Maybank Championship Malaysia boost for ASEAN players

Four promising players from ASEAN – Indonesia’s George Gandranata, Singapore’s Koh Dengshan, Vietnam’s Michael Tran and Myanmar’s Zaw Zaw Latt – have been awarded starts in next month’s inaugural Maybank Championship Malaysia.

George Gandranata ©Getty Images / Arep Kulal

George Gandranata
©Getty Images / Arep Kulal

Koh Dengshan ©ADT / Arep Kulal

Koh Dengshan
©ADT / Arep Kulal

Michael Tran

Michael Tran

Zaw Zaw Latt ©Paul Lakatos/Asian Tour.

Zaw Zaw Latt
©Paul Lakatos/Asian Tour.

Low Khai Jei

Low Khai Jei

The organisers also announced the participation of rising South African star Thriston Lawrence, winner of the 2015 Middle East North African (MENA) Tour Order of Merit, and Malaysian rookie professional Low Khai Jei in the US$3 million event at Royal Selangor Golf Club (RSGC) this February 18-21.

“With today’s announcement, another component of the player field make up for the Maybank Championship Malaysia, falls into place. The tournament is one of the richest co-sanctioned tournaments in the ASEAN region and is an exciting opportunity and valuable platform for both established champions and rising stars to make their mark. Offering exposure, a priceless experience and world ranking points that contribute to both The Race To Dubai and The Asian Tour Order Of Merit; it is part of our continuing efforts to ensure that professional golfers from the countries that we operate, especially in Malaysia and across ASEAN are afforded every opportunity to prove themselves as professionals and role models,” said Tan Sri Dato’ Megat Zaharuddin Megat Mohd Nor, Chairman of Maybank.

Gandranata played successfully in the US Collegiate Circuit for the University of California, Berkeley and turned professional in 2012. He has been honing his game on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) and has won several titles on the Indonesian circuit.

Koh won the 2008 Malaysian Amateur Open and turned professional in 2011. Currently playing on the ADT, Koh has had some impressive results including joint third at the 2013 PGM MIDF KLGCC Masters and second place at the 2014 PGM LADA Langkawi Championship.

Vietnamese No 1 Tran is the first professional golfer from his country to play on the Asian Tour. He claimed his breakthrough ADT win at the 2015 Ciputra Golfpreneur Tournament where he defeated Singapore’s Lam Chih-bing in a playoff.

Latt has been the dominant force on the Myanmar Golf Tour since it was revived two years ago, winning the Order Of Merit in 2014 and 2015.

Low was Malaysia’s top-ranked amateur until he turned professional just a few weeks ago during the Asian Tour Qualifying School. He won numerous tournaments as an amateur including one local professional event, the PGM Orna Closed Championship last August.

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