Friday March 22, 2013
Rain brings joy to Gavin as he gets chance to launch a stronger assault
MALAYSIA’s young hotshot Gavin Kyle Green was grateful that rain halted play when he was starting from the back line at the 11th hole.
The amateur star had done exceptionally well on the front nine, firing two birdies at the third and fifth hole and did well to make up for a bogey on the second hole.
With eight more holes to go, Gavin is currently on one-under.
“It is a good thing. I was a little out with the iron. Now, I can re-group and come back stronger tomorrow,” said the 19-year-old Gavin.
And Gavin harbours a big ambition to win his first professional title as an amateur.
“To win a pro event as an amateur is not easy but I thrive on challenges and it is something that I look forward to,” said Gavin.
Gavin is a second-year student in Business Studies at the University of New Mexico in the US and plans to turn pro after he finishes his studies in two years.
Last year, he was on a short break in Malaysia and did well to win the Malaysian Amateur Open at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club and the MPI-Saujana Amateur Championship at the Palm Course.
His most memorable pro event was the Iskandar Golf Championships last year when he made the cut.
“I hope to be a top golfer in the country but it will take a lot of practice. I am game for it. I am passionate about this sport,” said Gavin, who started playing golf when he was seven.
“I am lucky because my parents are very supportive. They let me make some of my own decisions and that is cool,” added Gavin, who is managed by his mother Vivienne Beh.
Gavin arrived for the Open on the eve of the tournament together with his college coach Glen Millican.
And Millican, who had been coaching the Malaysian for the last one and half years, had kind words for his charge.
“He is a great student and athlete. He is capable of doing anything in golf. He has the speed and with the power he has, he can push for consistent scores,” said the American.