The popular Boonchu Ruangkit Championship will offer an increased prize fund âof à¸¿4 million (approximately US$120,000) when it returns for its fourth edition as the Asian Development Tourâs (ADT) season finale in December.
The highly-rated tournament, hosted by Thai legend Boonchu Ruangkit, offered a prize fund of âà¸¿3 million in its first two editions in 2015 and increased to âà¸¿3.5 million in 2016 before receiving another âà¸¿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 regionâs secondary circuit, inaugurated in 2010 as a gateway to the premier Asian Tour.
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.
âThe 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.Â Itâs heartening to see how the tournament has grown with the boost in prize money over the past few years,â said the 61-year-old Boonchu.
Jakraphong Thongyai, Commissioner of the All Thailand Golf Tour, said: âWe are delighted to continue our partnership with the ADT, which has established itself as a wonderful platform for the regionâs rising stars to showcase their talents and launch their careers onto the Asian Tour.
âWe hope the Thai golfers will take full advantage of these playing opportunities to gain experiences and advance their careers. We look forward to welcoming a strong line-up of international and regional golfers from the ADT to this season finale.â
Cho Minn Thant, Chief Operating Officer of the Asian Tour, said: âWe are delighted to announce the return of the Boonchu Ruangkit Championship.Â The tournament will be the fourth event sanctioned with the All Thailand Golf Tour this season and itâs the most number of events we have had in Thailand in a single season since the secondary circuit inaugurated in 2010.
âOn behalf of the players, I would like to express our fullest appreciation to the All Thailand Golf Tour, as well as Boonchu himself, for their continuous support. The tournament will undoubtedly go down as a grand finale to yet another great season on the ADT,â Cho added.