The Selangor Golf Association (SGA) will be staging the 43rd Mazda Selangor Amateur Open at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Golf & Country Club (SAASGCC) this October 20-22.
The 54-hole tournament is will feature separate men’s and women’s events, with the minimum handicap requirement being 12 (USGA handicap index 10.7) for men and 18 (USGA handicap index 15.4) for women.
Golfers will be vying for the Sultan Salehhudin Abdul Aziz Alam Shah trophy in the men’s category and the Tuanku Ampuan Najihah Tunku Besar Burhanuddin trophy in the women’s category. Proceeds from the tournament will be channeled by the SGA to the development of junior golf in Selangor.
The tournament has traditionally attracted top amateur golfers not only from Malaysia but also participants from Asia-Pacific countries. This year we have foreign participants from China, Korea, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore. It is also a recognized R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking event,” said said tournament director Dr Ronnie Yeo.
“The preparation of the golf course started six months ago with the field department being constantly reminded of the importance of this tournament. No details will be spared. SAASGCC underwent a change of ownership four years ago with the golf course in a dilapidated condition. With the new ownership and a new name, the golf course has transformed from an ugly duckling to a swan,” he added.
Previous winners of the men’s event include leading Malaysian professionals such as Danny Chia, R. Nachimuthu, Airil Rizman, Lim Eng Seng, Mohd Shaaban Husin, Mohd Sukree Othman and Kenneth De Silva. The women’s list of past champions includes current Malaysian number Kelly Tan and other professionals such as Lim Siew Ai, Michelle Koh, Ainil Johani and Aretha Pan.
The entry fee is RM450 for Malaysians and US$150 for non-citizens. Contact the club at 03-55105877 for details.