Malaysia’s top junior golfer Ashley back to defend title
PETALING JAYA, Dec 20 — Defending champion and one of Malaysia’s top junior golfer, Ashley Lau will be back to defend her title at the 11th AmBank SportExcel International Junior Golf Championship at Templer Park Country Club in Rawang, Selangor, from today till Thursday.
This time, she will be representing Hills Australia where she is on a one-year golf sponsorship which she won last year by emerging champion in the Girl’s 15-18 category, defeating SEA Games champion Princess Superal from Philippines.
Other national junior golfers in the fray are Afif Fathi, Lim Beng Keat, K. Rhaasrikanesh, Winnie Ng and Natasha Andrea Oon.
The tournament will feature 70 local junior golfers plus 52 international players from Thailand (27), India (seven), Australia (six) China (four), Taiwan (four), Singapore (two), South Korea (one) and Indonesia (one).
“The competition will be close with many players stepping up their game, and putting on more hours on the course. With a large number of junior foreign talent making their presence felt, the local boys and girls are sure to put on their best round of golf,” said Eqhwan Mokhzanee, chief executive officer, AmBank Islamic after presenting the mock cheque to SportExcel chairman, Tunku Imran Jaafar.
The best players from the Blue Tee (boys in the 13-14, and 15-18 age group categories) and White Tee (girls in the 13-14 and 15-18 age group categories) will be vying for the Tan Sri Azman Hashim trophy, named after AmBank Group chairman.
The 122 juniors will play in three age group categories — boys and girls 12 years and below, 13-14 years and 15-18 years.
In addition, the overall best gross score will receive a one-year scholarship from Hills Golf Academy, Gold Coast, Australia worth RM150,000.
Another four best local players will receive a one-month scholarship worth RM26,000 each.