02 November 2009

Four Aces to the Fore at Golf Malaysia Ace of Aces Championship 2009 (Zone 1)

The quartet of Mohd Fazly Rosli, Tan Boon Him, Rozailan Kamil Mohd Taib and Annie Yew Lee Ling beat a full field of holes-in-one participants to become champions at the first leg of the 2009 Golf Malaysia Ace of Aces Championship on 1 November.

Mohd Fazly Rosli (12) edged out Soon Yaw Keong (11) and K Perumal (8) on countback to emerge champion of the A Division (handicaps 0 to 12). The trio each posted 38 Stableford (modified) points on the 6,154-metre Bukit Kemuning Golf & Country Resort in Kota Kemuning, Selangor.

“I am very happy to win today. I’d like to thank my friend K Perumal for this win, because he was the one who motivated and encouraged me to play well,” said the elated Mohd Fazly, who walked away with the champion’s trophy, a Nikon Laser Rangefinder worth RM1,588, a treatment voucher at Men’s Skin Centres and a bottle of Black ‘99’ Whisky. He also gained a seat to the Extended DISC (Malaysia) workshop.

Soon, who hails from Sabah, flew to Kuala Lumpur just to take part in the Golf Malaysia Ace of Aces Championship. He shared: “There are so many good players today, so I really didn’t expect I’d be the runner-up. When it was announced that I am the runner-up, I was just so happy!”

The fun-filled Golf Malaysia Ace of Aces Championship, which is organised auspiciously on every 1st and 11th November, is open exclusively for golfers who have achieved an ace on Malaysian courses. Between July 1986 and October 2009, there are more than 15,900 holes-in-one recorded at over 207 golf courses in the country and registered with Golf Malaysia Magazine’s Hole-in-One Club, the only known archive for ace achievers in Malaysia.

The first leg of this championship, which is played under the Stableford System 36 (modified) scoring format, took place on 1 November at Bukit Kemuning Golf & Country Resort in Kota Kemuning, Selangor. The second leg will be held at Impian Golf & Country Club in Kajang on 11 November.

Winners of the first leg of the 2009 Golf Malaysia Ace of Aces Championship, held at Bukit Kemuning Golf & Country Resort on 1 November 2009

In the B Division (handicaps 13 to 18), Tan Boon Him (16) wrestled the crown from Ariff Mitik when they both carded 37 points. The visibly joyous Tan, who has played in three editions of Golf Malaysia Ace of Aces Championship, said: “Although this is only my second time playing in Bukit Kemuning, I birdied my first hole! I am really happy I won the B Division. As I am from Johor, I made this trip to KL just to play in this championship. I guess my win is well worth the journey!”

Ten other golfers jostled for prizes in the B Division when they each managed 36 points. Upon countback, Mohd Afrizan Husain (16), Dato’ Shamsuar Mahmood (18) and Chan Kam Choon (14) were placed third, fourth and fifth respectively.

“I am happy with my game today, as I used the Nikon Laser Rangefinder [on loan from Nikon Malaysia] during my round. It was very effective! I could see clearly where I should hit to, and I’m getting my own Nikon Laser Rangefinder right after this tournament!” the excited Dato’ Shamsuar revealed.

In the C Division category, which was for golfers with a handicap of 19 to 24, Rozailan Kamil Mohd Taib (20) amazed himself when he grabbed the top spot after amassing 37 points.

“I didn’t expect that I’d win today as I didn’t have any practice before coming to this event today. In fact, I just checked out from the hospital two weeks ago after undergoing treatment for my back pain,” shared Rozailan.

Thum Choy Cheen (23), who battled See Joo Hock (19) for the runner-up spot in the C Division after both accumulated 36 points, thought that the putting green at Bukit Kemuning GCR was very fast. “My flight mate, Alex Chuah, and I kept encouraging each other to think positive throughout the round. This paid off, as I am second while he is fifth in the C Division!”

In the Ladies’ category, another countback was needed to break the tie when Annie Yew Lee Ling (21) and Ashvin Kaur A/P Harbaksh Singh (12) both returned 35 points. Upon countback, Yew was awarded the crown.

MS Golf is the official ladies' apparel sponsor for the 2009 Golf Malaysia Ace of Aces Championship.

“I am a bit frustrated to get second. Last year I was also the runner-up in this event [held at SSG Beringin Golf Club in Lembah Beringin]. I guess it’s just my luck!” lamented Ashvin.

All participants also had a chance to win FusionExcel pendants worth RM595 each in the Novelty events. Rosdi Haron won the FusionExcel Nearest-to-Bunker prize when he sent his golf ball 2.35 metres to the bunker, while Ong Chee Chang’s powerful 227 metres on the 375-metre Hole No. 4 gave him the FusionExcel Longest Drive honour. Ong also won the FusionExcel Nearest-to-Pond prize when he sent his ball 11 metres to the pond on Hole No. 10.

The FusionExcel Nearest-to-Pin race was won by Ariff Mitik when his golf ball landed 11 feet 2 inches from the pin on Hole No. 6. Next, the FusionExcel Nearest-to-Line honour was taken by Mohd Khairi, who swung to victory when he sent his tee shot 0.4 centimetres to the line on Hole No. 10. Amidst all the fun, however, no one managed to shoot an ace to bring home the all-new Panasonic Panaboard.

Participants who did not manage any wins in their respective categories and in the Novelty events had another chance of winning other lucrative prizes during the lucky draws. Prizes include 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).

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.

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.

Goodies from our generous championship contributors

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