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World ranking points up for grabs

12th June, 2018


KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah International Junior Masters (SIJM) returns for its 12th edition this year when it tees off at Kudat Golf Club from June 29 to July 1.

The last time the tournament took place was back in 2016 where local talent, Christopher Daniel James and national amateur princess, Natasha Andrea Oon won the boy’s and girl’s titles, respectively.

Sabah Golf Association (SGA) president, Datuk George Bandusena said during a press conference at Lintas Square on Monday that the tournament is open to all junior amateur golfers aged 18 years and below.

This year, it will feature seven categories, namely Boys’ and Girls’ from 16-18 years’ old, 13-15, 10-12 as well as special categories for Boys and Girls from 19-21 years’ old.

“SIJM is expecting to see a total of 120 junior golfers from various countries especially around the region, and the Sabah International Junior Masters will also be providing World Amateur Golf Ranking points.

“The tournament marks Sabah’s achievements and its dedication towards promoting junior development in golf as well as the state’s tourism industry.

“We are proud to have some sponsors in the past years and their contributions have beyond any doubt helped immensely towards the development of junior golfers in Sabah and in the process have transformed some to take up professional golfing as a career,” he said.

Initially, some 90 junior golfers from Sabah, Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak, Brunei, Singapore, the Philippines, Taiwan and Sri Lanka had shown interest, but after receiving positive feedback, the number was limited to 120 golfers.

“We also expect the Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) and Malaysia Ladies Golfers Association (MALGA) to send a strong contingent this year after we officially announced a bigger playing field,” George added.

He hopes that the tournament this year is able to churn out a batch of talented junior golfers for both Sabah and Malaysia as it did in previous years with the likes of Jordan Mobijohn, Christopher, Jacqueline Lau, Ben Leong and others.

Meanwhile, SGA Referee Joseph Liew said that the Kudat Golf Club course is in tip top condition after official inspection two weeks ago and ready for the tournament after minor maintenance is done in the next few days.

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