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Back to golfing as State squad prepares for Sukma Games

10th July, 2020


KOTA KINABALU: The state’s golfing Sukma squad resumes its training in preparation for the Sukma Games which is postponed to March next year in Johor.

In a statement on Thursday, Sabah Golf Association stated that the squad had started their training routines since last week at Sabah Golf and Country Club (SGCC), near here.

“After the Movement Control Order (MCO) issued by the Prime Minister since March, we were forced to halt any training due to Covid-19 outbreak globally.

“However with the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) established and resulting group training activities are allowed by following strict Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs), SGA decided to resume its Sukma team’s training sessions also,” said SGA Junior Development Chairperson, Julia Hwong.

She continues that training was carried out in strict compliance with the SOP and guidelines given by the Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) because the team’s health and safety are SGA’s top priority.

“SGA, working in conjunction with our head coach, Fraser Pook and other coaches, has emphasised on the use of technology in the training and preparation of our Sukma squad.

“Among the technologies used are TRACKMAN, a golf radar; CAPTO, a putting analysis system software and SUPERSPEED, a golf swing speed training programme, which also includes more personalised training,” she added. Sabah’s golf Sukma team consists of Timothy Loi, Casper loh, Christopher James, Derrick Kong, Mohd Zaeem Jafri, Neil Bainon, Sharie Tambakau, Iyoun chew, Jacqueline Nickels, Nabilah Alifuddin and Valerie Langkab.

However, only four boys and three girls will be selected into the final squad for next year’s Sukma Games where the SGA Selection Committee chaired by Ranjeet Singh has a daunting task of selecting the best among such a talented crop of young players.

“The golfers’ performances are monitored by UPGAME which is the leading data intelligence and practice tracking platform for golfers. The tracking and analysis of the individual performances from now onwards will help us to finally select our team based on merit and consistency of performance,” said Julia.

She added that SGA will be scheduling the trainees to participate in various outings and tournaments which will enable them to acquire practical skills such as course planning and game strategy on personal and team basis.

“Once the final team is selected, a final training camp at Forest City in Johor will be organised as the final stage of training and preparation for the team to take on the Sukma Games for Sabah’s glory.

“SGA is confident that our Sukma team will triumph given the talents we have at hand, hence we thank not only the coaches, but also the junior golfers’ parents for their tireless support for their children in the pursuit of excellence,” said Julia.

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