Malaysia to host Kids Golf World Championship 2012
15th May - 15th May 2012 - Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, 15 May 2012: The Kids Golf World Championship Malaysia 2012 tournament to be played over five days from 3 - 7 December for individual championship, also offers World amateur ranking points.
 
Kids Golf World Championship Malaysia 2012 is the International version of the prestigious US Kids Golf, an annual golf tentpole event for kids aged 5 – 18 years old.
 
A one-day team event, based on the Ryder Cup format, will also be played with Malaysia, as the host country, will lead a team comprising Malaysian players and invited players from Australasia, to compete against a team lead by American, European, and international players aged 13 – 18 years.
 
The event, presented by US Kids Golf, is organised by Royal Sporting House (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd and managed by Concept Collaboration Sdn Bhd. It is sanctioned by the Malaysian Golf Association (MGA), the governing body for golf in Malaysia.
 
Kids Golf World Championship Malaysia 2012 is being held in Asia for the first time. Previous US Kids Golf Championships were held in the United States and Europe. Players from more than 50 countries are expected to participate in this event.
 
“We are confident in using this world-class event as a platform to position Malaysia as a major golfing destination,” says David Leow, General Manager, Golf Division, Royal Sporting House (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd.
 
The venue host for this event is Saujana Golf & Country Club and Glenmarie Golf & Country Club. The event is supported by Malaysian Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB).
“The partnership with Royal Sporting House is an exemplary example of a successful public-private initiative,” says Tony Nagamaiah, General Manager, International Events, MyCEB. “As part of the Economic Transformation Programme, MyCEB strives to ensure that Malaysia is promoted as the global centre stage for international events. We are convinced that this world-class event will properly position Malaysia as a major golfing destination.”
 
According to Nagamaiah, the Kids Golf World Championship Malaysia 2012 is expected to attract 500 international participants and approximately 2,500 international tourists while generating RM38 million to the country’s economy.
“It is indeed an honour for Malaysia to host a trophy event like Kids Golf World Championship Malaysia 2012 as it promotes golf tourism while giving our junior golfers an opportunity to compete with some of the world’s best players,” notes Tan Sri Mohd Anuar Mohd Nor, President of the Malaysian Golf Association.
 
Kids Golf World Championship Malaysia 2012 is an offshoot of the US Kids Golf Foundation established in 2001. The US Kids Golf World Championship was envisioned as a platform to provide kids and their families to participate in the game of golf through instruction and competition. Its primary mission is to help kids have fun learning the basics of golf while encouraging interaction among family members to build lasting memories.
“Malaysia has a sizeable golfing community, and we hope that taking this giant leap forward to engage aspiring junior golfers will broaden the base – and hopefully give birth to a pool of future local and international golf champions,” anticipates Leow.
 
Leow adds that Kids Golf World Championship Malaysia 2012 also aims to dispel the common perception that golf is an elitist game targeted exclusively for the rich and privileged.
“Golf is an affordable and enjoyable sport for people of all ages and from all walks of life. This event marks the beginning of the next fun step to growing the game among youngsters. Think of it along the lines of when kids first played football or badminton. We believe the same model will spur greater interest in golf with kids given a chance to participate in this event.”
 
Leow acknowledges that the endorsement of the Malaysian Golf Association will bring a recreational structure to the game for kids of all skill levels.