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2017 Boonchu Ruangkit Championship

BGB staff writer
BANGKOK, THAILAND: The popular Boonchu Ruangkit Championship will offer an increased prize fund ‎of ฿4 million (approximately US$120,000) when it returns for its fourth edition as the Asian Development Tour’s (ADT) season finale in December.

The highly-rated tournament, hosted by Thai legend Boonchu Ruangkit, offered a prize fund of ‎฿3 million in its first two editions in 2015 and increased to ‎฿3.5 million in 2016 before receiving another ‎฿500,000 shot in the arm this year.

The Boonchu Ruangkit Championship will return to the Rancho Charnvee Resort and Country Club from December 21 to 24 and bring down the curtains on yet another memorable season on the region’s secondary circuit, inaugurated in 2010 as a gateway to the premier Asian Tour.

“The purpose of staging this event is to help support the development of our up and coming young players.”

Boonchu Ruangkit

Players will have everything to vie for as the leading five players on the ADT Order of Merit, following the conclusion of the Boonchu Ruangkit Championship, will earn their Asian Tour cards for the 2018 season.

Last year, Thai hotshot Danthai Boonma prevailed on the fourth play-off hole against countryman Jazz Janewattananond to win his first ADT title. He was the third consecutive Thai player, following Raththee Sirithanakunsak and Phachara Khongwatmai, to win the event.

The Thai showpiece will be jointly sanctioned by the ADT and All Thailand Golf Tour. A total of 144 players will feature in the event, with 24 invites and the remaining field to be equally shared between the All Thailand Golf Tour and ADT.

Boonchu, who has won five Asian Tour titles and five European Senior Tour titles, was proud to host his own tournament for the fourth time in three years since its inception on the ADT in 2015.

“The purpose of staging this event is to help support the development of our up and coming young players. I want to provide them with a playing opportunity to compete against the best in the region. It’s heartening to see how the tournament has grown with the boost in prize money over the past few years,” said the 61-year-old Boonchu.