SHAH ALAM: The 32nd annual “Champion of Champions” clash may have been dampened by rain, but the spirit of it remained true to its intention of giving club winners an opportunity to duel it out and become a winner among winners.The two-day tournament brings the champions of golf clubs from Malaysia and Singapore together to vie for honours annually. Three champions were crowned with Green Jackets, Men, Women and Senior, at Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Golf Club here on Aug 18. With the sponsorship of premier property developer CK East Group, the occasion also offered to all who participated the opportunity to win a hole-in-one prize of a property voucher worth RM300,000.

Scheduled to be played over 36 holes, the winners were declared on first day scores, because rain halted proceedings on Day 2 after just four holes.There is a silver lining to everything, and Low Suck Sun, 62, knows that best. He arrived thinking he was registered for the Senior category only to find his club entered him as the Men’s champion, but that did not daunt him and he emerged champion, claiming the Green Jacket, US Masters style.

Low, a one-handicap and a 20-year golf veteran at Staffield Country Resort, Mantin, shot a gross 73. For comparison, the Senior winner, Lim Kian Chong, 60, a four-handicap, turned in a gross 74.Seniors’ champion Lim made it a hat-trick this year and attributed his success to practice, which he does diligently, at least once a week. SAASGCC and Glenmarie Golf & Country Club are his home courses, preferring the latter for the more friends he has over there. Angel Hii, 14, stole the show. The 2-handicap Sarawakian shot a six-over 77 to win the Women’s category. This Sarawak Golf Club member won the Women’s club championship last year to earn her right to be at the Champions gathering.

Runner-up to Low in the Men’s division was Ruhanraj Vinayagam fromRoyal Pahang Golf Club with 74 gross. He was followed by a trio who returned rounds of 75, namely Muhd. Afzal Mhd. Zubir representing KRTU, Alan Chong Chek Fei, Kota Permai Golf & Country Club and Loh Jun You, Nilai Springs Golf & Country Club. Sixth, seventh and eighth was also decided on countback after all returned 77s – Lee Kah Ching, Miri Golf Club, Mohd. Shahidi, Ayer Keroh Country Club and Muhamad Syafiq Abd. Rahman, Kuala Kangsar Golf Club. The final prizes went to Nuralif Mohd. Zahari, Tiara Melaka Golf & Country Club in ninth, on 78, on countback over Amir Benno, Danau Golf Club in 10th.

Dr. Zalani Khuzaimah from UPM Padang Golf picked up the prize for Best Nett (70). In the Women’s division, Datuk Azlina Abdul Aziz from Kota Permai Golf & Country Club, was runner-up to Angel with a round of 81.Third place went to Dania Lau Sook Wan of Royal Selangor Golf Club (84) and Mychelle Tai, Tropicana Golf & Country Club, pipped Fatimah Rosli Impian Golf & Country Club for fourth on when both carded rounds of 87.

Pat Lai Pik Chun, Glenmarie Golf & Country Club earned the Best Nett prize (70). Kelab Golf Negara Subang’s champion, Wong Hong Nung, narrowly lost out in the Senior category, carding a round of 75, while third to fifth placing was decided on countback when all finished with 78s. Kamarulzaman Abu Saman from Danau Golf Club placed third, Lee Chock Khai, KRTU, fourth and Eric Foo Hwa Peng, Saujana Golf & Country Club, fifth.

The Best Nett went to Calvin Wong Chin Tong, Ponderosa Golf & Country Club (69). Golf Malaysia General Manager Andrew Ng thanked golfers and sponsors for keeping the event going, with a special mention for title sponsor CK East Group, a property developer of distinction. Other parties that played an important role included Official Equipment Srixon Sports Asia, Liberty Golf, Titoni, David Physiotherapy, Wilson Golf, Cobra, Grindworks, Vega, SweetLife, Rudy, Impiana Hotel KL, SunPlay, Carlsberg, Spritzer, Tropicana Golf & Country Club and Templer Park Country Club.

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