Thai Protests May Bump LPGA Event
By Torleif Sorenson on 1/29/14
Since last month, anti-government protests have rocked Thailand. Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved Parliament in December and called for new elections this Sunday, February 2. Analysts say the elections could actually lead to more violence and leave Thailand without a functioning administration for as much as six months.
The problem for golf is that the Honda LPGA Thailand is scheduled to be played February 20-23 in Chonburi, at Siam Country Club. As Golf Channel's Randall Mell reports, the LPGA is keeping a close eye on events in Thailand, even though the the capital city of Bangkok is over an hour's drive northwest of Pattaya, site of the tournament. In an e-mail, Kraig Kann, the LPGA's communications chief, said:
"The LPGA fully recognizes the current unrest in Thailand and has closely followed the 'state of emergency' tied to civil protests. While this is not a new occurrence in the country, we — along with our security team — are taking the issues seriously and are monitoring the situation.Unfortunately, political unrest in the Pacific Rim is nothing new; last spring, North Korea's third-generation hereditary dictator, Kim Jong-un scared golfers away from the European Tour's Ballantine's Championship in South Korea. And just two weeks ago, we told you about the rapidly-shrinking field of entrants for the 2014 North Korea Amateur Open, which is scheduled for July 27-28 outside Pyongyang. But with more political purgues of Kim's enemies, things look worse for the future, not better.
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I had no idea Thailand had a MILFy kind of Prime Minister. Learn something new everyday.
Be careful beef. In Thailand the boys are boys and the women are boys too.
"and leave Thailand without a functioning administration for as much as six months."
So they protest over 6 months of disfunction? Crap the US citizens haven't started bombing DC and we have years with out a functioning government. Maybe we can borrow some of the Thai protesters when they are done.
it seems Thailand does this about every 4 years or so. it's still pretty safe to go visit. if you have a ticket to go but are worried about Bangkok, just go to Phuket and the neighboring Phi Phi islands instead.
play Red Mountain GC or Blue Canyon CC in Phuket. you won't be disappointed.
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