Nothing but superlative in Hanoi

A exclamation of triumph and joy from K. Rhaasrikanesh, with his caddie in tow, as he celebrates the gold medal in the men’s team event. – AP

MALAYSIAN golf has been on a high this week, borne of the outstanding performance at the South-East Asian (SEA) Games in Vietnam, where the team garnered four medals – two golds, a silver and a bronze.

This was by far the country’s best showing in golf at the regional showpiece and it was as deserving as it was timely.

The gold medals came from Ervin Chang in the individual and team, while the silver was won by the women’s team and the bronze by Jeaneth Wong in the women’s individual category.

It was, indeed, a superlative showing from a young and enterprising squad who had team manager Teoh Piek Kee and coach Shairul Erwin as their guardians in Hanoi. K. Rhaasrikanesh, Marcus Lim and A. Nateeshvar made up the men’s team, while Mirabel Ting partnered Jeaneth for the silver.

Malaysian Golf Association president Admiral (R) Tan Sri Mohd Anwar Mohd Nor led the applause for the historic achievement when he sad: “We are overjoyed with the success of the golf team at this year’s SEA Games, who won in Vietnam – two golds, a silver and bronze.

“Despite all the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, the lack of funding and the clashes with fixtures on the US collegiate circuits, we as the national association held firm in our belief that we could make our presence felt in Hanoi and we did that as we contributed four medals to the overall tally of Malaysia.”

S.A. Nathan, general manager of Saujana Golf & Country Club, where the golfers trained in part, ahead of the Games, said they too were “delighted” by the news of the medals.

“This makes the whole of Malaysia proud,” said Nathan.

“To say that what this team achieved in Hanoi is great, is an under-statement. It is absolutely fantastic. We hope they now continue in this vein and make the country proud again in the future.

“Saujana, as we’ve always done, will continue to do or part to help the national teams and we wish them every success going forward.”

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