Another big shot in the arm

  • Golf
  • Sunday, 19 Jul 2020

MGA president Anwar made the announcement this week.

FOLLOWING the announcement by the Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) earlier this week that competitions could be held again, many components of the local industry expressed relief and said they looked forward to it.

In a statement, MGA president Tan Sri Mohd Anwar Mohd Nor said after “verification from Majlis Keselamatan Negara (MKN)”, they were pleased to confirm that golf competitions could resume with “immediate effect”.

Anwar reminded all stakeholders in the game that standard operating procedures (SOPs) as set out in the guidelines, “must be strictly complied with, failing which, the golf club and/or the golfing industry may be subjected to severe sanctions, including an immediate lockdown.

“We urge our affiliates to ensure that as a golf fraternity, all measures be implemented to ensure the safety and well being of our employees, members and guests.”

Not wasting any time, Kelab Golf Negara Subang (KGNS) confirmed that their annual club championships would be staged next month.

In a circular to members, the club said their Senior Championship would be held on Aug 8 and 9, and the Club Championship from Aug 14 to 16.

The circular added that participation would be based on the registrations made by members prior to the original closing date and that their July 2020 club handicap would be used for the championships.

Meanwhile, Astro Head of Sports CK Lee said: “We welcome the news that increasingly more local sports events are coming back and sports fans will be able to enjoy their favorite sports.”

Following are excerpts of comments from various personalities in the golf industry or those associated with tournaments:

Stefano Clini

Managing Director, Carlsberg Malaysia

THE Carlsberg Golf Classic takes pride in delivering a competitive yet fun and rewarding experience to amateur golfers in Malaysia. So it is with utmost regret that we have decided to cancel the tournament this year – taking into earnest consideration the limitations and challenges that have resulted from the Covid-19 health and safety guidelines.

The Carlsberg Classic celebrated its 26th edition last year as the country’s biggest and longest running amateur tournament.

We are pleased to hear of and applaud the Malaysian Golf Associations’ decision and measures in place for the health and safety of everyone.

Safety and well being of our golfers are always our top priority. We are committed to delivering a safer and more innovative golf tournament while elevating the drinking and golfing experience of Carlsberg Classic next year. We’d also like to thank our partners and golf club operators for the great partnerships we have cultivated over the years.

We also encourage the golfing fraternity to support and promote golf as a tourism spot locally.

Frankie Choo

Director, Transview Golf

WE are pleased to hear the news. This will be good for the industry as events are part and parcel of our business as golf retailers. We rely, to some extent, on the corporate world to move our stock via tournaments and other events.

Now that they (the events) can resume, we hope the corporate world will have the confidence to start their tournaments again, even if they are on a small to medium scale, bearing in mind they have to adhere to the guidelines set down by the MGA.

Our Transview Events team has been busy for some time now and already rolled out a tentative schedule for the second half of the year – prior to the suspension of golf competitions being lifted. Now that we have the green light, we are ready to get back in action and hope for a better half of the year.

We are kicking off with our first event next week (Thursday July 23).

Those interested can visit our Facebook page for more information.

Tham Onn Chuan

Managing Director, ATG Watch

THE return of golf competitions in Malaysia is definitely a good sign that our country is slowly but surely recovering from this pandemic. It creates much excitement for both golfers and sponsors.

For Epos and Titoni, we have been long-term sponsors and partners of various golf tournaments, hence we are delighted that we can continue to contribute to the growth of the golf industry of Malaysia.

Having said that, it is also our responsibility as sponsors to ensure that there is strict adherence of SOPs and social distancing put in place.

In an effort to help recover the country’s economy, we at ATG Watch believe that the golfers’ and our customers’ safety are of utmost importance.

Ng Yap

Chief Executive, MST Golf

IT is great news for us, and the golf industry as a whole. Our MST Golf Event Management & Corporate Merchandising Team have been working with our corporate clients on a few golf tournaments waiting for the return of competitions. Our team is ready to implement the extensive list of safety SOPs to provide a safe and enjoyable golf event experience.

Playing in a controlled outdoor environment with social distancing, we foresee more companies coming forward to re-engage business through golf. There will be more events for smaller groups to allow the corporate world to engage closely with clients and business partners under current the present conditions.

Tang Meng Loon

Director, Gamuda Club, Township & Property Management

IT’S fantastic news that tournaments have been given the nod to tee-off again around the country. Besides the noticeable relief for clubs in terms of revenue, it’s possibly an even bigger relief for golf event organisers, who have been out of the scene since March. Also, in this time of crisis when the community needs to get back into that camaraderie zone that only golf can give, the resumption of tournaments is welcomed by many organisations looking to engage with their customers via this platform. Indeed, this is the boost the industry has been waiting for, as normal daily operations can only do so much, especially after months of closure is proving difficult to recover from.

SA Nathan

General Manager, Saujana Golf & Country Club

OUR club members have been eagerly awaiting this announcement and thanks go to the MGA for helping make it possible. The MGA have issued SOPs for competitions and we certainly follow them.

Our club management/golf committee will be meeting soon to set dates for our competitions and we are tentatively looking at starting in September. We are especially pleased with the announcement as Saujana members are a competitive lot and we have already had many calls from the members enquiring as to when we are going to commence our competitions.

Saujana has for a long time been a popular venue for members and guests, and now our courses are in top condition.

We are also receiving golf bookings via Saujana Hotel’s Stay & Play packages, which are popular with their guests.

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