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Consistent Christopher bags Junior Open crown

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ALL WINNERS …Awang Damit (5th left) presents Christopher with the Boys’ Overall champion’s trophy while looking on are Charlayne (5th right) and other officials.

12th February, 2018

By UMESH RAJAN

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s teenage golfing sensation, Christopher Daniel James kick started the year 2018 with an impressive win as he clinched the 16th SGCC Junior Open Championship held at the Sabah Golf and Country Club (SGCC), near here, on Sunday.

The Sukma Games hopeful played consistently over the two days with rounds of 76 – 76 to capture the Boys’ Overall title on eight-over par, seven shots clear of second place finisher, Eldrick Chong.

Eldrick settled for the Boys’ Division A title and second place overall with rounds of 78 – 81 at fifteen-over par while Neil Bainon finished a distant third place on twenty four-over par (85 – 83) whereas last year’s winner, Maxwin Chiew (86 – 87) only managed fifth this time around.

While, Charlayne Chong sealed the Girls’ Overall title in a comfortable three shots win with rounds of 87 – 81 over her closest rival, Chew I Youn who won the Girls’ Division A title.

Chew is in second place overall after rounds of 88 – 83 while Valerie Vanessa Langkab (90 – 84) finished third followed by Dayangku Nur Wafiqah (91 – 87) and Nicole Wong (102 – 95) in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Meanwhile, SGCC President Datuk Peter Khoo said in his closing speech that SGCC will continue to produce potential golfers for Sabah’s pool of players.

“We believe Sabah, especially around Kota Kinabalu, has many hidden talents that could go far in the sport with the right guidance and training,” he said.

Khoo went on to say that the SGCC Junior Development Programme, which included the staging of its junior open, is not solely focusing on competition but also to teach the players to succeed via golf.

“The programme is not all about golf but also to assist youngsters through the various modules to achieve their personal goals, build ethics, education and also coaching,” he said.

Towards this end, Khoo urged parents who wish to see their children turn professional or get the scholarship to come and discuss it with the SGCC.

“Of course, they must register to become a member of SGCC before their children are eligible to take part in the junior development programme,” he added.

Youth and Sports Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Datuk Awang Damit Awang Anak presented the prizes to the winners during the closing ceremony.

Also present were SGCC Deputy President Danny Lim, SGCC Captain Ng Loong Fah and officials as well as invited guests.

   
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