Jul 28


Thailand will launch its newest tournament on the Asian Tour this season with the inaugural Queen’s Cup due to take place in August.

The Queen’s Cup presented by Sports Authority of Thailand and Bangkok Airways will be staged at the Santiburi Samui Country Club on the holiday isle of Samui from August 13 to 16, 2009.

The US$300,000 tournament, sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Thailand PGA, will be held in honour of the Queen of Thailand, Queen Sirikit.

Bangkok Airways will mark its sponsorship involvement with the Asian Tour for the fifth consecutive year by coming onboard as the event’s presenting sponsor.

Sports Authority of Thailand Governor Kanokphand Chulakasem said the historic launch will serve to reinforce the growth of the game in Thailand and Asia and continue to place the Kingdom on the world’s golf map.

“We are delighted to support the inaugural staging of the Queen’s Cup, which will be held in tribute of our beloved Queen Sirikit,” said Kanokphand.

“Professional golf in Thailand and across Asia has risen in stature over the past few years that it is timely for us to launch the Queen’s Cup. We are fully committed to support and grow this event in the years to come on the Asian Tour.

“Through playing opportunities on the Asian Tour, Thai golfers have achieved so much success across the region and we are pleased to work closely with the Asian Tour and Thailand PGA for this historic launch.”

Nandhika Varavarn, Bangkok Airways’ Vice President, Corporate Communications and Chairman of the Tournament Committee, was also delighted to welcome its return as presenting sponsor for this full-field Asian Tour event.

“We’ve a long standing relationship with the Asian Tour and are looking forward to continuing this great partnership through our involvement with this event,” said Nandhika.

“This will be the first time that Bangkok Airways is participating in the Queen’s Cup and we are all very excited to be part of this inaugural event,” added Nandhika.

Asian Tour Executive Chairman Kyi Hla Han lauded the launch of the Queen’s Cup which will raise the number of tournaments in Thailand to four this year.

“It is tremendous that the Sports Authority of Thailand and Bangkok Airways are fully supporting the Asian Tour with the launch of the Queen’s Cup,” said Han.

“We established a partnership with the Sports Authority of Thailand when it supported our Qualifying School in Bangkok in January and we also have a long-standing relationship with Bangkok Airways. The Queen’s Cup is an extension of our partnerships.

“It is also pleasing to welcome a new tournament onto our Schedule and we fully appreciate the support from Bangkok Airways, the Sports Authority of Thailand and Thailand PGA.”

Han added that the game in Thailand was truly prospering, with sponsors looking at opportunities to invest in the game.

Earlier this year, the Asian Tour hosted the inaugural Black Mountain Masters while the Singha Thailand Open also made a welcome return after a three-year lapse.

The capital city of Bangkok also played host to the Tour’s season-opening Asian Tour International.Thailand PGA President Boonchu Ruangkit hailed the birth of the Queen’s Cup, saying it would add further impetus for the local stars to sparkle in the home event.

“The Thailand PGA will continue to work closely with the Asian Tour to promote professional golf at the highest level in our country and across the region,” said Boonchu, himself one of Asia’s legends where he has five titles on the Asian Tour.

“I am confident our local stars will rise to the challenge and fight for the honour of being crowned the inaugural champion of the Queen’s Cup.

“This new and exciting tournament will create another opportunity for our local stars to stamp their mark on the Asian Tour.”

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