ERVIN Chang capped a recent run of good form with a triumph at Kuala Lumpur Amateur Open.
Ervin shot rounds of 66, 67 and 74 to finish with a 9-under-par 207 total and a two-shot victory margin over Singapore’s James Leow at Kelab Golf Perkhidmatan Awam in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Malaysia picked third place as well, when Muhammad Afif Fathi signed for a 210 total, while Hong Kong’s Matthew Cheung was another shot back in fourth place and Wei Wei Gao of the Philippines fifth on 212.
Ervin’s win comes on the heels of an outstanding showing at the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour’s Northport Classic at Glenmarie last month. On that occasion he held his own amidst the pros to finish tied for fourth place on 10-under 278.
He underscored his form with a six-under 66 in the second round and had a 67 in the third round, before closing out with a 70.
Ervin also won the Singapore Open Amateur Championship last month.
In the Kuala Lumpur Amateur Open Ervin again brought his A game to the course and illustrated why he is among the leading amateurs in the region.
Looking back on his victory at KGPA he said: “It was a tough challenge and there were some very good players in the field.
“But I tried to maintain my own game plan and I managed to keep my cool and focus.
“I played one shot at a time and worked out okay.”
He added: “I had fun at this event and hope to continue this form at the Asian Games.”
This will indeed be a big boost for his confidence ahead of the Asian Games to be held from Aug 26 to 29 at Pondok Indah Golf & Country Club in Jakarta.
In the ladies category, the Philippines’ Lois Kaye Go led from start to finish to win by three strokes from Isabella Leung of Hong Kong.
“I am happy with my game,” Go said. “I managed to keep my mistakes down to minimum and I finished with a 1-over 73.”
Go tallied a 7-under-par 209 total, while Leung settled for a 4-under-par 212.
“It was tough out there,” said Leung. “But I kept trying to catch up.
“So its congratulations to Lois for winning the championship.”
Malaysia’s Warda Amira finished third on 8-over 224.
Malaysian Golf Association’s (MGA) secretary Datuk Zulkifli Ismail said after the event: “The Kuala Lumpur Amateur Open is a great platform for our local players as it grants them a chance to hone their skills at a regional playing field and improve their game on the international stage.
“It was soild test for all the palyers in the field.
“Congratulations to winners and well done to the rest for a game well played.”
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