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Team Wilayah bag two golds, a silver and a bronze in SUKMA golf, Jeneath Wong of Wilayah and Malcolm Ting of Sarawak claim ladies’ and men’s individual titles
Team Wilayah Persekutuan (WP) emerged as the big winner in the Sukan Malaysia (SUKMA) Games golf competition, winning two golds through the ladies' team and individual events, a silver medal in the men’s individual, and a bronze in the men’s team.
Australia-based Jeneath Wong was the lynchpin for the WP ladies team, closing strongly with a two-under-par 70 for a total of three-over-par 219 total to claim the individual gold by six shots from silver medalist Foong Zi Yu of Selangor on 225. The bronze went to Jocelyn Chee of Kedah, who signed off with an excellent 69 for a total of 10-over-par 226, one clear of WP’s Ng Jing Xuen.
“I’m really happy to win two gold medals for Wilayah in my first SUKMA event. This is my first time playing at KGNS and first time playing in Malaysia since 2019,” said Wong, who did well to recover from a double bogey at the fifth hole due to a lost ball in the heavy rough.
“My approach shots into the greens were good this week, but I struggled a lot with putting ... so that was probably why I didn’t score so well on the first two days,” added the 18-year-old.
Play was halted early in the morning due to heavy rain and only resumed at 12.30pm.
“It’s a very challenging course and the greens are really firm and fast. But today, because of the rain, I managed to play a bit better and stop the ball on the greens. I only played one and half holes before the rain delay, and I think the break helped,” noted Wong, who will head to the United States next year to start college with Pepperdine University in California.
The 18-year-old Wong’ spearheaded WP to the top of the team standings, combining with Ng Jing Xuen and Victoria Tan Xin Yi for a total score of 446. They finished 21 shots clear of runners-up Sarwak, represented by Eliza Mae Kho and Zulaikah Nurziana Nasser on 467. The bronze went to the Kedah team of Alya Afza Hazari, Jocelyn Chee Yi Min and Nur Syazani Amalia Mohd Shahzan
The men’s event saw an exciting finish with two playoffs for the individual gold between Malcolm Ting of Sarawak and Muhammad Ikhmal Basry from Wilayah Persekutuan, and the team gold between Selangor and Johor.
Ting, who was a runaway winner in the PGM Qualifying School last week, emerged victorious on the second extra hole when Ikhmal missed a tricky putt for par. Both golfers had finished 54 holes tied on four-over-par 220, Ikhmal closing with a 71 to Ting’s 73.
“This is my first SUKMA gold so I’m really happy. I won two bronze medals in the last SUKMA in Ipoh. It’s a really tough golf course as the greens are very tricky and fast, and the condition is very good,” said Ting, who hails from Miri.
“I was playing really well in the PGM Qualifying last week and I thought I could bring that over here, but I didn’t do that well. I was a bit tense in the playoff but I kept talking to my caddie, my friend Wesley, and that cooled me down a lot,” added the 20-year-old.
Ting will be heading back to Sarawak to play in this week’s Miri Amateur Open, following which he will decide whether to turn professional.
The men’s team gold also went to the wire with Team Selangor, represented by Austin Gan Zi Ming, Muhammad Ajmal Amin Mohd Fajri, Poon Jia Hao and Rhaasrikanesh Kanavathi, edging the Johor quartet of Lee Chong Li, Muhammad Muadz Mohd Nadzir, Nor Haqeim Nor Hadi and Syed Nor Ismail Sha Syed Hussein on the first extra hole. Both teams had finished regulation play tied on 679, three shots ahead of bronze medalists WP (Irfan Syahmi Norshaharudin, Muhammad Azren Noor Azam, Muhammad Ikhmal Basry and Umar Khushairi Mohd Kamal).
Men's Individual (Top 5)
220 (+4) Malcolm Ting Siong Hung (SWK) 72-75-73, Muhammad Ikhmal Basry (WP) 75-74-71
Ting won on second playoff hole
222 (+6) Zia Iqmal Abdul Rashid (TRG) 78-70-74
223 (+7) - Nateeshvar A/L Anatha Ganesh (MLK) 75-72-76, Nor Haqeim Nor Hadi(JHR) 76-72-75
Ladies' Individual (Top 5)
219 (+3) Jeneath Wong (WP) 76-73-70
225 (+9) Foong Zi Yu (SEL) 78-75-72
226 (+10) - Jocelyn Chee Yi Min (KDH) 77-80-69
227 (+11) - Ng Jing Xuen (WP) 76-73-78
231 (+15) Zulaikah Nurziana Nasser (SWK) 76-76-79
Men's Team (Top 3)
679 - Selangor (Austin Gan Zi Ming, Muhammad Ajmal Amin Mohd Fajri, Poon Jia Hao, Rhaasrikanesh Kanavathi), Johor (Lee Chong Li, Muhammad Muadz Mohd Nadzir, Nor Haqeim Nor Hadi, Syed Nor Ismail Sha Syed Hussein)
Selangor won in playoff
682 - Wilayah Persekutuan (Irfan Syahmi Norshaharudin, Muhammad Azren Noor Azam, Muhammad Ikhmal Basry and Umar Khushairi Mohd Kamal)
Ladies' Team (Top 3)
446 - Wilayah Persekutuan (Jeneath Wong, Ng Jin Xuen, Victoria Tan Xin Yi)
467 - Sarawak (Eliza Mae Kho, Zulaikah Nurziana Nasser)
468 - Kedah (Alya Afza Hazari, Jocelyn Chee Yi Min, Nur Syazani Amalia Mohd Shahzan)