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21 April 2009
Bandar Seri Begawan, 21 April 2009.  The ever popular Baiduri Masters charity golf event is set to take place over the first two weekends in May.  Organized by Baiduri Bank Group, with the support of their event partners QAF Eurokars Sdn Bhd, QAF Auto Sdn Bhd, QAF Brunei, Ben Foods (B) Sdn Bhd, RBA Golf Club Sdn Bhd and media supporter Brunei Press Sdn Bhd, the event will be held at the RBA Golf Club, Berakas from 1st to 3rd May and again on 8th to 10th May 2009.

A partnership signing ceremony for the hole-in-one prizes was held this morning at the QAF Motor Showroom in Beribi.  Mr Roger Fletcher, General Manager of QAF Auto signed on behalf of QAF Brunei while Mr Pierre Imhof, General Manager of Baiduri Bank signed on behalf of Baiduri Bank Group.  This was followed by Mr Andrew Young, Deputy General Manager Operations of Baiduri Bank and Mr Ong Ching Chai, Executive of QAF Eurokars and QAF Transport, who signed as witnesses.  Mr Andrew Young is also the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the tournament.

During the tournament, golfers stand the chance to win five luxury cars put up as hole-in-one prizes.  These are Porsche Cayman, BMWX3 2.0d, BMW X5 3.0i, BMW 320i and BMW 118i. In addition, there will be novelty prizes for nearest to pin at all Par 3 over the five day event, as well as attractive charity draw prizes.

The Baiduri Master’s winner will don the coveted green jacket, and also win a weekend stay in a junior suite at the luxurious Empire Hotel and Country Club.

During last year's Baiduri Masters, Elyas Abdullah Tseu made history by landing a hole-in-one and won a BMW 730Li.  This was the first time in the event’s history that a hole-in-one was hit.  Last year’s event also saw a record number of participants in any golf event in Brunei with more than 720 golfers.  This year, the organizers are anticipating the number of participants to increase further.

Proceeds from The Baiduri Masters will be channeled to a number of local charities and welfare bodies that provide help and support for individuals with special needs.

This coming tournament is divided into three divisions: Men's, Ladies' and Juniors'. The Men's division is further divided into Men’s Open and Senior Golfers categories. The Junior Golfers category is open to golfers below the age of 18.

Registration fee is BND120 for adults and BND60.00 for juniors.  The registration fee is inclusive of green fee, buggy fee, buffet breakfast and lunch.  Players may play more than once to improve their chances of winning.  They will enjoy a 10% discount on the registration fee on their second or subsequent rounds.  The best score of any round played will be taken.

The deadline for registration for next weekend's tournament is 29th April, while the closing date for the second weekend's tournament is 6th May.

For further information on the tournament schedule and registration details, please call 234 3724 (RBA Golf Club) or 877 3612.  The public can also log on to www.baiduri.com to download the application form.
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