SHAH ALAM: The annual Tan Sri Muhyiddin (TSM) Charity Golf Challenge has helped hone the skills of budding Malaysian amateur golfers who are now playing internationally. TSM president Tan Sri Megat Najmuddin Khas said former champion Gavin Kyle Green, 20, emerged first in a ranking amateur tournament in the United States just two weeks ago.
“He is now ranked the number 11 amateur in the world and he was our champion in 2009 and 2010,” said Megat Najmuddin after the closing of the Proton TSM Golf Challenge 2013, at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Shah Alam.
He said they were proud that TSM Charity Golf had become a training ground for young Malaysians to achieve greater heights in the world of golf.
He said for the first time this year participants from Asean countries were included in the event.
“I am glad to report the Malaysians did better than all of them. We were worried about the Thais out performing our boys and girls, but they did very well,” he added.
According to Megat Najmuddin, the champion Ashley Lau Jen Wen is only 13 and hails from Sarawak while Solomon Emilio Rosidin, 16, is from Sabah.
Jen Wen won RM40,000 and a RM3,000 voucher while Solomon won RM50,000 and a RM3,500 voucher.
Megat Najmuddin said the money was to help them pay for training so they would be able to excel even further in their golfing careers.
He said all the participants, many of whom were in their early teens this year were very talented.
“This augurs well for the future of golf in the country, we have so many juniors now and almost every club have programmes for them,” he said.
The TSM foundation also contributed RM100,000 to alleviate the suffering of victims of the recent devastating floods in the country.
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and SapuraKencana Petroleum Bhd president Tan Sri Shahril Shamsuddin were also inducted as honorary TSM members.
TSM Charity Golf founder and chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was on hand to help them put on TSM’s red jacket.
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