KUALA LUMPUR: SIXTEEN of the nation’s amateur golfers will be looking to book their spots at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia as they compete in the National Qualifying tournament happening today until September 20.
Places will be awarded to the winner and the top four Malaysian players, which means that there could be five golfers representing the country at the LPGA, if the National Qualifying tournament is won by a Malaysian.
The Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia National Qualifying Tournament will award places to the winner and top four Malaysian nationals after the winner which means five Malaysian nationals can qualify via the tournament if it is won by a Malaysian.
This is just one of several tournaments where golfers can earn points for the Junior Amateur category. The other tournaments making up this qualifying series will be announced in due course.
The National Qualifying tournament marks a fitting finale for stage two of the tournament’s development programme, which over the past five weeks has seen Malaysia’s budding young golfers harnessed their skills under the tutelage of internationally recognised instructors including LPGA coach, Ian Triggs.
In its eighth edition, the programme has paved its way for six aspiring golfers to achieve their dreams of turning professional and has played a pivotal role in the development of the country’s top-ranked female golfers, such as Kelly Tan and Michelle Koh, who in 2016 made history by becoming the first female Malaysian golfers to participate in the Olympics.
This year saw a total of 20 participants who were provided with a “home club” environment and access to facilities at TPC Kuala Lumpur, the host of the 2017 Sime Darby LPGA tournament.
The players descended on the MST Golf Academy with a packed schedule designed to give them an unparalleled insight into the world of sport. Besides swing techniques, the players gained much insight on course management, nutrition and a myriad of other vital but often overlooked elements necessary to excel in the sport.
In addition to Triggs, the players also picked up valuable advice from Australian pro golfer and former Major winner on the senior circuit, Stewart Ginn, as they get ready to tee up alongside the likes of defending champion Shan Shan Feng and Ariya Jutanugarn, the first ever Major winner from Thailand.
Personal development, both on and off the course, is high on the agenda of the Sime Darby Foundation which is eager to ensure that golfers are given a stable footing and the necessary support in pursuing their careers.
The Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia is set to return to TPC Kuala Lumpur from October 26-29 with 55 players, aged between 10-26, vying for the US$1.8 million prize money.