Inaugural Amata Friendship Cup Presented by Toyota Announced for December 2018

The inaugural Amata Friendship Cup presented by Toyota is set to take place at the renowned Amata Spring Country Club, featuring star-studded teams from Thailand and Japan.

The innovative event, which will be the world’s first mixed matchplay event, will be staged from 21-23 December 2018, and adds to the rich tournament heritage of Amata Spring Country Club,  which has previously hosted the Thailand Golf Championships and Royal Trophy.

The new tournament will see a team of Thailand’s top male and female professional and amateur golfers take on a team of their Japanese counterparts, in a celebration of the special relationship between the two nations, as well as of their golfing prowess.

The teams will be led by their respective Team Captains; Boonchu Ruangkit and Virada Nirapathpongporn for Thailand, and Naomichi ‘Joe’ Ozaki and Miho Koga for Japan, who will be responsible for team selection, picking pairings and motivating their players throughout the three days of competition.

“This is one of the proudest days of my career and one I believe will have a great impact for golf, bringing together mixed teams in this exciting nation vs. nation team format,” commentedThai golfing legend, Boonchu Ruangkit.


As well as featuring male and female players alongside each other, the event will also pit professionals against some of the countries best amateur players, with each Team also naming one male and one female amateur in their line-ups.

“We have some of the most exciting players on all tours around the world right now and to bring them together as one team will be something every golf and sports fan in Thailand and Japan will love seeing,” commented Team Thailand’s female Captain, and former US Amateur and NCAA National Champion, Virada Nirapathpongporn.

The twelve player teams are yet to be named, but with stars of Thai golf competing at the very highest level around the world on the LPGA Tour, European Tour and Asian Tour, and Japan’s golfing stars setting records on the PGA Tour this season, the match is set to bring a world-class festival of golf to Thailand.

“We are ready for this exciting challenge and will be doing all we can to ensure we do our country proud and put up a strong performance,” commented Joe Ozaki, 32-time winner on the Japan Golf Tour, and Team Japan’s male Captain.

Tickets for the event will go on sale in October, with a series of ‘Early Bird’ promotions available, and complimentary access for Under-16’s alongside at least one paying adult.

Who would you pick on your team? We would love to hear your views! Join in the conversation on social using #AFC2018 and #StrongerTogether.

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