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Alexander clinches maiden Amateur Open crown

12th March, 2018


KOTA KINABALU: Unheralded golfer, Alexander Lau clinched his maiden SGCC Amateur Open title after winning the tournament’s 30th edition on Sunday, held at the Sabah Golf and Country Club (SGCC), Bukit Padang, near here.

The Kota Kinabalu lad representing SGCC carded a two-over par 74 to win by a comfortable three shots at eleven over par (227) over second place finisher, Malcolm Ting Siong Hung. The duo started the final round tied for the lead.

Malcolm’s five-over par 77 gives him outright second place on fourteen over par (230) followed by Safarrudin Abidin in third (231), one shot adrift while last year’s champion, Christopher Daniel James only managed to finish fourth at fifteen over par.

The others completing the top ten rank are as follows; Mohd Firdaus Sabri, Jordan Mobijohn, Lee Ka Tung, Casper Lo, Brandon Lai and Juhari Haji Amat.

Meanwhile, Sarawak’s Mirabel Ting Ern Hui outplayed last year’s champion, Jacqueline Lau when she fired home a two-over par 74 to win the Ladies title by a staggering seventeen shots over the latter at four over par (220). Jacqueline could only settle for second place on twenty-one over par (237) after three rounds followed by Charlayne Chong in third on twenty-four over par (240).

Nabilah Alifudin (250) and Valerie Vanessa Langkab (255) finished the tournament at fourth and fifth place, respectively.

SGCC President, Datuk Peter Khoo congratulated all of the winners and golfers that took part in the three-day tournament which attracted more than 120 golfers from Sabah, Sarawak, Labuan, Peninsular Malaysia and Brunei.

“A job well done also must be said to the organising committee for their hardwork and dedication to make the tournament a success especially in getting the course ready in time for the tournament in perfect condition.

“I hope the tournament able to improve each competing golfers’ skill and experience as they grow to become a good golfer in the future,” he said in his closing speech, yesterday.

The prizes were presented to the winners by Youth and Sports Assistant Minister, Datuk Masiung Banah accompanied by Khoo, Sabah Golf Association (SGA) President Datuk George Bandusena, SGCC Deputy President Danny Lim and SGCC Captain, Ng Loong Fah.

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