2013 Awards Night to be held in Jakarta in April

Fri 21 Mar 2014

2013 Awards Night to be held in Jakarta in April

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Kuala Lumpur, March 21: The Asian Tour will honour the heroes and high achievers of its 2013 season at its Awards Night in Jakarta on April 22, coinciding with the prestigious CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters.
Amongst the top awards which will be presented include the prestigious Order of Merit trophy, Players’ Player of the Year, Special Achievement Award and the various stats categories winners.
Following its milestone 10th Asian Tour season celebration in 2013, the Asian Tour has also created a Player of the Decade award (2004-2013) which the winner will be announced during the night.
“We are delighted to stage the Asian Tour Awards Night to coincide with the prestigious CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters,” said Asian Tour Chairman Kyi Hla Han.
“The Asian Tour stars enjoyed a remarkable 2013 season and their outstanding performances and achievements will be recognised during the night. Over the years, we have witnessed many memorable moments and highlights by our talented members and it is fitting that we honour the Asian Tour’s Player of the Decade to commemorate our milestone 10th season last year,” said Han.
Nominees for the Player of the Decade award, which is voted by the Asian Tour members, are former Order of Merit champions Jeev Milkha Singh of India and Thai duo Thongchai Jaidee and Thaworn Wiratchant. Korea’s K.J. Choi and Y.E. Yang, the first male Asian golfer to win a Major title, are the other nominees.
Throughout his illustrious career, Asian Tour honorary member Singh has won six Asian Tour titles and has also tasted success in Japan and Europe. He won the Order of Merit race in 2006 and 2008 and was victorious at the Scottish Open in 2012.
Thongchai holds an unprecedented three Order of Merit titles and 13 Asian Tour victories. In 2012, he won his first title on European soil when he emerged victorious at the 2012 ISPS Handa Wales Open.
The 45-year-old Thai will take on a different challenge when he leads Team Asia as the playing captain against Team Europe at the inaugural EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM in Malaysia next week.
Choi cut his professional teeth on the region’s premier Tour before going on to enjoy a highly decorated career on the PGA Tour where he has won eight titles including the 2011 Players Championship. He is also an Asian Tour honorary member.
Yang signalled his arrival on the big stage when he won the 2006 HSBC Champions in China. In 2009, the Asian Tour honorary member made history when he defeated Tiger Woods in a head-to-head duel to become the first Asian to win a Major at the US PGA Championship. Like Choi, he also sharpened his game on the Asian Tour early in his career.
Thai veteran Thaworn is renowned for his short game prowess. He holds an unprecedented 16 Asian Tour titles and won two Order of Merit crowns in 2004 and 2012. At 47, Thaworn continues to feature on leaderboards regularly on the Asian Tour.
During the Awards Night, the Asian Tour will also hand out the Special Achievement Award, which is an award given to outstanding services to the game or performance. The nominees are China’s Liang Wen-chong, Scott Hend of Australia, who won three times last season, Siddikur Rahman, the first Bangladeshi to play and win on the Asian Tour and Thaworn.
The Stats categories include the Lowest Strong Average, Driving Distance, Driving Accuracy, Birdie Leader, Greens in Regulation and Lowest Putting Average. The Best Golf Course and Best Golf Resort will also be announced during the night as well as the Rookie of the Year award.
About the 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 Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Subway (Official Quick Service Restaurant) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.