The Malaysian Golf Association, (MGA) is one of the oldest sporting bodies in Malaysia. It is the governing body responsible for the development of golf in the country.
MGA for Malaysian golfers
The MGA is an NGO (non-government organization) that was started back in 1929. Having been around for almost a century has provided MGA the experience and knowledge to promote golf in the country and abroad. What makes MGA so unique is that the organization is run by volunteers who are passionate golfers themselves.
It is often said that golf came into Malaysia around the same time when the rubber tree was ‘imported’. However, golf tournaments started before 1929. It was around 1894 when a few golfers decided to hold the Straits Championship. This is often regarded to be the earliest edition of the Malaysian Open Amateur Championship, the oldest tournament in Malaysia which has been run each year except during the first and second world wars.
Promoting and developing the game of golf in Malaysia
Basically, MGA handles all golfing issues in the country. From policy making and input to organizing events, the association has grown. From its inception, the MGA has grown in terms of responsibilities and network. It had 15 members in 1953 and has to date 175 affiliates nationwide. This includes the International Golf Federation (IGF), The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews (R&A), the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) and the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC).
Today, the MGA organizes the top golf tournaments in Malaysia including the national amateur open and close competitions as well as the state amateur opens. It is also involved in processing the National Handicap System that manages handicaps for Malaysian golfers. Besides that, the MGA carries out programs for nurturing young golfers and training golfers in international tournaments.
Tournaments organized by MGA
- The Malaysian Amateur Open – The oldest golf tournament in the country, it has been held annually since 1894 besides 1917, 1918, 1941 to 1948. As such, it has more been run for more than a hundred times. This was the departing initiative of Major-General Sir Charles Warren, the Commander of the Troops in The Straits Settlement then.
- The Malaysian Amateur Closed – This event started in 1966 and is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the Malaysian golfer’s calendar. In 2009, a ladies category was included and the player’s performance contributes to the WAGR (World Amateur Golf Ranking).
- Putra Cup – This is a competition that was envisioned to foster better friendship and relationship between the countries in South East Asia and has been well-received since 1961. Today, this tournament has grown where it has other categories including the Lion City Cup for the Junior boys, Santi Cup for the ladies category and the Kartini Cup for junior girls.