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.
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.