The Championship at Laguna National is the former Ballantine’s Championship, an event which was held in Korea from 2009 – 2013. It moves to Singapore in 2014 under a new name due to a scheduling conflict. The conflict occurred at the last minute, so orgamizers were fortunate to have an established relationship with Laguna National, which had hosted the Singapore Masters from 2002 – 2007.
The Masters Course at Laguna National
You can feel the relief of the organizers in quotes from European and Asian Tour leadership:
Keith Waters, Chief Operating Officer and Director of International Policy for The European Tour, said: “We are delighted to announce that The Championship will be played at the Laguna National Golf and Country Club in Singapore, a venue we have enjoyed a wonderful relationship with in the past and one that I know our members will enjoy returning to next month.
“It shows the strength of our relationship with Laguna National that they have been able to help us out at relatively short notice and we would therefore like to put on record our thanks to owner Peter Kwee and all his staff for their assistance.”
Kyi Hla Han, Chairman, Asian Tour, said: “It is wonderful news that The Championship will now be staged at Laguna National. Singapore golf fans will enjoy having a major tournament back in the country and we look forward to co-sanctioning it with The European Tour. It will be fantastic for the finest players from both Tours to compete alongside Singapore’s best golfers once again.”
Peter Kwee, owner of Laguna National Golf and Country Club, said:“We have always valued our relationship with The European Tour, The Asian Tour and PMG, and are pleased to pledge our support for the event. Our expansion and upgrading plans, which are now underway, include a five-star branded resort hotel and full upgrading of the clubhouse and amenities. Nurturing and hosting of a European Tour event is a significant part of our long term commitment to growth at the Club.”
David Ciclitira, Chairman of tournament promoters Parallel Media Group, said: “I would like to thank Laguna National Golf and Country Club for its tremendous support. We look forward to working with Laguna National again to hold the event on their fantastic golf course and hope this marks a new era of professional golf, at its highest level, in Singapore. Further event sponsors will be announced shortly.
The current plan is for the tournament to return to Korea in 2015.