Tun Ahmad Sarji becomes Tour Patron

Mon 26 Sep 2016

Tun Ahmad Sarji becomes Tour Patron

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Sentosa, September 26:  The Asian Tour is delighted to announce Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid has accepted an invitation to become a Patron of the Tour.
Tun Ahmad Sarji, who is Chairman of Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM), is largely credited for playing an instrumental role towards the successful launch and staging of the EurAsia Cup in 2014 and 2016.
The Ryder Cup-styled match between Team Asia and Team Europe is sanctioned and organised by the Asian Tour and European Tour. PGM is the local facilitator of the event.
Tun Ahmad Sarji, a former Chief Secretary to the Government, has also passionately driven the growth and development of professional golf in Malaysia through the creation of the PGM Tour in 2010.
The rise of golf in Malaysia was evident when the nation’s leading golfers, Danny Chia and Gavin Green, qualified for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro last month. Chia and Nicholas Fung also represented Team Asia in this year’s EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-Hicom.
Asian Tour Commissioner Kyi Hla Han said: “We are honoured and grateful that Tun Ahmad Sarji has accepted our invitation to become a Patron of the Asian Tour.
“He has played a significant role towards the success of the EurAsia Cup while the development of professional golf in Malaysia has indeed flourished through his vision and passion for the game.
Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid at the EurAsia Cup 2016 Commemorative Book launch. Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid at the EurAsia Cup 2016 Commemorative Book launch.
“Tun Ahmad Sarji will add an incredible amount of knowledge and sporting expertise to the Asian Tour through an ambassadorial capacity and I am convinced his patronage and support will positively impact the growth and development of Asian golf.
“His outstanding leadership in the sporting arena in Malaysia is well documented and our Board of Directors is excited, honoured and privileged that Tun Ahmad Sarji has given his blessings for us to include him as a Patron of the Asian Tour.”
Tun Ahmad Sarji, 78, has been involved with other sporting associations such as cricket and lawn bowls in Malaysia but golf holds dear to his heart. He was recently awarded the “Tokoh Sukan Negara”, which is the nation’s sports leadership award.
He said: “I am honoured and proud the Asian Tour has invited me to become a Patron. With the way professional golf is growing so rapidly in Asia, I hope to contribute towards the betterment of the game in the region.
“I intend to engage with the Board of Directors to offer my views so that the Asian Tour continues to drive forward with the expansion of the game to impact the careers of its members, further raise the standard of Asian golf and grow the sport in emerging nations.
“I am greatly looking forward to be a Patron of the Asian Tour.”
Earlier Tun Ahmad Sarji launched the 2016 EurAsia Cup commemorative book which was produced by Golf Malaysia magazine. He later presented copies of the book to DRB-HICOM COO, Services, Defence and Education, Dato' Mohamed Razeek Md Hussain and representatives from Asian Tour and EurAsia Golf Sdn Bhd.
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 ECCO (Official Footwear Sponsor), FENIX XCell (Official Apparel Supplier), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Titleist (Official Web Partner), Bloomberg TV (Official International Media Sponsor), Bloomberg Businessweek Chinese (Official Business Publication Sponsor) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur.
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