EurAsia Cup 2016 commemorative book launched

Mon 26 Sep 2016

EurAsia Cup 2016 commemorative book launched

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Shah Alam, Malaysia, September 26: The score line at 18.5 to 5.5 may suggest a runaway victory for Team Europe against Team Asia in the second EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM encounter but it was the spirit of the event which has shone through the commemorative book recording it all.
The book was launched by Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid, Chairman of Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM), at Glenmarie Golf & Country Club, the host venue of the EurAsia Cup for the first two instalments.
He said the book was a tribute not only to the participants but also those from either side who came together to establish a Ryder Cup-styled tournament to generate added interest in a sport that has gained world-wide following and support.
“Having established the Professional Golf of Malaysia Tour five years ago and watched it grow remarkably with the help of generous support largely of government-linked companies and the Government, I felt, on my part, that it was necessary not to let things stay at that level but to find ways to provide incentive for players and corporate supporters to take the game to a higher plane and create a more dynamic environment for it to grow.
“On this score the European and Asian Tours have been like-minded and it’s the collective effort all round that has enabled us to showcase this exciting event.
“We have seen the fierce but friendly rivalry between America and Europe in the Ryder Cup. Given the strides golf has made in Asia it is only fitting we have a competition that will give rise to the same sort of rivalry followed ardently by spectators, not only on the golf course, but also in the living rooms of homes.
“It’s rivalry for continental pride when some of the best golfers in Europe and Asia are pitted against one another. There is a different feel to it much like when golf was re-introduced to the Olympic Games in Rio and players, who qualified in representing their countries, battled it out for medals.”
The 2016 EurAsia Cup book is much like the one produced to record the inaugural competition in 2014 that had ended in a pulsating draw.
Reading the day by day account of different format play on each day will rekindle memories of not only the contestants but the sponsors, organisers, spectators and TV viewers who caught the action in the comfort of their homes.
Pictures galore and dwelling on them here and there when flipping through the pages make for easy reading.