Seven Malaysians qualified for the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia via the National Qualifying Tournament which concluded today at TPC Kuala Lumpur’s East Course.
Natasha Andrea Oon, Aretha Pan Herng, Michelle Koh, Winnie Ng, Nur Durriyah Damian, Zulaikah Nurziana Nasser and Liyana Durisic will tee up with the stars of the LPGA in the main event, which returns to TPC Kuala Lumpur this October 26-29.
16-year-old Natasha upstaged the professionals in the field to claim the overall title with a two-round total of two-under-par 140 (70-70), while the rest earned their places in the main event through the national and junior amateur categories. Professionals Aretha and Michelle finished third and fourth respectively to join fourth-placed Winnie and sixth-placed Durriyah as the top four Malaysians after the winner, while Zulaikah and Liyana made it through the junior amateur category which was introduced last year.
“I feel that I’ve improved a lot since last year. Last year I wasn’t really happy with my performance in the qualifying. So, this year I thought I can try and get a spot for a Malaysian but getting the regional open spot is really a big thing for me. I’m really impressed with myself and I’m really glad I played well,” said Natasha, who turned 16 10 days ago.
22 golfers comprising professionals and amateurs from Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Korea took part in the qualifier.
Overall Winner: Natasha Andrea Oon
Top 4 Malaysian Nationals: Aretha Pan Herng, Michelle Koh, Winnie Ng, Nur Durriyah Damian
Top 2 Malaysian Junior Amateurs (also takes into account eight best previous rounds from selected events): Liyana Durisic, Zulaikah Nurziana Nasser
Leading Final Scores
140 – NATASHA ANDREA OON (MAS) 70-70
141 – RENUKA SUKSUKONT (THA) 71-70
142 – ARETHA PAN HERNG (MAS) 67-75
144 – MICHELLE KOH LAY SIA (MAS) 73-71, WINNIE NG YU XUAN (MAS) 71-73
147 – SARUTTAYA NGAM-USAWAN (THA) 74-73
148 – NUR DURRIYAH DAMIAN (MAS) 73-75
149 – DIANNE LUKE JIA ZHEN (MAS) 72-77
150 – GENEVIEVE LING I-RYNN (MAS) 74-76
151 – DUSSAVI SOOPIMJIT (THA) 77-74
153 – AMANDA TAN (SGP) 75-78
155 – NOREZRINA ALISA CHE OMAR (MAS) 77-78
156 – HAN YE SEUL (KOR) 75-81
157 – ZULAIKAH NURZIANA NASSER 81-76, MICHELE LOW PUI MAN (MAS) 79-78 157, LIYANA DURISIC (MAS) 77-80
For more information, log on to www.simedarbylpgamalaysia.com