Kajang, 25 July 2009 - Ricoh, a leading document solutions provider, recently created another milestone by organizing its first Japanese golf tournament in Malaysia. The Japanese Golf Invitational 2009, a one-day event, which was held at The Kajang Hill Golf Club welcomed participants more than 30 management executives from various Japanese and Malaysian corporate and private organisations.
This historical event was officiated by Mr Nobuaki Majima, Managing Director of Ricoh Asia Pacific and Corporate V.P of Ricoh Company Ltd., accompanied by Mr Tony Muroiwa, General Manager, Product & Solution Marketing, Ricoh Asia Pacific.
According to the Managing Director of Ricoh Malaysia, Mr Lim Eng Weng, Ricoh hopes to foster better working relationships with customers and partners through this event.
"Golf is a great way to get everyone out of a structured office environment and into a more relaxed atmosphere where all share the same passion and interest," Mr Lim explained.
"Customers and partners are our driving force to success. With this tournament, we hope to build rapport and show our appreciation to them. Furthermore, we get easily caught up with work and we rarely get to spend time outdoors. I hope that this tournament will instill a competitive spirit and initiate active participation in such sporting activities," said Mr Lim.
The participants played under the Double Peoria system. With its challenging 18-hole golf course and blend of Japanese Malaysian landscaping, The Kajang Hill Golf Club proved to be the ideal location for such an event. The players were treated to a luncheon after the tournament followed by a prize giving ceremony.
Mr Yuji Miyokawa emerged as the winner of The Japanese Golf Invitational 2009 and a proud owner of a Blackberry Storm. The first runner up went to Mr Yasushi Nakamura, who was rewarded with a V.S Army Watch. He was followed by Mr Ryuichi Funada, who won a Mont Blanc Pen, followed by the 3rd runner up, Mr Tetsuya Terada, who walked away with a pair of Foot Joy Golf Shoes. The rest of the winners were also rewarded with various electrical and golf prizes.
Ricoh has been actively involved in organizing and sponsoring various golf tournaments. Internationally, Ricoh has sponsored many international golf tournaments such as the Ricoh Women's British Open, LPGA Ricoh Cup, Ryder Cup, Barclays Singapore Open, Asian Tour, and endorsed leading LPGA player, Paula Creamer. On a local front, Ricoh Malaysia has supported and sponsored the prestigious Maybank Malaysian Open 2009, Iskandar Johor Open and most recently, the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Master.
Other than golf, Ricoh also supports other sporting events such as rugby, table tennis, winter sports and football. The Ricoh Black Rams, a company-sponsored team comprised of Ricoh employees, have been playing in the Japan Rugby Football Union's Top League since 2003 and have won many championships.
Ricoh has also established a partnership with The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) in supporting the ATP World Tour, the elite tour for professional tennis. Since its partnership in March 2005, Ricoh has been providing technical support to the tournament operations by offering state of the art printing and copying services in a very demanding environment.
The highlight of this year's event was the sporting spirits and satisfaction shown by the participants. It was clear to see that all the participants had a great time at The Kajang Hill Golf Club. Ricoh hopes to organize more golf tournaments with the success of its first "Japanese Golf Invitational 2009".