DUO OF FORMER WORLD NO.1s RECEIVE SPONSOR INVITES TO SIME DARBY LPGA MALAYSIA
Laura Davies and Yani Tseng to join star-studded field for October showpiece. Aditi Ashok and Jean Chua receive final sponsor invitations.
KUALA LUMPUR, 13 October 2016 – Former World No.1s, Yani Tseng of Taiwan and Dame Laura Davies of England have accepted sponsor invitations to participate in the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia 2016 from 27th – 30th October at TPC Kuala Lumpur at Alya Kuala Lumpur.
Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Tournament Committee Chairman, Steven Thielke, said the committee is delighted to award the sponsor invitations to a group of “highly talented” players.
“Each player is deserving of their place in the tournament on account of what they have achieved in the game, their future potential, or the contribution they have made to the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia to-date.”
“We look forward to welcoming them to TPC Kuala Lumpur at the end of the month for what promises to be the best edition of this tournament yet,” he added.
With 111 professional wins to their names, the announcement complements what is set to be the strongest field ever assembled for the tournament.
As the most accomplished English female professional golfer, Davies has an impressive 84 professional wins to her name. Between 1985 and 2010, she has won at least one title every year except for 2005.
The 53-year-old has won the Ladies European Tour (LET) Order of Merit a record seven times, and was also the first golfer, male or female, to win tournaments on five different continents in a single year.
Having been inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame last year, Davies was this year appointed as the first honorary president of the Parliamentary Golf Group in the United Kingdom where she is working on golf development in the country. Earlier this year, she was the first-ever recipient of the Spirit of Golf Award from the Golf Foundation.
Davies said she is looking forward to return to TPC Kuala Lumpur at the end of the month for the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia tournament.
“I’m delighted to return to Malaysia to play in the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia once again. I’ve played in so many tournaments around the world, but it’s safe to say that this is one of the best organised and most fun tournaments to participate in. Thank you Sime Darby,” said Davies.
Another golfer who is no stranger to life at the very top of the world rankings is Yani Tseng.
The 27-year-old from Taiwan is the youngest player, male or female, to win five major championships, a feat she accomplished at the age of 22.
Having spent an amazing 109 consecutive weeks as World No. 1 between 2011 and 2013, Tseng has amassed 27 professional wins to date. In 2009, Tseng broke Paula Creamer’s record of being the fastest LPGA player to reach the $2 million mark in career earnings, having achieved the mark in a mere 32 events.
“I’ve been feeling pretty okay this year. I’m focusing a lot more on the process and not just the result, and I’m enjoying myself on the course. I’m thankful for the opportunity to return to TPC Kuala Lumpur because this is definitely one of the great tournaments we get to play each year so I’m looking forward to it,” said Tseng.
Joining Davies and Tseng are promising Indian talent, Aditi Ashok, and long-time local favourite, Jean Chua. The quartet will join Michelle Wie and Cheyenne Woods on the East Course of TPC Kuala Lumpur.
Having made her debut at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia last year as the winner of the National Qualifying Tournament, the 18-year-old Ashok was the first Indian player to qualify for the event, and is the first and only Indian golfer to have played at the Asian Youth Games, Youth Olympic Games, Asian Games, and the Olympics.
“It’s great to be able to come back to Malaysia because I really love the event and it’s the venue of my first LPGA tournament. This year has been fantastic for me as I got to play at the Rio Olympics, and I have had good finishes on the Ladies European Tour these past few weeks, so I'm really excited and am looking forward to the tournament. Being able to return to Kuala Lumpur to play the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia is very special. Thank you,” she said.
The final sponsor exemption place was awarded to Jean Chua, who has been invited back in recognition of her many years of support and valued contribution to the tournament. Chua will be the ninth “Malaysian Angel” to participate in the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia this year – a record for the tournament - ensuring that Malaysian fans have plenty of local talent to follow on the course.
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