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Up-and-coming golfer wants to give his parents and siblings a better life

BENTONG: Every time Muhd Afif Muhd Razif steps onto a golf course, he has his family in mind.
“I do not come from a wealthy family so my motivation to play well is so that I can one day give them a better life.
“My father was a farmer and my mother was always taking care of me and my five siblings.
“As the eldest, I have a responsibility to take care of my siblings and provide for them and I hope to do so through golf,” he said.
Just as with any sportsman, there were many challenges along the way. But Muhd Afif continues to weather the tough times.
“A few times, I nearly gave up and wanted to stop playing but my coach kept me going,” said the 22-year-old.
He started playing golf when he was six, with the support of his father and his father’s friend. He only had a single club when he started.
At 15, he began respresenting Malaysia at the junior level.
“Today, I continue playing because my university has a golf course and it is free for me to play,” he said.
Muhd Afif hopes to become a professional player within the next two years, after he completes his degree in Communications at Universiti Utara Malaysia in Kedah.
“I played with Kousuke Hamamoto, a Thailand national player last week, and learnt a lot from him.
“My game is not much different except for my short game. So with enough time, I believe I can also play at that level and just need to work harder,” he said.
It looks like Muhd Afif is on the right track. He won the Johor Amateur Open in May and the Kelantan Amateur Open in July.
He also finished sixth out of more than a hundred players at the World University Games in Taiwan two weeks ago.
Muhd Afif, who represented his university, was one of the favourites to win the Pahang Amateur Open held at Berjaya Hills Golf and Country Club in Bukit Tinggi from Sept 21 to 23.
However, he remains modest about his chances as he juggles his studies and golf.
“I do not know if I can win this time because my semester just started and I am trying to balance golf with my studies.
“I also had a tough game today as the fairway was soft and soggy due to the rain but hopefully it will get better in the coming days,” he said.
Muhd Afif finished the first day of the the Pahang Amateur Open at six-over-par with 78 strokes, behind his university teammate and first day leader Albright Chong who made par with 72 strokes.
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