The teams from South Korea and China (Hainan) showed their prowess to emerge as winners of the team and individual events at the third Selangor International Junior Golf Championship.

On an exciting final day at Kelab Golf Seri Selangor, Byun Jiyool coasted to victory in the girls’ individual event and powered the South Korean team to the girls’ team title. Meanwhile, Shijun Jing of China (Hainan) hung on to claim the boys’ individual title and led his team to top place in the boys’ team event.

Taking a three-shot lead into the third and final round, Byun ended her campaign with a two-over-par 74 for an even-par total of 216 (72, 70, 74). The 14-year-old finished three shots clear of Thailand’s Chutimon Rujiranan (71, 76, 72) and Malaysia’s Foong Zi Yu (72, 74, 73).

“I still can't believe that I won! It feels unreal but I'm very happy. I really enjoyed playing in this event and my stay here,” said Byun.

First day leader Chutimon , who just turned 17,was pleased with her performance despite feeling unwell. “I didn't feel my best as I had a bit of a stomach issue today, but I managed to handle it. I didn't hit my driver that well because I think I was running low on energy, but it worked out fine and I got through,” she said.

Foong, representing Selangor, was happy with how she played over the three days. “I had a bit of trouble finding my pace today, but I'm glad I managed to finish strong on the last few holes. Overall, I’m quite pleased, but there are definitely a few things I can work on,” said Foong, who just finished her freshman year at Lipscomb University in the United States and will be transferring to the University of Nevada as a sophomore.

Byun and her South Korean team-mates Ko Hana, Park Hayeon and Song Jia were runaway winners in the girls’ team event with a three-day total of 657, based on the best three daily scores. They finished 27 shots ahead of Team Selangor (684), made up of Foong, Nur Batrisya Balqis, Aarti Ganesan and Divyasheni Gunasegar. The Indian quartet of Kashika Misra, Anvvi Dahhiya, Nishna Hemesh Patel and Lakshita Pragnya Siddabahtul were third on 691.

In the boys’ individual event, Jing survived a nervous finish to claim a three-stroke victory over Shinichi Suzuki of the Philippines. The slender Chinese player signed in a closing 72 for a total of six-under-par 210 (69, 69, 72) and a wire-to-wire victory.

“My round was quite good, actually, it was just the last few holes that I made a few mistakes as I was getting nervous and feeling tired. I made four birdies on the first nine but, after playing for three days, the fatigue started catching up and so a few mistakes that shouldn't have happened, happened,” said Jing.

The victory earned Jing a coveted start in next week’s PKNS Selangor Masters at Seri Selangor, a professional event co-sanctioned by the Asian Development Tour and the domestic Toyota Tour.

“I'm really happy and proud of this win, because this is a prestigious championship with an international field. I'm looking forward to playing in the PKNS Selangor Masters as I'll be going up against the professionals,” noted the 16-year-old.

Suzuki finished strongly with a 69 to surge up the leaderboard into second place on three-under-par 213 (72, 72, 69), edging Australia’s Josiah Edwards for runner-up honours by one shot. Edwards also enjoyed a good finish, carding a tournament low four-under-par 68 for a two-under-par 214 (75, 71, 68) total.

Suzuki was grateful to have been able to finish the tournament, as he suffered an ankle injury early in the second round and had to receive treatment. “Yesterday at the first hole I kind of sprained my ankle, so I didn't know if I could finish my round. I'm so grateful to the medic who helped me, because I managed to finish and shoot three-under-par today,” said the strapping 16-year-old, who was fourth in the tournament’s second edition last November and part of the victorious Philippines boys’ team.

Edwards will also be playing in the PKNS Selangor Maters, having been given an invitational spot by the organisers. “This event was good preparation for me, as I could see how the course is, where I need to hit around the greens and where the best misses are,” said the long-hitting 17-year-old.

Going into the last round just two shots behind Jing, India’s 14-year-old talent Kartik Singh settled for fifth place on one-under-par 215 (70, 70, 75) after a closing 75. He was edged by compatriot Harman Sachdeva (73, 71, 71) on countback.

Rizq Adam Rohizam of Selangor was the best placed Malaysian in eighth spot on three-over-par 219 (73, 72, 74).

