Team Thailand and Team Japan Add Strength, Experience and Depth

Further stars of world golf have been named to Team Thailand and Team Japan, as the Team Captains’ final sides begin to take shape ahead of the inaugural Amata Friendship Cup presented by Toyota,

With just under two months before the opening tee-shots are struck, Team Thailand Captains’ Ruangkit and Nirapathpongporn and Team Japan Captains Ozaki and Koga, have named further golfing stars to represent their countries in the world’s first mixed matchplay event.

For Team Thailand, Jazz Janewattananond, Prom Meesawat and Thidapa Suwanapurra add experience and flair to a Thailand Team which already features some of the most successful players in Thai golfing history.

Last month, Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Thongchai Jaidee were joined by Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn as the first players to be named in Team Thailand, and this month’s announcement sees more players who regularly compete on the game’s biggest stage set for action at Amata Spring Country Club from December 21-23.

Announcing the latest additions to his squad, Captain Ruangkit, a globally recognised ambassador for Thai golf, said, “I am delighted Virada and I have been able to add Prom, Jazz and Thidapa to our team, adding three players who have shown they are capable of winning on the very biggest stage.”

Team Japan was equally as bolstered with the addition of Masahiro Kawamura, Fumika Kawagishi and Sukura Koiwai to a line-up that already includes some of the most recognized stars of Japanese golf, such as Satoshi Kodaira, Hideto Tanihara, Ryuko Tokimatsu, Kodai Ichihara and Nasa Hataoka.

Japan Team Captain Naomichi ‘Joe’ Ozaki, whose own golfing career is amongst the most successful in Japanese history, spoke of his excitement at adding 25-year-old Kawamura to the Team Japan line-up, “Masahiro is a definite star of the future and I believe one of the best young competitors there is on the Japan Tour. I do not doubt that he will bring the dynamism we need to this Japanese side. His confidence will be high after placing T-39 alongside Brooks Koepka in this year’s Open Championship. I can’t wait to see him out there in December, doing what he does best.”

The additions to both teams leaves fewer than half of the places left to be filled, and both Team’s captains will be keeping a close eye on performances around the world in the coming weeks’ before they complete their line-ups for the December show-down.

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.

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