BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily News » Golf Largest English Daily In Borneo Tue, 02 Sep 2014 08:56:27 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Golf to be included in 2016 SukmaCM throws challenge to Sarawak Golf Association Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:22:09 +0000

KUCHING: The state government has agreed to include golf as one of the sports in the 2016 Sukma to be hosted by Sarawak.

Adenan (second right) sharing a light moment with Hoan after he made a putt yesterday. Seen on the left is Jamilah. — Photo by Chimon Upon

Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem, who made the announcement, said he had discussed the matter with Social Development Minister Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom.

“You still have about two years for you to prepare our golfers to make a clean sweep in the game,” he said at the closing and prize presentation ceremony for the 1st Sarawak Grand Championship held at Kuching Golf Sarawak (KGS) here yesterday.

Adenan, who is also the president of KGS, was responding to an earlier request by Sarawak Golf Association president Hoan Kee Hock for golf to be in the 2016 Sukma.

Meanwhile, Sibu’s Lee Kah Tung took the men’s title at the championship while Rebecca Sia won the women’s category.

The chief minister said the championship would bring a lot of benefits to the development of golf in Sarawak because it could become a good tourism product attracting more people to visit here.

“We are also very happy to see many of our junior golfers taking part in this event and competing together with top golfers all over Sarawak and elsewhere.”

Hoan said the success of the championship showed that the state has good facilities and the right people to organise the competition.

He hoped that with the continuous support from Adenan the competition can become a permanent feature in the Sarawak golf calendar.

To this request, Adenan assured Hoan that the tournament would be held annually so long as he is the chief minister.

Among those present during the event were Adenan’s wife Puan Sri Dato Jamilah Anu, former deputy chief minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan, State Secretary and deputy president of KGS Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani and Works Minister Datuk Fadillah Yusof.

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Sarawak Grand Championship expected to grow further Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:21:15 +0000

KUCHING: The inaugural Sarawak Grand Championship tournament has the potential to be a signature golf tournament for Sarawak.

Hoan posing with Adenan as Men’s Open winner Lee receives the challenge trophy at the KGS yesterday. Also seen is Jamilah. – Photo by Chimon Upon

This is the hope of Sarawak Golf Association (SGA) president Hoan Kee Hock.

Hoan, who was also the tournament organising chairman, was glad that it received tremendous response from golfers in the state.

“Our hope for this tournament is that it will be the platform for young and aspiring golfers to shine. Our hope is for this tournament to be recognised internationally one day,” he said.

He also revealed that some of the young and aspiring golfers in the state competed in the tournament against Sarawak’s finest professionals.

Four categories were competed in the tournament held at the Sarawak Golf Club (KGS) for three days from Aug 30 to Sep 1, namely Men’s Open (54 holes), Women’s Open (54 holes), VIP (18 holes) and Invited Guests (18 holes).

Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem and his wife Puan Sri Dato Jamilah Anu officiated at the closing and prize-giving ceremony at the club’s banquet hall.

Hyginus Kevin won the Invited Guest category and deputy state secretary Datu Misnu Taha won the VIP category.

A total of 240 golfers competed in the tournament.

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Second SCC membership drive is on Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:01:24 +0000

KUCHING: The first membership drive campaign at RM8,000 for individual members from July 1 to August saw 100 golfers registered to become Samarahan Country Club (SCC) members.

The first batch of 32 golfers were accepted as members effective Sept 1 and the remaining will be inducted on Sept 26 upon the completion of required formalities as per Constitution.

Due to the encouraging response, the SCC management committee has decided to launch the second membership sale for the period Sept 1 to Dec 31 at RM10,000.

Foreigners are allowed as non-transferable members subject to the approval of the management committee while the corporate membership for companies registered in Malaysia and has a branch in Kuching remains at RM30,000 for two (2) nominees.

For those who missed out the first launch, this is your time to join the only 18-hole golf club in Kota Samarahan District.

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Ka Tung grabs early lead Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:40:33 +0000

KUCHING: Tournament favourite Lee Ka Tung of Sibu Golf Club grabbed the early lead in the 1st Sarawak Grand Championship at the Sarawak Golf Club (KGS)when he fired a two-over 74 gross score on the first day to lead state junior golfer Aziel Teo Ken Yi by two strokes.

Tied with Aziel of KGS in second spot was his senior club mates Muhammad Lokman Mustaffa and Waili Abang.

A stroke further in third spot with was Ling Soon Kiong from Sibu Golf Club while three golfers Aaron Lau Zhun Min, John Ling Cheng Ong, Leduin Jordan Mobijohn shared joint fourth spot with their similar score of 78.

The fifth spot with the score of 79 was also shared by three golfers Steven Hii Tai Leong, Johari Aman and Desmond Jong, followed by Lim Lam Seng, Jordan H’ng Chih Chieh, Ismail Idris and Magit Semong who were tied for sixth spot with a 81.

The inaugural Sarawak Grand Championship that offers the Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem Challenge Trophy and Puan Sri Dato Jamilah Anu Chalenge Trophy attracted 240 golfers including 12 from Sabah and one from Kuala Lumpur.

The local participants are from KGS, Sarawak Junior Golf and First Association, Samarahan Country Club, Damai Golf and Country Club, Prisons Golf Club, Sibu Golf Club, Bintulu Golf Club and Miri Golf Club while entries were also received from Sabah Golf & Country Club (SGCC) and Keningau Golf Club.

This event is sanctioned by the Sarawak Golf Association (SGA).

There are 15 prizes to be won in the men’s Gross event and eight prizes offered to winners in the Nett event while in the women’s category there are also attractive prizes to be won including the top daily Gross and Nett scores.

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Prizes galore for Samarahan Open Mercedes Benz C200 Avantage offered as hole-in-one prize Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:07:33 +0000

KUCHING: Participants of the 4th Samarahan Open vying for the Brian Chien Chai Ung Challenge Trophy from September 12-14 at the Samarahan Country Club in Samarahan are in for a prizes galore.

Topping the prizes is the Mercedez Benz C Class C200 Avantage worth RM258,592 with AMG Bodystyling sponsored by Vistawish Sdn Bhd as a hole-in-one prize at Hole 3 and RM10,000 for the first achiever.

Transview Golf is also sponsoring a Calloway golf set worth RM4,300 for hole-in-one at Hole 5, 15 and 17 over three days. If there are more than one achiever, the prize will be shared.

The champion will receive Brian Chien Chai Ung Challenge Trophy, RM3,500 cash voucher and World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) points.

Sarawak’s top amateur golfer Lee Ka Tung from Sibu Golf Club is in the field and gunning for his third title.

Lee won in 2011 and 2012 but was denied by the narrowest of margins last year when he lost to club mate Lau Ching Leong by one stroke. This year, with an intention to enhance the level of play, the organising committee has set the handicap limit to 14 with no cut off to decide the champion over 54 holes.

The Nett champion will also be decided over 54 holes.

A two-man Team Event over 36 Holes for gross play has also been introduced with no restrictions on the combination.

“With some of the top amateurs from every golf club in the state participating, this tournament will see the crème de la crème of golf in Sarawak vying for the champion’s title. We have sent out special invitations to international affiliates,” said donor and sponsor of the championship Brian Chien.

“With this arrangement we envisage golf will be one of the main tourism’s attractions in Sarawak in the near future and Samarahan Open have received 2 entries from Nepal and awaiting others,” the Samarahan Country Club president said.

Chien also added that the Samarahan Open is one of 12 SGA-sanctioned tournaments in Sarawak and sanctioned by the Malaysian Golf Association beginning from 2014.

He hoped local golfers would take the opportunity to play at the Samarahan Country Club, the only 18-hole golf course located in the Samarahan Division.

“The overall standard of golf courses here has improved by leaps and bounds,” Chien said.

“Golfers who have not played at the Samarahan Country Club must take the opportunity to enjoy golf there,” he added.

Meanwhile, SCC tournament chairman Terence Chai said: “The Championship is open to all male golfers with an NHS Index of 12.9 (14 handicap & below).

The entry fee is RM300 which is inclusive of one practice round (excluding buggy fees), breakfast, lunch, buggy fees (for 3 days) and goodies. To date, we have received 100 entries for the tournament,” he added.

Other off-course activities during the tournament include golf equipment demostrations by Transview Golf, golf clinics for Juniors, Beginners and Adults conducted by Pro V Nelan and a lucky draw worth RM15,000 during the prize presentation ceremony.

The tournament was inaugurated in 2011 and the champion was decided over 36 Holes.

In 2012, it was increased to 54 Holes and last year it received the approval of the Malaysian Golf Association to be included into WAGR that is monitored by R & A Ltd, the governing body of golf.

To date this is the second tournament in Sarawak to be accorded with the WAGR status besides the Sarawak Amateur Open.

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Suzairi shoots under-par to grab lead Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:06:13 +0000

KUCHING: Suzairi Iqmah claimed the second round lead of the seventh leg of the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Satellite Tour at Sabah Golf and Country Club in Kota Kinabalu yesterday.

Leading a line of amateurs who turned up for the tournament, Suzairi shot the only under-par round of the PGM Tour’s feeder circuit event when he carded a 70. That commendable effort left the leader with a three-over 146 total and a massive eight shots ahead of second-placed Kevin Gaspar Pius (78).

Suzairi’s round was made all the more impressive as the next best score today on a course that played difficult from the first day, was a five-over 77.

Mohd Firdaus Ibnu was third after a 77 left him on 158, while Christopher Daniel James (77) and Safarrudin Abidin (81) were joint fourth, another stroke back on 159.

First round leader Casper Loh felt the effects of a 10-shot swing in the other direction as his 85 left him in sixth place on 160, and 13 strokes off the leader.

Raymond Lai (77) was seventh on 162, with Eldrick Chong (80) eighth on 163 and Azim Junaidi (86) ninth, another five strokes adrift. Mohd Zariq Encho, who opened with an 84, withdrew for unspecified reasons.

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Golf for the day, dinner for the night Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:04:56 +0000

MIRI: The Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) is inviting members to take part in a golf tournament in conjunction with the party’s dinner on Friday (Aug 29).

Abdul Baderi (centre) and tournament organising committee pose with the prizes at the press conference at the MBKS building on Tuesday. Also seen is Abang Affandi (third, left) and Lee (third, right).

Party vice president Dr Roland Mattu said the Unity Golf Competition at Eastwood Valley Golf and Country Club (EVGCC) will start at 12.30 pm sharp.

He added that there are 40 slots and it is on a first come first serve basis, with the special rate at RM169 for the 18 holes.

“The competition is based on system 36. There will be gross prizes, however you can only win one prize. It will be excellent fellowship as usual,” he told the Borneo Post yesterday.

Those interested can give their names and telephone numbers or SMS or whatsApp to The Club Professional Sophian on 013-8333123 or Roland himself at 019-8853233 or through a direct line 085-439525.

He added that all participants are invited for the Unity Dinner held at EVGCC on the same evening.

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Here’s the prize Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:02:28 +0000

Organisers of this year’s Sarawak Senior Closed Golf Championship and Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr Wong Soon Kai (seated, centre) displaying the tournament’s challenge trophy at Wong’s residence at Jalan Tabuan in Kuching on Monday. Wong (seated, centre) is the patron for the tournament which will tee off on Sep 6.

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Ben Leong pips Shaifubari Muda to Kinrara title Sat, 23 Aug 2014 16:25:43 +0000

KUCHING: Ben Leong won the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour’s I&P Group Closed Championship at Kinrara Golf Club in Puchong yesterday by a whisker as Shaifubari Muda registered the Tour’s lowest round yet with a brilliant 10-under-par.

The Sabah lad shot an impressive final round seven-under 64 of his own to finish with a 14-under 270 total and saw his effort rewarded him with victory as Shaifubari went round in 61 and would have obliterated the tournament best mark of 62, set by Nicholas Fung last year, had it not been for preferred lies enforced on the event.

There was a huge gulf between the top two finishers and the rest of the field as Wilson Choo (64), Danny Chia (65) and Shaaban Hussin (70) were tied for third on seven-under-par 277.

Iylia Jamil (72) was alone in sixth with a 278 total while Abel Tam (69), Nicholas Fung (69) and Sukree Othman (70) were joint seventh, a stroke further back on five-under. Kemarol Baharin (70) rounded off the top 10, finishing with four-under 280 total.

Leong said he was just pleased to have won again, on his comeback from an injury that sidelined him for most of the past two seasons. His bogey-free round had three birdies on the front nine and four down the back nine.

“This is certainly a sweet victory for me.  Playing less aggressively has helped me stay in contention and my goal is to get back on to the Asian Tour,” quipped Ben Leong.

Shaifubari, meanwhile, said he is thankful to have performed that well and conceded that it was the best golf he has ever played as a pro.

“This was an amazing round,” said Shaifubari, who had six birdies over the last nine holes to go the three on the front nine.

Indeed, it was an outstanding display of bogey-free golf and he added: “I hit the ball the best I have ever done and my putting was just great; unfortunately the round won’t stand as the record because of the preferred lies.

“But I am still very happy with how I finished the tournament. I shot a second round 65 on Thursday and generally played well this week, so to finish like this, it’s just great.”

Another player who was equally delighted with his performance on the last day was Wilson Choo.

The 25-year-old from Kelantan carded a 64 for his best yet.

Speaking after the round, he said: “I changed my putter recently and it appears to have made a lot of difference on how I played.

“I’m really pleased with how I finished. Hopefully I can use this to build a good run of performances from now on,” added Choo, who won in Lanjut last year.

“I had five birdies in all and was bogey-free today, so it was a solid round.”

The next stop on the Tour is the seventh Satellite event at Sabah Golf & Country Club in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah from August 28-30, which will be followed by the RM250,000 PGM Sabah Championship at the same venue from September 3-6.

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State juniors keeping high hopes in Sarawak Amateur Masters Sat, 23 Aug 2014 16:25:00 +0000

SANTUBONG: Six of the state’s upcoming junior golfers have high hopes of qualifying for the finals of the 7th Sarawak Amateur Masters Open Golf Championship at Damai Golf & Country Club (DGCC) that will end today.

The six who are among the 200 competitors in the Open Category of the Sarawak Golf Association (SGA) sanctioned event are Samdrick Yeo, Immanuel David, Aaron Lau Zhun Min, Bernard Yeo Chun How, Winston Goh Chee Hang and Mohd Nazeem Jefery.

Apart from Nazeem who is from Bintulu Golf Club (BGC), the rest are from Sarawak Golf Club (KGS) and they were joined by two junior golfers from Sabah Golf Club namely Christopher Daniel James and Casper Loh Wei Kin.

Most of the juniors such as Samdrick, Aaron and Immanuel are no strangers to senior golfers because they had regularly competed in major tournaments organised locally.

At only 15, Samdrick is the youngest among them and he stole the limelight of the recent 45th Sarawak Amateur Open Golf Championship held at DGCC on April 26 when he aced a hole-a-one at Hole 17.

But it was 16-year-old Aaron who had the privilege to play in the same group with defending champion Lee Ka Tung in the ongoing three-day tournament and he scored a modest 83 strokes on the opening day of competition.

Lee had also given Aaron the thumbs-up for displaying good traits while keeping up the pace with him and the other accompanying senior golfers namely Maggit Semong and John Ling.

Aaron said he did not feel nervous playing alongside with Lee who became the first player in the state to play with a minus-one handicap while the SM Lodge School student is playing with handicap 5. He expressed hope for the rest of the junior golfers to qualify for today’s final and for him, finishing eighth in the nett category of last year’s event will boost his confidence further.

At the start of the championship, even SGA president Hoan Kee Hock had applauded the participation of state’s junior golfers in local and national tournaments which provided them with good experience and exposure.

The ongoing Sarawak Amateur Masters Golf Championship 2014 offers the coveted Tan Sri Dr James Masing Challenge Trophy on top of the RM30,000 up for grabs in the main event and over RM200,000 worth of hole-in-one prizes.

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Ka Tung grabs early lead Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:34:44 +0000

SANTUBONG: Defending champion, Lee Ka Tung took the lead in the opening day of 7th Sarawak Amateur Masters Golf Championship yesterday after he returned the day with a one under 71 with his elder brother, Lee Kah Tiong trailing with just one stroke adrift.

Despite a bogey on the first hole and Hole 13, the younger Lee kept his cool and went on to make amendments while sinking birdies at Hole 5, 7 and 11 before ending the first nine with just one-under, much to the envy of fellow flight mate Maggit Semong.

The second nine was just plain sailing for the Sibu Golf Club (SGC) top ace and he was contented to achieve par golf before calling it a day.

Kah Tiong from Bintulu Golf Club (BGC), the 2012 champion, played a subdued game to return the day with 72 strokes after having blown his chances of the lead with a bogey at Hole 3, 11 and a double at Hole 7.

The birdies at Hole 8 and 12 saved him from the blushes with just one stroke adrift to make good in the second day.

Competition between the two Lee brothers was highly anticipated by the other golfers based on the fact that Ka Tung was the champion in 2009, 2010 and 2013 while the elder brother took the 2012 Tan Sri Dr James Masing Challenge Trophy.

“It is good that so many top golfers are taking part in this year’s event because it will raise the standard of the game … I will continue to play my normal game and hope everything else will be fine,” said the modest Ka Tung who played with under one handicap, the first local to do so in the tournament.

Over RM30,000 worth of prizes were sponsored by Blessed Builders Sdn Bhd for the winners in the Open and Invitational category while the hole-in-one prizes were valued at over RM200,000.

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Top golfers vying for honours in Sarawak Amateur Masters Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:33:43 +0000

SANTUBONG: Top local golfers were among the 200 competing in the Open and Invitational Category of the 7th Sarawak Amateur Masters Open Golf Championship which tee-ed off at Damai Golf and Country Club (DGC) yesterday.

Sanctioned by Sarawak Golf Association (SGA), the three-day event is the prestigious tournament offering the coveted Tan Sri Dr James Masing Challenge Trophy on top of the RM30,000 up for grabs in the main event and over RM200,000 worth of hole-in-one prizes.

