Photo Caption: Mr. Pitak Pruittisarikorn (3 rd from left), Chairman of the Board of Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., Ltd. together with Miss Winnie Heng (4 th from left), Vice President and Managing Director of IMG Thailand, recently organised a Press Conference to announce the launch of the Honda LPGA Thailand 2023. Joining the event were Mr. Taya Konuntakiet (2 nd from left) Executive Vice President of Siam Country Club Pattaya, May - Ariya Jutanugarn (Right) and Mo – Moriya Jutanugarn (Left) at Siam Country Club, Bangkok.
(Bangkok - 12th October 2022) Honda in partnership with IMG, announced today that the Honda LPGA Thailand is geared up for its 16th edition The renowned tournament will be opening its doors to spectators and offering a full range of activities for the first time since 2019. The world’s leading female golfers will go head-to-head on the course at the prestigious Siam Country Club Old Course, Pattaya from February 23rd - 26th, 2023.
Honda LPGA Thailand 2023 will welcome fans back for the first time since 2019. One of the tournament’s highlights will be the increased prize purse to $1.7 million USD. Tournament will also be organising key programmes as part of their “Road to Honda LPGA Thailand '' initiative that focuses on the growth and development of the golf industry in Thailand. The efforts include the National Qualifiers which offers upcoming local amateur and professional players the chance to compete for a spot at the Honda LPGA Thailand. Other initiatives featured are the Young Ambassadors Programme, targeted at students interested in sports management and providing them the opportunity to join the organising team behind the tournament and the Junior Golf Clinic, a training session for teenage golfers with a professional player.
Mr. Pitak Pruittisarikorn, Chairman of the Board of Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., Ltd. shared, “I would like to thank all golf fans and media members for the well-received response of the upcoming Honda LPGA Thailand. Honda is pleased to announce that the world-class tournament will be making another comeback that will have a positive impact in Thailand’s golf industry once again. In terms of preparedness, we are ready to welcome back domestic and international fans to witness the top 70 female golfers including defending champion, Nanna Koerstz Madsen, major winner, Patty Tavatanakit, local fan-favourites, May-Ariya Jutanugarn and Mo-Moriya Jutanugarn and the leading rookie of the year, Jeen-Atthaya Thitikul. We believe that this year the tournament will be filled with more fun and excitement than ever.”
“Honda will continue to support the Honda LPGA Thailand as a platform to drive inspiration among the young generation of golf enthusiasts while supporting, developing and elevating Thailand’s golf to be known globally as a world golf destination. This year will also see an increase in the prize purse to $1.7 million USD to maximise motivation and potential for the sport,” added Mr. Pitak.
The return of 70 of the leading female golfers to Honda LPGA Thailand 2023 to compete for the $1.7 million USD prize money and additional exciting prizes from other sponsors, makes it one of Asia’s biggest golf tournaments. Audiences will get to witness renowned golf professionals including defending champion, Nanna Koerstz Madsen who made an eagle on the second playoff hole to secure her first maiden LPGA title at the Honda LPGA Thailand 2022.
In 2006, only four Thai players qualified for the Honda LPGA Thailand. Fast forward to today and the tournament's initiatives have proved successful with a total of 11 Thai players qualifying for the 2022 edition. The current highest-ranked Thai player, Atthaya Thitikul, initially participated as a sponsor invitee at the tournament from 2017 to 2022 with better performances each year. Winning two LPGA tournaments in her rookie year at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship & JTBC Classic winner, the 19 year old breakout player has since qualified for the Honda LPGA Thailand from the
LPGA Priority List for the first time. Other Thai phenomenons such as Patty Tavatanakit (2021 ANA Inspiration champion), Moriya Jutanugarn (two-time LPGA winner) and Ariya Jutanugarn (Honda LPGA Thailand 2021 winner), who have gone on to win LPGA tournaments on a global scale, will also be making a comeback at the tournament.
“It feels great to return to the Honda LPGA Thailand 2023. This tournament will always hold a special place in my heart with it being my first LPGA victory. It was a dream come true to win and set a scoring record at the same time. I look forward to another exhilarating tournament ahead,” said Honda LPGA Thailand 2022 champion, Nanna Koerstz Madsen.
