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by rajes paul
Feirish Nor Feizal Nor with the mock cheque for RM1,000 – part of the SportExcel Individual Funding programme.
KUALA LUMPUR: Feirish Nor Feizal Nor is fondly called the “little Tiger Woods” wherever he goes.
And the 10-year-old surely knows how to carry himself like the golf great.
On Thursday, the smartly-dressed Feirish was the youngest of 45 recipients of the SportExcel Individual Funding programme. He was chosen for his outstanding achievement in golf – he has won a staggering 17 Under-10 titles over the last two years.
He received a grant of RM1,000 and was endorsed by SportExcel as one of the country’s future stars for his excellence at such a young age.
SportExcel, a foundation set up in 1992 to nurture talents, has produced many stars in the past, including seven-time world squash champion Nicol David.
The articulate Feirish, standing at just 132cm, admitted that the towering Woods is his ultimate role model. In fact, last year when Woods was in Malaysia, he went to the course and spent hours watching the American practise.
He also copies his hero’s style of dressing. He is always spotted with his red and black coloured shirts and pants – and only the brand Nike.
“I saw my dad (Feizal Nor Nurbi) hitting golf balls when I was younger and I made him buy plastic clubs for me so I could start doing the same. I was four and a half years old then. I got into it seriously when I was seven,” he said.
“I only follow one golfer and that is Tiger. I watch him play and pick up things from him. Tiger is focused on his game and works very hard,” said Feirish, whose personal best is seven-under par over a three-day score achieved at the Clearwater International Junior tournament this year.
Currently, his mother Tutiyanti Sutan Shahril is his caddie.
“My dad was my caddie for a year but I sacked him. We have different opinions on the game. My mother is better - she lets me decide,” he said with a smile.
While other children his age would be distracted by many other things, the Tenby International School pupil is unbelievably committed and devoted. He juggles his time between golf and studies and he keeps himself very fit.
“My goal for now is to win the 2016 British Junior Open,” beamed the adorable golfer, who is determined to maintain his domination in the remaining legs of this year’s SportExcel Junior Golf circuit.
On the SportExcel programme, he said: “This is a really a good programme for a young athlete like me. It focuses on development. The grant will motivate me.”
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