Organising chairman Dato Sri Thomas Lau yesterday expressed satisfaction with the participation of top golfers in the event including defending champion Lee Ka Tung who will be challenged by former winners Lau Chin Leong and Wong Tung Ann both from Sibu and even his own brothers Lee Ka Tiong and Lee Kah Ming.

“I must say the prizes offered are one of the best around and we hope to work harder with SGA as well as Malaysian Golf Association in order to attract more golfers from other states,” said Lau who is managing director of Blessed Builders Sdn Bhd, the main sponsor for the event for the past few years.

He expressed hope for more top golfers from other states and upcoming local juniors to participate in the near future so that the event can progress to become the premier golf tournament in this region.

“We hope to have better participation from all over the country and also encourage more junior golfers to participate because this tournament can improve our standard of golf,” he enthused.

Singing to same chorus was SGA president Hoan Kee Hock who, during yesterday’s tee-off, said the association was satisfied with the large number of tournaments being organised at various clubs throughout the state.

“We welcome and encourage more people to organise golf tournaments but sometimes their dates may clash with those organised or sanctioned by us,” he said on the availability of golf tournaments locally.

According to him, golfers from other states also find difficulty in taking part in golf tournaments in Sarawak simply because there are also those being held simultaneously at their club side. He cited another popular golf event also to be held this weekend at Kelab Golf Sarawak (KGS) but the top local golfers had chosen to compete in the 7th Sarawak Amateur Masters Golf Championship because of the major state titles at stake.

Meanwhile, even though the fairways at the venue may be affected by the recent dry spell, Lee Ka Tung viewed it as a good challenge for the competitors.

“I still look forward to the competition and of course it is exciting to compete with top golfers from throughout the state,” he said while expressing the hope to win the event back to back since 2013.

Other top players however have mixed feelings about their chances in this year event including former 2010 champion, Wong Tung Ann who will play his normal game and said he had competed in many local tournaments in Sibu and Kuching recently as part of the preparation.

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Hans grabs one-shot lead in Kinrara Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:53:04 +0000

KUCHING: Hans Jamil shot to the top of the leaderboard at the halfway stage of the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour’s RM160,000 I&P Group Closed Championship at the Kinrara Golf Club in Puchong yesterday.

The 27-year-old fired a blistering five-under 66 to lead by one stroke from Sukree Othman, who signed for a 68.

Following an opening day when just three strokes separated the top 19 players, Hans made up ground with an effort that left him with a six-under 136 total.

In-form Abel Tam, who also went round in 66, was joint third with Shaaban Hussin (68) and first round leader Lam Yu Shuen (70).

Iylia Jamil (69) and Shaifubari Muda, who shot the low round of the day – a bogey-free six-under 65 – were tied for sixth on 139, with Akhmal Tarmizee (70) and Ben Leong (70) a stroke further back.

Lim Eng Seng (70), Rahizam Ramli (72) and M Sasidaran (70) were joint 10th on 141.

A red-hot putter is what propelled Hans up the standings and he said he looked forward to doing the same over the next two days.

“My driving and iron shots were not really that very good,” said the player who won at Damai Laut earlier this season, for his only victory on Tour.

“But my putting was good and I sank a few very nice ones along the way.

“If I can keep that going tomorrow and Saturday, I should be up there near the top,” he added.

Meanwhile, Shaifubari said his 65, which came courtesy of six birdies, was down to keeping focus and maintaining his concentration.

“The fact that we were playing preferred lies also helped,” he added.

With his last win dating back to Harvard 2012, Shaifubari said he was bent on making sure that he did not slip up here.

“I’m in a good place now and hopefully I can maintain my game plan and see this through.”

Tam, for his part, said he was just “getting into the groove” despite some excellent golf in recent weeks, but which has yet to yield a win.

“The course was a little wet but it dried up,” said the 22-year-old who only turn pro earlier this season.

“I hit the ball good today but could have done better with a few more putts going in. Still, I am happy with how I played overall and hope than I can build on it.”

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MNRB Group sponsor PGM Sarawak for 3rd year Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:03:20 +0000

KUCHING: For the third consecutive year, MNRB Group has extended its support to PGM by sponsoring RM350,000 to host the PGM MNRB Sarawak Championship to be held at Kelab Golf Sarawak from Sept 10-13.

Din (right) hands over the mock cheque to Mior Abdul Rahman while Sarji looks on during the sponsorship presentation ceremony.

In line with its continuous efforts to nurture the development of golf and golfing talents in the country, this year’s sponsorship brings their commitment towards the PGM Tour to RM785,000.

The PGM MNRB Sarawak Masters is the 18th leg of the PGM Tour and the ninth offering Official World Golf Ranking points to the top six contenders.

Tournaments offering OWGR points are highly sought after as golfers look to boost their rankings to earn entry into the Olympics in Rio in 2016.

At the cheque presentation ceremony held at Menara PNB on Tuesday, MNRB Holdings Berhad president and Group chief executive officer Mohd Din Merican handed over a mock cheque to PGM Tour general manager Mior Abdul Rahman. Witnessing the occasion was PGM Tour chairman Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid.

Sarji said PGM was grateful for MNRB’s commitment to the Tour and added that it would go a long way towards consolidating the local circuit’s standing.

He added that MNRB’s continued investment in the Tour exemplifies the Group’s support and commitment in promoting golf through top-class tournaments, which also generates greater public awareness and inspires local players to pursue the sport at a professional level.

Sarji also took the occasion to thank all the sponsors who have thrown their support behind the Tour as it showed that corporate companies are gaining confidence in the Tour.

He gave a special mention to Vascory Group who sponsored the Templer Park leg where local amateur star Gavin Green emerged champion, saying: “without the support from PGM, the ADT and generous corporate sponsors there would not be these kind of competitive opportunities for Malaysian golfers.”

“MNRB’s investment in the future of golf is to be admired and hopefully emulated for continued growth. PGM has been blessed to be supported by both the government and the private sector and when the 2015 schedule of events is unveiled our commitment towards the development of the sport will be seen as we will be increasing the number of qualifying legs to 12, thereby increasing the number of professional golfers in the country, as well as increasing the prize money for motivation,” said Sarji.

“We are honoured to be involved in supporting PGM to improve the standards of both professional golfers as well as the young up-and-coming players,” said Din.

“This tournament, being part of the Asian Development Tour (ADT) circuit, would provide opportunities for local players to compete with other players from the region. We hope to see more of our local players making headway in the international competitions in the near future,” he added.

The PGM Tour has applied for membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours and Tun Ahmad Sarji recently undertook a trip to England for the purpose of presenting a paper.

International Federation of PGA Tours has a positive impression of Malaysia, acknowledging events such as the Maybank Malaysian Open and the CIMB Classic.

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KGS capture Inter-Club Golf Challenge Trophy for fifth time Sun, 17 Aug 2014 23:50:30 +0000

KGS players celebrate their victory in the 27th Sarawak Inter-Club Golf Challenge Trophy after the prize presentation.

KUCHING: Sarawak Golf Club (KGS) thrived on the home ground advantage to clinch the Sarawak Inter-Club Golf Challenge Trophy for the fifth time yesterday.

Captained by Dr David Sylvester Ling, the KGS team recorded a first day score of 767 on Saturday and 771 yesterday for a two-day total of 1,538 to beat six other teams in the annual competition.

KGS were represented by Lee Kah Ming, Mohammad Lokman Mustaffa, Norazle Idris, Magit Semong, Aaron Lau Zhun Min, Mohd Yusri Jusmail, Aziel Teo Ken Yi, Abu Bakar Kiprawi, Waili Abang, Helmi Hipni and Joseph Lau Ka Hoo.

Other members included Abdul Aziz Sahari, Jimmie Teo, William Manggoi, Johari Aman, Sarawak Golf Association president Hoan Kee Hock, Muas Sebli, Michael Lee, Jordan Hng Chih Chieh and Michael Lim.

The runners-up in this 27th edition of the competition were Sibu Golf Club who registered a total score of 1,589 (792, 797).

Coming in third place were Samarahan Country Club with the score of 1,674 (845, 829).

Other teams in the fray were defending champions Bintulu Golf Club, Miri Golf Club, Prisons Golf Club and the Sarawak Junior First Golf Association.

In the individual competition, the Lee brothers were in great form as they finished among the top eight positions in the gross event.

Lee Kah Tung from Sibu Golf Club shot a two-day total of 144 to win the title and his brother and club mate Ka Tiong was second on 149.

His other siblings Kah Ching of Miri Golf Golf Club was fifth (153 OCB) while Kah Ming of KGS finished in seventh spot.

Securing the third position in this category was Mohd Yusri Jusmail of KGS who carded a 151, followed by Sibu Gold Club’s Lau Ching Leong in fourth place with a 152 score.

Maggit Semong of KGS ended up in sixth place with 153 and Ling Soon Kiong of Sibu Gold Club was eighth on 154.

The individual nett title went to Waili Abang of KGS who returned a two-day score of 140.

Lincoln Leong of Samarahan Country Club beat Jordan Hng of KGS into third place on count back after both carded similar scores of 142 and Samsudin Molok from the Sarawak Junior First Golf Association was fourth with his score of 143.

Francis Nguoi Ing Sie walked away smiling from ear to ear as he pocketed RM1,000 for achieving a hole-in-one feat during the competition.

The daily gross winners were Johari Aman (75) on day one and Wong Tung Ann (76) on day two.

Michael Lim won the daily nett prize on day one with a score of 67 while Michael Tang Ting Seng was the day two nett winner with his score of 67.

Miri Golf Club will host the next edition of the inter-club challenge next year.

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Pavit wins in Terengganu as Thais secure top three spots Sun, 17 Aug 2014 23:48:31 +0000

Pavit Tangkamolprasert poses with his prizes after winning the PGM Tour’s RM200,000 Terengganu Championship at Resorts World Kijal yesterday.

KUCHING: Thailand filled the top three spots in the PGM Tour’s RM200,000 Terengganu Championship at Resorts World Kijal yesterday.

Leading the way was Pavit Tangkamolprasert, who fired a final round five-under 66 to come from behind and win by a single stroke from compatriot Pijit Petchkasem (71).

He finished on 13-under 273.

In third place was Rattanon Wannasrichan, who closed with a 68 and was three shots off the leader on 274, while Malaysia’s Shaaban Hussin settled for fourth place on 276.

A stroke back was Sweden’s Malcolm Kokocinski (69), while Australian Nabil Abdul (65), Japan’s Tenka Terada (66) and Malaysian Abel Tam (72) were joint sixth on six-under 278.

American Casey O’Toole (66), Englishman Grant Jackson (67), Myanmar veteran Zaw Moe (70) were tied for ninth on 279.

After shooting a round that yielded six birdies, which were countered by a bogey, and see his countryman Pijit surrender the lead at the end of the tournament with an even-par 71, Pavit said he was “very, very happy”.

“It is always nice to win and while this is my first victory this season, following the ADT event I won in Indonesia on last season’s schedule, I am very, very happy.

“I am also happy that my putting peaked in the last round,” added the 25-year-old from Bangkok. “I think the turning point came at the 7th hole where I sunk a 30-foot putt and from there my confidence grew on the greens.

“My driving off the tee and my short-game were good throughout the week, so for my putter to get hot on the last day – especially the back nine – it really made the difference and I am really pleased about it,” said Pavit.

Pijit, who looked a good bet going into the last round with a two-stroke advantage, had four birdies on the day, but gave those shots back with a double-bogey and two bogeys.

It dented his chances of a first PGM Tour title, but he should have learnt a few good lessons this week, not in the least that he has the game to challenge the best on the Tour.

The Terengganu Championship is co-sanctioned with the Asian Development Tour and carries world ranking points.

PGM Tour’s next stop is the I&P Group Closed Championship at Kinrara Golf Club in Puchong, Selangor, starting on Thursday.

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Two-day Dayang Golf Challenge tees off on Sep 6 Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:03:40 +0000

MIRI: A BMW 3 series has been offered as the hole-in-one prize of the Dayang Golf Challenge 2014 which will be held at Eastwood Valley Golf and Country Club on Sept 6 and 7.

The tournament is open to those whose handicaps are approved by Malaysia Golf Association (MGA) or United State Golf Association (USGA) as well as those with National Handicap System (NHS) index of 21.9 and below for men and 23.2 and below for ladies.

The open category is limited to 200 players including 24 female players. It will commence with a qualifying round on Sept 6.

The final round will take place on the following day.

On that day, there will also be 130 invited guests playing in a special category set up by the organiser.

Registration fee is RM250 per person and the closing date for registration is Aug 31.

Upon registration, each participant will receive a goodies set comprising FJ trolley bag, a tube of golf ball, a golf cap, a golf shirt and an umbrella.

There will be special tournament t-shirt for the participants and the colour will be blue for the men and red for the ladies.

A dinner and prize presentation ceremony will be held at the end of the tournament on the second day.

Electrical items and gadgets will be given as prizes to winners in the Open Gross (Men), Open Nett (Men), Open Nett (Ladies), Invited Guest – Gross and Invited Guest- Nett categories.

There will also be novelty prizes and lucky draw prizes awaiting the participants. Those interested can contact Solomon Koh at 012-8793939 for more details.

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200 golfers for weekend Miri tournaments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:08:38 +0000

MIRI: Miri Golf Club (KGM) will host two tournaments – the 10th Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri (Dr.) Alfred Jabu Golf Challenge Trophy and the 8th Dato’ Sri Empiang Jabu Golf Challenge Trophy on Aug 16.

Tan Sri Datuk Jimmy Lau (fifth right) handing over the mock key of the sponsored Proton Saga to Robert (fifth left).

The event, organised by Dayak Golf Association of Sarawak (DGA), will feature six sections, namely Open Section (for KGM members); DGA Section (for DGA members vying for DPTS trophy); Senior Section (aged 55 and above); Ladies Section (vying for DS trophy); Invited Guest Section (invited guests) and Junior Section (for KGM and DGA junior golfers).

Organizing chairman Councilor Robert Inging Will revealed at a press conference yesterday that a total of 200 golfers will be participating of which 50 DGA members from Miri, Kuching, Bintulu, Labuan and Kuala Lumpur.

Male golfers with handicap 24 and below have been invited to play for the DPTS (Dr.) Alfred Jabu Trophy. Female players with handicap 30 and below will compete for the Senator Dato’ Sri Empiang Trophy.

DGA president Malcolm Mussen Lamoh is expected to vie for the challenge trophy.

Eight other past champions are also expected to participate, namely Protasi Ayor (2004), Sipol Ambun (2005), Jilan Jenggie (2006), Joseph Jinggut (2007), Benny Rajah (2008), Anchum Melina (2009), Asa Laba (2010), Andreas Ewat (2011) and Robert Inging Will (2012).

Prizes will include a Proton Saga (for hole-in-one at all par 3) sponsored by former KGM captain Tan Sri Datuk Jimmy Lau and novelty prizes for nearest to pin, nearest to line and longest drive.

Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri (Dr.) Alfred Jabu will give away the prizes.

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Debate escalates over Tiger’s health, shutdown urged Sun, 10 Aug 2014 22:56:07 +0000

Tiger Woods of the United States stands alongside his bag on the fifth hole during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. — AFP photo

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky: The early exit by an ailing Tiger Woods from this week’s PGA Championship prompted widespread debate about his immediate playing future, with many suggesting that he should shut down for the rest of the year.

Woods has been a shadow of his former self since back surgery in late March and he missed the cut at Valhalla Golf Club on Friday after struggling for form and rhythm while clearly not at full health.

Though he pronounced himself fit to compete in the year’s final major after recovering from back spasms that forced him to withdraw from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational last week, the 14-times major winner played poorly in both rounds.

“He has gone from the artist to the engineer,” former PGA Championship winner Paul Azinger said on Saturday while commentating as a television analyst for Golf Channel.

“It is difficult to watch a Vincent Van Gogh paint by numbers. We want to see Tiger come back and get all of this stuff out of his head.

“The golf swing takes a second and a half. What is running through his head in a second and a half that has caused him to lose face and path awareness?

“Something is happening in the strongest and greatest mind that golf has ever known that is different, and he has got to fix it. It is not just physical.”

Butch Harmon, who previously worked as a swing coach for Woods, felt the former world number one should have quit midway through Friday’s second round at Valhalla instead of battling on to card a second successive three-over-par 74.

“I was surprised he played the back nine. He looked really sore on the front nine; he looked

like he was in a lot of pain,” Harmon said during a Sky Sports telecast.

“I think Tiger wanted to show ‘I came here to play, I’m going to finish my round’. Quite frankly he swung at about 70 percent on the back nine and hit a lot of good shots.

“I hope he goes home and gets healthy and comes back because the game is in a better place when Tiger Woods is at the top of the leaderboard.”

Woods, who has been stuck on 14 major wins since his playoff victory at the 2008 U.S. Open, has played just eight tournaments worldwide this year with his best result a tie for 25th at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

He has withdrawn twice from his seven PGA Tour starts and missed the cut in two others, this week at Valhalla marking only his fourth missed cut in a major as a professional.

Woods had said the back spasms he suffered at last week’s Bridgestone Invitational were resolved after his physiotherapist had popped back his sacrum (a bone at the base of the spine), which had loosened after he landed awkwardly in a bunker.

However, a similar problem occurred before he teed off in the PGA Championship second round, forcing him to restrict his back swing and rely on timing, a combination that left him a distant 15 strokes off the lead by the time he finished.

On Friday, Woods gave no indication as to when he would next play in a tournament, saying: “I just need to get stronger first. We’ll see from there.” — Reuters

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Rory McIlroy prepared for final-round PGA shootout Sun, 10 Aug 2014 22:45:52 +0000

LOUISVILLE: Rory McIlroy has carried a comfortable lead into three major triumphs but knows he faces a shootout in Sunday’s final round of the PGA Championship with no margin for error.

The world number one from Northern Ireland birdied three of the last four holes Sunday to fire a third-round 67 and grab a one-stroke lead over Austrian Bernd Wiesberger after 54 holes at rain-soaked Valhalla.

“I’m in the best position I can be in going into tomorrow,” McIlroy said. “I would rather be the guy that’s being chased and have that shot advantage than not.”

McIlroy blew his first 54-hole lead in a major at the 2011 Masters with a final round 80 but bounced back and led by eight shots entering the final round of the next major, the 2011 US Open, and won.

