Queen's Cup primed for sixth staging

Fri 16 May 2014

Queen's Cup primed for sixth staging

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Kuala Lumpur, May 16: The sixth edition of the Queen’s Cup will be held at the ultra-challenging Santiburi Samui Country Club on the holiday isle of Samui from June 5-8.
The popular US$300,000 Asian Tour event will be supported once again by Bangkok Airways and the Sports Authority of Thailand. The region’s top stars will converge at Santiburi Samui, nicknamed the Beast of Samui, where they will challenge Thailand’s top golfers for the prestigious title.
The tournament made its debut on the Asian Tour Schedule in 2009 where home favourite Chinnarat Phadungsil won the title with a winning aggregate of 16-under-par 268, which stands as the tournament’s lowest score.
Chinnarat’s success also set the tone for Thailand’s top golfers to achieve success in the Queen’s Cup, with Chawalit Plaphol (2011), Thaworn Wiratchant (2012) and Prayad Marksaeng (2013) winning the tournament as well.
The only non-Thai golfer who has tasted victory in Samui is Japanese veteran Tetsuji Hiratsuka, who was triumphant in 2010.
The Queen’s Cup is one of four major tournaments in Thailand on the Asian Tour, which is the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia.
The other tournaments include the King’s Cup, Thailand Golf Championship and Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT.
Thaworn, a two-time Asian Tour Order of Merit champion, has already confirmed his participation in the Queen’s Cup while other top Thais expected to challenge for honours include Prom Meesawat and Arnond Vongvanij, who finished runner-up to Prayad in last year’s tournament.
Samui is one of Thailand’s top tourist destinations where the Queen’s Cup helps with the promotion of the holiday isle through the television broadcasts and media coverage.
Sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the Queen’s Cup is held in honour of Her Majesty, Queen Sirikit.
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