20 September 2010

Golf Malaysia Magazine - The Official Media Partner of LPGA Malaysia Event

The inaugural Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia will offer two female golfers from Malaysia the chance to take on the world’s best through the national qualifier which will be played this week on 21-22 September 2010 at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC)
Contested over 36 holes across two days, the national qualifier will feature
a select field of nine promising Malaysian female golfers who will fight for
a place in the prestigious tournament, which will offer a purse of US$1.8
million at KLGCC from October 22-24, and Golf Malaysia Magazine is proud to be the Official Media Partner of this event.
The event already boasts superstars Michelle Wie, Cristie Kerr and Natalie
Gulbis as confirmed participants. It was also confirmed last week that Kerr,
the current World No.2 on the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, will be
joined by the rest of the world’s top five players – World No.1 Ai Miyazato
from Japan, along with Shin Jiyai from Korea, Yani Tseng from Chinese Taipei
and Norwegian Suzann Pettersen who are currently ranked third, fourth and
fifth respectively – in the tournament (Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings as
at 13 September 2010).
Among the field competing in the national qualifier are Aretha Pang and Isza
Fariza Ismail, who finished fifth and sixth respectively during last month’s
regional qualifier. The pair, who are both 16 years of age, will be looking
to learn from that experience to finish ahead of the field.
The successful players from the national qualifier will account for two of
the 10 sponsors’ exemptions on offer for the showcase event, which will also
feature the top 50 players from the LPGA money list, joining Malaysian stars
Cindy Lee-Pridgen and Jean Chua who accepted the first two sponsors’ invites
last month. Last month, Tiranan Yoopan from Thailand and Malaysian Kelly Tan
clinched exemption spots to play in the event after placing first and second
respectively at the regional qualifier.
The Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia is a three-day stroke play event with no cut,
ensuring that players are in Kuala Lumpur for the tournament duration and
the local and regional golf community can catch their favourite golfers in
action the entire week.

07 September 2010

The Blind Challenge

3 Blind Golfers Challenged the Pros 
Three blind golfers representing the International Blind Golf Association (IBGA) proved that people with disabilities can still lead a sporty lifestyle after taking part in a blind golf challenge that was organized ahead of the inaugural Handa Singapore Classic. 
The challenge was held at the Orchid Country Club, host venue of the US$400,000 full field Asian Tour event and played over holes one, eight and nine at the Aranda course. England's Neil Baxter, Malaysia's Yam Ting Woo and Australia's David Blyth were paired with Asian Tour's Unho Park of Australia as well as Singapore's Justin Han and Mitchel Slorach respectively who were all blindfolded to create a sense of realism. "It was fun playing with these Asian Tour professionals as for once, it was a level playing field," said Yam of the friendly challenge that was played in the Texas Scramble format. 
"The major obstacle for me when playing blind golf is hitting the ball. I can only visualize where the ball is, as I can't see it. It'll take quite a while for me to perfect the game but I'm enjoying it," added the 57-year-old Malaysian who lost his sight two years ago. 
For Pro Han, it was a very difficult experience playing blindfolded. “I totally respect these guys and I hope we can further raise awareness of blind golf through activities like this," he said

06 September 2010

Transview-Golf Malaysia Irons Challenge 2010


Calling All Iron Playing Golfers

Fancy playing a round of 18 holes with just the use of only irons? If you'd like to master your iron play then here’s your chance to compete in the Transview-Golf Malaysia Irons Challenge!
This unique all-irons golfing gem is designed to test both the seasoned and beginners’ skills and it is set to take place at the 6,448-metre award-winning Damai Laut Golf & Country Resort in Perak, on 2nd October 2010.
Organised by Golf Malaysia Magazine, the Irons Challenge entered the Malaysia Book of Record in 2000 has grown by leaps and bounds.
“Players have travelled from as far away as East Malaysia to compete for the prestigious title of Golf Malaysia Irons Challenge! One of the most asked questions of any golfer in this tournament is: ‘What type of club should I play with?’ Until you are forced to leave your longer clubs behind, you will soon know which iron to use in which situation and how far you are able to hit each club,” said Juliana Cheah, the Publisher of Golf Malaysia Magazine.
Supported by several sponsors such as TaylorMade Golf the Official Equipment Provider,
golfers must leave their drivers and fairway woods behind, as the only legal clubs to carry in their bags are conventional irons from 1-9 irons, wedges and putter, plus a bonus club, as in a hybrid-iron of a minimum 16-degree lofts. Players, however, are not allowed to use utility-woods or iron-woods.
Last year, Lam King Foo (7) muscled his way to the top of the leaderboard when he scored 40 Stableford (Modified) points to win the A Division honour at Damai Laut Golf Course. While Thulasidass (16), Dato’ Shamsuar Mahmood (22) and Roselind Nelly (12) were the B, C and Ladies winners.
In East Malaysia, Zakaria Hussaini (13), Balbir Singh (17) and Joseph Nyalau (20) skilfully negotiated their way through the Sarawak Club Golf Resort’s 5,839 metres Garden and Jungle nines to become the winner in their respective division.
Golf Malaysia Irons challenge is open to all amateur golfers and the format is under the Stableford mode of play with four divisions of winners.
The A category will comprise of players holding handicaps from 0 to 12; In category B, it will consists of golfers holding handicaps from 13 to 19 and category C caters to golfers holding handicaps 20 to 24 and the ladies will have their own division.
Prizes will be awarded to the top five (5) players in each category. In conjunction to Golf Malaysia’s 30th Anniversary year, there will also be a special prize for the person who sits on the overall 30th spot.
For those who are unable to notch any wins in their respective categories, there are lots of attractive novelty and lucky draw prizes to look forward to.
A free flow of Heineken beer will quench the drinkers at this year’s Golf Malaysia Irons Challenge. While Gatorade and Bleu mineral water and Singleton Single malt whisky will all add to the merriment of this special occasion.
Entry fees include green fees, cart, tournament shirt, a golfer goody bag, Taylormade Penta ball, attire, breakfast, lunch and sponsored drinks.
Golfers interested to participate in the Golf Malaysia Irons Challenge can contact Damai Golf & Country Club Tel: 082-84 6088; Damai Laut Golf & Country Resort Tel: 05-685 9330 and Golf Malaysia at 03-78805060 / 78805013 or email: golfmsia@golfmalaysia.com.my

02 September 2010

Star Players

Singapore Open will see a US$1 million increase in prize money and feature marquee players Phil Mickelson from the United States, Australian Adam Scott, Ireland's Padraig Harrington and Yang Yong-eun from Korea.
The tournament will be held at Sentosa Golf Club from November 11 to 14 where a field of 204 players will compete on both The Serapong and The Tanjong Courses. The total purse will be a staggering US$6 million.
Last year, nearly 40,000 fans were there to watch England's Ian Poulter victory. Now, will these players be playing at the PGA Classic to be held at Mines Golf Club end-October before moving on to Singapore?
Stay tune as we bring you the news!