May 2021 | Asian Tour

Juvic into Open after first Japan win


Published on May 31, 2021

Asian Tour members produced a hat-trick of victories last week with Juvic Pagunsan from the Philippines – the 2011 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion – claiming his maiden title in Japan, while Korean Kyongjun Moon and China’s Yanwei Liu won on their respective domestic circuits.

Pagunsan triumphed in the Gate Way To The Open Mizuno Open, and, as the event name suggests, secured his ticket to this summer’s Open Championship – to be played at Royal St George’s Golf Club from July 15-18.

Helped by birdies on 15 and 16, he closed with a four-under-par 68 at the Setonaikai Golf Club in Okayama to end on 17-under-par 199, and finish three ahead of Ryutaro Nagano from Japan.

KASAOKA, JAPAN – MAY 30: Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines celebrates winning the The Mizuno Open. (Photo by Toru Hanai/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

Pagunsan, who finished second in the Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup earlier in the month, has been playing on the Japan Golf Tour Organization for the past decade and was thrilled to finally win there.

“It has been 10 years, 10 years! It took me 10 years to win! Now I am relieved,” he said, after his round. “I get to go to UK. I can go again. Could I get my visa? How is the quarantine measures?”

Remarkably, the 43-year-old won with only 11 clubs in his bag, because due to COVID-19 precautions caddies are only allowed to follow their golfers in carts – so Pagunsan chose to lighten his bag by removing his 3, 4, 6, and 8 irons.

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Moon moved to the top of the Money List on the Korean PGA Tour when he claimed the KB Financial Live Championship at Black Stone Icheon Golf Club.

He closed with a three-under-par 69 to finish on eight-under-par 208 – three ahead of compatriot Jeongwoo Ham, in what was the fourth event of the season in Korea.

Over on the China Tour, Liu won the Zhengzhou Classic at St Andrews (Zhengzhou) Golf Club. He shot a one-under-par 71 on the last day for a tournament total of eight under – one better than former teenage-star Jason Hak from Hong Kong.

It was also their fourth event of 2021.


Published on May 27, 2021

Thai veteran star Thongchai Jaidee will see his illustrious golf career take a full cycle when he tees up in the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma starting on Thursday.

And at age 51, he is by no means finished just yet of his pursuit for more silverware on PGA TOUR Champions.

His appearance at Southern Hills this week for his senior major debut brings back fond memories of his first major appearance at the U.S. Open in 2001, which was also played at the Tulsa venue. Then, he became the first Thai to qualify and play in all four rounds at the U.S. Open, finishing T74 which coincided with the start of a great career that would see him earn three Asian Tour Order of Merit crowns and eight European Tour titles.

“I was here 20 years ago and I recall enjoying myself and being excited being the first Thai to qualify for the U.S. Open. Looking back now, making the cut was one of my career highlights,” said Thongchai.

“It’s a bit different with this week being a senior major but it is still my dream to win a major championship, even if it is a senior major. My game feels okay and I know I have to do everything well on what is a good and difficult golf course.”

The Asian legend made his first start of 2021 on PGA TOUR Champions two weeks ago where he finished tied 26th in the Mitsubishi Electric Classic. He is trying to make up for lost time after being grounded in Thailand for most of 2020 due to COVID-19 and missed 16 Champions tournaments after finishing second in Qualifying School.

Thongchai knows he can no longer spend countless of hours at the range or gym to hone his skills and physical fitness but thanks to modern technology, he reckons he can enjoy a fruitful career in the over-50 circuit.

“I think I have a good chance to win a major in my senior career. That’s my key goal. Of course I will need to play well and there are so many good players. I used to practice for like 10, 11 hours a day but I don’t do this now. I’m keeping my body healthy, putting in six to seven hours now and focusing on the short game and learning to keep my energy.”

One of his career regrets was not contending more often in the majors during his heyday, with a tie for 13th place at the 2009 Open Championship being his best finish in 32 major appearances.

“I tried hard to win a major but it wasn’t possible. I had a chance at the British Open in the year when Stewart Cink won (he finished four shots back). I remember the week being a poor putting performance by me as I had like five or six three putts then,” he said.

