Posted 10th May 2011, by admin, and filed under Event Update, Hotel & Accommodation in Phuket, Phuket E-Magazine, Sport Event
Phuket Property Dot Com Pro Am Invitational
30 world-class golf professionals to take part; Monies raised go to Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation
Organisers are building on the success of the sell-out 2010 event.
05 May 2011, PHUKET – The Phuket Property Dot Com Pro Am Invitational returns to Phuket, 17th June at Laguna Phuket Golf Club. Following the inaugural 2010 sell-out success, organisers expect upto 30 touring golf professionals and 90 amateurs to take part in Phuket’s biggest golf day, and raise money for the Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation.
A number of top golf professionals from the Asian Tour and OneAsia tours have confirmed their participation, including Simon Yates, two-time winner on the Asia Tour; Thai star Udorn Duangdecha, winner of Thailand’s King’s Cup in 2010; Singapore number one Lam Chih Bing; Bangladeshi golf star Siddikur, and two-time winner and Rookie-Of-The-Year Rikard Karlberg.
Former pro on the LPGA tour Kelly Leadbetter will also be taking part, together with her son Andy Leadbetter, Asia’s premier teaching professional. The name Leadbetter is synonymous with golf worldwide, with the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, started by Kelly and Andy’s father, being the number one golf teaching academy in the world.
Phuket is one of the most popular golf destinations in Asia with direct flights from Europe and Australia. The Island’s golf tourism is a multi-million dollar business. Golf tourism currently accounts for 5% of holiday visitors to Thailand, yet accounts for 10% of spending. The Phuket Property Dot Com Pro Am Invitational is the Island’s first and only Pro Am event, shining the international spotlight on golfing in Phuket.
In 2010, the Phuket Property Dot Com Pro Am Invitational raised 500,000THB for the Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation. Organisers hope to raise even more this year, with a portion of entry fees and a charity auction at the Gala Dinner with prizes in excess of 350,000THB, helping to contribute to the chosen charity.
Expressing his commitment to the event and to the charity, Peter Bolton, Co-Founder of PhuketProperty.com and Title Sponsor of the event for the second year, said “We’re delighted to be involved again this year. Last year was the inaugural event and feedback from both pros and amateurs was very positive. We hope this year to build on that success and raise even more money for the Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation.”
The Phuket Property Dot Com Pro Am Invitational will take place Friday 17th June at the award-winning Laguna Phuket Golf Club, followed by a Gala Dinner at B-Lay Tong Resort, Patong. The price for Laguna Phuket Golf Club members is 6,000THB, and 8,000THB for non-members. To register, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsors of the 2011 Phuket Property Dot Com Pro Am Invitational, include Title Sponsor PhuketProperty.com; Official Golf Sponsor Laguna Phuket Golf Club; Hole Sponsors Baan Rim Pa, Da Maurizio Bar Ristorante, Joe’s Downstairs, Lee Marine, LoudMouth, Lhin’s Golf Guide, Serenity Resort & Residences Phuket, Sunseeker, The Yamu; Official Hotel Sponsor The Nap Patong; Supporting Hotels Absolute World Group, Banyan Tree Phuket, Serenity Resort & Residences Phuket; Official Gala Dinner Ambrose Wine Ltd, B-Lay Tong Resort; and Official Media Partners Phuket Gazette, PGTV and 91.5FM.
For more information, visit www.ProAm-Phuket.com.
Posted 3rd May 2011, by admin, and filed under Activity & Game, Hotel & Accommodation in Phuket, Lifestyle & Leisure, News Update, Phuket E-Magazine
Internationally renowned Australian artist Christopher Hogan will again be Artist-in-Residence at this year’s Laguna Phuket Summer Family Festival with a programme of daily art classes and tutorials.
Christopher, a specialist in marine-themed abstract paintings, will hold morning and afternoon art classes for children and adults from 18 July until 27 August at the Festival site in Canal Village Shopping Centre, and is scheduled to hold tutorials around the resort’s luxury hotel properties.
He’ll also exhibit his acclaimed abstract paintings, inspired by fish skin patterns and underwater scenes gleaned from scuba diving experiences on the Great Barrier Reef near his home on Australia’s Gold Coast.
Christopher’s appearance at this year’s Laguna Phuket Summer Family Festival follows the success of his 2010 debut as Festival Artist-in-Residence.
The Howland family, who took one of his Festival classes, wrote of their experience: “The couple of hours we spent painting with you were a genuine highlight of our holiday. We were all really pleased with how well our pictures turned out under your expert tuition.
“More importantly, it was wonderful to do something calm, reflective and creative together as a family – we will treasure our novice art works as a unique reminder of our fabulous holiday.”
As well as holding his popular classes for hotel guests and local residents last year, Christopher also launched a creative art course for teachers and pupils of a Phang Nga provincial school supported by Laguna Phuket’s Developing Sustainable Schools programme - and helped raise THB100, 000 (US$3,300) for the school with a charity “Art Party” and raffle of paintings.
“Last year at Laguna Phuket was an amazing experience and I’m really excited about being there again for another Summer Family Festival to add to the appeal of the overall event,” said Christopher. I hope to repeat the success of my classes and develop my relationship with hotel guests and the local community.”
Christopher’s Summer Family Festival art classes, held Monday-Saturday 10.00-12.00pm and 2.30-4.30pm, cost THB 2,000 nett for adults and THB 1,000 nett for children (4-14 years). Private lessons are available by appointment.
The Laguna Phuket Summer Family Festival runs from 25 June until 31October with benefits that include free dining for kids aged 12 and under at all seven Laguna Phuket hotels; free kids golf when playing with a full-paying adult; free speedboat tours for kids to Naka and Khai islands; daily Kidz Fun Zone activities (until 22 August) with the first session free; free evening Kidz Lounges at all hotels, open 6-10pm; free tennis for in-house guests; and free extra bed for kids aged 12 and under.