AFTER narrowly missing out on last year’s 100PLUS Malaysia Junior Open title, Low Khai Jei is confident he can win the prestigious title this year. Khai Jei lost to fellow Malaysian Muhammad Azry Asyraf Noor Azam after a two-hole playoff last year.
“I can never forget last year it was so close yet so far for me, but I am back again this year geared up and well prepared for the challenge,” said the rising star.
Khai Jei, who finished tied 12th in the recent China Amateur Golf Championships in Beijing, is in the right mood to claim the crown at the Saujana Golf and Country Club.
“Beijing was a good outing for me and it only motivates me to do better. I am more concern about the challenge faced in each tournament as I can learn more and develop my style of play,” he said, ahead of tomorrow’s tee-off.
Now training under the watchful eyes of Tony Maloney, Khai Jei believes his game has improved by leaps and bounds since the Australian started whipping him into shape.
“He is an excellent coach. I have been under him for almost a year now and have improved tremendously,” said Khai Jei.
Khai Jei who studies in SMK St George, Taiping has to find the time to balance his studies and golfing career in his jammed pack schedule and certainly coping well with the pressure.
“It is not easy but golf is in my blood. I still love studying and my school is very understanding,” said a grateful Khai Jei.
“I spend a lot of time travelling and playing in tournaments, but I have a personal tutor who guides me in my studies.”
Khai Jei’s next big tournament after the 100PLUS Malaysian Junior Open is the World Amateur Golf Championship (Oct 4-7) in Turkey.