28 October 2010

Calling All Hole-In-One Golfer

Golf Malaysia Ace of Aces Championship
Three days to go … In conjunction to Golf Malaysia’s 30th Anniversary, Members of the Golf Malaysia Hole-In-One Club can bring his/her good friend along to play in the 2010 Golf Malaysia Ace of Aces Championhsip. Friends of Ace Maker will vie for the Guest Division. Entry fee is RM220. Hurry – sign him/her up today!!!
All participants will receive these goodies:

 Contact Golf Malaysia Magazine's office golfmsia@golfmalaysia.com.my for entry form.
Tournament date: 1st November 2010
Venue: Bukit Unggul Golf & Country Club, Dengkil, Selangor. 
Direction to the golf club: Take North-South Highway exit Bangi Toll and move from there....

26 October 2010


Gatorade and Bleu will quench your thirst.

Heineken will cool you down
Singleton Single Malt Whisky will make you happy!

The Goodies!!
1)      Lye & Scott Shirt
2)      Golf clip marker
3)      Sunplay
4)      Golf Msia Trolley Bag
5)      Shokubutsu
6)      Nature Valley Bar x 1
7)      Livelife & TruDtox & Tripo
8)      L’Oreal Garnier
9)      Nescafe
10)  No Bite
11)  Hudsons
12)  Nutralife
13)  Brut
14)  Origins
15)  Eagle Balm
16)  2 Gatorade
17)  2 Bleu water
18)  1 Hor Yan Hor
19)  1 tube/sleeve Callaway golf ball.


Calling All Golf Malaysia Hole-in-One Club Golfers
The Golf Malaysia Ace of Aces is coming soon!
It’S AROUND THE CORNER - on 1st and 11th November.
Venue: at Bukut Unggul Golf Club in Dengkil, Selangor.

The Golf Malaysia Ace of Aces Championship is played under the Stableford System 36 modified format of competition with four categories: Men -- Division A (0-12 handicap), Division B (13-18) and Division C (19-24).
Ladies - (0-30) make up the fourth category. So far there are only 2 ladies registered which means no matter how they play, they are guarantee to be a winner!
All scoring will be done off the player's lowest handicap and the top five finishers in each category will receive major prizes.

Official Attire
All participants will each receive a stylish high-end Lyle and Scott polo Clothing. We won’t tell you how much it cost – figure it out yourself!

Official Ball
Use only the Callway golf Ball. Each player will be given a sleeve of Callaway Golf Ball.

Win a New Driver
Player MUST Play the Callaway ball for Callaway Longest Drive Contest. Player who does not use the Callaway ball will not be eligible to win the Longest Drive contest. [Prize: New Callaway Diablo driver]

How about shooting a hole-in-one again? This time Suzuki is giving away one Swift model for your effort!!

Lyle & Scott polo Shirt
Ferucci Golf Clip marker
Sunplay protection
Golf Msia Trolley Bag
Nature Valley Bar x 1
Livelife & TruDtox & Tripo
L’Oreal Garnier
No Bite
Eagle Balm
Bleu water
Hor Yan Hor
Callaway golf ball.

Ace Achievers wishing to book their place at either venue can send their entry to Golf Malaysia, accompanied by the RM220 entry fee, no later than 17 October 2008. For more information call 603-7880 5060/13, fax 603-7880 5171 or e-mail to golfmsia@golfmalaysia.com.my.

About Golf Malaysia Ace of Aces Championship
This unique tournament is perhaps, the only event in the world that features solely hole-in-one makers.
The Golf Malaysia Ace of Aces Championship first began in 1989 with the aim gathering all the ace achievers together for a day of fun and fellowship. It began with 380 ace achievers participated in three legs and the event kept snowballing with each legs fully subscribed every year. Last year, the use of electronic measuring device such as a handheld rangefinder was implemented to measure distances between various points.

