Udorn Duangdecha leads Thai golf pros in raising money for charity
The 2010 Phuket Property Dot Com Pro Am Invitational tees off 5th November at the Blue Canyon Country Club. Golf professionals and amateurs come together to raise money for the Phuket Has Been Good To Us foundation.
Top ranking Thai golf pro, Udorn Duangdecha, will join a growing list of golf stars at the Phuket event.
The field includes many top golf professionals from around the world and from within Thailand, such as Udorn Duangdecha. The Chiang Mai native, who turned pro in 2000, is known for his bright dress sense on the course. Earlier this year Khun Udorn won the 2010 Singha Pattaya Open and finished fifth in the recent 2010 Thailand Open.
Said Khun Udorn, “I am looking forward to taking part in the Phuket Property Dot Com Pro Am Invitational. It’s great to see an event like this in Phuket and also to support a worthy charity cause in the Phuket Has Been Good To Us foundation. Blue Canyon’s ‘Canyon Course’ is always a challenge and I’m sure all involved will enjoy the event.”
Joining Khun Udorn from Thailand are two female rookies who turned professional earlier this year – Kurika Jang and Chayuda Singhsuwan. In her first pro tournament, the 2010 Orient Wenzhou Championship (China LPGA tour), Khun Chayuda came a very respectable third and is an upcoming Thai talent to watch.
“We’re proud to be the title sponsor of the 2010 Phuket Property Dot Com Pro Am Invitational. The line up of golf pros is very exciting and I’m sure together with their help we will be able to raise lots of money for charity,” said Peter Bolton, Co-founder of Phuket Property Dot Com. “The top-class venue and the golf professionals coming to take part, underscores Phuket as a top golfing destination on the world stage.”
There are over 200 international-standard golf courses in Thailand, with more planned in Bangkok and other tourist destinations. Golf tourism is a niche market and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) are targetting more international golf visitors especially from Japan, Malaysia and China. TAT expect Thailand to become the golf hub of Asia in the next five years.
According to recent figures from TAT, golf visitors spend on average THB2,000-4,000 per person per day and annual growth of golf visitors to Thailand is 10%.
Phuket has been host to many golf competitions – amateur, professional and corporate golf events. Its reputation for quality courses and a delightful tropical playing environment continues to attract competition organisers from near and far.
With continued growth of golfing in Phuket, the Island now boasts nine golf courses, including Blue Canyon Country Club’s celebrated Canyon Course, voted Best Golf Course in Asia by FinanceAsia (2003, 2006, 2008, 2009), and the venue for Phuket’s first ever Pro Am charity golf event. The event will tee off on the 5th November and the organisers plan to make the event annual and help to raise the profile of golf tourism on Phuket.
Headline sponsored by Phuket Property Dot Com, the inaugural 2010 Pro Am Invitational will bring up to 30 touring golf professionals from around the world to Phuket, further cementing Phuket’s position as a leading golf resort destination in Asia. European Tour and Asian Tour players will join with amateurs to play the Canyon Course, followed by a four-course gala dinner at Sheraton Grande Laguna Phuket in the evening. All proceeds from the event will go to Phuket Has Been Good To Us foundation.
International golf professionals confirmed include five-time winner on the Asian Tour Simon Yates (Scotland) who is also in the Top 10 career money winners list; five-time winner and longest hitter on the Asian Tour Scott Hend (Aus); ten-time winner on the Asian Tour Gerry Norquist (USA); Jason Knutzon (USA) who is currently in the Top 10 money list for this year (Asian Tour); Lam Chih Bing (Singapore) winner of the 2008 Volvo Masters of Asia, Thailand (Asian Tour) and number one pro in Singapore; Keith Horne (South Africa), winner of 2007 Namibia PGA Championship; James Kamte (South Africa) winner of 2009 Asian Tour International, Thailand (Asian Tour); Chris Rodgers (UK) winner of 2010 Camry Invitational, China; and Scott Barr (Aus).
The 2010 Phuket Property Dot Com Pro Am Invitational will take place over 18 holes on the Canyon Course with a two tee start, teeing off at 11:30am. All golfers will receive a goody bag valued at over THB3,000. Entry for members of Blue Canyon Country Club is THB7,000, and THB9,000 for non-members.
If you’re an amateur golfer and want to get involved, contact Phuket Has Been Good To Us foundation on firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, if you would just like to make a donation to the charity, go to www.phukethasbeengoodtous.org/donate.html.