By The Nation
Hina Arakaki and local juniors.
All 80 of the young participants, age between 8-15, were given a hands-on training session from two up-and-coming players of the tournament which starts on Thursday.
Pajaree or “Meow” in Thai, 19, a two-time Honda LPGA Thailand invited player, said: “I am very glad for this chance to train junior Thai golfers. Today I demonstrated how to drive, chip and putt, and remain focused in the game. Everyone paid attention and did their best to follow my instruction. I first dreamed of being a professional golfer when I was a child, so being called on to inspire and push our young talents to pursue their own dreams really meant a lot to me. I hope what participants will benefit the skills and experience learned today in their future career.”
Japan’s Arakaki who makes a debut in the event this week said: “This is my first time joining the clinic. I know there are many young people who dream of being a professional golfer at a young age, so I am happy to share my knowledge, techniques, and experience with them. From what I saw today, I’m confident these children will develop their golf skills and improve in the future.”
One of the young trainees Pimpakorn Panyadilok, a 9-year-old junior golfer with 3 years of experience, said: “I am very excited to join the activity. I started playing golf when I was 6 years old, and have dreamed of traveling around the world to compete in tournaments as a professional player since then. Today I learned a lot of techniques and was encouraged by world professional golfers. What I learned today motivates me to take more lessons and train even harder so I can improve my skills. I want this kind of activity to be held again and again so more young golfers like me can enjoy the same experience.”
Nutthaphat Suket who began playing golf at age 9, said: “I applied for the clinic as soon as I knew about the news. I am so happy today to have made many new friends with the same interest today. But most of all, it is great to train, get advice and learn from professional golfers. This was a rare opportunity."
The Honda LPGA Thailand 2019 is due from 21-24 February 2019 at the Siam Country Club Pattaya, Old Course. For more information on the Honda LPGA Thailand 2019 and to purchase tickets, go to www.hondalpgathailand.com. VIP tickets are also available for the first year and offer access for hospitality services in the clubhouse at the venue.