Thai’s Anusorn strikes big at Juniors Matchplay


PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian juniors fell by the wayside as Thailand's Anusorn Songserm grabbed the SportExcel Asia-Pacific Junior Matchplay Golf Championship at the Rahman Putra Golf Club in Sungai Buloh yesterday. 

Anusorn beat Singapore's Choo Tze Huang 3-2 in matchplay and the best-placed Malaysian was Alfred Tan (pic) in fifth spot. 

Alfred was an 11th-hour replacement for Alex Tiong of Sarawak, who pulled out because he had to sit for examinations. And Alfred finished 16th in strokeplay, the cut-off mark for matchplay. 

“I guess I did pretty well as I was a last-minute replacement and then barely making the cut,” said the 17-year-old Alfred. 

The ninth edition of the Asia-Pacific matchplay had 13 Malaysians and 11 foreign golfers. But one after another, the Malaysians fell by the wayside. 

National trainee Anis Helmi started with a blistering 72 gross to be seeded first going into the knock-out phase. But in the matchplay format, there were many upsets. 

Anis was shocked in sudden-death matchplay by Alfred. Another blow to the Malaysian charge was the unexpected defeat of national trainee Hanafiah Jamil by Taiwan's Chen Ming Chuan (2-0). 

After the better Malaysian players faltered, chances of retaining the title won by Ben Leong in the last two years faded. 

SCORES 

STROKEPLAY 

72: Anis Helmi (Mas), Choo Tze Huang (Sin). 

74: Haziq Hamizan (Mas), Anusorn Songserm (Tha), Aidil Haris (Mas). 

75: Goh Kun Yang (Sin), Chen Ming Chuan (Tpe), Hilmi Rahman (Mas), Hanafiah Jamil (Mas). 

77: Liu Yu Chun (Tpe). 

78: Edmund Au (Mas). 

80: Shah Fariq (Mas), Carlos Febregas (Phi), Chakrit Jitraktam (Tha). 

81: Alfred Tan (Mas). 

Championship Pool: 1. Anusorn, 2. Tze Huang, 3. Yu Chun, 4. Eric Chun, 5. Alfred. 

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