MALAYSIAN ANGELS

Leading the local change at TPC Kuala lumpur's East Course are the country’s top three players – Kelly Tan, Michelle Koh and Ainil Johani, all graduates of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Development Programme.

 

KELLY TAN GUAT CHEN

 
 

Kelly comes into this years tournament on the back of her best year on the LPGA Tour, having made 13 of 21 in 2016 and achieved her highest ever world ranking.

She gained the attention of the Malaysian public when she contended at this year’s Womens US Open, but her success was the result of many years hard work, with the Johor-native turning pro in 2014 off a stellar amateur career that saw her win three Malaysian Ladies Amateur Opens and finding her feet on the LPGA Tour after finishing 13th in the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament of 2013.

In addition to making the cut in 3 of the 5 majors this year, another big highlight of Kellys career thus far has been playing in the Olympics for Malaysia this year.

 
 

MICHELLE KOH

 
 

One of the two female golfers to represent Malaysia at the Olympics this summer, Michelle Koh turned pro on 2014 after a college career in Campbell University in the USA, and currently plays on the China LPGA Tour.

She has two professional victories to her name - the CTBC Shanghai Ladies Classic in 2015 and the KENDA Tire TLPGA Open in 2016 - and comes into this year’s tournament in a rich vein of form.

 
 

AINIL JOHANI ABU BAKAR

 
 

Ainil is one of Malaysias most well-travelled players, having played all over Asia and Europe since turning professional in 2010. She has two tournament wins to her name: the KENDA Tire TLPGA Open in 2013 and the EVLI Ladies Finnish Open this year, where she overcame windy conditions to win by one stroke.

 
 

ARETHA PAN

 
 

Pro golfer Aretha Pan topped the standings at this years regional qualifiers and will be making her 3rd appearance at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia this year. She turned professional in 2013 and had previously made history when becoming the first woman golfer - and the youngest at only 17 years old - to win the Malaysian Amateur Open in 2011.

 
 

WINNIE NG YU XUAN

 
 

Determined to reach the very top of the game, Winnie can call upon a star junior career as proof of her immense talent. Ever since winning the 2011 Jakarta World Junior Golf Championship (U-10 category), she has gone on to become one of Malaysias leading amateurs, winning three titles in 2015 while being admitted to the National Ladies Elite Squad in the same year.

Her goal is to play in the 2017 SEA Games, the 2018 Asian Games and the 2020 Olympics, and to turn pro after obtaining a University degree.

 
 

ASHLEY LAU JEN WEN

 
 

Hailing from Bintulu, Sarawak, Ashley is currently completing a one-year scholarship at the Hills Golf Academy in Australia after winning the AmBank SportExcel International Junior Golf Championships in 2015. While there, she claimed the Katherine Kirk Classic in September, ensuring she heads into this years tournament on a high.

 
 

NATASHA ANDREA OON

 
 

Natasha is the first Malaysian golfer to be a two-time world champion, with victories at the 2009 TaylorMade World Master Junior Golf Championship and the 2008 Callaway Junior World Golf Championship marking her out as a prospect to watch. Since then, she has solidified her star with notable achievements including winning MSSM 2016, winning the Honda Junior Classic 2016 and finishing 6th at the AJGA Ryan Moore Junior Open Championship 2016.

 
 
 

NUR DURRIYAH DAMIAN

 
 

One of Malaysias most celebrated amateurs, Nur Durriyah comes into this years tournament off a solid year that saw her claim her third Malaysia Ladies Amateur Open, win the Malaysian Games (SUKMA) and rise to 391st in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. She will be making her second appearance at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia this year.

 
 

CHUA TZE JEAN

 
 

ZULAIKAH NUR ZAINA NASSER 

 
 

LIYANA DURISIC 

 
 

Jean, as she is commonly known, has been one of the most well-known faces in Malaysian golf for many years and will be making her fifth appearance at Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia this year. She was part of the golf programme at the prestigious Wake Forest University before sensationally winning in her first professional start at the Thai LPGA Open in 2009, and is currently based on the Symetra Tour in the USA.