GOLF / MAYBANK MALAYSIAN OPEN: When amateurs outshine the pros
IN the beginning there were 22 Malaysian golfers, including six amateurs, in the Maybank Malaysian Open.
But only Shaaban Hussin made the half-way cut in the tournament at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.
The amateurs -- Mohamed Afif, Chan Tuck Soon, Mohamed Arie Fauzi, Wee Yoke Boon, Low Khai Jei and Abel Tam -- were not expected to make an impact, but some of them ended par with the established Malaysian pros.
Khai Jei was as good as pro Danny Chia as both golfers posted a two-over 146 total.
For the record, Danny was the sole Malaysian who made the cut at KLGCC in the last Malaysian Open.
Amateur Abel Tham also did well as he emerged tied with former promising pro golfer Ben Leong on four-over 148.
The biggest disaster was Rashid Ismail, who retired after the first round on 10-over 82.
The Malaysians who missed the cut:
146 Low Khai Jei 73-73, Danny Chia 73-73;
148 Abel Tham 75-73, Ben Leong 73-75, Nicholas Fung 76-72;
150 Haziq Hamizan 74-76, CM Chong 75-75, Airil Rizman 76-74.
151 Shaifubari Muda 77-74, Sukree Othman 76-75;
152 Mohamed Arie 77-75;
153 S. Murthy 77-76, R. Nachimuthu 79-74; Afif Razie 77-79, Zurie Harun 76-80; Khor Kheng Hwai 77-81;
159 M. Sasidaran 78-81, S. Sivachandran 79-80.
160 Chan Tuck Soon 80-80; 165 Wee Yoke Boon 79-86.