Finally, The “Birth” Of A Brainy Driver!

Can you imagine a golf driver named after a part of the human brain? Now you can because the “Cortex” has arrived and very soon, golfers the world over will be placing this unique driver in their bags.

The “Cortex” is the end product of an 18-month search by Wilson Staff, the oldest major golf brand in the world with 61 major wins under its belt. The hunt, aptly labelled as “Driver VS. Driver 2” followed the journey of aspiring golf equipment designers as they competed for the opportunity to develop the next world-class driver from Wilson. Out of the hundreds of concepts submitted, 14 finalists were selected to present their ideas to a panel of expert judges and experience the complex process of designing a driver – from concept sketches to functional prototypes.

Throughout the series, their concepts were field tested and critiqued by some of the game’s best players on the PGA TOUR, along with celebrities from the world of sports and entertainment. Ultimately, one winner’s final design was picked and it is the “Cortex” which will hit shelves at golf retailers worldwide. The winner is Evan Hoffman who pocketed a grand prize of US$250,000.

The Cortex will be reviewed in full in the December edition of ASIAN GOLF.


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India To Host Major International Golf Summit

New Delhi:

One of the world’s most highly regarded summits on the business of golf will be coming to India in 2019.

The Asia Pacific Golf Summit (APGS), the longest running golf business conference in the Asia Pacific will be staged at the prestigious DLF Golf Club in Gurgaon in the month of November 2019.

The staging of APGS 2019 will mark the thirteenth edition of this annual event which has become to be recognised as one of the finest events of its kind in the world.

“This is the first time that the Summit is headed to the Indian Sub-Continent and it makes good sense to have India as the host nation because it marks a historic milestone especially when you consider the fact that golf was introduced to the country in 1829 with the establishment of the Royal Calcutta Golf Club, the oldest golf club outside Britain,” said Mike Sebastian, chief executive officer and the owner and producer of the Summit.

For the past twelve years, APGS has been the go-to business summit for the golf industry in the Asia Pacific region. In that time, most of the great legends of golf have spoken at the Summit and included amongst them are Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Greg Norman, the late Peter Thomson, Arnold Palmer, Annika Sorenstam and other luminaries of the game.

“APGS 2018 was staged very successfully in the Thai capital city of Bangkok on November 1- 3 which was attended by some 300 delegates representing more than 22 countries – Australian golf legend and entrepreneur Greg Norman was inducted into the prestigious Asia Pacific Golf Hall Of Fame at the Asian Golf Awards ceremony,” said Sebastian.

One of the key considerations of APGS being brought to India is predicated by the fact that India has now gained global recognition through world class professional players like Anirban Lahiri, Shubhankar Sharma and Aditi Ashok who ply their game on the world’s toughest professional tours, namely the PGA Tour and the LPGA Tour. Combined with the rise of Indian stars is the fact that some of India’s golf courses are recognised amongst the best in the world with the DLF Golf Club in Gurgaon being awarded the Asia Pacific Order of Zenith which is the highest honour that is bestowed upon a golf club in the region.

“We are very proud to have received the Order of Zenith Award at the 2018 Asian Golf Awards because this serves as the absolute validation of our constant quest to set the highest standard of excellence at DLF Golf Club,” said Aakash Ohri, Executive Director at DLF Home Developers Ltd.

The Asian Golf Awards is globally recognised as the “Oscars” for the golf industry and this year, Mr. Ohri was recognised with the prestigious Golf Personality of The Year award and Mr. Vishal Bharti, general manager of DLF Golf Club was inducted into the Legion Of Leaders, an elite group of the best golf managers in the Asia Pacific.

APGS 2019 is expected to draw more than 400 international and Indian delegates and negotiations are now underway to bring in a few major golf legends and announcements will be made in due course.

“We expect only the best from India and we are highly optimistic that APGS 2019 will be the best Summit in the series and everyone in the golf industry is excited to make the trip to India,” concluded Sebastian.

For further details, please contact Mike Sebastian at e-mail:


The Asia Pacific Golf Summit started in 2007 when the first conference was staged in Singapore. Since then, it has grown to become the Asia Pacific’s top knowledge and business networking event for the golf industry.

The international milestones for The Summit include stagings at the following major cities of Asia:

  • 2007 – Singapore
  • 2008 – Shenzhen, China
  • 2009 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 2010 – Bangkok, Thailand
  • 2011 – Pattaya, Thailand
  • 2012 – Jerudong, Brunei Darussalam
  • 2013 – Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 2014 – Singapore
  • 2015 – Singapore
  • 2016 – Hua Hin, Thailand
  • 2017 – Da Nang, Vietnam
  • 2018 – Bangkok, Thailand

It has attracted major legends of the golf industry to speak at The Summit:

  • Jack Nicklaus
  • Arnold Palmer (via video feed)
  • Colin Montgomery (via video feed)
  • Gary Player
  • Peter Thomson
  • Greg Norman
  • Annika Sorenstam
  • Tony Jacklin
  • Jimmy Connors
  • J. Choi
  • John Solheim
  • Ken Chu
  • David Leadbetter

Besides these golf and sporting icons, other notables have included the best names in golf architecture and the captains of industry in golf.

The Summit is owned and produced by the Asia Pacific Golf Group (2014) Pte Ltd (APGG), the leader in golf publishing and events in the region. APGG produces and owns the following:

APGG is a global force in golf with a highly focused perspective on Asia!

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Asians Do Well At Mayakoba Classic

Asian professionals kicked off the 2019 PGA Tour season with some truly spectacular performances.

India’s Anirban Lahiri (pictured) and South Korea’s Wee Khim tied for the 10th spot while Taiwan’s C.T. Pan finished in 12th place. These are excellent results considering that it was against some of the toughest competition in golf.

The win went to American Matt Kuchar who turned in a final round score of 22-under par to pip New Zealand’s Danny Lee by one stroke. The Kiwi fired a round of 21-under par.

Victory was Kuchar’s first win in four years on the PGA Tour.

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