Swing into Action: Top Thai & KLPGA Pros Ready for Blue Canyon Showdown!


Thai LPGA Tour No 1 players Patcharajutar Kongkraphan and Aphichaya Yubol are joined by KLPGA standouts Lee Ye Won and Kim Jae Hee in expressing their excitement and gratitude for the opportunity to participate in the prestigious US$650,000 (Bt 22.75 million) Blue Canyon Ladies Championship which tees off at the at Blue Canyon Country Club, Phuket on Friday.

This event signifies the inaugural match of the KLPGA Tour in Thailand, featuring a 3-day 54-hole stroke play competition from March 15-17, 2567, at the picturesque Blue Canyon Country Club. The event boasts 61 golfers from the KLPGA Tour and 11 invited Thai female golfers, vying for a total prize purse with the champion earning 117,000 USD (Bt4.1 million).

In a pre-tournament press briefing, four top contenders took the opportunity to discuss their readiness for the upcoming event. Among them were Patcharajutar Kongkraphan, a three-time Order of Merit winner on the Thai LPGA Tour, and Aphichaya Yubol, who secured the No. 1 spot in 2018 and primarily competes on the LPGA Tour. Also in attendance were Ye Won, who clinched the top spot on the KLPGA in 2023, and the emerging talent Jae Hee, fresh off her victory in the season-opening KLPGA event in Singapore.

Patcharajutar who claimed two trophies on the Thai LPGA Tour last season, said:”  “I am delighted and excited to participate in the KLPGA Tour event. Playing on this course has been a childhood dream of mine. Following the practice round, I am impressed and believe that the challenge will make the competition thrilling. While I don’t harbor high expectations, I am committed to sticking to my plan, managing my emotions, and performing at my best. Additionally, this event will be broadcast live on TrueVisions every day. I hope everyone will come out to cheer and witness the performance of the KLPGA Tour golfers, a leading professional women’s golf tour in Asia.”

Twenty-one-year-old Aphichaya, who earned her LPGA Tour card through the Q-School in 2023, is enthusiastic about the opportunity to compete to compete in a home KLPGA event. 

“It’s an honor to partake in this tournament, featuring the top 60 players of the KLPGA Tour. I am thrilled. Having previously played in China, I am fully prepared for this event. Following practice, I find the course challenging, particularly Hole 14, a signature par-3 hole. I encourage everyone to come and support the Thai golfers competing.”

Meanwhile, Yew On and Jae Hee were pleased with their practice session at the renowned venue, setting a positive tone for their upcoming competition.

Jae Hee said: “Phuket is a renowned tourist destination. I’ve always dreamt of visiting here, and now it’s finally my first time. Additionally, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to compete and play on the prestigious Blue Canyon course. While I haven’t played here before, I’ve heard it’s narrow and challenging, so I need to plan my game carefully. My goal is simply to make it into the top 10, and I’m already impressed with the local cuisine, especially the mangoes and various fruits, which is another highlight of my visit.”

Yew On said: “Phuket is a renowned tourist destination, and I have always dreamt of visiting. This marks my first time here, and I am fortunate to compete and play at the esteemed Blue Canyon. Although I haven’t played here before, I’ve heard it’s a narrow and challenging course. I need to strategize my game well and aim for a top 10 finish. Additionally, I am greatly impressed with the local cuisine, especially the mangoes and various fruits. It’s a goal of mine to indulge in them while I’m here.”

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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.