Asian Tour returns to Pakistan for Chief of Naval Staff Open Golf Championship

Tue 17 Apr 2018

Asian Tour returns to Pakistan for Chief of Naval Staff Open Golf Championship


Karachi, April 17: The Asian Tour will make a welcome return to Pakistan after an 11-year hiatus for the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Open Golf Championship which will be staged from October 11 to 14. 

The CNS Open Golf Championship will attract a talented cast of Asian Tour stars to the US$300,000 event which will be played in the country’s oldest golf course, the Karachi Golf Club.

The CNS Open Golf Championship has been staged on the local circuit since 1995, making it the longest running professional golf event in Pakistan. By joining the Asian Tour, the tournament will receive Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points and give local golfers an opportunity to play alongside some of the region’s leading players.

The Chief of Naval Staff was delighted to bring the CNS Open Golf Championship on the Asian Tour. The last time an Asian Tour event was staged in Pakistan was in 2006 and 2007. Last year, the Asian Development Tour (ADT) sanctioned a tournament in the country for the first time. 

“This is great news for golf in Pakistan. We are thrilled to welcome the Asian Tour and its talented members to our beautiful country. It has been 11 years since we last staged an Asian Tour event and we are proud to work together with all sponsors to make this tournament a huge success,” said the Chief of Naval Staff.

The staging of the CNS Open Golf Championship will also boost the chances of the local golfers to improve on their OWGR ranking and give them a better opportunity to try and qualify for the Japan Olympic Games in 2020.

“There was a huge representation of Asian golfers in the last Olympic Games and we hope to provide a viable platform for our golfers to improve on their world ranking. It is also our goal to promote golf among the younger generation in hopes that we will have a Pakistani golfer playing and contending regularly on the Asian Tour in the future,” the Chief of Naval Staff added.

Asian Tour Chief Executive Officer Josh Burack applauded the efforts of the Chief of Naval Staff and the Karachi Golf Club to stage an Asian Tour tournament in Pakistan.

“Our talented members are excited to return to Pakistan where we previously staged events in 2006 and 2007. The CNS Open Golf Championship is a great addition on our 2018 schedule and we look forward to working together with the sponsors and continue to grow the game in the country and across Asia,” said Burack.

Bilal Rafi Muneer, the Karachi Golf Club Captain said: “These are exciting times for golf in Pakistan. The Karachi Golf Club is the oldest golf course in the country and it is only fitting that we stage a third Asian Tour event at our course. It's a huge development not just for KGC but for Pakistan golf. The Asian Tour is coming back to Pakistan and we are all excited about it,' added Bilal, who is one of architects behind Asian Tour's return to the country.

 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), Habitat for Humanity (Official Sustainable Development Partner), ECCO (Official Footwear Sponsor), Titleist and FootJoy (Official Web Partner), Bloomberg TV (Official International Media Partner), Bloomberg Businessweek Chinese (Official International Media Partner), Wall Street Journal (Official International Media Partner) and Sentosa in Singapore which is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur.