Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: William Cheah overturned a five-stroke first-round deficit to emerge triumphant in Kota Permai Golf & Country Club’s annual Club Championship.
The five-handicapper, runner-up last year, bounced back from an opening 81 with rounds of 74 and 77 at the award-winning club that is a Golf Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
With a 54-hole aggregate of 232, Cheah finished three strokes ahead of Jimmy Chia Kee Joo with Eric Foo Hwa Peng two shots further back in third spot.
Also enjoying themselves on the slick greens that were running at 11.5 on the Stimpmeter – the device used to measure the speed of the putting surfaces – were Chong Yong and Khoo Gee Seng.
Teenager Yong and veteran Khoo proved too strong for their rivals in the Ladies Championship and Senior Championship respectively.
Two-handicapper Yong fired rounds of 73 and 75 to finish seven shots ahead of second-placed Raeysha Surendran, last year’s ladies champion.
Meanwhile, Khoo made a successful defence of his title in the Senior category.
Playing off an eight handicap, Khoo posted a 36-hole total of 157 for a six-shot winning margin from Abdul Razak Bin Yahya.
In commemoration of their victories, the trio were presented with green jackets by club General Manager Tang Meng Loon and Golf Committee Chairman Ng Say Hoe.
Meanwhile, Kota Permai’s annual Media Golf Game featured a total of 74 members of the print and electronic media.
Top prize went to Imran Mohd Nor from Utusan Malaysia with 38 Stableford points. Yazid Abdul Mahat from Karangkraft was second with 36 points. He edged Aziz Abdul Hassan from the News Straits Times on a countback.