Stars Help Raise 7 Million Baht for Charity

Wed 05 Dec 2012

Stars Help Raise 7 Million Baht for Charity


Chonburi, Thailand, December 5: Ahead of the second edition of Thailand Golf Championship, nine star players of this prestigious event attended the tournament gala dinner last night, much to the delight of attending guests, and helped raised over 7 million baht for the Sai Jai Thai Foundation Under the Royalty Patronage.

Led by defending champion Lee Westwood, the star studded event also graced the presence of Major Champions Charl Schwartzel, Bubba Watson, John Daly and Darren Clarke as well as Ryder Cup hero Sergio Garcia. Japanese star Ryo Ishikawa and local favourite Thongchai Jaidee were also present to enjoy a highly entertaining evening that included a performance by Exotic Percussion Group, a finalist at the 2011 Thailand’s Got Talent show.

The highlight of the evening at The St. Regis Bangkok was a charity auction of autographed drivers and other valuable items donated generously by seven of the most recognisable golfers in the world. Following a fun but competitive auction process, a total of THB7.18 million (US$234,000) was raised for the Sai Jai Thai Foundation Under the Royalty Patronage, which assists local countrymen who have sacrificed their lives and personal comforts for the nation’s stability and security.

The Organising Committee of Thailand Golf Championship had previously announced an agreement to match the amount raised through the auction and with the exclusive items fetching a sum of THB3.59 million, the total amount raised for the charity was hence an impressive THB7.18 million.

South African Charl Schwartzel was delighted to play a part in the proceedings as his autographed driver was exchanged for THB520,000. “It's very important to give back and I think from our side as golfers, whenever we can help in any way in those sorts of things, we do. So it's easy enough to sign a golf club and get some money for it, but it's even better when it goes to something that can help other people”, he said.

The players will now channel their energy on the golf as they make their final preparations for Thailand Golf Championship, taking place at Amata Spring Country Club on Thursday to Sunday this week. Tickets are available at Thaiticketmajor at THB 300 each for Round 1 and 2 (December 6 and 7), THB400 for Round 3 (December 8), and THB500 for the final day (December 9). A 4-day package ticket is only THB800. For more information, please call +66 (0)2-262-3456 or visit