Malaysia’s Nur Durriyah Damian got off to a flying start at the 32nd Malaysian Ladies Amateur Open with a first round of two-under-par 70.
Durriyah, who is part of the national team for the 28th South East Asian (SEA) Games in Singapore next month, traded three birdies against a single bogey to open up a commanding three-shot advantage at Templer Park Country Club.
Trailing her are Filipina Pauline De Rosario and Ida Ayu Indira Melati Putri of Indonesia, who returned with matching 73s.
Malaysian number one Genevieve Ling was among a five players bunched a further stroke back in joint fourth.
Despite struggling with a skin ailment in recent weeks, 20-year-old Durriyah proved why she is still regarded as one of country’s best lady amateurs with a fine opening effort She turned in with a level-par 36, before notching two birdies in a flawless back nine display, including a 20-footer on the 17th.
“I haven’t played a tournament in a while but despite that, I managed to put together a really good round. I managed to execute some good iron shots out there today and the putts dropped. I didn’t know what to expect ahead of the tournament but I definitely want to build on this performance,” said Durriyah, who will be making her third consecutive SEA Games appearance in Singapore.
“The Malaysian Ladies Amateur Open is one of those major titles still missing from my resume and hopefully, I can etch my name on the trophy,” added Durriyah.
Leading first round scores (Par-72) (Malaysian unless stated):
70 – Nur Durriyah Damian
73 – Pauline Del Rosario (PHI), Ida Ayu Indira Melati Putri (INA)
74 – May OO Khine (MYA), Michelle Cheung (HKG), Genevieve Ling, Geraldine Wong Xiao Xuan, Wen Yung Keh (NZL)
75 – Mun Chin Keh (NZL), Victoria Fricot (AUS), Julliane Del Puerto Alvarez (NZL)
76 – Ashley Lau, Amanda Tan (SIN), Inez Beatrice Wanamarta (INA), Loy Hee Ying