Let’s Wel­come The Sec­ond Half Of The Sea­son

Like an en­joy­able round of golf, we have now reached the turn and are ready­ing for the back nine!

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

The first half of the year has been very pos­i­tive fea­tur­ing ex­cel­lent col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Euro­pean Tour at the start of our strate­gic al­liance, our an­nounce­ment of a new part­ner­ship with the China Golf As­so­ci­a­tion, the for­ma­tion of our new com­mer­cial team at our head­quar­ters in Sin­ga­pore and three new full field tour­na­ments added to our sched­ule with the Thai­land Open, Yeangder Her­itage and TAKE Solutions Mas­ters.

The TAKE Solutions Mas­ters is the sec­ond Asian Devel­op­ment Tour (ADT) event af­ter the Yeangder Her­itage to be up­graded to Asian Tour sta­tus. We are very proud to wel­come this tour­na­ment on our Asian Tour Sched­ule from Au­gust 3rd to 6th, 2017. The TAKE Solutions Mas­ters will of­fer a prize purse of US$300,000 and it will be played at the Kar­nataka Golf As­so­ci­a­tion (KGA) Golf Course in Ben­galuru.

The last time the Asian Tour staged an event in Ben­galuru was in 2012 when Tha­worn Wi­ratchant of Thai­land won the Hero In­dian Open be­fore go­ing on to claim the Or­der of Merit crown for the sec­ond time in his ca­reer. Af­ter five years, our Asian

Tour mem­bers are ex­cited to re­turn to Ben­galuru to fight for hon­ours at this new tour­na­ment.

Did you know that our 2015 Asian

Tour num­ber one Anir­ban Lahiri hails from Ben­galuru? In fact, his close friend Chikkarangappa S. won the TAKE Solutions Mas­ters on the ADT in 2014 and 2015. Now that the tour­na­ment is of an Asian Tour sta­tus, he will cer­tainly be hop­ing to win the tre­ble!

Look­ing back at the first half of the 2017 sea­son, we’ve wel­comed four first-time Asian Tour winners:

Todd Sin­nott of Aus­tralia, Jazz Janewat­tananond and Rat­tanon Wan­nas­richan of Thai­land and

Ni­cholas Fung of Malaysia. These play­ers are still in their early 20’s, so it shows the depth of tal­ent that we have on the Asian Tour.

As we pre­pare for the busiest part of our sea­son, it will be ex­cit­ing to see if more young guns emerge as cham­pi­ons, or if the more ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers take the tro­phies.

On the dig­i­tal front, our #where­it­sAT cam­paign has been met with re­sound­ing suc­cess. We are ex­cited to launch phase two of the cam­paign on 1 Au­gust with a se­ries of mono­logue videos. This time, we will look at the suc­cess of some of our golfers in­clud­ing: An­gelo Que, Liang Wen-chong, Chan Shi­hchang, Scott Hend, Car­los Pigem, Pavit Tangkalmo­prasert, Ga­gan­jeet Bhullar, Ki­radech Aphibarn­rat, Sid­dikur Rah­man and Jeev Milkha Singh.

As we round the turn and wel­come the sec­ond half of the sea­son, thank you for con­tin­u­ing to sup­port the Asian Tour. Our team will con­tinue work­ing hard to keep the good news com­ing!

Ni­cholas Fung

Josh Bu­rack

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