King's cup golf returns with high Thai participation
October 31, 2012 00:00
By The Nation
More than 50 Thais will take part in the US$500,000 King's Cup Golf to be held at Singha Park Khon Kaen Golf Club from November 29 to December 2.
The King’s Cup, one of the three Asian Tour events to be staged in Thailand this season, will have a 144-man field.
The event, making its return after a year’s absence following the floods in Bangkok last year, is already enjoying a welcome revival with prize fund increasing to US$500,000 this year.
Apart from the Asian Tour Qualifying School held in January, the King’s Cup together with marquee events like the Thailand Golf Championship and Queen’s Cup offer a total prize money of US$1.8 million to the region’s finest players in Thailand.
With this year’s edition getting a fair representation of local players, Thailand’s best golf professionals will have the opportunity to take on the region’s best players and sharpen their game.
Over the years, many promising Thai golfers have developed into worldclass players by taking advantage of their playing opportunities on the Asian Tour.
They include Asian Tour winners such as Thaworn Wiratchant, who holds the record of 15 victories, threetime Order of Merit winner Thongchai Jaidee, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Chinnarat Phadungsil and Prom Meesawat.
“We believe that the King’s Cup will unearth future golfing talents from Thailand and also showcase to the world the magnificent golf culture that we have throughout the country,” said Sangvien Boonto, deputy gover