Golf

Published: Sunday December 15, 2013 MYT 6:22:00 PM
Updated: Sunday December 15, 2013 MYT 6:37:18 PM

Globe-trotting Gavin shoots to the top of leaderboard

Malaysia's Gavin Kyle Green battled jet-leg and the field to share the first-round lead of the SEA Games golf competition at the Royal Myanmar Golf Course on Sunday. - Filepic

Malaysia's Gavin Kyle Green battled jet-leg and the field to share the first-round lead of the SEA Games golf competition at the Royal Myanmar Golf Course on Sunday. - Filepic

NAYPYITAW: Not even jet lag and lack of sleep could stop Gavin Kyle Green from making his presence felt at the SEA Games golf competition as he fired a four-under 68 to share the first round lead with Thailand’s Danthai Boonma at the Royal Myanmar Golf Course in Naypyitaw.

Indonesia’s William Sjaichudin is a stroke behind in third while four others – Vietnam’s Chi Quan Truong, John Kier Abdon of the Philippines, Singapore’s Jonathan Woo and Myanmar’s Myo Win Aung – are tied for fourth on 70.

The United States-based Gavin, who is ranked 10th in the world amateur golf rankings, carded six birdies but was unable to take the outright lead after bogeys on the fourth and 14th holes.

Still, he was pleased with his opening-day performance.

“I flew in from the US to Hong Kong and then to Kuala Lumpur. I only arrived here on Thursday evening. I am still feeling the effects of jetlag at the moment and adapting to the time change.

“I have not been able to sleep well so far ... so, I am pleased with my score.

“It’s just the first day but it was a solid round. I have not been practising either as it has been snowing back in the US,” said the six-foot tall Gavin, who is studying at the University of New Mexico.

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

Wafiyuddin ended the first round in 21st position with a one-over 73 while Khai Jei and Abel are tied at 23rd spot with three-over 75.

Malaysia have not won the SEA Games gold medal since the 2001 edition in Kuala Lumpur when 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 Monday with Michelle Koh, Vivienne Chin and Nur Durriyah Damian bidding to fly the Malaysian flag high.

Tags / Keywords: SEA Games, Myanmar, Naypyitaw, Nyapidaw, Gavin Kyle Green, golf

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