Changing fortunes of the Tour

  • Golf
  • Sunday, 13 Feb 2022

Members of the PGM Tour board of directors at the announcement of the 2022 schedule.

THE announcement this week that the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour will resume after an absence of two years, bar one event, was greeted with much enthusiasm by all those who chose to acknowledge it.

Sukree Othman, one of the stalwarts of the Tour that was inaugurated in 2010 and who was at the announcement, said there was a general feeling of both enthusiasm and relief to its return.

“It has been tough for most of the (pro) players over the last two years,” said Sukree, a mutliple winner on Tour. “And now with this announcement that the Tour is going start up again, it really is very good news for so many people, and not only the players.”

This was a reference to the related fields associated with the Tour, including the golf clubs themselves, suppliers, referees, hotel sector and several others.

“It also nice to see that the Tour will be remembering Tun Sarji with the tournament at Saujana in his honour,” said one of the members of the media at the event.

“Tun did so much for the golf industry as a whole in this country, including starting up this very Tour, almost single-handedly.

“But it is sad to note that there was no comment or commitment from the Asian Tour present here on any developments between the two parties, once the international borders are open again.

“The PGM Tour, as we all know, played a big role in propping up the Asian Tour’s ADT circuit when they were not so well off.

“One would have thought that a simple and polite comment from the Asian Tour, after what has been a difficult two years, would have gone a long way to acknowledging the contribution of the PGM Tour.

“In particular is the EurAsia Cup, an event that benefitted the Asian Tour significantly when you consider that the prize money for the biennial event was some US$4.8mil each time it was held – never mind the ADT Tour events that helped them remain visual when their chips were down.”

Indeed, there were several folks at the announcement who said they thought the Asian Tour’s representatives would make “some sort of comment (either way) on the Malaysian Open – an event the PGM Tour players look forward to with much pride, given that it is our national Open”.

Glenmarie is one of the venues that will host PGM Tour events this season.Glenmarie is one of the venues that will host PGM Tour events this season.

The Covid-19 pandemic reduced the PGM Tour schedule to just one tournament over the last two years – the PGM MNRB Championship at the Glenmarie Hotel & Golf Resort in September 2020.

In making the announcement, the Tour’s acting chairman Tan Sri Hamad Kama Piah Che Othman confirmed that there would be 10 regular events, five for the women’s circuit and one qualifying school tournament (in September).

Elaborating on the schedule, format and prize money of the Tour, Hamad said nine of the 10 regular tournaments would be 54-hole events, each carrying prize purses of no less than RM120,000.

The other event, the first on the calendar, is the RM200,000 PGM Tun Ahmad Sarji Trophy at the Saujana Golf & Country Club in Subang from Feb 23 to 26, which will be played over four days.

This tournament is being held in memory of the late Tun Sarji, the founder and chairman of the Tour, who passed away last August.

In all, there will be RM1.39mil on offer over the season, with the women’s events each carrying RM20,000 in prize money.

Making their debut on Tour will be the automobile brand Kia.

Their tournament will be known as the PGM Kia Championship hosted by Glenmarie Golf & Country Resort and feature a women’s championship as well. It will be run from May 24 to 26.

“This Kia news is great news for the Tour,” said PGM Tour general manager Nik Mustapha Nik Mohd.

“It shows that there is confidence in us as a Tour and we are proud and happy to join in partnership with them.

“We look forward to building a strong and long-lasting partnership with Kia,” added Nik.

“It is also our hope that other such entities from the public and private sector come forward to join hands with the PGM Tour and help develop the sport in Malaysia.”

Pointing out that the schedule unveiled this week was exclusive to Peninsular Malaysia, Nik said that if the Covid-19 situation improved and sponsorship allowed, they would not hesitate to host a tournament or more in East Malaysia.

“At the moment this is not possible,” he said. “But if things change for the better and it becomes possible, then of course we will stage an event or more in Sabah and Sarawak.

“East Malaysia was always a regular stop on the Tour prior to Covid and we will be aiming to return to those shores as soon as we can,” he added.

PGM Tour Schedule 2022

Feb 23-26 Tun Ahmad Sarji Trophy Saujana GCC

March 22-24 Maybank Championship Saujana GCC

Ladies Championship Saujana GCC

May 24-26 Kia Championship Glenmarie HGR

Ladies Championship Glenmarie HGR

June 21-23 Port Dickson Championship Port Dickson GCC

July 19-21 Pahang Championship Royal Pekan GC

Aug 23-25 MNRB Championship Glenmarie HGR

Ladies Championship Glenmarie HGR

Sept 13-15 Qualifying School KGPA

Sept 20-22 UMW Championship Impian GCC

Ladies Championship Impian GCC

Oct 11-13 Northport Championship Glenmarie HGR

Ladies Championship Glenmarie HGR

Nov 1-3 Tiara Melaka Championship Tiara Melaka GCC

Dec 6-8 Kota Seriemas Championship Kota SerimasGCC

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