Two-time champion Patcharajutar Kongkraphan will be among the strong contenders in the 7th Bt2.5 million SAT-TWT Open Road to World Ranking which runs between August 31 and September 2 at Kabin Buri Sport Club in Prachinburi.
The former top 80 player in the world will return to home circuits after winning four local tournaments in a row between July and August. Two occurred in the 4th and 5th circuits of the SAT-TWT Open at the Royal Hua Hin Golf Course and Lake View Resort and Golf Club.
“I’ve spent a lot of time resting after playing week in week out. But I’m still having some light practice on my swing to remain confident about my putting,” said the 30-year-old who just came back from the Simone Asia Pacific Golf event in Indonesia.
“It felt like I was playing in the national team again. My confidence was still with me even I was playing an overseas tournament. That made me want to play offshore again,” added P.K. who is currently leading on the Thai WPGA Order of Merits standing.
Patcharajutar hopes she will carry on with her winning momentum into the par 72 6,438 yard Kabinburi Sport Club which is the seventh stop of the Thai WPGA Tour for the 2021-2022 season.
“You need to come up with accurate shots at this course. You cannot attack all the pin positions at this tricky course,” she said.
This week’s field also features in-form players including two-time runner-up Arpichaya Yubol, former LPGA players Budsbakorn Sukapan and Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong who just finished lone third on the Thailand Mixed on Sunday, Trichat Cheenglab, circuit 6 winner Supamas Sangchan and the up-and-coming Filipina Princess Superal.
Supamas sank in a finishing birdie to win the last circuit at Panorama Golf and Country Club in Nakhon Ratchasima which ended a three-year-drought of victory for her. In fact, she used to win a tournament at Kabin Buri three years ago.
“I have no pressure at all coming back to this course. I have been playing four straight tournaments, so I don’t want to be hard on myself as I have to save my body,” said Supamas from Sukhothai.
“This is a big course. I need to hit far with my 1-wood in order to have short approach shots,” she added.
Superal who just celebrated her biggest win in the Simone Asia Pacific Golf last week has been competing regularly in Thailand this year. She has posted three top 10 finishes on the Thai WPGA Tour with a tied second in the fifth circuit as her best finish.
“I decide to play in Thailand because there are more tournaments here than in the Philippines. I like the competition here as there are a lot of good Thai players. I like to challenge myself,” said Superal who admires the organization of the Thai WPGA.
“I like how they run the tournament. I like that they provide free food in the player’s lounge. That’s a big help for us,” said the 25-year-old player who gave credits to Thai tours which helps shape up her game.
“I won the Simone Asia Pacific Golf in Indonesia last week. One of the reasons why I won there is because I’ve played a lot of tournaments in Thailand. The competition really challenges me. It helps me improve my game,” she added.
The SAT-TWT Open Road to World Ranking is sponsored by the Sports Authority of Thailand, National Sports Development Fund, Siam Commercial Bank, P Overseas Steal (Public Company Limited) and the Panorama Golf and Country Club in Nakhon Ratchasima. Fans can catch up with news updates on ThaiWPGA Facebook Fanpage or at www.thaiwpga.com.
The Thai Women’s Professional Golf Association has been established with the objective to support and promote Thai women’s golf activities. The association aims at organizing local tour with world ranking points in the near future which will pave the way for Thai golfers to the international arena. In addition, Thai women’s golfers can use the tour to develop their skills to meet the universal standard. Moreover, medium-proficiency level players can gain experience from Challenger tours which can help produce new generation players and at the same time develop golf human resources and systematic golf organization locally.