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Three Order of Merit winners – Pavit Tangkamolprasert, Panuphol Pittayarat and Atthaya Thitikul – will spearhead a stellar field in the Bt3-million Thailand Mixed presented by Trust Golf from Thursday at Hua Hin’s Black Mountain.

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Three Order of Merit winners – Pavit Tangkamolprasert, Panuphol Pittayarat and Atthaya Thitikul – will spearhead a stellar field in the Bt3-million Thailand Mixed presented by Trust Golf from Thursday at Hua Hin’s Black Mountain.

Pavit Tangkamolprasert 

Thailand’s first-ever battle between male and female star players will see a strong challenge from 2020 All Thailand Golf Tour No 1 Pavit, 2020 Thai PGA Tour No 1 Panuphol and 2020 Thai LPGA Tour No 1 Atthaya. The February 25-28 tournament will be competed in a stroke-play format over 72 holes, with the full 7,285-yard course for the men cut to 6,277 yards for the women.

Pavit, 31 and winner of the Boonchu Ruangkit Championship last year, will tee off alongside hometown favourite Prom Meesawat and former Thai LPGA star Prima Thammaraks at 8.30am.

“I’ve never played this format before,” said Pavit, who hails from Bangkok. “Playing against female players will be fun. It’s such a ground-breaking event,” said the two-time Asian Tour winner.

Three Order of Merit winners – Pavit Tangkamolprasert, Panuphol Pittayarat and Atthaya Thitikul – will spearhead a stellar field in the Bt3-million Thailand Mixed presented by Trust Golf from Thursday at Hua Hin’s Black Mountain. Panuphol Pittayarat 

 

Panuphol, 28, will be accompanied by two female stars of the Thai LPGA – Budsabakorn Sukapan and 2018 LET Thailand Championship victor Kanyalak Preedasuttijit – when they tee off at 12.55pm.

“I can’t wait to get back to the greens after the long break,” said the two-time Asian Tour champion. “This is a special tournament so I’m excited to enter the field.”

However, all eyes will be on teen sensation Atthaya after she dominated the Thailand LPGA Tour last year with five victories.

“Competing against top players on the men’s tour as well as top female players will be a big challenge,” said the 18-year-old from Ratchaburi. “But after working hard in the offseason, this will be a test of where my game is right now,” added the rising star, who is in the same group as Parinda Phokan and Gunn Charoenkul.

Meanwhile, former Asian Tour No 1 Thaworn Wiratchant will tee off at 12.05pm alongside Ratchapol Jantavara and Renuka Suksukont.

All players tested negative for Covid-19 on Wednesday.

The top 60 who make the cut will proceed to the weekend rounds.

The tournament is being held without spectators due to Covid-19 restrictions but fans can watch the action live at 

https://www.facebook.com/trustgolfclub

and on the TrustGolf YouTube channel. T-Sports will also broadcast live coverage of the weekend rounds on television.

Published : February 24, 2021

By : THE NATION