Participants of the Piala Bapak Malaysia ladies golf tournament posing for a group photo at the Penang Turf Club.
PERSEVERANCE paid off for Patricia Lim as she became the oldest winner of the Piala Bapak Malaysia ladies golf tournament at the Penang Turf Club (PTC) golf course.
The 73-year-old Patricia finally got it right in her 20th attempt to win the 36th edition of the tournament for her first, and definitely biggest win in her golfing career.
The septuagenarian from the Penang Turf Club Golf Section (PTCGS) carded a 135 in the two-day tournament to win by a single stroke on Sunday.
She finished ahead of the mother-daughter duo of Goh Min Lien, 59, and Jessica Leong, 35, both of the Penang Golf Club. Min Lien carded a total of 136, with Jessica three strokes further adrift.
“I never thought that I could finally win the Piala Bapak Malaysia trophy, especially after trying unsuccessfully every year since 1995.
“I’m happy to lift my first major title and prove that perseverance will pay off in the end. I feel proud to be the oldest winner in this competition,” said Patricia.
With her triumph, Patricia also ensured that the Piala Bapak Malaysia trophy, named after Malaysia’s first prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman who donated the trophy to the club, returned to its PTC home after an absence of three years.
The past three winners of the annual tournament were not from hosts PTCGS. Bentong Golf Club’s Wang Vee Lee won it last year, while Bukit Jambul Golf Club’s (now known as Penang Golf Club) Mandy Lim and Choi Myoung-soon were the two immediate winners before that.
“It feels good to bring the trophy home after three years. I did not feel any pressure on the course today (Sunday) and enjoyed myself with my flight partner Mariam Lim.
“I never thought about winning while playing and did not realise that I was leading until the end,” added Patricia.
“Although I have been playing golf for a long time, this year has been good for me. I won a string of club-level titles before getting my biggest break in the Piala Bapak Malaysia competition.
“I have to thank my husband Lim Jit Kor, who encourages me to play and he is a good golfer himself.
“My word of advice for those who have been trying for a long time without success is never give up. Golf is a game of confidence and it’s important to keep on believing in one’s ability.”
PTCGS ladies captain Ooi Lean See described the Piala Bapak Malaysia tournament as a one of a kind in the country because the players were required to
walk the entire course during the competition.
“There are no golf carts at our club and the players need to walk their way around the course. On average, a player needs to take 15,300 steps to negotiate the 18 holes over the course. It is no wonder that our club members are all super fit,” joked Lean See.
The Penang Yang di-Pertua Negri’s consort Toh Puan Majimor Shariff presented the prizes to the top three winners.
LEADING FINAL RESULTS
135: Patricia Lim (PTCGS); 136: Goh Mui Lien (PGC); 139: Jessica Leong (PGC); 140: Tan Sok Khim (PTCGS); 141: Datin Tan Soon Kim (PTCGS); 145: Romiah A. Boon, Looi Seu Chin; 146: Tio Swee In (PGC); 147: Tan Gaik Tin (PTCGS); 148: Mariam Lim (PTCGS).