Singapore: Aspiring junior golfers from Singapore and Malaysia will gain a glimpse of life as a professional when they line up in a new Junior Ryder Cup-style tournament.
The two teams of 12 under-16 golfers – six male and six female – will fly the flag for their countries in the inaugural Prudential Junior Causeway Trophy at Laguna National on June 18.
The idea of the one-day match play fixture is to provide a professional-standard competition for Singapore and Malaysia’s most promising young players, before their seniors take to the fairway for the Prudential Causeway Trophy from June 20-22.
Led by the senior Prudential Causeway Trophy team captains, Mohd Said bin Abdul Latif for Singapore and CM Chong for Malaysia, the teams will compete in match play format in 12 singles matches.
To further support individual development each junior player will be assigned a golfing mentor, from the respective senior team, to accompany them on their practice rounds and provide one-to-one coaching in the week of the tournament.
Tomas Urbanec, CEO of Prudential Singapore, said: “Prudential is supportive of youth and sports, and this tournament takes our support to the next level. We’re giving some of Singapore and Malaysia’s most talented junior golfers, under the age of 16, the opportunity to experience the triumphs and challenges of a professional competition.
“We hope that this fixture, and others like it, will encourage more youth to participate in golf, while providing a platform for promising players in both countries to develop a future in sport.”
The Prudential Junior Causeway Trophy is one part of Prudential’s on-going commitment to facilitating community projects around the region. Prudential Singapore also supports the Community Youth Golf Programme, a community project set up by the Youth Golf Network which gives youth from all walks of life in Singapore the opportunity to learn the sport of golf.
David Ciclitira, CEO and Chairman of Parallel Media Group, said: “The Prudential Junior Causeway Trophy gives some of Singapore and Malaysia’s most promising junior golfers the chance to play in a professional-standard competition.
“With golf set to become an Olympic sport in 2016, it is extremely important that tournaments are put in place to support local player development, especially among younger players who have a potentially bright future ahead of them. We look forward to welcoming supporters from both countries at Laguna to encourage these aspiring young golfers – Singapore and Malaysia’s future stars.”
Patrick Bowers, Managing Director and CEO Laguna Hospitality, said: “The inaugural Prudential Junior Causeway Trophy at Laguna National is bringing a new aspect to junior golf in Singapore.
“It is an invaluable opportunity for aspiring young golfers to experience competitive golf and compete alongside professional role models from their home nation. We hope they will be challenged and inspired, and find camaraderie and support as they develop into elite golfers.”
Laguna National is a Golf Facility member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.