Amateur player Casper Loh won the fifth leg of the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Development Qualifying School Circuit today.The overnight leader shot a 79 to finish the three-day PGM Tour feeder circuit event on 16-over-par 232.
That gave Casper a seven-stroke victory over fellow Sabah Golf & Country Club in Kota Kinabalu amateur player Mohd Firdaus Ibnu.
For his part, Firdaus carded a 78 to end on 239 in a tournament that had its dates changed from May 2-4 to May 1-3 and reduced to just two players.
Despite being happy to have won the tournament, Casper said he was disappointed as he “could have played better”.
“I won the title but I am sad that I did not play better,” he said.
Earlier in the week, Casper, while he would continue his studies, he wanted to earn his PGM Tour card with a view to playing on the PGM Tour to get experience as he further develops his game.
Casper has a run of three birdies in a row from hole No. 12. However, five bogeys and a triple-bogey in the five holes before that and another two over the last holes of the tournament left him struggling.
For 26-year-old Firdaus it will be a case of turning pro “towards the end of the year or early next year” and then play the Tour fulltime.
“After that i intend to try and make the Asian Tour in four or five years,” added Firdaus. “This is a learning curve for me and I want to try and get as much experience as I can on the PGM Tour.”
The next stop on the Development Qualifying School circuit is the sixth leg at Kelab Golf Sarawak from May 18-20.