Since then he has won after leading by three shots at the 2012 PGA Championship and six strokes last month at Hoylake in winning the British Open.

“Tomorrow standing on the first tee is going to feel different than how it felt a month ago at Hoylake, because it is going to be a shootout,” McIlroy said.

“You know the conditions are soft. Guys are going to make birdies and you know that you’re going to have to make birdies, as well to try and win.”

There are 11 rivals within five shots of the lead and receptive greens have helped keep McIlroy on top even as rivals matched him for the lead just as chasers pushed him last month at the British Open.

“Guys got pretty close to me at the Open. They got close to me again today and I was able to respond like I did on the back nine,” McIlroy said.

“It’s not the biggest lead I’ve ever had, but I’m still in control of this golf tournament and it’s a great position to be in.”

And that’s even after a third round where he admits he was not at his best.

“I didn’t have my best stuff for some of that round,” McIlroy said. “There were stretches of golf in that round that felt really good. I finished well but the middle of the round was pretty scrappy.

“But saying that, there was only two bogeys. I scrambled well. But yeah, the last two days, it has not been quite as good as I can be. If everything does click tomorrow, then obviously I feel like there’s a very low score in me. I’ll take sort of scrapping it around in 67 if it puts me in this position again.”

Some 67s, McIlroy said, are more satisfying than others.

“I’m just really happy mentally with how I’m sort of bouncing back from the bad holes and recovering well and scrambling,” McIlroy said.

“A 67 that way is more pleasing than a 67 hitting every green and feeling like you’ve missed every putt. Feeling quite good about myself. It could have been a lot worse. I made the most out of the round and they are the sort of rounds that are the most satisfying.”

But McIlroy says winning a tight battle will not bring any greater satisfaction than breezing to a blowout victory.

“I’ll take a win any way it comes and if that means I have to scrap it out down the stretch, so be it,” McIlroy said. “Any win would be very satisfying.”

The 25-year-old Northern Irishman would become the fourth youngest player to win a fourth career major after Young Tom Morris, Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus.

McIlroy could also become the first person since Ireland’s Padraig Harrington in 2008 to capture two majors in a row and two in the same year. — AFP

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Ababa claims maiden PGM Tour title in Penang Sat, 09 Aug 2014 17:05:53 +0000

Jhonnel Ababa of the Philippines poses with his prizes after winning the PGM Tour Penang Championship at Penang Golf Club yesterday.

KUCHING: Jhonnel Ababa won his first ever PGM Tour title yesterday when he captured the RM170,000 Penang Championship at Penang Golf Club.

The 30-year-old from the Philippines fired a final round 69 to finish on 18-under-par 270 and with a three-stroke winning margin over Thailand’s Atthaphon Sriboonkaew, whose compatriot Nakarintra Ratanakul (67) and Singaporean Choo Tze Huang finished joint third on 276.

On 11-under 277 was Pravee Visalkit (6) also of Thailand, in fifth place, with Phachara Khongwatmai (68) and Piya Swangarunporn (72) of Thailand, and Malaysia’s Khor Kheng Hwai (69) on 10-under 278.

Speaking in the winner’s circle after collecting the trophy and winner’s cheque of RM28,900, Ababa said he was delighted to come through at last on Tour.

“I turned pro in 2010, so the win has been some time coming,” said the Filipino, who also pointed out that he liked to compete in Malaysia.

“Playing here in Malaysia in the PGM and Asean Tour events is always nice and today it is extra special because I won. So obviously now it has added meaning for me to play here.”

Turning to his game, Ababa said he was pleased that his all-round performance reflected the hard work he put into training.

“Winning here in Penang is very rewarding as I have really tried to breakthrough on the Tour and I have finally achieved that. Hopefully I can now go on and build on it. “I will continue to work hard and seek a second win and maybe think about playing on the Asian Tour,” he added.

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250 golfers at KGS Hari Raya event Sat, 09 Aug 2014 17:02:57 +0000

KUCHING: A total of 215 golfers participated at the Hari Raya Open House Golf 2014 held at the Sarawak Golf Club (KGS) yesterday.

The one-day event was organised by the management of KGS.

The prize presentation ceremony was held at the KGS club house officiated by State Secretary and KGS deputy president Tan Sri Datuk Amar Morshidi Ghani.

Also present was Sarawak Golf Association (SGA) president Hoan Kee Hock.

Tournament coordinating chairman Gani Matahir expressed satisfaction with the number of participants.

“Most of the golfers who participated in this tournament are from the Kuching and Samarahan division area. I am grateful for their support,” he added.

One of the main objectives of the tournament was to organise a Hari Raya open house for the club.

Apart from the prize-giving ceremony, a total of 50 orphans from the orphanages managed by the Sarawak Human Development Foundation (Yakin) and Peryatim received gifts from the organisers.

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Ababa shoots to the top with a 65 Fri, 08 Aug 2014 17:31:51 +0000

KUCHING: Jhonnel Ababa of the Philippines stormed to the top of the leaderboard after the third round of the PGM Tour’s Penang Championship at Penang Golf Club yesterday.

Following the Thais dominating the first half of the RM170,000 tournament, Ababa carded a brilliant seven-under 65 to climb to 15-under 201 with a round to go. His effort left him handily placed with a three-stroke lead over Thailand’s Atthaphon Sriboonkaew (69) and four shots in front of another Thai, Ratchapol Jantavara (68) on 11-under-par.

Piya Swangarunporn (69) also of Thailand was fourth on 206 and his compatriot Thammanoon Sriroj (68) tied with Singapore’s Choo Tze Huang (69) on nine-under 207.

Pravee Visalkit, who was joint leader after the first round, maintained Thailand’s strong presence on the first page of the leaderboard with a round of 70 that saw him end the third day on eight-under 208.

Khor Kheng Hwai (71) was the best-placed Malaysian on seven-under 209, alongside Thailand’s Somkiat Srisa-Nga (68) and Nakarintra Ratanakul (74) in joint eighth.

Happy with his showing yesterday, the 30-year-old Ababa said he played confidently and hoped to do the same today when it really mattered.

“I hit my irons very well today and I putted good too. I felt relaxed throughout and maybe that’s why I turned in such a good score,” he added.

However, the Filipino knows that it is not yet over and noted: “Tomorrow will be the important day and hopefully I can go out there and just have some fun and play my game the way I know I can.”

The first event after the mid-season break is being co-sanctioned with the Asean PGA Tour.

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120 golfers vie for inaugural Sarawak Senior Masters Tue, 05 Aug 2014 17:03:10 +0000

KUCHING: Ling Soon Kiong of Sibu Golf Club produced good form to capture the inaugural Sarawak Senior Amateur Masters Golf Championship at the Sarawak Golf Club (KG) last Sunday.

In the main event over 36 holes, the 55-year-old Ling carded an 82 gross score on the first day on Saturday and returned a better score of 76 on Sunday for a two-day total of 158 to lift the Datuk Mohd Amin Satem Trophy.

In second and third place were KGS’ Mohd Ashari Abdul Rahim and Capt Fong Chan Kwee of Kelab Rahman Putra Malaysia, both beaten by Ling on count back (OCB).

The next three placings were also decided OCB with similar scores of 164, with Ng Loong Fah, Muas Sebli and Joseph Lau finishing in that order while Michael Lim pipped Jimmie Teo to seventh spot also OCB after both returned an 166.

Peter Tan was ninth on 167, pushing Sarawak Golf Association president and also captain of Senior Golfers Society of Sarawak Hoan Kee Hock to 10th position.

In the nett section, Gabriel Edwin Blassan of KGS posted a 141 score to take the main prize, with club mate Gilbert Ho a stroke further back and finishing ahead of another KGS golfer Gerawat Gala OCB.

Fourth to eighth positions were filled up by Leong Chin Hin (144), Dillah Ahmad (145 OCB), Leonard Martin Uning (145), Anthony Kearsley (146 OCB) and Robert Elone (146).

In the age group categories, KGS golfers made a clean sweep of the top three spots in the 55-65 years nett contest, with Hat @ Bong Hata Marzuki (146 OCB), Yakop Jalel (146) and Lai Boon Seng Seng (147) lining up the podium finish.

Dr Mosko Reubenof KGS took the 66-75 years nett title with his score of 146, beating club mate Sia Chui Seng to second place OCB while three strokes adrift was Goh Thai Soon from Samarahan Country Club.

The winner of the nett 76 years and above was Augustine Lee of SCC who carded a score of 150, finishing two strokes ahead of former deputy chief minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam of KGS and Andrew Teng Tung Kong also of KGS was third on 159.

Meanwhile, the daily prize winners were Bajuri Jaujie (69 – nett day one), Henry Jelian Nanta (70 – nett day two), Abu Bakar Kiprawi (80 – gross day one) and Martin Wong Ting Hin (83 – gross day two) respectively.

One hundred and twenty golfers took part in the championship organised by the Senior Golfers’ Society of Sarawak and sanctioned by Sarawak Golf Association.

Participating clubs were KGS, Bintulu Golf Club, Miri Golf Club, Damai Golf and Country Club, Samarahan Country Club, Sarawak Junior Golf First Association, Sibu Golf Club, Prisons Golf Club, Miri Golf Club, Sabah Golf and Country Club, Kelab Rahman Tunku Putra Malaysia, Awana Golf and Country Club, Kelab Golf Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah, Tiara Melaka Golf and Country Club and Kinabalu Golf Club.

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PGM tournament tee off in Penang today Tue, 05 Aug 2014 17:02:08 +0000

GEORGE TOWN: The Professional Golf Malaysia (PGM) tournament to be held at the Penang Golf Club from Aug 6 to 9, here has attracted 112 golfers from nine Asean countries said Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

Guan Eng said it was the first time the international event was being held in the Penang Island and that World Sport would also air the event via a one hour delayed telecast on ESPN to all Asean countries.

“This international tournament will start tomorrow. After two days of competition, the top 50 will move on to the final rounds on Friday (Aug 8) and Saturday (Aug 9).

“Cash prizes of RM170,000 will be offered to winners. The cost of the tournament is estimated at RM500,000,” he told a press conference, here yesterday.

Guan Eng said the tournament was being organised by the Penang Golf Club (PGC) and the state government had contributed RM10,000 toward the event.

He said since last year, the Penang Golf Club had organised an International Golf Event-World Amateur International Team Golf Championship, where 80 golfers from Australia, Brunei, India, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia participated. — Bernama

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180 golfers expected for 7th S’wak Amateur Masters Mon, 04 Aug 2014 17:08:58 +0000

KUCHING: The stage is set for the 7th Sarawak Amateur Masters Open Golf Championship at Damai Golf and Country Club near here from Aug 22-24.

“This year would be Damai Golf’s second year hosting this event on their course. I hope that the layout will provide a test to even the most skilful of golfers. We are expecting as many as 180 golfers to compete in both the Main Open and Invited Guests categories this year,” said tournament patron Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing at a press conference held at Riverside Majestic Hotel yesterday.

Entry forms have been sent to all clubs in Sarawak and Sabah while invitations from the Sarawak Golf Association (SGA) have been extended to the Malaysian Golf Association (MGA).

Entry fee for the Open Category is set at RM280, which is inclusive of buggy fees. Entries are limited and subjected to a first come, first serve basis. Closing date for entries is on Aug 12 (Tuesday) at 5pm.

The Main Open category shall be on Aug 22 and Aug 23 with 120 golfers. The top 36 qualifiers will take on the course on Aug 24 with invited guests making up the rest of the flights for the day.

All tee off is scheduled at 7.30am daily on a staggered basis. The Gross Champion will be decided by strokeplay over 54 holes while the Net Champion will be decided over 36 holes.

“There would also be prizes worth over RM30,000 up for grabs in the Main Event, while there are Hole-in-One prizes worth over RM200,000 for the three days with a special Rm10,000 cash prize for a Hole-in-One on any of the Par 3’s, which will be shared equally if more than one winner emerges,” quipped Masing, who is also Land Development Minister.

There will be lucky draw prizes worth up to RM15,000.

As a further incentive for golfers, Damai Beach Resort will be offering a special room rate of RM185 nett (excluding breakfast) per room, with a late checkout on Aug 24 up to 3pm.

Free daily shuttle return transfer from Damai Beach Resort to Damai Golf and Country Club would also be provided.

Interested golfers can call Arif for enquires and bookings at 082-846088 or by emailing

Also present at the press conference were political secretary to the chief minister Datuk Wilfred Rata Nissom, SEDC director of Tourism and Leisure Edwin Abit, SEDC Chairman Datuk Talib Zulpilip, tournament organising chairman Dato Sri Thomas Lau, SGA Honorary Secretary Shahary Alias, tournament director Ting Bang Kong and other SGA committee members.

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Garcia takes lead but McIlroy lurks at Akron Sun, 03 Aug 2014 23:08:47 +0000

AKRON, United States: Spain’s Sergio Garcia and British Open winner Rory McIlroy are once again battling for a title as they did last month at Royal Liverpool.

Garcia fired a three-under par 67 Saturday to hold a three-stroke lead over McIlroy after the third round of the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club.

McIlroy won his third major title last month in England but not before Garcia threatened his lead on the back nine in the final round.

Garcia stands on 14-under 196 with McIlroy on 199 after firing a 66 and Australia’s Marc Leishman third on 201 after a 68 on Saturday.

“Obviously he’s been playing great, so it’s going to be tough tomorrow, but I just have to keep doing what I’ve been doing,” Garcia said.

“I feel very, very comfortable throughout the whole week, so hopefully I’ll be able to do the same thing just like (McIlroy) did to me in Hoylake. Hopefully keep him just behind me.”

England’s Justin Rose, Aussie Adam Scott and American Keegan Bradley – all major winners – were another stroke adrift.

Defending champion Tiger Woods carded a two-over 72 to fall into a tie for 36th place.

Garcia, still seeking his first major title, birdied three of the first six holes Saturday in the last tuneup for next week’s PGA Championship, the final major tournament of the year.

Garcia added a birdie at 11 after dropping his approach two feet from the cup but took his lone bogey of the day at 14 after finding the rough on his approach.

McIlroy also fired three birdies on the front side but found a bunker at the par-3 12th and took a bogey.

He responded by closing with back-to-back birdies to trim Garcia’s margin entering the final round.

After his bogey at 14, Garcia had a five shot lead over McIlroy and Leishman and he had parred the 15th when play thunderstorms stopped play for more than three hours.

When play resumed, McIlroy and Leishman each birdied the 17th, and McIlroy also rolled in a 34-footer at 18 to get within three.

Garcia parred his final three holes after the delay.

“I just unfortunately misread a couple putts here and there, and then I hit a couple not so good putts,” Garcia said.

“The restart was a little tougher.

“I didn’t play my best there, but I managed to keep it together. I made three good pars to finish with and tomorrow will be another day.”

McIlroy was delighted to be in contention in his first start since his Open triumph.

“I came here this week talking about wanting to just keeping the momentum going and not really dwell on the Open too much and keep moving forward and I have done that really well this week,” said McIlroy, who could have a chance to overtake Scott atop the world rankings with a win on Sunday.

Woods, meanwhile, was finding little solace in returning to a Firestone course where he has won eight times.

The former world number one, playing just his third event  since back surgery in March, hit just six fairways in a round that included one birdie, one bogey and a double bogey.

“If I could just hit the ball a little better,” said a frustrated Woods, who was also caught on television cursing at a cameraman who got too close.

“I hit it pretty decent today, which was nice, I just didn’t (putt) well at all again. I couldn’t get comfortable with my setup and it just kind of worked out that way.” — AFP

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120 golfers for Sarawak Senior Amateur Masters Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:04:13 +0000

KUCHING: Four-time Sarawak Senior Open champion Sigar Tidan will be looking forward to posing a strong challenge in the 1st Sarawak Senior Amateur Masters Golf Championship vying for the Datuk Mohd Amin Satem Trophy at the Sarawak Golf Club (KGS) this weekend.

Sigar Tidan celebrating his win at the Sarawak Senior Open in 2013 in this file picture.

Although he is not setting any target of winning the championship, the Bintulu Golf Club representative said he will try to do his best and enjoy the game.

“It will be a different ball game in this Amateurs and there is a good field out there, with keen competition expected to come from KGS golfers. Furthermore, I do not know the strength of participants from Sabah and Semenanjung Malaysia,” he told The Borneo Post yesterday.

Sigar said some of the KGS golfers to watch out for are Sarawak Golf Association president Hoan Kee Hock, Herman Bulang and Michael Lim as well as Ling Soon Kiong from Sibu Golf Club.

“The KGS golfers will be enjoying the home ground advantage and they will also be going all out for a good showing in the championship,” he added.

One thing that worries him will be the wet greens as it has been raining for two days in Kuching.

“I did not do well in the last two competitions at KGS on the wet courses,” he said.

One hundred and twenty golfers will be vying for top honours in this event starting today and ending tomorrow.

KGS are fielding the most number of entries at 66, Bintulu (13), Miri Golf Club and Damai Golf and Country Club sending seven golfers each, Samarahan Country Club and Sarawak Junior Golf First Association sending four each while Sibu Golf Club and Prisons Golf Club are fielding three players each.

There are seven participants from Miri, five from Sabah Golf and Country Club, four from Kelab Rahman Tunku Putra Malaysia and one each from Awana Golf and Country Club, Kelab Golf Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah, Tiara Melaka Golf and Country Club and Kinabalu Golf Club.

Sanctioned by the Sarawak Golf Association, the championship is open to all senior golfers aged 55 years and above on August 2, 2014 with a current USGA/NHS handicap of 24 and below.

It is aimed at promoting and upgrading the standard of senior golfers as well as strengthen the ties and camaraderie among the golfers.

There will be 10 prizes each for the gross and nett categories as well as hole-in-one prizes.

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Thongchai fights back for third straight 72 at Open Sun, 20 Jul 2014 22:59:11 +0000

HOYLAKE, United Kingdom: Thai star Thongchai Jaidee overcame a disastrous start to post a third successive even par 72 at The Open Championship on Saturday.

