Wednesday, August 24, 2011

MGA set a modest silver target for SEA Games team events

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) is only targeting a modest silver medal target for both the men’s and women’s teams in the upcoming Jakarta SEA Games in November.

MGA vice president Low Teck San has admitted that Phillipines, Thailand and Indonesia will be the ones to beat and getting silver is just a realistic target.

“As of now we have yet to finalise our team for the Games.
“We will only announce the team at the end of September,” said Teck San after the venue launch of the 100Plus Malaysian Junior Open at the Saujana Golf & Country Club yesterday.

“For the men, so far we only have Gavin Kyle Green and Mohd Arie Irawan Ahmad Fauzi who are committed in participating in the event.”

“We are also aware that Kelly Tan has an hectic schedule in the US but we’re trying to persuade her to play in the Games as well because that will surely give our women’s team an edge,” said Teck San.

Kelly is the top national junior golfer in the country and is currently training in Florida where she competes in amateur tournaments there.

Meanwhile, 110 junior golfers from over 10 countries including Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, India and Taiwan will be participating in the Malaysian Junior Open which begins from Sept 12-15.

In the boys’ event, last year’s overall category runners-up Jeremiah Kim will lead the Malaysian challenge while Isza Fariza Ismail will be tasked with winning the girls’ title in the absence of Kelly who has opted out due to a hectic schedule.

However, Isza who finished third in the Under-16 category last year will find it tough to win as defending champion Sarah Ababa of the Philippines is also competing.

Sarah is bidding to become the first golfer in the tournament’s history to retain the overall crown.


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