THE Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour launched its Yearbook 2018 and paid homage to the Tour Players of the Year – Shahriffuddin Ariffin and Nur Durriyah Damian – who were presented with the customary blazer.
PGM Tour chairman Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid, speaking at the presentation where the players’ performance of 2018 were applauded and highlighted as the Order of Merit winners, thanked the sponsors of the Tour for their continued support and added that the first six months of the 2020 season will be designed as a platform for the PGM Tour card holders to earn world-ranking points to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics through the PGM and Asian Development Tour (ADT) co-sanctioned events.
For Shahriffuddin, this was due recognition and it came after he lifted the Order of Merit title the season before – and in so doing became only the second player to pull off a repeat.
Shariffuddin topped the 2018 PGM Tour Order of Merit with RM176,446 in seasonal earnings, garnered from 19 PGM tournaments and three other recognised events.
He secured one victory in the season, claiming the Labuan Championship and came close to winning with several other top-10 finishes.
In the Ladies section, Tour rookie Nur Durriyah Damian claimed the title with five of the 10 tournaments on the schedule, en route to earning RM78,000 in prize money.
The unveiling of the yearbook was held at the PGM Tour’s head office in Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, where representatives of the sponsors, golf club managers, players and members of the media were in attendance.
It was also here that Sarji said the PGM would unwaveringly continue its mission to help develop professional golf in Malaysia through the Tour and that 2018 proved a successful campaign.
Sarji added that they had another full schedule laid out in 2018 that involved the third edition of the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM and 23 regular tournaments, six PGM Qualifying School events, an inter-Tour match play clash with Indonesia, a seniors’ challenge, as well as a ladies’ Tour – all of which offered prize money totalling RM5.2mil.
Eight of the 23 regular stops on the calendar were exclusively for Malaysian players, 12 were co-sanctioned with the Asian Development Tour and carried world ranking points, while the 10 ladies’ events, which ran concurrently with the other tournaments, offered RM350,000 in prize money, said Sarji.
“All this laid the groundwork to grow the talent pool and raise the general standard of professional golf in this country, as can be seen in the improved scores and winning margins, and the performances of the top players.
“Sponsorship, which helped to sustain the Tour, came from nine companies, namely PNB, MNRB, CCM, UMW, MIDF, Northport, EurAsia Cup, GlobalOne and Maybank.
“It is also interesting to note that since the inauguration of the PGM and ADT co-sanctioned tournaments, Malaysia now has more than 15 players with official world ranking points,” he said.
Sarji also expressed the hope that the corporate sector would support the PGM Tour and called on those in the sector to do so at any time during the year.
“They (the prospective sponsors) can help fund the events that presently do not have any sponsorship support. It will assist with the further promotion and enhancement of professional golf in the country,” added Sarji.
The PGM is a non-profit organisation that provides a platform for Malaysia’s professional golfers to focus on playing while the Tour PGM bears the responsibility of arranging and financing the tournaments.
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