The triple Asian Tour number one endured the worst of the morning weather at Royal Liverpool to drop a bogey and double bogey in his opening two holes and was three over through the seventh.

But the 44-year-old, who is ranked 34th in the world, showed his quality by sinking four birdies over his last 11 holes for a three-day total of 216.

“At nine (in the morning), there was so much rain,” said Thongchai after his round.

“I hit it good, found the fairway on the first and second holes but then missed it on the wrong side of the greens with the approach shots.

“Found the greenside bunker on the first and with the pin being so tight, I had no chance and made a good bogey. On two, my first putt couldn’t get up to the green and made a six there.”

A chip-in birdie on eight sparked a revival as he went on to birdie 10, 11 and 18 to get back to even par for the year’s third Major.

“After the chip-in on the eight, the game changed a bit. It was solid after the turn. There was no wind and the greens were softer. You could hole a lot of putts. Even par is okay after the start that I had,” said Thongchai, who won in Sweden last month.

“The Thai could not recall the last time he shot three consecutive 72s but is hoping to move into red numbers in the final day.

Thongchai, whose best Open outing was tied 13th in 2009, said he needed to improve on his scoring at the par fives where he is only one-under of them this week.

“I can’t remember when I have had three 72s. I think I was much younger … it was probably during my amateur days. I think I’ve learned a lot in my golf to be able to come back. When I was young, I maybe wasn’t able to concentrate to come back,” he said.

“You can’t expect to be under par tomorrow. It depends on your game that day and how you feel. I think the back nine has more birdie chances, with the three par fives being reachable.

“You can make a score on those holes. This week, I’ve not played well on them. Not too many birdies there.”

Thongchai was caught by surprise by the R A’s decision to break tradition and play the third round off the first and 10th tees, the first time in Open history due to thunderstorms that were being forecasted on Saturday.

“We got the tee time late last night. I saw it on the internet at about 10.30pm. Luckily, someone called me to say that I was the second group off,” he said. —  AFP

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McIlroy soars with double eagle finish at Open Sun, 20 Jul 2014 22:55:37 +0000

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy plays out of the rough on the 7th hole during his third round, on day three of the 2014 British Open Golf Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Course in Hoylake, north west England. — AFP photo

HOYLAKE, United Kingdom: A sensational double eagle finish from Rory McIlroy gave him a six-stroke cushion going into the final round of the British Open as he crushed a chasing pack of challengers who tried and failed to hunt him down during a rain-hit third round.

The 25-year-old Irishman, looking to add a third major to his collection and a first on British soil, started the day with a four-stroke lead.

But by the time he reached the 12th hole that had vanished and he was caught in a dogfight with American shot-maker Rickie Fowler, hungry to win his first major.

That was when McIlroy, who had been struggling off the tee, produced his best golf of the week at Royal Liverpool.

A birdie at 14 eased him back ahead, and with Fowler going off the boil, McIlroy struck what could prove to be two tournament-winning blows with magnificent eagles at the 16th and 18th.

That gave him a 68 and left him at 16-under for the tournament six strokes clear of Fowler who had eight birdies en route to a 68.

It was the biggest lead at the third-round stage of the Open since Tiger Woods at St Andrews in 2000. Woods eventually won by eight strokes on that occasion.

A further stroke back came Spaniard Sergio Garcia who had a 69 and Dustin Johnson of the United States with a 71. Frenchman Victor Dubuisson was next best on eight under after a 68.

“Rickie Fowler was getting close to me. I knew if I could hit good drives on 16 and 18 I would have a good chance of birdie, I didn’t expect to hit eagles but there you go,” said McIlroy.

“It is a good thing I have experienced this before, good and bad. Hopefully some of that experience I can take into tomorrow.

“My game plan all week has been to take care of the par fives and I want to do that again tomorrow.”

It was already a remarkable day for the British Open because for the first time in its 154-year long history the field went out from both the first and 10th tees instead of just everyone going off the first.

That was due to a decision taken by tournament organisers the R A to bring forward the start times and share them between 1 and 10 in an effort to complete the round in the face of bad weather forecast for later on.

As it was, the 72-strong field was greeted with torrential rain as they arrived at the historic links layout on the Wirral peninsula south of Liverpool.

McIlroy was the man to catch and when he bogeyed the first hole, the chase was immediately on.

Johnson, Garcia, Jim Furyk and Charl Schwartzel all made early surges, but McIlroy struck a timely birdie on the fifth and then a series of fine approaches and clutch putting allowed him to keep his nose in front.

Then Fowler emerged from the chasing pack with three straight birdies from the 10th. When McIlroy dropped a stroke at the 12th, the solo lead he had enjoyed from the first day had gone.

But with the rest of the pack scenting blood, McIlroy suddenly put his foot on the accelerator with his two eagles, leaving his stunned rivals in his wake.

Catching him on Sunday will be a momentous task for any player as the Irishman seeks to add the British Open to the US Open crown he won in 2011 and the PGA Championship title of 2012, both by eight strokes.

Fowler, however, insisted he was still in with a realistic chance.

“There is a fine line, so much can happen so quickly. I was six back going in to today, if I can get off to a good start and put pressure on, there is still a lot of golf to be played,” he said.

“Being alongside him is an advantage tomorrow, we are going to have a good time, if I can put pressure on and make him earn it and see if we can get myself in the mix.”

Phil Mickelson saw his chances of defending the title he won last year at Muirfield vanish as he shot a 71 to stand at one under for the tournament, while world number three Justin Rose ended the day at five under after a 69.

World number one Adam Scott had a fine 69 to tie for seventh, but at six under is too far back to pose a serious threat.

Woods, meanwhile, had another mixed day as he carded a 73 to stand at three over, 19 strokes off the lead.

That meant that any hopes of winning a 15th major title six years after his last one were gone.

But just making it through to the weekend was an achievement in itself for the 38-year-old American, who is trying to work his way back to top form after back surgery. — AFP

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South Africa’s Pace grabs share of LPGA lead Sun, 20 Jul 2014 22:55:31 +0000

Lee-Anne Pace of South Africa walks up to the 17th green during the third round of the Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning and O-I at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio. — AFP photo

SYLVANIA, United States: South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace, seeking her first LPGA title, fired a three-under par 68 Saturday to match Laura Diaz for the lead after the third round of the Marathon Classic.

Pace stood on 11-under 202 after 54 holes at Highland Meadows, level atop the leaderboard with US veteran Diaz, who fired a 71 in quest of her first LPGA victory since 2002.

South Korean Ryu So-Yeon and 20-year-old American Jaye Marie Green shared third on 203 with New Zealand’s Lydia Ko fifth on 204.

Pace, an eight-time winner on the Ladies European Tour, hopes a strong showing will help her jump to the US tour.

“I definitely want to be in America. Hopefully this week will help me get here full time,” Pace said.

“I’m very confident. I felt so relaxed today. It came naturally.”

Pace birdied the third and ninth holes but stumbled with bogeys at 11 and 12.

She responded with birdies at the par-4 13th and par-3 14th and another at the par-5 17th.

“I like the greens,” Pace said. “They are quite receptive to my shots. I’m confident about my iron play. I’m hitting it in there very well. Hitting really good.”

Diaz, who led when the day began, birdied the third hole but followed with a double bogey at the fourth.

On the par-4 ninth, Diaz drove the ball eight feet beyond the cup and made the eagle putt, but took a bogey at 12.

Green, with her teaching-pro father serving as caddie, fired a 63.

“I actually dyed my hair last night. I don’t know if that had anything to do with it,” the brunette said.

Green opened with a birdie, added another at the par-3 sixth and closed the front nine with back-to-back birdies.

After a birdie at the 12th, Green took her lone bogey of the round at 14, then responded with four birides in a row and closed with par at the par-5 18th, needing only 25 putts to finish off the day’s low round.

“I’m just going to hit driver on every hole tomorrow and go for everything,” Green said. “I’m not going to think about it.”

Green said that she made a return to basics in recent weeks after trying to pattern her game after US star Michelle Wie and world number one Stacy Lewis.

“I’m trying to get back to what ‘Old Jaye’ would have done,” she said. “I was just trying to change my swing to be like Michelle Wie and putt like Stacy Lewis and I was changing everything. I was changing who I was. It wasn’t me. I didn’t know how to be someone I’m not.”

Ryu ran off three birdies in a row, finishing at the par-5 17th, to fire a 68 and join Green one off the pace in Sunday’s penultimate group.

Ko birdied the par-5 17th and 18th to close within two of the leaders. — AFP

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SCC launch membership drive Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:59:54 +0000

KUCHING: The Samarahan Country Club (SCC), formerly known as Sarawak Club Golf Resort, has launched its campaign to recruit new membership.

The only 18-hole golf course with buggy located in the Samarahan District, SCC is 12km away from the Kuching International Airport and city centre.

Other facilities available at SCC are a nine-lane Olympic sized salt water pool, a fully equipped gym, 25-lane driving range, pro shop operated by Transview and F&B facilities operated by Absolute Tribal. The campaign will be over a period of two months beginning July 1 to August 31, 2014. Thereafter the entry fees will be revised.

All applications during the campaign period will be processed on a ‘first-come-first’ basis.

Individual (transferable) membership is on sale at RM8,000 which is open to Malaysians only.

Corporate (non-transferable) membership is at RM30,000 for two (2) nominees for a period of two years. It is open to any company registered in Malaysia and has a office in Sarawak.

Membership forms for those out of Kuching are available from their respective clubs.

Those from Kuching are to collect the forms from SCC.

For further enquiries, 013-8161876 or email to

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‘Let there be rain!’ Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:59:02 +0000

HOYLAKE, United Kingdom: Rory McIlroy’s dominance so far of the British Open at Hoylake has left his main rivals gasping for air and hoping that the weather might come to their rescue.

The Irishman will go into the weekend’s final 36 holes with a four-stroke lead over his nearest challenger Dustin Johnson with the rest of the field trailing by at least six.

It’s all so reminiscent of the Congressional Club outside Washington three years ago when an imperious McIlroy led wire-to-wire to win the US Open, his first major title, by a whopping eight strokes.

He could have been even further ahead for Saturday’s third round were it not for missing two makeable putts at the 11th and 12th in Friday’s second round.

“When his driver is on, he’s almost unstoppable,” said fellow young gun Rickie Fowler, one of those grouped six strokes back off McIlroy and hoping to make up ground on him.

“He’s a very good driver of the ball when he is on. I know he gets a little off here and there, but there’s not a whole lot of weaknesses. He’s not scared to go and keep going.”

Still Fowler, like some of the others trying to hold on to McIlroy’s coattails believe they could get some relief from a weather forecast for Saturday that predicts “disruptive weather” and a “significant risk of thunderstorms and heavy rain.”

The forecast is so bad that tournament organisers the R&A have decided to bring forward the start of play to earlier in the day at 9am and, in an unprecedented move, to use groupings of three going off from the the first and 10th tees instead of everyone going off from the first in pairs.

“These measures combined give us the potential to accommodate up to five hours of delay and still complete the third round tomorrow evening,” the R&A’s Executive Director of Rules David Rickman said.

“If he is playing the way he is right now and keeps playing through the weekend, he’s definitely going to be hard to catch,” said Fowler.

“But I know the weather could throw in a little mix there tomorrow. We’ll see what happens.”

World number one Adam Scott, who is nine strokes behind McIlroy after a disappointing 73 on Friday said he would relish the bad weather, seeing it as an opportunity to rekindle his hopes of a first Open title win.

“Seems like we’re going to see it all over the weekend, maybe. Tomorrow doesn’t look great, and I think that’s all right,” he said.

“The last 36 of the major is going to be a grind. And if it’s tough conditions, you know, I’m certainly up for that challenge.

“The tougher it gets I think more of that favours me, if I can keep swinging well.” — AFP

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Thompson out to defend Sime Darby lpga title Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:17:49 +0000

KUALA LUMPUR: Defending champion, Lexi Thompson of the United States has confirmed her participation in the 2014 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia which is set to tee-off at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC) in Bukit Kiara, here from Oct 9 to 12.

KLGCC general manager Steven Allan Thielke said, the 19-year-old American teen sensation who
was ranked fifth in the world rankings, would not be the only attraction of the tournament as the organiser had lined up several sideline activities to commemorate the fifth year of the tournament.

“This is probably the best LPGA here in Malaysia with a new slogan ‘Women With Drive’, and the tournament is designed to broaden the appeal of one of Asia’s flagship golf tournaments and lifestyle destinations.

“We expect all the top players will be here including world number six, Michelle Wie of the United States and world number four, Suzann Pettersen of Norway…We can’t confirm their participation just yet, but there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be here,” he said.

Steven said this to reporters after the launching of the tournament by Sime Darby Berhad chief operating officer Datuk Seri Abd Wahab Maskan at the KLGCC, here, yesterday.

He also noted that six Malaysian-born professionals dubbed the ‘Malaysian Angels’ who are graduates of the tournament’s elite junior development programme, will be playing under the organiser invitees.

They are Michelle Koh, Jean Chua, Kelly Tan, Aretha Pan Herng, Ainil Johani Bakar and Michele Low.

Koh, who emerged as the best Malaysian finisher of last year’s event said, she hoped to finish in the commendable position while not putting higher target by playing against the world best women’s golfers.

“I think definitely the feeling is a little bit different compared to last year as I was playing as an amateur but I’ll try to keep in mind and tell myself that everything is still the same,” said the 23-year old golfer.

A total of 75 players, made up of 63 players from the LPGA tour, six Malaysian and a further six sponsor exemptions, including one place in the Asia Qualifying Tournament, will be vying for glory in the tournament which offers a prize pursue worth US$2 million (RM6.4 million). — Bernama

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Ravindran is now SCC CEO Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:25:09 +0000

KUCHING: After the recent announcement of its registration, the Samarahan Country Club (SCC) appointed a chief executive officer on July 1, 2014.

Ravindran Varnagopal, 53, has been promoted to Samarahan Country Club CEO by the management committee, a first in the local golf industry.

Ravindran Varnagopal, 53, has been promoted by the management committee to this post, a first in the local golf industry.

“For his excellent performance of managing the club and bringing the golf course condition up to tournament standards, it was only fitting for the management committee to reward him accordingly,” said SCC president Brian Chien Chai Ung.

Ravindran was first appointed as SCC general manager on Feb 1 last year after he resigned from the Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) in 2012.

After 17 months, the former association man has implemented the Standard Operations Procedures that were lacking before.

With the guidance of the management committee, he has managed to streamline the management aspects of the The Sarawak Club Golf Resort for SCC for a take-over on July 1.

“I am thankful to be given this opportunity by the management committee and for their belief and trust in me. It is an honour to be in Sarawak, in particular in the Samarahan District, to assist the locals to improve the standard of golf management,” said Ravindran.

“I wish to pass on the baton to a capable person to manage and carry on what I have left when I return home. My heartfelt thanks to the management committee and the staff of SCC for their support and cooperation which had enabled me to achieve the targets set,” he added.

Ravindran’s career in golf took flight in 1985 when he was appointed as administrative assistant at the Senior Golfers Society.

Two years later, he was promoted as the administrator, before becoming manager from 1990 until 2004.

In 2004, Ravindran took up the post of senior manager at the MGA before being promoted in 2006 as the deputy general manager.

He took up the general manager’s post in 2008 and held it until 2012.

Born as a planter’s son, Ravindran was the eighth child raised in Raub, Pahang.

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Ching Leong to defend Samarahan Open title Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:08:27 +0000

KUCHING: Lau Ching Leong will return to defend his title at the 4th Samarahan Open at the Samarahan Country Club (SCC) from Sept 12-14.

The Sibu Golf Club ace’s biggest threat will be club mate Lee Kah Tung who is looking to cap a hattrick after winning in 2011 and 2012.

Lee, who finished fourth, was denied by the narrowest of margins last year when he lost to Ching Leong by one stroke.

The final day had seen three golfers James Wong Kee Ting, Oliver Ting Ing Liong and Kah Tung carding similar scores of 227 and the second to fourth positions were decided on count back (OCB).

This tournament was inaugurated in 2011 and the champion was decided over 36 holes.

In 2012, it was increased to 54 holes and in 2013 it received the approval of the Malaysian Golf Association to be included into the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) that is monitored by R & A Ltd, the governing body of golf.

To date, this is the second tournament in Sarawak to be accorded with the WAGR status besides the Sarawak Amateur Open. This year, with an intention to enhance the level of play, the organising committee has set the handicap limit to 14 with no cut off to decide the champion over 54 holes.

The champion will walk home with the Brian Chien Chai Ung Challenge Trophy plus merchandise vouchers worth RM3,500 while the nett champion will also be decided over 54 holes.

A two-man team event over 36 Holes for gross play has also been introduced with no restrictions on the combination.

“With some of the top amateurs from every golf club in the state participating, this tournament will see the crème de la crème of golf in Sarawak vying for the champion’s title,” said donor and sponsor of the championship Brian Chien, who is also SCC president.

“We have also sent out special invitations to international affiliates and will likely see for the first time, the participation of more international golfers.

“With this arrangement we envisage golf will be one of the main tourism attractions in Sarawak in the near future,” he added.

According to Chien, the Samarahan Open is one of 12 SGA-sanctioned tournaments in Sarawak.

It is also sanctioned by the Malaysian Golf Association beginning from 2014.

Chien hoped local golfers would take the opportunity to play at the SCC, the only 18-hole golf course located in the Samarahan Division.

“The overall standard of golf courses here has improved by leaps and bounds,” Chien noted.

“Golfers who have not played at the Samarahan Country Club must take the opportunity to enjoy golf there.”

The championship is open to all male golfers with an NHS Index of 12.9 (14 handicap & below).

The entry fee is RM300 per golfer which is inclusive of one practice round (excluding buggy fees), breakfast, lunch, buggy fees (for three days) and goodies.

Cars and cash are at stake for hole-in-one achievers.

Other off-course activities during the tournament include golf equipment demos, golf clinics for beginners and a lucky draw with prizes worth RM15,000.

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Sibu New Hope Table Tennis Championship calling for entries Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:07:49 +0000

SIBU: Entries are called for the 2014 Sibu New Hope Table Tennis Championship which will be held on July 26-27 at the Ping Pong Hall in Merdeka Road.

