Hawaii treat awaits winners

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 May, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 19 May, 1997, 12:00am

The winners of the regional final of the JBA Corporate Golf League in October will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Hawaii to play golf and to attend the MasterCard Grand Slam of Golf.

The Grand Slam, on November 12 and 13, is a 36-hole event in which the winners of professional golf's four major tournaments compete for a US$1 million prize.

Golfing sensation Tiger Woods will be at the Poipu Bay Resort course in Kanai, Hawaii, following his victory at the Masters last month and will be joined by the winners of this year's US Open, British Open and the US PGA.

The regional final, to be played at the Bintan Lagoon Golf and Beach Resort, Indonesia, on October 17-19, will include the top five teams from each of the five countries participating in the JBA Corporate League.

Teams from Singha Beer, ATD Resources and Lippo Bank have already won the Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia legs respectively to qualify for Bintan. The Malaysia leg starts in July.

Members of the winning regional team will get their air fares to Hawaii paid for, and enjoy free accommodation at the Poipu Bay Resort and three days of golf. They will also be at a dinner attended by the champions of the four Majors.

John Burgess, organiser of the JBA Corporate League, said the trip replaced one planned for a Senior PGA tournament in Hawaii in January.

'To be able to have a chat with the top four players in the world over a meal is really a once in a lifetime experience,' Mr Burgess said.

'A lot of players will go for broke to win, which really goes against the principles of what this whole event is about. We're putting a little bit more of an edge to the winning thing which I'm a little uneasy about but, at the same time, it lifts the standards of play.' Mr Burgess said he would be creating a spin-off league next year with a team challenge format to advance to the next rounds.

'A lot of people are out there to win and I want to harness that energy and put it in a different format. The whole corporate golf scene has enormous potential,' he said.