The 2016 MPI Generali Saujana Amateur Championship will boast a strong field of leading amateurs from the Asia-Pacific region when the event tees-off at Saujana Golf & Country Club this May 24-26.
Leading the Malaysian challenge is defending champion Daeng Abdul Rahman, who will have his hands full fending of the challenges of highly-rated players from more than a dozen countries. Neighbouring Singapore is sending the largest overseas contingent of 16 players, led by their No 1 Gregory Foo who is currently the highest-ranked player in the field at No 63 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR). Foo has won numerous titles in the region including three on Malaysian soil, the latest being the KL Amateur Open in early April.
Taiwan is also sending a large contingent, comprising 12 players including reigning Faldo Series Chinese Taipei champion Hsieh Ting-wei. Australia has six players headed by World No 456 Andrew Schoneville, who plays off a +2.4 handicap, and 16-year-old prodigy Josh Armstrong.
Other players to look out for include Thai Witcahyanon Chothirunrungrueng who won the recent Singha Thailand Amateur Match Play title, leading Indonesians Tirto Tamardi and Kevin Caesario Akbar (runner-up in this event last year), and Hong Kong No 1 Leon Philip D’Souza.
Apart from Daeng, the Malaysian players expected to contend are his national team mates Galven Kendall Green, Amir Nazrin Jailani, Chan Tuck Soon and Ervin Chang.
This will be the 29th edition of the championship, which was inaugurated in 1988 by Saujana. Past winners include Australia’s Robert Allenby (1990), Taiwan’s Chang Tse-Peng and Sri Lanka’s Mithun Perera (2010) who all went on to carve successful professional careers. Malaysia’s Gavin Green is the only three-time winner of the event, triumphing in 2009, 2011 and 2012.
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