Co-sanctioned Terengganu Masters set to rediscover lustre

Luke Bleumink ©Arep Kulal/PGM

Kijal: The seventh edition of the Terengganu Masters will enjoy a higher profile as a strong cast of international players and strong domestic challengers converge for the tournament at Awana Kijal Golf, Beach and Spa Resort on Monday.

Organised by the Terengganu Golf Association (PGT), the RM220,000 event will for the first time feature prominently on both the burgeoning Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) and Asian Development Tour (ADT) schedules.

Tourism, Culture, Arts and Heritage executive councillor Datuk Abdul Rahin Mohd Said explained that the co-sanctioning of the event will not only increase the status of the event but also help promote tourism in the state.

“We are pleased that the tournament this year will continue in the stride of  previous editions and will feature participants from England, Austria, Australia, Philippines, Japan, United States of Amerika, Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea, Canada, Myanmar, Singapore, Indonesia, Ireland, Pakistan dan Malaysia,” he said after handing over the state’s allocation of RM300,000 for the event in Kuala Terengganu recently.

With one victory each this year on the ADT, Peter Richardson of England and Australia’s Luke Bleumink will headline an international roster which includes Justin Han of Singapore, Hirotaro Naito of Japan and Will Yanagisawa of the United States.

Reigning PGM Order of Merit champion R. Nachimuthu will defend his title which he won last year and will be joint on the domestic front by in-form Sukree Othman and Nicholas Fung as well as a resurgent Ben Leong.

Richardson and Bleumink, currently first and second on ADT money list respectively, will be in the hunt for a second ADT victory at the PGM Terengganu Masters, which is the fourth leg of the fledging circuit.

“The win (in Johor) set me up nicely for the year ahead. It also shows that I can play well under pressure and the experience will be important for the rest of the season,” said the 26-year-old Bleumink.

PGT have also confirmed that the state amateur team will participate in the championship as part of their preparation for the Malaysian Games (SUKMA) in Pahang next month.