| Fadhil Yunus |
BRUNEI Darussalam Golf Association (BDGA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports will host the 54th South East Asia Amateur Golf Team Championship at the Empire Hotel and Country Club in Jerudong from Oct 13-16.
The tournament will commence with registration, practice round, team captains’ meeting and a welcoming ceremony on October 12.
The prize presentation and closing ceremony will be held on Oct 16 whereby the teams will contest to a grandstand finish for the prestigious trophy.
The championship comprises the 54th Putra Cup, 8th Lion City Cup, 6th Santi Cup and 2nd Kartini Cup. The entry is strictly open to Asean countries only as well as Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea.
Each country shall be represented by a team of players all of whom shall be amateur golfers in accordance to the rules of amateur status as approved by the R & A.
The team composition include an eligibility of four men players with no age restriction in the 54th Putra Cup, 3 juniors boys aged 18 and under in the 8th Lion City Cup, a team of 3 ladies with no age limit in the 6th Santi Cup and a team of 3 junior girls in the 2nd Kartini Cup capped at age of 18 and under.
The championship shall be determined by stroke play over four rounds of 18 holes.
The last time Brunei Darussalam hosted the Putra Cup Championship was in 1992 and 2003 when the championship was competing only in the Putra Cup.
The Putra Cup Championship was inspired by Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, the 1st Prime Minister of Malaya (now Malaysia). The objective of the competition is to foster friendship among the sportsmen of Southeast Asia.
Last year championship was hosted by the National Golf Association of the Philippines. In conjunction with this year’s championship, the BDGA’s President becomes the Chairman of Asean Golf Federation who will presides the 7th Annual General Meeting of the Asean Golf Federation, which is likely to take place at the Empire Hotel and Country Club on Oct 13.