Tuesday, 12 August 2014 | MYT 6:33 PM
MGA expects good show in Asiad despite Gavin absence
Low Khai Jei is part of the men's team heading to the Asian Games in Incheon. - filepic
KUALA LUMPUR: In the absence of talismanic Gavin Kyle Green, the national golf squad will be heading to next month’s Incheon Asian Games (Sept 19-Oct 4) with little expectation.
But the Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) are demanding their golfers to put up a “reasonable” display.
MGA have named a four-man squad comprising of Mohd Afif Mohd Razif, Muhammad Wafiyuddin Abdul Manaf, Chan Tuck Soon and Low Khai Jei while Nur Durriyah Damian, Dianne Luke and Kelie Kan Kah Yan will make up the women’s team.
The 19-year-old Gavin, who bagged a silver medal at last year Myanmar’s SEA Games, is not able to join the team due to his final year studies at the University of New Mexico in the United States.
“Without Gavin, who is ranked 18th in the World Amateur Golf ranking, it will be very difficult for us,” said MGA president Tan Sri Mohd Anwar Mohd Nor.
“Despite not expecting them to contend for medals, we want them to justify their trip to Incheon a with a good showing.
“We are expecting them to finish every round not worse than three-over 75.”
At the previous Games in Guangzhou, Mohd Arie Irawan emerged as Malaysia’s best finisher in the individual event in 12th spot, while the team of Tuck Soon, Kenneth de Silva and Mohd Iylia Jamil, finished 11th out of 19 nations.