A Successful Finish To 2017!
And looking forward to a period of exciting growth in the 2018 season
I’m writing to you now from Xiamen where we just finished the Asian Golf Championship. This was our first event in China in nine years! Overall, the tournament was a huge success. The China Golf Association (CGA), our promoter partner China Golf Dragons, the government officials and of course our members were all delighted with the Asian Tour’s return to China. We’ve now set the stage to expand our presence in this vitally important market for the years ahead. This is a tremendous step forward for the Asian Tour and our players.
2017 was particularly fulfilling for the Asian Tour based on the positive growth of our schedule, steps we took to strengthen the organization and important partnerships we added including the R&A affiliate membership and creation of the Panasonic Swing.
The ambition for next season is to have a minimum of 33 tournaments on the main Tour, which would surpass the Asian Tour’s previous high of 32 events back in 2008. We will have at least six new tournaments in 2018, two events added in Korea, the New Zealand Open, the Philippine Golf Championship and a minimum of two tournaments confirmed in China, with a few more likely to materialize as we’ve got two extra weeks blocked on the CGA calendar.
For the Asian Development Tour, we have planned a minimum of 22 tournaments in 2018. This will be at least two more compared to 2017’s total of 20 events. 10 to 12 events will be played in Malaysia, four in Thailand, two in Taiwan and two in Indonesia.
Bowen Xiao, Asian Golf Championship 2017 winner