Calling all junior golfers! This coming June 6 to 7 at the Bukit Jalil Golf & Country Club will be the place and time to go where the Mizuno Junior Open golf championship will be held and this will be part of what the SportExcel Junior Circuit which will be one of the venues which will get you a place in the Mizuno Next Hero circuit.
This is a programme which will be very focused on sports science, sports medicine as well will also involve fitness trainers, nutritionists and experts which means that the players will have a holistic development in their game. On top of that, RSH is also keen to sponsor the best junior golfer to the US$10,000 per participant Mizuno Super Elite Junior camp.
This is an initiative launched by the Golf House Academy collaboration with Mizuno Golf called the Golf House Junior Golf Development Programme and is aimed to develop junior golfers to compete in the international level. Mr David Leow, the general manager of RSH (Royal Sporting House)’s golfing decision said that they are working and committed to the success o f the program. He said that the program is aimed at grooming Malaysian golfers into being competitive with those from other countries primarily those who are competing in the international arena. Hence they have put in place a long-term systematic program to get there which will drive a Malaysian into next year’s Mizuno Next Hero programme.
The first stage will involve an expected of 120 juniors where it would be a 2 day Mizuno Junior Open championship. Each player will have to pay a registration fee of RM50 which will also come with a Mizuno goodie back worth RM420. Players must be at least 17 years old and the top 5 players will go on to the next stage and Mizuno will be monitoring them through some local competitions including the Selangor Amateur Open, the KL Amateur Open and the Mizuno Dream Cup.
According to Leow, in order to nurture the players to be ready for the bigger tournaments, passion to excel and commitment are important values while education too will play an integral part. Hence, those who are nominated should not take their places for granted and instead must ensure that they are consistent with their performances to produce results. If they fail to perform up to expectations, then they might lose their places for others who showed better commitment and improvements. After the evaluation, one Malaysia will be selected to compete in the Dream Cup Final against 35 others from 9 countries which will be held in Japan.