We need more to play abroad: Fung

Sun 20 Apr 2014

We need more to play abroad: Fung

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Kuala Lumpur, April 20: Malaysian number one Nicholas Fung has made a rallying call for his fellow professionals to compete more regularly on the Asian Development Tour and Asian Tour following the conclusion of the Maybank Malaysian Open on Sunday.
Fung, Khor Kheng Hwai and amateur prospect Gavin Green, who all finished tied 47th, were the only three Malaysians out of 22 who made the cut in the US$2.75 million event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.
With the country still waiting for a first local winner of its national championship, the 23-year-old Fung believes more of his peers must play abroad against tougher competition to sharpen their teeth.
“We need more Malaysians to compete with the Asian Tour, European Tour or even PGA Tour players,” said Fung, who shot a closing round of over-over-par 73 for a one-over-par 289 aggregate.
“We have to watch how they play and learn from them. It is a good experience if we can go out and play. There is a different environment outside of Malaysia because the golf courses are designed differently. It is good for us to go out and play more. When we do that and come back to Malaysia, it will be a lot easier to play here.
“Last year, only two Malaysians made the cut and this year, we had three. Hopefully we can have more in the coming years. I have played with a lot of Malaysians and they can play well. Maybe they need to go out to play more with the top Asian Tour players to learn and gain more experience.”
The slightly built Fung, who featured in the inaugural EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM for Team Asia last month, achieved a personal milestone by making his first cut in the Malaysian Open in his seventh attempt.
Gavin Green of Malaysia Gavin Green of Malaysia
He hopes it will be a springboard for his 2014 campaign after solid year in 2013 where he won the Asian Development Tour Order of Merit and also earned his Asian Tour card with several eye-catching top-10 performances on the Asian Tour.
“I have no complaints. This is the first time I made the cut so I’m happy with that. I’m looking forward to next year. I’m confident I can play better because of my performance this week,” said Fung.
The long-hitting Green shot a closing 70 as he won the leading amateur accolade. “It went good. I played really solid. I putted well but didn’t drive the ball as well. Overall it was a good tournament for me,” said Green.
His only lament was the par four 16th hole which he dropped a total of seven shots there alone this week. “I really struggled on 16. The hole doesn’t suit my eye. I tried to play safe and it didn’t work. I tried to play aggressive and it definitely doesn’t work! It was just that hole that frustrated me,” he said.
Khor was delighted to play in all four rounds in what is his third appearance at the Maybank Malaysian Open. A closing 71 left him with a big smile on his face.
“My confidence has certainly been lifted to another level. I would love to be a familiar face in the Maybank Malaysian Open. It has always been a challenge to play in this big event. I’m happy to be out here playing on a big stage,” said Khor.
About Maybank
The Maybank Group is South East Asia’s fourth largest bank by assets. It has 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, Bahrain, Uzbekistan, Myanmar, Laos, Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia, Great Britain and the United States of America.  The Group offers an extensive range of products and services, which includes consumer and corporate banking, investment banking, Islamic banking, stock broking, insurance and takaful and asset management. It has over 47,000 employees serving more than 22 million customers worldwide. (www.maybank.com)
About the Malaysian Golf Association
The Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) is the sole governing body of golf in Malaysia that was founded in 1929 by representatives of golf clubs to promote the sport while preserving its traditions and integrity. The non-government organization is run by passionate volunteers who have a love for the game of golf, 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 athletes to represent Malaysia in international events.
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 2013, will feature a minimum of 45 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 the Asian Tour
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), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Subway (Official Quick Service Restaurant) 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 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 ‘Best Course in Malaysia’ for the second time in a row for its championship West Course at the 2013 Asian Golf Monthly Awards, the second runner up for the Best Championship Course in Asia Pacific and nominated as Top 10 Best in Asia Pacific for Best Clubhouse and Best Pro-Shop categories. At the same time, KLGCC was voted Best Golf Experience for the Best of Malaysia Awards 2013 Travel Awards by The Expatriate Lifestyle Magazine readers. Today, KLGCC is 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.
About GlobalOne
GlobalOne (Emerald Evolution Holdings Sdn Bhd) is an executive lifestyle sports promoter and we create sports event ownerships. We specialise in providing the full spectrum in sponsorship event management and have an excellent track record in planning and delivering on PGA European Tour golf events for Malaysia (Maybank Malaysian Open), Singapore (Singapore Masters) and Indonesia (Indonesia Open) since 1999. We have strong relations with sports governing bodies, the media and commercial sponsors and technical partners to deliver on the bottom line. We assist all our clients to create super-strategic, high-return, best practice sponsorship to provide a strong, unified vision, across departments and stakeholders, of the broad range of marketing and business objectives that can be achieved through this sponsorship. We also form and maintain strong relationship with players managers to source the best players. GlobalOne currently stages a highly successful and prestigious tournament in Asia – the Maybank Malaysian Open, which is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the Asian Tour providing the event with Official World Ranking status. Our long term partners include Emirates (Official Airline), Carlsberg (Official Beer & Stout), Ricoh (Official Office Equipment),  Astro (Official Satellite TV), DoubleTree (Official Hotel), 100Plus (Official Isotonic Beverage), Crestlink (Official Apparel), Transview (Official Golf Accessories & Equipment), Mal-Tel (Official Radio & Communications), Spritzer (Official Water), Singleton (Official Whisky), Srixon (Official Range Balls), Havana (Official Cigars).