“I still enjoy competing, I enjoying playing golf and playing in tournaments. As we saw last week with Phil (Mickelson) winning the PGA, anything can happen in golf. These days, we have good equipment compared to 20 years ago and you can maintain your distances which gives me confidence to know that I can still compete.”

When Thongchai made his first appearance at Southern Hills all those years ago, he made global headlines by telling the assembled media that he had opted to sleep on the floor of his US$200-a-night hotel room as the bed was “too soft” to preserve his gingerly back. He is staying with his close friend this week.

“I’m getting older, so I’m sleeping on the bed now. Mike (his host) has made sure I’ve got a good and firm mattress and my back is much better these days.”

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Published on May 24, 2021

Shaun Norris from South Africa claimed his fifth title in Japan on Sunday – and first since 2019 – when he won the inaugural Golf Partner Pro-Am Tournament after a thrilling sudden-death play-off at Toride Kokusai Golf Club.

Norris, a two-time winner on the Asian Tour, beat fellow Asian Tour member Scott Vincent from Zimbabwe and Japan’s Tomoharu Ostuki after two extra holes.

Ostuki, the leader after each of the first three rounds, made bogey on the 72nd to send the tournament into overtime but dropped out after making a double on the first play-off hole. On the following hole Vincent failed to save par to hand victory to Norris.

“I wasn’t able to come to Japan Tour last year so I am way down on the Money race, but I will fight hard to catch up. I want to win at least two more this season,” said Norris, who earned a cheque for just over US$122,000.

Scott Vincent of Zimbabwe (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

The South African had closed with a seven-under-par 63 for a four-round total of 21 under.

He said: “I felt I had an advantage against the other two”, as he explained his last win in 2019 at the ANA Open came after a five-way playoff.

His victory was made more impressive by the fact that he pushed his cart all week, as his brother and regular caddie was ill.

“I wish my brother was here with me to celebrate,” added Norris, who turned 39 earlier this month.

Filipino Angelo Que, a three-time winner on the Asian Tour, finished in a tie for fourth – three shots short of the play-off.

KIAWAH ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA – MAY 23: Phil Mickelson of the United States celebrates with brother and caddie Tim Mickelson after winning on the 18th green during the final round of the 2021 PGA Championship held at the Ocean Course of Kiawah Island Golf Resort on May 23, 2021 in Kiawah Island, South Carolina. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

At the PGA Championship, where American Phil Mickelson made his history by becoming the oldest winner of a Major at the age of 50, four Asian Tour members competed but failed to make it through to the weekend.

Americans John Catlin and Kurt Kitayama missed the cut by five with Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond and Rikuya Hoshino from Japan further down the leaderboard.


Published on May 19, 2021

American John Catlin begins the next chapter of his meteoric rise in the game tomorrow when he makes his debut in a Major, at the PGA Championship – on the daunting Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

It was only a month ago that the 30 year old claimed the Austria Golf Open – following five gripping sudden-death play-off holes against Germany’s Maximilian Kieffer – to secure his third victory on the European Tour in eight months, which moved him into the top-100 on the Official World Golf Ranking.

“I’d love to crack that top-50 in the world,” said the Californian, after winning in Austria.

“Just to get a chance to play in some Major Championships – I’ve actually never played in a Major. I’m thinking this gives me a very good chance to play in the US PGA Championship, that was kind of my goal.

Catlin with the Austria Golf Open trophy on April 18 (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

“Hopefully it’s good enough and to get into those events and to have the chance to win a Major, that’s been my goal since I was a kid.”

Well, that was all made possible soon after when he received a special invitation to play in the PGA Championship – the second Major of the year, where American Collin Morikawa will defend.

“It’s very exciting [to get to play in the PGA Championship]. It’s the only level of golf I haven’t been to yet,” Catlin said, more recently.

Catlin has been rewarded for his success by being paired in a high-profile group consisting of two other rising stars in the game: Scottish lefthander Robert MacIntyre and big-hitting American Cameron Champ. They tee-off on the 10th at 7.49am, local time.

