Amatuer golfer Tuck Soon thrilled to play in Asia-Pacific meet

PETALING JAYA: Chan Tuck Soon is keen to rediscover the form that made him Malaysia’s No. 1 junior golfer when he tees up at the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (AAC) in Hong Kong on Thursday.

In 2010, Tuck Soon finished a creditable 10th out of 150 competitors at the prestigious British Junior Open at the Lundin Golf Club in Scotland. But his amateur career failed to flourish, with the 21-year-old yet to record a single win.

“I have to admit that my top 10 finish at the British Junior Open was the only achievement I can be proud of,” said Tuck Soon, who plans to turn professional in 2017.

“Since then, my game has stagnated.

“That’s why I’m excited about playing in the AAC.”

Tuck Soon has been invited to compete in the ACC for the fifth time in a row because he is still one of the top ranked amateur golfers in Malaysia. The winner of this tournament will get an exemption to compete in the US Masters.

A regular with the national team, Tuck Soon had also represented Malaysia at the 2010 Guangzhou and 2014 Incheon Asian Games.

Tuck Soon was one of the six Malaysians selected based on their World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR) positions on Aug 6. The other five are Low Khai Jei, Ervin Chang, Daeng Abdul Rahman Abdul Aziz, Galven Kendall Green and Mohd Afif Mohd Rafiz.

Tuck Soon, who has made the cut twice in his previous four starts, feels that he’s well prepared to battle for a top-20 finish.

“I feel that I’m really prepared for this tournament. I’ve been training hard despite my tight college schedule,” said Tuck Soon, who’s doing an American degree programme at the Inti College in Subang Jaya.

“I’ve been working with my new coach Tony Maloney on my swing and mental preparation. I’m a much confident player now.”

Tuck Soon has posted two top-10 career finishes at international level, claiming third place in the Taiwan Amateur Championship in August last year and fifth place in the Singapore Amateur Championship two months ago. 

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