| Zee Yusri |
A SPONSORSHIP contract signing ceremony between Pizza Hut Brunei and professional golfer, Sanjok Moktan was held at Pizza Hut Gadong outlet yesterday for the Sanjok’s 2015 Asean PGA Tour.
The sponsorship agreement was inked as a commitment to help Sanjok in relishing his dream. Sanjok is a Nepali who grew up in Brunei and has an extensive passion for golf as he started the sport at the age of 16 inspired by his father.
He then pursued a professional licence in 2010 under the Professional Golfers Associations of the Philippines (PGAP).
Despite his passion, costly tournaments have limited him to only six Asean PGA appearances in the span of three years.
These limited resources and high cost tournament has been the key factors denying him to further pursue his ambition of advancing into the Asean PGA tournaments.
Pizza Hut Brunei was caught by his notable talent and ambition and Managing Director Johnny Lim of Olive Tree Corporation decided to sponsor Sanjok for his 2015 Asean PGA tours.
Johnny believed that it is beneficial to help the professional golfer in realising his dream. Not limiting to individual, Johnny has a bigger vision – to grow the local sports scene in the community.
Sanjok, having a common intention with Pizza Hut Brunei, is committed to exploit his talent to develop talented youth in the golf arena.
As part of the contract, Pizza Hut will host golf clinics for the local youth guided by the professional golfer, Sanjok as he now can focus and participate in more upcoming tournaments which will enrich him with experiences and exposure.
“I played a lot of sports and took an instant liking to golf, it was like an instinctive call from my competitive side. Golf taught me more about myself, made me more aware of my mental state. With golf, it’s more of a mental game,” highlighted Sanjok.
“When you’re hitting a shot, it’s not like any other sport, the ball just sits in front of you not moving, unlike other sports like tennis and basketball. Golf is an individual competition, you do it for yourself,” Sanjok added.
With 11 years of golfing experience and a professional licence holder, Sanjok is now looking to become a strong competitor in the Asean region.
He expressed that it is no easy feat to ger there especially without any aid, “once you turn pro, everything that was organised for you as an amateur golfer, becomes your own responsibility, from registration to accommodation not to mention the cost.”
Sanjok is looking forward to participate in the upcoming Asean PGA tournaments – Sabah Masters in Kota Kinabalu, PGM-Asean PGA Port Dickson in Malaysia and Borobudur Classic presented by Jabadeka & OB Golf in Indonesia.