At nineteen years of age, Gavin Green is one of Malaysia's rising golf stars. Having already proven his prowess with several impressive wins on the amateur circuit, Gavin hopes to turn in a strong performance in this year’s Maybank Malaysian Open which will be held at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club from March 21 to 24.
Gavin, who has not yet turned professional but hopes to do so in the next few years, has already had great success on the amateur circuit. He is one of the youngest players to have competed in an Asian Tour event, having played at the Iskandar Johor Open at the tender age of 13. Since then, his game has gone from strength to strength, winning and placing in competitions throughout Malaysia and the US. This culminated last year in Gavin winning the 2012 Malaysian Amateur Open – the first Malaysian to do so in 15 years.
Gavin, who says he realised he wanted to take up golf seriously when he was in his mid teens, divides his time between training and continuing his studies at the University of New Mexico, USA, where he is studying for a degree in Business. He plays for his University’s golf team, The Lobos, and is statistically the best putter on the team, and one of the top players in US Collegiate golf.
He has been keeping up with his training schedule in the run up to the Open, and will play in The Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters in Las Vegas and the National Invitational in Tucson, Arizona before returning home to Malaysia on the 19th of March – just two days before the competition begins. He nevertheless hopes to get over the jet-lag and to get a practice round in before the tournament starts, to keep himself in top form.
Gavin will be joining some of the biggest names in golf at the Maybank Malaysian Open, including former World Number 1 Luke Donald, three-time Masters Champion Padraig Harrington, 2011 Masters Champion Charl Schwartzel and 2012 Maybank Malaysian Open winner Matteo Manassero. Speaking of the stiff competition, Gavin said, “I think that I am just lucky to be able to play in the same field as such golfing greats. I am sure I will learn a lot from them.”
Gavin’s parents will be cheering him on at the tournament, as will his younger brother Galven – another keen golfer, and with talent similar to his older brother’s; Galven won the Callaway Junior World Golf Championship in San Diego, USA in 2006. Gavin’s father, Gary Green, and mother Vivienne Beh Lee Khoon, both support his decision to continue his training while at University.
Aside from hoping to do well in the Maybank Malaysian Open, Gavin hopes to qualify for the US Open this year, having narrowly missed out on it last year. He also wants to win a few more tournaments before he turns professional. Having done so well in the Malaysian Amateur Open last year, hopefully the magic of being on home turf persists, and Gavin can begin his journey to the Pro Tours with a strong performance at the Maybank Malaysian Open 2013.
Gavin is one of the six amateurs that have been specially selected to be part of the Maybank Malaysian Open 2013. Selected based on their outstanding performance, other amateurs specially picked to be part of the prestigious event this year are Arie Ahmad Fauzi, Low Khai Jei, Abel Tham, Mohammad Afif Mohd Radzi and Solomon Emilio Rosidin.
For information, visit www.maybankmalaysianopen.com.