Royal Splendour – Tourism Johor Golf Tournament 2023

15 Jan 2024

The competition for the Tunku Panglima Johor Challenge Trophy breaks records

The 6th edition of the Tourism Johor Golf Tournament 2023 for Tunku Panglima Johor Challenge Trophy on November 18 drew an ensemble of 132 avid golfers from both local and abroad. Organised by Johor Golf Tourism Association (JGTA).

Col. Mohd Jamal Salleh, President of JGTA, extended a warm welcome to all participants playing for the Tunku Panglima Johor Challenge Trophy.

The presence of His Highness Tunku Abdul Rahman Al-Haj ibni Sultan Ibrahim, the Tunku Panglima Johor a touch of regal charm. “His Highness Tunku Panglima Johor’s continuous endorsement has elevated our tournament to a pinnacle of prestige, solidifying its status as one of the most sought-after golf events in Johor, gathering fervent followers with each passing year,” Col Jamal expressed.

Col. Jamal also extended his deepest gratitude to His Highness Tunku Abu Bakar Al-Haj ibni Sultan Ibrahim, Tunku Putera Johor for his gracious presence, enhancing the tournament’s prestige. The royal luncheon and prize presentation marked an experience of true distinction, with both His Highness Tunku Panglima Johor and His Highness Tunku Putera Johor gracing the occasion and adding an extra layer of charm to the day’s festivities.

Col. Jamal warmly shared, “With the gracious consent of our esteemed royal patron, His Highness Tunku Abdul Rahman ibni Sultan Ibrahim, Johor Golf Tourism Association (JGTA), in collaboration with Tourism Malaysia, Majlis Sukan Negeri Johor, and Tourism Johor, orchestrated the exciting sixth edition of the Tourism Johor Golf Tournament 2023 for the prestigious Tunku Panglima Johor Challenge Trophy. The breath-taking landscape of Els Club Desaru Coast – Ocean served as the perfect canvas for the golfing masterpiece, bringing together an impressive line-up of golfers from eight countries – Malaysia, Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Scotland, South Africa, and Australia.”

Since its inception in 2017, the Tourism Johor Golf Tournament for Tunku Panglima Johor Challenge Trophy has been an annual spectacle, delivering a unique golfing experience to participants. Beyond the greens, the event serves as a nexus for building and strengthening networks and camaraderie among golf enthusiasts in Johor, neighbouring states, and nearby countries.

Col. Jamal added, “It is more than just a competition; it’s an opportunity for passionate golfers to revel in the joy of the sport, enjoying the lush landscapes and the beautiful ocean of the golf course. Every year with unwavering dedication, we aimed to craft an event that not only promises a day immersed in the thrill of golf but also offers a feast for the senses as well as the chance to win a myriad of exciting prizes. From the moment golfers arrive to their departure, the focus remains on creating memorable moments and a good time for all.”

Among the participants, five talented ladies from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore added a touch of grace and skill to the competition. Col. Jamal, with an unwavering commitment to promoting inclusivity in the world of golf, passionately encourages more women to grace the fairways in the upcoming tournaments. He expressed his hopes for an even greater turnout of ladies in the 7th edition of the tournament in 2024.

In the pursuit of JGTA’s dream to establish Johor as the ultimate golfing holiday destination, this royal tournament stands as a crucial player in realizing this ambitious goal. From the verdant fairways to the elegant clubhouse, JGTA curated an experience that transcended the ordinary, with lots of food and drinks on the golf course such as Red Bull, 100 Plus, Yakult, Still mineral water, Marry Brown burgers and local desserts cendol and various flavoured apam balik from Bandar Penawar that had added an extra layer of indulgence for the participants on that day.

The excitement soared with enticing hole-in-one prizes, featuring not just four coveted cars – Maxus T60 sponsored by WESTSTAR, Toyota Corolla GR Sport and Perodua Aruz X both sponsored by LHG, and Mitsubishi Triton sponsored by EON Auto Mart, but also an opulent assortment of beauty products worth RM10,000 each at all par 3’s, courtesy of Luxasia from Singapore, and a prestigious Titoni watch sponsored by ATG Watch.

Beyond the main prizes, the tournament also boasted an array of prizes for novelty games. Sponsored by Hospitality 360, participants had the chance to vie for 2D/1N accommodation vouchers with breakfasts at sought-after locations like Ramada Suites by Wyndham KLCC, Trinidad Suites Puteri Harbour Johor,
Shahzan Hotel Kuantan, and Ramada by Wyndham Langkawi Marina.

Beyond the thrill of holes-in-one, novelties and on-the-green challenges, the main tournament prizes took centre stage. The overall gross champion not only secured the prestigious Tunku Panglima Johor Challenge Trophy but also a personalized trophy, marking their triumph in the elite category. Additional main prizes included the gross champion and top three nett for Division A, B, and C and nett champion for the ladies category.

The tournament is supported by Tourism Malaysia, Majlis Sukan Negeri Johor, Tourism Johor, Chaqura Holdings, D’Harmoni Telco Infra, and a host of other dedicated partners. Contributors included WESTSTAR, LHG, EON Auto Mart, Luxasia, ATG Watch, Hospitality 360, The Els Club Desaru Coast, MST Golf, Desaru Coast, Qul Holdings (M), Jakel, Yakult, 100 Plus, Still, Red Bull, Desaru Fruit Farm, F&A Auto Global, Desaru Waterpark, JKR Kota Tinggi, Majlis Daerah Kota Tinggi.

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