Where did you see it?’ This is the reaction of Korean golf fans who saw Natakrita Wongtawirap (21) and Charawi Bunchan (24, Thailand) playing active roles in the LPGA Tour Honda LPGA Thailand (total prize money of 1.7 million dollars). Wongtawirap and Boonjan were sponsored by a Korean company and took part in last year’s Korea Women’s Professional Golf (KLPGA) tour tournament, playing an impressive game and impressing Korean fans. This time, she will lead the way on the LPGA Tour held in Thailand, her home country.
In the first round of the Honda LPGA Thailand held at the Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course (par 72) in Chonburi, Thailand on the 24th, Wongtawirap hit 8 birdies and blocked 1 bogey, recording a 7 under par 65 to take the lead alone.
Bunchan drove 7 under par in the 1st round and tied for the lead, and in the 2nd round, he reduced 3 strokes with 4 birdies and 1 bogey, and is in a tie for 3rd place (10 under par 134 strokes) with the lead and 2 strokes.
Thanks to the performance of this competition, the logos of Korean companies were engraved on the hats of those who showed their faces throughout the broadcasting screen. Wongtawi Lap is sponsored by KB Financial Group, and Boon Chan is sponsored by Hana Financial Group. Last year, when she was a member of the Thai national team, she received a recommendation from the Korea Golf Association and took part in the DB Group Korea Women’s Open, a Korean national title event, and made a mark. He is tall and has a long hitting power of 270 yards on average, and two years ago, he finished runner-up at the Asia Pacific Championship, Asia’s largest amateur event. It is said that he has lifted the championship trophy more than 200 times in large and small competitions. It is unusual that since the age of 12 he has been taking lessons from Korean swing coach Mr. Kim Jin-seop. 메이저놀이터
On this day, Wongtawirap hit an average driver shot of 292 yards, fairway landing rate of 85.71% (12/14), green accuracy rate of 77.78% (14/18), and number of putts of 27. Wongtawirap said, “All the tee shots went straight and the play went really well. Thanks to that, he was very satisfied with his second shot, saying, “There were many shots that dropped the ball within 3.5 to 5.5 meters of the pin.”
Nicknamed ‘Sim 300’ because he hit his driver shots as far as 300 yards, he participated in this tournament as an invited player by the sponsor. He secured his LPGA Tour card this year through the LPGA Tour Qualifying Series, and is known to have already won three tournaments this season, including two on the Thailand Tour. In this event, she aims for her first LPGA Tour victory.
Boonchan, who tied for 6th at the KLPGA Tour Hana Financial Group Championship, a sponsored tournament last October, received a 4-year scholarship from Duke University in the United States, where he played golf and studies, and performed so well that he was selected as the MVP of Duke University four times. Last year, she debuted as a rookie on the LPGA Tour by winning the Tour Championship, the final round of the Epson Tour, the second part of the LPGA Tour. He specializes in sharp iron shots and hits a 260-yard driver.
Like Korea, which constantly produced new talent in the past, Thailand is playing a key role in the world women’s golf world, and attention is focusing on whether they can win the Honda LPGA Thailand held in their home country.
“I am very happy to play in front of my home country fans because they cheer me so much,” said Bunchan.