Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; December 11 – Junior golfers from around the nation have successfully undergone a three-day intensive training camp for the year of 2012 in the Maybank Junior Golf – National Camp run by the Malaysian Golf Association at the Glenmarie Golf & Country Club.
The programme focused on imparting an advanced level of golfing tactics and knowledge to junior golfers between the ages of 12 and 16. Those invited to attend the Maybank Junior Golf – National Camp were nominated by the respective State Golf Associations. The fundamentals and golf-oriented exercises were aimed at enhancing their current golf skill-sets and hone it to the next level.
Participants of the training camp went through a series of activities to help perfect their golfing techniques, build their mental strategy and to instill good sportsmanship.
Lessons on short game components were explored, as the juniors practiced their iron shots, pitching, chipping and improving their distance of the tees. The juniors were also conditioned on their fitness and revisited the rules and etiquette of golf to become more polished on the golf course.
Commenting about Maybank’s involvement in the program, Mohamed Adam, Chief Marketing Officer said Maybank was committed with its intention to help develop world- class golfing talents for Malaysia.
“With substantial golf programs like the Maybank Junior Golf – National Camp (12- 16 years) and the recently launched Maybank Junior Golf – Champions Academy (6- 12 years), I believe we can reach out to the next generation of professional golfers in Malaysia and create future champions for our country. As a bonus initiative, the winners of this Maybank Junior Golf – National Camp will play alongside the professionals at the Pro-Am event of the Maybank Malaysian Open 2013,” he said.
Maybank’s involvement with the Maybank Junior Golf – National Camp started in November 2006 and its success over the years has allowed the programme to run annually ever since.
Admiral (R) Tan Sri Dato Setia’ Mohd Anwar Mohd Nor, President of the Malaysian Golf Association, expressed appreciation for Maybank’s ongoing support for the association’s effort in promoting the game of golf and its ideals to the younger generation.
“As a sporting association, the support of a corporation helps us tremendously in executing our vision to develop a structured golf development programme for juniors. We are so thankful for their support in discovering and nurturing our nation’s brightest young golf talents.
Opportunity to winners of the Maybank Junior Golf – National Camp to play with the professionals at the Pro-Am event during the Maybank Malaysian Open will be a boon to efforts in inspiring Malaysia’s young golfers to achieve golfing excellence,” he said.
Meanwhile, John Eu – Chief Executive Officer of GlobalOne, is also pleased with the positive turnout of the event. He stated, “As a close partner to Maybank and MGA, it’s been incredible working together to cultivate the growth of golf in the nation. We hope to enrich young individuals in the game of golf and instill awareness in them that training from an early age could potentially lead to a rewarding lifetime career in the golf industry.”
Mohd Zarid Encho B. Suhaimi (Handicap 6), aged 16 from Sabah, was awarded for the best boy while Ong Shi Qing (Handicap 10) aged 15 from Selangor, received the honour for the best girl. Both winners will be seen playing alongside the professionals at the Pro-Am event at the upcoming Maybank Malaysian Open 2013.
“The Maybank Junior Golf – National Camp was a lot of fun, it was a great experience, I learnt a lot and it’s a dream come true to be able to play at the Maybank Malaysian Open 2013,” Mohd Zarid Encho said.
The success of the camp was with the help of five local golf professionals who volunteered their time to help coach and guide the juniors – N. Ravi Chandran, Kelly Tan, Michelle Koh and Tony Feminis. All five coaches worked endlessly together to ensure the children were challenged in all aspects of the sport. Expressing her excitement, Ong said, “I really enjoyed working with Kelly Tan at my chipping, she’s one of my idols.”