Jing and his China (Hainan) team-mates Guolin Zeng, Mingyu Cao and Ziyao Lyu took the boys’ team title with a total of 643, 11 shots ahead of Tean Philippines comprising Suzuki, Jacob Cajita, Zeus Sara and Miko Granada (654). The Indian team of Kartik, Harman, Devin Singh and Pritish Singh Karayat were third on 659.

Sponsored by the Selangor State Government, the Selangor International Junior Golf Championship is organized by UUM International School Melaka (UUMISM) in collaboration with the Malaysian Golf Association, with PKNS Golf Management Services acting as the event promoter. Participants were fully hosted during the week for accommodation, green fees, transfers and meals. The official hotel is ibis Styles Kuala Lumpur Sri Damansara.

The World Amateur Golf Ranking featured a field of 123 players from Australia, Bangladesh, Chinese Taipei, China, Philippines, Thailand, India, Singapore, Indonesia, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia.

Korea’s Byun Jiyool and China’s Shijun Jing will head into tomorrow’s final round of the third Selangor International Junior Golf Championship leading the girls’ and boys’ individual events respectively.

In the team events, the South Korean girls’ team and the China (Hainan) boys’ team continue to lead with 18 holes to go at Kelab Golf Seri Selangor.

Byun carded a solid second round 70 for a 36-hole total of two-under-par 142 (72, 70), topping the girls’ leaderboard by three shots from compatriot Ko Hana (73, 72).

“This is a good golf course and is very challenging, and you need to manage your game well. I will be going for the win tomorrow, so I will be trying to make more birdies,” said Byun.

“Overall, my game has been okay. My driver was not working well yesterday, but it was better today, so I’m happy with that,” added the 14-year-old, who birdied two of her last three holes.

Malaysian national player Foong Zi Yu, representing Selangor, lies third on two-over-par 146 (72, 74), one shot ahead of first round leader Chutimon Rujiranan of Thailand (71, 76).

The South Korean quartet of Byun, Ko, Park Hayeon and Song Jia stormed further ahead in the girls’ team standings with a total of 435, based on the best three out of four daily scores. They are a massive 20 shots ahead of Team Selangor, comprising Foong, Nur Batrisya Balqis, Aarti Ganesan and Divyasheni Gunasegar. The PKNS team of Bae Eunkyung, Putri Natasha Ameera, Vikasni Laakshithaa and Mellvina Nair Presnath are in third place on 459.


Representing China (Hainan), Jing continued his fine form by signing in a second successive 69 to lead the boys with a six-under-par 138 total. The 16-year-old is two shots ahead of India’s Kartik Singh, who shot matching 70s in the first two rounds.

“I focused on my putting today and it worked out pretty well. Overall, it was a good round – I only missed one drive and had just one bad chip. I want to play more consistently tomorrow and try to make more birdies,” said Jing, who had a training stint at The Els Club Desaru Coast in Johor last year.

Pre-tournament favourite Kartik, the runner-up in the second edition last November, was pleased to be still in the hunt. “I could have made more putts today, but I’m still happy with how I played. Hopefully I can make more birdies tomorrow and catch up the leader. I’ll play a bit more aggressively but not that much, as I don’t want to mess up,” said the 14-year-old.

Another China (Hainan) player, Goulin Zeng, is in third place on two-under-par 142 (70, 72), two shots ahead of compatriot Mingyu Cao, Shinichi Suzuki of the Philippines and India's Harman Sachdeva.

The best-placed Malaysians are Rizq Adam Rohizam of Selangor and Muhammad Ajmal Amin of the National Junior Development Programme in joint seventh place on one-over-par 145.

The China (Hainan) team of Jing, Zeng, Cao and Ziyao Lyu lead the boys’ team standings with a total of 424. They are 11 shots ahead of Team India, made up of Kartik, Harman, Devin Singh and Pritish Singh Karayat. The Philippines team of Suzuki, Jacob Cajita (the individual boys’ champion of the second edition), Zeus Sara and Miko Granada lie joint third on 440 with Team Selangor (Rizq, Ezekiel Riz Hafi Suzearitz, Shaiful Asri and Lim Hao Yu).