Catlin celebrates winning the 2019 Thailand Open, after a three-man play-off at Thai Country Club on November 10. (Photo by Paul Lakatos/Asian Tour/Asian Tour via Getty Images)

While it was only a month ago that Catlin completed his hat-trick in Europe, it was only five years ago that he burst onto the scene and became a prolific winner.

He claimed the Combiphar Golf Invitational in Indonesia on the Asian Development Tour in 2016, won again on that Tour the following year, and in 2018 triumphed three times on the Asian Tour – leading to him to being voted by his peers the Asian Tour Player of the Year. And, he won on the Asian Tour the following season, at the Thailand Open, before taking Europe by storm in September 2020 with victories in the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters and the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

A remarkable and inspiring streak for a player who had been struggling to find a place to regularly play tournaments after turning professional in 2013.

Catlin will try and emulate the success of his compatriot Shaun Micheel – who in 2003, after having cut his professional teeth in Asia and won the 1998 Singapore Open, claimed the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club, ranked 169th in the World, becoming one of the biggest underdogs to win a Major.

Jazz walks to the 10th tee during the final round of the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black course on May 19, 2019 in Farmingdale, New York. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Six-time Asian Tour winner Jazz Janewattananond from Thailand, who impressively tied 14th in this event in 2019, tees-off at 1.31 in the afternoon, on the 10th; Japan’s Rikuya Hoshino, winner last week at the Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup, starts at 9.12am on the first; and Asian Tour winner Kurt Kitayama from the United States is off at 12.30pm, also from hole one.

 


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Korea’s Y.E. Yang believes it will not take another 12 years for the region to herald a third major champion following Hideki Matsuyama’s stunning victory at the Masters Tournament last month.

Ahead of this week’s PGA Championship which is the year’s second major, Yang tipped six-time PGA TOUR winner Matsuyama to compile more major victories and expects his fellow countrymen such as Sungjae Im and Si Woo Kim to also succeed on the major stage.

Yang wrote golf history in 2009 when he became Asia’s first male major champion by winning the PGA Championship at Hazeltine where he overcame a two-shot deficit in the final round to defeat Tiger Woods in a memorable head-to-head duel.

CHASKA, MN – AUGUST 16: Y.E. Yang of South Korea poses with the Wanamaker Trophy after his three-stroke victory at the 91st PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club on August 16, 2009 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

It strangely took more than a decade before Asia savoured another major high when Matsuyama became the first Japanese champion at the Masters, which Yang said he followed every shot of the final round at Augusta National on TV.

“I watched the final round until the final moment. Hideki stayed in control of his game until the end without losing focus. He earned the title to become the first Asian player win at Augusta National, which I want to congratulate him. I believe he can win more major titles and he will have a positive effect on Japanese and Asian golf. Prior to the Masters, I always felt Hideki could win one of majors,” said Yang.

As a former PGA champion, Yang will feature in this week’s elite 156-man field gathered at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island. He will be joined by Matsuyama, Im, Kim, Byeong Hun An and last week’s AT&T Byron Nelson winner, K.H. Lee. Talented Japanese duo Takumi Kanaya and Rikuya Hoshino, and Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond will also fly Asia’s flag at Kiawah Island.

Yang, a two-time winner on the PGA TOUR, is preparing to make the transition to PGA TOUR Champions as he turns 50 next January and he has kept himself competitive by playing in tournaments on the Korn Ferry Tour and in Asia in recent times.

“Twelve years have passed since the first Asian win in a major and Hideki subsequently won. I really think more Asian players will go on to win major titles now. Players who can potentially win are Sungjae Im, Siwoo Kim, Byeong Hun An and K.H.Lee. They are potential candidates to be our next major champion,” said Yang, who earned the nickname Tiger-tamer following his historic victory over Woods.

CHASKA, MN – AUGUST 16: Y.E. Yang of South Korea celebrates his birdie putt on the 18th green during the final round of the 91st PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club on August 16, 2009 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

“As for Hideki, now that he has already won the Masters and several other PGA TOUR tournaments, I can only see him setting a record for most PGA TOUR wins by an Asian player as long as he keeps his focus on the game.”

