Prayad, Lee lead the cast in Khon Kaen

Bangkok Post - - SPORTS - South Ko­rea’s Lee Jeong-Eun.

Thai vet­eran Prayad Mark­saeng and emerg­ing South Korean star Lee Jeong-Eun will head­line the All Thai­land Golf Tour sea­sonopen­ing Singha E-San Open this week.

In its 20th year, the do­mes­tic cir­cuit tees off to­mor­row at Singha Park Khon Kaen Golf Club and the E-San Open serves as the cur­tain-raiser for the 12-event tour.

This year’s events, some of them co­sanc­tioned by other re­gional tours, will in­clude trips to tourist re­sorts like Chi­ang Rai, Khon Kaen, Chon Buri, Ray­ong, Hua Hin and Phuket.

With a to­tal purse of 3.2 mil­lion baht on of­fer in Khon Kaen, the men’s field is led by Prayad, while Lee will be the main at­trac­tion in the women’s event.

The win­ner of the men’s event will earn 450,000 baht, and the women’s cham­pion will take home 32,000 baht.

The 52-year-old Prayad will be look­ing for his third win in Khon Kaen af­ter bag­ging the ti­tle in 2007 and 2013.

Gunn Charoenkul, the win­ner in 2012 and 2014, and Tha­worn Wi­ratchant, the cham­pion in 2010 and 2015, will also be hunt­ing for their third vic­to­ries in the tour­na­ment.

De­fend­ing cham­pion Dan­thai Boonma, Rat­tanon Wan­nas­richan, last year’s run­ner-up Chapchai Ni­rat, Nam­chok Tan­tiphokakul and 2011 cham­pion Udon Duangdecha are the other lead­ing con­tenders for this week’s ti­tle.

In the women’s event, cur­rent Korean LPGA No.1 Lee will be test­ing the met­tle of an army of lo­cal play­ers led by Kan­phan­it­nan Muangkhum­sakul, Sher­man San­ti­wi­watthanaphong, Nemit­tra Jun­tanaket.

The 23-year-old Lee, who has been train­ing in Khon Kaen for some time, won four KLPGA ti­tles last year, which earned her the money win­ner award.

Kan­phan­it­nan will be seek­ing her third ti­tle af­ter her suc­cess here in 2013 and 2014.

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