By Y.P. SIVAM
THE ninth edition of the Maxis Team Golf Tour, teeing off at the Impian Golf and Country Club on Thursday, will be an individual event.
Unlike previous years when the competition format involved a three-man team, this year's 12-leg event, culminating with the Grand Finals in Koh Samui, Thailand, from Oct 30 to Nov 2, will have three individual categories — A, B and C Medals) — based on handicap levels.
Maxis chief executive officer Sandip Das made the announcement after launching the championship, offering prizes worth RM700,000, in Shah Alam recently.
"The Maxis Team Golf Tour evolved over the years to be one of the most prestigious amateur golf tournaments in Malaysia. The event is an important part of Maxis efforts to reward and engage our customers with new and innovative experiences.
"It was then that we decided to change the format of the competition," said Sandip.
New format: Sandip (centre) with the partners.
Maxis head of loyalty (Marketing) Danny Tang said the new format would enable participants to sign up as individuals.
"When it was a three-man team event, participants had to go and look for partners. But the new format will enable us to reach out to more Maxis customers. Anyway, we have maintained the name of the competition as the winners in all three categories as well as the gross champion will form a team for the Grand Final.
"This format also allows the participants to get to know each other better as they will be a team. A total 24 teams will qualify for the Grand Final," said Tang.
The prizes offered are attractive and a 32-inch LCD television set and air tickets are being offered as sure to win hole-in- one prizes at each of the 12 legs. The big prize is a BMW 5 series, worth RM350,000, will go to the golfer who score an ace on a designated par-3 hole.
Maxis' partners for the event are Astro, Huawei, ZTE, Nokia-Siemens Networks, Patimas, Pharmaton, Transview Golf, LG electronics, the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Firefly. Sandip said they appreciated the support from the partners as the event would not be success without them.
Maxis customers can get more details at www.maxis.com.my/moc or 03-7806226.
April 30: Impian GCC
May 7: Staffield CR
May 16: Meru Valley GCC
May 28: Kajang Hill GCC
June 13: Horizon Hills GCC
June 25: Kelab Golf Perkhidmatan Awam
July 18: Tiara Melaka GCC
Aug 1: Penang Golf Resort
Aug 6: Tasik Puteri GCC
Aug 15: Nilai Springs GCC
Oct 3: Green Acres GCR
Oct 15: Impian GCC
Oct 30-Nov 2: Koh Samui, Thailand (Grand Final)