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Sarawakian student creates waves in US college golf scene

SARAWAKIAN student Alex Tiong is creating waves on the college golf circuit in the United States.

Local golfing enthusiasts should remember the 23-year-old’s achievements in the local golfing scene including the 2009 RGB Kedah Amateur Open and 23rd Sarawak Closed Golf Tournament 2010 for the Dato Sri William Mawan Challenge Trophy.

Last year as a freshman, Alex was Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) Player of the Year and Ping All-American!

This year, Alex is again helping to lead the Dodge City Community College Conquistador men’s golf team.

At Dodge City’s first tournament recently, Alex finished in a tie for fourth place overall after shooting consecutive rounds of 72, for a two round total of 4-over 144, four strokes behind the winner.

The college’s first conference competition of 2012 will take place on March 26 and 27 in Emporia.

Alex, who is from Sibu, started playing golf at the age of nine thanks to his father and at age 17 was already playing a handicap of 1.7.

In 2005, Alex even outplayed seasoned national players such as S. Sivachandran, Lim Eng Seng and Mohd Sukree Othman in the National Trials for a 2-under-par 214 victory at Sg. Long Golf & Country Club.

When selected for the national squad for the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation Junior Team Championships in Jeju, Korea that same year, Alex emerged the top Malaysian and finished 16th overall.

This is probably why the State Government financed Alex for a short training stint at the Hills Golf Academy in Brisbane, Australia for a month that November.

It is good to see that he is continuing to pursue his passion. All the best Alex!

The story from Dodge City Daily Globe

Tiong paces Conqs in championship worthy field

By Garrett Ritonya

DODGE CITY — As spring begins to force its way across the country, the warmer temperatures and sunshine usually signify the return of golf across the parts of the nation that are buried beneath a foot of snow for four months.

For the Dodge City Community College Conquistador men’s golf team, this past weekend marked their return to tournament action, a few months removed from a very successful fall campaign within the Kansas Junior Community College Conference.

At the end of the fall season, the Conqs held a two-point cushion over the rest of the league, as freshman Mariano Rossi from Buenos Aires, Argentina, currently leads the conference in overall scoring average.

While having one of the top freshman in the nation, with Rossi currently ranked in the top-25, it is a savvy veteran dominated roster led by Loran Richmeier of Garden City and Alex Tiong of Sarawak, Malaysia. Tiong and Rossi represent the two players with international flare on the squad and are currently leading Dodge City’s charge up the national ranking charts.

“We’re a sophomore driven team, with most of the team being made of those,” said head coach Chris Robinson, who is entering his first year as the leading man for the Conqs’ golf team.

“The return of Mariano will be big, as we expect to compete and win golf tournaments and really make a statement nationally. Our goal is to win conference, win Regionals, and compete in the top three nationally at the end of the year.”

In the latest poll, the Conqs found themselves ranked 15th, down four spots overall, but they had yet to play in any type of competition in 2012. On Monday and Tuesday, Dodge traveled to Sugar Tree Golf Club in Dennis, Texas, to get their first taste of tournament action this year.

And it was no cupcake field.

Out of the 12 teams at the NJCAA District 2 Preview competition, six of the country’s top-10 squads were participating, along with No. 1 Odessa Community College.

For many of these schools, being from Texas and New Mexico allowed them to play throughout the winter, with this tournament coming as their third or fourth meet so far this calendar year.

“I thought overall the boys played really well, considering Parker and Alex had two rounds in the 70s,” Robinson said.

“We just didn’t have that kind of fourth score to take us lower, but it’s a good start for us in the spring as we get ready for conference play.”

Despite it being their first sniff of action, the Conqs showed they can hang with the big boys, finishing in a tie for seventh with Paris Community College at 47-over 607.

The preview was won by Odessa, who cleared the field by 15 strokes to further cement their number one status.

The Conqs were led individually by Tiong, who was the KJCCC Player of the Year and Ping All-American last year as a freshman.

Overall, he finished in a tie for fourth place after shooting consecutive rounds of 72, for a two round total of 4-over 144, four strokes behind the winner.

Next up for Dodge City was Parker Dolezal, who completed two rounds in the 70s to finish in a tie for 30th. Alex Zuzelski (155 – T42nd), Richmeier (161 – T55) and Bobby Taggart (166 – 63rd) rounded out the individual performances for the Conqs.

Dodge City have some time off before their next competition, which will be their first conference competition of 2012. That will take place March 26 and 27 in Emporia.

“Right now we’ll continue doing what we’ve been doing, have the boys come out every day to work on the short game and fine tuning some things,” Robinson said.

“It’s the same as the fall, we started off a little slow, in the back of the pack, but we caught fire. With it being our first tournament and not playing a lot of golf, it shows.”

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