Home > Sport > Golf
Thursday October 10, 2013 MYT 5:43:00 PM
Thursday October 10, 2013 MYT 6:27:24 PM
by ashreena pillai
Michelle Koh: 'I just wanted to go out there and enjoy myself and I knew if I did that, the score would come.'
KUALA LUMPUR: Focusing on having a good time can pay off, as amateur Michelle Koh found out on Thursday at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC) in Bukit Kiara.
The 23-year-old from Kuantan ended the day tied 28th with 10 others, including defending champion Park In-bee, after carding a one-under 70 to finish as the best Malaysian.
“I had a lot of fun and was able to enjoy myself out there. I was hitting the ball well. I’m happy I was able to place my shots well and I managed to hit lots of greens. I managed to focus on my game and everything just fell into place, so it was good,” said Michelle.
“I didn’t expect it (to finish day one as the top Malaysian), but I know I can play well. I just wanted to go out there and enjoy myself and I knew if I did that, the score would come.
“Hopefully, it’ll be the same tomorrow and I keep calm and just go out there and enjoy myself.”
Cindy Lee-Pridgen also started off really well but faltered a little as she picked up five bogeys at the 4th, 7th, 8th, 15th and 17th holes to finish tied 58th with a three-over 74 together with Moriya Juntanugarn, Katherine Hull-Kirk, Lee Jee-young and Chinese amateur Shi Yuting.
“I had a tough time with the speed of the course today compared with the last time I was here (in 2010). But I’m pretty happy with my game considering I haven’t really been playing much golf lately,” said Cindy.
“I’m really happy with my driver and I was able to keep the ball on the fairways but my putting let me down a little ... I need to putt closer to the hole I guess.”
Meanwhile, a dejected Ainil Johani Bakar said she will have to think about what transpired after she carded a 15-over 86 to finish last among the 72-strong field.
“It’s very bad actually ... I don’t know what to say, I’m speechless ... I think we tried to do everything we could ....”
According to the 24-year-old, it all started to go south after she double-bogeyed on the seventh hole.
“I just couldn’t control my emotions ... it’s unbelievable. I can’t believe my score,” said Ainil, who also double-bogeyed on the 9th, 11th and 17th holes.
“I’m sad and disappointed to start like this, but I have three more days of golf and hopefully I can pick things up again.”
Aretha Pan finished tied 69th with Scotland’s Carly Booth after carding a six-over 77.
Tags / Keywords:
golf, Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, LPGA, women, golfer, Michelle Koh, Cindy Lee-Pridgen, Ainil Johani Bakar
Copyright © 1995-2013 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)