KUALA LUMPUR, 1ST AUGUST 2016 – International and local amateur golfers are all geared up to compete in the fourth qualifying round of the World Amateur Inter Team Golf Championship (WAITGC) 2016 in Kuala Lumpur.
A total of 25 team from Australia, Brunei, Singapore, Japan, UAE and Malaysia are participating in the four-day event, which kicked off today at the Kota Permai Golf & Country Club and Templer Park Country Club.
Kota Permai Golf & Country Club is the perfect getaway for golf and recreational pleasure. It is situated in Kota Kemuning, an up-market suburb of Shah Alam ideally located along Kesas Highway linking the city of Kuala Lumpur to the bustling port of Klang. Kota Permai is only 30 minutes from Kuala Lumpur’s CBD and 35 minutes from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang. Kota Permai has hosted numerous tournaments including the Maybank Malaysian Open which is sanctioned by both the European and Asian Tours, as well as the World Cup Qualifying round, the Volvo Masters and most recently, the Selangor Worldwide Masters which is another Asian Tour event.
The fourth qualifying round will continue at Templer Park Country Club. Set amidst the evergreen Templer Park Forest Reserve and against the backdrop of the majestic Bukit Takun limestone hill, Templer Park Country Club ranks as one of the most scenic yet challenging golf experiences in Malaysia. Designed by acclaimed golf course architect Kentaro Sato with inputs from veteran Japanese professional and World Golf Hall of Fame Masashi “Jumbo” Ozaki, the club was officially opened on 27 April 1991 – enchanting locals and expatriates alike with its tranquil natural setting and championship quality golf layout. Having been one of the earliest golf courses to open in that decade, Templer Park Country Club went on to score many firsts – it was the first Japanese-owned and managed golf club; the first to offer buggies and lady caddies in the country and holds the distinction of debuting the concept of night golfing with nine holes lighted after dark. The club also features regularly as a host venue on the fast-growing domestic Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour since 2012.
The last qualifying round of WAITGC 2016 will take place at two different golf courses in Sarawak in September.
Golf tourism has been identified as one of the key priority projects to increase the nation’s tourism contribution to the economy, and has in fact been underscored in the country’s Economic Transformation Programme (ETP). Last year, golf tourism receipts amounted to RM319 million, a significant contribution to Malaysia’s economy.
Since its debut in 1994, WAITGC has emerged as one of the most highly anticipated golfing events in the region. Organised by Tourism Malaysia, it attracts more than 500 participants every year. The homegrown event not only tests the golfing skills of the participants but also encourages them to discover the many colourful cultures and traditions in Malaysia, as well as the country’s delectable cuisines and fascinating tourist attractions.
WAITGC is managed by the Golf Club Managers Association of Malaysia (GCMAM) and sanctioned by the Malaysian Golf Association. For more information, please contact the WAITGC secretariat at 03-5633 2079/5634 2078 or visit www.waitgc.com.