Golf

Published: Saturday December 14, 2013 MYT 5:15:00 PM
Updated: Saturday December 14, 2013 MYT 5:20:19 PM

All abuzz over golfer Gavin in Naypyitaw

Gavin Kyle Green just made it into the top 10 of the amateur golf world rankings. He is in Myanmar representing Malaysia at the SEA Games.

Gavin Kyle Green just made it into the top 10 of the amateur golf world rankings. He is in Myanmar representing Malaysia at the SEA Games.

NAYPYITAW: The presence of youngster Gavin Kyle Green is the talk of the golfing fraternity as the competition prepares to get under way on Sunday at the Royal Myanmar Golf Course here.

This is not surprising as Gavin has just made it to the top 10 in the amateur golf world rankings.

Gavin improved from 18th to 10th in the latest rankings, thanks to his win in the prestigious College All American Classic in Texas recently.

He is currently the third highest ranked Asian golfer after Lee Chang-woo of South Korea and Pan Cheng-tsung of Taiwan, who are ranked sixth and ninth respectively.

Chang-woo lifted the Asia Pacific Amateur Championship in Shandong recently while United States-based Cheng-tsung was the runner-up last year and finished third at the US Amateur Open in August.

Gavin, who is also pursuing his tertiary studies at the University of New Mexico in the US, fronts the Malaysian team for the SEA Games.

The others in the team are Abel Tam (world No. 450), Low Khai Jei (world No. 733) and Mohd Wafiyuddin Abdul Manaf (world No. 939).

Gavin found out about his top 10 world ranking just before leaving the US to come here for his second SEA Games appearance.

Thailand, especially, are wary of Gavin’s presence and their media have been enquiring about his current form, after he won the Putra Cup individual title in Philippines in August.

Thailand, after all, are the defending champions for both team and individual.

But the 19-year-old, who put off sitting for his exams in order to play here, said his main concern is to shrug off his jet-lag.

The six-footer started his tiring journey from the US to Kuala Lumpur on Dec 12 before flying to Yangon to take a connecting flight to Naypyitaw.

“Actually, this is my second appearance. I played in Laos a few years back (in 2009). I’d like to go out there and do the best that I can,” he said before the practice round.

On making the top 10 ranking, Gavin added: “It feels pretty good but I know I will have to continue to work very hard to maintain it.”

Malaysia have not won the gold medal in SEA Games since the 2001 edition in Kuala Lumpur, where the men’s quartet of Airil Rizman Zahari, S. Sivachandhran, Shaaban Hussin and Sahal Saedin triumphed in the team competition.

The women’s competition, a three-round affair, begins on Monday with Michelle Koh, Vivienne Chin and Nur Durriyah Damian bidding to fly the Malaysian flag high.

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