Ainil to defend title in Asean junior meet


PETALING JAYA: Defending girls' individual champion Ainil Johani Bakar and Chuah Tze Jean will spearhead Malaysia's challenge in the 100Plus Power Asean Junior Golf Championships, which will be held at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah (SAAS) Golf Club in Shah Alam from June 8-10. 

Malaysia performed remarkably well in the inaugural tournament last year, winning three out of the four titles at stake. 

Besides winning the individual competition, Ainil partnered Tze Jean to win the girls' team title as well. 

Mohd Hanafiah Jamil and Chang Vui Khiong won the boys’ team title for Malaysia while Choo Tze Huang of Singapore won the individual title. 

“I have played at the SAAS course a couple of times and I find it quite demanding. It has a tight fairway and you have to be very accurate when you swing to get the ball onto the greens,” said Ainil. 

“Tze Jean and I also expect stiff competition from the Thais, including Suteera Chanucai.” 

Meanwhile, Tze Jean is hoping to improve on her performance after losing by just one stroke to Ainil in the individual competition last year. 

“I have been playing well lately and I hope I can keep up my form in the tournament next month,” said Tze Jean, who finished seventh in the recent Asia Pacific Junior Open in Jakarta. 

Eugene Lim, Andy Gan and Haziq Hamizan will represent Malaysia in the boys' competition this year. 

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