Inaugural Sarawak Championship to be staged on the Asian Tour in July

Thu 14 Jun 2018

Inaugural Sarawak Championship to be staged on the Asian Tour in July

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Kuching, Malaysia, June 14: The Asian Tour will stage the inaugural Sarawak Championship, a new event in Malaysia from July 4 to 7 (Wednesday to Saturday), officials announced today.

Supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Art, Culture, Youth and Sports Sarawak, the inaugural tournament will offer a prize purse of US$300,000 and will be staged at the Arnold Palmer designed Damai Golf and Country Club which is located in Kuching, the capital of Sarawak.

The Sarawak Championship will welcome the region’s leading stars to the Borneo Island where they face stern challenges from the talented Malaysian golfers.

The Sarawak State Government and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Sarawak, hopes to leverage on the Tour’s global coverage via its online and television platform to promote tourism in Sarawak.

By hosting this event, the State plans to showcase Sarawak as a destination for golfers in Asia and around the world while promoting the beauty of the state through the Tour’s television highlights.

This is the first time the Asian Tour will host a tournament in Sarawak after staging Asian Development Tour (ADT) events from 2012 to 2017.

Asian Tour Chief Executive Officer Josh Burack welcomed the addition of the new event to the Tour’s robust 2018 Schedule. The Sarawak Championship will be the fourth event sanctioned by the Asian Tour in Malaysia in 2018 along with the EurAsia Cup, Maybank Championship and CIMB Classic.

“This is excellent news for golf in Asia. Malaysia is a very important market for the Asian Tour and we are delighted to add the Sarawak Championship which we expect to be a terrific tournament. A big thank you to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Sarawak and all parties which worked together to bring this international tournament to the country” said Burack.

“Our Asian Tour players are excited to compete in Sarawak and be able to enjoy the vast culture which the state has to offer. Malaysia is a huge melting pot of culture and I’m confident the beauty of Sarawak will be extensively promoted through our television highlights show and the additional content we produce and distribute on our digital media channels,” added Burack.

The event will see a total of 150 players, including a minimum of 25 Malaysian golfers, contending for the title.

The Sarawak Championship is the third new Asian Tour event announced this year following the Asia-Pacific Classic in China and CNS Open Golf Championship which is staged in Pakistan. The Asian Tour also sanctioned the ISPS HANDA New Zealand Open for the first time earlier this year.  

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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.