Thailand Mixed Hosted by TRUSTGOLF #2 @Alpine golf Resort ChaingMai
Thailand LPGA No 1 Atthaya Thitikul and Arpichaya Yubol will again lead the female challenge against the men as the second leg of the Thailand Mixed hosted by Trust Golf tees off under strict bubble policy this Thursday at the Alpine Golf Club in Chiang Mai.
The 2020 Thai LPGA Order of Merits winner Atthaya and 2018 winner Arpichaya are among star players in actions this week in the Bt3 million tournament which runs from April 15-18 under stringent protective measures amidst the third wave of COVID-19.
The 18-year-old Atthaya who lost to Arpichaya by just a stroke in the inaugural edition six weeks ago will enter the competition as one of the heavy favourites with a stunning record of four wins from her latest six events.
“I’ve never played at this course before. I will try to get used to the condition during my practice rounds,” said the talented teenager who just claimed her first title of the season at the Phoenix Ladies Classic in Pattaya last month.
“I will play with my new iron this week. I will like to test my game before I start going on an overseas tour next month,” added Atthaya who plans to join Ladies European Tour in May.
The two-time LET Thailand Championship winner (2017 and 2019) is prepared to compete under the new normal policies in the wake of the pandemic. Players and officials were required to undergo COVIS-19 tests since Monday in Bangkok.
Two more tests will be conducted on April 16 and 18 by a medical team from Hariphunchai Hospital which will be in charge at the venue 24 hours every day during the tournament.
“Organisers already have good protective measures. We need to test negative to be eligible to play. As for myself, I will try to be even more careful by always wearing a mask and frequently washing my hands,” she said.
Arpichaya, also 18, won the first leg in Hua Hin which marked her first title in almost two years. Like Atthaya, she will make her debut at the Alpine course.
“You have to come up with a prudent game plan playing at this hilly course. I need to get used to the condition as quickly as I can,” said the Saraburi-based who won a record of four straight wins on the Thai LPGA Tour back in 2018.
“About my COVID-19 concerns, I always wear mask and keep social distancing at all time. I also carry a hand sanitizer spray just no matter where I go,” added the teenager.
A total of 144 male and female competitors will compete in 36 holes to survive the cut-off (top 60) on Friday. The winner will walk away with the handsome prize money of Bt450,000.
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.