Taipei here we come…  Gross champion Lam Kong Foo (right) and Nett Champion, Mohd Nasharuddin (left) with Astro Masters 2019 Organizing Chairman, Mr. P. Jeganathan.

The first qualifying round of the Astro Masters 2019 was held yesterday at Tropicana Golf & Country Resort.

124 players challenged the East 1 and 2 courses designed by Graham Marsh. The undulating greens proved a tricky test and were rolling at 10 feet on the Stimpmetre.

After 18 holes played in hot and humid conditions, Tropicana member Lam Kong Foo emerged as the master, returning with a gross score of 3-under-par 69 to take the Gross champion’s title.  

“I am very happy and excited to have qualified for the Grand Final,” said Lam, a 48-year-old businessman who started playing the game 14 years ago. “My game couldn’t have been any better. My swing was solid and I putted well. I was 4-under after my 8th hole of the day.”

Lam, who plays off a handicap of 3 added, “This win is even more meaningful, as this will be my first trip to Taiwan.”

The Kedah-born Lam will be joined on the Malindo Air flight to Taipei by Nett champion, Mohd Nasharuddin (11) who signed for a Nett score of 65.

A Medal winners pose with Astro Masters 2019 Organizing Chairman, Mr. P. Jeganathan (2nd from right).
The C Medal winners pose for a photo with their prizes. Deputy General Manager of Tropicana GCR, Mr. V. Ravindran presented the prizes.

In the A Medal category, Nor Azahar (10) emerged as the champion after he returned with a Nett score of 68. He won a Panasonic 49” Smart LED TV.

Pakhruddin Abdul Majid (11) won the B Medal on 65 Nett, while the C Medal winner was 23 handicapper Mohd Khairuddin with 67 Nett.

The Nearest-to-Line novelty hole at the par-4, 363-metre 7th hole was won by Shaharudin Mat Nor, who walked home with a Panasonic Cordless Vacuum Cleaner. His drive was 1 ft and 1 inch from the line.

The Longest Drive winner was Lee You Ming, who received his prize from Mohd. Yusri Mat Isa, the Deputy General Manager of Tropicana GCR, Mr. V. Ravindran.

The Longest Drive winner of the day was Lee You Ming, whose drive on the 15th hole measured 258.4 metres. He won an Aldila golf shaft.

Meanwhile, the anticipated Sure-to-Win NTP prize of a Panasonic 65-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV worth RM8,000 was won by Hamzah Abdul Shah. His tee shot on the 156-metre par-3, 8th hole was closest to the cup at 5 feet and 5 inches.

It was a good day for Ahmad Zailani who won the Titoni watch. Astro Masters 2019 Organizing Chairman, Mr. P. Jeganathan presented the prize.
Nearest-to-Line winner Shaharudin Mat Nor received his prize from Deputy General Manager of Tropicana GCR, Mr. V. Ravindran.
The Sure To Win NTP winner Hamzah Abdul Shah (left) received his 65-inch Panasonic 65” 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV from Deputy General Manager of Tropicana GCR, Mr. V. Ravindran.

The Astro Masters is renowned for the Grand Final that is traditionally held overseas. The Grand Final has travelled to nine countries including Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Oman, China and Cambodia last year.

This year the Grand Final will crown the ‘Champion Golfer of the Year’ in Taipei, Taiwan.

FINAL RESULTS

Gross Champion

Player                          Handicap         Score
Lam Kong Foo            3                      69

Nett Champion

Player                          Handicap         Score
Mohd Nasharuddin     11                    65

A MEDAL (Nett)

Player                                                  Handicap         Score
1. Nor Azahar                                      10                    68
2. Zainal Abidin                                 10                    69
3. Allan Yap                                      6                      70

B MEDAL (Nett)

Player                                                  Handicap         Score
1. Pakhruddin Abdul Majid               11                    65
2. Saharuddin                                      15                    66
3. Hamzah Abdul Ghani                     11                    69

C Medal (Nett)

Player                                                  Handicap         Score
1. Mohd Khairuddin                          23                    67
2. Chia Kok Leong                            23                    68
3. Mohd Muhammad Hanif             16                    69

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