Golf charity and gala dinner to spice up F1 Grand Prix race


KUALA LUMPUR: Two supporting events - the Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix golf charity and the Formula One dinner – are set to add more glitz and excitement to the fifth edition of the Petronas Malaysian F1 Grand Prix from March 21-23. 

Sepang International Circuit (SIC), the organisers and promoters of the Malaysian GP, will be organising the two events again after a lapse of two years. 

The Grand Prix golf charity will be held at Saujana Golf and Country Club on March 19, with prizes worth more than RM400,000 up for grabs. 

A Mercedes Benz C180-K car worth RM239,814 will be offered as a hole-in-one prize. An ace in any of the par-three holes will count. 

The tournament is open to only 120 players and the entrance fee is RM500 per person. 

SIC general manager Ahmad Mustafa said they had organised the golf event during the inaugural race in 1999 and the following year but stopped after that. 

“Due to popular demand from the business and golfing community, we decided to organise it again this year. 

“Proceeds from the tournament will go to the National Cancer Council and the Sports Medicine Unit of University Malaya Sports Medical Centre,” said Ahmad. 

The F1 dinner will be held at Putrajaya Marriot Hotel, IOI Resort Putrajaya on March 20. 

The guests of honour will be Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his wife Datuk Seri Datin Paduka Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali. 

As in previous F1 gala dinners, the drivers and team managers as well as officials from the FIA and Formula One management, will attend the event. Local artist Khatijah Ibrahim will perfor at the dinner. 

“We are allocating 70 tables of 10 persons each. More than half the tables have already been taken by the corporate sponsors,” said Ahmad.  

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