UKM Wins 2015 Public Universities Golf Tournament
Report and Pix by Rajpreet Kaur and Edlyn J Lim (Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities Students)
BANGI, December 2, 2015 – The National University of Malaysia (UKM) Golf Team emerged champion of the 43rd Institutions of Higher Learning (IPTA) Golf Championship final held at the Sultan Idris Educational University (UPSI) for 4 days from October 7 to 10 October.
The annual event witnessed a combination of academic and administrative staff who worked together to ensure the success of UKM this year.
UKM Sports Center Director, Assoc Prof Dr Tajul Arifin Muhamad who was also one of the players, said the victory was no mean feat especially as it was a golf tournament.
“We went through a lot of obstacles before achieving victory. However, the esprit de corp team spirit and motivation managed to defuse all the negative vibes and boost the positive elements in ourselves. The Golf Tournament has attracted many players, including golf enthusiasts of UKM,” he said.
The UKM team consisted of 16 players, of which 8 were academicians or lecturers and the rest support staff.
All the teams competed at the Cinta Sayang Golf and Country Club which is located in Sungai Petani, and the Havard Golf and Country Club in Gurun, Kedah.
“Every player has to sacrifice time to practice in order to complete training sessions before the tournament. The lecturers also have to make sure they do not neglect their teaching responsibilitie and allocate their time wisely,” he explained.
According to him, the selection of players had been conducted six times to pick the 16 best golfers.
Due to unavoidable time constraints, training sessions were held a week before the tee-off.
However, since most of the players are members of the UKM Danau Golf Club, the preparation and training for the players was manageable this time.