PGM Tour now open to women

New Straits Times - - Sport -

IN prepa­ra­tion for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Pro­fes­sional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) have de­cided to in­clude the na­tion’s pro­fes­sional women golfers into the PGM Tour.

PGM chair­man Tun Ah­mad Sarji Ab­dul Hamid an­nounced the de­ci­sion in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

“There will be sep­a­rate prize money for the women golfers, which means the move will not af­fect the prize money orig­i­nally al­lo­cated for the men pro­fes­sion­als,” said Ah­mad Sarji.

The first event to see this will be the PGM Perlis Closed Cham­pi­onship in Kan­gar on May 21-24.

“In view of the cur­rent small num­ber of women pro­fes­sional golfers in Malaysia, the women’s tour will be first in­te­grated into the PGM Closed Cham­pi­onships, teeing-off ear­lier than the men golfers.”

Three golfers con­firmed for the event thus far in­clude Michele Low, Michelle Koh and Ainil Abu Bakar.

A to­tal of 80 golfers are ex­pected to com­pete in the chal­lenge at the Pu­tra Golf Club.

Past win­ners in­clude Airil Riz­man Za­hari (2012 and 2014), Ben Leong (2015) with Sukree Oth­man look­ing to suc­cess­fully de­fend his ti­tle for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year, hav­ing won at the Cham­pi­onship twice in his ca­reer (2013 and 2016). Farah Azharie

Michele Low has con­firmed her par­tic­i­pa­tion in the PGM Perlis Closed Cham­pi­onship on May 21-24.

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