Mix of experience and youth in Malaysia’s Nomura Cup team

Muhd Afif Razif

The Malaysian Golf Association has selected national team stalwarts Muhd Afif Razif and Chan Tuck Soon along with juniors Mohd Afif Fathi and Rhaasrikanesh Kanavathi to represent the country in the 2017 Asia Pacific Amateur Golf Team Championship for the Nomura Cup, which tees off at Sungai Long Golf & Country Club on November 9-12.

The 29th edition of the prestigious biennial championship will see the participation of member nations of the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation, led by golfing powerhouses Australia, Taiwan, Korea and Thailand and defending champions Japan. In the 2015 edition in Abu Dhabi, the Malaysian team comprising Tuck Soon, Ervin Chang, Amir Nazrin Jailani and Daeng Abdul Rahman finished 10th out of 27 teams. Amir and Daeng have since turned professional while Ervin is unavailable due to US collegiate golf commitments for Liberty Univiersity. Current Malaysian No 1 amateur Galven Kendall Green and other leading players such as Danial Durisic also have collegiate golf commitments at this time of the year.

The teams were determined by the MGA’s Order of Merit (OOM), World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) as well as past performances.  The OOM is based on players’ stroke average over 30 local and international amateur events in 2017.

“I really like our mix of players and we are looking forward to show to the golfing fraternity how far our players have come in terms of their maturity and skills,” said MGA president YB Senator Admiral Tan Sri Mohd Anwar Mohd Nor, who is also chairman of the MGA’s national team sub-committee.

“Our players are young compared to their contemporaries in the Asia Pacific region; the youngest, Raasrikanesh, is only 16 and this will be his debut in the Nomura Cup,” added Tan Sri Anwar. “However, gauging by their performances this year, and with a strong desire to bring honour to the country, I believe our young players will live up to expectations.”

Centralized training camps are being held at Sungai Long Golf & Country Club to help the players familiarize themselves with the Jack Nicklaus-designed course. Malaysia has hosted the Nomura Cup twice, in 1970 and 1993, both times at Royal Selangor Golf Club.

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