About Golf Malaysia Hole-in-One Club
The Golf Malaysia Hole-in-One Club was formed in July 1980. Golfer who shot a hole-in-one in Malaysia or Brunei and registered with the Golf Malaysia Hole-In-One Club, has their name recorded as a National archives. These achievers also receive a bagful of sponsored gifts, a Hole-In-One Certificate and the eligibility to play in the Golf Malaysia Ace of Aces championship.

25 October 2010

CIMB Preferred Golf Challenge Finals

They are the lucky two winners from the Blue Canyon Country Club in Phuket, Thailand. Robert Yeow Teck Cheng (left) and Dr Chan Kwai Onn are all smiles after
after having won a spot each on the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic, Malaysia
Pro-Am Tournament. Yeow and Chan will play alongside 40 of the top golfers from the PGA TOUR, Asian TOUR and the region. They will also get to watch the likes
of Luke Donald, Ernie Els and Adam Scott in action from the CIMB VIP suites at the Mines Resort and Golf Club from 28 – 31 October 2010.

24 October 2010

South Korean posts final round 65, lowest round of the day to win her second LPGA title

KUALA LUMPUR, 24 October 2010
– Jimin Kang from South Korea claimed a thrilling one-stroke victory in the inaugural Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia after a dominant final stretch of three birdies in the last four holes at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

A massive Malaysian crowd witnessed Kang calmly roll in a 12-foot downhill putt on the final hole to shoot 6-under-par 65 to finish just one shot ahead of LPGA Hall of Famer Juli Inkster, who carded a bogey on the final hole to drop out of a tie for the lead.

Kang’s blistering final round left her with a nine-under 204 total and her second LPGA victory, following a Rolex First-Time win at the 2005 LPGA Corning Classic. The 30-year-old’s first place finish meant she took home prize money of US$270,000, vaulting her to 20th on the 2010 LPGA Official Money List.

“Speechless,” Kang said when asked how she felt. “And that's not that easy to do for me. I played solid. I hit a lot of putts. As you guys can tell, my score was good enough to win a tournament, and you know, it's been a while. So I'm trying to soak this in. I can't believe I won.”

Inkster’s second-place finish was her best of the season thanks to her own brilliant stretch of birdies 13, 15, 16 and 17, the final of which pushed her into the outright lead. However, she pushed her second shot into the right greenside bunker at the 18th, nearly holing out from the sand before having to settle for a two-putt bogey.

Combined with an 18th hole birdie from Kang, playing a group behind Inkster, it was enough for victory, or at least a shot at a play-off, to slip away.

“When I miss it, I miss it right,” Inkster said of her final approach. “It was a three-quarter shot and I left it out there. I played well all day.”

First-round leader Mike Miyazato of Japan and Maria Hjorth of Sweden shared third at six-under 207, with Meena Lee alone in fifth another shot back.

Meanwhile, American Cristie Kerr could take over the top position in the Rolex Rankings as a result of her superb final round. The current world No.2 (as at 18 October 2010) began the final round tied for 29th and, teeing off on the 10th hole, registered four birdies in her first six holes of the day. Although she added a bogey at 18 (her ninth hole) birdies at three and five saw her finish at five-under-par 66 and in eighth position.

“It would feel great to take over No. 1 this week,” said Kerr. “It’s been so close the last four tournaments. It came down to one putt in Alabama and last week I had a great finish, but just wasn’t close enough. I’ve been thinking about this race all year. It’s coming down to a putt here or there and it cannot get any closer.”

Jiyai Shin, who finished tied for sixth with Christina Kim, is projected to take the No. 2 spot in the Rolex Rankings, while Ai Miyazato, who could only finish tied for 28th, could fall to No. 3.

Doing the home country proud, amateur Kelly Tan tied for 32nd at 3-over-par 216 to come out as the best Malaysian performer of the tournament. When asked about her week, the 16-year-old amateur said, “The first day I was really nervous.  You know, my heartbeat was really fast, but today I think I handled it pretty well.”