Play was suspended at 12.40pm due to the threat of lightning and resumed at 2.15pm once the electrical activity had moved a safe distance away.

The World Amateur Golf Ranking features a field of 123 players from Australia, Bangladesh, Chinese Taipei, China, Philippines, Thailand, India, Singapore, Indonesia, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia. There was a 36-hole cut to the top ten teams in both the girls’ and boys’ categories, with the ten leading players in the individual events also making it through regardless of how their teams performed.

The boys’ individual champion will earn a start in next week’s PKNS Selangor Masters at Seri Selangor, a professional event co-sanctioned by the Asian Development Tour and the domestic Toyota Tour.

Sponsored by the Selangor State Government, the Selangor International Junior Golf Championship is organized by UUM International School Melaka (UUMISM) in collaboration with the Malaysian Golf Association. PKNS Golf Management Services is the event promoter. Participants are fully hosted during the week for accommodation, green fees, transfers and meals. The official hotel is ibis Styles Kuala Lumpur Sri Damansara.

The highly anticipated 47th edition of the RSGC Ladies Amateur Open Championship is scheduled to take place from July 23 to 25, 2024 at the renowned Royal Selangor Golf Club, attracting 80 of the most promising female amateur golfers from Malaysia and the region.

Participants will vie for four prestigious trophies: the Tuanku Bahiyah Trophy (Gross Champion), the Toh Puan Norashikin Trophy (Nett Champion), the Datin Azian Trophy (Team Gross Champion), and the Clarissa Lee Trophy (Team Nett Champion). Open to amateur players with a WHS handicap of 14.3 and lower, the tournament promises thrilling competition and is a platform for rising female talents.

Ai-leen Tan, Organising Chair of the RSGC Ladies Amateur Open, expressed her excitement, stating, "It gives us great pleasure to once again welcome friends from across Malaysia and around the region for another edition of the RSGC Ladies Amateur Open Championship. Selamat Datang to all participants! What began as a social event in 1971 has evolved into a serious competition attracting many aspiring golfers from the region. Our objective is to make this tournament a major regional event in the coming years, thanks to the generous support of our sponsors. This year, we have a stellar field led by our defending champion, Mirabel Ting, who has a World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) of 24, with many WAGR players from Australia, China, Japan, India, Pakistan, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia."

The 47th RSGC Ladies Amateur Open Championship 2024 is generously supported by main sponsors MKH Berhad, Omar Salim, and AmBank. Co-sponsors include B&B Labs, and Royal Selangor International Sdn Bhd, sponsor of the winners’ take-home trophies. The Official Hotel is Impiana KLCC, and the Official Drink is Etika Sdn Bhd. The Courtesy Car partner is Pantai Bharu Holdings.

For those interested in finding out more about the championship and register, please visit http://lao.thersgc.com/. Entries for the tournament will close on Monday, July 15, 2024.

China’s Shijun Jing and Thailand’s Chutimon Rujiranan topped the boys’ and girls’ individual leaderboards respectively, following the first round of the 3rd Selangor International Junior Golf Championship at Kelab Golf Seri Selangor. The team events meanwhile saw China and Korea take huge leads.

Jing carded a superb three-under-par 69 at the challenging Seri Selangor layout to lead by one shot over compatriots Goulin Zeng and Mingyu Cao, and last year’s runner-up Kartik Singh of India. Malaysia’s Felix Gan lies third after an opening 71.

“This golf course is difficult … the green speeds are so fast and it’s super narrow. My long game, my irons and chipping were good, but I had two three-putts today. I will need to focus on my putting tomorrow,” said Jing, 16.

Representing China (Hainan), Jing (69), Zeng (70), Cao (70) and Ziyao Lyu (77) lead the boys’ team standings with a total of seven-under-par 209, where the best three out of four daily scores are taken into account. The Indian team of Kartik (70), Harman Sachdeva (73), Devin Singh (77) and Pritish Karayat (78) are a distant second on 220, one shot ahead of Team Selangor comprising Rizq Adam Rohizam (73), Ezekiel Riz Hafi Suzearitz (73), Lim Hao Yu (75) and Shaiful Asri (80).

