Nur Durriyah Damian and Cindy Lee-Pridgen emerged as the leading Malaysians in the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Qualifying Tournament, thus earning starts in next month’s showpiece event.
The two Malaysians finished their campaigns with identical 74s at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club today, with Nur finishing third overall on 144 and Lee-Pridgen fourth on 145.
The tournament was won in impressive style by India’s Aditi Ashok, whose par on the 18th was enough to edge overnight leader and 2014 qualifier Kanphanitnan Muangkhumsakul of Thailand. Ashok finished on one-under par-141 to earn the accolade of being the first Indian player to compete in the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.
“I played really good the last two days. I put in a few more putts and I’m really happy with the way I played so very happy to win to the qualifier,” said the 17-year-old Ashok. “Yesterday I missed a lot of birdies and I knew that if I created the same number of opportunities today then I would make a few more and keep myself in play and that would give me a shot at winning and it did!”
Speaking about her debut at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, 20-year-old amateur Durriyah said: “I didn’t do as well as I expected today but had a good two rounds and I’m so excited to play the LPGA this year.”
Mother of two, Lee-Pridgen returns to the tournament she last played in 2013. “This year I actually practiced for it and the practice obviously came in handy so I’m happy to be back again. I played pretty well yesterday but my putting was a bit off. Today was still a little bit off but I managed to get it together. I’m working on my stamina, I’ve been working out since January which has helped for this event, but from here will focus on chipping and putting,” she said.
Durriyah and Lee-Pridgen will join compatriots Kelly Tan, Michelle Koh and Ainil Bakar who were awarded sponsor invitations to the tournament on the strength of their world ranking positions, making the Malaysian Angels a formidable five-some for this year’s event.
The qualifying tournament saw a field of 24 players from Malaysia, India, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Thailand and Singapore.
Commenting on the achievement of today’s qualifiers, Steven Thielke, General Manager of KLGCC, said: “Congratulations to Aditi, Nur and Cindy on their impressive achievement at this year’s qualifying tournament. We’re delighted to welcome both Aditi and Nur to the tournament for the first time. Each of these players is deserving of their place in the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia following two days of intense competition here at KLGCC. We wish them every success on the East Course in just over two weeks time for what promises to be a wonderful four days of golf.”
Billed ‘the nation’s most fun golf event’, the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia 2015 sees a host of new initiatives planned both on and off the golf course, promising four days of fun-filled entertainment complete with live DJs, food stalls, Kids Zone, Chip-4-Charity, and its very own KL Food Truck Festival.
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