“Of course, it's a little bit of advantage for us to play on our home course. And the weather, we are used to it but I’m really happy with the way I played all week and I am thrilled with my finish,” she added.

Overnight leaders Hjorth and Jee Young Lee from South Korea each struggled on Sunday. Hjorth shot even-par 71, including a bogey at 18 to put her in joint-third position while Lee carded a 75 to drop into a tie for ninth.

The Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, which took place from 22-24 October, featured a world-class field including the top nine players on the Rolex Rankings who vied for the prize purse of US$1.8 million. The three-day stroke play event with no cut meant that the tournament players were in Kuala Lumpur for the tournament duration and the local and regional golf community were able to catch their favourite golfers in action till the end of the tournament.

Sime Darby LPGA @ KLGCC (22-24 Oct)


MARIA HJORTH AND LEE JEE YOUNG SHARE LEAD AT SIME DARBY LPGA MALAYSIAMalaysia’s Jean Chua moves up to 11th spot after today’s second round

KUALA LUMPUR, 23 October 2010 –
Sweden’s Maria Hjorth moved into pole position alongside joint overnight leader Lee Jee Young from South Korea after the second round of the inaugural Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. The players are tied at an aggregate of six-under par 136 overall, a one-stroke lead over the field moving into tomorrow’s final round.

It was a mixed day for Hjorth, a three-time winner on the LPGA Tour. She had four bogeys, but came up with five birdies and a crucial eagle on the sixth hole to end with a 68, matching yesterday’s first round.

Said Hjorth: “I had a lot of birdies and a great eagle on No. 6, so that obviously helped.  Then I had three bogeys in a row (holes 11-13), which was obviously not very good, but overall I'm very happy with the round.

“I actually thought someone would shoot away a little bit in the scoring, but I'm happy that they didn't. I'm hitting the ball well and obviously making some really good putts, so I'm looking forward to tomorrow,” she added

Lee, who shot a 66 yesterday to share the first-round lead with Mika Miyazato, finished with a one-under 70 today. “I played well today. My shot was really good, but I missed a lot of putts, so I just made one‑under. Tomorrow hopefully it'll work (better),” said Lee, who turned professional in 2004 and has one LPGA Tour victory to her name.

Sitting in third place is Rolex Rankings World No.8 and rising star on the Tour, Kim Song-Hee from South Korea, who is at five-under 137 overall after rounds of 69-68.

The 22-year-old said: “I played pretty solid today. I had some great up-and-downs on two, three and four on the front nine. I had a bogey on number seven, but I came back on eight and nine with birdies. I had a lot of confidence in my shot and added two more birdies.”

When asked what her game plan was for tomorrow, Kim added: “I’m just going to play my own game and have more confidence in my shot and trust my caddie.”

Similar to yesterday, play was suspended in the early afternoon at 2.31 pm due to the threat of lightning and showers and resumed at 4.59pm. 

Natalie Gulbis, who carded a 68 today and sits in a tie for fourth with Japan’s Mika Miyazato and LPGA Hall of Famer Juli Inkster, was one of the players to have finished her round before the suspension of play.

Gulbis, who was bogey-free until the 18th, feels the course suits her game. “I love this golf course. This is a golf course that suits my eye real well. I'm an aggressive putter, so these greens suit my game well and, depending on what the leaderboard looks like at the end of the day, it will be fun to go out there and play aggressive and see what happens.”

Also finishing with a 68 today, Jean Chua was the best performer amongst the local players. Going into tomorrow’s final round at two-under par, Chua managed three birdies and an eagle today and is now tied for 11th with five other players.

Said the 23-year-old from Cheras: “My round today was pretty solid. I was a little shaky with the putts on the front nine, but on the back nine they started going in. So tomorrow I'm just going to plan on improving my score and just take it easy. I'm excited that my game is coming together at the right time and at the best tournament for me. “

Compatriot Kelly Tan, who shot an even par round yesterday, currently sits in joint 34th place after scoring a 73 today. Amongst the other big names, Cristie Kerr (29th), Ai Miyazato (43th) and Yani Tseng (48th) were further down the leaderboard.

The Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, featuring a world-class field including the top nine players on the Rolex Rankings who are vying for the prize purse of US$1.8 million, will resume with the final round tomorrow, with starting tee-off times just after 8.30am.

The three-day stroke play event with no cut will ensure that players are in Kuala Lumpur for the tournament duration and the local and regional golf community can catch their favourite golfers in action till the end of the tournament.

19 October 2010

Golf Malaysia Ace of Aces Championship

Calling All Hole-in-One Golfers !
Golf Malaysia ‘Ace of Aces’ Championship eagerly awaits the hole-in-one golfers for 2010 contest. The battle for both zones, on 1st & 11th November will be held at Bukit Unggul Golf & Country Club, Dengkil, Selangor.
Among the current 16,700 Ace golfers registered in the Golf Malaysia's Hole in One Club, only 280 will make the field on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Shooting for Stars

CIMB Asia Pacific Malaysia ­
Fans can now catch these Players from Asian Tour Order of Merit joining the rest of the Star Players at the Mines.

From Asian Tour:
Noh Seung-yul (Kor)
Marcus Fraser Aus)
Andrew Dodt  (Aus)
Tetsuji Hiratsuka (Jap)
Thaworn Wiratchant (Thai)
Kiradech Aphibarnrat  (Thai)
Mardan Mamat  (Sin)
Pariya Junhasavasdikul (Thai)
Siddikur Rahman (Ban)
Thongchai Jaidee (Thai)

These top 10 players from the Asian Tour Order of Merit, will be joining the PGA Tour star players to showcasing their finest golf skills and vie for the US$6 million prize money at the CIMB Asia Pacific at The Mines Resort & Golf Club from 28 to 31 October.

From the PGA Tour:
Luke Donald
Ernie Els
Retief Goosen
Martin Laird
K.J Choi
Adam Scott
Ryan Moore
Ryan Palmer
Tim Clark
Kevin Streelman
Kevin Na
Ben Crane
Robert Allenby
Bo Van Pelt
Bill Haas
Rickie Fowler
Charlie Wi
J.B Holmes
Carl Pettersen
Tom Gillis
Marc Leishman
Michael Sim
Heath Slocum
DJ Trahan
John Senden
17-years old, Korean teen sensation Noh, who was the Malaysian Open winner this year, also managed to qualify for the British Open at St Andrews and making his Major debut by playing all four rounds at the US Open in June where he finished tied 40th and then finished equal 28th at the PGA Championship. At the recent Iskandar Johor Open, Noh shot 17-under-par-271 for second place and that was only 3 strokes shy of Padraig Harrington¹s winning score of 20-under-par-268.
Australia¹s Andrew Dodt who turned pro three years ago, was the winner of the Avantha Masters in New Delhi, last February. In his rookie year, the 24-year old recorded six top 10 finishes which includes a runner-up result at the Vietnam Masters. The Queensland born and bred golfer finished his debut season by ranking 43rd on the Order of Merit and improved to 15th in 2009.

Thailand’s hero, Thongchai Jaidee continues to establish himself as one of Asia’s finest through high level playing and sheer determination. Since turning professional back in 1999, the 40-year old have claimed a total of 12 wins on the Asian Tour.

Marcus Fraser, 32, who spent his early years working at a supermarket made his mark on the golf scene back in 2003 where he took three wins in one month ­- Danish Open, Talma Finnish Challenge and Russian Open.

These powerful line up now complete one of the strongest playing fields in Asia¹s golf tournament circuit and Golf Malaysia Magazine will be there to bringing you the news! Stay Tune.....

13 October 2010

Beware of Tiger!!!

Yes! Beware of Tiger...
Europe’s winning Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie has warned his star player Lee Westwood to expect a backlash from Tiger Woods when he takes away his position as the world’s number one golfer.

