Golf: Ervin aims for a medal in what could be his last outing before turning pro
PETALING JAYA: National golfer Ervin Chang (pictured) has hinted that Vietnam’s SEA Games could be his last and it’s no surprise to see him aiming for a podium finish at the Dam Vac Golf Club in Hanoi.
After finishing seventh at the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur and one step away from the podium at the 2019 edition in the Philippines in the individual category, the 23-year-old is determined to clinch a medal for the country this time around.
“These will probably be my last SEA Games. I am forever grateful to be able to represent Malaysia in this event and help raise the standard of golf, especially seeing so many new players aspiring to represent Malaysia,” he said. -he declares.
“I’m looking to turn pro later this year. I am still finalizing my plans for my professional career.
“SEA Games 2019 was a great experience; it really showed where my game was and what I needed to improve to play better.
“So this edition of the Games gives me a golden opportunity to do everything I can to get on the podium and make Malaysia proud.”
When asked if gold was within reach, Ervin said: “Every golden opportunity will be exploited. I will give my 120% effort and hope it will earn me and Malaysia the coveted medal.
Ervin is already in Hanoi to familiarize himself with the venue before the start of the competition on May 13.
“It’s a very, very beautiful golf course with great layouts, tight and tricky holes that require strategic planning to score in those holes.
“I personally really enjoy playing at the SEA Games level. It’s a great platform to test my skill levels and compare them with players from different countries.
“Also, any opportunity to represent my country, Malaysia, is always amazing; you will feel an immense sense of pride.
Besides Ervin, the men’s national golf team includes K. Rhaasrikanesh, Marcus Lim and A. Nateeshvar while Jeneath Wong, Mirabel Ting and Ng Jing Xuen make up the women’s team.
The Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) has set a target of silver and bronze medals for national golfers.