KUALA LUMPUR: All watch and no play would make golf a little boring ... possibly.
But not when there are balls to hit and a charity to play for at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia’s Chip4Charity drive in support of the tournament’s official charitable partner – Cancer Research Initiatives Foundation (CARIF).
The new initiative offers spectators – from first-time golfers to seasoned pros as well as children – a chance to test their putting skills and, at the same time, win some cool prizes.
Spectators can find the Chip4Charity booth by the 15th hole on the West Course, situated behind the tournament’s putting green. A small fee of RM10 (RM5 for children) will buy a participant five attempts at chipping a golf ball onto the floating green situated below.
All proceeds from the contest Chip4Charity will be donated to CARIF, but what’s cooler is that a hole-in-one will win you a printer from sponsor Konica Minolta while two lucky winners (daily) who successfully land their balls within the bull’s-eye will get an iPad Mini each.
That’s not all. After the five attempts, participants will be invited to sign their names on a board alongside the pros – in a show of support for the ongoing battle against breast cancer in Malaysia.
Lydia Ko of New Zealand, Korean Park Hee-young, Germany’s Sandra Gal and Malaysia’s Kelly Tan got into the competitive spirit when they went head-to-head at the launch.
“So, what did I win?” Gal asked in jest, to laughter from all those present.
Gal, who was first up, came closest as she hit the bull’s-eye before the ball bounced past the back board and into the water on her first attempt.
“Yes!” she exclaimed before being told that the ball had to stay on the green.
“You mean it has to stay? ... That’s going to be hard!” she joked before asking for some tips.
Meanwhile, the Pro-Am event saw Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah Hamidun being joined by likes of world No. 1 Stacy Lewis and defending champion Lexi Thompson out on the East Course of the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC) on Wednesday.
Adding extra glamour to the event were local celebrities – Harith Iskandar, Keifli Othman, Ijoy Azahari, Fauziah Harun, Zul Yahya and Nancie Foo – who took part in the Celebrity Pro-Am.