The dearth of tournaments for Singapore professionals has prompted A.I.M Ventures Pte Ltd to stage a local event at Laguna National's World Classic this week.
The golf-management company, with the backing of MST Golf, has further plans to boost golf in Singapore, but did not reveal details.
For the moment, its director Cho Minn Thant feels that a local event will help Singapore professionals sharpen their game for the bigger Tour events. Cho says: "The Asian Tour has not had a tournament since the European Tour-co-sanctioned event in Switzerland in July.
"And now with talks of the Asian Tour's merger with the European Tour, playing opportunities for Singapore professionals are going to be rarer. "Therefore, we feel that we can help our professionals enhance their careers.
"The golf results at the recent South-east Asia Games where Singapore won two silver and two bronze medals show that the future looks bright. "Two young hopefuls, Johnson Poh and Jonathan Woo, both SEA Games medallists, have joined the pro ranks."
A.I.M Ventures are teaming up with the Singapore Professional Golfers Association (SPGA) to reinforce the local Tour.
Cho added that Malaysia, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand all have healthy local Tours for their home-grown players to hone their skills, and that Singapore is lagging behind.
MST Golf, whose boss Datuk Loh Ah Joo has been a long-time supporter of local golf, is backing A.I.M Ventures in this September leg of the SPGA circuit.
All the leading Singapore-based professionals, like Mardan Mamat (above), Lam Chih Bing, Scott Barr, Unho Park, Quincy Quek, Choo Tze Huang and Koh Dengshan, in addition to Poh and Woo, are competing in this week's event starting tomorrow.
This article was first published on September 13, 2015.
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