Seoul, Korea, September 18: The Asian Tour will strengthen its presence in Korea having reached an agreement with the Korea Golf Association (KGA) for the two organizations to co-sanction the Kolon Korea Open and GS Caltex Maekyung Open tournaments from next season. These two prestigious events boast prize purses of over US$1,000,000 and US$900,000 respectively.
The Asian Tour will receive spots for 50 players in each tournament and additional members of the Asian Tour are likely to qualify through their eligibility status on the Official World Golf Rankings. The cooperation between the Asian Tour and KGA will be for an initial period of five years. Together with the recently concluded Shinhan Donghae Open, there will now be at least three Asian Tour events held annually in Korea from 2018.
“We look forward to cooperating with the KGA, as Korea is a key market for us.” – Josh Burack
Asian Tour CEO Josh Burack is delighted with this important agreement and looks forward to working closely with the KGA to raise the profile of these two tournaments which in turn helps the overall profile of golf in Korea and regionally.
“We are thrilled to add the Kolon Korea Open and GS Caltex Maekyung Open onto the Asian Tour’s schedule. Both tournaments have a long and storied history. The Kolon Korea Open has been staged for 60 years and the GS Caltex Maekyung Open for 37 years. We are honored to have our Asian Tour members joining the talented Korean players in these outstanding tournaments. Our strong relationship with the KGA will allow us to amplify these tournaments in Korea and around the globe. We look forward to cooperating with the KGA, as Korea is a key market for us,” said Burack.
Kwang Soo Hur, President of the KGA said, “The Asian Tour will further raise the profiles of our tournaments in Korea with the quality and depth of their players along with their impressive international TV distribution which will provide a great deal of value for our sponsors. We are very supportive of the Asian Tour and are pleased to collaborate with them on the two showcase Men’s tournaments of the KGA.”
About Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Rolex (Official Timekeeper), Panasonic (Official Consumer Electronics), ECCO (Official Footwear Sponsor), FENIX XCell (Official Apparel Supplier), Titleist (Official Web Partner), Bloomberg TV (Official International Media Partner), Bloomberg Businessweek Chinese (Official International Media Partner) and Sentosa in Singapore which is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur.
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About the KGA
Korea Golf Association, the governing body of golf in Korea, was established by a group of elders of Korean golf at Seoul Country Club in 1965. With the purpose of enhancing physical strength, gaining national prestige and building international relationship through the promotion and popularization of golf, the KGA annually conducts approximately 20 national championships including five national title amateur championships and four professional events, just as the Kolon Korea Open, KIA Korea Women’s Open, Golfzon Korea Senior Open and the GS Caltex Maekyung Open. The KGA also disseminates the Rules of Golf and Handicapping through publications and nationwide curriculums, evaluates golf courses by the course/slope rating system, and also fosters the national golf team through its own training programs and by sending players to the highest level overseas tournaments. Furthermore, as the national representative of golf, KGA focuses on strengthening international exchanges throughout the globe.