A Bright Fu­ture Ahead!

The 2017 sea­son has been very event­ful so far!

Golf Asia (Malaysia) - - CONTENTS - BY JOSH BURACK, ASIAN TOUR CEO

There have been many ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ments be­hind the scenes on the Tour and the front lines in our tour­na­ments.

In my last col­umn, we wel­comed Pana­sonic as a new Tour Part­ner and launched the Pana­sonic Swing at the Thai­land Open. The tour­na­ment was won by 21-year old Thai Rat­tanon Wan­nas­richan, who clinched his Na­tional Open with a cool-headed fi­nal round 67 to fin­ish 21-un­der-par for the tour­na­ment and win by two shots. Rat­tanon fended off a gal­lant ef­fort by In­dia’s Shiv Ka­pur who hit 10 birdies in a fi­nal round charge of 63.

Then the fol­low­ing week, an­other tal­ented Thai - Su­ti­jet Kooratanapisan wrote a slice of his­tory when he shot the first ever 59 on the Asian De­vel­op­ment Tour (ADT) at the Singha Phuket Open. No player has ever shot a 59 on ei­ther the ADT or on the Asian Tour, so it was apt that we’ve nick­named Su­ti­jet – “Mr. 59”. It wasn’t an easy feat but hope­fully we see more of our mem­bers shoot­ing low num­bers in fu­ture tour­na­ments!

By the time you are read­ing this, the Queen’s Cup would have con­cluded. The pres­ti­gious event re­turned on our sched­ule for the ninth edi­tion with a record prize purse of US$500,000!

In March, we an­nounced our re­turn into China through a Strate­gic Part­ner­ship with the China Golf As­so­ci­a­tion (CGA) and I’m pleased to in­form the read­ers that we are close to stag­ing an Asian Tour tour­na­ment in the coun­try. We are get­ting ex­cited to re­turn to China and this good news can’t come soon enough to make 2017 even bet­ter!

Dur­ing the mid­dle of May, I had the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend the BMW PGA Cham­pi­onship in Went­worth where we con­ducted a se­ries of pro­duc­tive meet­ings with the Euro­pean Tour and Sun­shine Tour. You can ex­pect us to make an­other tour­na­ment an­nounce­ment soon.

Jeff Kim­ble re­cently joined us as our new Com­mer­cial Di­rec­tor. Work­ing in tan­dem with our strate­gic al­liance part­ners at the Euro­pean Tour, we are in the midst of re-shap­ing our com­mer­cial pro­gram with the am­bi­tion to at­tract more spon­sors to fur­ther ex­pand the Asian Tour and ADT sched­ules. Asian golf has huge po­ten­tial to at­tract new part­ners who share our goal to grow the game across the re­gion.

Fol­low­ing all of the re­cent de­vel­op­ments, there is a lot of pos­i­tive en­ergy on the Asian Tour. I’m proud to be work­ing to­gether with such an en­thu­si­as­tic and pas­sion­ate team, as we con­stantly strive to best serve the play­ers. We are now gear­ing up for the back half of the sea­son. I’m proud to say that nearly ev­ery week from Au­gust to De­cem­ber is filled with tour­na­ments!

These are very ex­cit­ing times for the Asian Tour and we greatly ap­pre­ci­ate your on-go­ing sup­port.

Su­ti­jet Kooratanapisan aka Mr. 59

Josh Burack

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