THE fourth edition of the Tourism Johor Golf Tournament 2021 for the Tunku Panglima Johor Challenge Trophy attracted 166 participants, both locals and foreigners, and successfully raised more than RM1.12mil in funds for the Tunku Laksamana Johor Cancer Foundation.
Johor Golf Tourism Association (JGTA) president Kol(R) Mohd Jamal Salleh said the tournament was held at the Els Club Desaru Coast, and set a new record with the most number of golfers taking part in the one-day event.
“I am glad that we also set a new record with an unprecedented number of 166 participants coming from various parts of the country particularly Johor, including international golfers from the United Kingdom, Belgium, Japan, South Korea and Indonesia.
“Through the tournament, we were able to raise RM1.12mil to benefit the Tunku Laksamana Johor Cancer Foundation from partnership contributions, sponsorships in cash as well as from sales generated through an auction of various items,” he said.
During the event, Kol Mohd Jamal presented a mock cheque of the amount to Tunku Putera Johor Tunku Abu Bakar Al-Haj Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, who accepted on behalf of the Tunku Laksamana Johor Cancer Foundation.
Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar graced the royal luncheon and prize presentation of the tournament.
Among those who attended the event were Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad, Deputy Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Santhara Kumar, state youth and sports committee chairman Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi and Johor State Secretary Datuk Azmi Rohani.
Kol Mohd Jamal said the tournament for the Tunku Panglima Johor Challenge Trophy had now become one of the most coveted golf events in the country with a growing number of followers each year.
He added that Tunku Abu Bakar even graced the tournament by playing with the participants.
Kol Mohd Jamal said JGTA was blessed to have the continued strong support from their royal patron Tunku Panglima Johor Tunku Abdul Rahman Ibni Sultan Ibrahim in organising this tournament.
He also added that the association hoped to see the tournament jumpstart the local golf industry following months of movement restrictions in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“JGTA hopes that this tournament will make great headway in 2022 and expedite the road to recovery for our tourism industry.
“From the strong support and participation from 166 golfers, the golf tourism industry in Johor looks very promising and we wish to see more tournaments that are able to attract participation not only from within the state but from other parts of Malaysia,” he said.