Elisey Antropenko from Russia and Tomita Alfonse C. Arejola from Philippines were amongst 312 players from 26 different countries who won the Boys 9 years and Girls 15 – 18 years categories respectively in Kids Golf World Championship 2016 hosted in Malaysia for its fifth year running held from 13 – 16 December 2016 at Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort, Pasir Gudang, Johor, Malaysia.
Malaysia’s very own Anson Yeo Boon Xiang and Jeneath Wong were named Champion for Boys 10 years and Girls 12 years categories. Host Malaysia who fielded 66 young players were up against a colourful field of 26 countries namely Australia, Bahrain, Cambodia, Canada, China, Denmark, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mauritius, Myanmar, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, United States of America, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
Rishika M. for Girls 10 years, Arjun Bhati for Boys 12 years and Rahul Ajay for Boys 15 – 18 years made India proud for their wins in their individual categories. Thailand dominated 8 of the 15 categories taking home Champion trophies with winners Nithidpong Srichatphirun for Boys 7 years & under, Charongrat Jitnavasathien for Boys 8 years, Namo Luangnitikul for Girls 8 years, Cholcheva Wongras for Girls 9 years, Pongsapak Laopakdee for Boys 11 years, Butpapaporn Sukterm for Girls 11 years, Ashita Piamkulvanich for Boys 13 – 14 years and Kwankamon Meesomboon for Girls 13 – 14 years.
Sukumaran Balakrishnan, Managing Director of Concept Collaboration Sdn. Bhd. who has been organising the tournament in Malaysia from 2012 said that the number of participating countries have increased over the years from only 12 countries in the first year to more than double in 2016. He added that many of the kids playing in the younger age categories since inception have grown with the tournament over the years and are now playing in the older age groups.
“The growing number of international golfers participating in our championship and the substantial number of players who have returned annually for the tournament which offers an excellent opportunity for youngsters to compete and earn world amateur ranking points is a testimony to the high levels of competition and international standards of the championship held here in Malaysia.” he said.
The tournament is the international version of the prestigious US Kids Golf, an annual golf event held for kids aged 5 – 18 years old offering top five prizes for boys in 8 categories and girls in 7 categories. The top 5 players of each category also qualify to play at the European Championships in Scotland and the top three will be invited to play in Pinehurst Golf Club, North Carolina in 2017.
The tournament is presented by US Kids Golf Foundation and managed by Concept Collaboration Sdn Bhd. The championship is sanctioned by the Malaysian Golf Association with the support of Power Champ isotonic drink and host Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort.
For further information, please visit www.malaysiakidsgolf.com