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SWEET SIXTEEN! NATASHA OON WINS SIME DARBY LPGA NATIONAL QUALIFIER

Clean sweep for Malaysian golfers at TPC Kuala Lumpur

KUALA LUMPUR, 20 September 2017 – It was a belated birthday celebration for Natasha Andrea Oon today, as the teenager outshone all of her compatriots to win the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia National Qualifying Tournament at TPC Kuala Lumpur.


The youngster, who celebrated her sixteenth birthday ten days ago, shot a second consecutive 1-under par 70 on the East Course of TPC Kuala Lumpur to win the Open category of the National Qualifying Tournament. Six birdies and five bogeys were enough to leave her one shot clear of second placed Renuka Suksukont of Thailand.


But it was to be Oon’s day and there is no denying the class of the player, who could technically have qualified through both the Malaysian National and Junior Amateur categories.


Said Oon: “I felt my performance was similar to yesterday’s – a lot of back and forth. I had a lot of birdies but made a lot of mistakes. In the end, I was having fun. I played with Winnie who’s also my really good friend so we were having fun together on the course.”


“I feel that I’ve improved a lot since last year. Last year I wasn’t really happy with my performance in the qualifying. So, this year, I thought I can try and get a spot for a Malaysian but getting the regional open spot is really a big thing for me. I’m really impressed with myself and I’m really glad I played well.”


On what she can improve on, she said: “I think I can improve on my driving and probably my long iron shots. My putting was really good.”


Overnight leader Aretha Pan was unable to match her first round 4-under par score but still topped the Malaysian National category with an aggregate par score of 142.


Said Pan: “I didn’t start off the round well. I was playing rather conservatively but I tried to come back, and stay more focused on my shots. I’m happy to get in but am not very happy with how I played today.” On what she can improve on when she plays at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, she added: “My caddie says I should learn Muay Thai so I’ll have more confidence so I can go for it and not be scared”, she added.


Behind her, and securing the three additional places reserved for Malaysian Nationals were Michelle Koh and Winnie Ng (tied on 144) and Nur Durriyah Damian (148).


In the Junior Amateur Category, the two berths were taken by Liyana Durisic and Zulaikah Nasser, who both benefited from Oon and Ng’s elevation to the Open and Malaysian National categories respectively.


Steven Thielke, CEO of TPC Kuala Lumpur and Chairman of the Tournament Committee, said: “We have witnessed some stellar performances over the last two days on the East Course and extend our congratulations to all seven players who qualify on merit for next month’s Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Special mention must go to Natasha Oon on an outstanding result, winning the Open category. She has a fantastic future ahead of her and we look forward to seeing her compete alongside her six compatriots against the very best players in the world at next month’s tournament. The 8th edition of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia is coming together very well and we look forward to what promises to be a fantastic four days here at TPC Kuala Lumpur.”


Played over 36 holes of stroke play, the Sime Darby LPGA National Qualifying Tournament is an integral part of the US$ 1.8 million purse Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, providing a pathway for Malaysian Nationals to compete on an international stage amongst the very best players in the world. The Sime Darby LPGA returns to TPC Kuala Lumpur from 26 – 29 October 2017.


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.

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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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