Friday September 7, 2012
Abel drives home a Myvi thanks to ace on the 14th
SHAH ALAM: Malaysian amateur Abel Tam drove home a new Perodua Myvi after shooting his first-ever hole-in-one in the second round of the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters yesterday.
Abel, who is among four local amateurs in the elite field, aced the par-three 14th hole at the Kota Permai Golf and Country Club when his eight iron tee shot rolled into the cup from 12 feet.
With a two-day total of even-par 144, he made the halfway cut at the RM1.2mil Asian Tour event.
The other Malaysians joining Abel in the final two days include Nicholas Fung and Lim Eng Seng, who lead the local charge after a 71 and 72 respectively for a 142 total, Danny Chia, Shaaban Hussin, Airil Rizman and another amateur Low Khai Jei.
“I was about to change my club but my caddy told me to go straight for it. I needed that hole-in-one because I dropped a couple of shots before that. I was still a bit off but I finished the round pretty good,” said Abel.
“This is my first ever hole-in-one. I just turned 20 so I do have a licence to drive! It means a lot to me to have a hole-in-one in an Asian Tour event.”
Despite his high, he doesn’t plan to turn professional yet although he is hoping to sign up for the Asian Tour Qualifying School in Thailand next year.
“Making the cut is good for me mentally. It will prepare me for my professional career. I will go for the Qualifying School next year and see how it goes,” he said.