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May 2012

Bandar Seri Begawan - By just teeing off a round or more golf games in the 17th Baiduri Masters Charity Golf Tournament to be held on two weekends from May 25-27 and June 1-3 at the RBA Golf Club, local and foreign golfers can play a huge part in helping local charitable organizations.

For the past 16 series of Baiduri Masters Charity Golf Tournament, over $1 million have been raised for charity.

Andrew Young, the president of the organizing committee for Baiduri Masters in an interview yesterday conveyed his gratitude to all the golfers who have helped reach the landmark feat.

"Over $1 million have been raised for charity in the past 16 years of Baiduri Masters. We would like to thank the people's support and this show that Bruneians have a charitable heart and willing to help charitable organisations," Andrew said.

Andrew, the Deputy General Manager of Operations Management Division of Baiduri Bank further highlighted the aim of the tournament.

"We have been very much focus on charity. We have always been in the history of promoting charity and we have been doing this for 17 years. Definitely, we felt privileged to be able to work with charity organisations, it's an opportunity to lend a hand to assist them and mobilise our forces for charity"

Working with the charity organisations, he said:, "In, the process, we also understand 'their needs and requirements. It's a never-ending journey to assist the local charitable organisations like Pusat Ehsan, SMARTERS, Learning Ladders Society, Child Development Centre, KACA as well as Pediatric Department, Cardiology Unit, Cardiology. Rehabilitation Centre, Pediatric Haemoto-Oncology Centre, Pediatric Occupational Therapy In-Patient Service Unit and Breast Cancer Support Group."

Touching on this year's tournament, Andrew said: "This year we are excited about the game itself We are excited that the defending champion is coming back to defend his title. We also would like to encourage local golfers to have a go at winning the prestigious title. At the sametime, it also a very noble cause because it contribute to charity. We keep on emphasising the people should also enjoy the game. They love the game and enjoy the game. Just give it a best shot."

The rule of golf must be strictly observed. People can try as many times as they like for the title or for the hole-in-one prizes.

The tournament will be played on Format system 36 stroke play and the title will be decided on gross. The top 12 golfers during the two weekends matches will be playing head-to-head on June 3 to compete for the green jacket and the Baiduri Masters Trophy.
On the importance of including junior golfers in the tournament, Andrew said: "Similar to previous years, we would like to highlight the junior golfers. We encourage junior golfers to participate and have a chance of winning the prizes because they are the future of Brunei. The junior category was introduced about five years ago."

He felt that there is a growing number of junior golfers in Brunei especially in the Brunei Darussalam Golf Association and Sports School. There are also more tournaments in the region for junior golfers.

This year's hole-in-one prizes include a Porsche Boxster, a BMW 520 and a Mini Cooper, altogether worth around $300,000.

Beside the luxury cars, this year's participants will also stand the chance to win two cash prizes of $20,000 each with other attractive tournament prizes. In 2008, Elyas Abdullah Tseu won the hole-in-one prize of a BMW 730Li at the tournament.

"This year we have the Mini Cooper that is in for the first time as a hole-in-one prize. Hopefully it will excite the younger golfers as well as lady golfers. The prizes of each category have been increased.

"Last year, there were five prizes for each category the organiser has increased the prizes to seven in each category. For the junior category and ladies category, it's an increase from three prizes to five prizes," Andrew commented.

Last year, more than 900 golfers took part in the tournmanet and this year, the organiser hopes to see the same amount of golfers taking part in the competition to continue the support in contributing towards charity.

Golfers from Kota Kinabalu, Labuan and Miri were also invited to take part in the tournament. Last year six golfers from Kota Kinabalu took part.

The prize presentation will take place on June 3 at Hua Ho Manggis Mall.

The registration fee is $120 for adults and $60 for juniors which is inclusive of green fee, buggy buffet breakfast and lunch.

Participating golfers can play more than one game to improve their chances of winning. For the second and subsequent game, adult players will enjoy a 10 percent discount on the registration fee. The best score of any round played will be taken.

Registration deadline for the first weekend's tournament is May 23 while for the second weekend's tournament is May 30. However registration will also be entertained if there is still slots available during the tournament.

The tournament's registration details and schedule can be obtained at RBA Golf Club, Baiduri Bank branches in Seria, Tutong, Sengkurong and Kiarong. The public can also log onto www.baiduri.com for full details where they can download the registration form.

--Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin


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