Gavin and Ainil will defend their titles in junior golf tourney

PETALING JAYA: Junior golfers Gavin Kyle Green and Ainil Johani Bakar will defend their titles in the Tan Sri Muhyiddin Golf Challenge, which will be held at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Shah Alam from June 25-27.

A total of 90 golfers nationwide have been invited to take part in the tournament, which has the objective to unearth talent in line with the event tagline: “In search of the Malaysian Tiger”.

In the boys’ competition, Gavin is expected to face stiff challenges from Mohd Iszaini Ismail, Mohd Hisyam Abdul Majid, Abel Tham, Chan Tuck Soon and Kenneth de Silva, who have all participated in the national trials recently.

In the girls’ competition, Kelly Tan, Vivien Chin, Nur Durriyah Daiman and Isza Fariza will be out to topple Ainil, who has won the championship thrice.

The Under-21 tournament will bear a significant importance this year as it has been awarded the world amateur golf ranking status by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews in Scotland.

Golfers will accumulate points if they finish among the top positions in the three-day tournament.

Tournament director David Parkin said the event would be organised like a professional championship to give the youngsters a taste of what to expect if they get to play in international tournaments.

“Golfers will play the tournament with the aid of caddies and walk the 18-hole course daily,” he said. “The number of participants will be trimmed for the last day with the cut-off set at the top 60 and ties.”

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