Thongchai supports aspiring golfers in #ADT event

Fri 04 Sep 2015

Thongchai supports aspiring golfers in #ADT event

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Hua Hin, Thailand, September 4: Thai star Thongchai Jaidee believes the best way to give back to the sport which has brought him much success is to host his maiden Asian Development Tour (ADT) tournament – The Thongchai Jaidee Foundation, which gets underway next week.
A total of 156 players, including 20 invites offered by Thongchai himself, will be competing for the total prize purse of four million baht (approximately US$111,808) at the majestic Black Mountain in Hua Hin from September 10 to 13.
“I have gained so much from playing golf in my life and I want to give back to the game now. We have to keep supporting the game for it to continue growing in future and I think hosting a tournament is a good way to do our part. I hope to play a good host next week and I really hope to see a young player winning the tournament,” said the 45-year-old Thongchai, who is currently ranked 42nd in the world.
Through the staging of his own ADT event, Thongchai also hopes to draw attention to his growing foundation – the Thongchai Jaidee Foundation which was launched in 2009 to help the under-privileged golfers in his hometown of Lopburi.
“I have used my Thongchai Jaidee Foundation to help raise funds for this tournament. I am very glad to be able to host my own tournament as it creates another playing opportunity for the young golfers out here.
“If I win, I will give the prize money back to my foundation for the future development of golf. The reason why I want to play in the tournament is because I want the young players to come up and challenge for the title,” added Thongchai, who holds an unprecedented three Order of Merit crowns and 13 Asian Tour victories.
Thai hotshot Kiradech Aphibarnrat and reigning ADT Order of Merit champion Pavit Tangkamolprasert will join Thongchai in the star-studded field which will also feature a host of winners on the region’s burgeoning Tour, including Michael Tran of Vietnam, American Blake Snyder, Sean Riordan of New Zealand and Malaysia’s Arie Irawan.
Pavit, a four-time winner on the ADT, expressed his excitement of playing in the tournament hosted by Thongchai, a mentor whom he highly regards.
“It’s great to see experienced golfers like Thongchai giving back to the game through staging their own events. It definitely benefits young players like myself as we get more playing opportunities to compete against the region’s best,” said the 26-year-old Thai.
“Thongchai is a great player whom everyone looks up to. He has always been encouraging to the younger generation of players like myself. As a Thai player, I want to support him by playing my best in the tournament next week,” added Pavit.
Thongchai is the third Asian Tour player after Korea’s K.J. Choi and compatriot Boonchu Ruangkit to host his own tournament.
Other notable players in the field include Australian Marcus Both, Danny Chia of Malaysia, Thai dup Thanyakon Khrongpha and Pariya Junhasavasdikul.
The ADT will continue to reward the top-five finishers on the Order of Merit at the end of this season with Asian Tour cards for 2016.
With the Olympic Games looming in 2016 where golf will be reintroduced as a medal sport, players in the region could earn their spots in Rio de Janeiro by earning Official World Golf Ranking points through the Asian Tour and ADT.
The sponsors of the Thongchai Jaidee Foundation 2015 include SINGHA, Betagro, Idemitsu, Tune Insurance, Mazda, Ricoh, Oakley and Golf Pride.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
About the Asian Development Tour
The Asian Development Tour was launched in 2010 with the aim of creating a career pathway for professional golfers in Asia. Sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the Asian Development Tour will ultimately create a new playing platform for emerging stars from across Asia and around the world. Through the Asian Tour Qualifying School, players will qualify for the Asian Development Tour and enjoy the opportunity to hone their games and talent through a secondary circuit in Asia. Designed in the same structure as the Web.com Tour in America and European Challenge Tour, the Asian Development Tour is a stepping stone to the Asian Tour and the exciting world of international golf. The Asian Development Tour has been structured to ensure the best opportunities for its members. The leading five players on the Asian Development Tour will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season, ensuring a proper career pathway for aspiring professionals. All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points.