PETALING JAYA: Highly-rated Malaysian amateurs Gavin and Galven Green will be among the star-studded Asian Tour cast at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters next week.
The RM1.2mil Asian Tour event will provide a good test of character for the Green brothers, who will be in the elite field alongside defending champion Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand and big-hitting Australian Scott Hend, who is third on the Order of Merit.
Over 30 Asian Tour champions – including India’s rising star Anirban Lahiri, Filipino Angelo Que, who won the 2010 edition, Chawalit Plaphol of Thailand, Mardan Mamat of Singapore and Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh – will feature at the Seri Selangor Golf Club.
Danny Chia, Shaaban Hussin, Sukree Othman, S. Siva Chandhran and Nicholas Fung will lead the Malaysian charge as they seek to emulate Ben Leong’s victory in 2008.
Ben was hoping to make a long-awaited comeback from a back injury but has pulled out because of illness.
The 19-year-old Gavin will return to Malaysia following a successful college season in the United States.
He was part of the University of New Mexico golf team who won the Regionals at Ohio to qualify for the NCAA Golf Championship, where they made the top eight.
He also played at the US Open Sectional Qualifying at Hawks Ridge Golf Club, missing out on a spot in the year’s second Major by two shots. His younger brother Galven, 13, is also relishing the opportunity to tee it up in his first Asian Tour event after winning the Under-15 category of the Etiqa Selangor International Junior Masters to qualify for the tournament.
If he succeeds in making the halfway cut, Galven will become the youngest player to do so on the Asian Tour.
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