The Englishman, who was the bedrock of Europe’s victory at Celtic Manor is  projected to take over the top spot in the Official World Rankings when the world’s leading players arrive in Shanghai for the WGC-HSBC Champions in the first week of November.

With Westwood resting his injured calf and Woods not scheduled to play before China either, the 37-year-old from Worksop will overtake the American superstar by virtue of losing fewer points from the back end of the two-year period that the standings are calculated from.

However Montgomerie says that Westwood has got to expect an immediate response when Woods gets to Shanghai.

“He won’t like being number two at anything and he’ll come out fighting, which is great for the tournament, fantastic for the event,” said the 47-year-old Scotsman, talking at a HSBC Charity Golf Day in Hong Kong to raise money for the children’s charity UNICEF.

“Knowing Tiger as I do he’ll probably go out and win the HSBC World Golf event, you’ve got to think that. He came out and played superbly in the (Ryder Cup) singles match. He was two down after two (holes) against Francesco Molinari and then was nine-under for the next 11 holes.  It was incredible golf! When he’s spurred on like that there’s nobody better.”

Westwood will first have to complete his recovery from an unusual injury high in his calf. He took the rest of August and September off trying to shake off the injury, which causes swelling in his ankle and lower calf as fluid from the injured muscle drains down his leg. Having returned for the Ryder Cup, his goal is to return in time for the WGC-HSBC Champions from November 4th-7th, a target made more likely by the fact that specialists have told him the injury is not one that can escalate.

“Hopefully, he’s back playing again. It’ll be fantastic to have the world’s top three players, and Martin Kaymer will be there – he’s fourth – it’s fantastic! Fantastic for golf!” said Monty, before pausing to consider how he’d respond should Westwood ask him for advice on how to handle being the world’s number one.

“The only thing that Lee Westwood can do is come over to Shanghai and win!
Lee’s playing as well as anyone in the world of golf right now, and as number one you’ve got to prove it.  I was number two to Greg Norman for a number of weeks back in 1996-97 and it’s a big deal when you’re up there. The expectation is that you are the best player in the world and you’re expected to go and prove it.

“Sometimes it’s not easy to do and Lee’s never been there before. I’m sure Lee’s nature and Lee’s personality will come through and he’ll be as anxious to win in Shanghai as Tiger… and as Phil, because if Phil wins in Shanghai he could probably go to number one. It’s very close and if Martin Kaymer has won a couple more events before then as well, he could be number one. It’s all go and it’s fantastic for the event,” said Monty, whose own personal goal, after dedicating the last two years to the Ryder Cup, is to get back into the winner’s circle in his own right and with it become the oldest ever winner on the European PGA Tour

07 October 2010

Watch The STAR PLAYERS in Action!

The CIMB Asia Pacific Classic, Malaysia
A star studded field for the tournament at the Mines Resort and Golf Club from 28-31 October 2010 include Ryder Cup stars Luke Donald and Rickie Fowler; Retief Goosen, K.J. Choi and Robert Allenby. This is in addition to the likes of Ernie Els, Adam Scott, Tim Clark and Jeff Overton.
In addition to these names, CIMB also offered one of its sponsors’ exemptions to South Korean Y.E. Yang. Yang is the first and only Asian born player to win a golf Major when he won the PGA Championship in 2009. At No. 40, Yang is also the highest ranked Asian in the Official World Golf Rankings.
“These are some of the best players in the world. We look forward to the showcase in store at the end of the month,” said Effendy Shahul Hamid, Head, Group Corporate Communications, CIMB Group. “We had also offered a sponsors exemption to Y.E. Yang and are happy to say he has accepted our invitation. Having the only Asian winner of a Major compete here at the end of the month certainly lends additional relevance to the region as a whole,” he added.

