The Sports Authority of Thailand, the National Sports Development Fund, Black Mountain Golf Club, Dusit Thani Hua Hin, Hua Hin Grand Hotel and other sponsors are staging the 3 million THB Thailand Mixed golf tournament hosted by TrustGolf at the Black Mountain Golf Club between February 25-28 in Hua Hin.
Thailand’s leading male and female golfers will compete for the same title and the same amount of prize money, under the same rules at the same course. However, the event will be staged under social distancing measures.
The inaugural edition of the mixed golf tournament was originally scheduled at the Chee Chan Golf Resort in Chonburi between January 28-31 but was cancelled due to the second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak.
After receiving a greenlight from the government, the tournament is rescheduled in Hua Hin and will be conducted under strict government policies to prevent the pandemic. An audit of the public health measures has been conducted by public health and tourism officials.
A strong field of 132 entrants: 66 men and 66 women have confirmed to participate in the season-opener of Thailand’s professional golf tournaments. The qualifying competition is due on February 22 to select five men and five women to enter the regular rounds from February 25-28.
Hometown favourites Prom Meesawat and Prayad Marksaeng are among the big names to feature in the competition which also attracts top players from the Thailand PGA Tour and All Thailand Golf Tour.
Teen sensation and 2020 Thai LPGA No 1 Atthaya Thitikul will lead the female challenge in the field. She will be joined by fellow players from the Thai LPGA Tour and TrustGolf team including Nemittra and Nimmita Jantanaket.
In addition, wildcards have been issued to four promising junior players. Two are Chutipon Chanyasawad and Thitikarn Thanpasit who came through the qualifying competition. The others are Nutthakorn Laochumpol and Kenika Boonprasert from the TrustGolf Junior Scholarship program.