Busier schedule for Thai Tour

The Thailand Professional Golf Association will launch this year's 30-event schedule with two tournaments next week.

The season will feature 12 ThaiPGA Tour and SAT tournaments, 12 Challenge events, four events co-sanctioned with the Korean PGA and two events sanctioned by the Asian Tour _ the King's Cup and Queen's Cup.

ThaiPGA chief Chayapat Sunayont yesterday said a decision was made to stage more events to give local players more opportunities to develop their skills.

"It is a new phenomenon for Thai golf to have so many events," said Chayapat, who took over from Thongchai Jaidee at the helm of the ThaiPGA in July.

"The new development is that we have Challenge events and more co-sanctioned tournaments."

Each ThaiPGA Tour and SAT event has a total purse of at least two million baht while a two-day Challenge tournament has 500,000 baht in prize money.

Players who finish in the top 50 on the Challenge Tour will qualify for next year's ThaiPGA Tour.

The season will start next week with the Kanok A Engineering Classic Challenge at Royal Thai Army Golf Course from Jan 14-15 and the Sunrise Lagoon Thailand Masters in Chachoengsao from Jan 17-20.

As for the events co-sanctioned by the Korean PGA Tour, all of them will take place at Mountain Creek Golf Resort and Residences in Khao Yai, each with at least three million baht to be won.

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