Categorized | 2014, April 2014, News, On Tour

ONE ASIA: The History and Future of Asia Pacific’s Professional Tournament Destination for Elite Golfers

By: One Asia

Matthew Griffin

2013 Order of Merit Winner: Matthew Griffin, earned US $257,480.20 over 7 events. Photo Courtesy of OneAsia

From the 27th to 30th of March, the Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia PGA Championship was the official opening event of the ONEASIA tour calendar, played at Damai Indah Golf’s BSD Course. The event was joint sanctioned by the Japan Golf Tour organization, which saw the crème de la crème of OneAsia’s playing field competing against some of Japan’s top golfers and Indonesia’s top 20 golfers officially kicking off the 2014 ONEASIA golf calendar.

We sat down with ONEASIA’s Director of Media and Communications David Fox to find out about the history of this exciting golf tour and its future plans to provide Asia Pacific’s elite golfers a tournament schedule to test their playing skills at world class golf venues all over the Asia Pacific region.

Can you tell us a history of how the ONEASIA tour was formed?

It started in 2009, and it was a partnership between effectively 3 golf associations: The China Golf Association, The Korean Golf Association and The Australian PGA. The aim was create a major tour where the leading players from each region can compete under one umbrella, and to an extent it has worked and we have some great events: The Korean Open, The China Open, The Australian Open amongst others. In 2009 it started with 4 events, and now we are up to 12 events.

For the regions top up and coming professional golfers what would be the attraction towards focussing on obtaining an ONEASIA tour card rather than an Asian Tour card for a season?

From the 27th to 30th of March, the Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia PGA Championship was the official opening event of the ONEASIA tour calendar, played at Damai Indah Golf’s BSD Course. The event was joint sanctioned by the Japan Golf Tour organization, which saw the crème de la crème of OneAsia’s playing field competing against some of Japan’s top golfers and Indonesia’s top 20 golfers officially kicking off the 2014 ONEASIA golf calendar.

We sat down with ONEASIA’s Director of Media and Communications David Fox to find out about the history of this exciting golf tour and its future plans to provide Asia Pacific’s elite golfers a tournament schedule to test their playing skills at world class golf venues all over the Asia Pacific region.

Can you tell us a history of how the ONEASIA tour was formed?

It started in 2009, and it was a partnership between effectively 3 golf associations: The China Golf Association, The Korean Golf Association and The Australian PGA. The aim was create a major tour where the leading players from each region can compete under one umbrella, and to an extent it has worked and we have some great events: The Korean Open, The China Open, The Australian Open amongst others. In 2009 it started with 4 events, and now we are up to 12 events.

For the regions top up and coming professional golfers what would be the attraction towards focussing on obtaining an ONEASIA tour card rather than an Asian Tour card for a season?

The money is very appealing on the ONEASIA tour. Playing on this tour the minimum purse is US$ 1,000,000 per event. On the Asian Tour there are events with only US$ 300,000 in prize money. On the ONEASIA tour you make the weekend cut and you are guaranteed to cover your costs.

In terms of world ranking points which tour can you obtain more points from the ONEASIA or the Asian Tour?

As it stands there are more world ranking points available from Asian Tour events, however this is something we are working on as we feel our events should have equal if not more world ranking points available for the participants.

Rory McIlroy

ONEASIA continues to attract the world finest golfers, like Rory McIlroy who played at won the Emirates Australian Open. Photo Courtesy of OneAsia

During ONEASIA’s 2013 biggest events: The Nanshan China Masters, the Australian PGA where (Charles Schwartzel and Rickie Fowler) played alongside some of the worlds finest golfers, out of curiosity how much was Rory McIlroy paid in appearance money to travel to Australia to compete at the Emirates Australia Open?

I am unsure the exact figure he was paid, but I have heard information from figures in the Australian media that he was paid US$ 750,000 to compete in the event, so alongside his money from his winners check he did quite nicely from the event.

Rickie Fowler is an exception, the youngster loves travelling and playing around the world, he signed a contract with the Australian PGA and was paid just US$ 100,000 in appearance money.

Indonesia is proud to see several talented young golfers like George Gandranata, Rory Hie performing well in Asian events, explain the qualifying process for young golfers who aspire to gain an ONEASIA tour card?

Q-School. There are two separate regional qualifying events where the top performers over 4 rounds of stroke-play qualify, one q-school tournament in the USA and one q-school tournament in Asia.

Why is it that Indonesian players are behind the likes of Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines in producing top golfers at the highest level?

The top players from humble backgrounds, ex caddies are hustling for money domestically and lack any form of real sponsorship to progress any further. Where as the richer kids whose families have memberships at private golf clubs, their parents don’t want to them to be professional golfers. The exception is George Gandranata and Rory Hie whose families and them-selves have made great sacrifices and worked hard in their development towards being professional golfers.

Refer to the ONEASIA official website for up to date information and news during the 2014 season: www.oneasia.asia

Golf Indonesia will be following the progress of this professional golf tour all season in our monthly tabloid publication.

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About One Asia

OneAsia is a non-profit organisation developed to maximize tournament opportunities for the best players in the Asia-Pacific region. The founding members of OneAsia are the China Golf Association, the Korea Golf Tour, the Korea Golf Association and the PGA of Australia. Our elite suite of tournaments includes the national Opens of Australia, China, Korea and Thailand, as well as numerous other prestigious events.

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