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by lim teik huat
PETALING JAYA: The organisers of the MPI-Saujana Amateur Championship are keeping their fingers crossed that talented golfer Gavin Kyle Green will be able to return from his studies in the United States to defend his title next month.
The championship, which will be held at the Saujana Golf and Country Club from May 28-30, is expected to attract the participation of top amateurs in the region.
Gavin bagged his third Saujana Amateur title last year and Multi Purpose Insurance chief executive officer Ong Kok San said that his performance had boosted the confidence of local golfers in an event that has been dominated by foreigners since 2001.
The 19-year-old was also the best local player at the Maybank Malaysian Open last month. On top of that, he was also awarded the Best Amateur title.
“Gavin’s victories in this event have inspired the whole nation and fired up the will and hopes of our emerging golfers. I hope he can return from his studies in the US to defend his title. This exciting player will be a joy to watch if he does,” said Kok San.
Malaysian Golf Association treasurer Bryan Perera said that Gavin, who also won the Saujana Amateur title in 2009 and 2011, is trying to qualify for the national collegiate meet in the US.
“If he qualifies, he’ll play in June and will not be able to commit (to the Saujana Amateur) as Gavin has his obligations to the University of New Mexico,” he said.
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