THE Raja Muda Worldwide Holdings Golf Invitational tournament at Glenmarie Golf & Country Club proved a huge success with a full field and competitive atmosphere.
Essentially, the tournament was held to feature three key objectives and each case was highlighted by a telling achievement.
Worldwide Holdings use the event to further the promotion of sports tourism in Selangor, and particular in golf. To this end, the show-casing of the field and a venue that hosts a tournament co-sanctioned by the Asia and European Tours – the biennial EurAsia Cup – did a lot more than just that.
This year’s event was also held in conjunction with the coronation of Tengku Amir Shah as the Raja Muda of Selangor earlier this month.
Further still, Worldwide Holdings made the generous donation of RM500,000 to the Yayasan Raja Muda Selangor Fund.
Worldwide Holdings’ commitment to the advancement of tourism in the state is no secret and in golf alone their role was noted with inception of the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters Tournament in 2008, an event that featured on the regular schedule of the Asian Tour.
At Glenmarie, this year’s tournament Worldwide Holdings was again at the forefront and the Selangor State Government endorsed it as the title sponsor.
Well-supported, the tournament also received sponsorship from no fewer than 25 companies from various sectors, including government and the private sector.
Tengku Amir presented the prizes to the top-three winners in each of the three categories – A, B and C Medals – while Selangor Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali presented some of the other prizes.
Meanwhile, Worldwide Holdings chief executive officer Datin Paduka Norazlina Zakaria presented the mock cheque to Yayasan Raja Muda Selangor Fund chairman Raja Tan Sri Arshad, with Selangor state Secretary Datuk Mohamad Amin Ahmad Ahya also in attendance.
In the tournament itself, Tan Sri Mohamad Zabidi Zainal, playing off a six handicap, emerged with the top honours as his three-over 75 secured first place in the gross category.
The next three players – Mahyudin Zainy (4 handicap), Salim Bin Saein (4) and Salehhudin Mohamed Emran (5) – all finished with 76s, clearly illustrating the tough fight for the title. Datuk Mohammad Foad Abdullah (6) was fifth with a 77.
Zabidi won the A Medal on countback as his round was worthy of 39 Stableford points. That was the same as Datuk Wan Ahmad Dahlan Abd Aziz, who played off an eight and was seventh overall.
Datuk Abdul Razak Jaafar (8)clinched third place with 38 points on countback and was also eighth in the overall gross standings.
The B Medal title went to Alihanafi Mohd Yunus (18) with 37 points. He too won on countback, edging out Datuk Mohamad Azlan (18) and Azhar Adnan (18).
Twenty-four handicapper Ami Nardin Ishak saw his 37 points win him the C Medal on countback. He pipped Datuk Ahmad Jailani Muhamad Yunus (24), while Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani (23) was third with 36. He beat off the challenge of Datuk Amirul Azizan Abd Rahim (23) and Captain Ahmad Ramli Kardi (23) on countback