Kyi Hla Han’s playing career truly began in 1980 when he was selected to represent his nation in the World Cup of Golf in Bogota Columbia alongside his idol Mya Aye. In 1982 Kyi Hla turned professional and launched his extraordinarily successful 25 year run as a competitor on the world golf stage.
In addition to his many tournament victories, in 1999 he achieved his greatest honor, The Asian Order of Merit.
The son of a Burmese diplomat, at a very young Kyi Hla gained unparalleled international experience both on the golf course and in a myriad of eastern and western cultural settings. As a seasoned world traveler and talented golfer Kyi Hla has used his gifts to make significant contributions in promoting the sport he loves throughout his homeland and all of East Asia.
Beyond his on course prowess, his business successes are legendary from being voted the Tournament Players Committee (TPC) Chairman during his playing days to Executive Chairman of the Asian Tour upon his exit from competitive golf. It is not in titles that Kyi Hla measures his successes but in relationships. His proudest achievements are in the form of the success of the Asian Tour which he led to its meteoric rise over the last decade, and his constant commitment to the development of golf programs both Junior, Amateur, and professional throughout East Asia. All of which can be attributed to the extreme trust and confidence placed in him by those many associates who have supported Kyi Hla’s efforts to help make golf in East Asia what it is today.
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Sam Sakocius is an award winning Golf Development consultant, entrepreneur, author, speaker and mentor. He is currently the President of Qualitas Project Control and the Technical Director of Kyi Hla Han Golf.
Qualitas is renowned as a global expert in all aspects of golf development. Qualitas specializes in the technical aspects of golf functionality, design quality and feasibility, efficiency, and technical soundness over the course of planning, design, and implementation of a project. Qualitas is based in South East Asia enabling rapid response time to any issues as they arise.
During the course of his career, Sakocius has lent his civil engineering and technological expertise to the administration of over 130 golf and resort development projects worldwide; several of these projects having won awards for top 10 best new developments.
Prior to establishing Qualitas Project Control, Sakocius founded Hong Kong chartered Project Control International, China-based Kunming Beichen Consulting and the renowned US-based SAJO Construction, Inc. Under his direction SAJO became known for their many technological innovations particularly in the field of Digital Terrain Modeling. SAJO was the recipient of the prestigious United States Golf Course Builder of the Year award.
As one of Asia’s premier consultants, Sakocius has contributed to numerous articles relating to golf course development which have appeared in China Golf Magazine, Destination Golf China, Golf Digest, Golf, Inc., Golf Course News, The Back 9 network. Sakocius has appeared on many panels and seminars discussing/teaching the principles of Golf Course Development including the Golf, Inc. Show, the Golf Industry Show, American Society of Golf Course Architects seminars, and the Golf Course Builders Association of America.
Sakocius served for seven years on the Board of Directors of the Golf Course Builder’s Association of America and spearheaded the development of the GCBAA standards and practices guidelines still in used today.
Qualitas is based in South East Asia enabling rapid response time to any issues as they arise.
Managing Partner, HVS, Asia Pacific