Bangkok, Thailand May 10, 2011 — Golfing great and Captain of the European side, Seve Ballesteros, who sadly died recently in Spain, was also a great supporter of golf here in Thailand.

Seve personally wrote a letter to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand in hope of bringing all of Asia together for a team golf competition in the Kingdom. Seve asked   the longest reigning Monarch in the world, for His blessing in having Thailand play host to the first ever competition between the Asians and the Europeans.

His Majesty The King not only welcomed the Asians coming together in Thailand to compete against the Europeans for the epic inaugural championship, but also graciously donated a beautiful perpetual 16-kilogram solid-silver Trophy, making the Royal Trophy the only physical prize in the sport provided by a Monarch.

The Spaniard was very enthusiastic about the team component of the Ryder Cup, where Europe plays the United States, being applied as the model for the Royal Trophy.
The most recent edition of the Royal Trophy was played this January at Black Mountain Golf Club in Hua Hin, a member of the Golf in a Kingdom – The Thailand Golf Experience. It was won by the European team headed by Colin Montgomerie, who actually played alongside Seve in the Ryder Cup.

It is a time of great sadness for the entire Royal Trophy family with the passing of the Championship’s Founder and legendary golfer Severiano Ballesteros. We will all greatly miss Seve’s inspiration, determination and leadership.

The entire Royal Trophy family, having been touched by Seve’s inspiration, perseverance, charisma, and encouragement, are fully committed to ensure that the Seve Ballesteros’ great legacy will live on through this Championship.

Seve’s dream will continue. He will not be forgotten.

Black Mountain Golf Club is part of the Golf in a Kingdom – The Thailand Golf Experience offering golfers information on playing and staying in the kingdom of smiles, Thailand. For more information visit www.golfinakingdom.com