Golf: Maybank hosts US$3m co-sanctioned event in Malaysia
- Updated: August 1, 2015
August 1, 2015: The inaugural Maybank Championship Malaysia (MCM) Golf tournament in February 2016 will boast a purse of US$3 million, making it Southeast Asia’s richest event co-sanctioned by The European and Asian Tour.
Maybank intends to have a large number of Malaysian golfers participate in the new tournament, which builds upon the bank’s successful relationships with the two Tours over the last 10 years through its sponsorship of the Maybank Malaysian Open.
Tan Sri Dato Megat Zaharuddin, Chairman of Maybank, said: “Next year will be a milestone year for golf as it will be featured as an event at the 2016 Olympics for the first time, so we want this tournament to be an important staging point for our professional golfers who can represent the country in Rio.
“We believe now is an opportune time for Maybank to introduce our flagship Championship, profiling our significant role in ASEAN community building. Hence, with this championship, we will also be nurturing budding ASEAN golfing talents by providing a fixed number of spots to other ASEAN golfing talents.
“We want the venue to best provide the challenge expected by the top-class field, yet fulfil our other aspirations to promote Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia, not just as a golf destination but also its rich heritage and diversity.”
Mike Kerr, CEO of Asian Tour, said: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Maybank to develop professional golf in Asia through the staging of the inaugural Maybank Championship Malaysia next year.
“Maybank has been one of the longest-serving supporters and sponsors in Asia and Tan Sri Megat’s vision in creating its own tournament is a strong endorsement for the game in Malaysia and Southeast Asia in general. We also look forward to working closely again with our partners, The European Tour, to ensure the successful launch of the Maybank Championship Malaysia.”
Keith Waters, Chief Operating Officer of The European Tour, said: “It is great news for the country, and indeed the entire Southeast Asian region, that Maybank has included in its own Championship by extending its sponsorship portfolio.
“Maybank’s support of golf over the past decade has been superb and we look forward to growing our relationship with them and developing the Maybank Championship Malaysia over the coming years. With golf returning to the Olympics next year, this tournament gives Asian players the perfect platform to gain some valuable World Ranking points and stake a claim for a place in Rio.”
Source: Asian Tour (www.asiantour.com); Editing by SportAsia