The best junior golfers in the region will converge at Glenmarie Golf & Country Club this December 4-7 for the 12th AmBank Group-SportExcel International Junior Golf Championship.
The tournament will feature 60 players from Malaysia and 50 international participants from Thailand, India, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Australia, Philippines and Indonesia. Leading the local challenge are two-time defending overall girls’ champion Ashley Lau Jun Wen and defending overall boys’ champion Zubair Firdaus, along with other rising stars such as K. Rhaasrikanesh, Adam Arif Mazri, Muhd Afif Mohd Fathi, Winnie Ng Yu Xuan and Natasha Andrea Oon.
The boys’ and girls’ overall champions each receive a one-year scholarship to the Hills Golf Academy in the Gold Coast, Australia, while four other players will be offered a one-month scholarship to the highly-rated academy.
The AmBank Group is title sponsoring the prestigious junior tournament for the 12th consecutive time.
“We are very pleased to come on board as the main sponsor once again and a total of 110 players will be taking part in the tournament. The challenge to come out tops will be intense and exciting with a local and international cast,” said Syed Anuar Syed Ali, head, group corporate communications and marketing, AmBank Group.
“SportExcel firmly believes that the future of Malaysian sports lies in the sustainable junior sport development programme. We at AmBank Group share the same vision as we believe that by giving support to youth training programmes, it will unearth new talents,” added Syed Anuar during a press conference at Glenmarie on November 15.
The tournament will be played at Glenmarie’s Garden Course, which is the venue for the third EurAsia Cup match between Asia and Europe next January.
SportExcel chairman Y.A.M Tunku Tan Sri Imran Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Ja’afar noted: “Ambank’s sponsorship over the 12 years has been really beneficial to golf. We’re very grateful to AmBank for the wonderful support that they give us. This tournament really has a very good name internationally and that is partly because we hold it at leading golf clubs. We’re very glad that this year’s edition will be played at Glenmarie, which many of the participants will know of as the EurAsia Cup is played here.”