SIX-STROKE VICTORY: 19-year-old ends 15-year dry spell
GAVIN Kyle Green has ended the country's 15-year golf drought in the Malaysian Amateur Open.
The 19-year-old won the 110th meet, which was held at Glenmarie Golf & Country Club, Shah Alam yesterday.
Gavin's final-round 68 of six birdies and two bogeys gave him a total of 14-under-274 and a six-stroke victory over second-placed Thai Poom Saksansin.
The last Malaysian to win the Malaysian Amateur Open was R. Nachimuthu in 1997.
The 125-player field featured players from Australia (3), Bahrain (5), Bangladesh (2), Brunei (2), Hong Kong (1), Indonesia (3), India (5), South Korea (1), Lebanon (1), the Philippines (2), Pakistan (2), Singapore (10), Sri Lanka (2), Thailand (2), Taiwan (3), the United Kingdom (1) and Malaysia (79).
Gavin said: "My short game was really good all week. To be able to win this event after 15 years is awesome."
Saksansin, ranked first in Thailand, entered yesterday's final round three strokes behind leader Gavin. He shot one-under-par 71 with four birdies and three bogeys.
Jordan Surya Irawan of Indonesia surged up the leaderboard to finish third after carding a superb three-under 69.
MGA's overseas-based player, Arie Fauzi, carded a 72 for a four-under 284 for fourth place.
Rinaldi Adiyandono of Indonesia and Oliver Goss of Australia carded 71 and 72 respectively in the final round to finish joint fifth.