MALAYSIA’S own homegrown talent 18-year-old Nor Heikal Nor Hadi was crowned champion of the Boys 15-18 years category at the annual Kidz Golf World Championships Malaysia at Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort in Johor, Malaysia.
KGWCM which has been held for the 8th year in Malaysia also named Niko Salmi of Finland, who has also been competing regularly at the prestigious event since its start, champion for Boys 13-14 years category after beating 34 other players.
The tournament also saw Thai champs Tanjira Issaraphon and Nithidpong Srichatphirun of Girls 12 years and Boys 10 years, respectively, crowned champions after returning to win various titles over the past four years.
Budding young talents from Thailand Tyme Wutticharoenwong of Boys Under-7, Kankawee Linjongsubongkot of Girls 9 years and Louise Uma Landgraf of Girls 10 years all played a total three-day score of three-under, Under-8 and Under-9s respectively for the championship. India’s Kartik Singh who was crowned champion in the Boys Under-9s, also a return player and previous champion, played par golf over the three-day tournament.
KGWCM, which has seen skilled and passionate young golfers grow in their potential, is presented by US Kids Golf Foundation, managed by Concept Collaboration Sdn. Bhd. and sanctioned by the Malaysian Golf Association.
The tournament which was held for the first time in Asia in 2012 when Malaysia was chosen over other countries to host the event, successfully fielded 330 player this year from 27 countries namely Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Morocco, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United Sates, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
The championship, which is an excellent opportunity for youngsters to compete and earn scores for World Amateur Ranking Points (WAGR) and Junior Golf Scoreboard (JGS), is the international version of the prestigious US Kids Golf, an annual golf event held for kids aged 5 – 18 years old. The championship sees local youngsters and international kids put in top-level performances to win honours in 15 categories for girls and boys.
The championship offers top five prizes for boys in 8 categories and girls in seven categories. Boys’ categories are seven years and below, eieght years, nine years, 10 years, 11 years, 12 years, combined age group of 13 and 14 years and 15 to 18 years. Girls’ categories are eight years and below, nine years, 10 years, 11 years, 12 years, combined 13 and 14 years and 15 to 18 years.
Kidz Golf World Championships Malaysia founder and managing director Sukumaran Balakrishnan said he has seen a great increase and interest in participation of the event with new and upcoming golfers from various countries joining the tournament.
The event provides an opportunity for kids to play against other talents in an international environment and allows them to qualify for a chance to play at the European Championships in Scotland and in Pinehurst Golf Club, North Carolina next year,
“It is such a joy to see the little ones work so hard and be so determined in playing their best, having so much fun and making new friends. We have seen kids playing at our tournament annually, from when they were little seven-year olds to becoming young teens and now being crowned champions.
“Their determination is truly admirable! The very fun prize giving ceremony which sees kids celebrating their success is a remarkable wrap to the weeks excitement – the icing on the cake, ” he added.
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