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QUINTET OF MALAYSIANS CLINCH BERTHS AT SIME DARBY LPGA

MALAYSIA 2016

Aretha Pan tops leader board while Nur Durriyah and Ashley Lau finish in second and third. Winnie Ng and Natasha Oon qualify as top two Junior Amateurs.

KUALA LUMPUR, 27 September 2016

It turned out to be an all-Malaysian affair as the dust settled on the greens of TPC Kuala Lumpur after the second and final day of the

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia National Qualifying Tournament. Aretha Pan won the tournament in impressive style with a second round score of 4-over par 75 to add to her first round score of 2-under 69. Local golfers Nur Durriyah and Ashley Lau finished in second and third place respectively, and were awarded the two local qualifying places. Durriyah carded a 2-over par 73 today and scored a total of 147, while Lau shot a 4-over par 75 to finish with a total score of 150.

The result demonstrated Pan’s steady improvement over the past 12 months. The 22- year-old said: “It was a decent round today. I had a good run on the back nine yesterday but I struggled a bit towards the end with my putting. At the end of the day, golf is all about getting the ball into the hole. My putting was still a little bit off today, but it’s definitely something that I will be working hard to improve on now that I have officially qualified!”

Winnie Ng and Natasha Oon posted combined scores of 151 and 154 respectively to secure the two spots available in the new Junior Amateur Category. Finishing in fourth and eighth place amongst the 24 participants, the result is testament to the impact that the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Development Programme has had in nurturing young talent.

Ng scored a respectable total of 151, just one stroke behind 16-year-old Lau. The 15- year-old Ng said: “It’s a total dream come true for me to be playing at a world-class tournament alongside the world’s best players. I actually just scored my first ever holein- one here last week, and to now be able to play in my first LPGA tournament here as well, is just a dream come true!”

The quintet will join compatriots Kelly Tan, Michelle Koh, and Ainil Bakar, who were all awarded sponsor invitations to the tournament in October based on their official world rankings. Together they will make up the largest local contingent in the tournament’s history to date.

Now into its seventh year of developing elite golfing talent in Malaysia, the Sime DarbyLPGA Malaysia Development Programme has come a long way since its inception, providing a pathway for young golfers to compete on the international stage. 2016 has been a landmark year, with Tan and Koh having earlier made history by becoming the first female Malaysian golfers to participate in the Olympic Games. Both players are beneficiaries of the Development Programme.

The programme has been one of the mainstays of the Sime Darby Foundation’s investment in sport in Malaysia over the past seven years, during which time it has seen more than 50 talented youngsters benefit from its holistic approach that covers technique, mental preparation, physical fitness, and personal development. Working in conjunction with the MST Golf Academy, the programme has provided players with access to on- and off-course training with some of the world’s most respected coaches. One regular visitor to the capital is the globally renowned Australian ‘golf-guru’ Ian Triggs. Speaking about the impact of the programme on women’s golf development in Malaysia, Triggs said:

“The progress in the women’s game in Malaysia is clear for all to see. Malaysia’s top players are performing better on tour and there is tangible progress with more young talent making the step up to professional golf. With programmes like these, the key ingredient is persistence and over the last seven years, the Sime Darby Foundation’s continued investment is undoubtedly now bearing fruit.”

“I would like to thank the coaching team at MST Golf Academy, TPC Kula Lumpur and the Sime Darby Foundation for their continued support and investment in the programme. It has been a privilege to be part of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Development Programme and I very much hope that it will continue for years to come and become the benchmark for elite golf development in Asia.”

The initiative is a key component of Sime Darby Group’s investment in golf, as Managing Director, Sime Darby Property Dato’ Ir. Jauhari Hamidi explained: “As we enter into our seventh year of the programme, it is heartening to see that the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Development Programme is producing results. Having started with just one active player on a professional golf tour, Malaysia now has eight players on tours around the world, with six of them being graduates of the programme. If you look at some of our young guns like Mirabel Ting and Angel Hii, they are as passionate about the game as they are talented and we look forward to seeing that translate into more results on course in the future.”

