Ayer Keroh (Malacca), 22 Feb 2024 – Malcolm Ting lived up to his pre-tournament favourite billing by winning the Toyota Tour Qualifying School Leg 1 with a narrow one-stroke margin over Hafiy Suhaili at the Tiara Melaka Golf & Country Club here today.

Overnight joint leaders at even par, their final round was like a matchplay final, with Malcolm having the initiative in the first nine, carding two birdies against two bogeys. Hafiy on the other hand made the turn at four over, no thanks to a three-hole stretch from the sixth which saw the Kelantanese helicopter pilot go bogey-double bogey-bogey.

Hafiy Suhaili Final Round

But that didn’t deter him as he hammered in three birdies in the second nine for a one-over 73 and a three-day 217 aggregate. “It was a fun day and I enjoyed playing with Malcolm and Hariz (Hezri),” said Hafiy who had a grandstand finish with birdie at the last after producing an amazing approach to four feet.

Ting was quite pleased with his game overall and declared he will try to play as many events as he can including on the All-Thai circuit and Asian Development Tour events where possible.

Amateur Hariz ended up in solo third a further three strokes behind. Tan Ying Ying, the youngest participant at 14 years old, shot a one-over 73 to finish joint fourth with U-Minn Woon, both totalling 233 and were among the 13 players from a starting field of 64 to earn playing rights on the Toyota Tour which is organised by the Professional Golf Malaysia with MST Golf the Delivery Agency.

The top 10 ranked players out of the 13 will be invited to compete in the opening round of the Toyota Tour – the Tun Ahmad Sarji Trophy beginning on Tuesday at Saujana Golf & Country Club.

The 13 joyful players celebrating after earning their Toyota Tour cards

Amateur Wan Hasnul Daniel, a product of the 2023 Toyota Tour Elite Junior development programme, closed with a one-over 73 to finish joint sixth with Hilmi Rahman who posted the day’s low round of 70. Immediately after his round, the 19-year-old Wan Hasnul announced that he will be relinquishing his amateur status.

“This is what I have worked for and I now want to see how I fare against our top professionals,” said Wan Hasnul who credited the Elite Junior programme with developing his consistency.

Leading Top 13 Final scores
216 Malcolm Ting 70-74-72
217 Hafiy Suhaili 74-70-73
220 Hariz Hezri (am) 75-72-73
223 U-Minn Woon 76-75-72, Tan Ying Ying (am) 73-77-73 224 Hilmi Rahman 77-77-70, Hasnul Daniel (am) 75-76-73 225 New Fu Yeong (am) 75-73-77
226 Irfan Syahmi (am) 76-76-74
228 Aiden Kei (am) 76-75-77
229 Jaizan Tushan (am) 78-78-73, Amalia Shahzan (am) 75-80-74 231 Joshua Lim 80-74-77

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