128 players to battle for top prize money of Bt450,000 in Thailand Mixed second leg

128 players to battle for top prize money of Bt450,000 in Thailand Mixed second leg

A total of 128 male and female players will battle it out for a lucrative winner’s cheque of Bt450,000 as the Bt 3-million Thailand Mixed hosted by Trust Golf second leg tees off on Thursday at the hilly Alpine Golf Resort.

The battle of the sex which features 80 men and 31 women from direct entry list plus 17 more from the qualifying tournament gets under way from April 15 – 18 under strict protective measures against the spread of COVID-19.

Only those who test negative for the viral disease are eligible to compete in the tournament. Moreover, two more tests are due on April 16 for those who miss the cut and again on April 18 after the final round.

The tournament features a stroke play format with the course measuring 7,200 yards off the men’s tees and 6,163 yards off the women’s.  After 36 holes, top 60 players will proceed to the weekend rounds.

Again, fans will enjoy the presence of first leg champion Arpichaya Yubol this week. The Saraburi-based player who beat Atthaya Thitikul by a stroke in February have been drawn in the same group with Suteepat Prateeptienchai and young gun Amarin Kraivixien, winner of the Thailand Development tour in Nakhon Nayok two years ago.

Atthaya meanwhile will tee off alongside former Singha Masters winner Phachara Kongwatmai who is playing his first event of the year and Settee Prakongvech who finished third, the best by a male player in the inaugural edition in Hua Hin.

Former Boonchu Ruangkit Championship winner Itthipat Buranatanyarat will be among the men attempting to prevent another female domination after four ladies finished in the top five in the previous leg.

“It all comes down to who has better putts. Once on the greens, we are all equal. As for myself, I have been well prepared coming to this tournament,” said Itthipat who will play alongside Chorphaka Jaengjit and former Asian Tour champion Chapchai Nirat.

Chiang Mai-based Thaya Limpipolpaibul will try to redeem his confidence in this home tournament after missing the cut from the PGA Thailand tour last week in Nakhon Nayok.

“Though I grew up in Chiang Mai, I haven’t played on this course much. The grass is a bit fast. I need to hit the fairways to set myself in a good position in order to shoot scores this week,” said Thaya still looking for his maiden title. He will compete in the same group with Jakraphan Premsirigorn and Phannarai Meesom-us.

Fans can watch a livestream of the tournament at https://www.facebook.com/trustgolfclub, TrustGolf YouTube channel and while replay can be watched through AIS Airplay app. T-Sports will also broadcast live coverage of the weekend rounds on television.

The tournament, one of the TrustGolf Tour series in 2021, is organized by TrustGolf, the world’s technologically advanced golf training facility. Supported by the Sports Authority of Thailand, the National Sports Development Fund, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Alpine Golf Club, B Grimm Company, Vietjet Air.com, and other sponsors, the event is orgainsed under new normal policy without an audience.