THE course set-up for Kota Permai Golf & Country Club’s annual club championships, played over two weekends, proved a demanding test and the winners who prevailed were deserving of their titles.
Combined, the three categories of seniors, ladies and men’s, featured a field of 219 players. And with the greens rolling at 11.5 on the Stimpmeter, the 23 ladies and 88 men in the seniors were the first to experience the challenge.
Four-handicapper Tajudin Supian ended a long wait for the seniors crown when he won the gross title with a 158 total, shooting rounds of 81 and 77.
His triumph was highlighted by a playoff victory over six-handicapper Pua Yii Shiuan. The runner-up also had rounds of 81 and 77.
Defending champion Zakaria Mohamad, playing of a five handicap, finished third, another shot back. He carded 81 and 78 for his 159.
The nett category had Lim Chee Gap (22) secure first place with a score 139. That effort was good enough for a one stroke winning margin over 10-handicapper Chan Heng Voen, while Phang Ah Kheon (18) was third with a 141 nett (on countback).
The ladies’ title was successfully defended by Datuk Azlina Abdul Aziz, who played off an eight handicap.
To make it two years on the trot, she shot 83 on the first day and then 86 for a 169 total and one-shot victory over Elvina Wong Hee Hua. The 14-handicapper had rounds of 88 and 82 to finish three ahead of third-placed Doris Yee Shoo Feng on 173 (85-88).
The ladies’ nett category was captured by Chou Li Hsueh (29), who took the title with a 145 total. That was two shots ahead of Tan Lee Chu (27) in second place and four in front of Fong Poh Choo (16) in third after spot.
The men’s championship, played over three days, paraded some of Malaysia’s best amateur golf. And it was five-handicapper Alan Chong Chek Fei (5) who won the title, romping home to a three-shot victory over Zakaria Mohamad.
Chong was duly awarded the trophy after rounds of 72, 80 and 82 gave him a 234 total..
Zakaria, who also played off a five handicap, signed for rounds of 76, 83 and 78 to return with the runner-up honours. Defending champion Jimmy Chia Kee Joo settled for third with a 238 (80-75-83) total.
The battle for the men’s nett title had its fair share of drama and a notable stat of the top-three on the first day all shooting 80 or better.
In the end, Datuk Suresh Kumar (15) emerged the champion with a 216 total. He had rounds of 63, 76 and 77. It gave him a five-shot victory over runner-up and six-handicapper Tan Vi Kung (74-72-75).
In third place was Mohd Hezri Md Hassan (8) who was a another two strokes adrift on 223 (80-74-69).
The three champions were presented with their customary green jackets and challenge trophies by the club’s director of operations Tang Meng Loon and golf committee chairman Ng Say Hoe, who said they were particularly pleased with the “high standard” of play exhibited in each of the categories.
They also made special mention of this year’s sponsors, Ingress Auto, MPI Generali, Transview, Titoni, Srixon, Carlsberg, Fortuna Leisure, Louis Remarque, Auchentoshan, RAYT Enterprise (Seven), Estee Lauder, Berjaya Vacation Club, The Clubhouse, Plaza Premium Lounge, KDK, F&N, Sinwah and sister club Horizon Hills Golf & Country Club (in Johor).
1 Alan Chong Chek Fei (5)234 72-80-82
2 Zakaria Mohammad (5)23776-83-78
3 Jimmy Chia Kee Joo (1)23880-75-83
1 Datuk Suresh Kumar (15)216 63-76-77
2 Tan Vi Kung (6)22174-72-75
3 Mohd Hezri Md Hassan (8)22380-74-69
1 Datuk Azlina Abdul Aziz (8)16983-86
2 Elvina Wong Hee Hua (14)17088-82
3 Doris Yee Shoo Feng(11)17385-88
1 Chou Li Hsueh (29)14581-64
2 Tan Lee Chu (27)14774-73
3 Fong Poh Choo (16)14970-79
1 Tajudin Bin Supian (4)15881-77
2 Pua Yii Shiuan (6)15881-77
3 Zakaria Mohammad (5)15981-78
1 Lim Chee Gap (22)139 68-71
2 Chan Heng Voen (10)14066-74
3 Phang Ah Kheon (18)141ocb68-73