Four champions comprising Arpichaya Yubol, Prom Meesawat, Chapchai Nirat, and amateur Ramil Saelim confirmed to compete in the Bt3 million Thailand Mixed hosted by TrustGolf at the Black Mountain Golf and Resort between November 16-19 in Hua Hin.
The inaugural edition’s winner Arpichaya, the only female champion, second leg’s co-winners Prom and Chapchai, and the latest victor Ramil will lead the stellar line-up of the fourth Thailand Mixed event which will be staged under strict protocols against COVID-19.
Saraburi-based Arpichaya is upbeat about her return to the Black Mountain, which measures 7,246 yards off the men’s tees and 6,303 yards off the women’s, after winning the first edition of the Thailand Mixed event here in March.
“It’s crucial to prepare yourself physically well as the course is hilly. You have to walk up and down a lot. You can be worn down during the last few holes, so you have to keep your momentum well,” said the 18-year-old girl who just celebrated her second win in 2021 and her ninth career title at the Watermill Golf Club and Resort in Nakhon Nayok last week.
“There are some tough and easy spots on every hole. You just have to know where to aim your shots. Once you hit the wrong place on the green, you can end up with three puts,” added the 2018 Thai LPGA Tour No 1.
Home-town hero Prom who shared the title with his close friend Chapchai in the second Thailand Mixed due to bad lights in Chiang Mai six months ago loves the idea of having the men and women pitted against one another.
“It’s good to have a mixed event like this, so the women can see the aggressive game of the men while the men can experience the women’s style,” said Prom who settled at lone third at Singha Pattaya Open, an All Thailand Golf Tour event, on Sunday.
Asked about his view on the Black Mountain, Prom says: “There may be some advantages or disadvantages at the Black Mountain due to its hilly condition. But you have to give credits to the organizers for setting up such a perfect layout.”
Chapchai who settled at third in third Thailand Mixed at the Lake View Resort and Golf Club in Cha-Am is happy to return to the Black Mountain where he won the ADT Thongchai Jaidee Foundation back in 2016.
“I’ve played at the Black Mountain many times and won a tournament there. The course distance is moderate, but the greens are tough. I hope to make a top 10 finish in the fourth Thailand Mixed,” said the 38-year-old Chapchai.
“I didn’t play golf much at the start of the season due to COVID-19. I came to the Thailand Mixed event in Chiang Mai only 50 % ready, but I ended up winning the title (with Prom). It was beyond my expectation and really boosted my confidence,” the four-time Asian Tour winner added.
By beating Pannarai Meesom-us after five play-offs in the previous edition, Ramil became the first amateur and the youngest winner at 16 in the Thailand Mixed event.
“Winning the Thailand Mixed is a good boost for me. It makes me feel more confident in a lot of aspects of playing golf. However, I’ve never played at the Black Mountain before, so I plan to practice there a few days before the tournament,” said Ramil, a protégé of Chapchai.
“In every tournament that I play, I try to pick up experience and use it to improve my game. Whatever I’m already good at, I will try to maintain it and keep working hard on a regular basis,” he added.
The tournament, organized by TrustGolf, an indoor training center with advanced technology, is supported by the Sports Authority of Thailand, the National Sports Development Fund, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Bangkok Bank, B.Grimm Company, Bond Holdings, AISPLAY, Bridgestone, Trust Pharmacy, Trust Live Streaming, the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration and Black Mountain Golf and Resort Hua Hin.
Fans can watch live streaming of the competition on AISPLAY APP, https://www.facebook.com/trustgolfclub, and at TrustGolf Youtube channel from 9am onwards during tournament days.
TrustGolf, an indoor training center with advanced technology, has supported international tournaments including the “TrustGolf Women Scottish Open”, a Ladies European Tour co-sanctioned with the LPGA Tour event between 2021-2025. A great number of world leading golfers signed up for the event which helped promote a good image for Thailand. Moreover, Thai female players, under the support of TrustGolf, were given the opportunity to compete in the European event.
TrustGolf also supports Thai players on the global stage. The company signed with Thai No 1 Jazz Janewattananond, the current No 1 player on the Asian Tour. Other players sponsored by TrustGolf include Prom Meesawat, Pavit Tangkamolprasert, Danthai Boonma, Wichanee Meechai, Kanphanitnan Muangkhumsakul, and Prima Thammaraks.
In 2021, a total of five Thailand Mixed hosted by TrustGolf series, a TrustGolf Tour, will be held in 2021 with Bt17 million prize money up for grabs.
In terms of the amateur and junior levels, TrustGolf staged the TrustGolf Thailand Masters 2019, Pro-Am Championship Powered by TrustGolf, and Thai Academy Golf Team Championship 2020.
The company also creates Trust Golf Scholarship to support young players and provide the opportunity to compete in the Thailand Mixed hosted by TrustGolf events in 2021. It also organized projects and tournaments for young golfers such as the TrustGolf Scholarship, Golf to School, and the TrustGolf Amateur Qualifier 2021 which selected players to compete in the Women Amateur Asia Pacific-WAAP), IMG Academy Juniors World Florida Challenge.