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Competition intensifies in the MYFutures Junior Tour in Kedah

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Winners of the MYFutures Junior Tour. From left NurSyazani Amalia MohdShahzan, Ashley Chin Yen Ling,Rizq Adam bin Rohizam and Chan Kai Zhane.

Winners of the MYFutures Junior Tour. From left NurSyazani Amalia MohdShahzan, Ashley Chin Yen Ling,Rizq Adam bin Rohizam and Chan Kai Zhane.

Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia (YR1M) continues to support the inaugural MYFutures Junior Tour, which witnessed increased competition in its penultimate qualifying leg before its Tournament of Champions next month. Over the last couple of days (12-13 Aug), 63 players aged between 10 and 18 years old competed in the sixth leg held at the Darulaman Golf and Country Club.

The two-day tournament continues to see steady performances from the young golfers, which was won by Chan Kai Zhane (Boys’ Blue category), NurSyazani Amalia MohdShahzan (Girls’ White category), Rizq Adam bin Rohizam (Boys’ White category) and Ashley Chin Yen Ling (Girls’ Red category).

Shane, Naqiuddin and Paul give their views about college golf in US.

Shane, Naqiuddin and Paul give their views about college golf in US.

To add value to the tour, YR1M arranged an afternoon dialogue session on “What’s next after Junior Golf” for the junior players and their parents.

The dialogue session was conducted by a US-based coach and two collegiate golfers who are part of the YR1M 1Malaysia Golf Programme. The main speaker was Shane Gillespie, a professional golf coach from the PGA TOURAcademy in the United States.

25 junior golfers are inspired by the "What's next after junior golf" dialogue during MYFutures Junior Tour in Kedah Darulaman Golf and Country Club on Friday.

25 junior golfers are inspired by the “What’s next after junior golf” dialogue during MYFutures Junior Tour in Kedah Darulaman Golf and Country Club on Friday.

“Junior golfers who have good academic grades and golf performance can pursue scholarships from universities in the United States, and this can open up the wayfor them to continue their tertiary education overseas, while continuing to play golf,” Shane said.

“This gives them the chance to improve their game while obtaining a university degree,” he added.

In addition, the two US-based collegiate golfers namely, Muhammad Naqiuddin bin Mohamad Fuad and Paul San, shared their thoughts on how they got to college through golf.

Both of themhold college golf scholarships provided by their respective universities to play under the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States.

Naqiuddin is pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Education and Human Sciences (Sports, Recreation and Park Management) at South Dakota State University, USA.Paul San is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Marketing) at University of Louisiana, USA.

Participant poses questions to Paul San after the dialogue session.

Participant poses questions to Paul San after the dialogue session.

YR1M Chief Executive Officer Ung Su Ling commented that the dialogue was just one of many initiatives lined up by YR1M as part of its commitment to develop junior golf through its support of the MYFutures Junior Tour.

“We organised this event in conjunction with the MYFutures Junior Tour because many parents are concerned about the future of their kids who are passionate about golf. We hope this talk provides some clarity for the way forward for junior golfers,” said Ung.

MYFutures Junior Tour is Malaysia’s first independent, full-fledged junior golf tour and it brings together Malaysia’s up-and-coming junior golf talents in a tournament circuit.

Participant poses questions to Naqiuddin after the dialogue session.

Participant poses questions to Naqiuddin after the dialogue session.

The final qualifying leg will be at Clearwater Sanctuary Resort in Batu Gajah, Perak on 27-28 August before the Tournament of Champions at Templer Park Country Club in Selangor from 14 to 16 September.

MYFutures Junior Tour is jointly sponsored by Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia, Mah Sing Group, Koh& I (M) Trading SdnBhd, Far Frontier Energy Services SdnBhd and Srixon Sports Asia Sdn Bhd. The founding partners of the Tour include Titleist, Templer Park Country Club and the ClubHouse.

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