Golf: Tough going for Malaysia’s leading women

IT proved a rather tough week in the international arena for Malaysia’s leading ladies in golf. Of the four players involved in competition in the United States, only Alyaa Abdulghany managed to make the cut.

In the Chevron Championship, the season’s first LPGA Major Championship event, Kelly Tan and Malaysia’s top-ranked Amateur player Natasha Andrea Oon, failed to make it to the weekend, while at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, Ashley Lau also missed the cut.

In her three starts on the Epson Tour, the LPGA’s feeder circuit, Alyaa has managed two cuts and at the Casino Del Sol Golf Classic at Sewailo Golf Club in Tucson, Arizona last week, finished in a tie for 31st. She shot rounds of 68, 72, 70 and 71 for a seven-under 281 total. That effort saw her collect US $ 1,598 and took her seasonal earnings to US $ 4,613.

Andrea Lee won the tournament after she beat American compatriot Lucy Li in a playoff. The top-two finished regulation is 18-under 270.

In Alyaa’s first event this season, at the Carlisle Arizona Women’s Golf Classic at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Arizona, she finished tied for 19th and earned US $ 3,015.

The 23-year-old carded rounds of 70, 69, 71 and 69 that gave her a nine-under 279 total.

Fatima Fernandez Cano of Spain, won the Carlisle Arizona title with a 17-under 271.

In the IOA Championship presented by Morongo Casino Resort & Spa and played at Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon in Beaumont, California at the end of March, Alyaa missed the cut. She shot 73 and 75 for a 148 two-day total.

In the Chevron Championship at Rancho Mirage in California, Kelly could not come near repeating the form that saw her finish tied for 37th in 2020. Last week the 28-year-old shot a first round 77 and despite rallying back with a second day three -under 69, she missed the cut – by a just one shot.

Natasha, who moved up five places in the World Amateur Golf Rankings this week, made her Chevron Championship debut. She signed for rounds of 74 and 73, and had two shots off the cut-line. The experience will have taught her a few lessons, no doubt.

Her climb to 13th in the world Amateur rankings is career best for Natasha, who is attached to San Jose State University and has two top-5s and another top-10 on the college circuit this year.

American Jennifer Kupcho won her first major with a 14-under 274 total, for which she collected a cool US $ 750,000.

Ashley will have learned a thing or two herself from the experience in the Augusta Amateur.

In the event where the first 36 holes over two days are played on the Island and Bluff Nines at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Augusta, and then the final round at Augusta National, the 22-year-old University of Michigan student finished on nine- over and missed the cut. She also fell four places in the rankings to 35th in the world.

Anna Davis of the United States won the 2022 Augusta National Women’s Amateur title with a one-under 215 total.

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