The US$300,000 Asian Tour event, held in honour of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, will be played for the first time at the highly-rated Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club in Pattaya, which hosted the Royal Cup last December.
Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung, who won by one shot to claim his first Asian Tour victory at the Queen’s Cup last year, will defend his title against a star-studded line-up when the storied event gets underway later this month.
Shiv Kapur of India will also be returning to the venue where he won the Royal Cup for his third victory of the season and became the only player to win three times on the Asian Tour in 2017.
Since its inception in 2009, the Queen’s Cup has welcomed many worthy champions such as 2016 Order of Merit champion Scott Hend of Australia and Thai veterans Prayad Marksaeng and Thaworn Wiratchant, who have each won the title twice from 2012 to 2015.
Sakon Wannapong, Governor of The Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) said: “The Sports Authority of Thailand is very pleased and honoured to be supporting the Queen’s Cup once again this year.
“We believe that this prestigious event will continue to develop the game of golf in our nation and gain more interest among fans in Thailand and across the region. We also hope to boost the tourism in Thailand with the staging of the Queen’s Cup.”
Chanya Swangchitr, President of Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club said: “It’s our pleasure to host the Queen’s Cup, which has always been a highly-regarded event in Thailand. We look forward to welcoming both local and international golfers to compete at our championship course.”
Asian Tour Chief Executive Officer Josh Burack is confident that the long-running event will continue to play a key role in stirring up fervent support for the sport, especially with Bangchak Corporation coming on board as the presenting sponsor this year.
“We are pleased to work in close partnership with the Sports Authority of Thailand and the Phoenix Gold Golf & Country Club once again. We would also like to thank the Bangchak Corporation for coming on board as the presenting sponsor for the event this year.
“The success achieved by Thai golfers on the Asian Tour and around the world has been tremendous to watch and we hope the staging of this prestigious event will help unearth more talented players in Thailand and across the region,” said Burack.
The Bangchak Corporation, a Thai energy company engaging in business alongside social and environmental stewardship, is no stranger to golf activities as it has been involved with golf for several years through individual sponsorship of professionals and junior golf development.
The Queen’s Cup presented by Bangchak will mark the Tour’s third stop in Thailand this season, following the Qualifying School in January and the recently-concluded Thailand Open, where local rising star Panuphol Pittayarat claimed his second Asian Tour victory.