Qualifying Series resumes

The Negeri Sembilan champions at Kota Seriemas Golf Club (from left): Ahmad Ejaaz Zamanimaran, V. Kannan Varadan, Ridzuan Jaffar, Roslan Ismail and Mohd Fauzi Bachok.

THE Perodua National Amateur Golf Series made a return with two events staged in Negeri Sembilan and Selangor, and were conducted in compliance with the strict standard operating procedures (SOPs) laid down by the health authorities and the Malaysian Golf Association (MGA).

Following the countrywide qualifiers, which began last year and then were halted by the Covid-19 pandemic, the national final has been re-scheduled to Sept 4 at Forest City Golf Resort in Johor.

The Negeri Sembilan qualifier at Kota Seriemas Golf Club saw scratch player Ahmad Ejaaz Zamanimaran clinch the Category A title with five-over 77 nett score, while V. Kannan Varadan, playing off a 10 handicap, won the Category B with a 70 nett.

Also earning a trip to the national final are Ridzuan Jaafar, who won the Category C, Roslan Ismail (Category D) and Mohd Fauzi Bachok (Category E).

At the Selangor qualifier, staged at Impian Golf & Country Club, a five-handicapper Mohd Hizir Abdillah claimed the Category A title with a one-under-par 71 nett.

Six-handicapper Mohd Hafizi Zainal Abidin took the Category B title with six-under 66 nett, while 13-handicapper Sallehhudin Mohamed Imran emerged with the Category C title. Choong Khoong Liang took the Category D honours and Mohamad Sufian Dibok the Category E crown.

The five category winners from each qualifying round make the cut for the national final. From there five winners will then go on to represent the Malaysian team in the global final of the World Amateur Golfers Championship (WAGC) in Cancun, Mexico from October 16 to 23.

During the qualifying rounds, the participants also get the opportunity to compete for numerous and lucrative prizes, including for a hole-in-one, for which a brand new Perodua Bezza and Titoni watch are reward.

Commenting on the forth-coming qualifiers, Isac Saminathan, chief executive officer of Delta World, the organisers, said: “The Penang and Sabah qualifying rounds have been oversubscribed, while the Kedah and Melaka qualifiers are almost fully booked.”

Due to the mandatory SOPs and restrictions set by the MGA, a maximum of 100 players are allowed at each event.

Among the event’s partners are Nurigins, Jake’s Charbroil Steaks, Ibis Styles, Bumi Tulin, Cowa Coconut Water, Munchy’s, Essentiq Pharma, Spectrum Outdoor, M-150 and Waves Saddles.

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