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SIME DARBY LPGA MALAYSIA DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

Sixteen of Malaysia’s brightest young stars are looking to graduate in style as they target a coveted spot at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.

KUALA LUMPUR, 18 September 2017 – One of the most advanced golf training programmes in Asia will culminate at TPC Kuala Lumpur on 19 – 20 September, as Malaysia’s top amateur female golfers compete for a prestigious berth at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.


The National Qualifying event marks a fitting finale for stage two of the tournament’s acclaimed Development Programme, which over the past five weeks has seen Malaysia’s budding young golfers harness their skills under the tutelage of internationally recognised instructors, including revered LPGA coach Ian Triggs.


“The girls have been given an unbelievable opportunity,” said Dr Nicky Lumb, a UK-based golf performance specialist who utilised her extensive experience to help guide the players in effective practice techniques.


“It is an impressive programme with fantastic facilities and great coaches who are eager to help develop the female game in Malaysia. There are some very young girls here but they have a lot of talent. If they can keep focused and working hard, there’s no reason they can’t have very exciting futures,” she said.


Now in its 8th year, the innovative scheme has already paved the way for six aspiring golfers to achieve their dream of turning professional, and played a pivotal role in the development of the country’s top-ranked female players, Kelly Tan and Michelle Koh, who in 2016 made history by becoming the first female Malaysian golfers to participate in the Olympic Games.


This year’s participants are hoping to follow in the footsteps of their idols, and after completing part one of the programme, which provided twenty talented Malaysian players with a “home club” environment and access to the fantastic facilities at TPC Kuala Lumpur, the players descended on the MST Golf Academy for a packed schedule of intensive preparation.


Designed to give the participants an unparalleled insight into the world of elite sport, the scheme left no stone unturned, as it delved far beyond swing techniques to incorporate fitness training, course management, nutrition, as well as a myriad of other vital but overlooked elements necessary to excel at the highest level, all developed under the watchful eye of some of golf’s leading coaching authorities.


The players were given the most comprehensive of introductions to the professional game. The Star’s Golf Editor, Shaun Orange, tutored the players on how best to deal with the media; rules guru, KH Wan, gave a vital talk on conduct in professional tournament play; and life coach, Christine Vaz, demonstrated the intrinsic link between feeling good off the course and playing well on it.


Australian professional Stewart Ginn, a former major winner on the senior circuit, was also on hand to bestow the knowledge he has acquired from winning on a tour in every continent. The advice from inside the ropes will undoubtedly be invaluable for the players who make it through this week’s qualifying event, as they prepare to tee up alongside the likes of defending champion Shanshan Feng, and Thailand’s first ever major winner Ariya Jutanugarn.


Personal development, both on and off the course, was high on the agenda, with the Sime Darby Foundation eager to ensure that the golfers are given a stable footing to pursue their future careers.


The Sime Darby LPGA Development Programme is an integral part of the US$ 1.8 million purse Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, set to return to TPC Kuala Lumpur from 26 – 29 October 2017, with 55 players aged between 10 and 26 having now graduated through the scheme.


To see why the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia really is Malaysia’s most fun golf event, visit the tournament website at www.simedarbylpgamalaysia.com and follow us at www.facebook.com/SimeDarbyLPGAMalaysia, or via Twitter and Instagram using @SimeDarbyLPGA, #SimeDarbyLPGA, #WomenWithDrive #TPCKL


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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.


About IMG


IMG is a global leader in sports, events, media and fashion, operating in more than 30 countries. The company represents and manages some of the world’s greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages hundreds of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is one of the largest independent producers and distributors of sports media. IMG also specializes in sports training; league development; and marketing, media and licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions. In 2014, IMG was acquired by WME, a leading global entertainment agency.