Sentosa, Singapore, February 12: The Asian Tour, the official regional sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, has joined forces with the Asian Golf Industry Federation (AGIF).
Under this new partnership, the Asian Tour and the AGIF will work together to develop best practices in tournament preparation, with a focus on agronomy and clubhouse management.
“The mission of the Asian Tour is to expand tournament golf so as to substantially enhance the careers of its members, thereby developing and growing golf in Asia while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game,” said Josh Burack, Chief Executive Officer of the Asian Tour, a member of the International Federation of PGA Tours.
Providing a platform for the region’s best players to showcase their skills and push to the next level, a host of household names have learned their trade on the Asian Tour, led by Thongchai Jaidee, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Jeev Milkha Singh, Anirban Lahiri, David Lipsky and Noh Seung-yul.
A landmark year in 2017 saw the Asian Tour’s re-entry into China with the staging of the Asian Golf Championship. In 2018, the Asian Tour will continue to expand its footprint in East Asia.
Meanwhile, the Asian Development Tour, the feeder circuit to the Asian Tour, will also continue its growth with tournaments set to be staged in several new markets this year.
Cho Minn Thant, Chief Operating Officer of the Asian Tour, said: “The Asian Tour’s core activity is to generate playing opportunities and increase prize money for its members through the sanctioning and, in some cases, ownership of Asian Tour events.
“We felt that the time was right to join forces with the Asian Golf Industry Federation and grow the network and influence of the Asian Tour.”
Eric Lynge, Chief Executive Officer of the AGIF, said: “Under Burack and Cho the Asian Tour has made significant forward strides in the past year. All of us at the AGIF look forward to working closely with the Asian Tour on several fronts.
“We are running educational events at Asian Tour events, such as the SMBC Singapore Open as tournaments provide a great place for the industry to meet, educate and network.”