The Asian Tour will make its maiden visit to Kanchanaburi for next month’s inaugural Royal’s Cup 2020.
While Kanchanaburi is steeped in World War II history, the Royal’s Cup 2020, which offers a prize purse of US$400,000, is ready to chart its first chapter at the Grand Prix Golf Club in the western Thai province, approximately three hours’ drive by car from Bangkok.
Situated near the River Kwai and approximately 30 minutes from Kanchanaburi town, the Grand Prix Golf Club will host the Royal’s Cup 2020, one of the first outings for many players who graduated from the Tour’s Qualifying School, in Thailand over the past fortnight.
As a full-field Asian Tour event, a host of promising players from Thailand and across Asia are expected to battle for top honours at the Grand Prix Golf Club from March 12-15, a venue which offers panoramic views of Burmese mountain ranges in the distance.
The Royal’s Cup 2020 is promoted by Grand Prix International, the company behind the Bangkok International Motor Show (BIMS), a major event on Thailand’s automotive scene for over 40 years.
Dr Prachin Eamlumnow, Director, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Grand Prix International Public Ltd Company, said: “The Grand Prix International Public Company Limited organises the Bangkok International Motor Show, an event with an international standard guaranteed by OICA.
“The golf tournament that will be held to honour His Majesty King Rama X and to celebrate 50 years of Grand Prix in business. It is also to promote professional Thai golf to be recognised internationally. We have chosen to work with the Asian Tour, a reputable organisation that is the official regional sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia.”
The Asian Tour said it was delighted to align with Grand Prix International for its inaugural professional golf event.
“We are honoured that Dr Prachin has chosen the Asian Tour as the platform to showcase another side of the company whose main business is already a household name in the automotive industry,” said Cho Minn Thant, Commissioner and CEO of the Asian Tour, a Full Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
He added: “We are excited to visit Kanchanaburi for the first time in Asian Tour’s history and look forward to experiencing the hospitality of the highly rated Grand Prix Golf Club.
“Our members will have another opportunity to compete and earn their passage to the upper echelons of the professional game in a country that has produced many worthy champions. We are confident the event will allow the local galleries to catch their heroes in action.”