24 April 2011

Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Update

Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Update

Golf in Malaysia will continue to be on the upswing with the launch of the PGM – ADT Impian Classic on the Asian Development Tour next month.

The RM200,000 (approximately US$66,666) tournament will become the latest Malaysian tournament to join the fledgling Asian Development Tour. It will be staged at the Impian Golf and Country Club in Kajang, a 30-minute drive from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur, from May 5 to 8. The inclusion of the PGM – ADT Impian Classic will create a Malaysian swing for the region’s rising stars as it will be held the week after the inaugural Clearwater Masters in Batu Gajah, Perak.

YABhg Tun Ahmad Sarji Bin Abdul Hamid, the Chairman, Professional Golf of Malaysia, the event promoter, was delighted to form its first tie-up with the Asian Development Tour. The PGM - ADT Impian Classic is the 7th leg of golf tour in Malaysia known as “PGM Tour” which was established to provide regular competitions to promote the development of professional golf sports in Malaysia.
“We are looking forward to a long-term partnership with the Asian Development Tour. It is our vision and goal to create new playing opportunities for Malaysia’s upcoming players to compete on a higher platform and gain experience to eventually become world-class players,” said Tun Ahmad Sarji.

S.Siva Chandhran

The Asian Development Tour was established last year by the Asian Tour as a platform to unearth new stars of the game. The top three players on the Order of Merit would subsequently be rewarded with Asian Tour cards. Last season, S. Siva Chandhran of Malaysia, Hsu Chia-jen of Chinese Taipei and another Malaysian prospect Akhmal Tarmizee finished in the top three of the rankings to earn playing rights on the Asian Tour, the region’s elite circuit.
PGM Chairman said: “Siva and Akhmal are great examples of our players who have excelled on the Asian Development Tour. We hope to have more Malaysians joining them on the Asian Tour in the near future.”
The scenic Impian Golf & Country Club will be an ideal venue to stage what will be third leg of the 2011 Asian Development Tour. The challenging course features more than 500 trees of various species and is known for its tricky greens.

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