PETALING JAYA: National top amateur golfer Ervin Chang (pic) has continued to stamp his mark in the United States collegiate golf scene.
The 19-year-old, who represents Virginia-based Liberty University, has been named the Big South Conference Men’s Golfer of the Week for the second week running on Friday.
The Big South Conference, which has 10 members, is one of the collegiate athletic conferences affiliated to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the US.
Ervin was recognised for his creditable eighth-place finish at the SunTrust Gator Invitational in Florida last week.
It came two weeks after Ervin won the Sea Best Invitational, also in Florida. It was his maiden collegiate golf victory in the US.
The triumph also earned him the Golfer of the Week honour.
“It’s quite a huge thing to be named Golfer of the Week of the Big South Conference,” said Ervin, who competed at last year’s Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.
“This conference is quite competitive. There are many NCAA Division 1 colleges in this conference.
“The best performing golfer of the Big South conference is awarded the honour. I’m really happy and proud,” he added.
In total, Ervin has been picked as the Big South’s Men’s Golfer of the Week three times during the 2017-18 season.
Ervin was pleased with his progress in the last two years since joining the university.
“My Division 1 ranking has moved up to No. 168 due to my progress,” said Ervin, who’s also ranked No. 353 on the World Amateur Golf Rankings.
“When I first joined the university, I was ranked outside the top 2000s! I’ve really come a long way.