Templer Park hosts nation’s top juniors

A year-long race to identify the cream of the crop in the domestic junior golf circuit culminated with The ClubHouse Junior Golf Ranking presented by Titleist awards night at Templer Park Country Club on March 1.

Completing a journey that began in March last year with the unveiling of the maiden effort to put in place an independent and transparent national ranking order for junior amateurs, the final Order of Merit totalled 14 counting events with more than 650 junior golfers added into the system.

The awards night attended by more than 70 of the top 100 junior golfers on the Rankings and their parents featured the crowning of the top three winners in each age-group category. As a token of appreciation, all juniors also received special players’ badges, similar to those on the professional Tours.

Second and third-placed juniors received specially hand-crafted medallions while the champions went home with classic Royal Selangor plates.

In keeping with the Rankings’ aim of encouraging juniors to find a healthy balance between school and golf, all winners also received book vouchers courtesy of the Rankings’ new partner, Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia.

In his opening address, The ClubHouse brand manager Muralidharan Nair said the Rankings was not a be-all, end-all decider in the progress of the juniors.

“The race to be the best is an enduring one and we will continue to propagate the message that our junior golfers must find the optimum balance between golf, school and their social lives.

“We hope that the Rankings have helped promote healthy competition among the existing pool of junior golfers in the country and will spur them to reach their true potential.

At the same time, we have also witnessed a slight growth in the number of golfers participating competitively in junior meets, and we hope that this will contribute towards a larger talent pool in the future,” he said.

He added that the initiative would not have been a success without the support of the founding partners — Titleist, Foundation for Sporting Excellence (SportExcel) and Templer Park Country Club as well as the patronage enjoyed under the Malaysian Golf Association (MGA).