Winner of last week’s Singapore Junior Championship, Singh finished his round with three consecutive birdies to keep pace. “My first 15 holes were not very good, but I managed to birdie the last three holes and sign in a good score today. I won in Singapore last week, so hopefully I can carry that forward and play well in this tournament too,” said the 14-year-old talent, who is the highest ranked player in the field with a World Amateur Golf Ranking of 220.

The boys’ individual champion will earn a start in next week’s PKNS Selangor Masters at Seri Selangor, a professional event co-sanctioned by the Asian Development Tour and the domestic Toyota Tour. Singh was given the spot last year as champion Jacob Cajita of the Philippines was unable to stay on. Cajita opened his title defence with a round of 80.

Chutimon relied on a strong long game to card an opening one-under-par 71, placing the lanky youngster one stroke ahead of the Korean duo of Byun Jiyool and Malaysia-based Bae Eunkyung, and Malaysian national player Foong Zi Yu.

“It’s a tough course and is pretty challenging for me. My driver was working well today – the course is narrow but if you can find the fairways, you’ll be fine. I still need to work on my putting, but overall I’m happy as it’s better than last year,” said the 17-year-old Chutimon, who finished 12th on 17-over-par in her debut appearance last November.


Bae had a colourful round, mixing four birdies with two bogeys and a double bogey. “This is my first time playing in a tournament at Seri Selangor, but I have practised here three times already. I made a lot of birdies today but had a number of mistakes, so I’m going to have to play better tomorrow,” said the 16-year-old.

Foong meanwhile was happy to open her campaign with an even-par round, despite struggling off the tee. “I definitely could have saved more strokes if my driver and fairway woods were a tad bit more accurate. Overall, I’m quite pleased with the way I came back after starting with a double bogey on Hole 10, when I found the short side of a bunker and lipped out a bogey putt,” said the 18-year-old, who two bronze medals at the 2023 Southeast Asian Games in Cambodia.

The girls’ team standings saw the South Korean quartet of Byun (72), Park Hayeon (73), Ko Hana (73) and Song Jia (79) open up a massive lead. Their combined score of two-over-par 218 placed them 11 shots ahead of Team PKNS, comprising Bae (72), Putri Natasha Ameera (75), Vikasni Laakshithaa (82) and Mellvina Nair Presnath (83). Selangor, represented by Foong (72), Aarti Ganesan (79), Nur Batrisya Balqis (79) and Divyasheni Gunasegar (84), are third on 230.

The World Amateur Golf Ranking features a field of 123 players from Australia, Bangladesh, Chinese Taipei, China, Philippines, Thailand, India, Singapore, Indonesia, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia.

Sponsored by the Selangor State Government, the Selangor International Junior Golf Championship is organized by UUM International School Melaka (UUMISM) in collaboration with the Malaysian Golf Association. PKNS Golf Management Services is the event promoter. Participants are fully hosted during the week for accommodation, green fees, transfers and meals. The official hotel is ibis Styles Damansara.

The championship was preceded by a welcome dinner on Wednesday night at the Seri Selangor ballroom, graced by the presence of Dato' Haji Haris Bin Kasim, the Secretary of the Selangor State Government who is also the tournament’s Organising Chairman. Players and officials were treated to a superb buffet spread, while being entertained by the Kombo Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya (MBPJ) band and the Artis Budaya MBPJ dance troupe.

123 junior talents from 12 countries will battle for team and individual glory in this week’s highly anticipated third edition of the Selangor International Junior Golf Championship, which starts on Thursday at Kelab Golf Seri Selangor.

For the first time, the World Amateur Golf Ranking event will feature players from Australia, Bangladesh, and the United Arab Emirates, who will join their peers from South Korea, China, Philippines, Thailand, India, Singapore, Indonesia, Chinese Taipei, and Malaysia.

Players aged between 12 and 18 will compete over 54 holes in separate boys’ and girls’ divisions, with each featuring individual and team events. Once again, the boys’ individual champion will earn a priceless opportunity to compete in the Asian Development Tour’s PKNS Selangor Masters, a professional event which takes place the following week at the same venue.

Sponsored by the Selangor State Government, the Selangor International Junior Golf Championship is organized by UUM International School Melaka (UUMISM) in collaboration with the Malaysian Golf Association (MGA). PKNS Golf Management Services is the event promoter and also manages Kelab Golf Seri Selangor.

