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by joash de silva AND edmund choi
Malaysian golfer Michelle Koh wants to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics. - Filepic
KUALA LUMPUR: National golfer Michelle Koh, who turned professional in March, has her mind set on making the journey to Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
She wants to be the first Malaysian to qualify for the Olympics in golf as the sport will make its return in Rio.
Since turning professional, Michelle has been honing her skills in the LPGA China Tour.
Her target for the moment is to make the cut in every tournament and she managed it in the first seven meets. But that streak came to an end at the Kumho Tire Ladies Open earlier this month.
The Kuantan-born lass feels that it is only a small blip in her performance and she plans to bounce back at the Xiamen Challenge in Taiwan from Aug 28-30.
She said that the hectic travelling schedule had been one of the reasons for the poor showing at the Kumho Tire Ladies open.
“I believe the travelling time had an effect on me. To add to my woes the putting had been bad as well.
“This prevented me from playing my best,” said the 23-year old.
Michelle, a product of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia development programme, will be back home to strut her stuff.
She is one of six Malaysians selected for the RM6.3mil Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, which will be held at the KLGCC from Oct 9-12.
The others are Kelly Tan, Jean Chua, Michelle Low, Ainil Johani Bakar and Aretha Pan.
Michelle made her Sime Darby debut last year and finished as the best amateur. She came out in 60th position.
This year she will be competing in a field of 74 golfers, where 63 of them are playing in the US LPGA Tour.
“I am really excited and looking forward to the tournament, I believe my experience from last year’s meet will help me.”
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