The 2022 All Thailand Golf Tour season is set to present yet another exciting year, providing playing opportunities for its members with a total purse of 36 million baht across the country.
The 23rd season of the tour will next week get underway at the Boonchu Ruangkit Championship, the 8th edition of the annual competition, to be played at Rancho Charnvee Resort & Country Club in Nakhon Ratchasima. It is followed by the Singha E-san Open in Khon Kaen in February.
The Singha Classic will be staged at Royal Hills Golf Resort & Spa on April 28 – May 1, followed by the Singha Laguna Phuket Open on May 26-29. Thanks to his win at both events and the Thailand Open last year, Sadom Kaewkanja was confirmed the 2021 ATGT Order of Merit winner.
The highlight will be the Singha Thailand Masters to take place at Santiburi Country Club, Chiang Rai. As the most lucrative event with 5-million baht up for grabs, the oldest event on ATGT will host to the season-finale. Last year, PGA Tour player Kiradech Aphibarnrat landed the title and moved up to the top-200 in the world.
In total, 11 events have so far been confirmed with the purse of 36 million baht and among them, two events announced purse increase of 3 million baht each. This year, the prize money will be a minimum of 3-million baht for each tournament. Additionally, the detail of the Thongchai Jaidee Foundation is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
ATGT commissioner Jakraphong Thongyai said this year’s schedule promises to be one of the best seasons since the tour was been established in 1999. It is the first time each tournament is guaranteed with a purse of at least 3 million.
“We are also excited to announce that this year’s total prize money will exceed 36-million baht as all previous two million Baht events will be increased to three million each. We believe that the increase of the total purse will encourage the fighters to keep fighting for their dreams and goals during challenging circumstances. The tour will begin its 2022 campaign with the Boonchu Ruangkit Championship later this month with a 4-million-baht purse,” he said.
Apart from organizing tournaments around the country with the inclusion of the Official World Golf Ranking system for our players, Jakraphong said the tour has also focused on displaying the numerous provinces around Thailand in hopes of supporting the domestic tourist market and local economy.
The commissioner added that ATGT has been greatly affected by the pandemic in the last two years with plenty of adjustments, postponements, and cancellations of some events. However, with great supports from all involved parties, it managed to run the events.
“We couldn’t have got through this tough period without support from the government, sponsors, and everyone else who was involved. For that, we are extremely proud and grateful of our whole community as the tour looks to emerge stronger than ever out of this period.”