Thai youngsters vie for Tiger experience

sports September 04, 2012 00:00

By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam
The Nation

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Two lucky young Thai golfers will get an up-close-and-personal experience with PGA pros in next month's CIMB Asia Pacific Classic in Kuala Lumpur.


The two youngsters will be selected from among the 30 juniors who are participating in the Chang Junior PGA Golf Clinic at the Royal Gems Golf and Sports Club in Nakhon Pathom until Friday, under the guidance of pros from PGA Academy including Shane P Gillespie and Kimberly J Healey.
After five days of intensive training, the two most impressive youngsters will be chosen to join the Ambassador Programme at the Asia Pacific – the biggest golf tournament in the region.
“This is the third year that ThaiBev has been the beverage partner of the tournament which this year features Tiger Woods. This will be a great opportunity for Thai juniors to follow PGA pros and study their play at close range,” said Sorrakrit Lathitham, marketing manager of ThaiBev Marketing.
ThaiBev executive director Surapol Utinu said, “Our programme has been a success, with one of our young players, Kan Charoenkul, producing great results over the last three tournaments. He has been handed wild cards to play in Japan and Selangor, Malaysia.” 
The two lucky youngsters will receive round-trip tickets as well as accommodation in Malaysia where they will observe the technique and skill of PGA golfers from inside the rope for 18 holes of competition.
In addition, eight of the best Chang-TAT Thailand AM Tour players from four regions plus six from the Chang Amateur Championship will also get free tickets for the Asia Pacific Classic. And three players from the Championship will be chosen by lucky draw to play the Asia Pacific Classic Pro Am.