Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, October 24: 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.
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.
Jakraphong Thongyai, Commissioner of the All Thailand Golf Tour, said: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with the ADT, which has established itself as a wonderful platform for the region’s rising stars to showcase their talents and launch their careers onto the Asian Tour.
“We 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.”
Cho Minn Thant, Chief Operating Officer of the Asian Tour, said: “We are delighted to announce the return of the Boonchu Ruangkit Championship. The tournament will be the fourth event sanctioned with the All Thailand Golf Tour this season and it’s the most number of events we have had in Thailand in a single season since the secondary circuit inaugurated in 2010.
“On 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,” Cho added.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
About Asian Development Tour
The Asian Development Tour was launched in 2010 with the aim of creating a career pathway for professional golfers in Asia. Sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the Asian Development Tour will ultimately create a new playing platform for emerging stars from across Asia and around the world. Through the Asian Tour Qualifying School, players will qualify for the Asian Development Tour and enjoy the opportunity to hone their games and talent through a secondary circuit in Asia. Designed in the same structure as the Web.com Tour in America and European Challenge Tour, the Asian Development Tour is a stepping stone to the Asian Tour and the exciting world of international golf. The Asian Development Tour has been structured to ensure the best opportunities for its members. The leading five players on the Asian Development Tour will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season, ensuring a proper career pathway for aspiring professionals. All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points.