Malaysian Amateur Open Golf Championship began in 1894 but was forced to stop for two consecutive years in 1917 until 1918 as well as in 1941 due to the on-going war. Today, it has become the region’s most coveted amateur title. And in 2009, the championship celebrates its 107th year of competition.
When the championship was first inaugurated in 1894, it was then known as Straits Championship. Later on in 1912, the tournament was renamed to The Federated Malay States and Straits Settlement Championship. Then when Malayan Golf Association was established in 1929, the tournament was renamed to Malayan Golf Championship.
The event was rotated between two clubs in Selangor and Singapore. However, when the event was held in Selangor, it would be at Selangor Golf Club. When Malaysia achieved its independence from Britain in 1957, the championship assumed a new name – Malaysian Amateur Open Golf Championship.
Formerly Malaysian Amateur Golf Championship
Over the years, the tournament gained its popularity thus attracting golfers from around the world (it was because the rules changed and the championship is no longer restricted to Malaysians only). Former amateur winners such as Luke Hickmott, Doug Holloway, Juvic Pangusan and Andrew Dodt turned into professional players. To sum it up, this Malaysian Amateur Open can be considered as one of the oldest golf championship in the world.
State Amateur Opens. There are various state amateur opens held annually under the purview of the Malaysian Golf Association. Although they are not totally run by the association, all of the championships are run to help promote the respective Golf Courses in the respective states. Most of the tournaments like the Johor Amateur Open, the Terengganu Amateur Open, the Kelantan Amateur Open, the Kedah Amateur Open tournaments usually consists of the standard men and ladies categories.
The national tournaments, also annual events, are held in the national level where a specific resort is selected and in most cases differ every year. These are like the Malaysian Amateur Open which was run in Karambunai, the Malaysian Junior Open which was in Saujana, the Faldo Series Malaysian Final also in Saujana and the very famous and unique Peninsular vs Sabah/Sarawak which was held in Sarawak Golf and Country Club.
World Amateur Inter Team Golf Championship is run under the purview of Tourism Malaysia, the tournament is played by amateurs from all over the globe and held in the renowned Golf Courses in Malaysia as a way to promote the natural beauty of the country while marketing Malaysia tourism and what it has to offer.