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PowerPlay tees off in Phuket

PowerPlay tees off in Phuket

PHUKET: While to anyone but the enthusiast, golf as a spectator sport can be a little dull, PowerPlay Golf is looking to change that.

Wednesday 7 March 2012, 02:49PM

Thai golf star Thongchai Jaidee takes a swing.

Thai golf star Thongchai Jaidee takes a swing.

The dynamic nine-hole format was first played in the UK in 2007. By 2011, it had expanded to 30 countries and over 600 golf courses – and it will soon arrive in Thailand.

Essentially, PowerPlay Golf is a short, points-based format played over nine holes to two flags, with an easy white and a harder black ‘PowerPlay’ flag on each green.

A PowerPlay to the black flag earns extra points if converted to a birdie or better, but PowerPlays are limited. On the final tee, golfers have an optional extra PowerPlay, but risk incurring penalty points if they bogey a last-hole PowerPlay.

Director of Asian Golf Events Co. Ltd, David Pettigrew, said: “PowerPlay Golf is a relatively new discipline and one that is rapidly growing in popularity around the world.

“We are very proud to bring it to Thailand and we are launching the PowerPlay Golf Thailand Tour 2012 which includes a series of four regional events and a national final.”

Dan About Thailand

The PowerPlay Golf Thailand Tour 2012 will start in Phuket at Laguna Phuket Golf Club on June 17, before moving on to Bangkok, Pattaya and Chiang Mai.

Entry is open to all amateurs who have an official handicap supported by a handicap certificate, and the top 10 from each regional event will go on to play in the Thailand Finals in Hua Hin on October 6.

The winners of the Thailand Finals will represent Thailand in the PowerPlay Golf World Finals.

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