Ka Tung eyes record fourth S’wak Grand Golf C’ship ti­tle

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KUCHING: Defending cham­pion Lee Ka Tung from Sibu Golf Club ( SGC) is go­ing all out to de­fend his ti­tle at the 4th Sarawak Grand Golf Cham­pi­onship which kicks off to­day ( Oct 13) un­til Oct 15 at Da­mai Golf and Coun­try Club ( DGCC).

The 47- year-old sin­gle hand­i­cap­per had won the event back- to- back since it was in­tro­duced by Sarawak Golf As­so­ci­a­tion ( SGA) in 2014 and this year’s event had at­tracted golfers from neighbouring Sabah and Brunei while top golfers from Sibu, Miri and Bintulu are also com­pet­ing.

“It will be chal­leng­ing for me be­cause there are so many other con­tenders who are also vy­ing for the cham­pion’s tro­phy and there are many up­com­ing ju­nior golfers join­ing in the fray,” said Lee.

Ac­cord­ing to him, this would be his sec­ond stint at DGCC this year af­ter win­ning the Sarawak’s leg of the re­cent Astro Masters Golf Cham­pi­onship at the same venue in Septem­ber.

“I have al­ways been im­pressed with the pleas­ant scenery and calm sur­round­ing here ( DGCC) but it is still a chal­lenge to take on the greens even though the fair­ways are rea­son­able man­age­able,” said the Sibu- based golf­ing ace, who won al­most all of the ma­jor lo­cal events.

He named fel­low Sibu golfers Lau Chin Leong, Wong Tung Ann, Steven Hii Tai Leong and Bern­net Ling Soon Kiong as the po­ten­tial party spoil­ers, along­side Aziel Teo Ken Yi, Mohd Lok­man Mustaffa and Daniel Yeo Thian Chai from Sarawak Golf Club ( KGS).

Join­ing in the fray will be top golfers from Sabah in­clud­ing James Wong Chun Hiong, Tan Lim, Tony Jong Shun Leong,

It will be chal­leng­ing for me be­cause there are so many other con­tenders who are also vy­ing for the cham­pion’s tro­phy and there are many up­com­ing ju­nior golfers join­ing in the fray.

Rueben James, Lim Lam Seng, Chong Choo Fook and Harry Chung Chun Fui.

Mean­whi le, the defending cham­pion in the ladies cat­e­gory An­gel Hii is ex­pected to face stiff chal­lenge from 11-year- old Mirabel Ting from Miri Golf Club ( KGM) who won the re­cent 29th Sarawak Am­a­teur Ladies’ Open Golf Cham­pi­onship in May at the Sibu Golf Club.

Ting, who will be com­pet­ing in an in­ter­na­tional ju­nior golf event in the United States next year, had also won the ladies sec­tion of the 29th Sarawak Classic Golf Cham­pi­onship held at KGS and this year’s 18th Sibu Am­a­teur Open Golf Cham­pi­onship held from June 30 to July 2.

An­other con­tender for the ladies cat­e­gory is Zu­laikah Nurziana Nasseer from KGS, who is for­mer Sarawak Sukma golfer and was third in this year’s 18th Sibu Am­a­teur Open Golf Cham­pi­onship.

A to­tal of 10 fe­male golfers are com­pet­ing in the Sarawak Grand Golf Cham­pi­onship.

DGCC gen­eral man­ager Roslan Mohd Salleh had ex­pressed op­ti­mism for the event to run smoothly af­ter the suc­cess­ful stag­ing of in­ter­na­tional PGMMNRB Golf Cham­pi­onship 2017 or­gan­ised by Pro­fes­sional Golf Malaysia ( PGM) last week, which at­tracted en­tries from over­seas in­clud­ing the United States, South Africa, Thai­land, the Philip­pines, Sin­ga­pore, Tai­wan and top golfers com­pet­ing in the on­go­ing Asian De­vel­op­ment Tour (ADT).

Lee Ka Tung, reign­ing cham­pion

Roslan (third left) shar­ing a light mo­ment with Lee (sec­ond right).

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