Friday January 18, 2013
Zen turns pro after third-place finish
PETALING JAYA: A third-place finish at yesterday’s PGM Satellite Tournament at the Kinrara Golf Club has prompted Zen Dharmaratne to turn professional.
The 22-year-old is set to feature alongside those in the paid-ranks of the PGM Tour’s next event – the PGM CCM Rahman Putra Masters at the Kelab Rahman Putra in Selangor from Jan 30-Feb 2.
Zen was in his element yesterday, shooting a four-under 67 for a six-over 219. Playing as an amateur, he shot identical 72s in his earlier two rounds.
S. Tamilchelvan won the event after shooting a 70 for a three-day total of 216. Muhammad Azry Ashraf Noor Azam, the overnight leader, could only manage a 74 as he finished second on 218.
Zen, a one handicapper who first picked up a golf club at the age of six, was pleased with his performance.
“Everything just came together today. I learned a lot after the first two rounds. I kept the ball in play and holed a few good putts,” said Zen, a final year IT student.
“Being in my final year has given me a lot more time to play golf. It is really great and now I can turn pro and play the PGM Tour full-time,” he added.
Final round scores
216: S. Tamilchelvan 70-76-70; 218: Muhammad Azry Ashraf Noor Azam 70-74-74; 219: Zen Dharmaratne (am) 76-76-67; 223: Tommy Chin 75-76-72, Mohd Musa Fakir 73-74-76; 224: Hilmi Abdul Rahman 77-76-71, Idzwan Marappan 77-72-75; 225: Rahizam Ramli 78-74-73, Gwee Li Jun (am) 73-77-75, Alan Chin 73-74-78; 226: Zaidi Majid (am) 74-77-75; 227: Zamri Sariff 71-76-80; 228: V. Arumugam 78-76-74, Muhammad Rabbani (am) 77-75-76.