Home hero Mardan ready to shine

Wed 23 Apr 2014

Home hero Mardan ready to shine

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Singapore, April 23: Singaporean hero Mardan Mamat will aim to relive his winning memories at the Laguna National Golf and Country Club when he takes aim at The Championship title next week.
The 46-year-old veteran, who claimed his biggest victory when he won the 2006 Singapore Masters at the Masters Course at Laguna National, will be among the elite cast in the US$1.5 million event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
Mardan will be joined by Team Asia’s Eurasia Cup heroes Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thongchai Jaidee, Prayad Marksaeng, Siddikur Rahman, Anirban Lahiri and Nicholas Fung in the event which will be staged from May 1 to 4.
Mardan will be hoping to compensate himself with a solid result at The Championship – formerly the Ballantine’s Championship – which was originally scheduled to be played in Korea.
He had to waive his flight tickets to Korea, which he bought earlier in the year, before tournament organisers moved the tournament to Singapore when staging issues made it clear that the event was not going to be played in Korea.
“I already made flight and visa arrangements. I lost a lot of money there but it is good that a big event will return to Singapore. I’m excited to play on the Masters Course again and I’m really looking forward to the event,” said Mardan, a three-time Asian Tour winner.
“I won on the course in 2006 and I’m quite happy we will have another tournament there again,” added the Singaporean, who led from start-to-finish when he won the Singapore Masters nine years ago.
Mardan will be joined by countrymen Lam Chih Bing, Koh Deng Shan, Quincy Quek, Poh Eng Wah and Lam Zhiqun in the star-studded event.
Singapore’s Koh, who looks up to Mardan as a mentor due to his success on the Asian Tour, is delighted to represent his country in an international golf tournament on home soil.
“I think it’s great to have a tournament in Singapore because it has been a while since we last had an Asian Tour event at home. The Masters course at Laguna is really nice and challenging. It’s a great venue to host the event. My game is looking good right now so hopefully I can do well next week,” said the 26-year-old Koh.
Zhiqun is also relishing the opportunity to shine in front of the home crowd again. “It is great to have the tournament staged in Singapore as it will definitely boost the golf scene here.
“I’m really looking forward to play on home ground again. It has been quite some time since I last played in front of the home crowds,” said Zhiqun, who enjoyed a decorated amateur golf career before turning professional in 2011.
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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.
About The European Tour
The European Tour is committed to celebrating the game of golf from the origins of the professional game, building a proud history of achievement, sportsmanship and integrity as well as showcasing our diverse global talent and rich landscapes. The European Tour’s innovative approach enables us to embrace the world, combining championships of tradition with new tournaments in the cities and countries of the future. The European Tour International Schedule, which from 2009 has incorporated The Race to Dubai, is a thriving global brand which, in 2014 will feature a minimum of 48 tournaments spread across all five continents of the world; the European Challenge Tour focuses on the up and coming players of the future; while the European Senior Tour provides a new start for champions celebrating their 50th birthday. The European Tour’s corporate identity features the iconic silhouette image of six-time Open Champion Harry Vardon who gives his name to The Harry Vardon Trophy, presented to the player who is crowned European Tour Number One and winner of The Race to Dubai at the end of the season.
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About Laguna National Golf & Country Club
A prominent golf club in the local and regional golf scene since its inauguration in 1993, Laguna National is one of Singapore’s premier golf and country clubs offering two eighteen-hole championship courses. A private Members’ Club, it also hosts corporate events through invitation and reference only, and offers food and beverage options as well as tennis facilities. Laguna National is elevating its game with a multi-million dollar facelift, which includes a full redesign and upgrade of the existing clubhouse. The construction of a branded boutique resort hotel is underway, with target completion at the end of 2015. Upon its launch, Laguna National will boast a state-of-the-art union of a world-class golf club, and 206-room and villa branded resort hotel with full facilities including a spa, a driving range, and a fitness center.
Over the years, Laguna National has won various local and international accolades. Its two eighteen-hole championship courses, namely World Classic and Masters Courses, have hosted Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Colin Montgomerie, Nick Dougherty and Vijay Singh. The Masters Course served as home for the European Tour’s Singapore Masters from 2002 through 2007. The Club has since solidified its reputation further by receiving Tiger Woods on its World Classic Course for a private event during his maiden visit to Singapore in November 2011. In November 2012 Laguna National hosted the first ever overseas Korean LPGA Tour event and the inaugural Prudential Causeway Trophy in June 2013. The Prudential Causeway Trophy continues its second edition at Laguna National’s World Classic Course in June 2014.
About The Masters Course
The award-winning Masters Course is best known for hosting world class golfers such as Ernie Els, Colin Montgomerie, Nick Dougherty and Vijay Singh. From 2002 through 2007, the Masters Course served as host of the European Tour’s Singapore Masters.
Ranked amongst the top courses in the world by Golf Digest International and Asian Golf Monthly, the Masters Course is characterised by a beautiful parkland landscape as it administers a stern test of golf. The Masters Course is over 7109 yards from the Championship Tees with a par of 72. The course rating is 74.0 and has a slope rating of 144.