Sibu Ping Pong Association secretary Desmond Ling said it was aimed at upgrading the standard of the players and at the same time popularising the game.

“Besides, we also aim to unearth talented players as we believe there are lots of young players out there who have the skills to become good paddlers,” he added.

Ling said the championship was divided into two categories – Boys and Girls Under-13 and Under-10.

He appealed to the young table tennis enthusiasts to join the game to make it more competitive.

“Hopefully, we can get at least eight entries for each category. If we receive less than eight entries, we may have to cancel that particular category,” he said.

The closing date is July 18 and the entry fee is RM5 per person.

Ling said the prizes structure would have to depend on the number of participants and if there were more than 15 participants for the category, than the top eight winners would receive the prize.

Those interested to take part may call Ling on 016-8852518 or email to him at

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80 confirm participation in Sarawak Senior Amateur Masters Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:07:04 +0000

KUCHING: Eighty golfers have confirmed their participation in the 1st Sarawak Senior Amateur Masters Golf Championship vying for the Datuk Mohd Amin Satem Trophy on August 2 and 3 at the Sarawak Golf Club.

Senior Golfers’ Society of Sarawak (SGSS) vice president Dato Dr Hsiung Kwo Yeun said yesterday the entries are from Sarawak Golf Club (KGS) Samarahan Country Club, Sibu Golf Club, Bintulu Golf Club, Sarawak Junior Golf First Association, Sabah Golf and Country Club, Kinabalu Golf Club.

Other clubs from Semenanjung Malaysia also sending representatives to the inaugural championship are Tiara Melaka Golf and Country Club, Kelab Golf Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah, Awana Golf and Country Club and Kelab Golf Putra Malaysia.

“We are expecting more senior golfers to sign up for the competition as the maximum limit of competitors is 120 for this event,” Hsiung told reporters in a press conference at KGS.

The closing date is July 19.

Sanctioned by the Sarawak Golf Association, the championship is open to all senior golfers aged 55 years and above on August 2, 2014 with a current USGA/NHS handicap of 24 and below.

According to him, SGSS has now over 200 members and he hoped that more members will come forward to support the championship by signing up as participants.

“The championship is aimed at promoting and upgrading the standard of senior golfers as well as strengthen the ties and camaraderie among the golfers,” said Hsiung.

There will be 10 prizes each for the gross and nett categories as well as hole-in-one prize of RM5,000 sponsored by Gaya Resources Sdn Bhd.

“We would like to thank our new president Datuk Mohd Amin Satem for sponsoring the championship,” said Hsiung.

In a simple ceremony, Mohd Amin’s son Paul handed over the trophy to Hsiung in the presence
of SGSS captain Hoan Kee Hock
who is also SGA president, secretary Joseph Ling and committee member Jackson Lim.

Those interested to participate can contact Shirleyna Kim Dapo at 082-440966 and 013-8166906 for further details.

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Chung, Wong win monthly golf championship Sat, 05 Jul 2014 16:59:41 +0000

The winners pose the competitions.

SIBU: Ambrose Chung carded a 67 to emerge winner in Group A of the Sibu Golf Championship June monthly medal held at Sibu Golf Course recently.

The first runner up went to Wong Tung Ann,followed by Chieng Puong Ching.

In Group B, Hii Leong Mee carded a 66 to take the title, followed by Rozainal with 69 and Teng Sing Wei at 71.

In the senior section, Wong Kuok Kiong fired a 69 to emerge the winner, followed by Datuk Dr Soon Choon Teck with 72 and Wong Lay Nam on 73.

Tung Ann added another feather to his cap when he hit a hole-in-one in hole 8.

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Mangit wins World Bidayuh Golf Championship Sat, 05 Jul 2014 16:58:16 +0000

KUCHING: Seasoned campaigner Magit Semong won the 10th World Bidayuh Golf Championship at the Siol/Demak course of the Sarawak Golf Club here yesterday.

He carded 77 gross points to lift Datuk Seri Michael Manyin new challenge trophy. Robert Elone finished first runner-up with a total gross score of 81 and Lester Simbas came in third with a total gross score of 82.

Meanwhile, Andrew Ngisun won the DBNA President Challenge Trophy with a nett score of 64 while Jabing Bujing made 67 nett score to finish first runner-up in the category.

Ik Talano finished third with 69 nett score.

There were 10 gross prizes and 10 nett prizes up for grab at the one-day tournament.

A total of 75 golfers participated in the tournament organised by the Dayak Bidayuh National Association (DBNA).

Sarawak Infrastructure Development and Communication Minister and DBNA advisor Datuk Seri Michael Manyin Jawong presented the trophies and cash prizes. — Bernama

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SCC membership open for sale Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:18:13 +0000

KUCHING: Membership for the Samarahan Country Club (SCC) is now open for sale from July to August and application forms are available from the club.

The membership is RM8,000 for individual members and RM30,000 for corporate members (two nominees).

SCC, formerly known as Sarawak Club Golf Resort from 2008-2012, is located strategically next to the Unimas Campus along the Kuching-Samarahan Expressway, Kota Samarahan and 12km away from the Kuching International Airport.

The property is owned by The Sarawak Club (SC) and managed by Samarahan Country Club (SCC).

As of July 1, 2014, the full management of the golf resort has been handed over by SC to SCC under the “Owner Operator” scheme as approved by members of both clubs.

The club boasts of a 35,000 sq ft clubhouse, an 18-hole golf course, a 25-bay driving range, an Olympic-size salt water swimming pool, a children’s splash pool, terrace cafeteria, a bar, function rooms, a spa and changing rooms.

It is flanked by Unimas, UiTM, Intan, the Teacher’s Training College, government offices and residences.

The scenic and challenging par 72 golf course plays at 6,125m (black tees),5,839m (blue), 5,372m (white) and 4,934m (red).

Its mix of par 3s,10 par 4s and four par 5s meander through beautiful rain forest jungle and is considered by many as one of Sarawak’s must-play golf courses.

Paspalum grass covers the tee-boxes and fairways while Bermuda grass covers the greens.

With the aim to be the best golf course in the state, SCC ensures that constant upgrades and daily maintenance work are carried out by a trained greens keeping crew to offer an unforgettable experience to golfers of all handicap levels.

To date, SCC has hosted the World Golfers Championship, World Amateur Team Championship, Sarawak Amateur Open, Sarawak Inter-Club Team Championship, SGA Cup, Faldo Series, SportExcel, Annual Matchplay, BMW Golf International Cup, Sukma Challenge and the Annual Samarahan Open for the Brian Chien Challenge Trophy.

In future, SCC’s goal is to organise more amateur, elite and junior as well as local professional golf tournaments to increase the awareness of the game among local residents and the youth.

For further details, contact SCC general manager V Ravindran at email address or 019-2700734.

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Bidayuh golfers vie for new challenge trophy Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:05:20 +0000

KUCHING: 65 golfers will compete at the 10th World Bidayuh Golf tournament at the Sarawak Golf Club (KGS) on Saturday (July 5).

Dayak Bidayuh National Association’s (DBNA) Datu Ik Pahon Joyik and the tournament organising committee were at the Baitulmakmur Complex to present the new challenge trophy to DBNA chief advisor Dato Sri Michael Manyin Jawong yesterday.

Manyin was briefed on the tournament and its development so far.

Ik Pahon commented that the tournament was the pride of the Bidayuh community where successful members got together to strenghten ties.

“I am looking forward to this event every year as this tournament is one of the events that promotes unity in the Bidayuh community. The organisers are also constantly working hard to improve this tournament every year,” he said.

Organising committee chairman Robert Elone said the challenge trophy was for keeps should anyone win it for the third time.

“It has been nine years now since we organised our first tournament and nobody have won the challenge trophy three times so far. We will now keep the old challenge trophy at the DBNA building at Jalan Kumpang,” he added.

Robert called on the golfers to declare their lowest handicap.

“Should any golfer playing in this World Bidayuh Golf tournament fail to declare their handicap, they will be disqualified,” he cautioned.

Participants were reminded that tee-off time for this weekend is 7.30am.

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33 participants in squash talent search Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:03:15 +0000

KUCHING: The Squash Association of Kuching and Samarahan (SAKS) conducted a talent search for the Squash Junior Development Programme (Kuching Division) for players under 12 years-old last weekend.

It was held at the Sarawak Golf Club (KGS) squash courts in Petra Jaya on Saturday (June 28).

“We contacted six schools from the Kuching city. 25 girls and eight boys showed up,” programme coordinator Emmanuel David said.

He thanked the schools and parents for their cooperation and consent in letting their children partipate.

The one-day programme was conducted by Emmanuel and local coaches such as Romero Yap, Andre Kho and national player Marcus Sim.

“In this talent identification search, the participants were tested on their motor skills, ball sense and mentality. Nevertheless, they must have the skills, passion and commitment for the sport if they wish to excel as selected participants who have potential to become good players,” Emmanuel explained.

Participants will be shortlisted for SAKS’ Kuching Division’s Junior Development Programme.

Interested players between the age of six to 12 who missed the programme can still participate in future editions. They can contact Emmanuel at 016-8643581 for more details.

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Sibu Golf Club embark on changes Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:02:33 +0000

SIBU: Sibu Golf Club (SGC) has amended its constitution to make its membership transferrable.

“Once the ROS (Registrar of Societies) has approved the amendment, members can transfer their memberships to others such as their children after they decide to quit golfing,” SGC president Datuk Dr Soon Choon Teck told reporters after chairing an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) last Saturday morning.

Dr Soon said members usually gave up golfing due to advancing age.

He said after a member had passed away, his or her membership could then be sold to others.

“However, our club will charge RM2,500 for every successful sale of membership,” he added.

SGC currently has about 700 members.

Dr Soon said the club had decided to limit its memberships to 1,500.

“And for life memberships, we’ll have the most 200,” he said.

Meanwhile, the club will soon go into schools to promote golf as a sport for children.

Dr Soon lamented that SGC now had only 10 junior golfers below 21 years old.

“As compared to Kuching, Miri and Bintulu, our club is lagging far behind in the number of junior golfers,” he said.

The club has decided to waive the monthly subscription fee of RM40 for its junior members.

“And, we’re giving free training for them every Saturday and Sunday,” he said, adding that the resident coach is a professional golfer from the Philippines.

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SGA add Sarawak CM’s Cup to its golfing calendar Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:16:56 +0000

KUCHING: The Sarawak Golf Association (SGA) has added another major event to its 2014 calendar.

The new event, The Sarawak Chief Minister’s Cup Golf Championship, will be held at the Sarawak Golf Club from Aug 30 to Sept 1 (tentative dates).

“The Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem has given us his blessings to stage the championship,” said SGA president Hoan Kee Hock at the close of the Sarawak Classic golf championship at KGS last Sunday.

When interviewed yesterday, Hoan said Adenan was a keen golfer interested in the development of the sport in the state and had called for more golf tournaments to be organised to enable all golfers to improve their standard.

“This will be another grand event and an international competition opened to amateur golfers from Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei, Singapore and West Malaysia,” said Hoan who took over as the new SGA president two months ago.

Other major SGA events include the Sarawak Open, Sibu Open, Bintulu Open and Miri Open.

At the end of the year, SGA will organise the SGA Cup which is a team challenge between Sarawak and Sabah.

“The chief minister also wished to see more youngsters taking up the sport and we are embarking
on a two-year programme to bring up the juniors,” said Hoan who noted that some of the juniors are doing well in golf tournaments in the state.

This is part of the programme to prepare the young golfers for the challenge in Sukma XIX which Sarawak will host in 2016.

“SGA will also be hosting the Malaysian Amateur Open at KGS middle of next year where at least 18 countries will be taking part,” Hoan disclosed.

He also confirmed that the Sarawak Classic 2015 will be elevated to an Open event where international golfers can also take part. “This is the wish of the event’s patron Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam and SGA will give its fullest support to organise the event,” he said.

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Norazlee grabs early lead at Sarawak Classic Sat, 21 Jun 2014 17:02:49 +0000

KUCHING: Norazlee Idris stole the limelight on the opening day of the 27th Sarawak Classic Golf Championship at Sarawak Golf Club (KGS) after he carded a gross score of 72 ahead of pre-tournament favourite and former champion Lee Ka Tung who was two strokes adrift with 74 strokes.

In the absence of defending champion Alex Tiong who is studying in the US, Lee was obviously the leading contender to beat after having won the event seven times and last lifting the Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam challenge trophy in 2012.

“I am not over rating my chances of winning this event because it is still the opening day and it’s too early to predict … I will try to improve my score on the second day,” said the zero-handicapper who had also won the recent 15th Sibu Amateur Open Golf Championship 2014 (SAOGC) at Sibu Golf Club.

He won the (SAOGC) title for a record 10th time and had also bagged the 45th Sarawak Amateur Open Golf Championship title in Kuching on May 25.

In the Ladies category, defending champion Laura Goh carded a gross score of 82 to lead the pack while Eliza Mae Kho, the nett champion of the recent SAOGC, is trailing by just one stroke.

Meanwhile, the patron of the Sarawak Classic golf tournament, Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam had expressed satisfaction with the increased number of participants this year. Over 250 golfers including invited guests from throughout Sarawak are competing this year at KGS’ Siol-Demak and Santubong-Matang Nines and will end today.

Sanctioned by Sarawak Golf Club, the participants are from KGS, Sarawak Junior Golf and First Association, Samarahan Country Club, Damai Golf and Country Club, Prisons Golf Club, Sibu Golf Club, Bintulu Golf Club and Miri Golf Club.

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Petronas host golf tourney for stakeholders Sat, 21 Jun 2014 17:02:26 +0000

Morshidi (centre) handing over the prize to one of the winners as Annuar (left) looks on.

KUCHING: Petronas held its annual Golf Invitation Tournament for over 80 heads of government departments and agencies as well as representatives from Petronas management at Sarawak Golf Club in Petra Jaya yesterday.

President of Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd Datuk Mohd Anuar Taib said in a press statement that the event was part of their commitment to uphold long standing business ties with stakeholders.

“Petronas will continue to contribute towards the socio-economic development of Sarawak and, as a responsible corporate citizen, the company will also strive to play a proactive role in preserving the environment,” he added.

He was pleased with the strong turnout for the event.

Also taking part this year was Petronas’ vice president and chief executive officer of MLNG Group of Companies, Zakaria Kasah.

The State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani, who was the guest of honour, gave away prizes.

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Airil wins Perlis Closed by five strokes Sat, 21 Jun 2014 16:59:15 +0000

KUCHING: In-form Airil Rizman won the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour’s Perlis Closed Championship at Putra Golf Club in Kangar yesterday.

The win, worth RM27,200, was a gradual rise to the top spot for Airil, who went three-two-one in his last three tournaments.

He was third at the PGM Melaka Championship and runner-up at the Vascory Templer Park Championship last week.

Coming into the last round yesterday with a two-stroke cushion, Airil shot a two-under 69 that gave him a six-under 282 total and five-stroke victory margin.

Mohamad Rizal Amin, who has also shown some good form this season, achieved a career-best finish on the Tour with his second-place here.

He too had a final day 69 and was one-under 287 for the tournament.

The Tour’s Order of Merit leader, R Nachimuthu, signed for a closing even-par 72, and was tied for third with Wilson Choo (73) and Ben Leong (74) on one-over 289.

Twenty-one year-old Abel Tam, who led the RM170,000 event over the first two days, carded a 75 and finished sixth on 290, while Kim Leun Kwang (75) was another two shots back in seventh spot.

Akhmal Tarmizee (72) was eighth on 294, with Lam Yu Shuen (73) and M Sasidaran (74) joint ninth on 295.

The PGM Tour’s second half of the season will resume with the PGM Asean Penang Championship at Penang Golf Club (formerly known as Bukit Jambul Country Club) in Bayan Lepas from Aug 6-9.



Happy with his fine run of form, Airil said he was looking forward to the mid-season break that will be marked with the month of Ramadan.

“The timing has been perfect,” he said.

“I had the third and second-place finishes before winning today, and as this is the start of the month-long break of the Tour, it is just excellent.

“I have really played well over the past few events and for it to be highlighted today is great with the victory.

“I hit the ball well during this good run and hope it continues through to the end of the season, which will be marked with five months of tough tournaments when we return to action after Hari Raya,” he added.

Commenting on what has been the root of this good form, Airil said he changed all his equipment, barring his three-wood, over the past couple of months and that this had worked well in his favour.  He added that his ankle injury was fully healed.

For his part, runner-up Rizal said he too was pleased with his week’s work in Perlis.

“I had a third-place finish at Impian (Championship) earlier this season, which equaled my best on the Tour,” said the 30-year-old who from Kedah.

“So to get a second place here is really very nice.”

And he added: “But that is not the end hopefully. I feel I have the game now to go on and win, so maybe the breakthrough will come sooner rather than later.”

The PGM Tour’s second half of the season will resume with the PGM Asean Penang Championship at Penang Golf Club (formerly known as Bukit Jambul Country Club) in Bayan Lepas from August 6-9.

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Proposal to make golf tourney international Wed, 18 Jun 2014 18:05:35 +0000

KUCHING: Patron of the Sarawak Classic golf tournament Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam is hoping the competition can be turned into an international affair to include foreign golfers.

“At the moment, the tournament is only open to local golfers. I am hoping that the organisers can open up the tournament in future to include foreign participation,” he said during the handing over of the Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan Challenge Trophy to the Sarawak Golf Association on Monday.

“With the participation of foreign golfers, it will not only help to uplift the standard of the competition but also serve as a platform for golfers to exchange techniques and improve their skills,” he added.

One hundred and twenty eight golfers will be vying for honours in this year’s Sarawak Classic golf tournament at KGS Siol-Demak course on June 21 and Santubong-Matang Nines on June 22.

The participating clubs are KGS, Sarawak Junior Golf and First Association, Samarahan Country Club, Damai Golf and Country Club, Prisons Golf Club, Sibu Golf Club, Bintulu Golf Club and Miri Golf Club.

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Grand Margherita Hotel sponsors junior golfers Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:06:59 +0000

KUCHING: Six junior golfers from the Sarawak Junior Golf First Association (SJGFA), sponsored by the Grand Margherita Hotel, gave a promising performance at the 10th KGM Junior Amateur Open Golf Championship in Miri recently.

