Golfer Syazani shines with first breakthrough victory


  • Golf
  • Thursday, 25 Mar 2021

A job well done: Nur Syazani Amalia Shahzan posing with the plaque after winning the Nevel Meade Collegiate championship.

PETALING JAYA: Nur Syazani Amalia Shahzan has finally achieved her long-awaited breakthrough in the United States collegiate golf scene when she won the Nevel Meade Collegiate championship.

The 21-year-old, in only her fourth start for Oakland University after the pandemic-hit last season, carded rounds of 72,73 and 72 for a one-over 217 total to finish one stroke ahead of Puthita Khuanrudee of Youngstown State University at the Nevel Meade Golf Course in Prospect, Kentucky.

Syazani, however, could not inspire Oakland to the team title as they came in second on 39-over 903 – 12 strokes behind champions Youngstown.

The Kedahan previously made 17 appearances for University of Cincinnati since 2017 and the closest she came to winning a tournament was when she finished tied-third at the MSU Greenbrier Invitational in 2018.

Her victory has continued Malaysian golfers fine run in the US after Alyaa Abdulghany (University of Southern California) and Warda Amira Abdul Rawof (East Tennessee State University) emerged runner-up at the Gold Rush in February and early this month’s Kiawah Island Classic respectively.

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