THE ASIAN TOUR BECOMES AN AFFILIATE OF THE R&A
The Asian Tour has become an affiliate of The R&A enabling both bodies to work closer together to support the development of golf in Asia. The R&A will provide support over three years towards the Asian Tour’s developmental tour and will engage with the tour on Rules education and development projects.
The tour will now also be represented at The R&A’s quadrennial International Golf Conference in St Andrews. Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “We are delighted that the Asian Tour has become affiliated to The
R&A and look forward to supporting its efforts to assist more elite amateur players to make the step-up to the professional ranks.” Josh Burack, Chief Executive Officer of the Asian Tour, added, “Working with The R&A will help us to secure some playing slots for top amateur players in Asia to compete against our professionals on the Asian Development Tour (ADT). We will also receive support from them in enhancing the expertise of our Rules officials and we are proud of this partnership as we further promote and strengthen golf in Asia.” The Asian Tour will join The R&A’s global network of more than 150 affiliates to promote and develop golf in accordance with the official Rules of Golf and the Rules of Amateur Status. The Asian Tour is the first tour outside Europe to become an R&A affiliated body. It joins the European Tour and Ladies European Tour which are existing R&A affiliates.
From left Nick Shan, The R&A; Duncan Weir, The R&A; Dominic Wall, The R&A; Josh Burack, Asian Tour CEO; Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A; Jimmy Masrin, Asian Tour Chairman, Charles Harrison, The R&A; Cho Minn Thant, Asian Tour COO.