The 18-year-old University of New Mexico student closed with a four-under 68 for a total of 14-under-par 274 (72-65-69-68) to triumph by six shots over Thailand’s Poom Saksansin (69-71-69-71). Indonesia’s Jordan Irawan claimed third place on 283, edging another US-based Malaysian, Arie Fauzi, by one shot.
“My short game was really good all week and my game feels really good right now,” said Gavin. “I’m just going to try and keep it up and get ready for the next tournament.”
“I always want to do well for my country. To be able to win this event for Malaysia after 15 years is awesome,” he added.
Before Green’s win, the last Malaysian to win the national amateur Open was R. Nachimuthu in 1997 when he defeated New Zealand’s Reon Sayer in a playoff at Kelab Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah.
The 110th edition of the Malaysian Amateur Open saw 125 players from 17 countries teeing off at Glenmarie’s superb Valley Course, which was in prime condition for the event with the greens rolling at around 11 on the Stimpmeter.
Results (Top 10 and ties)
274 – Gavin Kyle Green (MAS) 72-65-69-68
280 – Poom Saksansin (THA) 69-71-69-71
283 – Jordan Irawan (INA) 72-71-71-69
284 – Arie Fauzi (MAS) 72-72-68-72
286 – Oliver Goss (AUS) 68-74-72-72,Rinaldi Adiyandono (INA) 70-73-69-74
288 – Khalin H Joshi (IND) 71-71-73-73
291 – Natipong Srithong (THA) 72-74-71-74
293 – N. Thangaraja (SRL) 74-73-74-72
295 – Jonar Austria (PHI) 74-73-75-73, Chan Tuck Soon (MAS) 70-72-73-80