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10 May 2009
Bandar Seri Begawan, 10 May 2009.  After two weekends of intense competition among players, the Baiduri Masters Charity Golf Event came to an end today with a new record set as having the largest participation in any golf event in the country.

The Closing Ceremony was held at the Multi-Purpose Hall of the RBA Sports Complex, Berakas this afternoon.   More than 300 guests attended.  Among the guests were cabinet ministers, members of foreign diplomatic missions, sponsors, golfers and senior officials of Baiduri Bank Group.

In his welcome address, Mr Pierre Imhof, General Manager of Baiduri Bank thanked all supporters and participants and added, "As our commitment to community development, the Baiduri Masters is an annual initiative by the Baiduri Bank Group to raise funds for local charities and welfare bodies.  At the same time, it promotes healthy lifestyle through an enjoyable game of golf".

"Through the years, the Baiduri Masters has grown in popularity and this year, a new record number of 902 participants was reached, making it the biggest golfing event ever held in Brunei."

From the tournament proceeds, several charity and welfare organizations received donations during the ceremony.

YB Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Bin Hj Osman, Minister of Health, Brunei Darussalam received a cheque for B$8,200.00 on behalf of RIPAS Hospital to cover the cost of educational aid at the Pediatric Occupational Therapy In-Patient Service Unit.

Malai Haji Abdullah Bin Malai Haji Othman received a cheque for B$10,000 on behalf of SMARTER Brunei.  This is to help meet the cost of their new building in Jerudong.

Hj Ahmad bin Hj Abd Rahman, Policy & Planning Trustee of Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam received a cheque for B$10,000 on behalf of Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah.  This is to cover the cost of construction of one classroom in a new classroom block at the centre.

All donations were presented by Mr Pierre Imhof, General Manager of Baiduri Bank.

Baiduri Masters is the most prestigious of events in the Brunei golfing calendar each year.  The six-day event took place at the RBA Golf Club, Berakas from 1st to 3rd May, and again from 8th to 10th May 2009.  Organized annually by Baiduri Bank Group to raise funds for charity, it is supported by 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.

This year’s tournament featured an attractive array of hole-in-one prizes including: Porsche Cayman, BMWX3 2.0d, BMW X5 3.0i, BMW 320i and BMW 118i. In addition, there were novelty prizes for nearest to pin at all Par 3 over the six day event, as well as attractive charity draw prizes.

The Baiduri Master’s winner will don the coveted green jacket, being introduced for the first time this year and enjoy a weekend stay in a junior suite at the luxurious Empire Hotel and Country Club.  Golfers also won novelty prizes for nearest to pin at all Par 3 over the six day event as well as attractive charity draw prizes.
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