Malaysia’s leading lady amateurs will take on their counterparts from around Asia in the 43rd RSGC Ladies Amateur Open Championship to be held at The Royal Selangor Golf Club next week (July 14-16).
2016 champion Loy Hee Ying, currently Malaysia’s top-ranked lady amateur at 114th position in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, will return to defend her title. However, the East Tennessee State University sophomore faces a strong challenge from her 2017 SEA Games squad teammate Nur Durriyah Damian, whom she won the gross team title with last year.
As it currently stands, the field also includes the Vietnamese national team, top amateurs from India, Brunei and Indonesia, some of Malaysia’s leading juniors and RSGC’s top lady golfers.
“We are extremely happy to have so many junior players entering the championship. As one of Malaysia’s premier golf clubs approaching our 125th anniversary next year, we feel it is important to encourage young Malaysian ladies in the sport, which is why we are thrilled to have the two SEA Games players in the year Malaysia hosts the Games,” said the club’s lady captain Dato’ Yasmin Yusuff, who is also the tournament’s organising chair.
The three-day championship is open to lady amateur players with USGA handicap indices of 17.4 and below. The tournament’s main sponsor is Senheng Electric, while the hole-in-one sponsors are Etihad Airways, Mouawad and Hap Seng Star.
“Players have a chance to win return business class tickets to Los Angeles, a pair of diamond earrings valued at RM38,500 and a Mercedes-Benz A200. The hole-in-one prize has only been won twice in the last 43 years, so I’m hoping for some excitement out there! Good luck to all the players,” said Dato’ Yasmin.
The RSGC Ladies Amateur Open is the oldest ladies golf tournament in the country and is a category E World Amateur Golf Ranking event. For more information, go to lao.thersgc.com.