Tuesday, November 24, 2009

European Senior Tour returns to Brunei

The Aberdeen Brunei Senior Masters presented by The Stapleford Forum returns to the European Senior Tour schedule for the second consecutive year in 2010 following the success of the historic inaugural event.
Brunei’s Empire Hotel and Country Club will again host the event from March 5-7, which will be the second tournament on the 2010 Senior Tour schedule following the curtain raiser in Mauritius in December.
American Mike Cunning will defend the title he won in 2009 when the Senior Tour made history by travelling the furthest east it had been in its 17 year existence.
Cunning held off an impressive field which included Ryder Cup-winning captains Sam Torrance and Bernard Gallacher, as well as double Major Championship winner Sandy Lyle.
Lyle and Torrance finished tied sixth and the latter’s prize money was to prove vital at the end of the season as he ended the campaign just €3,380 ahead of Ian Woosnam to win the Order of Merit.
The 2010 event will again be promoted by WSM Sponsorship, which stage four tournaments on the 2009 Senior Tour schedule, including the inaugural Aberdeen Brunei Senior Masters presented by The Stapleford Forum.
Martin Gilbert, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Asset Management, said: “After the tremendous feedback we received following last year's event, we very much wanted to stage the event for a second year. Asia continues to be central to our business development and the 2010 event will underscore our long-standing commitment to the region, and to golf.”
Andy Stubbs, Managing Director of the European Senior Tour, said: “We are delighted to be returning to the magnificent Empire Hotel and Country Club for the second edition of the Aberdeen Brunei Senior Masters presented by The Stapleford Forum.
“Last year’s inaugural event proved to be a huge success, with superb hospitality and great performance from Mike Cunning to win his maiden title.”
The Jack Nicklaus-designed course at The Empire Hotel and Country Club is built upon a stunning cliff top location and has hosted the Asian Tour’s Brunei Open since 2006.



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