Kulim [KEDAH]: The inaugural Nuaim Kulim Championship will headline the start of a new era for the ASEAN PGA Tour when the US$150,000 (appox RM655,755) tournament tees off from February 11-14.
Supported by Nuaim Golf Asia and Kookmin University South Korea, the event jointly sanctioned with the Professional Golf Association of Malaysia (PGAM), provides the perfect start for the tenth anniversary season of the ASEAN PGA Tour.
Tucked at the heart of the industrial enclave of Kulim, the Kulim Golf & Country Resort will play host to a full field of 144 players, with leading professionals from seven ASEAN nations including Malaysia as well as 50 invitational slots for Korean players.
A well-established name in the regional golf market, Nuaim Golf Asia offers machinery, material and expertise to cover all aspects of golf turf management with offices in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei.
“It is an honour for all of us at Nuaim to be involved in presenting the maiden edition of the Nuaim Kulim Championship and we look forward to his new partnership with the ASEAN PGA,” said Mohd Zanuar Zainor, managing director of Nuaim Corporation.
Nuaim Corporation recently took over the management of Kulim Golf & Country Resort and believes that hosting a regional professional event is a crucial step in the resort’s turnaround plan.
“Backing the Nuaim Kulim Championship is a natural fit to our business agenda. We have been working very hard in recent months to improve the golfing facilities in preparation of this tournament and we hope to showcase the magnificent natural layout of the Kulim Golf & Country Resort to the players and spectators alike,” noted Mohd Zanuar.
ASEAN PGA Tour executive chairman A.C.Wong was enthusiastic about the new tournament.
“The Nuaim Kulim Championship represents a great opportunity for our members as well as Malaysian professionals and we are delighted to tee-off our tenth anniversary season in Kulim.
“The ASEAN PGA Tour was launched in 2007 with the objective of providing more playing opportunities for up and coming professionals from the ASEAN region and after a decade, we are setting a new benchmark with the prize money reaching US$150,000 and we hope this is the standard going forth for the benefit of our members,” noted Wong.
In welcoming the event, PGAM president Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Abdul Ghani Othman said: “It gives me great pleasure to welcome the US$150,000 Nuaim Kulim Championship to the Malaysian professional golf scene. The PGA of Malaysia is always looking forward to forging partnerships to further develop the professional game in Malaysia and we are delighted to partner the ASEAN PGA in this initiative.
Our members have been victorious on the ASEAN PGA Tour since its inception and we look forward to a Malaysian winner at the Nuaim Kulim Championship.”