The final committed list of PGA TOUR players for the tournament is listed below:
1.      Luke Donald (England)
2.      Ernie Els (South Africa)
3.      Retief Goosen (South Africa)
4.      Martin Laird (Scotland)
5.      K.J Choi (South Korea)
6.      Adam Scott (Australia)
7.      Ryan Moore (USA)
8.      Ryan Palmer (USA)
9.      Tim Clark (South Africa)
10.  Kevin Streelman (USA)
11.  Kevin Na (USA)
12.  Ben Crane (USA)
13.  Robert Allenby (Australia)
14.  Jeff Overton (USA)
15.  Bo Van Pelt (USA)
16.  Bill Haas (USA)
17.  Rickie Fowler (USA)
18.  Charlie Wi (South Korea)
19.  J.B Holmes (USA)
20.  Vaughn Taylor (USA)
21.  Carl Pettersen (Sweden)
22.  Tom Gillis (USA)
23.  Marc Leishman (USA)
24.  Michael Sim (USA)
25.  Heath Slocum (USA)
The first tournament sanctioned by the PGA TOUR in Southeast Asia, the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia, will be held from 28 to 31 October 2010 at the Mines Resort & Golf Club. The tournament is co-sanctioned by the PGA TOUR, Asian Tour and the Professional Golf Association of Malaysia (PGAM). In its inaugural year, it will feature an international field of 40 players competing for a US$6 million-prize purse, with the winner taking home a prize purse of US$1 million.
The other players that make up the field of 40 at the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic, Malaysia will be the Top 10 players from the current Asian Tour Order of Merit and five players under sponsor exemptions.

03 October 2010

Golf Malaysia Magazine - The Official Media Partner of Iskandar Johor Open 2010

Iskandar Johor Open Gearing Up!
Based on the list of eligible players after the cutoff date late last week, at least 22 local professionals are qualified to be in the illustrious field of the US$1.25 million
(approximately RM4 million) Iskandar Johor Open 2010 at the 6,271-metre,
par-72 Horizon Hills Golf & Country Club from October 14 to 17, 2010.
Shouldering the nation’s challenge at one of the biggest Asian Tour events
will be the undisputed Malaysia’s Number One, Danny Chia, who qualified for
the field having finished 29th on the Asian Tour Order of Merit (OOM) last
year. For the record, top 65 players from the Asian Tour OOM 2009
automatically qualified for the championship.
Danny, 38, made history by becoming the first Malaysian male professional to
make the cut at a major championship when he completed the British Open at
the Old Course of St. Andrews, Scotland in July on two-over-par 290, which
put him ahead of the likes of Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter of England,
European captain Colin Montgomerie of Scotland and former Masters champion
Zach Johnson.
Buoyed by that performance, where he figuratively had one monkey lifted off
his back, Danny will be looking at a better showing in the fourth edition of
the Iskandar Johor Open.
Besides Danny, two other local players qualified based on their rankings on
the Asian Tour OOM 2009. Iain Steel, whose tied fourth finish in 2008 is the
record best for Malaysians at the Iskandar Johor Open,  was ranked 53rd on
the OOM and Shaaban Hussin who ended last season ranked 65th.
Other notable Malaysians in the field are 2008 Worldwide Selangor Masters
champion, Ben Leong, 2007 Pakistan Open champion Airil Rizman Zahari,
current Asian Development Tour and Professional Golfers Association of
Malaysia’s Order of Merits leader, S. Sivachandran and M. Sasidaran.
Ten slots are provided to the top ten local players on the PGAM Order of
Merit who are otherwise not exempted. In addition, the top five players from
the recent Malaysian Qualifier also made it to the field.
Local players can still try to qualify for the Iskandar Johor Open via the
International Qualifier, which will take place on October 4 at Horizon Hills.
There are three slots on offer for the qualifying round, which is open
to regional, international as well as local professionals holding a valid Professional
Card from recognised Golf Clubs and Professional Golf Associations.
The top three players who return with the lowest gross score will win the
chance to play in the Iskandar Johor Open under the Qualifier Winners