THE Eastwood Valley Masters will make its debut on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) on Oct 31-Nov 3 as part of the 30th anniversary celebration of its holding company, Woodman Group.
The US$80,000 (RM248,000) tournament will raise the number of ADT events to a high of 12 this season and will become the second tournament to be played in Sarawak.
It will raise the number of ADT events in Malaysia to eight, making the country the largest contributor of tournaments on the ADT Schedule in 2012.
The PGM-Sarawak Classic will also be played in East Malaysia in early October.
The Eastwood Valley Masters will be staged at the highly-rated Eastwood Valley Golf and Country Club in Miri.
Eastwood Valley, which opened for play in 2005, was honoured as Tee Times Malaysia's Top 10 golf courses by the New Straits Times and chosen as one of the most beautiful courses in the world by The Rolex World Top 1000 Golf Courses.
The newest tournament is a welcome addition to the burgeoning ADT, which was launched in 2010 for budding golfers to enhance their games and earn Asian Tour cards with top-three finishes of the Order of Merit.
The ADT will also be afforded with the Official World Golf Ranking points in 2013.
Datuk Sri Law Kiu Kiong, the managing director of Woodman Group of Companies, said: "We are proud and honoured to host the Eastwood Valley Masters on the Asian Development Tour later this year as it will be a gathering of international golfers in Miri.
"We are excited with this partnership with the ADT and we are determined to make it a great success.
The tournament will promote Miri and Sarawak as a golf tourism destination and will also help us to celebrate our 30th anniversary on a on a grand scale."
Asian Tour executive chairman Kyi Hla Han expressed his appreciation to Eastwood Valley for the launch of the newest tournament on the ADT.
"On behalf of our players, I would like to welcome the Eastwood Valley Masters 2012 onto our growing schedule.
"The ADT is enjoying a highly successful third season with a record of 12 events which is five more than last season and eight more compared to our inaugural year in 2010.
"The support from corporate Asia, especially in Malaysia, has been tremendous and it only shows the growing popularity of the Asian Tour and Asian Development Tour," said Han.