PETALING JAYA: National golfer V. Khavish Varman (pic) turned what was supposed to be a nightmarish debut into a decent one by claiming a top-half finish in the prestigious National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division 1 Men’s Championship in the United States.
The 20-year-old, who’s a sophomore (second-year student) at the University of Alabama (UAB), fought back from a dismal start to tie for 56th placing out of 156 competitors at the par-70 Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Monday.
Khavish closed with a 72 to finish the 54-stroke contest on an eight-over 218 total.
It was a commendable display by Khavish, considering he could only muster a 75 to be tied for 105th after the opening day.
He bounced back brilliantly with a second-round 71 to move up to 71st.
Khavish emerged the top finisher among all the five-member UAB that came in 24th out of 30 in the team event.
Only the top-15 sides advanced to the latter stages.
All in all, Khavish managed to make further progress after a stellar 2019-20 season where he was named the Conference USA Freshman of the Year.
He notched two runner-up finishes, including at the Conference USA Championship which he impressed with a 10-under total.
Khavish also finished no worse than a 25th placing in five of the seven other tournaments he started.
His impressive season could earn him a national call-up for the Vietnam SEA Games in November.
Meanwhile, Ervin Chang of Liberty University failed to finish his collegiate career with a flourish after settling for a share of 115th spot.
The 22-year-old got off to a solid start, sitting joint 28th following a decent even-par 70.
Unfortunately, he struggled over the next two rounds, carding 81 and 74 to finish on a disappointing 15-over total.
Liberty University came in 21st in the team event and missed the cut for the next round.