The Genting Challenge a boost for Junior Golf

Genting Malaysia Bhd has come forward to boost junior golf by sponsoring the inaugural Borneo versus Peninsular Malaysia Junior Matchplay held at Awana Genting Highlands Golf and Country Resort from April 2-3, committing RM50,000 to the programme.

The tournament — the first of its kind for junior golf in Malaysia, played Ryder Cup style — had the players battling it out in the Fourball, Foursome and Singles format over the two days. The Foursome created new excitement with boys and girls being paired together.

The two teams were represented by eight boys and eight girls per team below the age 19. In the end, Team Peninsular Malaysia emerged winners with the scoreline reading of 19-13, indicating it was by no means one sided, although wins may seem so by score.

But win or lose, the contest fostered a bigger agenda: Goodwill and better relationships among players, parents and officials from both sides — the underlying benefit from what is expected to be an ongoing contest.

SportExcel, which has contributed immensely to junior golf over the last 28 years, is committed to having more innovative programmes in the future and Genting Malaysia’s support bodes well for the continuous development of junior golf.

Kay (sitting, sixth from left) taking a photo with the winning Team Peninsular and officials at the closing ceremony

“Golf is a great sport. We are happy to do our part in promoting junior golf as well as fostering goodwill among the juniors from Borneo and Peninsular Malaysia, said Datuk Seri Kay Prakash, VP of Genting Malaysia.

For 2019, SportExcel will organise a total of 15 junior golf tournaments — 13 at national and two at international level.

How the play went: The Foursome being washed out by rain and the points at stake, halved.