TRANVIEW, a leading distributor of golf equipment and attire in Malaysia, has become the new partners of the Malaysian Amateur Open golf championship to be held at the Nexus Karambunai Golf Resort in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah on May 17-20.
Transview Golf country manager Willie Lim said the partnership was an achievement.
“We started our business in 2001 in Malaysia. In the last five years we have grown into a major player in the golf industry. We have put in a lot of effort to gain the status. Now we have become partners to the Malaysian Golf Association (MGA).
“For Transview, it is a proud moment as we are associated with the oldest golf competition in the country,'' said Lim at the unveiling of the championship poster.
To give prominence to the historic golf competition, he said they had agreed not to use Transview's brand as the 'title sponsor' for the championship.
“Instead the championship will be highlighted as the 105th Malaysian Amateur Open golf championship. We want to make the championship a grand affair. We hope to promote the event in the Asia Pacific region as well. We have already printed about 5,000 posters.
“We are not only involved in retail business but also want to play a part in the development of golf in Malaysia,'' said Lim.
MGA president Datuk Thomas Lee said the 105th edition of the Malaysian Amateur Open was significant in many ways.
“Firstly, the championship is held in Sabah for the first time. Sabah Golf Association is the host and has also received support from the Sabah Tourism Board.
“Secondly MGA's partnership with Transview is a partnership which we would like to continue in the coming years,'' said Lee.
The Malaysian Amateur Open has been a launching pad for many professional players. In the last 10 years, those who had gained by playing in the Malaysian Amateur Open include Robert Allenby, Stephen Leaney, Mardan Mamat, Shiv Kapur, Thongchai Jaidee, Prom Meesawat and Mike Campbell.
Lee said they were expecting about 70 foreign participants for this year's championship.
“As in the past year, we can certainly expect some quality players for the championship,'' added Lee.