Golf has become a very high-profile sport in the last few years, drawing both regional and global attention. Malaysia is its way to making a mark in the international golfing scene, thanks to Malaysia’s very own golfers who have strive hard to achieve their successes in international tournaments.
Female Malaysian golfers are almost unheard of. With the sport being more male-dominant and not so popular among middle-class locals, it is definitely refreshing to see Malaysian women taking this sport as well as the Malaysian name to greater heights.
Here are some Malaysian female golfers you should definitely know about:
1. Aretha Pan
Despite being so young, Aretha has already made a lot of progress in the gold circuit regionally.
In 2013, she turned professional where she was among the highest ranked Malaysian golfers for a period of time. She won the Malaysian Games (SUKMA) and did not stop there. Before turning pro, she represented Malaysia in several competitive tournaments and was ranked no.1 in the country back in 2011. Winning the Malaysian Amateur Open 2011 paved her career, making her the first Malaysian as well as the youngest competitor ever! She also competed in the Ladies Asian Golf Tour, finishing 17th out of the 100 participants.
2. Kelly Tan
Dabbled in golf since she was 12 years old, Kelly is among the few Malaysian golfers that is making regional and global headlines!
She has been hugely successful as an amateur when she finished T13 at the Final Qualifiying Tournament at the 2014 LPGA Tour. Not only that, she’s also the 3-time winner of the Malaysian Ladies Open! She has trained with Australian golfer, Ian Triggs, after her graduation at the IMG Academy in Florida under the Sime Darby Foundation Scholarship. She also led the Malaysian team in the Putra Cup in the Philippines.
3. Chua Tze Jean
Having various achievements in the regional as well as global golfing area, Jean was trained under Shane Wilding before she was inducted into the Malaysian Ladies Golf Association’s Malaysian squad.
She turned pro back in 2009 after she graduated in College Wake Forest University in North Carolina. She won the Thai LPG Open in August 2009, making it her debut game as a pro. Not only that, she earned 14 titles before being awarded a golf scholarship to study in the US. She was the youngest to win the Nissan Hole-in-One Challenge back when she was studying in secondary school.
4. Michelle Koh
Hailing from Pahang, Michelle has been playing golf since she was of an early age.
She turned professional back in 2014 after playing in amateur tournaments for several years. She played in the LPGA China Tour through the Sime Darby Malaysia development programme where she graduated with flying colours. She was chosen to compete in the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Tournament with some of the top Malaysian golfers.
5. Ainil Johani Abu Bakar
Ainil turned profesional at 2013, where she competited in the KENDA Tire TLPGA Open in Taiwan.
Yayasan Sime Darby has been supporting Ainil since 2011, as they believed that she was a rising star in the golfing arena. Not only that, she had her first European win at the Evli Ladies Finnish Open. She is also the first Malaysian to be part of the Ladies European Tour, ranking 136th in the LET’s Order of Merit.
These Malaysian ladies are truly role models for us all as they deeply inspire us to never back down from challenges especially in situations that are not made in favor of us. It is up to us to turn the table around and be the master to our universe.
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