Thai won BMW Golf Cup International World Final 2017
Press Release | 2018.03.12

Team Thailand defends title at the World Final of the BMW Golf Cup International for two consecutive years in South Africa

Three winners from Team Thailand; Khun Prakran Sappadungchon (2nd left), Khun Thanith Iam-Asa (3rd left), and Khun Sompong Kantha (4th left) received the trophy from golfing legend Gary Player (far left) at the world’s largest amateur golf tournament, the BMW Golf Cup International World Final 2017.


George, South Africa. Team Thailand has triumphed over 109 amateur golfers from 37 countries, at the world’s largest amateur golf tournament, the BMW Golf Cup International World Final 2017, for two consecutive years, with the total score of 328 points in National Team Category. The tournament was held at the Fancourt Golf Resort in George, South Africa, during March 5th – 10th, 2018.


Mr. Sethipong Anutarasoti, General Manager Marketing BMW Thailand, said, “With this year’s motto of “Once in a lifetime”, we have proven to the world for two years running that our Thai team can achieve top spot in the world's largest amateur tournament, the BMW Golf Cup International. Having witnessed the 3 days of the world final round myself, with performances from 109 top amateur golfers from 37 other countries around the world, I must say that our Thai players played with their heart and soul as a team for the country. Through tireless training, well-planned strategy and their commitment as a team, their outstanding achievement at the BMW Golf Cup International World Final 2017 was well deserved and a proud victory for Thailand.”


Team Thailand took the win, scoring the total of 328 points (108-111-109) in National Team Category. Also, ruling individual winners with the scores as follows;

1. Category Men I (handicap 5) - Khun Prakran Sappadungchon, the winner (35-38-36), Total: 109
2. Category Men II (handicap 9) - Khun Sompong Kantha, 3rd place (43-32-37), Total: 112
3. Categories Ladies (handicap 9) - Khun Thanith Iam-Asa, 2nd place (30-41-36), Total: 107
*Khun Thanith Iam-Asa is also a winner in low-gross ladies category.


The qualifying rounds of the BMW Golf Cup International 2018 are already in full swing. Golfers interested in the competition can contact BMW dealers nationwide or visit for details and registration information.

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Thai won BMW Golf Cup International World Final 2017

Khun Prakran Sappadungchon

The winner of Category Men I

Thai won BMW Golf Cup International World Final 2017
Thai won BMW Golf Cup International World Final 2017
Thai won BMW Golf Cup International World Final 2017

The BMW Group


With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services. The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries; the company has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.


In 2017, the BMW Group sold over 2,463,500 passenger vehicles and more than 164,000 motorcycles worldwide. As of 31 December 2016, the BMW Group had a workforce of 124,729 employees.


The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.


BMW Group Thailand


BMW Group Thailand, a subsidiary of BMW AG, Germany, was established on the 3rd October 1998. The three entities of BMW Group Thailand include BMW (Thailand) Co., Ltd. with responsibility for wholesales & marketing of BMW Group products, BMW Manufacturing (Thailand) Co., Ltd. with responsibility for BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad local production, and BMW Leasing (Thailand) Co., Ltd. with responsibility for financial services offerings to both wholesale and retail customers.


In 2017, BMW Group Thailand achieved a historic sales record with 11,030 BMW and MINI vehicles delivered to customers from January to December 2017, an increase of 39% year-on-year and the first-ever 5-digit sales figure in the company’s history. BMW Motorrad also had the best-ever record with 2,001 motorcycle deliveries, 10% higher than the same period last year. These milestones have made 2017 the most successful 12-month period for all of BMW Group Thailand’s three business units – with BMW Thailand in particular posting the highest growth rate across BMW Group’s global network at 43%.


On the production side, the BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand plant was founded on BMW Group’s strong belief in the growth potential of Asian markets and Thailand in particular with its unique location, strong manufacturing base, and ready supply of skilled automotive labor, being an automotive hub for ASEAN. On-going investment has been put into the expansion of plant Rayong in terms of assembling processes, aiming to meet growing customer demand. In addition, with approximately 4 billion Thai Baht representing the amount of annual purchasing in Thailand, the BMW Global Purchasing office has been established in Thailand. This is to source various components from local suppliers in Thailand and the broader ASEAN region, in order to supply the entire BMW production network of 31 production and assembly facilities, located in 14 countries worldwide.


As of 2017, BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand produces the following 17 models: BMW 1 Series, BMW 3 Series, BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo, BMW 5 Series, BMW 7 Series, BMW X1, BMW X3, BMW X4 and BMW X5. For BMW Motorrad the BMW F 800 R, BMW F 800 GS, BMW F 700 GS, BMW R 1200 GS, BMW R 1200 GS Adventure, BMW S 1000 R, BMW S 1000 RR and BMW S 1000 XR are also locally assembled at the plant. In addition, BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand now assembles four BMW plug-in hybrid models; BMW 330e, BMW 530e, BMW X5 xDrive40e and BMW 740Le.


Starting from May 2016, BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand’s assembly line capability has been expanded for the purpose of exporting the BMW X3 and BMW X5 to China as well.


For further information, please contact:
BMW Group Thailand


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