In preparation for the SUKMA (Sukan Malaysia) Games to be held in Johor in March 2021, Perak’s top golfers trained at Meru Valley Resort yesterday (July 27) as the state squad kicked off their practice at top golf courses around Perak.
The Perak golf team consists of Ilysia Yasmin, Mohamad Farhat, Lekisha Sasitharan, Muhammad Hariz Hezri, Hadi Irfan, Lucas Yee, Charlayne Chong Shin Ling, Eldrick Chong Ming Loong, Maisarah Hezri and Allycia Gan.
Only four boys and three girls will be selected for the state squad to play in next year’s SUKMA Games. The Perak selection committee has the daunting task of selecting the best among a talented crop of young players.
Lekisha, 16 shared, “I have been playing golf since I was 3 years old. I used to follow my Dad to the driving range and watch him play and now it has become my lifeline. I’m thankful for my parents who still support me to pursue my wish to be a professional golfer, and I believe SUKMA will be a stepping stone for me.”
Taiping-born Ilysia Yasmin expressed, “I’m really proud to be part of the Perak team and to be playing for SUKMA, it’s a whole new experience and I am definitely eyeing for the title.”
The tracking and analysis of the individual performances from now onwards will contribute to the final selection for the state team based on merit and consistency of performance.
Farhat, 17 said: “This will be my second time to be in the team after SUKMA 2018. If I am selected once again to represent the state, I will perform my best and make Perak proud.”
Director of Perak State Sports Council, Johari Sham bin Ahmad Shohor conveyed his heartfelt gratitude to Meru Valley Resort for hosting the training session for these athletes in support of the state sports development.