The 63rd Perak Men & Ladies Amateur Open 2019 at Meru Valley Resort closed off with a bang after an intense three days of 18-hole stroke play format at the Valley and Waterfall Nine of the course.
Marcus Lim Phang Chuen swept the title of men gross winner with a three-day gross score of 213, defeating national golfer, Sazanur Iman who scored 220. Meanwhile, Ng Jing Xuen, 11, the youngest amateur player of the season takes home the championship trophy with her total gross score of 222 in the ladies’ category.
The tournament held from October 10 to 12, saw 87 players (75 men players and 12 ladies ‘players) travelling from all over the country to participate.
The 11-year-old from Kuala Lumpur said, “I am so happy as this is my first win when I decided to enrol for tournaments early this year. I believe I did well as compared to the Penang and Pahang Amateur Open in which I participated recently.”
Jing Xuen also added, “This is my first time in Meru Valley Resort, and I think it is the toughest course I have been in compared to the last two amateurs. The fairways were really difficult for me to handle, but I managed it somehow.”
Marcus Lim, 17, said, “I’m really happy playing here today, the course is great with spectacular scenery and I loved the course as it gave me a new challenge. I planned to pursue my career in golf as I have planned to further my studies abroad where I can do both sports and medical.”
After gracing the closing and prize presentation ceremony, Edwin Tan, Director of Operations of Meru Valley Resort said, “This time around we have introduced a real-time on-course reporting, where scores are presented live on screen here at the Dome Restaurant and via our website and Facebook page. And today, we have also live-streamed the event, as we continue to look at ways to popularise the sport not only for players but for spectators, too.”
The tournament, organised by Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) in cooperation with Meru Valley Resort, aims to foster unity, camaraderie, and sportsmanship among the participants of the different competing clubs.
Malaysian Amateur Open is a blue-ribbon event in the country, which is part of the World Amateur Golf Ranking counting events. For more information, please visit www.meruvalley.com.my.