Top ladies players from 3 ladies golf tours of the region are lining up into the field of tri-sanctioned tournament – “PTT Thailand LPGA Masters 2018” – the big match season-sending for THAI LPGA Tour 2018 which will be held during 19-21 September at Panya Indra Golf Club in Bangkok.
THAI LPGA together with China LPGA and Australian LPG are joining their hands of tri-sanctioning success for the second year in “PTT Thailand LPGA Masters 2018”, the 6,420 yards Par 72 competition field featured by 114 players from 15 countries which are 35 players of THAI LPGA, 44 players of China LPGA, 20 players of Australian LPG and 15 invitation spots in stroke play format of 54 holes in 3 rounds. There is cut-off after 2 rounds for top 50 and tie to compete in 3rd round in 21 September. The champion will earn 600,000 Thai Baht as prize money.
Top players who are lining up and getting ready to fight for 4M THB purse money and world ranking points leading by No.1 THAI LPGA Tour OOM – ‘Arpichaya Yubol’ who marked 2nd season of her professional golfer by 5 back-to-back wins from 4th-8th Singha-SAT Thai LPGA Championship 2018 and stepped up to current no.1 of THAI LPGA Tour. She is the hope of the tour to win the title with her top form and remark the record of 6 wins in a season, as well as keeping the trophy in Thailand.
The 16-year-old from Saraburi was the best amateur in Thailand LPGA Masters 2016 as long as other achievements as amateur before turning professional in 2017. She has made the incredible wins in 2018 season and wish to claim the sixth win for this season revealed that, “It’s such an exciting moment to win 5 titles of THAI LPGA Tour in a row. Playing in “PTT Thailand LPGA Masters 2018” is the second time for me. Of course, I am excited since to play as No. 1 of the tour. There are some hope on me, so I will try to perform my best form and believe that I could finish in Top 10.”
The defending champion ‘Saranporn Langkulgasettrin’ is another Thai player to keep eyes on her. Phuket’s 19-years-old who ranked no.1 of THAI LPGA OOM 2017 is now playing in Thai LPGA, Taiwan LPGA and also China LPGA with 4 wins in 2017 and recently 2 wins in 2018 from EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open and Sun Car Zhangjiagang Shuangshan Classic said about her back to the home soil that, “It is good to come back to play in Thailand, also to defend the title. I will try my best and have fun with my game, not to put any stress into it. I wish that Thai player could win the title to keep this trophy in Thailand and to make them know that Thai girls are second to none.”
China LPGA – the great ladies professional golf tour of China and region, who joined as its second year and has made it as tri-sanctioned tournament, unvealed the entry list of its top players to blossom the field.
‘Li Jiayun’, one of the rising player in China LPGA, is 28 years old from Guangxi, as the former captain of Chinese women’s golf team, led the team won the group silver medal in the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games. In 2011, she turned professional player and won championships in Shanghai Classic 2014 and Le Coq Sportif Beijing Ladies Classic 2016. The best result of this season is 5th of EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open. She stated her return to Thailand that, “I like Thailand and really enjoy Thai food. I’ve waited a whole year to come back here since the last year tournament finishing. Last year I had two good rounds but the final round wasn’t good enough. This year my goal is to have three great score to help me reaching top 10. I just prepare for this tournament focusing on striking the ball well and I think the most important part is short game. I will practice to get used to the green speed and the type of grass when I arrive the course.”
While Australian LPG, the first tour who co-sanctioned the tournament in 2016, has sent ALPG’s players led by ‘Amy Walsh’ to Thailand. Amy said about her return to the course again after her appearance in Thailand Amateur Championship 2014 and also her participating in Ladies European Thailand Championship 2018 that, “It will be a great test of golf with the three tours coming together. I played the course in 2014, so I’m interested to see how different it will play and how far my game has come since then. I expect the competition to be tough as Thai golf is very strong at the moment. Personally, I feel like my game is starting to come together and it will be an enjoyable week. I’ve been in Europe for the last few months which will hopefully have prepared me for this event.”
Besides, there are some top players from the 3 tours who came along with championship titles and 1st runner up as well as rising players who are lining up and joining the field of “PTT Thailand LPGA Masters 2018” such as Thai’s tops – ‘Wanchana Poruangrong’ – champion of 2ndSingha-SAT Thai LPGA Championship 2018 and current no.2 of THAI LPGA OOM, ‘Supamas Sangchan’ - Sanya Ladies Open 2016 and EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open 2017 champion, together with players from China LPGA and Australian LPG who are travelling to Bangkok during this weekend such as ‘Sui Xiang’ - Hengqin Phoenix Tree Building Orient Golf Challenge 2018 runner up, ‘Huang Ching’ - Orient Masters Wuhan Challenge 2018 champion, ‘Chen Yu Ju’ - CTBC Ladies Classic 2018 champion and ‘Hanee Song’ - Brisbane Invitational 2018 runner up. The field will be also fulfilled with the remarkable moment as the occasion of 10th anniversary of THAI LPGA.
The tournament is supported by PTT Public Company Limited, Sports Authority of Thailand and National Sports Development Fund, Singha Sorporation, Panya Indra Golf Club, Thongchai Jaidee Foundation, Betagro and True Visions.
2-day LIVE Broadcasting on Thursday, 20 September (13.30-16.30 hrs.) and Friday, 21 September (11.00-14.30 hrs.) is through True Sport HD 2 of True Visions. Admissions ticket is available at ticket booths at Panya Indra Golf Club during 19-21 September at 100 THB/person (3-day pass) and free entry for spectators under 18 years old and over 60 years old.