BANGKOK —— Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., Ltd. and BBTV Channel 7 announced the premiere ladies professional golf tournament, “Honda LPGA Thailand 2015”, will be hosted from 26 February to 1 March 2015 at the Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course. The tournament features the top 60 golfers from the LPGA’s money list and 10 exemptions competing in the 72-hole stroke play with no cuts to win the prize purse of US$1.5 million, or THBaht46 million, with a special hole-in-one prize on the Par-3, 16th hole of an all-new Honda HR-V.
Chief Operating Officer of Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., Ltd. Pitak Pruittisarikorn stated, “The success of the Honda LPGA THAILAND ladies’ professional golf tournament over the past eight years is strongly reflected in the caliber of the world-class women golfers who take part in the competition and the tremendous interest from Thai and foreign golf fans. Honda and BBTV Channel 7 have signed a contract for a 3-year extension of the sponsorship of the ‘Honda LPGA THAILAND 2015-2017’. This year, Honda is continuing as the official sponsor for the ninth consecutive year. We have also prepared a special prize for a hole-in-one on the Par-3, 16th hole, which is an all-new Honda HR-V, the ultimate premium sport crossover vehicle, which is going to be launched in Thailand soon.
“We also have additional activities including the ‘Honda Exclusive Golf Challenge’, which is open for Honda customers to join. The winners will compete with the world-class women golfers on Pro-Am day. Another activity is the ‘Honda LPGA Thai Fashion Design Contest’, taking place for the second consecutive year to find the best evening dress design using Thai fabrics under the ‘Smart & Elegant Look’ concept. The winning entries will be featured in a fashion show during the Honda LPGA Charity Night. An auction for famous golf collectibles will also take place during the charity night event and all earnings from the event, with no deductions, will go to the Queen’s Silapacheep Foundation.”
Managing Director of Bangkok Broadcasting & TV Co., Ltd., Palakorn Somsuwan said, “The LPGA has counted on BBTV Channel 7 to be the sole promoter to organise their official tournament in Thailand for eight years, since 2006. This year, the LPGA has extended our partnership for a further five years. Therefore, we aim to stage the tournament to meet the highest standards with our full effort as well as strengthen the confidence of world-class professional golfers in this tournament. We are certain that the Honda LPGA THAILAND 2015, which will be held from 26 February to 1 March 2015, will be a great success with the support of Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., Ltd., the title sponsor and the Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course.
“In addition, BBTV Channel 7 and Honda will launch a promotional activity, the ‘Honda LPGA 2015 Roadshow’, which will be held on Saturday, 8 and Sunday, 9 November 2014 at Central Bangna; on Saturday, 15 and Sunday, 16 November 2014 at Central World; and during the Motor Expo from 29 November to 10 December 2014 at IMPACT Arena Exhibition and Convention Centre. Participants will enjoy lots of golf games and have fun with star celebrities from BBTV Channel 7 to win a variety of special prizes including Honda LPGA THAILAND 2015 tickets.
“Channel 7 and Honda are also committed to supporting and offering opportunities to Thai junior golfers. A golf clinic will be held during the tournament featuring top players who will show some techniques and give advice to junior golfers. The Honda LPGA THAILAND 2015 has also offered opportunities for Thai golfers to compete with world-class professional golfers in order to inspire a new generation, providing a platform for those young Thais to reach a world-class level following in the footsteps of prominent Thai golfers such as Pornanong Phatlum, the Jutanugarn sisters, Ariya-Moriya, and Supamas Sangchan, who have experienced the Honda LPGA THAILAND.”
“To support young Thai golfers, Honda is providing an opportunity for them by inviting young golfers who are rising stars and the national team of young golfers to compete in the world-class Honda LPGA THAILAND tournament. This year, we are also supporting the dream of Thai youth who are fond of playing golf by initiating the ‘Honda Young Golfer Support Project’. This project aims to support children in 20 schools nationwide that have a golf training course but insufficient golf equipment. Interested people can donate golf equipment which will be fixed and given to the youths in the golf training courses. This will help to develop their golf skills and inspire their dreams to be a professional golfer including competing in national tournaments,” added Pitak Pruittisarikorn.
[Source : Honda]