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Cho Min Thant, Asian Tour's CEO and Commissioner hands over the cheque to the Singapore Golf Association's Junior Development Programme on the sidelines of this week's Asian Tour event in Singapore. Image Credit: Supplied

The Asian Tour underlined its commitment to the development of golf in the region today with a donation of $25,000 to the Singapore Golf Association’s Junior Development Programme, at a special presentation ceremony held on the sidelines of the International Series Singapore at Tanah Merah Country Club.

Cho Minn Thant, CEO and commissioner of the Asian Tour, presented the cheque to Singapore Golf Association (SGA) president Mr Tan Chong Huat on day three of the tournament as part of the Tour’s pledge to support communities in the destinations that host the marquee International Series events.

Cho said, “The International Series events are a wonderful opportunity for us to grow the game of golf across the region, both by bringing top talent that generates interest, and by supporting the grassroots game wherever we go. We want our impact to be felt and supporting the SGA in their efforts to grow the game at the junior level is a win-win for all concerned.”

Younger generation

Tan said, “We thank the Asian Tour for this generous gesture. The donation will help us in our mission to grow the game and among the younger generation. The International Series Singapore is an important calendar event, as it puts the game of golf in the spotlight all around the world with a wonderful international field. This will certainly promote golfing interest and encourage participation across all age groups.”

The SGA, the national governing body for golf, is committed to the development and growth of the sport, with a mission and vision to promote golf among junior boys and girls in Singapore, through a framework that enables them to flourish.

Initiatives include a calendar of SGA Junior events, a Junior Development Order of Merit and the Junior Development Programme, a pathway for talented junior boys and girls aged 6 to 12 into the SGA Future Squad.

James Leow, Singapore’s top ranked male amateur golfer, is one of four Singapore amateurs competing on the Tampines Course this weekend. The 25 year-old, who comfortably made the cut for the weekend with a five-under second round of 67 for a three- under aggregate, is a genuine example of the strides being made by local talent thanks to SGA support.

Leow won the Individual Men’s Golf gold medal at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, giving Singapore a first gold in the category in 30 years.

The Asian Tour’s philanthropic efforts are felt at each of the International Series destinations, with donations made to support local communities in the area.

Primary school

At the International Series Thailand, a $25,000 cheque was presented to the Bright Dawn Foundation, which focuses primarily on healthcare and education of primary school children

in lower income areas around rural Hua Hin. A £20,000 donation was also made to Northumberland Union of Golf Clubs, the region’s biggest support of junior golf, at the International Series England.

The International Series Singapore is the first of two back-to-back Asian Tour tournaments offering $1.5m in prize money, with the International Series Korea event taking place next week at the Lotte SkyHill Country Club Jeju on Jeju Island from August 18-21.