26 November 2009

Dreams Come True at Impian

Wan Kamarulzaman Wan Chik, Nordin Amat Dewan, Mohamad Rodzi Sulaiman and Jessie Teng Kim Heng all wore the champion’s crown at the second leg of the 2009 Golf Malaysia Aces of Aces Championship, held at the lush 6,254-metre Impian Golf & Country Club in Kajang, Selangor, on 11 November.

In the A Division (handicaps 0 to 12), Wan Kamarulzaman Wan Chik (6) accumulated 20 Stableford (Modified) points on the Golden Nine and another 19 points on the Negara Nine to dislodge defending champion Michael Lee Thiam Soon (8) by one point.

The elated Wan Kamarulzaman, who walked away with the champion’s trophy, a Nikon Laser Rangefinder worth RM1,588, a treatment voucher at Men’s Skin Centres, a bottle of Black ‘99’ Whisky plus an invite to attend the Extended DISC (Malaysia) workshop, declared: “Everything went well for me today – all my shots were ‘champion’ shots. I’ve been playing for 20 years now, and this is my second time in the Ace of Aces Championship. In my first outing, I was third. I came today with no practice rounds, and just played [the round]. My game was just average, with two birdies. I guess I must have the champion’s luck!”

Lee, although slightly disappointed for failing to defend his title, was satisfied with his game as his game has declined lately. “I didn’t have any practice round before coming to the tournament either, but I still got by with two birdies and a lot of pars. I really enjoyed myself today,” he shared.

The A Division winners: (from left) Hen Yet Keow (fifth), Ahad Abdul (fourth), Allan Lim (third), Michael Lee (second) and Wan Kamarulzaman Wan Chik (champion)

In the B Division (handicaps 13 to 18), Nordin Amat Dewan (18) wrestled the crown from Alex CF Kee (15) and Wan Mohd Kamal (19), on countback, when all three carded 37 points.

Nordin, who credited his win to his great tee shots and a good caddie, disclosed: “Although I have won prizes at many amateur events since I started golf in 2003, I have never become the champion. Today I get my first champion win. The feeling is great!”

Meanwhile, the third placed Wan Mohd Kamal thought he played his best golf game ever in this leg of Golf Malaysia Ace of Aces Championship. He confirmed this with gusto: “Although it rained earlier in the morning, my game was solid from start till end. My ball never went haywire at all today – it managed to find the fairways and the greens even from the rough. This is my third time coming in third in the B Division. I am not satisfied until I am number one, so watch out: I’ll be back next year!”

The B Division winners: (from left) Perry G (fifth), Wan Mohd Kamal (third), Alex CF Kee (second) and Nordin Amat Dewan (champion)

In the C Division category, which was for golfers with a handicap of 19 to 24, Mohamad Rodzi Sulaiman (20) amassed 35 points to beat R Muralitharan Rajagopal (22) and Danial Badderon (20) by one point.

He said: “I’d rate my game today as being usual: I played par golf today but not to my handicap. For the first few holes, I played double because I couldn’t adapt to fast green speed. After that, my game was alright even though not fantastic. But then again, I am so happy to be the champion! This is my fourth outing in Ace of Aces Championship, with my last ‘podium’ finish being second at Kota Permai in 2007.”

Muralitharan, who took second on countback, felt he didn’t play that well. “I am now feeling very excited and very surprised. This is my second Ace of Aces tournament and my second time playing at Impian, and I got second! I’m really happy with this win.”

In the Ladies’ category, Jessie Teng (20) surged to the top when she returned 37 points, two points ahead of her nearest contender Thoo Lee Wah (17) and three points ahead of Ann Tan (13) and Norlida Anis (11).

The Ladies' category winners: (from left) Jun Young Sook (fifth), Norlida Anis (fourth), Ann Tan (third), Thoo Lee Wah (second) and Jessie Teng (champion)

All participants also had a chance to win FusionExcel products in the FusionExcel Novelty events. Both Hamdan Nordin and the long-hitting Lim Bu Keong were rewarded with a FusionExcel pendant worth RM595 each for their effort on Hole No. 14, which were a distance of 2.9 metres to the bunker and a commanding 253.4-metre drive in the Nearest-to-Bunker and Longest Drive race respectively.

In the FusionExcel Nearest-to-Pin battle on Hole No. 2, Leonard Tan got his golf ball 2.3 metres to the pin to also win a FusionExcel pendant. Not to be outdone, Abdul Malek Husin also grabbed a FusionExcel pendant when he sent his ball to a distance of 3.2 metres to the pin in another Nearest-to-Pin contest on Hole No. 7.

A FusionExcel demonstration by the sifu

Lui Seng sent his ball six centimetres to the line on Hole No. 5 to win a FusionExcel bracelet worth RM625, while Khuganesh Kerisnan took home a FusionExcel flask worth RM630 for placing his ball 0.73 metres to the pond, also on Hole No. 5.

For participants who did not win in their respective categories and in the Novelty events, several rounds of lucky draws managed to put a big smile on their face, as they had another chance to win other lucrative prizes, including two Stay-and-Play packages for two at the luxurious Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort in Siem Reap, Cambodia, valued at USD540 (about RM1,890).

Let's drink Isomax for some extra hydration on the course!

Golf Malaysia Magazine thanks all the co-sponsors of this edition of Ace of Aces Championship for their generous support and contributions: ONLY Golf apparel, Heineken, Nikon Malaysia, Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars, SunPlay sunblock lotion, FusionExcel, Extended DISC (Malaysia), Black ‘99’ Whisky, Men’s Skin Centres, Svenson Hair Care, MS Golf, Isomax isotonic drink and Daisy Springs mineral water.

Nikon Laser Rangefinder makes it so easy to see where I should hit to!

Every participant in this exclusive championship organised by Golf Malaysia Magazine for hole-in-one achievers also went home with a bagful of goodies, including packs of Jasmine rice, Dolmio Pasta Sauce, Drinho’s HomeSOY, Shokubutsu Active Sports Shower Foam, Proviton softgel capsules and Sloan’s Liniment, courtesy of magnanimous championship contributors.

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