Twelve years may be a long time but Yang has vivid memories of his great triumph over Woods.

“It’s been more than 10 years now that I competed against Tiger and won. That event will always stay in my memory for a very long time. It will be one of my career highlights for sure,” he said.

Yang is confident he can compete against the other legends of the game on PGA TOUR Champions. He should receive a number of exemptions next year through his success on the PGA TOUR.

CHASKA, MN – AUGUST 16: Y.E. Yang of South Korea (2nd L) celebrates a birdie putt on the 18th green alongside Tiger Woods (2nd R) during the final round of the 91st PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club on August 16, 2009 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

“If I get onto PGA TOUR Champions, I will be one of the younger players. And for that, I will try my best to make every event count and perform well. When I play on the PGA TOUR and Korn Ferry Tour, I do feel I’m not the same like during my younger days. I hope to be more competitive on Champions.

“I’ve enjoyed my time on the PGA TOUR where there were some ups and downs. But I feel very proud with my success and have great pride and joy,” said Yang, who has made 192 starts on the PGA TOUR and earned close to US$9 million in prize winnings.

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Published on May 17, 2021

Japan’s Rikuya Hoshino made his 25th birthday a truly memorable one when he won the Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup Golf on Sunday for his fifth victory on the Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO) and second triumph this year.

Hoshino, who turned 25 years old five days ago, started the week on a good note as he earned an invitation to this week’s PGA Championship by virtue of being ranked 100th on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR).

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The talented Japanese would go on to end the week on an even better note, securing another invitation to The Open this July following his victory, which also marked his third win in the extended 2020-21 season on the JGTO.

Hoshino battled against gusty winds to sign off with a second consecutive three-under-par 69 and win by four shots over 2011 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines with a 13-under-par 275 total at the Sagamihara Golf Club’s East Course.

“I just can’t believe that this could be done. I pushed myself to the limit and I have given it all. I felt so exhausted after the tournament,” said Hoshino, who climbed to a career-best 69th place on the OWGR following his win.

Hoshino extended his overnight two-shot lead to six after sinking birdies on the second, fifth and eighth holes. He dropped two straight bogeys on 11 and 12 but recovered swiftly with birdies on the next two holes.

“I was in shock when I made bogeys and that really put me under pressure. I told myself no matter how many shots I am leading, I wanted to play aggressively. That strong mentality gave me those birdies on 13 and 14”, added Hoshino, who won the Kansai Open Golf Championship last month.

Hoshino took over the driver’s seat on the JGTO’s money list, thanks to his win. He also put himself in a good position to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics with his new ranking on the OWGR where he hails as the second highest ranked Japanese following Hideki Matsuyama, who sits in 15th.

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The old Thongchai Jaidee resurfaced on PGA TOUR Champions after a lapse of 14 months and the signs were ominous.

The 51-year-old Thai star finished tied 26th in the Mitsubishi Electric Classic at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Georgia on Sunday but the manner in which he closed out the tournament gave him plenty of confidence and optimism for his golf future.

After struggling with an outward 40, Thongchai birdied five of the closing seven holes to ensure his first competitive appearance on U.S. soil since March 2012 ended on a high note.

DULUTH, GA – MAY 14: Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand walks off the first tee during the first round of the PGA TOUR Champions Mitsubishi Electric Classic at TPC Sugarloaf on May 14, 2021 in Duluth, Georgia. (Photo by Tracy Wilcox/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

“It was a good comeback on the back nine. I enjoyed being here,” said Thongchai.

“I struggled with my putting on the front. We played all right all week but I didn’t have enough time to practice as I arrived on Tuesday from Thailand and was jetlagged. The greens here are very difficult and I couldn’t get the speed right. There were firm and fast but with it being softer today, I had good chances on the back nine. I missed only a few greens and had two three-putts on 8 and 9.”

The former three-time Asian Tour No. 1 and eight-time winner on the European Tour is playing catch-up on PGA TOUR Champions. After earning his card by finishing a creditable second in Qualifying School in December 2019 courtesy of a final round 62, Thongchai went on to finish T29 and T52 in his first two events last March before COVID-19 shut down all sports across the globe.

