ICTSI Philippine Open makes return

Fri 25 Apr 2014

ICTSI Philippine Open makes return

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Kuala Lumpur, April 25: The ICTSI Philippine Open, Asia’s oldest national championship, will make a welcome return onto the Asian Tour Schedule from May 15-18, officials announced today.
Following a one-year lapse, the storied tournament will be played at its traditional home, the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club with the International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) taking up the event’s title sponsorship.
A prize fund of US$300,000 will be on offer to the region’s top players with Singapore’s Mardan Mamat, who won the 2012 edition by five shots, set to defend his crown.
EurAsia Cup heroes Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh, Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung and Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng, who helped Team Asia earn a deserving draw with Europe in the inaugural EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM last month, are expected to tee up in the ICTSI Philippine Open along with Filipino stars Angelo Que and Miguel Tabuena.
ICTSI, which is in the business of acquiring, developing and operating container ports and terminals worldwide, will title sponsor the Philippine Open for a third time. It is already a strong supporter of the domestic Philippine circuit and also sponsors numerous Filipino players, including local hero Que.
Enrique K. Razon, Jr., ICTSI Chairman and President, said: “We are honoured to have the opportunity to title sponsor our national Championship, which holds great tradition and prestige on the international golfing calendar. Through our partnership with the Asian Tour, we will have the privilege to assemble a collection of the finest stars from across the region which will ensure a very successful ICTSI Philippine Open.
“ICTSI remains committed towards the development of professional golf in the Philippines, as seen through our active involvement with the domestic golf tour, and also across the region and we hope the ICTSI Philippine Open will inspire our local players to excel and win our national Open.”
Tommy Manotoc, President of the National Golf Association of Philippines, said: “The NGAP is looking forward to the staging of the 97th Philippine Open in May and we would like to express our gratitude to ICTSI for its sponsorship of our championship. We also look forward to working closely with the Asian Tour to ensure the Philippine Open continues to feature prominently on the international golfing calendar.”
Asian Tour Chairman Kyi Hla Han welcomed the return of the ICTSI Philippine Open, saying Asia’s oldest national championship remains as one of the most sough-after titles amongst the elite golfers in the region.
Past winners of the Philippine Open include Australia’s Peter Thomson, Lu Lian-huang and Hsieh Min-nan of Chinese Taipei and Filipino stars Frankie Minoza and Que.
“On behalf of our players, we look forward to return to the ICTSI Philippine Open. The Asian Tour continues to provide the best career opportunities for players in the region including from the Philippines and I would also like to thank the ICTSI for its support towards the Open,” said Han.
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.