Kiwi teen sensation Lydia Ko will make her debut in the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia when the fifth edition of the event returns to Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC) this October 9-12.
The 17-year-old World No. 2 confirmed her participation in the US$2 million event on the back of her fourth Tour victory at the Marathon Classic, during which she shot a final-round 6-under 65 to beat Korea’s So Yeon Ryu by a single shot. The victory saw Ko become the youngest player in LPGA Tour history at 17 years, 2 months and 26 days, to cross the US$1 million mark in career earnings, helped by her eight top-ten finishes and two victories on tour so far this year.
The Korean-born New Zealander said: “I have heard so much about the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia from the other LPGA players and am quite excited to be playing it this year for my first time. Overall, I am really enjoying my rookie year on Tour as a professional, and look forward to my remaining events, especially when the tour travels to Kuala Lumpur and other regions throughout Asia in a couple of months’ time.”
Ko will line up at KLGCC’s East Course alongside defending champion Lexi Thompson in a new-look field, designed to ensure that the tournament continues to provide fans with a first-class spectacle featuring the world’s top golfers, while also offering Malaysian professionals the opportunity to test themselves against the world’s best. The 75-player field will be made up of 63 players from the LPGA Tour, six Malaysian professionals and a further six sponsor exemptions, including one place for the winner of the Asia Qualifying Tournament.
Organisers have also announced ticketing details for the October showpiece which includes the standard daily tickets, four-day season passes and special offers for corporate guests, families and students. Tickets to the official Charity Gala Dinner on 7th October in support of the Cancer Research Initiatives Foundation (CARIF) are also on sale, offering the Malaysian public an evening of first class entertainment in the company of the players on the LPGA Tour and the opportunity to mingle with Malaysia’s corporate and social elite.
New developments for this year’s tournament see the event expand its accessibility to a wider audience. Female members of the public will be able to purchase an exclusive ticket to the tournament for ‘Ladies Day’ Friday 10th October which will include prizes for the best dressed. Tickets are also on sale for an exclusive Ladies Power Lunch on the same day which allows female-only guests to enjoy a three course luncheon in the stylish surroundings of the KLGCC Piano Lounge, hosted by special guests and providing an opportunity to enjoy the event in luxury.
Saturday 11th October will see Pink Saturday bring another dimension of excitement to the course. A Family Day package is available for Sunday 12th October which offers access for two adults and up to four children under 16 years. It will be a great day out to watch the world’s best golfers in action and enjoy various fun family activities around KLGCC.
On top of the special events and happenings surrounding the LPGA, members of the public are also able to enjoy the ‘Early Birdie’ discount of up to 50% if tickets are purchased BEFORE 30th September (The ‘Early Birdie’ package is only available for the Standard Package and Family Day Package)
Speaking about the latest tournament developments, Steven Thielke, General Manager of KLGCC said, “We’re delighted to announce Lydia’s participation in this year’s Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Lydia is one of our new generation of young golfers which is taking the women’s game to a whole new level and reaching new fans all around the world. We look forward to welcoming her to Malaysia in October.
“This year’s tournament is very much about creating a celebration of golf both on and off the course. We’ve reflected this in the ticket options which are designed to cater for different groups of people with different needs. Whether guests’ interests are on the course or enjoying the social occasion, this year’s Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia will definitely have something for you,” continued Thielke.
Stay in touch with all the tournament news and developments at simedarbylpgamalaysia.com. Tournament activities can also be followed on Twitter and Instagram @SimeDarbyLPGA and on Facebook at facebook.com/SimeDarbyLPGAMalaysia
Tickets are on sale from today till 12 October 2014 and can be purchased from www.ticketpro.com.my, Ticketpro physical stands, MST outlets and KLGCC (Ticketpro hotline: +603 7880 7999).