The CIMB Classic has partnered with Akademi Golf Felda (AGF) to provide two pro-am spots to students of the academy.
The pro-am spots will be given to the top two finishers in the CIMB Classic-AGF Youth Golf Challenge, which takes place on October 21 at the A’Famosa Golf Resort in Melaka. The event will feature 24 of the the top golfers from AGF.
The two winners will play wiht some of the world’s top professionals in the CIMB Classic Pro-Am at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC) on October 28, the day before the US$7 million PGA Tour event tees-off.
The AGF was established in November 2014 and has 60 students aged between 17 and 20 selected from 10 Felda settlements nationwide. 24 out of the 60 (including four girls) are now in the Felda Golfers Elite Squad based on their performances in various tournaments. In less than a year, the Elite Squad has produced four professional golfers and four single handicappers.
Effendy Shahul Hamid, CEO, Group Asset Management and Investments, CIMB Group said: “This is a unique partnership and one that the CIMB Classic is thrilled to announce. The spirit of giving back is important to us, and as such, we look forward to hosting two elite Felda youth golfers at the CIMB Classic Pro-Am in a couple weeks.”
“I want to applaud Felda and indeed AGF for the success and more importantly sustainability of this initiative,” he added.
Datuk Mohd Isa bin Abu Kasim, Chairman of AGF, noted: “It is the AGFs aim to develop the potential in these youths. They are extremely excited at the prospect of playing with top golfing names and are working very hard to claim the two playing spots in the CIMB Classic Pro-Am Tournament.”
The CIMB Classic, now into its sixth year, is the only official PGA Tour FedExCup event in Southeast Asia and features a limited 78-player field with no cut.