He returned to Bangkok subsequently and opted to remain in his home country due to the pandemic restricting international travel. It unfortunately resulted in him missing the restart of PGA Tour Champions last July and prior to last week, he had already missed 16 tournaments, thus limiting the opportunities that he will have on the over-50 circuit for the remainder of 2021.

“I enjoy being on PGA TOUR Champions which is a good tour. I was stuck in Thailand due to COVID and tried to leave the country to play here but I couldn’t do it. The situation at home was difficult and we didn’t have any vaccine then but now that I‘ve got both my vaccines, I have more confidence and I hope to spend more time in the U.S,” he said.

Thongchai added that his next start will be the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma from May 27-30, a venue which holds dear to his heart. The veteran Thai, who was a paratrooper and served in the army during his amateur days, knows every start must count to boost his position in the Champions re-rank category. He is also prepared to play Monday qualifiers to get into other Champions events should he be ineligible through his present status.

“At the moment, I’m not sure (about my schedule). There will be a re-rank and if I can’t get into tournaments, I will try to Monday qualify. I plan to hang around and to be here more,” said Thongchai, whose illustrious career also saw him become the first Thai to play in the Presidents Cup in 2015.

With an appearance in the Senior PGA, which will be his first major start as a Champions golfer, it will mark a full cycle in Thongchai’s illustrious career as his first major appearance was at Southern Hills when he made it into the 2001 U.S. Open through sectional qualifying. He finished tied 74th in what was the first of 32 career major appearances.

As the first Thai qualifier of the U.S. Open, Thongchai made global headlines that week after saying in a pre-tournament press conference that he opted to sleep on the floor of his US$200-a-night hotel room as the bed was “too soft.”

Twenty years on, he is prepared to toughen it out again to make his mark on PGA TOUR Champions.

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Published on May 15, 2021

Berry Henson is virtually a household name on the Asian Tour, and it all started for the popular American during this month of May a decade ago.

In fact, it was on this very day in 2011 – shortly after having made it through Qualifying School, in 11th place – that he marched to victory in Manila, claiming the ICTSI Philippine Open, at Wack Wack Golf and Country Club.

Winning the National Open of the Philippine’s is a rare privilege as it is one of the oldest National Opens in the game – in 2011 it was the 95th edition of the tournament – and Henson was made to work very hard to secure the title.

Despite suffering from dehydration over the closing holes during the third round, he finished the day with a two-shot lead, and then fired a final round one-over-par 73 to narrowly beat local-favourite Jay Bayron from the Philippines by a single shot.

Henson celebrates during the final round of the Philippine Open on May 15, 2011 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo by Khalid Redza/Asian Tour via Getty Images)

Henson made a brave up-and-down at the last, holing a tension-packed putt for par from three feet, to win with a four-round total of five-under-par 283 – on the notoriously difficult East Course.

“I feel like I went 72 rounds with Manny Pacquiao this week and didn’t get KO’d,” Henson said, after his win. “I played on a very difficult golf course and the weather was brutal. It was a hard win.”

He earned US$47,550 with the victory.

South Africa’s Jbe Kruger finished third, while Digvijay Singh from India was fourth.

Henson held a three-shot lead heading into the back nine, but bogeys on 12 and 17 opened the door for Bayron.

Henson plays a shot during day three of Philippine Open (Photo by Khalid Redza/Asian Tour via Getty Images)

“We were all struggling to make birdies and stay aggressive on the back nine,” Henson said. “I made a couple of mistakes coming in but everything worked out for me on the last hole.”

Bayron made an eagle on the second, but bogeys on 14 and 15 were setbacks from which he could not recover.

“Honestly, I was playing for second after the 15th hole,” said the 2005 Southeast Asian Games team gold medallist. “I tried to keep the thought of winning out of my mind for the entire round. Finishing second is a good result for me and I hope to build on this confidence.”

Henson was 31 years old at the time and it was the culmination of a remarkable and inspiring start to his journey in Asia.

Just two weeks before winning in the Philippines he had claimed the Clearwater Masters, in Malaysia, on the Asian Development Tour.

