Malaysian teen sensation Natasha Andrea Oon aims to enjoy the occasion while learning from the world’s top golfers in next week’s Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia at TPC Kuala Lumpur.
“My goal is just be calm, have fun and take in as much of the experience as I can get because this is a priceless opportunity, something that money can’t buy. So really I just want to learn from the pros because they’ve gone through a lot and it’s valuable to learn anything from them,” said the bubbly 16-year-old amateur, who earned her second start in the event by winning the qualifying tournament in late September.
Asked what she likes about the TPC Kuala Lumpur’s East Course where she shot consecutive 70s to win the qualifier over a field which included local and regional professionals, Natasha replied: “I love the East Course! I guess I just really like the condition, the greens are always well-kept, and how some holes are long and some holes are short but even the short ones are like really challenging too. You need to be accurate off the tees and from the fairways … accuracy is the main thing to score well here.”
Natasha’s coach, Steven Giuliano, noted that her game has improved tremendously over the last few years especially in the short game area.
“Natasha’s definitely evolved technically and I feel she’s done very well in developing her short game, which was a little bit weak when we first started working together. She’s starting to develop more shots and be more creative, which is super important to be able to play all these different courses,” said Giuliano, who has been coaching Natasha for around four years now.
The eighth Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia tees off at TPC Kuala Lumpur on October 26-29. For more information, log on to www.simedarbylpgamalaysia.com