Laguna Phuket Invites All to Register for 25th Laguna Phuket Triathlon

Laguna Phuket invites runners and triathletes to register for 25th Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT), inaugural “25 For 25 Sprint” triathlon and 2nd annual LPT Charity Fun Run “Run for Fun, Run for Kids” that raises funds through Children First Fund (CFF) for more than 400 children in 7 orphanages in Phuket.

Registration booth will open on Monday 3 – Wednesday 5 September at CentralFestival Phuket (2nd Fl., IT Zone. 11am-8.30pm) and in Bangkok on Saturday 8 September at CentralWorld (3rd Fl., Atrium Zone. 10am-10pm). First 100 entries are eligible to participate in fun games and get free gift! Registered runners and triathletes show confirmation email to participate. Registration also available online at www.LagunaphuketTri.com until 11 November.

25th Laguna Phuket Triathlon will take place during 17-18 November 2018; Saturday 17 November is for LPT Charity Fun Run (5K, 10K and 2K Kids Run) and Sunday 18 November is Laguna Phuket Triathlon race day (standard LPT comprises swim 1.8K, bike 50K and run 12K and inaugural “25 For 25 Sprint” includes swim 0.5K, bike 18.5K and run 6K). Hotels and resorts within Laguna Phuket offer special rate during the race weekend.

All Invited to Visit 25th Laguna Phuket Triathlon Booth at Sahaviriya-Bangkok Triathlon

Laguna Phuket PR & marketing executive Julalak Srijun (far left) with 25th Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT) team will set up a booth this weekend (Friday 6 – Sunday 8 July) at Sahaviriya-Bangkok Triathlon 2018’s Race Venue under Rama 8 Bridge.

Athletes and spectators are invited to visit the 25th LPT Booth to get discount code for “25th Laguna Phuket Triathlon” and “25 For 25 Sprint” (race day is Sunday 18 November 2018) and talk to LPT Squad about family-friendly Charity Fun Run (race day is 17 November 2018) and Children First Fund (CFF). The booth also features super cute “Laguna” mini-mascot, limited-edition plush doll specially made available this year in celebration of LPT’s 25th anniversary. Everyone is invited to join the booth this weekend for fun activities and gifts! For more info, visit Facebook @LagunaphuketTri.

Registration for 25th Laguna Phuket Triathlon is open with ongoing “Early Bird” rate valid until 15 August 2018. For more information and to register for 25th Laguna Phuket Tri, visit www.LagunaphuketTri.com

Varanyu Holds Commanding Lead at Singha Laguna Phuket Open

Thailand’s Varanyu Rattanaphaibulkij maintained his position at the top with his second round of nine-under-par 61 at the Singha Laguna Phuket Open on Friday.

The 21-year-old Thai carded a flawless round with seven birdies and one eagle to lead the field by seven strokes on a 17-under-par 123 total at the THB2 million (approx. USD64,000) event co-sanctioned by the Asian Development Tour (ADT) and the All Thailand Golf Tour.

Compatriot Nitithorn Thippong proved relentless in his pursuit of a second ADT win when he returned with a solid round of 66 to take second-place on his own, while Sweden’s Oscar Zetterwall took third place following a 67 at Laguna Phuket.

Starting on the back nine, Varanyu eagled hole 14 after a good drive and solid approach with his five-iron left him with a three-footer tap-in. He made the turn at three-under after a birdie on 18 and would follow with six birdies for an inward 29.

“I was hitting everything solid and I played the three par-5s on this course very well and managed to hit the green in two shots on all of them. I enjoy playing this course and being on home ground. Especially since my mother is out here to watch me this week so I want to do well,” said Varanyu.

His low round which topped his opening 62, marked his lowest tournament round he achieved since he turned professional in 2015 and he credits his brother, nicknamed “Benz”, who is on his bag this week.

“I wasn’t nervous at all and I just stuck to my game plan of making fairways and greens. Benz and I were reading the lines well on the greens and I trusted him,” said Varanyu who is vying for a maiden win.

ADT winner Nitithorn mixed his card with six birdies and one double-bogey on the second hole when he pushed his eight-iron into the hazard.

“I was playing steady golf all day except for one missed shot. The pin was tucked in the right side and there was a hazard to the right of the green. I told myself to keep it short and hit it left but I pushed it right instead. But I made 16 greens today which was key for me and there were a lot of positives from the round,” said the 21-year-old.

Playing in the same group tomorrow, the Thai hotshot is ready to put up a good fight against his close friend Varanyu, who played junior golf with him before he joined the play-for-pay ranks.

