Youthful dynamic minster s presence will augur well for the PGM Tour.Hopefully Government will assist getting a home course for the Malaysian professionals to practice and not play being carried in a buggy the condition found in all 250 odd course in Malaysia. Walk and play is different from ride and play.Then the MUCH needed faster greens for practice.
YB Khairy Jamaluddin,Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid Nicholus
YB Khairy Jamaluddin SAID ALL
at the Launch of the PGM Tour Yearbook 2013
Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid, President of the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM)
Dato’ Seri Zolkeples Embong, Director-General, National Sports Council
Dato’ Sieh Kok Chi, Honourary Secterary, Olympic Council of Malaysia
Tan Sri-Tan Sri, Datuk-Datuk,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh and Good Morning.
1. Firstly, I’d like to thank Tun Ahmad Sarji and The Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) for this invitation to launch the PGM Tour Yearbook 2013, which is the third successive edition published by PGM.
2. For those of you new to this establishment, the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) was established in 2010 with 3 set aims; firstly to promote the sport of golf in Malaysia, secondly to run professional tours in Malaysia and thirdly to undertake activities that would enhance the skills of professional golfers in Malaysia with the objective of getting top Malaysian golfers to play in the Asian and the European Tours.
3. I understand that the PGM has seen considerable progress since its inagural tour, the PGM Impian Masters, which was launched on the 21st of December 2010. In their 1st year, the PGM organised a very respectable 16 tournaments with total prize money of RM2.655 million. It is to note that in 2013, PGM organised 33 tournaments including 9 ADT events, 3 ASEAN PGA Tour and 11 Satellite Tour with total prize money of RM4.1 million. Congratulations to PGM for this.
4. PGM also took the initiative to establish a golf academy in 2012, which is now known as the PGM Peak Performance Golf Academy, located right here, at the Kinrara Golf Club. The program is supported by Professional Golf of Malaysia and managed by MST Golf Academy, for developing men’s golf in Malaysia at both the youth and elite level. I understand that the program is now in its second year and with it, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in performance of some of the country’s brightest talents, preparing them for the PGM Tour and for representing their country at both National and International levels.
5. I also understand that the PGM is instrumental in bringing the inaugural EurAsia Cup to Malaysia. The first edition will be played on 27 – 29 March 2014 at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club and will be presented by DRB-Hicom. The competition is between the best of Asia against the best of Europe, similar to the format we see in the Ryder Cup.
6. A Malaysian golfer, Nicholas Fung has been named in the 10-man team event. Nicholas’s meteoric rise in the game can be largely credited to the PGM Tour, and I wish to see more players being developed by the PGM so that we can make our mark on the Asian, and in time to come, the World Stage.
7. PGM has now become an Integrated Tour, whose participation is closely associated with Asian Development Tour and the ASEAN PGA Tour. With the inclusion of golf in the 2016 Olympic Games, PGM, together with MST Golf, sees the PGM Peak Performance Development Program as a reflection of its long term commitment towards developing home grown sporting champions in golf. I believe your pool of talented reserves arising from the Satellite Tour and the PGM Peak Performance Golf Academy are going to place PGM on solid footing, with a steady pipeline that will furnish Malaysia with talents in the years to come. I wish you the best of luck in this.
8. Professional golfers need high caliber competitive tournaments in order to excel and while the PGM is endeavoring to provide them with these facilities, the support of Corporate Organisations here is absolutely necessary. I see many companies and corporate figures here, which is a great sign, and it would be great to see many more from the Malaysian corporate sector sponsored initiatives such as this at the youth and grass root levels. We will be able to accomplish a lot with their support.
9. Thank you very much again.