Durriyah set for pro debut in Sime Darby LPGA

(L-R) Aretha Pan, Zulaikah Nurzaina Nasser, Nur Durriyah Damian, Kelly Tan, Winnie Ng, Michelle Koh, Liyana Durisic

Malaysia’s Nur Durriyah Damian is looking forward to her professional debut in the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, which starts tomorrow at TPC Kuala Lumpur.

“It’s a good opportunity for me because this is my first tournament as a professional. Hopefully I enjoy my game,” said Durriyah, who has been a stalwart of the Malaysian national amateur team for the last few years. In August, she helped the women’s team win a bronze medal in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur.

Durriyah has played in the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia in the two previous editions as an amateur, with her best finish being T69 last year.

Asked if she will change her approach now that she’s in the paid ranks, the 22-year-old Durriyah replied: “Actually no, but I keep thinking of that and it’s not a good thing, so hopefully that I can enjoy my week!”

Durriyah tees off at 8.50am in tomorrow’s first round with Americans Gerina Piller and Marina Alex.

There are a total of eight Malaysians in the field for the US$1.8 million showpiece. Joining Durriyah are fellow professionals Kelly Tan, Michelle Koh and Aretha Pan, along with amateurs Natasha Andrea Oon, Winnie Ng, Zulaikah Nurziana and Liyana Durisic.

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