This came on the back of him having arrived at the Qualifying School with just US$5,000 in his bank account.

Said Benson, in an interview more recently: “I had one sponsor and he said, ‘hey it’s sink or swim, we either get a card or we are done’.”


Published on May 14, 2021

Sentosa Golf Club has further expanded its sustainability agenda by announcing a new partnership with Porsche Asia Pacific.

Five new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations have been installed as part of Porsche Destination Charging, a global charging network available at premium lifestyle destinations, making Sentosa the first golf club in Singapore and the Southeast Asia region to join the programme.

From today, the AC destination chargers (11kW) are available for use by all plug-in-hybrid or fully electric vehicles that use a Type 2 connector, enabling members to top up their cars free of charge whilst going about their day-to-day business at the Club.

It coincides with Sentosa Island’s plan to transform into a carbon-neutral destination by 2030 and Singapore’s ambitious target to phase out all internal combustion engine vehicles by 2040, as well as to create 60,000 EV charging points by 2030 to pave the way for a greater uptake of electric vehicles. As of January 2021, there were just over 1,200 electric vehicles, out of a total car population of 636,483 units (0.2%), and 1,800 EV charging points in Singapore.

Sentosa Golf Club will use the opportunity to encourage its members to take a more sustainable approach and go electric for the good of the environment.

The installation is the latest sustainability initiative to be rolled out at Sentosa Golf Club, following its reduction of single use plastics, the introduction of numerous water conversation measures, housing bee colonies on the golf course and plans to grind down waste to reuse it as fertiliser.

The Club also became the first golf club in the world to sign the UN Sports for Climate Action Initiative last year and is widely recognised for its commitment to sustainability through campaigns such as Keep It Green and, more recently, GAME ON.

Sustainability is also a top priority for Porsche with the brand committed globally to reducing negative environmental impact while further reinforcing positive influence on society.

Andrew Johnston, General Manager & Director of Agronomy at Sentosa Golf Club, said “We are delighted to have reached an agreement with Porsche Asia Pacific and Porsche Centre Singapore to have five electric charging points installed at Sentosa Golf Club. Porsche are one of the most credible and best-known makers of top-quality luxury vehicles in the world and it is fantastic to be working with them on this project.

“This agreement aligns itself closely with our overall sustainability agenda, especially our #KeepItGreen campaign that has become one of the Club’s key pillars and a way of life. With this new introduction, we will encourage our members to act in a sustainable manner by going electric and helping us on our journey to becoming carbon neutral.”

Henrik Dreier, Director New Business Fields at Porsche Asia Pacific, said “We are continuously working with partners such as Sentosa Golf Club to provide more charging points at convenient locations that match and seamlessly integrate into the lifestyle of our customers. By leading the charge in expanding charging infrastructure for drivers in Singapore and around the globe, we hope the adoption of electric vehicles will become more widespread. Our goal is to become the most sustainable and recognised brand for exclusive and sports mobility in the world.”

Sentosa Golf Club’s latest environmental campaign, GAME ON, was launched at the SMBC Singapore Open in 2020 and is designed to help educate and illustrate to the wider golfing community how important modern sustainable practices are for the betterment of the environment, acting as inspiration for golf clubs around the world to make changes to reduce their own carbon footprint. Sentosa Golf Club also works closely with international sustainable golf non-profit, GEO Foundation, to pioneer innovative practices and elevate Sentosa’s commitment to serve as a centre of excellence.

Porsche launched the Taycan, the first all-electric Porsche, in Singapore last year. The highly lauded electric sports car has been declared the most important innovation driver in the global automotive market by the Centre of Automotive Management (CAM).

By 2025, Porsche aims to have 50 per cent of its vehicles sold to be either fully electric or plug-in hybrid models. The production process of the fully electric Porsche Taycan at the main plant in Zuffenhausen is already CO2-neutral. Porsche also involves its partners and suppliers in its sustainability strategy. For example, battery cell suppliers may only use electricity from renewable energy sources in their production processes. At the same time, Porsche is working to re-use or recycle used vehicle batteries once they have reached the end of their service life.

