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Thai hat-trick on cards: tour CEO

May 27. 2019
Ladies European Tour CEO Mark Lichtenhein
Ladies European Tour CEO Mark Lichtenhein
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Ladies European Tour boss Mark Lichtenhein predicts a Thai may win the home LET Thailand Championship for the third straight year when it is staged at the Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club in Pattaya next month.

Atthaya Thitikul with the 2017 trophy.

Teen sensation Atthaya Thitikul, then just 14, won the inaugural LET in 2017 followed by Kanyalak Preedasuttijit last year.

As Thai players appeared to have the edge over foreign contenders at the coastal town, LET chief Litchtenhein admits it’s possible that Thailand will complete a hat-trick.

“Thai players have won the past two editions and the trophy may fall into the hands of a local player again this year,” Lichtenhein said.

“It’s a great achievement for us to see this tournament continue to grow every year. We have contributed our support in every aspect to make Thai golf and golfers raise their standards to a higher level.”

The tournament, which takes place from June 20-23, is co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour (LET) and Thai Ladies Professional Golf Association (Thai LPGA) and offers a total prize money of 300,000 Euros (Bt11 million).  

It will be competed in a 72-hole stroke play format for four days, with the top 60 players, making the halfway cut.

The LET Thailand Championship feature a total of 126 players, 70 from the LET rankings and 40 from the Thai LPGA rankings plus 16 through sponsor invites.

The winner of this tournament will automatically earn a card to compete on the Ladies European Tour and a berth into the Women’s British Open which will take place beuween August 1 – 4 at Milton Keynes in the UK.

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