Alyaa reaches new heights after third-place finish

  • Golf
  • Wednesday, 26 Aug 2020

PETALING JAYA: United States-based Alyaa Abdulghany has become the highest-ranked ever Malaysian women’s amateur golfer in the world, thanks to her brilliant joint-third finish at the US Women’s Amateur recently.

The feat saw the 21-year-old climb 10 spots to a career-best No. 24 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR), surpassing Kelly Tan’s previous best effort of No. 28.

Alyaa, who lives in California, made the country proud when she made it all the way to the semi-finals of the matchplay round before losing to eventual champion Rose Zhang of the US.

It was the best-ever outing by a Malaysian in the event regarded as the most prestigious women’s amateur golf meet alongside the British Ladies Amateur.

Alyaa, who went one better than Lim Siew Ai’s quarter-final achievement in 1995, has been rising steadily on the WAGR since beginning of the year at No. 63.

Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, Alyaa clinched the Women’s Australian Master of the Amateurs title in Victoria before adding two top-10 finishes in the US collegiate tournaments where she represents the University of Southern California.

Alyaa also showed she has what it takes to take on the big girls by coming in joint-15th in a professional meet, the Colorado Women’s Open, in June.

Another Malaysian, Natasha Andrea Oon is also well-placed on No. 54 after reaching the Round of 32 at the US Women’s Amateur. She improved from No. 64.

The best-ever WAGR position held by a Malaysian – man or woman – was Gavin Kyle Green at No. 5.

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