Golf

Published: Friday April 11, 2014 MYT 6:20:00 PM
Updated: Friday April 11, 2014 MYT 9:57:52 PM

Dianne’s not giving up her LPGA dream just yet

Malaysian Dianne Luke Jia Zhen shot a three-round score of 226 for joint-19th placing in the individual event of the Queen Sirikit Cup on Friday.

Malaysian Dianne Luke Jia Zhen shot a three-round score of 226 for joint-19th placing in the individual event of the Queen Sirikit Cup on Friday.

SUBANG: Golfer Dianne Luke Jia Zhen is ready to strike back after experiencing mixed fortunes in the Asia-Pacific Ladies Invitational Golf Team Championship for the Queen Sirikit Cup at the Saujana Golf and Country Club which ended Friday.

The 23-year-old Dianne and two of her teammates Nur Darriyah Damian and Kelie Kan went through a roller coaster ride over the last three days to finish 12th with a combined score of 460.

“We expected better. I had been playing okay but fumbled today. Darriyah did much better than the opening day while it was the reverse for Kelie. We are disappointed because we know we could have done much better,” said Dianne, who was the team’s top performer with her three-day rounds of 75-74-77.

“I can hit pretty straight but I was not very accurate for some reason this week. My weakness is my short game but I was quite happy with it here. I am trying to be more balanced in my game.”

Malaysia’s best finish was third in 1992 in China with the team consisting of Lim Ai Lian, Lim Siew Ai and Irene Yeoh. Ai Lian won the individual category that year.

Dianne, who is back from United States, is hoping that she would end her amateur career on a good note this year.

“I was based in United Stated for four years. I went to a college there in 2008 and came back here to seek fortunes in my golfing career in 2012. But the transition has not been as smooth as I wanted it,” she said.

“Last year was not a good year but I am slowly but surely picking up pace. I struggled because of the change in environment. I am doing okay with the technical aspect of the game but need to improve the mental part of it.

“I have plans to turn pro next year but first, I intend to come good in some of the amateur tournaments. Darriyah, Kelie and I will be taking part in the Thailand Ladies Amateur in May. There is also the Asian Games in South Korea and hopefully, I will be selected.”

Ultimately, Dianne wants to be a regular feature in the LPGA Tour one day.

“I hope to see more support and effort to boost Malaysian women golf and honestly, I do see some improvement now and if the efforts are intensified, I would reckon that we can see stronger performances from the women in the next five to 10 years,” she added.

Tags / Keywords: Dianne Luke Jia Zhen, LPGA, Queen Sirikit Cup, Nur Darriyah Damian, Kelie Kan

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