January 23, 2013: The ASEAN PGA Tour will burst into life in 2013 with a record number of events ensuring the overall prize money surpasses US$1 million for the first time.
A total of 12 tournaments will be played worth US$1,095,000 providing an abundance of lucrative playing opportunities.
The popular circuit will stage its’ established events while welcoming onboard new tournaments thanks to burgeoning ties between the All Thailand Golf Tour run by Sports Management Group (SMG), and the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour.
The circuit will tee-off with the US$100,000 Singha Esan Open from February 14 to 17.
This has been a regular ASEAN PGA tournament since the Tour was formed in 2007 and will be one of four events this year joint-sanctioned with the All Thailand Golf Tour.
The additional ones are the Singha Pattaya Open, the Singha Hua Hin Masters and the Singha Chiang Mai Open. The Pattaya event was first played on the ASEAN PGA Tour in 2009 while the other two are making their first appearances.
The ASEAN PGA Tour will also break new ground by working with Malaysia’s fast rising circuit at the PGM-ASEAN A’Famosa Masters, the PGM-ASEAN Penang Classic and the PGM-ASEAN Negeri Sembilan Masters.
Another new tournament to be played will be the Bali International Pro Am.
“The eighth season of the ASEAN PGA Tour is set to be our finest ever,” said AC Wong, Executive Chairman, ASEAN PGA.
“We will meet our main objective of providing more playing opportunities for our ASEAN-based members, be they rookie professionals or more seasoned campaigners.
“We are also extremely confident this year’s schedule will be the catalyst for an ongoing expansion for our Tour.”
Prior to this year the ASEAN PGA Tour experienced its strongest schedule in 2010 when 10 tournaments were held offering US$590,000.
In 2013, the ASEAN PGA will welcome back the Palembang Musi Championship, which with prize money of US$250,000 is the most lucrative tournament.
Also returning are the Luang Prabang Laos Open, the Gowa Classic, and the Sabah Masters.
World Sport Group, Asia’s leading sports marketing agency; specializing in sports sponsorship, sports content, and sports event management, remain as the official commercial partner for the ASEAN PGA Tour.
Their television arm will continue to produce a one hour highlight show for each event which will be broadcast on ESPN Star Sports.
2013 ASEAN PGA Tour Schedule: Singha Esan Open February 14 to 17 Singha Park Golf Club, Khon Kaen, Thailand US$ 100,000 Singha Pattaya Open Burapha Golf Club, Thailand April 18 to 21 US$100,000 Luang Prabang Laos Open Luang Prabang Golf Club April 24 to 27 US$100,000 PGM-ASEAN A’Famosa Masters A’Famosa Golf Resort, Melaka, Malaysia May 8 to 11 US$60,000 Palembang Musi Championship Palembang Golf Club, Indonesia May 15 to 18 US$250,000 PGM-ASEAN Penang Classic Penang Golf Resort, Malaysia June 12 to 15 US$60,000 Singha Hua Hin Masters Royal Hua Hin Golf Club, Thailand July 18 to 21 US$65,000 Bali International Pro Am New Kuta Golf & Ocean View July 31 to August 3 US$60,000 Singha Chiang Mai Open Venue TBC, Thailand August 8 to 11 US$65,000 PGM-ASEAN Negeri Sembilan Masters Seremban International Golf Club, Malaysia October 23 to 26 US$60,000 Gowa Classic Padivalley Golf Club, Indonesia Date TBC US$100,000 Sabah Masters Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club, Malaysia Date TBC US$75,000