THE Perodua National Amateur Golf Series made a brief return just prior to the new movement control order at Royal Perak Golf Club where a field of 100 players showed up.
Conducted under the strict standard operating procedures (SOPs) put in place by the health authorities, the golfers in the Perak qualifier all had an eye on representing the state in the national final scheduled for September at Forest City Golf Resort in Johor. That is the reward for the winners of each of the five categories in the qualifying rounds.
Following a disciplined and determined performance, tee-to-green, four-handicapper Tan Chee Kean clinched the Category A title with a two-over 74 nett.
Pleased with his showing, the Royal Perak member said: “I am excited about the chance to represent Perak state in the national final later this year.
“I also believe this golf series is set to make a large impact in the development for amateur golfers in Malaysia as the organisers are providing an avenue for the players to compete at a national and international level too, ” he added, in reference to the world final to be staged in Mexico, and where Malaysia will be represented.
The Category B honours went to Mohd Kamrul Hisham Mohamad, who won with a nett score 69, while Shamsul Samsudin won Category C and Zuhairi Mat Hashim Category D. Chong Ngee Boon captured the Category E title and will join the other four winners from Perak at the Forest City showdown.
Speaking after the qualifier, World Amateur Golfers Championship (WAGC) president, Isac Saminathan said: “Despite being held during the conditional movement control order (CMCO) of the Covid-19 pandemic and with strict safety precautions, the tournament went off well and the SOP guidelines were adhered to by all the golfers.
“We believe the qualifying round held here in Perak is a good platform offering the best possible opportunity for Perakian amateur players a good chance to try to make their way to the world final.
“We are also looking forward to bringing another qualifying round at Royal Perak next year, ” he added.
The Perodua event is a series of qualifying rounds staged in all 14 states and Wilayah Persekutuan that help develop the amateur game around in the country.
In the tournament itself, the golfers also get the opportunity to compete for some top-quality prizes besides a hole-in-one that comes with a brand new Perodua Bezza and Titoni watch.
The national final at Forest City Golf Resort in Johor will be held on Sept 4, from where the five champions of each handicap category will qualify to represent Malaysia at the World Amateur Golfers Championship (WAGC) final in Cancun, Mexico from Oct 16 to 23.
Perodua is the title sponsor of the tournament series, with Panasonic, Srixon and Zurich General Insurance Malaysia Berhad weighing in as co-sponsors.
The event is also supported by Ministry of Youth & Sports, the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board and the Malaysian Golf Association, with Astro as its broadcasting partner.
According to Saminathan, there are 11 qualifying rounds and the national final still to come. And a revision of the competition schedule will be done from time to time, subject to announcements made by the Government on golf operations and events during MCO/CMCO.
Delta World, the official partner and licensee for World Amateur Golfers Championship in Malaysia is the organiser of the Perodua National Amateur Series.
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