By THE NATION
The US$500,000 full field Asian Tour event will draw the curtain down on what has been a truly memorable season where tour players continued to create an impact in the region and beyond.
Having already played host to several events on the Asian Tour, the Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club is set to roll out the red carpet to the region’s finest players again with the tournament being held on their Mountain and Ocean Course.
The Thailand Masters is promoted by the Jaidee Foundation, overseen by Thai golfing legend Thongchai Jaidee.
Leveraging his legendary status and tournament golf as a vehicle, Thongchai, who recently celebrated his 50th birthday, hopes to draw attention to his foundation launched in 2009.
It aims to support under-privileged golfers in his hometown of Lopburi and pave the way for aspiring talent to follow in his footsteps.
A strong advocate for development of golf in the region, the 50-year-old Thai holds an unprecedented three Asian Tour Order of Merit crowns and has hosted three successful editions of the Thongchai Jaidee Foundation tournaments on the Asian Development Tour (ADT), along with the foundation’s inaugural collaboration with the Queen’s Cup held last November.
“I am always looking for ways to give back to the game which has brought me so much success. I hope we can unearth future talent from the Asian Tour through the staging of the Thailand Maters. I will be extending invitations to 25 selected players from around the world to add strength and depth to the field,” said Thongchai, a 13-time Asian Tour winner.