Green hailed as next big hope as he finishes as top malaysian

Sun 24 Mar 2013

Green hailed as next big hope as he finishes as top malaysian

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Kuala Lumpur, March 24: Teenager Gavin Green was hailed by the Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Dato' Muhyiddin Yassin and local stalwart Danny Chia as the future star for Malaysian golf after he finished as the best local finisher at the weather-shortened Maybank Malaysian Open on Sunday.
The 19-year-old Green finished a creditable tied 22nd after a three-under-par 69 for a six-under-par 210 total at the US$2.75 million event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
Green was delighted and beaming with pride as he held his ground in an elite field consisting of Major winners Padraig Harrington and Charl Schwartzel and world number three Luke Donald at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.
“It gives me good confidence. It tells me that I can play with the professionals. I still have two years in college and then we will see what happens,” smiled Green, who is in his sophomore year in the University of New Mexico.
“It is a good week for me. I only expected to make the cut. Other than that, it was good. I wish we could have four rounds. That would have been better for me. This is still good. The course is in good condition and the galleries were good. I’m proud with myself.”
Green was rewarded with the best Malaysian trophy at the prize giving ceremony and was praised by the Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister, who predicted a bright future for him.
“I think he is a good player and is the next big hope for Malaysian golf. He might very well be our future Maybank Malaysian Open winner and the next Malaysian Tiger Woods,” he said.
Green will return to the United States on Monday with a wealth of experience as he continues to represent his college team, the Lobos. “Jetlag kicked in a bit (during the week) but I learned a lot. Playing college golf helps me a bit on the mental side. It is always nice to have your dad around!” said Green, who was the first Malaysian amateur in 10 years to make the halfway cut.
“The gallery was impressive. I didn’t expect so many people and I really want to thank them for coming out. That was pretty different for me. That was nice.”
Maybank ambassador Chia, a winner on the Asian Tour, has carried the Malaysian charge for more than a decade and Green has every chance of becoming Malaysia’s first winner at the national championship.
“The Malaysian professionals have been criticized by people for many years and I always felt that we can do better. But this week is good because we see Gavin playing nicely and S. Murthy was up there,” said Chia, who posted a 73 to settle for tied 51st place.
“This kid has phenomenal talent so hopefully we don’t need to wait that long for a first Malaysian winner in the Maybank Malaysian Open,” added Chia.
About Maybank
The Maybank Group is Malaysia’s regional financial services leader with an international network of over 2,200 offices in 20 countries namely Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong SAR, People's Republic of China, Myanmar, Laos, Bahrain, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia, Great Britain and the United States of America.
The Group offers an extensive range of products and services, which includes commercial banking, investment banking, Islamic banking, stock broking, insurance and takaful and asset management. It has over 46,000 employees serving 22 million customers worldwide.

About the Malaysian Golf Association
Founded in 1929, the Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) as the sole governing body of golf in Malaysia has been entrusted to promote the game while preserving its traditions and integrity.
It’s a non-government organization that runs by volunteers who are passionate about the game with the help of a team of management staff.
The Association’s portfolios have increased over the years ranging from conducting 14 state amateur opens, national amateur open, national amateur close, Malaysian Open to processing handicaps through its National Handicap System to promoting grassroots programs and training of the athletes to represent Malaysia in the international events.
We take our responsibilities seriously in promoting the game in Malaysia while simultaneously upholding the Rules of Golf as prescribed by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (R&A).
About the Asian Tour
In 2013, the Asian Tour will celebrate a momentous milestone with its 10th season. As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), BlackBerry (Official Communications Partner), Canon (Official Imaging Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.
About The European Tour
The European Tour is committed to celebrating the game of golf from the origins of the professional game, building a proud history of achievement, sportsmanship and integrity as well as showcasing our diverse global talent and rich landscapes. The European Tour's innovative approach enables us to embrace the world, combining championships of tradition with new tournaments in the cities and countries of the future.
The European Tour International Schedule, which from 2009 has incorporated The Race to Dubai, is a thriving global brand which, in 2012, will feature a minimum of 46 tournaments spread across all five continents of the world; the European Challenge Tour focuses on the up and coming players of the future; while the European Senior Tour provides a new start for champions celebrating their 50th birthday.
The European Tour’s corporate identity features the iconic silhouette image of six-time Open Champion Harry Vardon who gives his name to The Harry Vardon Trophy, presented to the player who is crowned European Tour Number One and winner of The Race to Dubai at the end of the season.
About Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club
Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC) is a member of Sime Darby Property Bhd and a propriety Club wholly-owned and operated by KLGCC Berhad. The club has won numerous accolades from both local and foreign golfing fraternity, the latest being voted the Malaysia’s Golf Club of the Year in Par Golf Awards 2011, No.1 Golf Course in Malaysia and Best Clubhouse in Asia Pacific by Asian Golf Monthly Awards 2011 and HAPA Golf Course of the Year by the prestigious Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards Regional Series 2011 – 2013. Today, it has become a landmark as the most luxurious golf resort development in Malaysia and KLGCC has in recent years hosted numerous international championships such as the Maybank Malaysian Open and the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.
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