In Boys B, Adam Muzaffar Abdul Rahman and Tristan Fong Tze Wei finished in 17th and 21st spot with scores of 103 and 163 respectively while Donald Ho carded a 105 to end up fifth in Boys C.

The Boys D competition saw young Kulleh Tajang finishing in seventh position with his score of 122.

Meanwhile, in the girls competition, Martiana Chua Yun Ying was ninth with her score of 109 in Girls B and Nicole Wong Yen Ping finished in fifth spot in Girls C.

“We are enthusiastic to be part of the formative years of Adam, Tristan Fong, Donald Ho, Kulleh Tajang, Martiana Chia and Nicole Wong. With our small gesture, we hope that our junior golfers will continue to believe in themselves, play with passion and have fun while doing it,” said Grand Margherita Hotel general manager Arthur Yeap.

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Ka Tung wins Sibu Amateur Open for record 10th time Mon, 16 Jun 2014 17:04:53 +0000

KUCHING: Sarawak’s top golf ace Lee Ka Tung emerged victorious in the 15th Sibu Amateur Open Golf Championship (SAOGC) at the Sibu Golf Club (SGC) last Sunday.

Lee returned the day with a total gross score of 207 over 54 holes in the three-day event to defeat defending champion Lau Chin Leong and walked home with the coveted Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr Wong Soon Kai Challenge Trophy.

This is a record 10th time that the SGC golfer has won the SAOGC title which is his second major title for the year after winning the 45th Sarawak Amateur Open Golf Championship in Kuching on May 25.

He also became the first in local golf history to ever win the Sarawak Amateur Open Golf Championship for three consecutive years starting 2012.

Meanwhile, the SAOGC’s women’s title was won by young golfer Ashley Lau who carded a total gross score of 207 over 54 holes.

Lau defeated pre-tournament favourite Dianne Luke who finished second place with 215 strokes while Celeste Lo finished third with 222 strokes.

The men’s nett category was won by Raymond Ling with a score of 138 while Steven Hii and Sim Khee Hian finished second and third respectively.

Eliza Mae Kho won the women’s nett event with a score of 138 while Laura Goh and Alithea Cordelia finished second and third respectively.

The winners received their prizes from SGC president Datuk Dr Soon Choon Teck and the club’s captain Winston Lau who is also the organising committee chairman.

SAOGC first started in 1999 and it is the biggest event in Sibu’s golf calendar sanctioned by Sarawak Golf Association (SGA).

Over 90 golfers from SGC, Miri Golf Club, Bintulu Golf Club, Sarawak Golf Club, Samarahan Country Club, Sarawak Junior Golf First Association and Sabah Golf and Country Club took part in this year’s championship.

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World Bidayuh golf championships expected to attract more golfers Mon, 16 Jun 2014 17:03:52 +0000

KUCHING: The 10th World Bidayuh Golf Championship (WBGC) 2014 to be held at the Sarawak Golf Club (KGS) on July 5, is expected to see an increased number of participants.

Organising committee member Ricky Guing Senen said entries are invited for the open, especially Bidayuh golfers with maximum handicap of 24, or current NHS/USGA handicap index of 21.7 (blue tee) for men, and maximum handicap of 36 or NHS/USGA handicap index of 32.7 for ladies.

He said those with higher handicap may participate but will have to play to the maximum handicap index of 21.7 (men) or 32.7 (ladies).

“It is the sole responsibility of the players to declare their lowest handicap. Failure to comply shall result in disqualification in the handicap event,” said Guing.

Guing said there will be 14 flights at the tournament and tee-off time has been set as 7.30am.

He said entry fee for the tournament is RM50 for KGS members and RM100 for non-members.

In last year’s championships which attracted more than 60 golfers, Dominic Josip emerged victorious to lift the YB Dato Sri Michael Manyin Jawong Challenge Trophy. — Bernama

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95 golfers vie for Wong Soon Kai Challenge Trophy Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:09:04 +0000

Lau hands over the challenge trophy to Dr Soon (eighth left) as other SGC committee members look on.

SIBU: The 15th Sibu Amateur Open Golf Championship (SAOGC) for the Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr Wong Soon Kai Challenge Trophy to be held at the Sibu Golf Club here on June 13-15 has attracted 95 top golfers from seven golf clubs in Sarawak and Sabah.

The clubs are Sabah Golf and Country Club, Kelab Golf Miri, Kelab Golf Bintulu, Kelab Golf Sarawak, Samarahan Country Club, Sarawak Junior Golf First Association and Sibu Golf Club.

SAOGC is the biggest annual event in the calendar of Sibu Golf Club (SGC).

SGC president Datuk Dr Soon Choon Teck said the competition was first staged in 1999.

Event organising chairman Winston Lau Chu Ku said the Sibu course offered challenges that no other golf courses in Sarawak could match.

“Of the 18 holes we have, there are no less than 15 of them having water hazards. This golf course has proven to be a daunting course to conquer,” Lau, who is SGC captain, explained.

Lee Ka Tung of SGC has reigned supreme in the championship for nine times, but the current defending champion is Lau Ching Leong.

The championship is a gross over nett event and it is divided into men’s gross, men’s nett, ladies’ gross, ladies’ nett and invited guests’ nett.

The prize-giving ceremony is expected at noon on June 15 at SGC house.

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Vascory Land sponsors RM300,000 for Templer Park Championship Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:08:32 +0000

PGM Tour general manager Mior Abdul Rahman Mior Mohd Khan (left) receives the mock cheque from Vascory Land director cum Templer Park managing director Hirofumi Ouchi (right) while (from second right) Sarji, Syed Mohd Yusof and Vascory Land director Ranjeet Singh Sidhu look on.

KUCHING: The PGM Tour, now well into its fourth season, received a big confidence boost on Monday when Vascory Land Sdn Bhd marked their position as title sponsor of this week’s event on the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour by handing over the RM300,000 prize money.

With 17 events already played on the Tour this year, the PGM Vascory Templer Park Championship at the Templer Park Country Club here in Rawang, scheduled for June 11-14, is clear evidence of the Tour moving in the right direction and continuing with its objective of providing local pros with the opportunity to feature on a circuit that consistently hosts events with growing prize purses.

“We have known for some time now that the PGM Tour has grown remarkably over the past four years and their efforts in developing the sport of golf in Malaysia are to be commended,” said Vascory Land Sdn Bhd chairman Tan Sri Syed Mohd Yusof Tun Syed Nasir.

“And in line with this, Vascory’s main objective is to firstly become part of the bigger picture to help promote the sport, which has tremendous potential in Malaysia and to cultivate a new generation of golfers.”

PGM chairman Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid, in noting the contribution and thanking the sponsors, said: “Exposing Malaysian professional golfers to better competition, especially international players from the Asian Development Tour (ADT), provides them with the chance of earning world ranking points.

This in turn opens the door for them to advance their chances of competing in the Olympics 2016.

“We are very proud of our young talents who are gaining more confidence playing against the foreigners, and that has resulted in some Malaysians having moved up the world rankings,” added Sarji.

This year’s PGM Tour has 36 tournaments in total, 12 of which are co-sanctioned with ADT and will be taking place in Malaysia.

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Raymond wins Sibu club’s monthly Tue, 10 Jun 2014 18:03:33 +0000

SIBU: Raymond Ling fired a four-under–par to lift the overall title in the Sibu Golf Club May monthly medal golf championship held at Sibu Golf Course recently.

In Group A (0-18 handicap), Steven Hii emerged winner followed by Lee Ka Tung, Francis Nguoi and Bryan Tiong. In Group B (19-36 handicap), Lau Chiong Tiing was champion ahead of Kung Teck Lee, Foster Lau and Hii Liong Mee.

In the senior section, Roland Ha was top followed by Wong Lay Nam and Peter Chong.

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Over 100 junior golfers compete in Miri tourney Tue, 10 Jun 2014 18:01:02 +0000

MIRI: Suzairi Iqmah Rahim from Sabah Golf Club scored 155 points to win the overall championship title at the 10th KGM Junior Amateur Open Championship yesterday.

He beat out 104 other junior golfers who vied for the Datuk Sebastian Ting Challenge Trophy.

The two-day event was at Kelab Golf Miri (KGM) from June 9-10.

Runner-up and third place went to KGM Miri junior golfer Jordan Lim (161 points) and Aziel Teo (162).

The Most Hardworking Golfer title was claimed by Angel Lim Wan Yong.

The annual golf tournament for boys and girls under the age of 18 was sanctioned by Sarawak Golf Association (SGA).

Tournament patron Datuk Sebastian Ting said the past ten years of the event was a decade of excellence for the junior golfers.

“The junior golfer tournament invitations were extended to junior golfers throughout the country and neigbouring countries such as Brunei, Singapore and China,” he said during the dinner ceremony held at Dynasty Hotel yesterday night.

Moreover, he said the number of junior golfers registered for this year was the highest recorded to date.

Among the golf clubs which participated in the championship were Labuan Golf Club, Kinabalu Golf Club, Panaga Golf Club, Sarawak Golf Club, Dalit Bay Golf Club, KGM Malga, Keningau Golf Club and Education Golf Training Centre.

There was no entry fee for the tournament but funds collected during the tournament was given to the Miri Autism Association.

Organizing chairman Jeremy Ting, who also spoke at the event, hoped that some of the junior golfers would eventually compete in the 2016 Sukma to be held in Sarawak.

“There are some of our golfers who already proved themselves in the golf arena both locally and internationally,” he said.

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Crane takes lead into third round at St. Jude Sun, 08 Jun 2014 21:51:42 +0000

MEMPHIS: American Ben Crane maintained a four-shot lead after the weather-delayed second round of the US PGA Tour’s  5.8 million St. Jude Classic wrapped up on Saturday.

Crane had made it into the clubhouse with a second-round 65 and a 36-hole total of 12-under par 128 on Friday.

But a second straight day of stormy weather at TPC Southwind meant he had to wait to see exactly where he stood when the full field had finished.

South Africa’s Retief Goosen carded a second-round 66 and Colombian Camilo Villegas shot a 64 to share second on 132.

Americans Peter Malnati (68) and Troy Merritt (66) were on 133 with Sweden’s Carl Pettersson and American Brian Harman a further stroke adrift on 134.

Due to the anticipation of inclement weather, preferred lies were utilized in round two.

Crane, making his 300th career PGA Tour start, is seeking his first victory since The McGladrey Classic in 2011.

His best finish this season is a tie for ninth at the Humana Challenge in January.

Five-time major winner Phil Mickelson, trying to find some consistency ahead of next week’s US Open at Pinehurst, fired a second-round 68 to stay in the hunt with a 36-hole total of 135.

Mickelson is still in search of his first top-10 finish on the PGA Tour this season.

He was erratic off the tee, finding only six of 14 fairways in the second round, but displayed a solid short game.

Third-round play got underway on Saturday afternoon, with officials saying they hoped to get in several more hours of play before darkness fell.

Unsettled weather in the region meant that more delays were still a possibility, but groups were to go off both the first and 10th tees with the goal of completing 72 holes by nightfall on Sunday.

That’s especially important for those who will be eager to get to Pinehurst and begin practicing for the second major championship of the year, which starts on Thursday. — AFP

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200 golfers at Gawai tourney Sat, 07 Jun 2014 16:54:34 +0000

KUCHING: Lee Kah Ming shot a 77 score to lift the Gawai Dayak Open House Golf Group A gross title at the Sarawak Golf Club yesterday.

In second place was Waili Abang who pushed Helmi Hipni to third spot on count back (OCB) after both carded similar scores of 79 in the one-day tournament.

Third was youngster Immanuel David who finished ahead of Ting Pang Won OCB after both registered 80.

In Group A nett competition, the champion was Mohd Yusri Jusmail who shot a good score of 69.

The second to fifth spots were decided OCB, with Lincoln Leong finishing ahead of Mohamad Lokman, Moses Jeros and Harrison Lunsa when the four of them returned similar scores of 70.

The Group B contest saw Nandong Kudo claiming the gross title with his score of 93 and Bexter Agas pipped Sahdi Sama’on to third place OCB after both had similar scores of 94.

Dr John Jong walked away with the nett title when he carded a 64 for the day.

Albert Nichol (67) was second OCB over Mohd Amirul and a stroke further adrift in third spot was Norman Yusuf while Idris Sulaiman was fourth OCB over Peter Lee Kok Chiang after both carded a 70 score.

Meanwhile, Laura Goh fired a 82 score to lift the Ladies Gross title while Christina Foo was the winner in the Nett event with her score of 67, just a stroke ahead of Marana Sahari while Dany Neb shot a 71 to finish third.

The event organised by KGS to celebrate the Gawai Dayak festival saw the participation of over 200 golfers.

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Mior seals four-shot win at Kinara Fri, 06 Jun 2014 17:33:37 +0000

Mior Asyraf Haziq receives his prizes from PGM general manager Mior Abdul Rahman Mior Mohd Khan on Thursday while tournament director Brig Gen (rtd) Ron S Mahendran looks on.

KUCHING: Mior Asyraf Haziq shot an even-par 71 to win the sixth leg of the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Satellite Tour at Kinrara Golf Club on Thursday.

The champion, who came into the third and final round with a one-stroke cushion at the top, secured the victory by four shots after finishing on four-over 217.

That effort in an event that is used as part of the PGM’s Road to Olympics 2016 saw Fadzlan Faruk shoot a final day 73 for second place on 221, while Ariff Sarji had a 76 that left him in third place on 223.

Iqbal Yusoff carded the best round of the last day, a one-under 70, which left him in a tie for fourth spot with Kalana Ibrahim (78) and amateur player, Christopher Maria Soosa (75) on 13-over 226. Asri Muhammad Din, another of the amateur players in the field, shot a 76 for a 227 total in seventh place.

Aaron Cheong (amateur) fired a last round 73 for eighth place on 229, with Danial Mukti (77) ninth on 230. Amateurs Lim Chan Yew (81) and Mohd Zaid Ibrahim (80) were joint 10th on 235.

Happy after his win that was set up by a consistent performance on a Kinrara course that played tough in all three rounds, Mior said: “It was not easy but I am pleased to have won here. Hopefully I can build on this and make the
second half of the season a good one.”

The next event on the PGM Tour is the PGM Vascory Templer Park Championship at Templer Park Country Club from June 11-14.

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Miri junior golf tourney into 10th year Wed, 04 Jun 2014 17:31:42 +0000

MIRI: Kelab Golf Miri (KGM) will celebrate the tenth anniversary of its Junior Open Championship this year.

The 10th anniversary tournament will be held on June 9 and 10. The two-day event, open to boys and girls up to 18 years old, is sanctioned by the Sarawak Golf Association (SGA).

According to organising chairman Jeremy Ting, invitations have been extended to junior golfers throughout the country and neighbouring countries such as Brunei, Singapore and China.

“More than 100 juniors have signed up for this upcoming tournament and it is the highest number of golfers recorded to date.

“To celebrate this 10th anniversary, its patron has generously sponsored two hole-in-one prizes which is an Ipad Mini Air and a Canon camera,” he added.

Ting also revealed that the 2013 overall champion Jaclyn Chen of KGM will be back to defend her title.

Local players from the Kelab Golf Miri Junior Development Programme including Lim Beng Keat, Liew Yih Seng, Ridge Tang, Malcolm Ting, Voon Yii Kiet, Jane Kho, Eliza Mae Kho, Mirabel Ting, Pricilla Huong and Alethea Cordelia are expected to participate as well.

“Traditionally, the juniors will give token of donations to charity bodies.

“This year, Miri Autism Association have been selectecd to receive the donation,” Ting disclosed.

The organising committee, he added, would like to express its gratitude to sponsors and volunteers for the tournament.

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Newly-single McIlroy focusing on world domination Mon, 26 May 2014 17:42:48 +0000

WENTWORTH, United Kingdom: Rory McIlroy put personal turmoil behind him to win the European PGA Championship at Wentworth on Sunday and said he hopes it will help him become the dominant player in world golf.

The Northern Irishman, who announced his split from tennis star Caroline Wozniacki just days after sending out the invitations on the eve of the tournament, fired a sparkling six-under-par 66 to come from seven shots back and win by a shot from Ireland’s Shane Lowry.

In April McIlroy said golf was crying out for a stand-out player to stamp their authority on the game following the regression of Tiger Woods after years of the American leading the way.

“I think it’s the start of something,” said the 25-year-old. “I could feel my game sort of bubbling and it was getting there. A win validates that.”

McIlroy headed to Ireland to see his family immediately after his win in the European Tour’s flagship event and was due to fly to the United States on Monday.

There he will play in the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village before travelling to Pinehurst where he will attempt to win his third major title at this year’s US Open.

The Irishman’s win was his first since the Australian Open in December and came during an emotional week when he broke off his engagement with former world number one tennis player Wozniacki.

And the former world number one golfer – number ten before this tournament – is desperate for the victory to kick-start his rise to top of the game again.

“I think the game is waiting for one guy or one or two guys to just to kick on,” McIlroy told reporters at Wentworth.

“I stand by that comment; that I’d like to be that guy, and I’d like to think that this is a springboard to doing something like that. There’s still three Majors to play this year, a lot of golf left and a lot of big tournaments to try and win.

“So even though we’re nearly halfway through the season, I feel like mine’s just beginning.”

McIlroy has never played Pinehurst — the venue for this year’s US Open — before but will be making a trip there immediately after the Memorial to size up the course.

He won at Congressional in 2011 and the US PGA Championship in 2012 at Kiawah Island and is confident the changes at Pinehurst will fit his game. — AFP

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Scott cements top ranking with Colonial triumph Mon, 26 May 2014 17:40:06 +0000

FORT WORTH, United States: Adam Scott lived up to his new world number one ranking with a thrilling playoff triumph over Jason Dufner on Sunday in the US PGA Tour’s Colonial tournament.

The Australian rolled in a seven-foot birdie putt at the third playoff hole for the victory, cementing his number one status in style.

He was playing as the world’s top player for the first time since taking over from injury-idled Tiger Woods on Monday.

