Malaysia’s top lady amateur Loy Hee Ying stormed to a commanding defence in the 43rd RSGC Ladies Amateur Open, completing the three-day tournament with an impressive eight-under-par total at The Royal Selangor Golf Club.
Loy, who plays for the East Tennessee State University team on the US collegiate circuit, carded rounds of 71, 69 and 68 to finish a massive 10 shots clear of France’s Brunei-based Vanessa Bouvet (69, 73, 76). Another Malaysian, Nur Durriyah Damian, took third place on 221 (72, 74, 75).
Loy and Durriyah will be leading the Malaysian challenge in the ladies event of the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games this August.
The RSGC Ladies Amateur Open is the oldest ladies golf tournament in the country and is a category E World Amateur Golf Ranking event. This year’s field also included the Vietnamese national team as well as top players from India, Brunei and Indonesia.
Tournament organising chair Dato Yasmin Yusuff was elated with the success of this year’s edition.
“My goal this year was to continue to raise the standard of our championship, to get more players to participate, and to encourage young Malaysian ladies who are the future of women’s golf in Malaysia. For the first time, our field has 33 single handicappers – the most ever – so hopefully this keeps the event at second place in the World Amateur Golf Ranking for Malaysia after the Malaysian Ladies Amateur Open,” she said.