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LIV Golf hand over a donation cheque to Thailand’s Population Community and Development Association (PDA)
Lee Westwood and Sadom Kaewkanjana delivered a junior golf clinic at Stonehill ahead LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok
Greg Norman and Mechai Viravaidya, Chairman of the Popular Community and Development Association (PDA)
Charl Schwartzel, Phachara Khongwatmai & Ratchanon Chantananuwat pose with young golfers at Stonehill

     Bangkok, Thailand (October 9, 2022): LIV Golf’s debut event in Thailand’s capital is helping empower local communities and inspiring the next generation of golfers. 

     As part of LIV Golf’s ongoing ‘LIV to Give’ initiative, the tournament is supporting Connext ED, a Thai leadership program for sustainable education, and the Population and Community Development Association (PDA), a longstanding, independent non-profit organization dedicated to reducing poverty in Thailand.

     “LIV Golf is committed to supporting communities around the globe. We are proud to give back through organizations that provide critical resources to Thailand’s education systems and underprivileged citizens,” said Atul Khosla, President and COO of LIV Golf. “Our LIV to Give platform will continue to uplift those in need of support and make a difference in the lives of children and families throughout the world.”

     Initiated by 12 leading Thai organizations, Connext ED’s Education Administration Programs provide leadership training for schoolteachers across STEM, English and project-based learning curriculums. LIV Golf is funding annual training programs and remote learning initiatives through Connext ED’s Learning Center, which promotes career enhancement through higher education and delivers learning materials to schools throughout the region.

     For nearly five decades, the Population and Community Development Association has made a positive impact in the lives of underprivileged citizens along with its subsidiary, the Mechai Bamboo School. The innovative secondary school has created a hub for social and economic development, lifelong learning and assistance for small rural schools.

     “All of us are most grateful for this generous contribution to rural societies,” said Mechai Viravaidya, Chairman of the PDA and the Mechai Bamboo School. “This gift from LIV Golf will provide a more promising life for elderly villagers near schools through the cooperation with students from the Mechai Bamboo School. I’d like to thank LIV Golf for inviting me and my colleagues to the LIV Golf event.”

     Further aligning with LIV to Give’s efforts supporting golf development programs, sustainability, and the well-being of host communities around the world, LIV Golf also carried out two impactful golf clinics this week for Thai youngsters at Stonehill.

     On Tuesday, former world No. 1 Lee Westwood and local golf hero Sadom Kaewkanjana welcomed dozens of children from the Thailand Golf Association and the Thai Junior Golf Association for a special session on ball striking techniques and drills aimed at helping the youngsters improve their skills.

     “The LIV Golf series is a wonderful opportunity for us to get out there, meet the next generation and encourage them to take their next steps in the sport,” said Westwood. “Taking these tournaments to places like Bangkok and offering lessons for the youngsters is just one area where we can help to strengthen the love of golf, and the golfing infrastructure, around the world.”

     Added Kaewkanjana: “It was a real pleasure to see all these promising young Thai players in action, and many of them were very talented. In my younger days, I would have jumped at the chance to get a lesson from a player such as Lee Westwood, and opportunities like this really help to bring more people into the world of golf.”

     On Wednesday, Thailand’s Phachara Khongwatmai and 15-year-old Thai golfing sensation Ratchanon ‘TK’ Chantananuwat welcomed youngsters from the Sports Authority of Thailand, offering golf tips and drills while emphasizing the importance of working hard and having fun.

     Through LIV to Give, LIV Golf has pledged $100 million to support a broad range of initiatives targeting education, environmental sustainability, golf development programs, and the well-being of communities around the world. LIV Golf Invitational Series is owned and operated by LIV Golf Investments whose vision and mission is centered around making holistic and sustainable investments to enhance the global golf ecosystem and unlock the sport’s untapped worldwide potential.

About LIV Golf Investments 

     LIV Golf Investments is a newly formed company, with group companies in the USA and UK, and with Asian offices to follow. Its purpose is to holistically supercharge professional golf on a global scale to help unlock the sports’ untapped potential. Greg Norman is the first and founding CEO of LIV Golf Investments. PIF, one of the world’s largest wealth funds, with a diverse international investment portfolio, is the majority shareholder in LIV Golf Investments.