The 2013 Masters champion’s hopes of maintaining the top spot took a hit with a first-round one-over 71 at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas on Thursday.

But he clawed his way back, and had gone into Sunday’s final round of the 6.4 million tournament tied for 11th but just two shots off the lead.

“This is a really special week for me,” Scott said. “It was, no matter what happened here. But to kind of find my way back into this tournament, around this golf course — it’s a real honor to win here. It’s a beauty.”

Henrik Stenson, the world number three from Sweden who was vying to move past Woods and Scott to seize the top ranking, still had a chance after finishing tied for seventh earlier on Sunday in the European PGA Championship at Wentworth won by Rory McIlroy.

Based on Stenson’s finish, Scott needed a top-13 finish to stay atop the rankings.

Scott rolled in a 40-foot birdie putt at the par-four 14th, his seventh birdie of the day giving him a share of the lead at nine-under par along with David Toms. Toms then bogeyed the 10th to leave Scott alone atop the leaderboard, but Dufner, the 2013 PGA Championship winner, notched the last of his five birdies at the 72nd hole of regulation, draining a 25-footer to get to nine-under tied for the lead with Scott, who couldn’t find another birdie in his last four holes.

“I’m glad I hung in there and finally got one to fall inside on 18,” Dufner said.

Both Dufner and Scott signed for four-under-par 66s in the final round for nine-under 271.

They shot matching pars at the first playoff hole — the par-four 18th– and both birdied the second playoff hole, Scott sinking a clutch 14-footer from the fringe at 17 to put the pressure on Dufner to make his four-footer. — AFP

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Sigar’s quest for unprecedented fifth Senior Open title Fri, 23 May 2014 16:35:24 +0000

SANTUBONG: Defending champion Sigar Tidan has set his sights on taming the fairways and greens of the Sarawak Golf Club (KGS) as the 60-year-old golfer starts his campaign for an unprecedented fifth title in the Sarawak Senior Open Golf Championship which tees off today.

Sigar first won the championship in 2007 and went on to register a hat-trick of wins with victories in 2011 at Miri Golf Club (KGM), 2012 at Bintulu Golf Club and at Damai Golf and Country Club (DGCC) last year.

“I will use the careful approach to my game and I hope tomorrow’s weather is good.

“Nevertheless, it would also depend on the field of players as the participants are mostly seasoned campaigners,” quipped Sigar yesterday when asked to comment on his game plan for this year’s championship.

A total of 104 senior golfers from throughout Sarawak and one from Sabah are competing in the two-day event organised by Senior Golfers’ Society of Sarawak (SGSS) and sanctioned by Sarawak Golf Association (SGA).

Sigar reckoned that the main challengers for the title would probably be SGA president and SGSS captain, Hoan Kee Hock, Lim Soon Kiong from Sibu and ‘king’ of Prison Golf Club, Herman Bulang.

“Hoan Kee Hock (handicap 9), Lim Soon Kiong (handicap 3) and Herman Bulang (handicap 10) all know the KGS course very well and are all capable of winning the title. In my opinion, others in contention include Jimmie Teo (8) Haji Abang Abdul Rahman (7) and Michael Lim (10), all from KGS. Although the competition would be stiff, one thing for sure though, I believe that we would all be enjoying the game tomorrow and on Sunday,” he said.

The first prize carries a RM3,000 purse in the gross event and there are RM10,000 hole-in-one prizes on all par 3 holes at Matang and Santubong course courtesy of Datuk Philip Ting and Ting Kuok Ing.

The previous challenge trophy was donated by tournament patron Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr Wong Soon Kai. And as champion for three consecutive years, Sigar Tidan got the bragging rights to keep it for good.

The championship will be decided by stroke-play over two rounds of 18 holes based on staggered start .

In his flight today, Sigar has Abang Abdul Rahman, Michael Lim and Masri for company while Ling Soon Kiong is grouped with Hoan Kee Hock, Jimmie Teo and Herman Bulang.

“The flights are very interesting. I’ve just realised that I am much younger than most of them. I wish them good luck and good game”, said Sigar.

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120 golfers for Sarawak Senior Open C’ship Wed, 21 May 2014 17:38:14 +0000

KUCHING: One hundred and twenty golfers are expected to participate in the Sarawak Senior Open Golf Championship at the Sarawak Golf Club (KGS) this weekend.

The competition jointly organised by SGSS and KGS is sanctioned by the Sarawak Golf Association (SGA) as the major competition in its calendar of events.

SGSS captain Hoan Kee Hock, who is SGA president, confirmed that defending champion Sigar Tidan will be joining the fray to vie for the champion’s purse of RM3,000 in the gross event. There will also be the RM10,000 hole-in-one prizes on all par 3 holes at KGS Matang and Santubong course, courtesy of Datuk Philip Ting and Ting Kuok Ing.

“The response has been good and there are also those from Sabah taking part in the competition,” he said after leading a delegation of SGSS members, organising committee and other golf officials to pay a courtesy visit on the Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem at his office in Wisma Bapa Malaysia, Petra Jaya on Tuesday.

Accompanying Hoan were SGSS vice president Dato Dr Hsiung Kwo Yuen, treasurer Joseph Ling, secretary Francis Ting, committee members Ting Bang Kong, Ting Kuok Ing, Bajuri Jaujie, Simon Woon, KGS captain Dr David Ling and KGS tournament chairman Ting Kee Suen.

Hoan said the championship, which will be decided by stroke play over two rounds of 18 holes based on staggered start with the overall champion’s title, is Gross taking precedence over Nett score.

Adenan commended SGSS for organising this year’s championship, saying that the event is good for senior golfers and it will promote good rapport among the target group.

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More 110 golfers in Lun Tau 10th anniversary tourney Sat, 17 May 2014 16:40:02 +0000

MIRI: More than 110 golfers played in a tournament to mark the Lun Tau Golf 10th anniversary at Eastwood Valley Golf and Country Club,

yesterday.The one day event was organised by Lun Bawang and Rurum Kelabit Association.

According to tournament director, Jerry Siran Langan, the golf competition was an annual affair for the community.

“It was introduced in 2006 and is held every year in month of May in conjunction with the Irau Aco Lun Bawang annual harvest festival,” he added.

He added that  part of the fund collected would be donated to the Lun Tau education fund for the Lun Tau children community.

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Fuad wins Damai Waves Golf Tournament Fri, 16 May 2014 17:35:24 +0000

The participants in jovial mood before the tee-off to the tournament at DGCC, Santubong.

SANTUBONG: Ahmad Fuad emerged the gross champion in the 2014 Damai Waves Golf Tournament held recently at Damai Golf and Country (DGCC) after he carded a score of 78, narrowly beating former golf pro Mohd Fikri Mohamad by just a stroke.

Playing with handicap 12, the modest golfer walked home with the grand prize of a Joven water heater while Fikri was contented with a Samsung microwave oven sponsored by Ahmad Zain.

Finishing in third place was Awang Madzelan Awang Bakeri who played with handicap six and posted 80 strokes on count back (OCB).

Having just won the inaugural Jabatan Sukan and Belia (JBS) Friendly Golf Competition also held at DGCC last weekend, Madzelan could not repeat his feat due to the intense competition.

In the nett event, Mohd Faizal Aminuddin returned the day as the winner after scoring an impressive eight under par 64 to bag the top prize of Sharp air purifier.

The 16-handicapper was three strokes ahead of Khalid Hamid who finished second place with one stroke behind but he still walked home happy with the prize of a Sharp 19” LED television.

The tussle for third and fourth spots was between Japar Mustapa and Musah Ahmad with both playing similar handicap 11 but the former won with 71 strokes (OCB) and walked home with Panasonic ceiling fan while the latter received a Nickent SDX putter.

The response towards this year’s tournament was encouraging with over 70 golfers taking part in the one-day event being held to foster cordial relations among DGCC members and associates.

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Kiwi teen star Lydia Ko confident after first LPGA win Thu, 15 May 2014 17:38:10 +0000

WILLIAMSBURG, United States: New Zealand teen star Lydia Ko, who captured her first LPGA title as a professional last month at the Swinging Skirts Classic, returns this week for the US$1.3 million Kingsmill Championship.

Ko, the 17-year-old rookie who rose to number two in the world rankings, was pushed down a spot last week when Stacy Lewis won in Texas but remains optimistic about her first tour campaign.

“I feel really confident,” Ko said. “The last time I played I won, so, yeah, I feel very confident about my game. I’m not trying to overdo it and not be overly confident. Being confident is great, but I don’t want to be overconfident.”

Ko has already played practice rounds ahead of the US Women’s Open next month at Pinehurst, the same course where New Zealand’s Michael Campbell won the US Open men’s crown in 2005.

“His win was kind of like a confidence boost for the whole country,” Ko said. “He kind of inspired kids like my age to kind of play golf and enjoy it and I guess give us a dream that one day we may be able to be in that position.”

Campbell even phoned Ko this week to offer some advice, although she almost didn’t take the call.

“It was an unknown number and I wasn’t going to answer it. Luckily I did,” Ko said. “I was kind of surprised when he was like, ‘Hi, I’m Michael Campbell.’ I’m like, ‘Excuse me? No,’ I was surprised.

“He gave me a couple of pieces of advice and, yeah, it was pretty exciting for me to have somebody like him to call me. I thought he got the wrong number but luckily I did pick up the phone.”

The US Women’s Open will follow the US Open men’s showdown, giving Ko the chance to play autograph hunter before she plays for a title.

“I’m really excited to have the men’s in front, because I’m going to go there and watch them play a little bit and hopefully get some autographs,” she said. “I’ve never really watched a men’s PGA Tour event.

“I’ve already got my favourite player, Phil Mickelson, so maybe my number two, Adam Scott. A lot of girls apparently like him. He’s married now, so…”

Scott will jump to world number one next week and Ko might find herself in contention for the same honour if she can win at Pinehurst.

“Hopefully one day I’ll be able to become world number one. I’m going to work really hard towards that,” Ko said.

“I don’t like to think about the rankings and things. I try and just think about that tournament and just try and get a good performance there. I think that’s more important. When I try and think about the result before something happens, it doesn’t go as well as I would like.” — AFP

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Five amateurs to represent Sarawak in national finals Tue, 13 May 2014 17:34:19 +0000

Club president Brien (left) with winners of the qualifying round of the Perodua World Golfers Championship 2014 at Samarahan Country Club (from second left) Nor Azlee Idris, Ku Kin Chin,Saboni Kadir, Bonny Lee and Ronny Tan, and tournament chairman Terrence Chai.

KOTA SAMARAHAN : Five local amateurs will represent Sarawak after the qualifying round of the Perodua World Golfers Championship 2014 at Samarahan Country Club yesterday.

They will go on to play in the national finals at the Glemarie Golf And Country Club on Sept 4.

Five national winners will eventually represent Malaysia at the world championship to be held in Kwazulu-Natal Durban, South Africa from Oct 29 to Nov 8.

They will compete against players from 42 countries over four golf courses namely Durban Country Club, Mount Edgecombe, Selbourne Country Club and Zimabali Country club.

The Malaysian team finished a respectable seventh position in the 2013 championship.

The five winners to represent the state are Nor Azlee from Division A (Handicapped of 0-5 ) with net score of 72, Ku Kin Chin from Division B (Handicapped of 6-10) with net score of 66, Saboni Kadir from Division C (Handicapped 11-15) with net score of 65, Bonny Lee Teck from Division D( Handicapped 16-20) with a net score of 66 and Ronny Tan Yin Ming from Division E(Handicapped 21-24) with a net score of 61.

Apart from the calender event yesterday, the Samarahan Country Club paid tribute to Augustine Lee, the club’s oldest golfer and member who celebrated his 79th birthday.

Also present were club president Brien Chen, the tournament chairman Terrence Chai and the general manager of the club V Ravindran.

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Danny Chia wins play-off to retain Glenmarie title Sun, 11 May 2014 23:02:52 +0000

Danny Chia poses with his prizes after successfully defending his Northport Glenmarie Championship title at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Shah Alam, Selangor on Saturday.

KUCHING: Danny Chia bounced back from injury to successfully defend his Northport Glenmarie Championship title on the PGM Tour at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Shah Alam, Selangor on Saturday.

In an event affected by inclement weather, Danny won it on the third play-off hole which left third round leader Sattaya Supupramai of Thailand the runner-up.

Sidelined for the final six months of last season, Danny shot a closing round 68 for a 13-under-par 275 total that was matched by Sattaya who carded a last round 70, as the weather interrupted play for the fourth straight day.

Sattaya’s compatriot Piya Swangarunporn shot a final round five-under 67 to secure third place.

Moving one place up the leaderboard overnight, he finished one stroke off the top-two on 276.

Suppakorn Uthaipat, also of Thailand, carded the low round of the day when he posted a 65 which left him in a tie for fourth with Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung (68) and Shubhankar Sharma (71) of India.

Arie Irawan (70) ensured Malaysia had no fewer than three players in top-seven after he ended the event on seven-under 281.

Thailand’s Natthapong Niyomchon (70), James Byrne (73) of Scotland, Malaysian R Nachimuthu (69) and Wolmer Murillo (71) Venezuela were joint eighth on six-under 282.

Speaking after the tournament’s conclusion, PGM Tour chairman Tun Ahmad Sarji said they were again grateful to Northport and the other sponsors involved for their commitment to help develop the sport in this country.

“Sponsorship plays a vital role in all sports disciplines and for that reason we are happy to have Northport and the other sponsors on board for this event, including the host venue – Glenmarie Golf and Country Club.”

The PGM chairman added: “It is always good to see Malaysians do well and we are pleased to have Danny in the playoff, along with a few other players in the top 10.

“These events co-sanctioned with the ADT obviously have a deeper and tougher field, so for our players to come through, it is encouraging as it will hold them in good stead at other international tournaments.”

The next stop on the PGM Tour calendar is the Johor Championship (ADT) at Johor Golf and Country Club from May 21-24.

This will be preceded by the PGM Satellite Tour’s sixth round at Johor Golf and Country Club in Johor Bahru, from May 15-17.

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Over 70 golfers compete in JBS friendly Sun, 11 May 2014 22:58:02 +0000

SANTUBONG: Over 70 golfers took part in the friendly golf competition organised by the state’s Youth and Sports Department (JBS) at the Damai Golf and Country Club (DGCC) on Saturday .

Among the local dignitaries who participated were Minister of Works Datuk Fadillah Yusuf, Minister of Social Development Tan Sri William Mawan, Kuching North mayor Datuk Abang Abdul Wahap Abang Julai, deputy State Secretary Datu Misnu Taha and JBS state director Abdul Haris Ishak.

According to Haris, the tournament was the first of its kind organised by the department here and was aimed to foster cordial relations among the participants who included former state government officials.

Awang Mazelan Bakeri from Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), who played with handicap 6, emerged overall champion after he carded 76 strokes in the gross category and finishing in second place was Hamzali Ismail trailing with four shots.

Third place was won by Shaaran Marzuki.

In the nett category, first place was won by Omar Mohamad who played with handicap 19 and recorded 64 strokes while Sadon Ahmid finished second and Sukarman Selamat came in third.

Samat Junai won the VIP category with 36 Stableford points while Ahmad Halmi Aaron finished second and Mawan came in third.

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Wong Tung Ann wins Sibu Golf Club title Fri, 09 May 2014 17:09:35 +0000

SIBU: Seasoned golfer Wong Tung Ann outshone state champion Lee Ka Tung in a recent Sibu Golf Club-organised championship and emerged the 54-hole gross section champion.

Lau Ching Leong was third, followed by Ling Soon Kiong in fourth position and John Ling, fifth. Winston Lau came sixth.

In the nett section (36 holes), Major Baseri was the champion, followed by Bukhari Abdul Latif in second spot, Matthew Ha (third), Lawrence Nguoi (fourth) and Abdul Hadi (fifth). Abdul Hadi also grabbed a novelty prize for emerging winner in the first day gross while Wong Lay Nam took the prize for winning the second day gross.

The novelty prizes for first day nett and second day nett went to Pang Liong Hiat and Hii Nik Kiong respectively. Lee Yan Siong was the winner for the wooden spoon.

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120 golfers for Sarawak Senior Open Thu, 08 May 2014 17:06:03 +0000

Wong (centre) presenting the new championship trophy to Hoan while Amin (left) and others look on during the handing over ceremony.

SANTUBONG: The Senior Golfers’ Society of Sarawak’s biggest event this year 21st Sarawak Senior Open Golf Championship is expected to see 120 senior golfers from throughout Sarawak competing for top honours at the Sarawak Golf Club (KGS) from May 24-25.

The two-day event is jointly organised by Senior Golfers’ Society of Sarawak and KGS.

It is sanctioned by the Sarawak Golf Association (SGA) in which the hosting venue is held on a rotation basis.

This was announced by new SGA president and captain of Senior Golfers’ Society of Sarawak, Hoan Kee Hock in a press statement issued yesterday.

According to him, the first prize is RM3,000 in the gross event and there are many other prizes awaiting the golfers including the RM10,000 for a hole-in-one on all par 3 holes at the Matang and Santubong course courtesy of Datuk Philip Ting and Ting Kuok Ing.

“The event is open to all senior amateur golfers aged 55 and above with a NHS/SGA handicap index of 21.7 and below, and the closing date is May 17,” Hoan said on the event which serves as a good avenue for participants to compete with fellow senior golfers.

The previous challenge trophy was donated by the tournament’s patron, Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr Wong Soon Kai and was won by defending champion, Sigar Tidan who won the event for the past three consecutive years.

“Our patron, Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr Wong Soon Kai had kindly donated another trophy which will not be a challenge trophy but as a permanent feature,” Hoan said during the handing over trophy by the patron to him recently.

Also present to witness the handing over ceremony were the organising committee members including Datuk Amin Satem.

The championship will be decided by stroke-play over two rounds of 18 holes based on staggered start with gross taking precedence over nett score.

The draw for the competition is to be held on May 22 and those interested can contact Shhirleyna Kim Dupo at 082-440966 or 013-8166906 for further details.

