Kuala Lumpur, 7 March 2013 – After the intense 2-day Maybank Malaysian Open National Qualifier round last week where the professionals battled it out for a spot in the prestigious event, GlobalOne today announced the 6 amateur golfers who will also take part in the event, to complete the 22 slots allocated for Malaysian golfers.
Selected based on their outstanding performance, the amateurs specially picked to be part of the Maybank Malaysian Open action this year are Gavin Kyle Green, Arie Ahmad Fauzi, Low Khai Jei, Abel Tham, Mohammad Afif Mohd Radzi and Solomon Emilio Rosidin.
Twenty year old Gavin Green has been making waves in the golf scene ever since he chose golf as his sport of choice. He was the youngest participant ever in an Asian Tour event when he played in the Iskandar Johor Open at the age of 13. He is currently majoring in Business at the University of New Mexico.
Muhammad Arie Arawan Ahmad Fauzi or simply known as Arie Ahmad Fauzi currently plays for the University of Tulsa in his junior season. He is a promising golf talent who has won the Malaysian Amateur StrokePlay Championship in 2008.
Sixteen year old Low Khai Jei is another amateur golf talent who has been making a name for himself in the field. He was also chosen to be part of Maybank Malaysian Open last year where his impressive performance earned him praises from sports commentators.
Abel Tham, Afif Mohd Radzi and Solomon Emilio Rosidin are also emerging golf talents that are expected to give impressive performances in the upcoming prestigious event.
The selection grants these young stars the valuable experience of playing in a tournament with former World Number 1 Luke Donald, Masters Champion Charl Schwartzel, Maybank Malaysian Open 2011 Champion Matteo Manassero and 3-time Major Champion Padraig Harrington plus a shot at the lucrative tax-free prize purse of USD2.75 million.
These amateurs will come together with the 16 Malaysian professionals namely Danny Chia, Shaaban Hussin, Akhmal Tarmizee, Md Rashid Ismail, S. Murthy, S. Sivachandhran, Azman Basharuddin, Kenneth De Silva, Nicholas Fung, Mohd Sukree Othman Rashid, R. Nanchimuthu, Airil Rizman Zahari and last week’s National Qualifier winners Kemarol Baharin, Sasidaran Muthiah, Mohd Hanafiah Mohd Jamil and P. Gunasegaran to complete the Malaysian contingent.
GlobalOne Chief Executive Officer John Eu, the Maybank Malaysian Open event promoter said “These amateurs are strengthening their game skills and confidence every time they are given the opportunity to be part of a major golf event such as Maybank Malaysian Open where they are sharing the field with great professionals. We are glad that this avenue is made available to them”.
Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) President Admiral (R) Tan Sri Dato' Setia Mohd Anwar Mohd Nor hopes the shortlisted amateurs will fully take in the experience of being part of the prestigious event. “MGA is proud of the dedication and hard work these young golfers have put in. This is another valuable opportunity for them to enhance their skills further”, he said.
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