PETALING JAYA: Malaysian golfer Mirabel Ting wasted no time in making her presence felt at the European Young Masters in Prague, the Czech Republic.
On Thursday, the 13-year-old upstaged her more illustrious rivals by firing a five-under 67 to share the opening round lead of Europe’s most prestigious Under-16 tournament.
Mirabel is one of the four Asians invited to compete under the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC) banner.
And she certainly made the most of the opportunity when she blazed the Golf & Spa Kuneticka’s course, mixing six birdies with a bogey to be tied for top spot in the 55-girl field with Italy’s Francesca Fiorellini.
The duo are one shot ahead of Lilas Pinthier of France and Leonor Medeiros of Portugal.
In the boys’ division, Thailand’s Pongsapak Laopakdee also impressed after opening with a 66 to sit fourth and four shots behind joint leaders Yannick Malik and Michael Alexander Mjaaseth.
The other two APGC’s representatives – India’s duo Arjun Bhati and Parnavi Urs – also started well by placing themselves in the top-20.
The European Young Masters started in 1995 with Spaniards’ Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera-Bello among the past winners.