In a spectacular finale to the 56th Perak Men & Ladies Amateur Open 2011 held at Meru Valley Golf & Country Club in Ipoh, Mohammad Azry and Vivienne Chin grabbed the title in their respective categories.
Mohammad Azry from Kulim Golf Club beat Mohd Afif from Penang Golf Resort to win the men’s amateur gross champion title, while Vivienne Chin from Malaysia Golf Association, took the women’s crown.
The 3-day tournament held from June 24-26 saw a total of 71 players not only from across the country, but there were players who flew all the way from Singapore and Philippines.
The 16-year-old Azry (handicap 1), registered a gross score of 213, three under, swept pass Mohd Afif who buckled under pressure to close with a gross score of 214, two under and was forced to settle for second placing. Coming close to third placing was Gavin Kyle Green who recorded a gross score of 216, par golf.
“I am very happy as this is the first time I won the title. I was two strokes behind the leader then and never expected to win. I told myself just treat it as a normal game and enjoy this beautiful course,” said Azry, the champion.
Seventeen-year-old Vivienne Chin beat her rival Dottie Ardina from Philippines by 18 strokes to take the title on 212, 4 under (68-73-71). She is a 2-time amateur gross champion in Sabah winning the title when she was 12 and 13 years old.
“I am very happy and can’t wait to go home to celebrate my achievement with my parents. I played well on the first day, leading by 13 strokes. I told myself to maintain the score and don’t blow any hole for the next two days.”
Dottie Ardina claimed second place, with a gross score of 230, while Amelia Yong from Singapore was third, two strokes adrift on 232 gross.
Jeremy Chan with a net score of 209 and Nur Dahiyah Damian with a net score of 208, emerged as men and ladies net champion respectively in this tournament.