“I am happy to be playing with him tomorrow since I haven’t seen him in a while. He is playing so well and I want to try and catch up with him tomorrow on moving day,” added Nitithorn.

The halfway cut was set at one-over-par 141 with a total of 57 players qualifying for the final two rounds.

The Singha Laguna Phuket Open is the eighth leg of the 2018 ADT schedule and the tour’s first stop in Thailand this year. Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points are offered on all ADT events with the winner earning a total of six OWGR points while the top-six players and ties earn points on a sliding scale.

The leading five players on the ADT Order of Merit at the end of the season will earn playing rights on the premier Asian Tour for the 2019 season.

Leading round two scores
123 – Varanyu RATTANAPHIBOONKIJ (THA) 62 61
130 – Nitithorn THIPPONG (THA) 64 66
131 – Oscar ZETTERWALL (SWE) 64 67
133 – Samarth DWIVEDI (IND) 65 68, Mathiam KEYSER (RSA) 66 67
135 – Worrasorn SUWANPANANG (THA) 68 67, Donlaphatchai NIYOMCHON (THA) 68 67, Simon YATES (SCO) 67 68, Chaiphat KOONMARK (THA) 70 65, Pawin INGKHAPRADIT (THA) 66 69

Bodyslam and Sweet Mullet Rocked Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival’s Opening

On Friday 27 April, Asia’s premier destination resort Laguna Phuket’s 2nd annual Food & Music Festival (LPFMF) began its 3-day East-Meets-West grub and groove extravaganza at Laguna Grove, the resort’s outdoor event venue by the lagoon. Gate opened from 4pm until late. The entry is free for guests and visitors to enjoy a wide range of food booths selling tantalising international and Peranakan cuisine from top restaurants, tourism communities and local vendors. Featuring a themed charity concert each night with leading rock bands “Bodyslam” and “Sweet Mullet” on its opening night, the night saw more than 7,000 participants in both the festival and concert zones combined, and already raised baht 500,000 for Children First Fund (CFF), established in 2017 in support of 7 orphanages in Phuket, housing more than 400 children. Continuing throughout the weekend, tonight (Saturday 28 April)’s charity concert will be a “Jazz Night” featuring Thai’s leading artists and vocalists Koh Mr.Saxman and Pui Duangpon, Russian pianist and opera singer Ivan Sharapov and Phuket-based Black ‘n’ Blue band (ticket is priced at baht 500 apiece, available at door) and tomorrow night (Sunday 29 April) a sold-out pop night with leading duo “Joe & Kong” and Black ‘n’ Blue band closing the Festival.

From left: Sweet Mullet band; Stuart Reading, senior vice president – property development, Laguna Phuket; Phuket governor Noraphat Plodthong; Laguna Phuket managing director Ravi Chandran and Bodyslam band, at the Festival’s opening ceremony, presenting baht 500,000 contribution from the Festival to Children First Fund in support of more than 400 children in 7 Phuket orphanages.

Following the success of its inaugural edition launched in 2017 together with “Children First Fund” to celebrate the resort’s 30th anniversary, Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival is hoped to become Phuket’s another permanent annual event like the resort’s Laguna Phuket Marathon and Laguna Phuket Triathlon.

Phuket governor Noraphat Plodthong said at the Festival’s opening ceremony last night “I am delighted to see that the Festival showcases international food as well as authentic Phuket fare by tourism communities to tourists and visitors from around the world, and raised funds to support children in Phuket. I hope all will enjoy the 3-day Festival and join us in other interesting cultural and lifestyle events in Phuket.”

“While the Festival itself heightens Phuket Province’s status as a “City of Gastronomy” conferred by the UNESCO and showcases Phuket as a lifestyle destination for food, music & entertainment, recreational activities and unique culture, “Children First Fund” extends the community services that Laguna provides in the area of education, a core aspect of Laguna CSR focus,” said Ravi Chandran, managing director of Laguna Phuket remembering the Festival’s launch last year that raised close to baht 2 million for Children First Fund,

“The CFF complements Laguna Phuket Kindergarten, the Community Learning Centre and the Mobile Learning Centre by empowering the future generations. So, thank you all for your participation and contribution” he concluded.

The 3-day East-Meets-West Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival 2018 is being held during 27-29 April at Laguna Grove in the heart of Laguna Phuket resort. Gate opens daily at 4pm. Entry is free.

For more information, visit www.lagunaphuket.com/foodandmusicfestival or follow Facebook/LagunaPhuketResort.