The 114th Malaysian Amateur Open tees off next week at Templer Park Country Club with a strong field of leading amateurs from 18 countries.
National team members Galven Kendall Green, Daeng Abdul Rahman, Chan Tuck Soon, Ervin Chang and Amir Nazrin will spearhead the Malaysian challenge in the May 19-22 event. Singapore’s Marc Ong won the 2015 edition at Sarawak Golf Club while the last local player to triumph was Green’s elder brother, Gavin, who turned professional last year.
At press time, the entry list stood at 132 players including the leading amateurs of Australia, Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Nepal, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Indonesia and Philippines. For the first time, there are also entries from Guam, Saudi Arabia, Kyrgyz and Oman.
“I would like to thank Templer Park Country Club for readily coming on board to host the championship”, said Tan Sri Mohd Anwar Mohd Nor, president of the Malaysian Golf Association (MGA). “I am especially grateful to Vascory Group for sponsoring the event and the other sponsors for continuing to support the National Amateur Open and the MGA.”
“We are delighted at the opportunity this partnership with our parent company, Vascory Group, presents for the country’s top amateur open and one of the world’s oldest tournaments,” said Manibalan Kutty, general manager of Templer Park. “It certainly affirms our commitment to support MGA and subsequently promote the game of golf in the country.”
As is the tradition, the MGA will conduct its Annual General Meeting during the championship on Saturday, May 21.
Inaugurated in 1894, the championship has been a popular stop for the region’s top amateurs and was accorded World Amateur Golf Ranking status in 2006. Past participants include international stars such as Robert Allenby, Stephen Leaney, Jarrod Moseley, Mardan Mamat, Thongchai Jaidee, Michael Campbell, Juvic Pagunsan and Shiv Kapur.