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SCC to hold WGC qualifier on May 13 Wed, 07 May 2014 17:08:22 +0000

KUCHING: For the second consecutive year, the Samarahan Country Club (formerly known as Sarawak Club Golf Resort) will be hosting the qualifying round of the World Golfers Championship next Tuesday (May 13).

This is the only qualifying round held in Sarawak to select five winners from the respective handicap groups to represent Sarawak in the National Final to be held on September 4 at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club.

The championship is open to golfers aged 17 and above with a valid national handicap index of 25.4 to play with a handicap of 27 at SCC.

To date, 85 golfers have registered for the event and entries are open until this Saturday.

Entry fee is RM160 for members and RM200 for guests which is inclusive of green fees, buggy fees, lunch and goodies.

Augustine Lee, who will be 79 years 10 days on the day of the tournament, is the most senior participant who has registered for the championship.

He was the last Club champion in 1987 before the old course was closed down.

Last year’s five representatives from Sarawak Lee Kah Ming, Kua Yang Hock, Mohd Alifiah, Ahmad Zain and Dr Simon Sinang will again be eyeing for their respective handicap group trophies.

The Malaysian team finished in seventh place at the World Finals held in Durban, South Africa last year while South Africa were the champions.

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Ervin Chang wins season’s second title at Impian Wed, 07 May 2014 17:04:05 +0000

KUCHING: Amateur golfer Ervin Chang wrapped up his second win of the year when he clinched the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Satellite Tour’s fourth event at Impian Golf and Country Club in Kajang on Tuesday.

In an event dominated by amateur players, the 16-year-old lad, playing off a one-handicap, shot a third and final round 73 for a five-over 221 total.

That effort gave him a one-stroke winning margin over Christopher Maria Soosa (73), who is attached to the PGM Peak Performance Academy at Kinrara Golf Club.

Shahriffuddin Ariffin (74), who led after the first round, finished in third place on nine-over 225, while Abu Yazid (73) was fourth, a further two shots back, with Aizat Kassim (74) fifth on 228.

The top five spots were secured by amateur players on a circuit that is largely seen as the breeding ground for Malaysia’s Pro Tour.

Speaking after being presented with his trophy, Ervin said he felt good about his game this week and that he “played well today”.

“I’m really happy with the result,” said Ervin, who earlier this season won the Malaysian Amateur Closed Championship title.

“I learnt a lot with my experience (83 and 71) at the recent Maybank Malaysian Open and put it into use here.

“As far as my performance goes, I was really happy too with my putting and approach shots. I sank a few long putts for birdie and par, and I was confident out there.”

Pointing out that US PGA Tour Academy coach Shane Gillespie has played a huge role in his learning the game, Ervin said the CIMB Development Programme, which the American is involved with, had also helped him progress.

Meanwhile, Christopher said it was his target to finish in the top three, so his second place was an achievement.

“I am satisfied with how I performed in this tournament,” noted the 24-year-old Saujana Golf and Country Club player.

“Of course I feel I could have played even better and that will be my goal next time I play.”

Christopher added that his iron-play was on song and that he was also happy with being a lot “more consistent” over the three days than he has been in the past.

Another lad who is pleased with his showing at Impian was 14-year-old Melaka schoolboy Ariffin who said he had learnt tremendously from the experience of playing in the tournament and that he looked forward to more of the same in the future.

“It was very good,” said Ariffin, whose father Omar is the teaching pro at Tiara Melaka and was on hand to see his son finish third.

“Hopefully I can do better than this next time,” said Ariffin, who is expected to be in the Sukma Games team in Perlis.

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Asian Tour chief says good times will return Wed, 07 May 2014 16:59:34 +0000

SINGAPORE: Better times are around the corner for regional golf after a lull in fortunes left some players struggling to make a living, Asian Tour CEO Mike Kerr says.

Kerr called it a “challenging” time for Asian golf with sponsors hard to find and only seven confirmed stroke play events on this year’s Asian Tour schedule so far.

But he said the Asian Tour was about to announce another four tournaments for the coming months and hoped to have a total of 25 by the end of the year, the same as last season.

Kerr’s comments, in an interview with AFP, came after golfers at last week’s Championship in Singapore voiced unhappiness at a lack of playing opportunities.

“I can understand some of the frustrations that they may have at this point,” Kerr said at the Asian Tour’s headquarters in Singapore on Tuesday.

“There have been some external factors that have meant that maybe our ability to announce events has been somewhat restricted.

“But I think come the end of the year, we’re going to have a similar number of tournaments (to last year), if not more, in what is a fairly tough year.”

Kerr said uncertainty over elections in India and also political unrest in Thailand, both key countries for the Asian Tour, had hit attempts to organise tournaments this year.

But he conceded that with playing opportunities staying flat for at least the short-term, some golfers in the region may be forced out of the game.

“This is just like any other sport and indeed any other profession, where those who are successful continue, and continue to grow and rise to the top,” he said.

“Those who are not so successful struggle and may have to find something else to do. It’s tough but that’s the world that we live in, that’s reality.

“All I can continue to do is to help to steer the organisation… and deliver more and more opportunities for the players to earn money. But I can’t come inside the ropes and tell them what club to hit.”

After a boom period for the Asian Tour schedule, growth has petered out, hit by leaner economic times and more competition following the arrival of the rival OneAsia tour in 2009.

The region’s flagship events have suffered with the Singapore Open, once touted as “Asia’s major”, sidelined and the Hong Kong Open also without a title sponsor.

Last week’s Championship was transplanted from South Korea to Singapore at the last minute after also losing its main backer, Ballantine’s, after a run of six editions.

At the US$1.5 million tournament, Singaporean veteran Mardan Mamat told AFP there were concerns among players over their ability to make a living in the current climate.

“I think most of the players are not very happy with the schedule of the Asian Tour,” said the father of five, whose prize money for the year stands at just over US$4,000.

“You need to play good at these big events otherwise you won’t make much income. You play a US$300,000 tournament, you need to finish top-five to make any money,” he added.

Australia’s Matthew Griffin, who won a high-profile 2012 court ruling which forced the Asian Tour to let its players compete on OneAsia, said surviving on tour was increasingly hard.

“It is tough, especially as the competition level’s so high now that when you enter US$300,000-US$400,000 events it’s not easy to just finish in the top 10 and make good amounts of money,” he said.

“So you need the bigger events to be able to survive.”

Kerr said he would meet players next week and try to address their concerns.

But in a sign of the changing landscape, he also said he couldn’t rule out a potential alliance with OneAsia – something which he had previously dismissed.— AFP

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Four could topple Tiger from No. 1 at Players Wed, 07 May 2014 16:58:36 +0000

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, United States: Top-ranked Tiger Woods is set to be dethroned from the rankings summit at this week’s Players Championship, with four title contenders able to replace the non-defending champion at number one.

Australian world number two Adam Scott, last year’s Masters champion, has the best chance at bumping Woods from the top spot, with Sweden’s third-ranked Henrik Stenson, reigning Masters champion Bubba Watson and fifth-ranked American Matt Kuchar all in with a shot at number one.

Woods, a 14-time major champion chasing the all-time record 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus, underwent surgery five weeks ago to ease a pinched nerve. keeping him from playing at last month’s Masters or defending his Players crown.

Exactly when Woods, who has topped the rankings for 682 weeks in his career, might return to competition is uncertain.

“Everybody looks at it, when Tiger is not going to play, there are bad things happening,” US PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said Tuesday.

“I don’t look at it that way. When Tiger plays, good things happen. When he doesn’t, it’s fine.

“When Tiger is in a tournament, I don’t care what tournament it is, he dominated the media focus and that’s fine. But the negative to that is that the young players coming up don’t get the kind of attention that they need to develop and become athletes that fans really recognise, so it kind of holds back the development of our stars.”

This week’s US$10 million event boasts 46 of the world rankings’ top 50, with Scott needing only a top-16 effort to overtake Woods and become world number one for the first time in his life.

Scott has had chances to become number one in March and April but could not achieve the feat he says would be a dream come true.

“It’s impossible not to think about it,” Scott said.

“It would be a dream come true to make it to that point.”

This year marks 10 years since Scott won the Players title and 20 years since legend Greg Norman, the most recent Aussie to top the rankings, won the Players.

Stenson, the 2009 Players champion, would need at least a top-six finish to have a chance at the taking the top spot in next week’s rankings while Kuchar must duplicate his 2012 Players win to have any hope.

Watson has to finish no worse than a solo runner-up to anyone other than Scott.

“We’ve seen guys be number one for one week,” Watson said. “We’ve seen Phil Mickelson, who is arguably (in) the top-five best of all time and he has never been number one.

“It would just show me the rankings are kind of messed up if Bubba Watson has been number one and Phil Mickelson has never been number one.”

Watson, who collected his second green jacket in three tries last month at Augusta National, called the top ranking “the same thing as winning the green jacket” but added “it’s not going to ruin my life or my career if I never get there.”

Watson, in his first event since last month’s major triumph, has had a more subdued time after this Masters title than after his 2012 victory, after which he did not win again until this past February.

“I thought I was the coolest guy in the world – I have a green jacket,” Watson said.

“This one is a lot different. It’s more for myself and after that just go back and play golf.” — AFP

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Kiwi teen Lydia Ko takes first professional title Mon, 28 Apr 2014 17:04:43 +0000

SAN FRANCISCO: New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko captured her first professional title Sunday, closing with a birdie to edge Stacy Lewis by one stroke and win the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.

Three days after her 17th birthday, the South Korean-born Kiwi fired a final-round three-under par 69 to finish 72 holes on 12-under 276 to win the inaugural 1.8 million event at Lake Merced in California.

It completed a landmark week for Ko, who pocketed 270,000 and was named to Time magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people on Thursday, the only golfer so honored.

Ko is set to rise from fourth to second in the world rankings on Monday.

After a bogey at the fourth, she began a run of three birdies in four holes at the par-5 sixth, although she had bogeys at seven and 10 to keep her in a pack battling for the lead.

Ko made back-to-back birdies at the 13th and par-5 14th to reach 11-under and lead by two. American Lewis birdied the 16th and South Korean Jenny Shin, who finished third on 278, birdied 17 to move within one stroke on the last tee.

Shin settled for a par at 18 and third place while Lewis birdied the par-5 finishing hole, but so did Ko to take the victory over a field that featured 18 of the 20 top-ranked women in the world.

“It was just intense the whole way,” Ko said. “At one point I had a two-shot lead, but then Stacy made a birdie and Jenny made a birdie. At the 18th hole I knew how loud the claps were, so I knew I needed to hit it close and give myself a birdie opportunity.”

Lewis took some satisfaction in having pushed Ko to the limit before settling for second.

“I knew it was going to be tough. I knew she wasn’t going to go away. Lydia played great,” Lewis said. “She answered every time I hit a shot in there. More credit to her. I did all I could. I made three birdies coming in and made her work for it at least.”

Ko collected her third LPGA title and first US triumph. She won the 2012 and 2013 LPGA Canadian Women’s Open titles as an amateur, triumphs that helped convince the women’s tour to waive their 18-year-old age minimum in her case.

Ko was paired with Lewis all four days and praised her as an example of what she hopes to achieve in her career.

“When I see her play, it just makes me feel like I need to play good to kind of keep up with her,” Ko said. “She’s such a great player and I admire her all the way. Someday I want to become a great player like her.”

World number one Park In-Bee of South Korea, China’s Feng Shanshan and Denmark’s Line Vedel shared fourth on 282. — AFP

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Record ninth win for Ka Tung Sun, 27 Apr 2014 23:12:46 +0000

Lee Ka Tung receives his prizes from event patron Richard Wong (centre) while DGCC general manager Zulkifli Othman (left) looks on.

SANTUBONG: Lee Ka Tung is on cloud nine after clinching his ninth victory at the Sarawak Amateur Open Golf Championship at Damai Golf and Country Club (DGCC) here yesterday.

He created golf history by becoming the first golfer in the state to complete a hat-trick of wins in the three-day championship after emerging champion in 2012 and 2013.

The ace golfer and defending champion from Sibu Golf Club also won in 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2008.

Lee scored a two-over 74 on the opening day and followed up with a one-under 71 on the second day.

Yesterday, he continued to keep his cool to return the final day score of 75 for a three-day total gross score of 222 to finish 11 strokes ahead of junior golfer and zero handicapper from Sabah Albright Chong to walk away with the coveted Datuk Amar James Wong Kim Min Challenge Trophy and a goods voucher worth RM2,000.

Two strokes further back was Johari Aman and another junior golfer Aziel Teo finished in fourth spot with a 234 while James Wong was fifth on 235.

Ka Tung’s siblings Ka Tiong and Kah Ming managed top 10 finish, with Ka Tiong ending up in sixth place with a score of 235 on count back with Kah Ming.

It was a heartbreak for first day leader, the 14-year-old Umar Khusairi Umar from Cheras, Kuala Lumpur as he withdrew from the competition yesterday after the fifth hole due to an injury.

The nett champion was Christopher Daniel James who carded a three-day total score of 207.

Meanwhile, Malaysian Golf Association Nur Durriyah Damian pipped her teammate Dianne Luke to the Ladies Open title on count back after both returned with a similar score of 208.

Durriyah collected a trophy and goods voucher worth RM1,000.

In second and third spots were Philippines’ Clare Amelia P Legaspi (220) and Jaclyn Chen (228) respectively.

The Ladies nett title was won by Laura Goh with her score of 199 over three days of competition while Charlayne Chong (200) and Jacqueline Nickels (214) were second and third respectively.

Meanwhile, State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohd Morshidi Ghani carded a 68 to win the first prize in the Invited Guest nett section, pushing Ng Liang Yen to second spot on count back after both had carded the same score.

The gross winner was Bryan Tiong King Yong who scored a 81, also beating Jimmie Teo on count back.

Hole-in-one achiever Samdrick Yeo was rewarded with a complimentary two-day, one-night stay at the Baruk Suites of the Damai Beach Resort which is worth RM550.

The state’s junior golfer aced the hole-a-one at Hole 17 on the second day of competition.

Over 90 golfers from the Philippines and Malaysia participated in the 45th edition of the Sarawak Amateur Open and the 26th SGA Ladies Open at DGCC.


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Samdrick scores hole-in-one, Ka Tung remains in charge Sat, 26 Apr 2014 17:14:50 +0000

SANTUBONG: State junior golfer Samdrick Yeo Shuen Hun stole the limelight on the second day of the 45th Sarawak Amateur Open Golf Championship when he aced a hole-a-one at Hole 17 of the Damai Golf and Country Club (DGCC) here yesterday.

While defending champion Lee Ka Tung continued with his fine form to qualify for today’s final, 15-year-old Samdrick’s feat became the talk of the club especially when other golfers were struggling to manage the challenging fairways and greens.

“This is the second time I have achieved that and the first was at Sibu Golf Club last year while practising for a competition there,” said the modest golfer

who is also a member of Team Junior, the champion of the recent KGS Team Match Play Championship.

Another junior golfer who is also making an impression at the event is 14-year-old Umar Kushairi Umar from Cheras, Kuala Lumpur and he had also qualified for today’s final after finishing overall second in the Men’s gross event behind Ka Tung.

Lee, who won the event in 2013 and 2012, is only a step away from keeping the coveted Datuk Amar James Wong Kim Min Challenge Trophy for good if he maintains his form.

He scored a two-over 74 on the first day but mended his ways yesterday after returning the day with a one-under 71 to a total score of 145 to lead the rest of the pack into the final round.

All of Lee’s brothers, Kah Ming, Ka Siong, Kah Ching and Ka Tiong are joining him together with other top golfers including Lau Chin Leong, Wong Tung Ann, Aw Yong Jhie Jgin, Ling Soon King.

The eight-time champion will be playing in the same flight with Umar Kushairi, Johari Aman and Albright Chong, a zero-handicapper from Sabah.

In the women’s category, Diane Luke from Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) will be facing the challenge from teammate Nur Durriyah Damian, Jaclyn Chen Jin Yi, Cheryl Lo from Sabah and Clare Amelia Legaspi from the Philippines.

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Ka Tung eyes hat-trick win Fri, 25 Apr 2014 16:08:42 +0000

Lee Ka Tung

Sibu ace gunning for third straight victory in Sarawak Amateur Open

KUCHING: Defending champion Lee Ka Tung is going all out to defend his title in the 45th Sarawak Amateur Open Golf Championship 2014 which started at Damai Golf and Country Club (DGCC) yesterday.

Lee, who won the event in 2013 and 2012, is hoping to bring home the coveted Datuk Amar James Wong Kim Min Challenge Trophy for good this time round and all he has to do is to keep the other contenders at bay.

Other pretenders to the title are none other than his own brothers, Kah Ming who is representing Sarawak Golf Club, Lee Ka Siong and Lee Kah Ching – the reigning Sibu Open champion from Miri and the elder Ka Tiong from Bintulu Golf Club.

Last year’s Merdeka Cup champion Lau Chin Leong from Sibu Golf Club is also another golf ace trying to bag his first title of the year while club mate Wong Tung Ann and Albert Chiong from Sabah Golf Association are no pushovers.

“This will be my first major event of the year and I feel alright having so many top local golfers competing for the same title … I think it is good for the competition,” said the modest handicap one golfer who had won the title for a record eight times.

Even though the DGCC fairways and the greens conditions are much slower than what he had expected, Lee is still comfortable playing there and his confidence is sky high after winning the recent annual Kinabalu Golf Club (KGC) Golf Open Championship in Sabah on March 18.

Yesterday’s opening day of competition saw light rain welcoming the over 90 golfers from Sarawak, Sabah, the Philippines and West Kalimantan, Indonesia.

The 26th Sarawak Amateur Ladies Open Golf Championship also tee-ed off yesterday with young golfers from Sarawak, Sabah and the Philippines vying for top honours.

The 36 golfers with the lowest gross scores over the first 36 holes will qualify for the event’s final round while the 12 ladies with the lowest gross scores over the 36 holes will qualify for the final round tomorrow.

Apart from the two challenge trophies up for grabs, there will be 12 prizes offered in the top golfers in the men’s gross over 54 holes while in the Ladies’ gross category there will be five prizes offered.

There will be six prizes for the top golfers in the men’s nett over 36 holes and three prizes in the Ladies’ nett category.

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