This October the LPGA will be in Malaysia for the inaugural Maybank Championship with 78 players competing for $3 million purse in a 72-hole, no-cut event
The LPGA and Maybank, one of Asia’s leading banking groups and Southeast Asia’s fourth-largest bank by asset, have announced that the inaugural Maybank Championship will take place October 26-29, 2023, at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The 78-player field will compete for a $3 million purse, one of the largest non-major championship purses on the 2023 LPGA Tour schedule.
Maybank, which employs 42,000 people worldwide, has an international network of about 2,600 offices in 18 countries, including all 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries. Maybank was the first financial institution in Malaysia to champion a structured long-term development of golf across the region, celebrating the spirit of the sport for over 14 years.
The multi-year partnership with the LPGA is the latest testament towards Maybank’s unwavering dedication to empowering communities throughout the ASEAN.
“The LPGA is excited to bring women’s professional golf back to Malaysia for the first time in six years thanks to Maybank’s incredible support,” said LPGA Commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan.
“The LPGA and Maybank’s shared values around elevating and empowering women make this an important partnership for us in this region of the world. Maybank is further demonstrating their commitment to women and our athletes by providing the largest prize fund of our Asian events and a world-class environment.”
“Over the years, Maybank Championship has successfully achieved its main intent of elevating ASEAN on a global stage in sports. Now, we see that the way forward in the evolution is to champion inclusivity of the sport in the region,” said Dato’ Khairussaleh Ramli Group President and Chief Executive Officer of Maybank during the launch at KLGCC.
“With the LPGA, we have found a partner that is committed to ensuring that golf courses are an equitable place for everyone, and we are proud to stand alongside this association in realising their vision to help grow the women’s game and provide equal opportunities for girls and women of all ages.”
"As a golfer who is proud to represent Malaysia around the world, I'm more than excited to have the LPGA Tour at Kuala Lumpur once again this October," said Kelly Tan, two-time Olympian and LPGA Player Director.
"I believe having a company like Maybank involved with the LPGA is a huge opportunity to help promote and continue developing the game of golf in Malaysia, and I'm thrilled that golf fans in my home country will have the opportunity to watch the world's best women professional golfers compete up close."
For more information visit the LPGA website.