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Michelle Koh, having ended the Sime Darby LPGA as the best Malaysian finsher is aiming to turn pro next year.
KUALA LUMPUR: After capping her debut at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia 2013 as the best amateur and best Malaysian finisher at 60th spot, Michelle Koh is hoping to go on to bigger and better things by turning pro next year.
Upon graduating from Campbell University in North Carolina, United States with a degree in Business Administrations last year, Michelle had given herself a one-year timeline before turning pro.
And with the year coming to an end, the 23-year-old is very much looking forward to making that jump into the paid ranks.
“Since graduating last year, I actually given myself a year to play amateur until the end of the year. So, now that it’s almost up, I’m looking to turn professional or play professionally next year, I’m not sure when I will turn pro but it will definitely be next year,” said Michelle who posted a final round of three-over 74 for a four day total of 10-over 294.
As amateurs do not take home the prize money, Michelle is just as happy to come away knowing she can take on one of the toughest courses, finishing ahead of the likes of former world No.1 Tseng Yani (66th) and American Natalie Gulbis (tied 61).
“I’ve enjoyed all my four rounds of golf here, I’ve enjoyed every moment. It feels great to no end, but it’s even better to be able to play good out there especially on a tough course like this one. It’s very challenging and I’m very happy with how I placed,” said Michelle who shot 70-76-74 on the first three rounds.
“The experience playing in such a field was great. I played with Yani, Ryu So-yeon and Alison (Walshe) and they were very nice to me. But … you really have to focus on your own game.”
Meanwhile, Oklahoma-based Cindy Lee-Pridgen capped off the final round with a 13-over 84 for a four-day total of 25-over 309.
“The whole week was going pretty well for me, until today for the last 9 holes. I just could not make a putt today,” said Cindy who started on the back nine.
She ended up picking up seven bogeys and three double bogeys on the first, fifth and seventh hole for her worst card of the tournament.
“The stroke was just not feeling right. I thought it was right but it wasn’t going the way I wanted it to. I’ll just have to take it as it comes and hopefully learn from it and move on,” she added.
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