World number two, Atthaya Thitikul shared, “Honda LPGA Thailand has been a tournament I’ve been watching since I was nine years old. In 2017 I was honoured to receive a sponsor invitation followed by joining as a rookie in 2022. With this year being the best year of my golf career, I’m so proud that my achievements have allowed me to qualify for the 2023 tournament from the LPGA Priority List for the first time. I will always do my best to make my fans proud and hope to inspire a future generation just as I was inspired when I grew up watching this tournament.”
“Since playing my first Honda LPGA Thailand in 2007, I feel like I’ve grown together with this tournament over the years. It’s been a privilege to see how the tournament has continuously opened up numerous opportunities for golfers and fans. I feel that in recent years, our golf industry and fellow Thai golfers have developed with a lot more potential which is proof of Honda LPGA Thailand’s commitment in elevating the Thai golf industry,” commented 12-time LPGA winner, Ariya Jutanugarn.
Tournament promoter, Senior Vice President and Managing Director at IMG in Thailand, said, “Together with Honda, we are honoured to continue to collaborate on bringing a world-class tournament to the Land of Smiles. As Thailand’s leading sporting event, we strive to provide an experience that also promotes the sports tourism industry on an international level. Fans from all around the world can look forward to enticing ticket sales promotions from October 12, 2022. We thank all our partners, sponsors, and fans in advance for the continued support and aim to bring you an unforgettable experience.”
As the tournament returns to the home of the Honda LPGA Thailand, the Siam Country Club Old Course, Pattaya, players can look forward to teeing off at one of the best golf courses in Asia. In addition to the Honda LPGA Thailand, the Siam Country Club has also welcomed some of Thailand’s most prominent tournaments for professional and amateurs of all ages and gender such as the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific Championship (WAAP) and the Trust Golf Asian Mixed Series. The 7,162-yard, par-72 Old Course known for its excellent standards and challenge will once again serve as the perfect battleground for the world’s leading players.
Mr. Taya Konuntakiet, Executive Vice President of Siam Country Club said, “We’re thrilled to be part of the Honda LPGA Thailand again and continuing our partnership with Honda and IMG to host the tournament for the 14th time at our beloved Siam Country Club. We realise the importance of hosting and supporting both professional and amateur tournaments to be part of developing the golf industry. We are proud to be the host venue once again and we’re ready to welcome back all these world-class players and their fans.”
Honda LPGA Thailand members will be given first access to tickets by signing up at https://hondalpgathailand.com/ to receive an exclusive code that will unlock a 30% discount* until October 31st, 2022. General ticket sales will then commence from November 1st, 2022 till sold out. Concurrently, VIP tickets and access to the Clubhouse are also available.
Thai golf fans will also be able to watch the Honda LPGA Thailand tournament live on Official Broadcast Host PPTV HD 36 and their digital platforms; www.pptvhd36.com, Facebook, YouTube or the PPTVHD36 application across the four tournament days.
For more ticketing information and tournament updates on the Honda LPGA Thailand 2023, visit https://hondalpgathailand.com/ or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lpgaThailand or Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/hondalpgathailand. *Bangkok Bank cardholders receive a 10% discount on top of their ticket purchase when using their Bangkok Bank credit or debit card. This discount is only applicable to general ticket sales that commence from November 1st, 2022 onwards.
About Honda LPGA Thailand
The Honda LPGA Thailand is the flagship LPGA tournament that has been held in Pattaya, Thailand since 2006. The tournament is currently hosted annually at the Siam Country Club Old Course, Pattaya which has since become known as the home of Honda LPGA Thailand. As the only LPGA sanctioned event in Thailand with a rich 16 year legacy, the tournament features 70 of the world’s best players who compete for a prize purse of $1.7 million USD. The tournament gained recognition as a launching pad for young Thai players in golf and elevating Thailand’s status as a leading golf tourism destination. Honda LPGA Thailand is organised and promoted by IMG and proudly presented by Asian Honda Motor Co., Ltd. and Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., Ltd. This world-class tournament is also supported by the Sports Authority of Thailand, National Sports Development Fund (NSDF), Tourism Authority of Thailand and sponsored by Bangkok Bank, Betagro Group, Daikin, GS Battery and Trust Golf.