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    Awangku Syakir storms to win Pantai Mentiri Amateur Open

    Fadhil Yunus

    Brunei Darussalam’s golfer Awangku Md Syakir bin Pengiran Haji Alli stormed to the 31st Pantai Mentiri Amateur Open Golf Championship 2021 title after winning by eight shots at the Pantai Mentiri Golf Club in Kampong Mentiri yesterday.

    The national golfer posted a one-under-par 215 ahead of second-placed Mohd Aritz Maldini bin Haji Abdul Majid who managed an overall score of 223.

    Awangku Muhd Syakir, who also enjoyed triumph in the same competition in 2018, won two of the last three golf tournaments held at the course including the Pusat Ehsan Charity Golf Tournament last November.

    His nearest rival Ahmad Yani bin Haji Mohd Noor had been in contention after trailing by two shots heading into the final round but a last-day collapse saw him drop from second place to sixth.

    Md Kamarul Hafiz Abdul Kahar climbed to third place with an overall score of 226 with Johari bin Haji Ahmad and Qawi Fakhri bin Haji Aslimon completing the top five.

    Minister of Development Dato Seri Setia Ir Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar presents the trophy to Awangku Md Syakir bin Pengiran Haji Alli. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

    Defending champion Suhaimi bin Haji Ibrahim, who was bidding to win a successive title at the golf course this year following his heroics in the Sonax Cup, missed out on the top 24 qualifiers.

    Meanwhile, Almas Syadzwanie Kamis added this year’s Pantai Mentiri title to her growing list of honours after winning the ladies event with an overall score of 238.

    The tournament was cancelled last year in complying with the guidelines concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.

    This year’s tournament attracted 105 players comprising 95 male and 10 female who represented clubs such as Panaga Golf Club, Royal Brunei Airlines Golf Club, Royal Brunei Golf and Country Club, Royal Brunei Armed Forces Golf Club and the Royal Brunei Police Golf Club.

    The meet showcased young players who had represented the country in regional and continental competitions including the Southeast Asian Games and the Asian Games as well as experienced players who provided competition for the rising talents.

    A Drive, Chip and Putt competition had been added in this year’s tournament involving children and youth aged 17 and below through the Junior Development Programme. The date of the competition will be informed at a later time.

    Minister of Development Dato Seri Setia Ir Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar presented the prizes.

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