Shah Alam [SELANGOR]: Galven Kendall Green came back from a shot down to secure a successful title defence at the DRB-HICOM TSM Golf Challenge on Sunday.
Emulating the back-to-back success enjoyed by his elder sibling Gavin at the prestigious amateur meet in 2009 and 2010, Galven finished four strokes clear of Universiti Utara Malaysia undergraduate Muhd Afif Muhd Razif at the Glenmarie Golf & Country Club.
The 16-year-old traded three birdies with two bogeys for a closing one-under 71, easing to a four-under 284 winning overall.
The contest was tightly poised until overnight leader Afif lost his ball on the 14th – the ensuing triple bogey all but ending the 20-year-old’s title hopes as he returned with a disappointing four-over 76.
National junior champion Amir Nazrin Jailani fired a two-under 70 to finish sole third on 290.
Green, who coasted home despite successive bogeys to close out his final round, was visibly overwhelmed by the victory.
“That’s some crazy thing to match my brother’s achievement in this tournament. It’s something I had at the back of my mind coming into this week and to be able to pull it off, is really sweet,” said Galven, who picked up a RM40,000 golf scholarship.
“I stuck to my own game and stayed patient out there. I had some lucky breaks, especially when I just avoided the water hazard on the 11th after pulling my drive and recovered well for a birdie. It was really unfortunate for Afif because he was really piling on the pressure but that’s golf,” he noted.
Over at the girls division, Nur Durriyah Damian was beaming from ear to ear after securing the title in her eighth attempt. The seasoned 20-year-old signed out with a two-under 70 for a four-day total of 1-under-287 to finish eight strokes clear of runner-up Natasha Andrea Oon.
“This was the one title that has eluded me for a long time and to finally get my hands around the trophy was a really nice feeling. I felt confident coming into the final round after that five-under 67 effort yesterday and wasn’t troubled at all,” said Durriyah, who received a RM30,000 scholarship.
The decorated amateur revealed that she was fired up to prove that she was still the player to beat on the domestic amateur scene.
“This year, the younger players have really stepped up their game and my position in the national team has come under scrutiny. I haven’t won as much tournaments as I did in previous years and that really motivated me to prove a point at this championship,” she noted.
Leading final results >
284 – Galven Kendall Green 66-78-69-71
288 – Mohd Afif Mohd Razif 70-69-73-76
290 – Amir Nazrin Jailani 74-72-74-70
293 – Ervin Chang 76-72-71-74
296 – Muhd Afif Mohd Fathi 73-75-75-73
297 – Danial Hj Mohd Sidek 75-73-74-75
298 – Adam Arif Madzri 77-77-72-72, Mohd Daniel Faidz Jazmi 79-72-75-72
299 – Daeng Abdul Rahman Abd Aziz 74-72-78-75
300 – Suzairi Iqmah Rahim 79-74-75-72, Mohd Syakir Adli Azmi 74-74-77-75
287 – Nur Durriyah Damian 74-76-67-70
295 – Natasha Andrea Oon 73-73-75-74
304 – Siti Zulaikhaa Shaari 82-73-77-72, Winnie Ng Yu Xuan 79-75-75-75
306 – Nur Eliana Arrifin 79-77-77-73
309 – Geraldine Wong Xiao Xuan 77-79-79-74, Ashley Lau Jen Wen 76-74-80-79
310 – Chong Yong 78-78-75-79, Nur Syazani Amalia Mohd Shahzan 74-80-77-79
312 – Qistina Balqis Azhar 77-80-78-77