Chia pleased with the quality of junior golf

  • Golf
  • Sunday, 13 Oct 2019

(From left) Manibalan (left), Caeden Cheah, Ng Jing Xuen, Foong Zi Yu, Hariz Hezri and MyFutures Junior Tour chairman Ahmad Fauzi Ghazali.

THE curtain came down on the 2019 FarFrontier MyFutures Junior Golf Tour with the hosting of the DC Cup Tournament of Champions at Templer Park Country Club in Rawang and lending his support to the circuit, with which he has a long-standing association, was Malaysian veteran Danny Chia.

The Asian Tour winner said he was particularly happy with the quality of golf on display and applauded the efforts of the juniors.

“This is the fourth year that I have been involved with this event and I’m glad that I’m able to contribute together with a group of passionate supporters to make a difference for junior golf in this country.

“Match play is rarely played these days and the ultimate goal of the DC Cup Tournament of Champions is to expose

up-and-coming juniors to this exciting format.

“The knockout matches went down the wire, which is a good reflection not only of the competitiveness of the Tour, but also the skills set and fitness of our young players, ” said Chia.

The three-day tournament marked the end of the Race to Templer Park, a culmination of five preliminary legs contested across Peninsular Malaysia. And iIn keeping with the Tour’s theme of “building champions”, the grand finale featured an exclusive field of 42 elite junior amateurs, who qualified on merit through a point points system in the season-long Titleist Rankings.

The finalists had their entry fees waivered, thanks to Chia and Tour-founding partner Templer Park Country Club, who combined to pick up the tab for the championship, which is

now a World Amateur Golf Ranking event.

The Tournament of Champions features both stroke play and match play elements – similar to the United States Golf Association’s (USGA) gold standard of conducting the US Boys’ and Girls’ Amateur Championships.

The event itself proved a good test for the juniors with the champions crowned after five rounds of intense golf.

Hariz Hezri pulled off a giant-killing act as he topped the boys’ blue division. He ousted stroke play champion and tournament favourite Rizq Adam Rohizam

on the last hole in a closely-fought semi-final before overcoming Akmal Aiman Fauzi 2&1 in the final.

In the girls’ white division, Foong Zi Yu won both the stroke play and the match play titles. Having become the first player to win 10 MyFutures events since 2016, she defeated up-and-coming Maisarah Hezri 3&1 in the final after seeing off Ashley Chin 3&2 in the semis.

Caeden Cheah steadied the ship after an inconsistent start to win the boys’ white division. The sixth seed defeated Hazeem Yusoff 4&3 in the semi-final and nailed down a solid 3&1 win over Hayden Hah in the championship match.

Ng Jing Xuen underscored her dominance in the girls’ red division by winning both the stroke play and match play titles.

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