SEA Games girls seek national glory at The Mines

Nur Durriyah Damian and Loy Hee Ying

The Malaysian SEA Games ladies golf team will be drawing upon their experiences in the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Development Programme as they seek to win gold in the biennial sports meet next week.

Ashley Lau, Loy Hee Ying and Nur Durriyah Damian lead the country’s challenge in the women’s golf event, which tees off at The Mines on August 22-26.

“I’m really looking forward to playing in the SEA Games next week. It will be a great test for where my game is at the moment and I know it’s going to be very competitive,” said Loy, who at No. 111 Lin the world amateur golf rankings is the highest ranked Malaysian in the field.

“I think it’s great that Sime Darby continues to invest in golf through both the Sime Darby LPGA and the development programme. As a former participant of the development course, I think we need programmes like that to support and nurture women’s golf in Malaysia. I’d also like to thank the Malaysian Golf Association for the support they have lent to get me to where I am now,” added the 20-year-old, who plays on the US collegiate circuit for East Tennessee State University.

Ashley Lau

Australia-based Ashley Lau experienced what it was like competing with the world’s top professionals at the 2016 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, having finished as top amateur in the National Qualifying Tournament.

“Playing in last year’s Sime Darby LPGA was undoubtedly a career highlight for me and I hope the experience will benefit me in the SEA Games. I’m looking forward to the Games and will just focus on getting out there, enjoying the golf and hopefully putting into practice what I’ve learned in training,” said Lau, 17.

Durriyah meanwhile will be keen to sign off her amateur career in style with a medal at The Mines as she intends to turn professional after what will be her fourth successive SEA Games appearance. The 21-year-old was Malaysia’s top performing lady amateur last year with four international titles.

All three players have been supported in their golfing ambitions by the Sime Darby Foundation’s investment in elite female golf development through the highly-acclaimed development programme, which is now in its eighth year.

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