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.

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