KUCHING: More than 30 Asian Tour champions from 20 different countries are expected to vie in the inaugural RM1.21 million Sarawak Championship next week.
Gaganjeet Bhullar of India, who holds eight Asian Tour titles, will feature in the event alongside 2017 Rookie of the Year Micah Lauren Shin of the United States, Xiao Bowen of China and Thailand's Jazz Janewattananond at the Damai Golf and Country Club from July 4 to 7 near here.
Also in the elite field are former Asian Tour number one Jeev Milkha and Jyoti Randhawa of India, while the local challenge will be spearheaded by Nicholas Fung and Ben Leong, both winners on the Asean Tour.
Thailand's Pavit Tangkamolprasert will return to Kuching with happy memories as he had tasted victory in Sarawak on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) in 2014.
With six ADT titles under his belt, the 29-year-old Pavit holds the most number of victories on the region's secondary circuit, but his goal next week is to claim his second Asian Tour title at the Sarawak Championship.
"It has been four years since I won in Sarawak. I am looking forward to going back to Malaysia next week.
"It always feel like home in Malaysia. I used to go there a lot when I play on the ADT so I am very happy to go back to Malaysia," said Pavit.
He won his first Asian Tour title at the 2016 Venetian Macao Open by defeating Anirban Lahiri on the first play-off hole.
The win was a huge boost in his career and he hopes to repeat the feat in Sarawak.
"I have alot of good memories in Malaysia where I won two of my ADT titles in the country. Everything is good for me right now.
"My wrist is okay and my game's feeling strong. I am driving the ball good and I feel very confident. We got stretch of events coming up so hopefully I can get some good results.