KUALA LUMPUR: Adam Arif Madzri stayed strong as last year’s champion Zubair Firdaus crumbled in the 12th AmBank SportExcel International Junior Golf Championship today.
The 16-year-old Adam clinched the boys’ 15-18 category title by two strokes with rounds of 76-70-70 at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club.
“Zubair was playing well and he then just crumbled, I think the pressure got to him,” said Adam.
Zubair finished at 218 followed by Rhaatikanesh Kanavatgu and Sheikh Abd Razak Sheikh Rawof in joint third spot at 219.
“Next for me will be the 100Plus International at this club.”
In the girls’ category, Thailand’s Jenny Ham overtook overnight leader Liyana Durisic by two strokes. Jenny shot 71-74-75 for an aggregate of 220.
“I am grateful for winning the title today, and I would like to thank AmBank Group and other sponsors for organising such a fantastic tournament. It was tough and challenging and I learned a lot of new things throughout the tournament,” she said.
Jenny received a one-year scholarship from Hills Golf Academy, Gold Coast, Australia worth approximately A$45,000 (RM150,000).
The best player from the Blue Tee (Boys 13-14 and 15-18 age group category) also went to Adam Arif while the White Tee (Girls 13-14 and 15-18 age group category) winner was Jenny. They each won the Tan Sri Azman Hashim challenge trophy.
The best team category was won by Malaysia B, which consisted of Adam and Liyana Durisic where they were presented with the Tunku Imran Trophy. The prizes were presented by Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja’afar, Chairman of SportExcel and Syed Anuar Syed Ali, Head, Group Corporate Communications and Marketing, AmBank Group.
Results (Malaysians unless stated)
216: Adam Arif Madzri 76-70-70; 218: Zubair Firdaus 70-74-74; 219: Rhaasrikanesh Kanavathi 79-72-68; 219: Sheikh Abd Razak Sheikh Rawof 74-72-73
233: Gabriel Hansel Hari (Indonesia) 76-82-75;
233: Wit Pitipat (Thailand) 77-79-77;
233: Xiong Tian Yi (China) 77-75-81
223: Pongsapak Laopakdee (Thailand) 78-72-73;
234: Rizq Adam Rohizam 84-76-74;
235: Aksel Moe (Thailand) 82-77-76
220: Jenny Ham (Thailand) 71-74-75;
222: Liyana Durisic 69-73-80;
225: Ashley Lau Jen Wen 75-74-76
241: Pimmada Wongthanavimok (Thailand) 80-81-80;
246: Angel Hii 83-78-85;
247: Grace Chin Jun Li 83-81-83
216: An Tong (China) 72-71-73; 166:
234: Suttinee Ngam-Khun (Thailand) 77-79-78;
236: Mirabel Ting Ern Hui 87-73-76