Just when everybody thought Ms. Suzann Pettersen would clinch the Honda-PTT LPGA Thailand 2010, Ms. Ai Miyazato, a 24-year old from Japan came from behind to take the title, with only one shot separating Ai and her Norwegian rival.
Dusit Thani Pattaya, the event’s host hotel for two consecutive years now, was abuzz with the results of the final round from Siam Country Club Old Course on Sunday, 21 February as Ms. Miyazato’s fans awaited her arrival. As soon as she stepped into the hotel lobby, her fans and guests took turns in congratulating her and the hotel General Manager, Mr. Chatchawal Supachayanont presented her with a bouquet amid the warm celebratory applause from everyone.
The rest of the tournament players checked out the following morning including Ms. Miyazato, who took home US$195,000 (THB5,809,000) in prize money. Before departing to the airport, she told the five-star resort, “I’ve had a great time and a great week as well. Knowing that I have a lot of Japanese fans here helped me a lot in winning the tournament--they served as my inspiration.”
Mr. Supachayanont was joined by Ms. Surang Prempree, Managing Director of TV Channel 7, in wishing all the female golf players a safe and pleasant trip. The participants expressed thanks and appreciation to all the sponsors, especially to Dusit Thani Pattaya for what they described as their “home away from home” throughout the tournament.
The fourth Honda event that was scheduled from 18 – 21 February, was the biggest and most elaborate women’s golf tournament held in Thailand. Ms. Michelle Wie and Ms. Paula Creamer were among the world’s leading female golfers who arrived early at the five-star resort while defending champion Ms. Lorena Ochoa was warmly welcomed on the 16 February by Mr. Supachayanont and Mrs. Prempree.
Dusit Thani Pattaya enjoys the reputation of being one the most preferred host hotels for international sporting events and this is due to a variety of reasons - including its relaxed resort ambience and the welcoming hospitality of the staff and management led by Mr. Supachayanont.
In between practice rounds at Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course, the top players from Thailand, Japan, South Korea, the US, Australia, Norway and other European countries took time out to attend the cocktail reception prepared for them on the hotel’s extended terrace, The Point.
They also graced the Charity Auction Night on Wednesday, 17 February, held at the resort’s Napalai Convention Hall. The event was studded with female golf star players who autographed items as well as their personal belongings for a charity sale which fetched more than THB 55,000 at the auction. Proceeds will benefit a local tree-planting programme and other charitable groups.
This year’s LPGA event helped boost the Thailand’s tourism as it attracted more than 16,000 golf fans from across the world who came to be part of the thrill and excitement of the Honda-PTT LPGA Thailand 2010.
Dusit Thani Pattaya General Manager Mr. Chatchawal Supachayanont presents a bouquet to Ms. Ai Miyazato as he congratulates her on her victory at the Siam Country Club Old Course where she won the Honda-PTT LPGA Thailand 2010 title.
Ms. Lorena Ochoa talks to hotel General Manager Mr. Chatchawal Supachayanont (second right) at the Dusit Club Lounge while Ms. Surang Prempree (centre) Managing Director of organisers TV Channel 7 looks on.
American lady golfer Paula Creamer is seen with Mr. Chanin Donavanik, CEO of Dusit International during the Charity Auction Night held at the five-star resort’s Napalai Convention Hall.
One of the local favourites Michelle Wie, holds up one of her autographed belongings with the highest bidder during the Charity Auction Night at Dusit Thani Pattaya.
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