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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.

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