By ILONA ANDREW
KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Golf Association (SGA) is expecting about 100 young golfers to sign up for its 13th Sabah International Junior Masters (SIJM) which will be held from Dec 11 to 13.
SGA Deputy President Valerian Hansen Petrus said the tournament – to be hosted by Sabah Golf and Country Club – marks Sabah’s achievements and dedication towards promoting junior development as well as the state’s tourism industry.
While there is already about 20 confirmed participation in the competition so far, he believes many more will turn up to register a week or two before the actual tournament, just like the previous years. The closing date for registration will be Dec 4.
“We are expecting (participants) from Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak, and neighbouring countries such as Brunei, Singapore, the Philippines, and Taiwan,” Valerian said during a press conference at the Sabah Golf and Country Club here.
“Two years ago, we received players from as far as Sri Lanka, so we hope that they (the players from Sri Lanka) will come again to participate in this SIJM Tournament,” he expressed, adding that the Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) and Malaysia Ladies Golfer Association (MALGA) too are expected to send their strong contingents.
According to Valerian, the tournament, which also provides for World Amateur Golf Ranking points will feature seven categories, namely Boys’ and Girls’ from 16-18 years old, 13-15, 10-12 as well as special categories for Boys and Girls from 19-21 years’ old. Their age will be determined as of Jan 1 of this year.
The deputy president also revealed that the tournament from the previous years has churned out several outstanding junior golfers who have represented Sabah in both national and international golf tournaments.