Channel 7 and Honda to stage Honda LPGA Thailand 2013

Yani Tseng
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Yani Tseng of Taiwan tees off on the 5th hole during day four of the Honda LPGA Thailand at Siam Country Club.

Channel 7 and Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., Ltd. announced today that the Honda LPGA Thailand 2013, being held from February 21 to 24 at Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course will be headlined by the world number one and the defending champion Tseng Yani, Choi Na Yeon, Stacey Lewis, Inbee Park, Shanshan Feng and 2007 champion Suzann Pettersen. The tournament will once again showcase the best players in the world, with all of the current top 10 confirmed. In addition invites, Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn, Juntima Gulyanamitta, Lydia Ko, Cheyenne Woods and Michelle Wie have also confirmed their participation.  

According to Mr. Pitak Pruittisarikorn, Executive Vice President of Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., Ltd., “As an official sponsor of the Honda LPGA THAILAND 2013, we are very pleased and honored to be a partner with Channel 7 to organize the 7th tournament. For this year, we’d like to announce the readiness to organize this tournament which will showcase the world’s top 60 woman golfers such as Tseng Yani (the winner in 2011 and 2012), Ai Miyazato (the winner in 2010), Paula Creamer, and Na Yoen Choi. In addition, there are also 10 exemptions spots such as Michelle Wie, Mamiko  Higa, Shinobu Moromizato, Chie Arimura and Thai rising star golfers; Moriya Jutanugarn, Ariya Jutanugarn, and Junthima Gulayanamitta including Cheyenne Woods, the niece of Tiger Woods and Lydia Ko, the Korean-New Zealand youngest rising stars golfer.”

“Thai golf fans will experience the excitement of the world-class golfers’ competition. Besides, the special Charity Night has been organized under the concept of “Exotic Thai” by representing Thai-being through all activities in order to promote Thailand and tourism. The earnings without any deduction from the auction will be distributed to Bang Sai Arts and Crafts Centre in order to support the local people helping generate more income and increase the economic status and their living standard including retaining the preservation of Thai local arts and handicrafts. In this occasion, I’d like to invite golf fans who are interested in this LPGA tournament come and experience this competition.”

Mr. Palakorn Somsuwan, Managing Director of BBTV Channel 7, said “BBTV has earned the right from the LPGA to once again be the promoter of the Honda LPGA Thailand, now continuing into its 7th year. The team has the experience and ability to organize a tournament that is well received by the players at the start of their season. Each year, LPGA Thailand welcomes more and more spectators. In 2012, there were a record 47,090 spectators during all 4 days of tournament play and the overseas press filled the international media centre with over 200 journalists.”

“Each time the tournament takes place, apart from reviewing the players’ facilities, security, and overall standard of the tournament delivery, the committee gives high priority to one important objective, which is to provide young Thai players with the opportunity to compete on the world stage and improve their skills. The committee has once again invited Thai players for this tournament, for example the Juthanugarn's sisters. Both Ariya and Moriya have consistently earned the opportunity to play in this tournament since the very first year of the Honda LPGA Thailand. Now they too have joined the professional ranks and this year will challenge the established LPGA players. Pornanong Phatlum, who was previously invited as a special exemption, has already become a proven professional within the LPGA ranks. This year, Mamiko Hika, the Japanese rookie player who won the Japan Women’s Amateur Championship in 2011 and 2012, will exhibit her golfing talent to both the young and more experienced, Thai players.

BBTV Channel 7 will be broadcasting all 4 days of tournament: 21st  - 22nd 14.00 – 17.00 hrs, and 23rd – 24th 15.00 – 17.00 hrs. Tickets are available at Thai Ticket Major. Free admission for spectators who are 18 years old or under and 60 years old or over to give the opportunity for spectators to experience this world-class tournament.

Honda LPGA THAILAND 2013 will be take place between 21st – 24th February 2013 at Siam Country Club Pattaya - Old Course. All players will compete in the 72-hole stroke play tournament with no cut to win the prize money of 1.5 million USD or 45 million THB, and the special hole-in-one prize, all-new CR-V with a 2.4 liter engine      (4-wheel drive), priced at 1,524,000 Baht.

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Topics: Press Release, Honda LPGA Thailand, Tseng, Yani

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