News Release


Kuala Lumpur, 31 July 2015 – One of the region’s leading sports talent development

programmes opened its doors to the public today, providing an insight into the workings of a

course that is slowly but surely changing the face of elite women’s golf in Malaysia.

Over six years, the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Development Programme has been one of the

mainstays of the Sime Darby Foundation’s investment in sport in Malaysia, during which time it

has seen some 45 talented youngsters benefit from the programme’s holistic approach that

covers technique, mental preparation, physical fitness and personal development.

The annual program starts in July and culminates with an opportunity for each year’s in-take of

16 participants to qualify for one of Asia’s leading professional women’s golf tournaments, the

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. The investment is an essential element of the Group’s

commitment, as Tun Musa Hitam, Chairman of the Sime Darby Foundation, explained:

The annual programme starts in July and culminates with an opportunity for each

year’s intake of 16 participants to qualify for one of Asia’s leading professional

women’s golf tournaments, the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. The investment is an

essential element of Sime Darby’s commitment, as Tun Musa Hitam, Chairman of

the Sime Darby Foundation, explained:

“The Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Development Programme is a key component of

the Sime Darby Foundation’s investment for sports in this country and it is

producing encouraging results. Having started with just one active player on a

professional golf tour, Malaysia now has seven professional golfers playing on

tours around the world; eight amateur participants have been absorbed into the

National Elite team; 18 programme graduates have secured local and

international college golf scholarships; and two players, Kelly Tan and Michelle

Koh, are steadily making their way up the Olympics rankings ahead of next year’s


“In 2010, the programme was struggling to fill its 12 places with eligible players. In 2015, due to

the programme’s growing reputation as a ‘must attend camp’ for aspiring golfers, it has

attracted 70 potentials who were shortlisted to 30 who made the necessary criteria. After a

further shortlist, 16 players were selected as the best talents across the country. The women’s

game in Malaysia is in a stronger position now as a direct result of this programme, and I hope

very much that this year’s participants will take full advantage of the opportunity provided by the

programme to improve their game and move up the rankings in the process.”

Established in 2010 by the Sime Darby Foundation in conjunction with the MST Golf Academy

to support the development of elite Malaysian golfing talent, the Sime Darby LPGA

Development Programme utilises a combination of both on and off course training with some of

the world’s most respected coaches. The programme is aimed at providing participants with the

psychological, physiological and technical expertise required to compete at the highest level.

Classroom sessions cover topics such as movement preparation, ball flight laws, diet and

nutrition, fitness, mental game skills, club fitting and gap analysis, while the intensive golf

practice sessions focus on improving students’ short game, putting, difficult lies and advanced


The 2015 edition of the programme welcomes eight new players under the age of 15, while

returning beneficiaries include Aretha Pan Herng (21), Michelle Low (26) and the latest

Malaysian to turn professional, Dianne Luke (24).

A regular figure on the programme’s schedule is the internationally renowned Australian coach

Ian Triggs. Triggs has recently added three Malaysians in Kelly Tan, Michelle Koh and Dianne

Luke to a stable of mentored players that includes 2014 Ricoh Women’s British Open, Mo

Martin, former World Number One, Karrie Webb, US Open Winners, Eun Hee Ji (2009) and So

Yeon Ryu (2011).

Speaking about the development within the women’s game in Malaysia, Triggs said: “There is

no question that there is now genuine progress within the women’s game in Malaysia. That

progress is evident in the achievement of some of the top players’ performances on tour;

graduates of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Development Programme making the transition to

professional status; and the increased depth of talent that we are starting to see among some

of the younger players joining the programme.”

“Successful development programmes such as this require a long term vision, combined with

the investment and resources to carry it through and it is, once again, credit to Sime Darby that

after six years, this programme is showing some tangible results,” continued Triggs.

2015 also sees the integration of Sime Darby and KLGCC’s new Rising Star Juniors talent

search into the programme. The community-sports programme, benefiting boys and girls

between the ages of 12 and 17 from underprivileged backgrounds, was launched earlier this

year and has 18 students under tuition, who will benefit from the coaching and life-skills

assistance provided by the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Development Programme.

Also new to the 2015 programme is the addition of a segment providing a behind the scenes

look at Golf Club and Hospitality Operations. In the knowledge that not all players will make

it onto professional golf tours, the objective is to ensure that participants have an understanding

of, and future career path within, the broader golf industry after completing their studies.

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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


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-ofthe

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.

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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,

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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

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