Singapore: The World Classic Championship at Laguna National will welcome the region’s finest golfers when they tee up at the US$750,000 event from November 12-15.
The World Classic Championship is the first event to be sanctioned by the Asian Tour in Singapore this year and promises to provide fans in the Lion City with another unique opportunity to watch the Tour’s heavyweights in action.
The newest event on the Asian Tour will be staged at the demanding World Classic course at the Laguna National Golf and Country Club, a Golf Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
It will mark a return of top-level professional golf to the club which hosted The Championship last year.
Peter Kwee, Chairman and President of Laguna National Golf and Country Club, said: “We have always valued our relationship with the Asian Tour and IMG dating back many years, and are pleased to pledge our support for the recently announced championship.
“While we are currently undergoing extensive expansion and upgrading plans at Laguna National, which include a five-star branded resort hotel and full upgrading of the clubhouse and country club, we felt it was our duty to step up and grow this event for the future with the Asian Tour and IMG.
“Nurturing and hosting such championships has always played a significant part of our long-term commitment towards the growth of the club.”
Mike Kerr, Asian Tour CEO, welcomed the addition of the World Classic Championship onto the Tour’s schedule and applauded the commitment from the key stakeholders in making the event possible.
“It’s fantastic that our players will have another opportunity to return to Singapore to compete at the World Classic Championship at Laguna National.
“We are grateful to our partners IMG and the management at Laguna National Golf and Country Club for their commitment and support towards this event,” said Kerr.
Grant Slack, Senior Vice President IMG Golf, said: “IMG is committed to the growth of golf in Asia Pacific and is delighted to be working with the team at Laguna National Golf and Country Club to stage the World Classic Championship in Singapore.
“It is a very exciting time in the world of professional golf with the recent announcement from the Asian and European Tours regarding their strategic initiative and the inaugural World Classic Championship at Laguna National will be an important full field Asian Tour event on the schedule.”
For the local galleries, the Laguna National Golf and Country Club will be best remembered as the scene for Singapore’s Mardan Mamat’s famous victory at the 2006 Singapore Masters.
The 47-year-old has since gone on to claim his fifth Asian Tour title in Bangladesh this year and is touted as one of favourites for the World Classic Championship.
“I like Laguna National Golf and Country Club. After all, I made history there and it holds many fond memories for me. It’s always nice to play at home in front of your friends, fans and family.
“The World Classic course is a very challenging golf course and it is going to be a good test for all the players. Fingers crossed, I can produce my ‘A’ game and contend for the championship,” said Mardan.
An elite field of 144 players will battle it out for the US$750,000 prize fund, while television highlights of the spectacular Laguna National Golf and Country Club will be beamed around the world.
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