October 24 2012
CIMB Group strives to provide development opportunities for junior golfers in Southeast Asia through its association with the PGA TOUR and its title sponsorship of the CIMB Classic, the only PGA TOUR co-sanctioned event in the region.
In partnership with the PGA TOUR Academy, the CIMB Junior Golf Development Programme provides top-flight instructors to elite junior golfers across Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand in a positive and fun learning environment.
Juniors have the opportunity to attend at least two golf camps and select participants are invited to the CIMB Classic to see the best golfers in the world compete. In addition, in 2013, CIMB will provide funding and opportunity for top juniors to participate in tournaments in the United States.
“I think what CIMB has done for junior golf and trying to develop junior golf here in this region is just fantastic,” Tiger Woods said. “We see these kids out here so enthused about the game of golf. It's about giving them a chance to make something of themselves. You can inspire people, but you've got to give them places to play and compete.
“I think that's what has been such a huge turnaround since the time I've been on TOUR is the growth of junior golf throughout all of Asia. It's just growing by leaps and bounds.”
The CIMB Junior Golf Development Programme also exposes participants to opportunities for career development in the golf industry and teaches them the importance of “giving back,” in line with the values of CIMB Group and PGA TOUR.
A total of 128 junior golfers between the ages of 12 and 18 years old were selected for this year’s CIMB Junior Golf Development Programme. The programme is fully funded by CIMB Foundation and has received the approval of the national golf associations in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand.