SELANGOR, 17 November 2015 – After five challenging qualifying rounds, the champion of this year’s World Amateur Inter-Team Golf Championship (WAITGC) will be determined at the Sungai Long Golf & Country Club and The Mines Resort & Golf Course.
The 3-day Grand Final kicked off today with a participation of 25 teams (100 players) from Australia (8 teams), Brunei (9 teams), India (1 team), Japan (2 teams), and Malaysia (5 teams).
The 18-hole Sungai Long Golf & Country Club is designed by famous golf master Jack Nicklaus. Dubbed as the “Garden of Eden”, it features a unique, modern yet classy layout that offers a fair challenge for golfers of all levels.
The Mines Resort & Golf Course has won numerous accolades, which includes ‘The Best Golf Course in Malaysia’, with its beautiful 18-hole par 71 course. It maintains the greens immaculately with strict ‘buggy only’ rule.
Tourism Malaysia has invited 11 media from Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland, to cover the Grand Final and help promote the 2016 WAITGC in the European market.
The 22nd WAITGC attracted a total of 126 teams with 504 players from Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. They participated in five qualifying rounds, which were held in Johor, Sabah, Langkawi, Kuala Lumpur, and Melaka, from March to October.
To golfers, WAITGC is more than just a gateway for them to compete against golfers from other countries, or to test their talent and skills and conquer some of the best fairways and greens in the country; it is also a perfect holiday package, where they get to visit some of the country’s best tourist attractions.
Golf tourism has been identified as one of the key priority sectors to increase the nation’s tourism contribution to the economy and has been underscored in the country’s Economic Transformation Programme (ETP). Last year, golf tourism receipts amounted to RM312 million.