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BAIDURI MASTERS 2014 CONCLUDES WITH NEW CHAMPION; FIVE CHARITY ORGANIZATIONS BENEFIT FROM EVENT
8th June 2014

Bandar Seri Begawan, 08 June 2014 – The Baiduri Masters 2014 is acknowledged as the biggest and most prestigious golfing event in Brunei and this year marked the 19th year it has been held. It featured attractive hole-in-one prizes consisting of a Porsche Panamera, a BMW ActiveHybrid 5, a Mini Cooper and two cash prizes of B$20,000 each.

The Baiduri Masters, which for the first time this year, was officially supported by Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports, is organized by Baiduri Bank Group with the support of event partners QAF Auto Sdn Bhd, QAF Eurokars Sdn Bhd, QAF Brunei, Media Permata, Borneo Bulletin, Brunei Press Sdn Bhd, RBA Golf Club Sdn Bhd and MINT Sdn Bhd.

The 19th Baiduri Masters charity tournament concluded today with a prize presentation ceremony attended by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Haji Hazair Bin Haji Abdullah, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports.

Also in attendance were cabinet ministers, members of foreign diplomatic missions, sponsors, golfers, and senior officials of Baiduri Bank Group.

In his welcome address, Mr. Pierre Imhof, CEO of Baiduri Bank thanked all event partners, sponsors and participants for their contributions. Speaking on the objective of Baiduri Masters, Mr. Imhof said, "The Baiduri Master's one aim is to raise funds for local charities, specifically those that support people with special needs and organizations that promote activities which would help special people gain acceptance in the wider society."

"This year, we are honoured to have on board the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports as our Official Supporter. For the first time this year also, in conjunction with the Baiduri Masters and in partnership with Numero Uno, we organized a Children’s Golf Awareness Clinic at RBA Golf Club which saw 40 enthusiastic youngsters aged between 5 and 12 years trying their skills at golf in the ‘Creating Future Masters’ clinic," continues Mr. Imhof.

From the tournament proceeds, B$70,000 was donated to five charity and welfare organizations during the prize presentation ceremony.

The first cheque for B$10,000 was presented to Child Development Centre, Ministry of Health and received by Dayang Nurul Bazilah binti Hj Ali of the Centre. This was followed by the second cheque for B$10,000 that was presented to Yayasan Kanser Kanak-Kanak (YASKA) and received by Dayang Siti Zaleha binti Hj Abdul Manaf.

Learning Ladders Society was presented with a cheque for B$10,000 and received by Dr Sharina binti Yunus, President of Learning Ladders. While SMARTER was presented with a cheque for B$20,000 and received by Malai Hj Abdullah bin Malai Hj Othman, President SMARTER.

Last but not least, a cheque for B$20,000 was presented to Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajah Maryam and received by Dato Paduka Dr. Hj Omar Khalid, Educational Trustee of Pusat Ehsan. All the donations were presented by Mr. Pierre Imhof, CEO Baiduri Bank.

A prize presentation for the "Creating Future Masters" Children's Golf Clinic followed, with Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Haji Hazair Bin Haji Abdullah presenting prizes to the best performers in the Open Category (aged 5-8), Open Category (aged 9-12), and Graduate Category (aged 5-12).

This was followed by the official announcement of the 19th Baiduri Masters 2014 tournament champion later that night. Presenting the title champion trophy to Seruji Haji Setia was Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Haji Hazair Bin Haji Abdullah followed by the presentation of the coveted green jacket by Khairul Kamis, two times Baiduri Masters champion (2012-2013).

Novelty prizes for nearest-to-pin at all Par 3 over the six-day-event and attractive lucky draw prizes were also presented.

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