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Choi Yoon Soo confirms participation to defend his title at the 2005 Asian Senior Masters
Singapore 11th - 13th November 2005.

08 June 2005


The founder members of the Asian Seniors Tour who contested the inaugural 2003 ASM - Singapore and Golfing Legend & Member of the World Golf Hall of Fame Tony Jacklin have done AST the considerable honour by kindly indicating their willingness to contest the 2005 ASM - Singapore to be staged this coming November from the 11th - 13th 2005.

Choi Sang-ho winner of the recent US$500,000 Maekyung Open is confirmed to contest the 2005 ASM Singapore. Choi's victory, worth US$98,000, made him the oldest winner on the Asian Tour.

Singapore's and the regions amateur golfers can look forward to competing with and witnessing some of Asia's and the worlds leading senior professional golfers as they contest the 2005 ASM - Singapore.

Once again some 128 amateur golfers from Singapore's Golf and Social Clubs, the various charity, corporate, chambers of commerce and other golf tournaments that we support and are affiliated with can again participate in the exciting 2005 ASM Singapore - Invitational Qualifier, with the top 11 "best gross" scoring participants securing places in the ASM Pro-Ams.

The 2005 ASM Pro-Ams will again feature Social and Corporate Teams alongside individual amateur golfers competing for places in the 2005 ASM Amateur Semi-Finals.

Due to the over whelming demand and interest expressed by Singapore's amateur golfers we will be staging a 2005 ASM Singapore - Amateur Qualifier catering to an additional 128 amateur golfers.

ONLY Singapore Nationals, Permanent Residents, employment and dependant pass holders will be eligible to participate in the 2005 ASM Singapore - Amateur Qualifier with the top 13 "best gross" scoring participants securing places in the ASM Pro-Am.

The 2005 ASM Singapore - Amateur Qualifier is a subsidised event, and the entrance fees will be SGD$ 175/- per participant. The event will be staged in early Nov 2005 in the week prior to the 2005 ASM - Singapore tournament, and will be open to participants from the following categories 16 Ladies, 48 Men, 32 Men's Seniors (55 years of age upwards) and 32 Junior Golfers - (16 each Boys & Girls 15 years of age & under) on the day of the event.

The top 9 best "gross scoring" participants from the 6 ASM Pro-Ams (some 576 amateur golfers in all) will proceed to compete against one another for places in the 2005 ASM Amateur Semi-Finals that will be played on Fri 11th & Sat 12th Nov 05 in a 4 ball format comprising 3 Senior Professional & 1 Amateur golfers which will also constitute the first 2 days of the 2005 ASM - Singapore professional event.

Click HERE to view the various affordably priced Corporate & Team Sponsorship packages available.

In 2003 some 50 overseas amateur golfers participated in the 5 ASM Pro-Ams that were staged, played social rounds of golf and attended the 3 day 2003 ASM – Singapore professional event as VIP spectators.

In 2005 due to the considerable interest received from overseas and regional amateur golfers, many who have indicated that they will be accompanying identified participating ASM senior professional golfers, we have created both ASM Pro-Am and ASM Social Golf Packages to cater to non-Singapore resident amateur golfers who might wish to visit Singapore, take part in an ASM Pro-Am and play a few rounds of social golf on some of Singapore’s beautiful golf courses.

Please click HERE to view the various affordably priced 2005 ASM Pro-Am and Social Golf packages.

Already 100 senior professionals who will make up the ASM's 105 senior professional field have at this early stage confirmed their participation in the 2005 ASM - Singapore event, this is incredible considering that participation in most professional tournaments is normally confirmed just 21 days prior to an event.

We look forward to welcoming those of you who will be attending an ASM event for the first time, and to seeing past ASM participants again. Together we will experience and relive the most enjoyable ASM Pro-Am atmosphere, the excitement of amateur participation and the good-natured competitiveness and rivalry that is to be enjoyed by the volunteers, spectators, amateur golfers and senior professional golfers alike.

Spectators and competitors alike witnessed the nail biting sudden death play off on Sunday 9 November 2003 when Choi Yoon Soo from Korea defeated Canadian John Irwin on the first hole of a sudden death play-off, sinking a 3 meter putt for a birdie on the par 5 - 18th hole to clinch the inaugural 2003 Asian Senior Masters – Singapore Title.

Tied for third were first round leader Terry Gale from Australia, (then ranked 3rd on the EST 2003 order of merit), second round leader Tienie Britz and John Benda from the USA.

They were followed tied in sixth place at 2 under by Mike Ferguson from Australia, Kuo Chie-Hsiung from ROC Taiwan and Mario Siodina from Philippines.

Singapore's leading amateur, Choo Tze Huang with a 0 handicap at only 15 years old, won the Standard Chartered – IndoChine ASM Open Amateur Championship trophy with a fine score of 72. Team IndoChine's Mark Lamb came second.

In 2003 thanks to the hard work of the Jurong Country Club's staff and the event volunteers, the hugely successful 2003 ASM - Singapore tournament accommodated some 662 rounds of amateur golf.

In 2005 the expanded ASM - Singapore event format will involve a staggering 908 rounds of amateur golf!

In 2005 we are also considering staging a Inter Golf Club Staff Challenge, the tournament will be open ONLY to employees of a Golf Clubs who are amateur golfers, sorry the event is not open professional golfers.

The final entry criteria is being decided, and depending upon the support received we hope to make the inaugural 2005 ASM Inter Golf Club Staff Challenge a regular feature.

Naturally this event will be heavily subsidised and the entrance fees if any will be kept below SGD$ 100/- for Singapore staff and SGD$ 200/- including 1 nights hotel accommodation. We would naturally look to the various participating Golf Clubs to support and sponsor their entrants.

Click HERE to view photographs on the results page for the 2003 ASM – Singapore.

Click HERE to view the final scores on the leader board for the 2003 ASM - Singapore.

The US$ 100,000 Prize Money for the 2005 Asian Senior Masters Singapore has been the lodged with Drew & Napier LLC for. Click HERE to view details.

The Asian Seniors Tour was formed at a meeting between the various participating PGA which was held at the inaugural 2003 ASM - Singapore event click HERE for further information.

Finally we wish to extend our heart felt thanks to the numerous people (we do know who you are) from all walks of life who have helped in so many different ways to make the 2005 ASM - Singapore event possible.

We remain most grateful to you all and wish to thank you individually, corporately, and collectively for your kind past and on going support, encouragement, and participation in the 2005 ASM - Singapore.

We are presently looking to stage more Asian Senior Master events in other countries in Asia and further a field. The AST is able to stage an ASM event almost anywhere in the world, all it takes is a relatively modest sponsorship commitment.

Sincerely yours,

Chuan Campbell - Managing Director

Matthew Murray - Tournament Director

8toInfinity - Sponsoring the Asian Senior Masters

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