Bridge­stone Balls Do The Talk­ing

Bridge­stone Asean Am­a­teur Open Se­ries 2018 - Sem­bawang Coun­try Club

Golf Asia - - CONTENTS - STORY & PHO­TOS BY NATASHA WONG

This year’s Bridge­stone Asean Am­a­teur Open se­ries of tour­na­ments fea­tures 17 re­gional qual­i­fiers held across Malaysia, Sin­ga­pore, Viet­nam and Brunei, with 3 ad­di­tional host coun­tries In­done­sia, Viet­nam and Cam­bo­dia adding events to the cal­en­dar. Ayanex Golf, the au­tho­rized dis­trib­u­tor of Bridge­stone Golf equip­ment in Sin­ga­pore, held the Sin­ga­pore qual­i­fier for a sec­ond time at the Sem­bawang Golf and Coun­try Club.

Bridge­stone Golf was the high­light of the event, with all par­tic­i­pants re­quired to play with Bridge­stone balls dur­ing the tour­na­ment. Mr Thangara­jan Subra­ma­niam, Owner and Manag­ing Direc­tor of Ayanex Golf who has been in the golf busi­ness for 25 years shared, “We are very con­fi­dent with the qual­ity of Bridge­stone prod­ucts, hence we wanted par­tic­i­pants to get to know the tech­ni­cal as­pects of the Bridge­stone balls. What bet­ter way than to get them to try the golf balls out on the course and un­der tour­na­ment con­di­tions no less.”

In spite of the wet weather, play­ers re­turned ad­mirable scores with Rawi Shangar shoot­ing a gross 79 to win the Best Gross tro­phy, while Pradeep Thi­a­garaj se­cured the Best Nett ti­tle with a nett 67. The best gross and best nett win­ners of each tour­na­ment will

se­cure an au­to­matic play and stay en­try to the 2-day grand fi­nal to be held in Kuala Lumpur later this year. The best golfer in the field, 49-year old Shangar, who plays off a 9 hand­i­cap shared his ex­pe­ri­ence of play­ing with Bridge­stone balls, “Pre­vi­ously, I used a dif­fer­ent brand of balls, but now I play with the Bridge­stone Tour B RX balls. They give me bet­ter dis­tance and spin con­trol.”

Bridge­stone Golf gained pop­u­lar­ity across the golf­ing world when 14-time ma­jor win­ner Tiger Woods fa­mously signed a multi-year con­tract to play Bridge­stone balls back in 2016. This year, the balls did the talk­ing with its tour am­bas­sadors soar­ing into the head­lines for all the right rea­sons. Brandt Snedeker made his­tory when he carded a 59 at the 2018 Wyn­d­ham Cham­pi­onship, while Bryson Decham­beau se­cured back-to-back vic­to­ries at the 2018 Fedex Cup Play­offs. Both Snedeker and Decham­beau play with Bridge­stone Tour B X balls, while Tiger plays with the Tour B XS model of golf balls.

The Tour B se­ries of balls that re­placed its B330 pre­de­ces­sors are en­gi­neered to pro­vide in­creased feel, ac­cu­racy and dis­tance. The Tour B X and Tour B XS are de­signed for lower hand­i­cap golfers look­ing for ex­cep­tional feel, while the Tour B RX and Tour B RXS are for mid-to-low hand­i­cap­pers seek­ing more dis­tance and op­ti­mized ball tra­jec­tory. In ad­di­tion to the Tour B se­ries, Bridge­stone Golf’s ball port­fo­lio also in­cludes the e6 se­ries, Ex­tra Soft and the Lady Pre­cept range of balls, cater­ing to the needs of ev­ery player’s per­for­mance char­ac­ter­is­tics.

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