of Merit to secure their Asian Tour cards for 2018.
Thongchai, a 13-time Asian Tour winner who also holds three Asian Tour Order of Merit crowns, has been a strong advocate for the development of golf in his country and across the region.
The 48-year-old Thai launched the Thongchai Jaidee Foundation in 2009 with the aim to help under-privileged golfers in his hometown of Lopburi. The Foundation not only supports professional golf for men but also women through the Thai LPGA.
Thongchai said: “The ADT has been a great platform for the region’s budding golfers to hone their skills and play their way onto the Asian Tour. We have enjoyed successful editions in the last two years with Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Chapchai Nirat emerging victorious.
“I am pleased with how the tournament has grown. I am confident we can get another strong field this year. It will be a good opportunity for the region’s upcoming players to gain experience as they play alongside some of the established players from Thailand.”
Jakraphong Thongyai, Commissioner of the All Thailand Golf Tour, said: “We look forward to welcoming rising stars from across the region to the Thongchai Jaidee Foundation once again. We hope the players will make use of this opportunity to bring their game to the next level.”
Cho Minn Thant, Chief Operating Officer of the Asian Tour, lauded Thongchai’s commitment to grow the game in Thailand and across the region.
Cho said: “We are pleased to sanction the 2017 Thongchai Jaidee Foundation for the third straight year. We are confident our players will continue to showcase the very best of the region’s golf.
“On behalf of the ADT and our players, I would like to thank Thongchai, as well as the All Thailand Golf Tour, for their unwavering dedication. It’s great to see successful golfers like Thongchai giving back to the game.”
The Thai showpiece will be jointly sanctioned by the ADT and All Thailand Golf Tour. A total of 144 players will feature in the event. Sixty spots each are allocated to the All Thailand Golf Tour and ADT with 24 invites handed out.
All ADT events offer Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points. The winner will receive six OWGR points while the top six players and ties earn points based on a sliding scale.
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