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Thailand is a sell-out for inaugural

international golf events

Thailand is well on its way to becoming the undisputed “Golfing Hub of Asia”. Two brand new golf business events, the 2010 Southeast Asia/ India Golf Merchandise Exposition (SEAIGME) and the Inaugural PGA Conference of Asia have been total sell-outs. Both events are scheduled to be held at the end of April and with just weeks to go before show- time, exhibition space at SEAIGME has been fully booked. “This is testimony to Bangkok ‘s draw as a major golfing hub in the region and this overwhelming response will spur the rapid growth of this event in the years to come,” declared Mike Sebastian, managing director of Asia Pacific Golf Development Conferences (APGDC), the owner and producer of both the events. SEAIGME will open at the Bangkok International Convention Centre at CentralWorld on April 30 and will be open to the public until May 2. “We expect a turnout of some 20,000 visitors to the show and visitors will be able to check out a full range of new golf equipment and accessories for the 2010 season,” said Sebastian. Running in conjunction with SEAIGME is the Inaugural PGA Conference of Asia. This is a brand new event which will be staged over two days, starting on April 30. “We planned for 300 golf teaching professionals to register for this conference but the sign up rate has just blown way past the 350 mark and there is every indication that the total will exceed 400 delegates,” exclaimed Sebastian. “This has far exceeded our expectations and it augurs well for the future,” pointed out Wong. “We have over 20 world class teaching professionals lined up as speakers including a special presentation by the legendary Hank Haney,” revealed Sebastian. The PGA Conference of Asia will also witness the official launch of the PGA of Asia - a body that is urgently required to ensure that the teaching of the game of golf keeps pace with the growth of golf in Asia. According to the president and chief executive officer of the PGA of Asia, Tony Meechai, “This organizsation will lead the thrust towards providing a comprehensive and sustainable training and education program that will come complete with international accreditation certification.”

A’Famosa Resort assures

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golf course is safe

The A’Famosa Golf Resort Berhad in Malaysia, which was sued by a company director over a crocodile attack about six years ago, has assured the public that the golf course was safe. Its general manager (property sales and marketing department), Allan Chee, told Bernama that the management stood by its assertion that golfers playing the course were under safe conditions - if they complied with its safety rules and regulations. “A’Famosa would also like to clarify any misconception that there is crocodile wandering around the golf links. “A crocodile is and always has been present at the feature ‘’Crocodile Course’’, which is well- known to golfers, contained in a pit which is three metres below ground-level and inaccessible to anyone unless it is intentionally breached from the outside,” he said. Last Wednesday, A’Famosa Resort agreed to pay RM43,000 in damages to Hong Kee Siong who was bitten by a crocodile while looking for his golf ball at the resort on Chinese New Year’’s eve, six years ago. The crocodile, measuring between six and eight metres in length, also bit his left leg twice. Hong struck the beast’s head before he managed to flee from the scene. In its statement of defence, A’Famosa Resort stressed that it had taken appropriate steps to give adequate warnings and notices to all its members and public users. It had erected ‘’Awas’’ signs and appropriate notices which were sufficient to attract the attention of its members so that they would be careful, especially in the vicinity of the said area.

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