The 113th edition of the Malaysian Amateur Open tees-off this Thursday at Kelab Golf Sarawak, promising top-class golf from the region’s best amateurs.
More than 130 golfers from 17 countries will be competing in the World Amateur Golf Ranking event, including strong contingents from regional powerhouse Australia as well as Singapore, Philippines and Thailand. The local challenge will be led by national team players Daeng Abdul Rahman, Amir Nazrin Jailani, Bryan Teoh and Galven Kendall Green. The last Malaysian to win the event was Galven’s elder brother, Gavin, who triumphed at Glenmarie Golf & Country Club in 2012.
“This is the third time that the Malaysian Amateur Open will be going to East Malaysia and the second time that it will be played at Sarawak Golf Club. This is a blue ribbon tournament and top amateurs from the region will be participating. Juniors and budding golfers in the state will be able to witness top-level amateur golf and we hope that will motivate them to take up the game of golf seriously,” said Tan Sri Dato’ Setia Mohd Anwar Mohd Nor, president of the Malaysian Golf Association.
The 36-hole Kelab Golf Sarawak, fondly known as ‘KGS’ among the local community, is located in the suburb of Petra Jaya about 8km from the Kuching city centre. The tournament will be staged on the long and undulating Matang/Santubong course, which plays to a total distance of 6,394m from the black tees.
KGS also hosted the Malaysian Amateur Open in 2009, when Thailand’s Thanyakon Khrongpa edged Malaysia’s Haziq Hamizan by one shot.