TAN Leng Hin topped the leaderboard in the sixth qualifying round of the Astro Masters 2019 at the Els Club Teluk Datai in Langkawi when he signed for a two-under-par 70.
The two-handicapper played the 6,734-yard Ernie Els-design better than anyone else in the 112-strong field. His efforts earned him a slot in the tournament’s grand final, which will be staged in Taipei, Taiwan, this September.
With the event held in good weather conditions, Tan, a regular Astro Masters participant who has played in the grand final twice before, clinched the gross title in Langawi in style.
He registered three birdies – at holes 4, 9 and 10 – but also gave back a shot at the par-3, 5th hole.
Speaking after his win, Tan said, “I am very happy and excited to have qualified for the grand final. I have played here before and it was just like a routine round of golf for me.
“I have to thank my Langkawi friends for persuading me to take part today, as I did not have plans to play in this qualifying round,” added the 44-year-old, who is a member of Penang Golf Club.
Joining Tan on the trip to Taiwan will be Mohd Kamrul Hisham, a 38-year-old physical education and mathematics school teacher. The 11-handicapper won the nett title with a five-under 67.
“I am delighted to have qualified for Taiwan as I have never been there before,” said Mohd Kamrul, who is a member of Kinta Golf Club in Batu Gajah, Perak.
“Solid iron play and good putting were key for me today. However, I did play horribly on Hole 11 where I had an eight,” he said.
The Nearest-to-Line novelty prize at the par-4, 369-yard 1st hole went to Rashidi Ashari, who won an Aldila shaft sponsored by Vin Golf. His tee shot came to rest a mere eight inches from the line.
The Longest Drive contest, which also carried an Aldila shaft as the prize, was won by Mohammad Saiful Firdaus, who drove his tee-shot all of 260.25 metres down the 18th fairway.
The Sure-to-Win Nearest-to-Pin prize – a Panasonic 65-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV worth RM8,000 – was won by Ahmad Kamel. His tee shot on the 140-yard par-3, 15th hole ended up just five inches from the flag.
“It was a great day of golf and we would like to thank the participants, many of whom travelled to Langkawi to take part,” said Astro Masters organising chairman P. Jeganathan.
“It was great to see players from Kelantan and Johor taking the time to make the journey to the Els Club Teluk Datai.
“Also, the club management and staff deserve a pat on the back for setting up a challenging course for the players.”
The Astro Masters, now in its 22nd year, has over the years taken the grand final to overseas venues, including clubs in Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Oman, China and Cambodia.
Entry into the tournament for Astro subscribers comes with a fee of RM400, while for non-subscribers it is RM600.
Astro Masters 2019 Schedule
Jul 25 Palm Garden GC, Putrajaya
Aug 3 Meru Valley GCC, Ipoh, Perak
Aug 17 Els Club Desaru Coast, Johor
Aug 21 Tropicana GCR, Petaling Jaya
Sep 17-20 Grand Final – Taipei, Taiwan
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