SSGC resume full sponsorship of Shaaban and Sivachandran

02/10/2010

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian professional golfers Shaaban Hussin and S. Sivachandran can look forward to making bigger impacts in the Asian Tour this year without any financial worries.

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The Seri Selangor Golf Club (SSGC) announced yesterday that they would resume full sponsorship of the duo for their participations in international tournaments.

The sponsorship package is worth RM150,000 and the majority of the funds is expected to go to Shaaban, who earned full playing rights on the Asian Tour this year.
Eye for detail: Shaaban Hussin (left) and S. Sivachandran (right) looking at the terms of the sponsorship with Seri Selangor Golf Club chairman Abdul Aziz Mohd Sharif Tuesday. — KEVIN TAN / The Star

Shaaban finished 65th in the Order of Merit last season and was the third best ranked Malaysian behind Danny Chia (29th) and Iain Steel (53rd).

“I performed better last year compared to the previous year and managed to secure a full Asian Tour card,” said Shaaban.

“The sponsorship will come in handy, especially as I am looking at playing nothing less than 20 tournaments this year. It gives us the confidence to have practice and play better golf.

“I appreciate what the SSGC are doing as they have supported us despite the current economic situation.”

Shaaban chalked up a career best with a runner-up finish in the Cambodian Open last November. The 29-year-old also finished in the top-10 in the Brunei Open and was tied for 11th at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters.

Sivachandran is thankful for the continued support from the public golf club to help in his efforts to make the country proud.

The 30-year-old Sivachandran earned a country exemption card under the Asian Tour and will get to play in at least 10 tournaments.

“There are not many golf clubs who are committed to supporting local players. We may be individual golfers but when we do well, the country gets into the spotlight too,” said Sivachandran, who won the PNB Order of Merit tournament last year.

Together with Danny, Sivachandran and Shaaban were the only Malaysians who made the cut in their home Open at the Saujana Golf and Country Club last year.

The duo have qualified again for this year’s tournament at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club and certainly have all the right reasons to blaze the greens come March 4.