Mirabel sets her sights on playing with the world’s best


PETALING JAYA: Mirabel Ting (pic) is only 15 but the Miri-born lass has lofty goals – to compete professionally on the LPGA Tour by 2025. Securing a full playing rights on the world most prestigious circuit of women’s golf is certainly no easy task.

Only two Malaysians – Lim Siew Ai and Kelly Tan – have accomplished the feat.

However, Mirabel, ranked 209th on the World Amateur Golf Ranking, is convinced that she’s trending in the right direction to realise her ambition.

“I’m aiming to make it to the LPGA Tour in five years time, hopefully. I plan to turn professional as soon as I feel I’m ready to take my career to the next level,” said Mirabel, who studies and trains at the renowned Hills Golf Academy in Australia.

“I know how tough the journey is going to be, but no matter how rocky the path is to get there, nothing is going to stop me.

“I grew up idolising the world’s best players like Lydia Ko (of New Zealand), Ariya Jutanugarn (of Thailand) and even our very own Kelly Tan, hoping one day I will be one of them as well.”

Mirabel certainly has every reason to be upbeat, judging from her impressive results in the early stage of her amateur career.

At 13, Mirabel created history as the youngest-ever winner at the Perak Amateur Open and Sabah Amateur Open.

And she has surely taken her game up a notch since she began her stint at the Queensland-based academy in January 2019. The same academy produced players like former world No. 1 Jason Day of Australia and five-time women’s Major champion Tseng Ya-ni of Taiwan.

Mirabel had finished no worse than a sixth-placing in 13 out of the 16 tournaments she started in early 2019, highlighted by her triumph at the Queensland Stroke Play Championship.

Her two most notable results this year was coming in second at the Queensland Amateur Championship and Katherine Kirk Classic.

Mirabel will return to Malaysia on Nov 28 as her two-year scholarship at the Hills Academy is ending.

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