The upcoming Corolla Cross Cup at Palm Garden Golf Club is set to feature an exciting mix of talented professionals, including Malaysia’s number one, Gavin Green.
While Green will undoubtedly draw attention as he seeks his first Toyota Tour victory, he is not the only one to watch out for in this prestigious event.
In his recent appearance at the Supra Cup, Green displayed determination and skill despite battling fever and headaches after a demanding run of European competitions. Now, he looks forward to a better performance at Palm Garden, a course he last played before turning professional in 2015.
“I’ve been working to get my body back into shape,” said Green. “Getting sick like that does take its toll on the body but I’m working to get it back where it should be.”
The Corolla Cross Cup, the seventh leg of the Toyota Tour, brings together a competitive field of players vying for the men’s purse of RM180,000, with the winner receiving RM31,500. For the ladies’ championship, a pool of RM30,000 is up for grabs, and the champion will claim RM10,000. This tournament marks the first time that the redesigned Palm Garden will host a professional event.
Among the contenders looking to challenge Green are Ervin Chang, who impressed with a joint 19th finish at the Mandiri Indonesian Open, and Nicholas Fung, the other Malaysian to make the cut and tie for 54th.
Furthermore, a host of experienced players, including amateur Marcus Lim, who sensationally won the Supra Cup, Shahriffuddin Ariffin, Ben Leong, Nicholas, and Khor Kheng Hwai, are expected to leave their mark on the 54-hole tournament.
In addition to the seasoned players, promising amateur Malcolm Ting, the highest-ranked amateur, enters the event with confidence after representing the victorious Asia-Pacific team at the La Manga Club in Spain during the Ryder Cup-styled competition, where they retained the Bonallack Trophy.
The ladies’ championship will showcase the talents of Aretha Pan, who leads the field, and other skilled players such as Geraldine Wong, Dianne Luke, and Michelle Koh. Pan has already earned a total of RM51,000 from her participation in five Toyota Tour events.