SapuraKencana National Qualifier to offer CIMB Classic slot

Fri 23 Aug 2013

SapuraKencana National Qualifier to offer CIMB Classic slot

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Kuala Lumpur, August 23: The SapuraKencana National Qualifier is back for the second consecutive year, offering aspiring Malaysian golfers a rare opportunity of a lifetime to qualify for this October’s CIMB Classic 2013, Asia’s first official FedExCup event on the PGA TOUR.
This year, the National Qualifier will move along with the CIMB Classic to a new venue that will be the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC).
The SapuraKencana National Qualifier is hosted by the world’s leading integrated oil and gas services and solutions provider, SapuraKencana Petroleum Berhad (“SapuraKencana”), which is also a sponsor and premium partner in the CIMB Classic 2013.
“SapuraKencana’s sponsorship of the National Qualifier is aimed at further stirring the growing passion for golf in Malaysia. For aspiring home-grown golfing talent, this is a unique tournament and rare opportunity for them to battle for a place in the CIMB Classic, a marquee event in the PGA Tour and Asian Tour calendars,” said SapuraKencana’s President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Shahril Shamsuddin.
“The National Qualifier is a great platform for local talents to enhance their standings and aim for greater prestige. This is a much anticipated event for golfing fans in Malaysia as well because they will be able to witness an exciting display of golfing skills among top Malaysian professionals,” he added.
“We are proud of our association with the CIMB Classic over the years and particularly this year as the event becomes an Official Event on the PGA TOUR and part of the FedExCup’s season,” he said.
The Malaysian golfer who emerges as champion at the Qualifier will be able to join and benchmark himself against the world’s crème de la crème in the international golfing arena at the CIMB Classic ­including Phil Mickelson, as well as past champions, Nick Watney, Bo Van Pelt and Ben Crane.
The SapuraKencana National Qualifier will be held from 26 - 28 August 2013 with a 100-player field. The tournament is sanctioned by the Professional Golf Association of Malaysia (PGAM) and offers a total prize purse of RM150,000 with the first prize winner taking home RM22,000, plus a spot at the CIMB Classic 2013.
The CIMB Classic 2013, which is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour, is the first and only PGA TOUR-sanctioned event in the region. In its fourth year running, the tournament will debut as an Official Event on the PGA TOUR and will be part of the season-long FedExCup competition. The field will also be expanded to include a minimum of 78 players – 60 coming from the PGA TOUR, 10 from Asian Tour and eight sponsor¹s exemption, and will carry a total purse of USD7million.
Meanwhile, Mohd Firuz Jaffril, President of the Professional Golf Association of Malaysia said, “As in previous years, out of the eight sponsor’s exemptions, CIMB Classic accords two spots for Malaysians. If the winner of the SapuraKencana National Qualifier is also the leading Malaysian in the Official World Golf Ranking (OGWR), which will be determined by 6 October 2013, the second spot for the CIMB Classic will automatically go to the next best-ranked Malaysian on the OGWR.”
About SapuraKencana Petroleum Berhad
SapuraKencana Petroleum Berhad is one of the world's largest integrated oil and gas services and solutions provider based in Malaysia. SapuraKencana’s  business include providing end-to-end solutions and services to the upstream petroleum industry, and covers activities such as installation of offshore pipelines and structures, fabrication of offshore structures, accommodation and support vessels, drilling vessels, hook-up and commissioning, topside maintenance services, underwater services, offshore geotechnical and geophysical services, project management, diving services, offshore support services, infrastructure and specialized steel fabrication works. With a workforce of over 10,000 people, the Group's global presence can be seen in over 20 countries.
Learn more at http://www.sapurakencana.com.my
About CIMB Group
The title sponsor of the CIMB Classic is CIMB Group. CIMB Group is one of ASEAN’s leading universal banking groups. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, the Group is now present in 8 out of 10 ASEAN nations. CIMB Group offers a full suite of financial services and related products; has a market capitalization of approximately USD 18.4 billion as at 31 Jul 2013 and over 42,000 employees located in 17 countries. Read more about CIMB Group at www.cimb.com.
About PGA of Malaysia (PGAM)
The PGA of Malaysia is the umbrella body for all professional golfers in    Malaysia. As the governing body, the PGA of Malaysia is the sole sanctioning authority for professional tournaments in the country. It is also tasked with the promotion and development of the game of golf at all levels and provides training, education and professional development for its members.
About PGA TOUR
The PGA TOUR is the world’s premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 100 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Web.com Tour and PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
The PGA TOUR’s mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.
PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to approximately 945 million households in 225 countries and territories in 32 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2012, tournaments on the three Tours generated more than $130 million for local charitable organizations, bringing the TOUR’s all-time total of charitable contributions to more than $1.86 billion.
The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
About the Asian Tour
In 2013, the Asian Tour will celebrate a momentous milestone with its 10th season. 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), Canon (Official Imaging Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts) 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