THE 32nd Saujana Amateur Championship, to be hosted on the Palm course of one of Malaysia’s premier golf clubs from June 24 to 27 June, is expected to feature a strong.
That was the message put across by the organizing this week, when addressing the media alongside the tournament’s sponsors, who include the Saujana Hotel & Peremba, Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) representatives, members of the Saujana board of directors and other guests.
Chairman of the organising committee Lee Kwok Meng said they were fully prepared for the tournament, which for the first time in a long time will be without principal sponsor MPI Generali Insurans Berhad, who have discontinued their support.
Touching on the club hosting the event without a title sponsor, Saujana director Choy Thiam Hwa said it was to “feature the ‘Saujana’ brand which is already synonymous with golf in Malaysia
“Also, the Saujana Hotel has always provided accommodation and food for the amateur competitors. And it is part of a unique property that has been recognised internationally and chosen as a world-class European Tour destination.
“It was only natural to feature it together with Saujana Golf & Country Club as hosts of the Saujana Amateur Championship,” added Choy.
With the 54-hole tournament moved from the Bunga Raya course to the Palm this year, Saujana Golf & Country Club general manager S.A. Nathan because the Cobra course, as it is also known, was undergoing renovations last year.
“Saujana two 18-hole courses capable of holding championship events and with the Palm Course was undergoing major renovations to the greens and additional fairways and drainage works last season, it was moved to the Bunga Raya.
“But as you know, the renovations were completed at the end of 2018 and the Palm passed its first major test by hosting European and Asian Tour professionals in the Maybank Championship in March.
“With this, it was felt that it was only fitting we offer a similar test to the top-ranked amateurs from around the region.”
With regards to the set-up of the course, organising committee chairman Lee Kwok Meng said the key guideline was the layout should not “exceed 7,000 yards.
“But even then,” he added, “it will be tough for the players. This course can be very difficult to play, depending on the set-up and for the tournament, it should prove just that.”
MGA treasurer Bryan Pererra, representing the national association, said they would a formidable team and hoped to do well in a tournament won by Singapore’s Joshua Ho last year.
The last Malaysian to win the Saujana Amateur was Daeng Abdul Rahman in 2015.
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