HAVING FUN: Mardan Mamat (left) with Maybank Chairman, Tan Sri Datuk Megat Zaharuddin Megat Mohd Nor share a joke during a break in play.
THREE Maybank esteemed customers earned the perfect gift of playing at the championship course at the Maybank Malaysian Open when they topped the first leg of the Maybank Corporate Challenge at Sentosa Golf Couse in Singapore.
The trio, Frank Koh (handicap 12), Raymond Chia (handicap 17) and Moses Song (handicap 14) shot scores of 38 points, 37 points and 36 points respectively to defeat 100 other golfers and earn the dream trip of playing in the Maybank Corporate Golf Day in conjunction with the Maybank Malaysian Open 2014 in April.
Nine other golfers will get the opportunity to earn their slots in this exclusive tournament from the other regional events in Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia.
They will earn special invitations to experience the Maybank Malaysian Open 2014 ‘live’ at the exclusive Maybank Hospitality Marquee as well as a spot to play at the championship course in the Maybank Corporate Golf Day on April 21, 2014.
The Maybank Malaysian Open will be held from April 17-20, 2014 at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC)..
This is the second time Maybank is extending the opportunity to its valued regional customers.
The success of last year’s Maybank Corporate Challenge has made this year’s event a much-awaited competition for Maybank customers as this is a rare opportunity for its customers to play in the region’s best courses.
Maybank Chairman, Tan Sri Datuk Megat Zaharuddin Megat Mohd Nor, and Maybank Group President and CEO, Datuk Abdul Farid Alias, played alongside the 100 customers and three professional golfers – Unho Park, Mardan Mamat and Scott Barr
Megat Zaharuddin said: “Since taking up the sponsorship of the Malaysian Open nine years ago, it has been our goal to develop the game in the Asean region and to promote the good values of the sport.
“The Maybank Corporate Challenge is part of our efforts to reward our customers and to give them the invaluable experience of spending time with top golfers based in their country, as well as the chance to watch the Maybank Malaysian Open live. We are anticipating more customers will attend the three other regional tournaments.”
Mardan is among the most popular golfers in the region and a superstar in Singapore. He was the first Singaporean to win a European Tour event when he won the 2006 OSIM Singapore Masters, an event co sanctioned by the Asian and European Tours.
He showed great promise as an amateur, claiming an individual victory in the Putra Cup in 1993 on his way to helping Singapore land the team title before turning professional a year later. In 1997, he shot to prominence at Royal Troon when he became the first Singaporean to qualify for the British Open and he was also the first golfer from the country to win an Asian Tour title following his success at the 2004 Royal Challenge Indian Open.
The Maybank Corporate Challenge is part of Maybank’s commitment for the sustainable development of golf in the region through programmes involving juniors, amateurs and professionals. Apart from Maybank Corporate Challenge, Maybank is the sponsor of the annual Maybank Junior Golf – National Camp and Maybank Junior Golf – Champions Academy .
Since taking up the title sponsorship of the Maybank Malaysian Open nine years ago, Maybank has successfully attracted high-calibre golfers from around the world, through major winners like Rory McIIroy, Louis Oosthuizen, Padraig Harrington Martin Kaymer and as well as others like Charl Schwartzel, Charlie Wie, Thongchai Jaidee, KJ Choi, Matteo Manassero and Alvaro Quiros.