KUCHING: Defending champion Paul San Weng Yau is leading the pack of a stellar cast of top junior golfers in action at the 14th Sarawak International Junior Championship hosted by Kelab Golf Sarawak (KGS) starting today.
However, girl’s title holder Aretha Pan will not be defending her crown this year.
According to state secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani who is also deputy president of the KGS management committee, the tournament is a springboard for some of the best junior golfing talents in Asia. Some of the tournament’s winner has even gone on to become Asian Tour professionals.
“The Sarawak Chief Minister’s Cup tees off tomorrow (today) with 94 junior golfers from Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore registered. There is an increase in the number of participants this year. For the record, last year we had 82 golfers registered,” he said.
Among the players to watch in the tournament is Alethea Cordelia of Miri.
She has won three tournaments this year in Miri and Labuan.
“The fairways and greens at KGS is challenging and with so many top junior golfers in the tournament, competition for top honours will be tough,” said Alethea who is representing Miri Golf Club.
Keane Lim, who is from Singapore commented that he is excited to be here in Sarawak. The 11-year-old golfer added that he has no personal target while competing at the tournament as he is only here to mainly gain more experience.
“I have competed in various tournaments before this. I guess there is still a long way to go for me but I’m glad to be able to play here,” he said to The Borneo Post.
Eliza Mae Kho who is from Miri, on the other hand commented that she is eager to test her mantle against other international golfers in the competition.
She is always looking forward to participate in this annual tournament.
“The feeling of competing here in Kuching is a great experience for me. Although this is not my first time competing at a golf tournament, I am nevertheless excited,” said the 11-year-old golfer who represents Miri Golf Club.
This year, the tournament is divided into four categories (for both boys and girls category) which is: Category B (13 to 14 years-old), Category C (11 to 12 years old), and Category D (under 10 years-old).
Another category is the Special Group (18 to 21 years-old) which is to be combined with A group (15 to 17 years-old).
According to officials, the youngest golfer in the tournament is Anson Yeo Boon Xiang who is just six-years-old.
He will represent KGS in the tournament.
In a related development, the Sarawak Golf Club (KGS) launched its KGS Silver Jubilee Celebration with the club organising a number of sports and recreational events from Nov 19 to Nov 25.
Sports activities being organised during the KGS Silver Jubilee Celebration includes badminton, tennis, fun swimming and other fun games for its members and guests.
The highlight of the celebration will be a dinner which will be held on Nov 24 with chief minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud scheduled to grace the function.