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Published: Monday December 16, 2013 MYT 8:23:00 PM
Updated: Monday December 16, 2013 MYT 8:42:44 PM

Malaysian golfers still in the hunt

Malaysian Michelle Koh carded a par-72 in the first round of the women's SEA Games golf competition to lie joint-second on Monday. - Filepic

Malaysian Michelle Koh carded a par-72 in the first round of the women's SEA Games golf competition to lie joint-second on Monday. - Filepic

NAYPYITAW: Malaysian golfers Gavin Kyle Green and Michelle Koh will have to get aggressive if they harbour hopes of ending a gold medal drought dating back to 2001 in Kuala Lumpur.

The United States-based Gavin dropped from being an overnight joint leader for a share of third with three others - Thailand’s Poom Saksansin, Myanmar’s Myo Win Aung and Indonesia’s William Sjaichudin after finishing the second round with a one-over 73.

The lanky Gavin had started strongly with a four-under 68 and the two-day total of 141 puts him three strokes behind outright leader Danthai Boonma of Thailand, who finished with a two-under 70.

Fellow Thai golfer Natipong Srithong made his move to second spot a stroke behind after carding a three-under 69.

The Thais are lurking behind and keeping alive their hopes of retaining the individual as well as team titles.

But all is not lost and Gavin certainly has the opportunity to pounce if he gets his act right.

Gavin, ranked in the top 10 in the latest world amateur golf rankings, has the tendency to make birdies easily but often drops shots with ease as well.

But it is all in the mind, as he puts it.

”I have no problem with the course layout. It is all psychological and how you handle yourself.

”I felt better today as the jetlag is no more but it was quite windy out there.

”There are still two rounds to go and I have a chance if I play consistently,” said Gavin, who is studying at the University of New Mexico.

Michelle Koh also stayed in the hunt to win the women’s individual competition after a good start.

The 23-year-old carded a regulation round of 72 to tie for second place alongside Supamas Sangchan of Thailand and the Philippines’ duo of Claire Amelia Legaspi and Princess Mary Superral.

Myanmar golfer Yin May Myo is leading the competition after the first day with a one-under 71.

Michelle, who graduated from Campbell University in North Carolina, United States, with a degree in Business Administration last year, is giving herself a year before turning pro.

Tags / Keywords: SEA Games, Naypyitaw, Myanmar, golf

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