SP Brewery announced its continued sponsorship of the PNG Golf Open by committing A$110,000 (more than K245,000) at the SP Brewkettle in Port Moresby last night.
SP Brewery’s newly appointed commercial manager, Artem Zyabkin, said as the naming rights sponsor for a third straight year, SP Brewery was pleased to be involved with the tournament again.
“In 2009, over 60 professional golfers from across the region converged on the Port Moresby Golf Club to play and we anticipate attracting similar numbers this year,” Zyabkin said.
Rated as one of the most pretigious professional golf tournaments in the Pacific region, Zyabkin said the professionalism shown over the four-day Open by local and visiting golfers was a testament to PNG’s ability to host the region’s top golfers and to provide adequate incentives for them.
“It is only right that such an international event should be sponsored under our premium brand and international gold medal winning beer, the South Pacific Export Lager,” he said. Zyabkin assured the PNG Golf Open Committee, under the helm of Gary Haora, that SP Brewery would continue to work closely with him to ensure that this year’s Open would be bigger and better.
In receiving the cheque, Haora said his committee would ensure that the event maintains the high level of professionalism both on and off the green.
Haora said the main objective for his organising committee was to continue to enhance and grow the PNG Open event so it not only continued to attract the best up-and-coming golfers from Australia but expands its profile and attracts an increasing an increasing number of golfers from around the region.
“This year we intend to invite golf professionals from Australia, Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand,” Haora said.
Speaking on behalf of the PGA of Australia, Queensland tournament director, Broc Greenhalgh, said in 2008 the PNG Open took out the prestigious ‘Tournament of the Year Award’, an award that the sponsors, the Port Moresby Golf Club, and the people of PNG should be very proud of.
“The South Pacific Export Lager PNG Open has again been nominated for this prestigious award in 2009. With only four tournaments nominated for the award, all eyes will be on the QLD Golf Industry Awards on Tuesday March 2 to see if the South Pacific Export Lager PNG Open makes it two wins from three years,” Greenhalgh said.
The South Pacific Export PNG Golf Open will be held from April 28 to May 2 in Port Moresby.