Kampala, Uganda: 28 November 2008 – RYTHM Foundation reached out to the African nation of Uganda with three heartfelt donations worth USD 30,000 that will significantly raise the lives of worthy Ugandans
Giving hope to children who would not normally be given the opportunity of learning and excelling in a sport such as golf, the Pan Din Hai Pen Dao (Turn the ‘Clay’ to the ‘Star’) in Lopburi Province was established by the Thai golf professional Thongchai Jaidee, who ranked 67 in the Official World Golf Ranking early this year.
With a strong intention to give something back to society after his great achievement in golf, which has climbed to success in The European Tour and The Asian Tour in 2004 and 2005, Thongchai established this charitable foundation in his hometown eight years ago.The ‘QuestNet Pays Forward’ initiative continues to move forward with a strong commitment to help those in need while enhancing the quality of their lives. With RYTHM Foundation as its enabler, the initiative is slowly but surely making a difference.
Get to know Thongchai Name: Thongchai Jaidee Born: 8 November 1969 Birthplace: Lopburi Height: 171 cm Weight: 68 kg Turned Pro: 1999 Family: Married, 2 children Official World Golf Ranking: 67 (as of early 2009) Asian Tour Victories: 2009: Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia Open 2008: Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open Hana Bank Vietnam Master 2006: Volvo Masters of Asia, Thailand 2005: Carlsberg Malaysian Open 2004: Carlsberg Malaysian Open Myanmar Open 2003: Volvo Masters of Asia, Thailand 2002: Myanmar Open 2001: Wills Indian Open 2000: Kolon Cup Korean Open Road to Success
Thongchai Jaidee is the Thai professional golfer who holds the record for most career victories on the Asian Tour. He started playing golf when he was 16 with his first golf driver – a three iron head stuck on a bamboo stick.
Thongchai turned professional when he was 30 after serving as a Ranger in the Royal Thai Army, regularly making parachute drops as part of his service. Thongchai was committed to represent Thailand in the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok. He was allowed to play plenty of golf and enjoyed a distinguished amateur career.
Thongchai achieved success on the Asian Tour, topping the tour’s Order of Merit in 2001 and 2004. He became the first Thai to win a tournament on the European Tour when he won the Carlsberg Malaysian Open.
In 2006, Thongchai established his own golf academy with more than 20 young students under his wing in Lopburi Province, with the strong intention to give something back to the game.
Thongchai made history in February 2008 by becoming the first Thai golfer to honourably obtain a Doctorate Degree in the Golf Management Project from Ramkhamhaeng University.
In early 2009, Thongchai reached 67 in the Official World Golf Ranking and his soaring career continues to climb the ranks of world golf.