The R&A today opened its new Asia-Pacific office at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore which will help further the organisation’s commitment to the growth and development of golf in the region.
The Captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews Keith Macintosh officially opened the new office at a reception for guests from the Singapore golf industry and other bodies that work with The R&A.
A traditional lion dance was held to mark the opening of the new office and Mr Macintosh performed the ‘eye-dotting’ ceremony to begin the dance.
“I’m delighted to officially open the new Asia-Pacific office for The R&A in Singapore,” said Mr Macintosh. “Singapore is a hugely important centre in the region and is an ideal location for the new office. It will be central to The R&A’s efforts to support the development of golf throughout Asia-Pacific.”
Dominic Wall, Director – Asia-Pacific at The R&A, added, “The R&A holds a long association with the Sentosa Golf Club and was a logical choice for the location of the new office given its close proximity to the headquarters of the Asian Tour and the European Tour and other sporting organisations based in Singapore.”
Andrew Johnston, General Manager of Sentosa Golf Club, added, “We are privileged and honoured that The R&A has chosen Sentosa as the location of its new office in the Asia-Pacific region. We look forward to welcoming its staff to Singapore.”
The Singapore Open, being staged at Sentosa in January, has been included in The Open Qualifying Series for the first time and Sentosa Golf Club was a regular venue for International Final Qualifying for The Open in previous years. The Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, founded by The R&A, the Masters Tournament and Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation, will be staged at Sentosa Golf Club in 2018.