The Sabah Masters is one of the golf tournaments held in Malaysia. It is an important event on the region’s golf calendar as it is the grand finale of the ASEAN PGA Tour. As such, the Sabah Masters is usually held around January. For 2014, the event was held at the Sutera Harbour Golf and Country Club which will be involving a string of professional golfers from around the region taking part like Antonio Lascuna, Malaysia’s own Danny Chia and tournament favourite Mardan Mamat from Singapore.
The main sponsor of the event is the Sabah Tourism Board which has been actively supporting the tournament. This event is a crucial part of the golfing community as it will determine the winner of the Order of Merit title for this tour for that particular season.
In 2013, the title was won by Filipino Antonio Lascuna who took home his first ASEAN PGA Tour win, beating his close competitor Mardan Mamat then and will both be featuring in the next edition as well. The Sabah Masters have always been a platform for regional golfers to compete against each other where seasoned Malaysian professionals like former Order of Merit champion Nicholas Fung and Danny Chia have previously participated.
This tournament is known to be one of the most popular events in the ASEAN calendar in the 1990s when it was once won by some of the best professionals then like Tahworn Wiratchant before it went on a 10 year hiatus. It was only revived in 2011 which was then won by another Thai golfer Wisut Artjanawat. That year, the tournament was held at the Sutera Harbour Golf and Country Club and has been very much the mainstay host ever since.
The Sutera Harbout Golf and Country Resort is one of the most luxurious and prestigious resorts in the region. It is nestled at the heart of Kota Kinabalu with its own seaside area and a 384-acre resort that cover a marina and of course, the championship golf course which was designed by Graham Marsh, one of the top golf course designers in the world.