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

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