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Friday October 11, 2013 MYT 7:30:00 AM
Friday October 11, 2013 MYT 9:58:48 AM
by shaun orange
Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia 2012 winner Park In-bee of South Korea will be defending her title this year at the renowned KL Golf & Country Club.
THE Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia is well and truly under way – despite the serious threat of rain. And, as would be expected, the opening round yesterday was loaded with all sorts of action and interesting developments.
With the good (hot) weather – during the hours of play, as it did rain late in the afternoon – the first round was completed without interruption.
Equally unsurprising was the flurry of compliments that followed. These embraced almost all the facets of those things related to what has become one of the more popular tournaments on the LPGA calendar.
Tun Musa Hitam, chairman of the Sime Darby Foundation, the custodians of the event and the organisation that underwrites it to the tune of US$2mil (RM6.4mil) prize money, commented that he was initially skeptical of all “the nice things” said about the tournament when it started four years ago.
He added, however, that he had since come to take it as genuine, what the folks say about the Sime Darby LPGA and the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC).
There is no denying that the tournament does stand out as among the best in world golf, and so does the club – it is quite simply a classy destination that has established itself with a sound reputation of laying out the best for the best.
The East Course was described by several of the players to be among their favourites and it is quite easy to see why. The layout is in excellent shape, and so it should be, as it hosts the leading players from the women’s game.
World No. 1 Park In-bee, Choi Na-yeon, Stacy Lewis, Karrie Webb, Michelle Wie and Tseng Yani, among others, have paid tribute to the agronomist and the team who so painstakingly prepare the course.
KLGCC sets itself apart from all others in the region because of its sheer lofty standards.
The club will take it to a new level when the West Course hosts the US PGA Tour’s CIMB Classic in less than two weeks’ time.
This golf club will become the first to host events on the US PGA Tour, LPGA Tour and the European/Asian Tour all in the same calendar year, given that the Maybank Malaysian Open was held there in March.
By all accounts, this will become quite a remarkable achievement and one, that Tun Musa hinted, Malaysians can be proud of.
Tournaments of this magnitude demand a lot of work and planning, and it is a credit to Sime Darby, who own the property, that they are in a position to pull it off and make it happen in the first place.
The tract the ladies are playing on had a green speed of in excess of 10 feet on the Stimpmeter on Thursday and it will be interesting to note what it will be like on Friday, following the downpour the day before.
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KLGCC, Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, Tun Musa Hitam, West Course, East Course, Park In-bee, Michelle Wie, Tseng Yani, Lee Ilhee, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lang, Beatriz Recari
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