Royal Selangor to host Maybank event in 2016

Mon 10 Aug 2015

Royal Selangor to host Maybank event in 2016

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Kuala Lumpur, August 8: Maybank today announced that its premier golfing event, the Maybank Championship Malaysia, will be held at the Royal Selangor Golf Club (RSGC) next February.
"I am pleased that our partners have been able to reach an agreement to have the event at RSGC, one of the country's most eminent golf clubs. With its 123 years of golfing heritage, it has been one of the proponents of heightening Malaysia's golfing standards when it was the first club to host the Malaysian Open in 1962, and we are very pleased to be contributing to RSGC's magnanimity of creating and sustaining milestones in our country's sporting traditions,” said Tan Sri Dato Megat Zaharuddin, Chairman of Maybank.
"We are confident that with the participation of top golfers from the European and Asian Tours, Professional Golf Malaysia (PGM) Tour and Professional Golfers Association of Malaysia (PGAM), supplemented by selected talents from Malaysia and ASEAN countries where Maybank has operations, our event will provide the challenge for the players, excitement for the spectators and television viewers from around the world," he added.
Wong Lee Ming, Captain of RSGC, said:  "The Royal Selangor Golf Club is honoured to host Maybank’s premier event in 2016 as it is aligned to our heritage of hosting top championship golf events at our club.
“In the past decades, our courses have been graced by legends like Peter Thomson in the 60s to Severiano Ballesteros and Nick Faldo in the 90s. We eagerly await the arrival of the latest stars from the European and Asian Tours to entertain our members and challenge our golf course.
“The challenging course with several elevated greens has recently undergone extensive renovations and provides a tropical parkland setting with perhaps distracting views of the Petronas Twin Towers, which add to the demands of accurate golf shot execution.”
Mike Kerr, CEO of Asian Tour commented: “The Asian Tour is looking forward to returning to the RSGC for the event next year.  RSGC is one of the most iconic golf courses in Asia due to its steep history and tradition in the game, and I am sure our members will enjoy competing on its wonderful championship course against the stars from the European Tour.”
Keith Waters, The European Tour’s Chief Operating Officer and Director of International Policy, said: “Following our announcement last month that Maybank’s premier event will be part of the 2016 Race to Dubai, we are delighted to confirm Royal Selangor Golf Club as the host venue for the event. The recently modified course, which has a rich golfing history, will provide the ideal setting for this tournament, and I’m certain our members will enjoy the challenge it presents next February.”
Maybank recently announced that its tournament, which is being sanctioned by the European and Asian Tours will offer a total prize money of USS3 million, making it one of the richest among the European and Asian Tours in this part of the world.
It will also continue to have the largest number of appropriately qualified Malaysian golfers participate in the tournament together with a fixed number of spots accorded to other ASEAN golfing talents in line with Maybank's commitment to further enhance its ASEAN community building efforts.
About Maybank – Humanising Financial Services
Maybank is among Asia's leading banking groups and South East Asia’s fourth largest bank by assets. The Maybank Group has an international network of 2,400 offices in 20 countries namely Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong SAR & People's Republic of China, Bahrain, Uzbekistan, Myanmar, Laos, Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia, Great Britain and the United States of America.  The Group offers an extensive range of products and services, which includes consumer and corporate banking, investment banking, Islamic banking, stock broking, insurance and takaful and asset management. It has over 47,000 employees serving more than 22 million customers worldwide.
(www.maybank.com)
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 FENIX Golf (Official Apparel Supplier), Fuji Xerox (Official Office Solutions Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), PRG (Official Accessories Supplier), Srixon (Official Ball), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur. 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 2013, will feature a minimum of 45 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 GlobalOne
GlobalOne (Emerald Evolution Holdings Sdn Bhd) is an executive lifestyle sports promoter and we create sports event ownerships.
We specialise in providing the full spectrum in sponsorship event management and have an excellent track record in planning and delivering on PGA European Tour golf events for Malaysia (Maybank Malaysian Open), Singapore (Singapore Masters) and Indonesia (Indonesia Open) since 1999. We have strong relations with sports governing bodies, the media and commercial sponsors and technical partners to deliver on the bottom line.
We assist all our clients to create strategic, high-return, best practice sponsorship to provide a strong, unified vision, across departments and stakeholders, of the broad range of marketing and business objectives that can be achieved through this sponsorship. We also form and maintain strong relationship with players’ managers to source the best players. GlobalOne has staged a highly successful and prestigious tournament in Asia – the Maybank Malaysian Open, (2006 – 2015)  which is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the Asian Tour providing the event with Official World Ranking status.
About Royal Selangor Golf Club
The Royal Selangor Golf Club (RSGC) established in 1893, is the oldest surviving golf club in the country and the 4th oldest in Asia.  It is the founding ground of golf in Malaysia and the premier Malaysia golf club. Situated in the middle of the city of Kuala Lumpur amidst a background of towering skyscrapers, it is a superb sanctuary, with beautifully landscaped parkland courses. Playing the 18th hole new course one tees off towards the Petronas Twin Towers and while walking to the green, the panoramic vista of the Kuala Lumpur’s skyline gradually unfolds to its entire majesty.
Two 18 holes courses, the historic Old Course and the challenging New Course is set among a  magnificent  scenery of  mature trees and luxuriant  greenery to ensure that a golfing experience at the RSGC is second to none. It is certainly a Royal Experience.
The course extensively reconstructed and remodelled by the internationally renown design company of Nelson and Haworth, with lush Paspalum fairways and slick Tifeagle greens has provided a challenge requiring strategic course thinking and management.
The Maybank Championship will be held at the composite East Course, a combination of the 1st Old and 2nd New courses.
RSGC is a private members club where entry and play is strictly confined to members and members’ guests only.