WAGC World Finals is a boon to tourism


Kuala Lumpur: The 26th edition of the World Amateur Golfers Championship Finals ended on a high note during the Awards Dinner on Friday night as the participants danced and cheered with joy, underlining the fact that they had a truly great time in Kuala Lumpur.


Were it not for golf, Malaysia would be hard pressed to have sports teams – not to mention tourists – from countries such as Slovenia, Slovakia, Azerbaijan, the Czech Republic, Suriname, Moldova, Hungary and Romania. The World Amateur Golf Championship has once again proven that golf is a great platform for networking and promoting tourism.

Other countries that participated in the global finals are Austria, Poland, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands, China, Pakistan, France, the United States, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates, Spain, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Nigeria and South Africa. Africa, Ukraine and Portugal.

More than 400 golfers from these countries have qualified or entered the WAGC World Finals as well as the World Amateur Golf Invitational which has been organized concurrently. They all competed in Kelab Rahman Putra, Glenmarie GCC, Kota Permai GCC and Kuala Lumpur GCC.

Johan Tomba, son of the late WAGC founder Sven Tomba, said Friday night that he was very happy to see how far this tournament has developed. The Swedish professional noted that the organization was on point and that the feedback from the participants he met was nothing but positive.

“The logistics should be anyone’s nightmare, but the Malaysian regulators have pulled it off cleverly,” said Sven. During the four days of competition, golf bags were sent from club to club by the organisers. Which meant participants didn’t have to worry about dragging their bags from the hotel to the coaches, to the golf clubs and back to the hotel.

“This is the kind of treatment you would expect from a prestigious event like the World Amateur Golfers Championship and I congratulate its President Isaac Saminathan on his success. Great job.”

There was a lot of drama during the awards dinner when the winners were announced. Malaysia took home the main accolades, winning the 2022 Challenge Cup. But the biggest drama of the evening caught everyone’s attention on the huge dance floor.

Jim Smith asked the United States to give a speech. He duly thanked the organizers and then proceeded to identify one of his teammates, Suzanne Sheehan and immediately invited her to join him on stage. He then described how long he had known her and that they had a very good relationship. The next moment, he takes out an engagement ring and, with one knee on the ground, proposes to Suzanne much to the delight of the cheering crowd.

Choosing Jim for the occasion, in front of hundreds of witnesses from around the world, is the stuff of dreams. He just went out to show how much his proposal meant to Susan. You cannot write this in the script.

The two holes, both by Slovenians Thomas Kavnik and Alice Phivers at Glenmarie, added to the excitement. They were presented with limited edition Iroas ​​watches sponsored by ATG Watch.

Isac felt very satisfied and happy, knowing that the World Finals had been successfully organized. “There were minor hitches, such as slow play by some of the entrants at the start, but other than that, the tournament ran smoothly,” he said.

“Everyone I spoke to had only good things to say about the event, the food, the evening’s events, the hotel stays… everything,” Isaacs said. “I have to thank the four golf clubs once again for their fantastic course conditions and tremendous support. The golfers were really impressed.”

Going forward, Isaac said they are close to an agreement with the Tourism Authority of Thailand, as next year’s World Cup will likely be held on the tourist island of Phuket.

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