Date: May 22, 2011

Bringolf crowned Malaysian Amateur champion

New South Welshman Daniel Bringolf made the most of a slip up by third round leader Chieh Po Lee to win the Malaysian Amateur Championship by four strokes at the Famosa Golf Resort. As Chieh cracked under final day pressure, Bringolf made good the two-stroke deficit yesterday with a one-under-par 71 to snatch the title by four strokes with a tournament total of 12-under-par 276. To add to the win, Bringolf and Western Australia&aposs Ryan Peake teamed up to lead Australia to victory in the international teams event. “I was just playing well all the way and aimed at maintaining my form and today everything fell into place,” said the 20-year old Bringolf. “I just thought if I put on a little pressure later, it might crack him (Chieh) and I&aposd be able to take the lead,” the Sydney resident added. Final day nerves frazzled the 16-year old Chieh who struggled to chalk up a five-over-par 77 and was relegated to runner-up spot on eight-under-par 280. A bad double-bogey start at the par-four first hole was compounded by an unfortunate slip at the par-five 7th hole and his caddie had to help pull him out from the edge of the nearby pond. “I tried to make it on in two but failed and while searching for my ball in what I thought was a dry hazard, I slid into the pond,” rued the teen from Taipei. India&aposs Abhijit Chadha claimed third place with a closing 71 that left him on seven-under-par 281 while Singapore&aposs Lam Zhiqun fired the day&aposs best score of four-under-par 68 to finish fourth on five-under-par 283. A stroke behind in fifth place was Thailand&aposs Rattanon Wannasrichan whose even-par 72 today left him on four-under-par 284 total. Reigning Sabah Amateur Open champion, the Philippines&apos Jobim Carlos finished on three-under-par 285. Meanwhile, Abel Tam was the best Malaysian on five-over-par 293 followed by Kenneth de Silva and Mohamad Azman Basharudin who were tied on 294. Aretha Pan recorded a wire-to-wire victory in the women’s category, closing with a one-over-par 73 to finish with a three-day total of six-under-par 210. FINAL RESULTS 276 Daniel Bringolf (AUS) 69-69-67-71 280 Chieh Po Lee (TWN) 65-67-71-77 281 Abhijit Chadha (IND) 69-70-71-71 283 Lam Zhiqun (SIN) 74-71-70-68 284 Rattanon Wannasrichan (THA)71-72-69-72 285 Jobim Carlos (PHI) 68-71-75-71 286 Ryan Peake (AUS) 74-68-73-71 288 Koh Deng Shan (SIN) 71-72-73-72 288 Natipong Srithong (THA) 71-70-73-74 289 Wei Hou Liu (TWN) 75-75-67-72