Tuesday February 5, 2013
Nicholas now aims for Asian Tour success
PETALING JAYA: Nicholas Fung enjoyed a highly successful outing last season, claiming the Order of Merit titles on the PGM (Professional Golf of Malaysia) Tour and Asean PGA Tour.
But he does not feel he is the new star of the Malaysian golf scene yet. For 22-year-old Nicholas, he believes he needs to start winning on the Asian Tour.
The Kota Kinabalu-born golfer was rewarded yesterday with a monthly allowance of RM5,000 per month for a year by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for his achievement in winning the 2012 PGM Tour Order of Merit.
Despite only starting 14 of the 20 tournaments last year, Nicholas raked up RM159,635 on the back of two victories and five runner-up finishes to steer RM14,036 clear of runner-up Sukree Othman.
Nicholas broke through with a playoff victory over Iylia Jamil at the PGM Negri Sembilan Classic in October.
He went on to win the Palembang MUSI Championship on the Asean PGA Tour but had to play second fiddle again to Filipino Jay Bayron at the PGM Eastwood Valley Masters.
He bagged his second title on the PGM Tour’s penultimate event at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in November.
The bespectacled Nicholas was delighted to have made his presence felt on the local tour.
“It is a new high in my young career since I turned professional in 2010. I definitely feel that I’ve taken my game a notch higher last year but it is still not enough.
“I got an Asian Tour card last month and I will want to win a tournament there. It will help me get into bigger co-sanctioned events in Europe as I want to see where I stand against the top players.
“I definitely need to improve on certain things, especially my iron shots,” said Nicholas, who qualified for the Asian Tour after finishing 17th in the Qualifying School in Thailand last month.
Besides displaying the I & P logo on his attire, Nicholas is required to give golf clinics at the Kinrara Golf Club and play in at least 10 tournaments organised by the PGM Tour, a brainchild of PGM chairman Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid.
Nicholas, who is set to feature in next month’s Maybank Malaysian Open, paid tribute to Sarji for giving the local pros the opportunity to raise their game and made a decent living at the same time.