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Sentosa Golf Club, regarded as one of the world’s most sustainable sporting venues, has announced a commitment to become the world’s first ever carbon neutral golf club by 2022.

The announcement comes during Sentosa Golf Club’s hosting of the HSBC Women’s World Championship, dubbed ‘Asia’s Major’, where 69 of the world’s best players are set to battle it out on The Tanjong.

Contributions from golf rounds over the next 12 months will be set aside to support the purchase of certified carbon offsets through regional Forestry or Blue Carbon projects, that will sequester atmospheric carbon while defending against deforestation and fostering conservation of forests, mangroves and reefs.

Sentosa Golf Club is also aiming to join the United Nations’ Race to Zero (carbon emissions) campaign following its pledge to neutralise the Club’s carbon footprint by 2022.

This latest goal builds on the Club’s various carbon mitigation measures over the past few years, including achieving Singapore’s Green Mark (Platinum) certification through enhancing the energy efficiency of its clubhouse, the first in the region to introduce lithium battery golf carts and increasing the efficiency of its irrigation system by deploying some 1,200 water saving sprinklers across the golf courses.

The Club has already undertaken the important first step of establishing its carbon footprint against the Green House Gas Protocol, in conjunction with Sentosa Development Corporation’s (SDC) island-wide carbon profiling efforts and GEO Foundation, the international non-profit dedicated entirely to inspiring, supporting, and recognising sustainable golf.

Moving ahead, the Club will further realise its carbon neutral goal by stepping up its efforts to pursue solutions that will make club operations and grounds maintenance more carbon efficient, including golf equipment and maintenance fleet electrification initiatives and renewable energy sources.

Sentosa Golf Club’s commitment is aligned with SDC’s goals towards sustainability. SDC announced in March 2021 that Sentosa Island would be transformed into a carbon neutral destination by 2030 as a key goal in its sustainability plan, bringing on board some 200 businesses within Sentosa to work towards the collective aspiration of island carbon neutrality.

Having become the first golf club in the world to join the United Nation’s Sports for Climate Action Initiative last year, Andrew Johnston, General Manager / Director of Agronomy and Resident Golf Course Designer at Sentosa Golf Club, commented on the latest pledge saying: “We are excited to set the aspiration to become the first golf club in the world to go carbon neutral. Since joining the United Nation’s Sports for Climate Action initiative in 2020 it has been our goal to become carbon neutral and hopefully inspire others around the world to follow suit.

“The Club is also proud to be aligned with Sentosa Island’s recent commitment to become a carbon neutral destination by 2030 and we are looking forward to working closely with SDC and other businesses on the Island to achieve this goal. Our vision is to deliver a world-class facility of exceptional quality, and our commitment to carbon neutrality will safeguard the Club’s long-term future and allow us to be a model for sustainability in golf worldwide.”

Thien Kwee Eng, Chief Executive Officer at Sentosa Development Corporation, addedSentosa Development Corporation is excited by Sentosa Golf Club’s commitment to become the world’s first carbon neutral golf club. Golf can act as a catalyst in the fight against climate change and it is great to see one of Singapore’s premier golf clubs leading the way in reducing carbon emissions. The Club’s sustainability agenda is closely linked to that of the Island’s, and we are looking forward to working alongside the Club as we progress towards achieving Sentosa’s goal to be carbon neutral by 2030.”

This announcement is the latest in a long list of sustainable initiatives and commitments made by Sentosa Golf Club since the launch of its newest environmental campaign, GAME ON, at the 2020 SMBC Singapore Open. The campaign is designed to help educate and illustrate to the wider golfing community how important modern sustainable practices are for the betterment of the environment, acting as inspiration for golf clubs around the world to make changes to reduce their own carbon footprint.

Sentosa Golf Club intends to continue developing its sustainable initiatives in 2021 by installing two food and horticultural waste digesters to limit carbon emissions by grinding down waste on-site and reusing it as fertiliser on its two championship courses.

The Club also continues to explore alternative energy solutions such as solar, as well as other sustainable food produce options, whilst its collaboration with GEO Foundation aims to pioneer new innovative practices and report credible results to share with other golfing organisations around the world.

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