Malaysian Amateur Open a world ranking event

KUCHING: The 107th Malaysian Amateur Open golf tournament, which ended on Sunday, is one of the 1,200 ranking events held around the world to assemble 120 players for the Asian Amateur Championships to be played at Mission Hills in China.

The tournament is also one of the 18 ranking events in Malaysia, according to Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) president Datuk Robin HL Lo. Speaking at the prize presentation lunch for the Open at Kelab Golf Sarawak (KGS), Lo said the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) tracked down 1,200 ranking players around the world since its introduction in 2007.

The top two players are from each of the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation’s (APGC) 32-member countries, plus the top four ranked players from the host nation on WAGR, with the balance to be made up from the next highest rankings in WAGR.

In addition, from the APGC, the R & A and the Masters tournaments, the top two players will each earn a place at the international final qualifying for the 139th Open Championship at St Andrew’s and the winner will receive an invitation to the Masters, beginning in 2010, according to Lo.

Ten players are exempted from regional qualifying rounds and awarded direct entry to the final round to qualify as professionals. On the Malaysian Amateur Open, he said MGA had for the first time included the Ladies Division in the Malaysian Open while most of the Malaysian participants were juniors.

“This augurs well for the future of Malaysian golf,” he added.

Congratulating the players, he said he was impressed with the high playing standards and achievements over the last four days.

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