KUALA LUMPUR: In perhaps what was the golf industry’s worst kept secret, Maybank announced its three-year sponsorship of Malaysia’s rising professional Gavin Kyle Green on Thursday, as part of its on-going commitment to developing excellence in golf on a regional basis.
Green made his professional debut in June 2015 at the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Rahman Putra Championship and has become a much-watched player in the domestic golfing fraternity.
“To excel in golf, like for all other sports, the fundamental building blocks must be strongly put in place. Gavin, thus far, has demonstrated strong values and attributes like integrity, fortitude and discipline, somewhat similar to those that Maybank espouses, for the successes he has had,” said Maybank chairman Tan Sri Dato’ Megat Zaharuddin Megat Nor.
“Since turning professional, he has shown further determination to compete against tested stars and talented uprising players internationally, thereby accumulating skills, experience and confidence, things I know from my own previous personal career experience are essential to reach aspirations of being top in one’s field,” noted Megat Zaharuddin
Under the sponsorship agreement, Maybank has committed to provide Green with the opportunity to better realise his potential, through access to resources and opportunities to continually improve his game.
“He will have the Maybank brand on him, and I am sure he will feel pride of association with his country’s corporate icon,” he added.
Green graduated with a degree in liberal arts from the University of New Mexico last year after a decorated collegiate golf career. He won the 2014-15 Mountain West Player of The Year award and was one of 10 semifinalists for the coveted Ben Hogan award, presented annually to the best collegiate golfer in the United States.
He was also named to the Ping All-American first team. Green signed off on his amateur career as the world’s 12th ranked amateur golfer and was the second highest placed Asian.
Since joining the paid ranks, he has added one title to his belt – the PGM Danau II Championship in October.
Green is currently working with renowned instructor, Chris O’Connell to sharpen his skills. O’Connell also works with PGA Tour regular Matt Kuchar, who credits Chris with turning him into a perennial contender.
“I am truly honoured and humbled to have Maybank’s support at this early stage in my professional career. This endorsement gives me the opportunity and freedom to compete at different platforms, improve my game and hone my skills further. This exposure is invaluable and I truly thank Maybank for this opportunity as their confidence in me continues to spur me to do even better,” said Green.