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SEOUL SISTERS SET TO MAKE MAJOR IMPACT AT SIME DARBY LPGA MALAYSIA 2015

Tickets on Sale Offering Golf, Food, Fun and Freebies at New Look Tournament

Kuala Lumpur, 19 August 2015 – The Koreans are set to rekindle their love affair with one of the nation’s top sporting events if the world’s best female golfer, Inbee Park, has her way when the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia tees off on the East Course at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC) in October.

Confirming her participation in the showpiece tournament, the seven-time major winner threw down the gauntlet to her fellow countrywomen and anybody else with an eye on the trophy. For some time such a dominant force in the women’s game, South Koreans won the first three editions of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia with Jimin Kang (2010), Na Yeon Choi (2011) and Inbee Park (2012) all claiming honours.

Speaking about her return to KLGCC, the 2015 double major-winner Park said: “It’s been a pretty good year so far! Great to get back to the top of the rankings with the way Lydia’s been playing and then winning the Women’s British Open on the back of the Women’s PGA Championship was pretty special. I’ll be looking to carry my form through the rest of the tour in the US and then hopefully into Asia in October. The Sime Darby LPGA is a wonderful tournament. It’s a great course and I have some pretty good memories from 2012. I’m looking forward to it.”

Joining her in the 75-player field will be compatriot So Yeon Ryu. The 25 year old Ryu has shown equally solid form this year, with seven top-top finishes helping her on her way to fifth spot in the world rankings. A popular figure in Malaysia, Ryu’s name was at the top of the leader board on a number of occasions in the first two rounds in 2014 but she wasn’t able to carry it through the weekend, eventually finishing tied in third place.

But perhaps the player to have made the biggest impact on the LPGA Tour this year is LPGA Tour Rookie Hyo Joo Kim. Kim began making noises with her talent as a 14 year old amateur in 009. Turning professional in late 2012, the youngster enjoyed two prolific years on the Korean LPGA Tour, while also playing in a handful of LPGA events.

But it was in 2014 that she really showed her class, winning the Evian Championship and shooting 61 in her first round – the lowest score any man or woman had ever shot in a major championship. Kim went on to beat Karrie Webb, securing her an LPGA tour card for 2015. And the results have continued to come, with the 20 year old claiming no less than 8 top ten finishes to date, including a second LPGA Tour victory at the JTBC Founder Cup. She is now ranked a remarkable No.4 in the world.

South Korea has become such a dominant force in women’s golf that no less than 15 of the top 30 ranked players in the world hail from the republic. One person who knows what it takes to succeed in the game, having coached and mentored a number of players to success over the years, including Hall of Famer Karrie Webb, 2014 Women’s British Open winner Mo Martin and US Open Winners, Eun Hee Ji (2008) and So Yeon Ryu (2011), is the Australian coach and mental guru, Ian Triggs.

Speaking about the mind-set that makes the Korean women such formidable opponents, Triggs said, "The Korean players not only possess an untiring work ethic, totally dedicated to self improvement but also a mental maturity that helps maintain stability in the heat of the battle which limits the damage to their confidence and self belief. The majority have no fear of testing themselves at the highest level and then also enjoy their countrywomen’s success. They are a serious force to be reckoned with on the golf course."

With ‘Women with Drive’ once again the slogan for this year’s event, you can be sure that the Koreans will be contending for honours come Sunday 11 October. And with Triggs now lending his expertise to the development of Malaysian talent – he is currently mentoring Kelly Tan, Michelle Koh and Diane Luke – golf fans in this country might have good reason to hope.

*Rolex Official Women’s World Golf Rankings, 17 August

TICKETS ON SALE

 Tickets went on sale today sale today for the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia 2015 which returns to the spectacular surroundings of Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club from 8 – 11 October. Billed ‘Malaysia’s most fun golf event’, spectators can expect first-class sporting action from the world’s best female golfers on the fairways, together with four days of fun-filled entertainment off-course.

The tournament features its first ever KL Food Truck Festival showcasing Malaysia’s most innovative and best-loved food trucks, celebrity DJ Patricia Knudsen spinning in The Courtyard, Pink Saturday, Konica Minolta Chip4Charity and a Family Zone by the swimming pool.

And with a free food voucher included with every ticket purchased, a Lucky Draw plus a host of other freebies on offer including exclusive golf umbrellas and Magnum ice creams, the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia 2015 is certainly living up to it’s billing.

Open to the public from 7.30am to 6pm, 8-11 October 2015, tickets cost just RM 30- per day (Thu – Sun) and RM 50- for a new Weekend Pass (Sat & Sun) making Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia 2015 one of the best value entertainment choices of the year!

The Great Big Pink Ticket
Golf fans and foodies are in with a chance to win The Great Big Pink Ticket! All tickets purchased before 30 Sept will be entered into a contest offering one winner and a very lucky friend, an ‘inside the ropes’ experience, enabling them to rub shoulders with the stars of the LPGA Tour at the official Cocktail Reception and follow a top player around the golf course for one round during the tournament. The prize comes together with a photo and signed cap by the player; 6 complimentary weekend passes; and a RM 100- food voucher. Terms & Conditions apply. See www.simedarbylpgamalaysia.com for further details.

