Added incentive at Saujana

Sponsors and officials pose with past winners Daeng Abdul Rahman and Gavin Kyle Green

The 30th MPI Generali Saujana Amateur Championship will boast added incentive for the participants – a start in an Asian Development Tour (ADT) event for the winner. The World Amateur Golf Ranking event will be played at Saujana Golf & Country Club’s Palm Course on May 23-25.

“The start in the ADT event ties in well with the championship as many of the winners turn professional. This will provide a platform for them to gain experience as they move ahead in their careers,” said Saujana’s club manager Ken Kudo during a press conference on May 3.

Among the championship’s past winners who have gone to to carve successful professional careers are Taiwan’s Chang Tse-Peng (1993), Australian legends Robert Allenby (1990) and Stewart Ginn (1995), and Sri Lanka’s Mithun Perera (2010). The two most recent Malaysian winners, rising star Gavin Green who is the championship’s only three-time winner (2009, 2011, 2012) and rookie pro Daeng Abdul Rahman (2015), were present at the press conference.

This year’s championship returns to the Palm Course, known popularly as ‘The Cobra’, after three years of being played on the club’s Bunga Raya layout. Over the last few years, the Palm Course underwent a major revamp and re-opened for full play last year. The challenging, palm tree-lined layout successfully hosted the US$3 million Maybank Championship in February and will be set up in similarly challenging fashion for the region’s top amateurs come May 23.

Hole 15, Palm Course (Photo by Toha Dol)

“This year’s edition of the MPI Generali Saujana Amateur Championship will witness the exciting event returning to our famed Palm Course after a lapse of four years. It will be interesting to see how the gifted amateur players from around the region will fare against the Cobra this time around,” said Saujana’s general manager SA Nathan.

To-date, entries have been received from 13 countries including, for the first time, Guam.

“As a leader in golfing insurance, we are proud to position ourselves with this championship to nurture amateur golfing talents,” said Oliver Tan, the CEO of MPI Generali Insurans Berhad who return as title sponsor for the sixth year.

“The Saujana Amateur Championship has turned out many champions who have continued to carve their niche at the professional level, for example our own Gavin Kyle Green who finished second in the Hero Indian Open in March,” he added.

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