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New SPH Golf unit to launch monthly golf specials called Swing

Singapore, 1 April 2015 – To cater to growing demand and interest in the sport of golf, media group Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) has formed a new unit called SPH Golf to run golf events as well as produce monthly golf specials to appear in three of its newspapers - English flagship The Straits Times, as well as The Business Times and The New Paper.

The new unit will be organising this year's Business Times Corporate Golf League starting in July and the Singapore qualifiers for the 2015 World Amateur Golfers Championship starting in September.

SPH Golf will also produce monthly golf specials under the new title of Swing in three of its English papersThe new specials will carry content from the world's leading golf magazine, Golf Digest, as well as some of Singapore's best known golf writers and commentators.

The first issue of Swing will appear on Friday April 3 in The New Paper, followed by The Business Times Weekend on April 4 and The Sunday Times on April 5.

Mr Patrick Daniel, Editor-in-Chief of the English/Malay/Tamil Media Group, said: "Swing will be a top quality monthly special that will run in three of our papers, so that we can best serve the large group of golfers in Singapore and also those in the golf industry. We will also promote and organise golf events such as the BT Corporate League, now into its 6th year, to help our partners build networks and gain new friends."

The new unit will be run by Mr Murali Subramaniam, the deputy editor of The New Paper, who is also one of SPH's best golfers. Mr Murali will concurrently be General Manager of SPH Golf and Editor of Swing.He will be assisted by Business Director Timothy Lim, Creative Editor Jacqueline Wu and Assistant Manager Clarice Bong.

Mr Murali said: "One of the biggest advantages that SPH Golf and Swing have is the wide readership and reach of our three English newspapers. The content in the three papers will vary to cater to their different audiences. We've lined up leading writers - like Godfrey Robert, Spencer Robinson, Rohit Brijnath, Tan Ju Kuang, Ven Sreenivasan and Rahul Pathak - to complement the top-notch content from Golf Digest. This publication will be very different from anything else in the market."

Mr Murali added that the Singapore qualifers for the World Amateur Golfers Championships (WAGC) will continue to scour the nation for the best team of amateur golfers of varying handicaps to represent Singapore in a world-class tournament. This year's WAGC finals will be held in Turkey from Nov 28 to Dec 5.

"Last year, the team that represented Singapore finished second in the world finals. We hope to do one better this time around!"

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For more information, please contact:

Jacqueline Wu
Creative Editor
SPH Golf
English, Malay & Tamil Media group

Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 1626
Email: wuyej@sph.com.sg

Chua Pei Ling 
Executive
Corporate Communications & CSR Division
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 1895

Email: 
plchua@sph.com.sg

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.

Media 
The English/Malay/Tamil Media group comprises the print and digital operations of The Straits Times, The Business Times, The New Paper, Berita Harian and My Paper (English section).  It also consists of Tamil Murasu Ltd, which publishes Tamil Murasu and tabla!;   book publishing arm Straits Times Press; SPH Data Services, which licenses the use of the Straits Times Index, in partnership with the Singapore Exchange and FTSE Ltd; financial data company ShareInvestor; and the two English stations of SPH Radio - Kiss92 and ONE FM 91.3. 

The Chinese Media group publishes three Chinese newspapers  - Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News; the digital editions of Lianhe Zaobao and Lianhe Wanbao, four student weeklies - zbCOMMA, Thumbs Up, Thumbs Up Junior and Thumbs Up Little Junior, ZbBz Newsgazine and My Paper (Chinese section).  It also operates SPH Radio's Chinese radio station, UFM 100.3, and Focus Publishing, which produces a range of books and magazines including U-Weekly. 

SPH Magazines, SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles and has various online sites, like  hardwarezone.comherworldplus.com and luxuryinsider.com in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. 

SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today.

Other Businesses

Online Classified and New Media
SPH's online classified and new media initiatives include ST701, the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds), sgCarmart and Streetsine; Asiaone, Stomp, omy.com and SPH Razor. 

SPH's regional joint venture online classified business, 701Search, has a number of leading online classified sites in the region.

Events and Out-of-Home Advertising
Sphere Exhibits, Sphere Conferences, Exhibits Inc and Bizlink Exhibition Services organise innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. SPH Buzz is a modern retail convenience chain with a network of stores around the island.

In addition, SPH also provides out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its digital out-of-home platform SPHMBO.

Education
SPH has a 22 per cent stake in preschool and enrichment provider MindChamps.

Properties
SPH REIT is a Singapore-based REIT established to invest in a portfolio of income-producing real estate primarily for retail purposes.  SPH REIT comprises Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property in Orchard Road and The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall in the centre of Clementi town.

The Seletar Mall, located in Sengkang, is SPH's latest retail development. This property is a potential asset to be injected into SPH REIT. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.

For more information, please visit www.sph.com.sg.