THE Prudential Astro Masters received a seal of approval from the Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) when a qualifying round of the amateur golf series was for the first time organised on the island.
LADA affirmed their interest by sponsoring the lunch for the participants as well as taking up slots in the competition itself.
Deputy chairman of the authority Dr Yusuf Ismail, who played in the guests category, said he was impressed with the tournament and the way it was organised.
“Yes, LADA is very interested to partner with major events such as the Prudential Astro Masters, which provides the perfect vehicle to attract more tourists to this island,” said Dr Yusuf.
“Golf is enjoyed by people from all walks of life, of all ages. And we hope to build on this new partnership as I forsee a solid relationship for both LADA and the Prudential Astro Masters.”
The inaugural event in Langkawi was held at Gunung Raya Golf Resort, a 300-acre layout designed by American Max Wexler.
At least 20 participants flew all the way from Kuala Lumpur to participate in the qualifying round and they also took the opportunity to try out the newly-renovated Els Club Datai, a redo by South African Ernie Els.
Local favourite Nor Azmi Saad became the first person from Langkawi this year to qualify for the grand final when he carded a two-over 74 gross.
Joining him was Anas Zamharil Mohd Nasir who won the overall nett title. The eight-handicapper finished with a 67 nett.
Ooi Tiong Chin won the A Medal and a 40-inch Panasonic television when he secured a 67 nett, while LADA’s Halin Said also had a 67 nett to take the B Medal title. The C Medal crown was won by Chang Yeong Chun.
This year, the Prudential Astro Masters has expanded its wings to 50 golf clubs affiliated to the Malaysian Golf Association, whereby the gross and nett winners of their monthly medals will earn slots at the first-ever Prudential Astro Masters national final at Kota Permai Golf & Country Club.
The Prudential Astro Masters is open to Astro subscribers and their guests who are above 18 years old, and with official handicaps of up to 24 for men and 36 for ladies.
Submission of entries can be made online by visiting golfpeople.com.my or from brochures at the 21 subscriber round venues.