For ticketing information go to www.simedarbylpgamalaysia.com. Follow the latest updates at www.facebook.com/SimeDarbyLPGAMalaysia. Tournament activities can also be followed on Twitter and Instagram @SimeDarbyLPGA, #SimeDarbyLPGA, #WomenWithDrive.


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Tournament Title:

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia 2015

 

Event Date:

8th October—11th October, 2015

 

Times:

Gates Open from 7.30am daily

 

Venue:

Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club, 10, Jalan 1/70D, Bukit Kiara, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Event Schedule:

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

8th October
9th October
10th October
11th October

1st round of Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia
2nd round of Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia
3rd round of Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia
4th round of Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia

Official Ticket Agent:

Air Asia Red Tix

 

Ticket Hotline:

http://www.AirAsiaRedTix.com
Tel: + 603 - 2201 4893

 

Tournament Website:

 

Purchase Location:

All Red Tix Outlets
Kuala Lumpur Golf & Golf Country Club

 

Ticket Prices:

 

The Great Big Pink Ticket: Terms & Conditions

  • The following terms and conditions apply to The Great Big Pink Ticket promotion (‘the Promotion’) at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia 2015 (‘the Tournament’).
  • Prize to consist of: 2 places at the Tournament official player cocktail reception at 7pm on Tuesday 6 October 2015; 2 places as a Tournament Honorary Observer enabling observers to follow one flight of golf from ‘inside the ropes’ during the tournament (flight to be mutually agreed between winner and Promoter); photo of the winners and the golfers pre-flight; one cap signed by an elite player; 6 Weekend Passes to the Tournament; Food vouchers for use at the Tournament equivalent to a total value of RM 100- .
  • The purchaser of all tickets purchased before 12am on 30 September 2015 will be invited by email to answer a knowledge based question regarding the Tournament. One correct answer will be picked at random from the correct respondents and shall be deemed the winner.
  • The Promoter or its agent will endeavor to contact the winner by email or telephone to inform him or her that they have won. If the Tournament Promoter or its agent does not receive a response within
    24 hours of trying to contact the winner, another winner will be drawn from the correct answers. This process will continue until a winner is confirmed.
  • The Promotion is not open to employees of the Sime Darby Organization, IMG or any other agent or third party directly associated with the tournament.
  • Tickets will be sent to winners upon confirmation.
  • Closing date is at 9pm, 30 September 2015.
  • Promoted by IMG Media [insert legal entity]. The Penthouse, Centerpoint South, Mid Valley City, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Promoter reserves the right to exchange all or any part of the prize at its absolute discretion.
  • Prize cannot be exchanged for cash and is non-transferable.
  • In the event of dispute, the decision of the Promoter is final.


 

About Sime Darby
Sime Darby is a Malaysia-based diversified multinational involved in key growth sectors, namely, plantations, industrial equipment, motors, property and energy & utilities. Founded in 1910, its business divisions seek to create positive benefits in the economy, environment and society where it has a presence.

With a workforce of over 100,000 employees in over 20 countries, Sime Darby is committed to building a sustainable future for all its stakeholders. It is one of the largest companies on Bursa Malaysia with a market capitalisation of RM57.87bn (USD18.18bn) as of 7 July 2014.

About Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club Berhad (“KLGCC”)
Originally opened in 1991, KLGCC, Malaysia’s premier golf and country club, is Sime Darby Property’s leading leisure facility. Both the West and East Courses were completely redesigned by renowned international golf course architect Parslow & Winter Golf Design and then re-opened in 2008 and 2010 respectively. The high quality of construction is synonymous with Sime Darby and incorporates state-of-the art technologies and impressive attention to detail. Since then, KLGCC has redefined superior service and excellence; its facilities and hospitality are one of the prides of the golfing industry.

Visit klgcc.com for more information. Like us on Facebook- Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club to gain insights on our latest happenings.

About CANCER RESEARCH MALAYSIA
Cancer Research Malaysia, formerly known as Cancer Research Initiatives Foundation (CARIF), is the only non-profit cancer research laboratory dedicated to Malaysian cancer research. Cancer Research Malaysia's mission is to conduct impactful research that can lead to new ways to prevent, diagnose and
treat cancer; with the hope that such research will lead to saving lives. Cancer Research Malaysia was first established as CARIF by YM Tan Sri Dato Seri Tunku Ahmad Yahaya and YABhg Toh Puan Dato’ Seri Dr Aishah Ong in 2000 and officially launched by YABhg Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in 2002, concentrating first on oral cancer then expanding later to research programmes in breast, nasopharyngeal and ovarian cancers, and to natural products with anti-cancer properties. For more information, kindly visit www.cancerresearch.my

About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association)
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 1,700 members representing 29 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.LPGA.com, www.facebook.com/lpga.official, www.twitter.com/lpga,and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo.

About IMG
IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion and media operating in more than 25 countries around the world. IMG’s businesses include Events & Media, College, Golf, Tennis, Performance and IMG Academy, Fashion, Models, Clients, Licensing, Joint Ventures, and creative management agency Art + Commerce. In 2014, IMG was acquired by WME, the world’s leading entertainment and media agency. Together, the companies offer an unparalleled client roster; strategic partnerships with sponsors and brands; and marquee assets across sports, entertainment, events, music and fashion.


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