Participants are fully hosted during the week for accommodation, green fees, transfers and meals. The official hotel is ibis Styles Damansara.

Dato' Haji Haris Bin Kasim, the Secretary of the Selangor State Government, was elated at the championship’s amazing growth in a relatively short span of time.

“It is indeed gratifying to see how the Selangor International Junior Golf Championship has grown since the inaugural edition in early 2023. This week’s third championship will see a record field of 123 talented juniors from a dozen nations do battle, and I am sure we will be in for some exciting action at Seri Selangor,” said Dato' Haji Haris.

“The individual boys’ champion will once again earn a start in next week’s PKNS Selangor Masters, which will provide a truly valuable learning experience as he will be competing against professional golfers in an Asian Development Tour event,” he added.

Making a return this year are the two main protagonists in last year’s individual boys’ competition, defending champion Jacob Cajita of the Philippines and Indian prodigy Kartik Singh. With a 54-hole total of four-under-par 212, Cajita edged Singh by one shot to bag the title and was also part of the victorious Philippines side in the boys’ team event.

As Cajita was unable to stay on due to school commitments, the spot in the PKNS Selangor Masters was given to Singh, who missed the cut despite a valiant effort. Currently in 241st position in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR), the 14-year-old Singh is the highest ranked player in the field and has been in fine form recently, winning last week’s Singapore Junior Championship at Keppel Club.

With a WAGR ranking of 363, China’s Shijun Jing is another player to watch out for. In April, he won the overall title in the inaugural Optimas JAGA International Series Championship in the United Arab Emirates with a 15-under-par total, three shots ahead of Singh.
Taking part for the first time are two members of the United Arab Emirates team that won the boys’ team gold medal in the Gulf Youth Games at Abu Dhabi Golf Club in late April – the highly-rated Rayan Ahmed, who also won the individual gold, and Mohammad Skaik.

Other leading players among the boys are Shinichi Suzuki of the Philippines, who was part of the winning boys’ team and placed fourth in the individual event last year, and Australia’s Josiah Edwards, who placed third in last year’s Saujana Amateur Championship.

The top ranked Malaysian in the boys’ event is SportExcel’s Andrew Yap Yung Cheng, with a WAGR ranking of 346. The 15-year-old recently finished second in the RPGC Fructose Junior Championship at Royal Perak Golf Club.

The highest-ranked player among the girls is India's Nishna Hemesh Patel at 653rd spot in the WAGR. She made headlines early this year by winning a local professional event, the Hero Women's Pro Golf Tour Leg 1 at Poona Golf Club.

Other girls ranked within the top 1,000 of the WAGR are Thailand’s Jiranan Lim (WAGR 913), who was part of the Thai team that finished second in the last championship, China’s Yingyuan Liu (WAGR 994), and the Malaysian duo of Nik Alicia Miriam Kamil Binti Fairuz (WAGR 787) and Foong Zi Yu (WAGR 824). Foong took part in the inaugural championship in January 2023, finishing second in the individual and team events.

While defending girls’ individual champion Jung Min Seo of South Korea is not competing this year, there is a strong Korean representation with four boys and four girls in the mix.

Among them are two boys with +3.3 handicaps, Lee Haneul and Jang Wonyeong, and a girl who plays off a +2.2 handicap, Song Jia.

“This year we have players from Australia, the United Arab Emirates and Bangladesh for the first time. With the continued support of the Selangor State Government and other sponsors, we hope to make this Selangor International Junior Golf Championship one of the top premier junior events in this region. We may extend invitations to countries outside the Asia-Pacific region in the future,” said UUMISM founder and director David Jeong.

Kelab Golf Seri Selangor was established in 1998 by the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS) as Malaysia’s first bona fide public golf facility Crafted by Australian architect Ross Watson, the par-72 layout is one of the most popular courses in the country and features tree-lined fairways, deep bunkers, numerous water hazards and fast, tricky greens.

“The Seri Selangor course is in great condition and has fast green speeds. Certain holes can be challenging for the juniors and will require some good course management, so it will be an exciting week of golf,” noted Jeong.

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