Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei: Professional tournament golf is set to make a long-awaited return to Brunei with the staging of a new Asian Development Tour (ADT) event next year.
The inaugural US$60,000 Brunei Championships from March 7-10, 2018 will mark the Sultanate’s first professional golf tournament in eight years when it gets underway at the Empire Golf and Country Club.
Supported by the Ministry of Culture, Youth & Sports, the Brunei Championships is set to attract a 132-strong field.
The ADT, which featured 20 events across the region this season, will welcome Brunei as its newest stop in 2018, joining the likes of Malaysia, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, Indonesia and Pakistan as host countries.
Thais Pavit Tangkamolprasert, Poom Saksansin and Phachara Khongwatmai, Chinese Taipei’s Chan Shih-chang, Malaysians Gavin Green and Nicholas Fung, as well as 2016 ADT Order of Merit champion Johannes Veerman of the United States, are all graduates of the ADT.
The Ministry of Culture, Youth & Sports in Brunei has played a vital part in the inauguration of the Brunei Championships with the view of encouraging top Bruneian players to take advantage of this playing opportunity to advance their careers.
Stan Everitt, Director of Golf at Empire Golf & Country Club, said: “We are excited that the Tour is returning to Brunei after eight years and we look forward to welcoming the talented field from the ADT. It is our hope that this will bring further focus to the game of golf.”
All ADT events are afforded Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) status. The winner of each tournament receives a minimum of six OWGR points while the top-six players and ties earn points on a sliding scale.
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