Singapore: The Queen’s Cup will return for its 10th straight edition on the Asian Tour with a new presenting sponsor in Bangchak Corporation, one of Thailand’s leading energy companies.
To be staged from June 28 to July 1, the US$300,000 event, held in honour of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, will be played for the first time at Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club in Pattaya, which hosted the Royal Cup last December.
Malaysian Nicholas Fung, who won by one shot to claim his first Asian Tour victory at the Queen’s Cup last year, will defend his title against a star-studded line-up.
Shiv Kapur of India will also be returning to the venue where he won the Royal Cup for his third victory of the season and became the only player to win three times on the Asian Tour in 2017.
Since its inception in 2009, the Queen’s Cup has welcomed many worthy champions, including 2016 Order of Merit champion Scott Hend of Australia and Thai veterans Prayad Marksaeng and Thaworn Wiratchant, who have both won the title twice.
Sakon Wannapong, Governor of The Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT), said: “The Sports Authority of Thailand is very pleased and honoured to be supporting the Queen’s Cup once again this year.
“We believe this prestigious event will continue to develop the game of golf in our nation and gain more interest among fans in Thailand and across the region. We also hope to boost the tourism in Thailand with the staging of the Queen’s Cup.”
Chanya Swangchitr, President of Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club said: “It’s our pleasure to host the Queen’s Cup, which has always been a highly-regarded event in Thailand. We look forward to welcoming both local and international golfers.”
Asian Tour Chief Executive Officer Josh Burack said: “We are pleased to work in close partnership with the Sports Authority of Thailand and the Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club once again. We would also like to thank the Bangchak Corporation for coming on board as the presenting sponsor for the event this year.
“The success achieved by Thai golfers on the Asian Tour and around the world has been tremendous to watch and we hope the staging of this prestigious event will help unearth more talented players in Thailand and across the region.”
The Bangchak Corporation, a Thai energy company engaging in business alongside social and environmental stewardship, is no stranger to golf activities as it has been involved with golf for several years through individual sponsorship of professionals and junior golf development.
The Queen’s Cup presented by Bangchak will mark the Tour’s third stop in Thailand this season, following the Qualifying School in January and the recently-concluded Thailand Open, where Panuphol Pittayarat claimed his second Asian Tour victory.
The Asian Tour is a Full Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.