SANTUBONG: Local golfers including those from the Sarawak junior squad were given the opportunity to compete in the ongoing Sarawak Championship, an Asian Tour event, at Damai Golf and Country Club (DGCC) from July 4 to 7.
DGCC general manager Roslan Mohd Salleh said those competing include Sukma XIX golfers namely Aziel Teo Ken Yi and Malcolm Ting Siong Hung, and former Sukma golfer Paul San Weng Yau.
Aziel is a 19-year-old student at Swinburne University in Kuching while Malcom Ting is a 17-year-old student from Miri and both are playing as
amateurs in the US$300,000
event where 150 professional golfers from throughout the world including Malaysia are participating.
Other local golfers competing in the four-day event are namely brothers Sulaiman and Kelana Ibrahim from Miri and Alex Tiong Wei Zen of Sibu Golf Club.
Both Aziel and Malcom are first timers competing against professional golfers vying for top honours at the Asian Tour and the event will provide a good avenue for them to gain exposure in preparation for this year’s Sukma to be held in Perak from Sept 12 to 22.
“There were actually four slots for our junior golfers but one of them had to pull out due to sports injury and the rest are given this opportunity to play against the professionals who come from
other countries such as India, Australia, USA, South Africa, Thailand and many more,” Roslan enthused.
The opening day on Wednesday went smoothly even though the golfers faced windy and cloudy weather conditions in the morning but they gave their thumbs up to the course conditions and scenic surrounding which had been impressive.