“Women’s golf in Malaysia is venturing into uncharted territory and is in a stronger position now than at any other stage in its history as a direct result of this programme. With the foundations now in place, there is much to be excited about for the future of women’s golf in this country.”

The tournament saw a high number of registrations with 13 players from Malaysia, and the remainder of the 24 player field made up of competitors from South Korea, Japan, Singapore, and Taiwan.

For all the latest updates on the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia 2016, visit the tournament website at www.simedarbylpgamalaysia.com. Tournament activities can also be followed on www.facebook.com/SimeDarbyLPGAMalaysia, or via Twitter and Instagram using @SimeDarbyLPGA, #SimeDarbyLPGA, #WomenWithDrive.

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About Yayasan Sime Darby or Sime Darby Foundation

Yayasan Sime Darby, or Sime Darby Foundation, was established in 1982 and is the primary driver of Sime Darby Berhad’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.

The objectives of Yayasan Sime Darby are supported by its five pillars, namely: community and health; education; youth and sports; arts and culture; environment. While led by independent members of a Governing Council and managed by a dedicated team, Yayasan Sime Darby works closely with the Sime Darby Group, in areas of mutual interest.

Since its inception, Yayasan Sime Darby has awarded scholarships worth RM230 million to 2,894 students both in and outside Malaysia. It is supporting long term research projects of significant scientific value like the Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems (SAFE) project which is the world’s largest ecological project, a joint effort with the Royal Society (The UK and Commonwealth Academy of Science). Yayasan Sime Darby is also actively involved in the development and improvements of sports in Malaysia namely track cycling, lawn bowling, cricket, tennis and golf. Under its community & health pillar, Yayasan Sime Darby supports initiatives to promote the well-being of disadvantaged people irrespective of race, culture, religion, creed or gender and works with established organisations to promote the development of arts & culture.

About TPC Kuala Lumpur

Formerly known as Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, TPC Kuala Lumpur is a 36-hole tournamentstandard course strategically located in the lush landscape of Bukit Kiara, just eight kilometres from the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Its proprietor Sime Darby Property; designed the club as an elegant and relaxing golf haven surrounded by natural beauty.

TPC Kuala Lumpur defines new standards in golf and country clubs with its superior service, excellent facilities and warm hospitality. The high quality of construction is synonymous with Sime Darby Property and incorporates state-of-the art technologies with impressive attention to detail. Visit TPCKL.com for more information. Like us on Facebook - TPC Kuala Lumpur to gain insights on our latest happenings.

About the TPC Network

Owned, operated, and licensed by the PGA TOUR, the TPC Network is comprised of 34 premier private, resort and daily fee golf properties designed by some of golf’s most elite architects. Twenty of the clubs are operated by affiliates of PGA TOUR Golf Course Properties, Inc. Each TPC has hosted or has been designed to host TOUR-sponsored golf tournaments. Since TPC Sawgrass first opened its world renowned PLAYERS Stadium Course in the fall of 1980, TPCs have provided the PGA TOUR with rent-free venues for tournaments, helping to boost championship golf purses and increasing charitable donations to grass roots non-profit organizations. At the same time, TPCs have provided recreational golfers with the unique opportunity to test their skills on the same layouts where the world’s best golfers compete.

TPCs are known for their outstanding conditioning and amenities, as well as a commitment to environmental excellence. The TPC Network is also distinguished by its unwavering commitment to further the PGA TOUR’s “Together, anything’s possible” giving back mission through support of charitable and community-based programs. For more information, please visit www.tpc.com. For the most up-to-date news, follow the TPC Network on Twitter (@PlayTPC), Instagram (@PlayTPC) or www.facebook.com/TPCNetwork

About Cancer Research Malaysia

Cancer Research Malaysia (CRM) is an independent, non-profit cancer research organisation in Malaysia. Dedicated to bringing scientific advancement to cancer patients, CRM leads the fight to reverse cancer and conducts impactful research to identify better ways to prevent, diagnose, detect and cure cancer for Malaysians. CRM is committed to ensuring that at least 90% of funds received are spent on research and works closely with top scientists and clinicians both locally and internationally. CRM connects with the world through its website www.cancerresearch.my and www.facebook.com/cancerresearchmalaysia.

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.


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