THERE has been decent progress made by some of Malaysia’s leading players in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.
Ashley Lau, for one, moved up to a career best 57th in the global amateur standing this week and is now on the threshold of breaking into the top-50.
Just one more good result, or the falling off of previous results of a few others ahead of her in the rankings, could propel the University of Michigan scholar onto the leader page of the women’s standingings.
It should be mentioned that the World Amateur Golf Ranking points system is based on a player’s average performance in “counting events” over a rolling cycle of the previous 104 weeks (two years).
To date Ashley only has one victory in a ranking event, the Indiana Invitational in Bloomington, a collegiate Strokeplay tournament held in April. She does have, though, nine other top-10s this year in fields of varying strengths (or power, as it is referred to in the points system).
As things stand, Natasha Andrea Oon is Malaysia’s best-placed women’s player in the amateur rankings in 50th place with 943.34 average points.
Ashley has 907.38, while Jeneath Wong, 118th with 804.88 points and Liyana Durisic 168th on 756.69, are the only other Malaysian players in the women’s WAGR top-200.
In their most recent World Amateur Golf Ranking counting event, the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific Championship at Abu Dhabi Golf Club last month, Ashley finished sixth and Natasha managed a tie for 11th place.
Jeneath, who went on a blistering run of form in the first half of this year, during which she registered four wins and four other top-10s, all in Australia, including a runner-up spot at the Rene Erichsen Salver in South Australia, did not travel to Abu Dhabi.
Liyana did and she tied for 35th in the regional championship held in the Middle East for the first time, while Audrey Tan was joint 31st and Winnie Ng T43. In a good outing, five of Malaysia’s six players made the cut at Aby Dhabi Golf Club.
In the men’s section of the amateur world rankings, Khavish Varman Varadan remained in 158th place to continue to lead the Malaysian roster with his personal best 694.26 average points.
Ervin Chang, who dramatically dropped down the order after a sequence of poor form and inactivity, climbed 26 places last week up to 257th.
He finished runner-up in the Sunshine State Amateur Championship hosted by El Campeon Golf Club at Mission Inn Resort in Florida. His career-best in the WAGR rankings is 72nd.
Bryan Wiyang Teoh in 374th place and Marcus Lim 405th are the two other Malaysians in the top-500.
In the wake of the SportExcel Milo NSC Malaysian Junior Premier Elite Circuit second leg at Kelab Rahman Putra Malaysia last week, winner Yeo Boon Xiang Anson rocketed up no less than 992 places to 3238.
Nateeshvar Anatha Ganesh was second and moved 576 rungs up the ladder to 747th, while Rizq Adam Rohizam went up 547 places to 1541.