Gold within our grasp

New Straits Times - - Sport -

NA­TIONAL golfer Chan Tuck Soon has iden­ti­fied Thai­land and Sin­ga­pore as Malaysia’s big­gest ri­vals in the Sea Games on Au­gust 22-26 at the Mines Re­sort and Golf Club.

This is be­cause Thai­land will be send­ing a four-mem­ber men’s team that in­clude Asia’s num­ber eight ranked am­a­teur golfer, Sadom Kaewkan­jana.

Sin­ga­pore will be rep­re­sented by Gre­gory Foo, who is ranked sixth in Asia on the World Am­a­teur Golf Ranking (WAGR) and was also the win­ner of the Sin­ga­pore Open Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship, the same tour­na­ment that saw Malaysia’s Ervin Chang in sec­ond place.

None­the­less, Tuck Soon be­lieves Malaysia has the grav­i­tas to grasp the gold medal.

“We have a strong team, the team spirit is high and not only do we work hard dur­ing train­ing but we sup­port each other to en­sure we achieve our daily goals.”

“Our bond is so strong that we will try not to miss a sin­gle day of train­ing where we treat each other with re­spect that it’s start­ing to feel like a fam­ily and in short, the team spirit we build is our drive to be­liev­ing gold is the only colour we want to win.”

Tuck Soon is re­fer­ring to the bond cre­ated among him­self, Ervin and Gal­ven Green as they hope to win the Sea Games team event for the third time fol­low­ing suc­cesses in 1989 (Kuala Lumpur) and 2011 (Jakarta) with Malaysia’s best ever per­for­mance in the in­di­vid­ual event sil­ver, achieved by Airil Riz­man Za­hari in 2011.

The trio have been train­ing since Jan­uary with the help of coaches Steven Guil­iano and V Gu­nalen, who is also the men’s team man­ager, as Tuck Soon is set to make his de­but at the Sea Games.

“I am to­tally ex­cited and look­ing for­ward to start, as I said this is one of the best prepa­ra­tions that I’ve ever ex­pe­ri­enced and my con­fi­dence level and game have im­proved tremen­dously ever since the cen­tralised train­ing started.”

The 23-year-old is not ex­pect­ing much from the in­di­vid­ual men’s cat­e­gory as he is only aim­ing for a top five fin­ish.

“My goal is to fin­ish top-five and gold for the team event be­cause this year the team event is a match­play, it’s im­por­tant to have a well-bal­anced team.”

“I ad­mit that we have one of the most well-bal­anced teams in the his­tory, with the right strate­gies and plan­ning, we will def­i­nitely win it.” Farah Azharie

Chan Tuck Soon

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