KUALA LUMPUR: Maybank have announced a multi-year extension to their sponsorship of Gavin Kyle Green – the first Malaysian to win the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
The homegrown professional will continue receive support from Maybank in further honing his skills and competing at an international level for another three years – having being appointed as the regional banking giant’s ambassador in 2015.
Green, who turned professional that same year, continues to make waves across the region as his performance last year gained steam with a breakthrough victory at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters.
Coupled with three other runner-up finishes, the 23-year-old became the second youngest golfer to top the Asian Tour’s money list.
In a short statement, Maybank group president and chief executive Datuk Abdul Farid Alias noted that the extension of the sponsorship was part of its on-going commitment to developing excellence in golf across ASEAN.
“More than a decade ago, we decided to focus our efforts towards identifying, training and nurturing the best golfing talents we could find in ASEAN. Today, we are starting to see those efforts bear fruit with new and upcoming golfers from Malaysia and the region making waves at an international level.”
“Gavin Kyle Green is an example of what we see as an effective talent development initiative where Maybank empowers dedicated, focused and ambitious young talents and help them reach new heights.
Maybank is the first financial institution in Malaysia to champion a structured long term development of golf in Malaysia and across the ASEAN region, beginning its support of the game in 2006.
This included direct sponsorship of selected players; creating international playing platforms for Malaysian and ASEAN talents to hone their skills; monetary support through sponsorship of prize purses as well as the creation, maintenance and promotion of the Maybank Championship, that allows aspiring players the perfect platform to springboard to international success right here in Malaysia.
Apart from Green, Maybank had previously sponsored local professional golfers Danny Chia and Shaaban Hussin.