No big bang as Alyaa ends collegiate days in US

  • Golf
  • Wednesday, 26 May 2021

PETALING JAYA: There was no final flourish from Malaysia’s top women amateur golfer Alyaa Abdulghany at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division 1 Women’s Championship.

The 22-year-old Alyaa, in her final outing for the University of Southern California (USC), finished tied 36th at the Grayhawk Golf Club in Arizona on Monday.

Alyaa could only closed with a 75 to finish on six-over 294 total, down 13 rungs from where she was after the penultimate round.

With a top 10 target within sight, Alyaa started with guns blazing picking up two birdies in her first four holes.

However, her good work was undone no thanks to a double bogey on the par-four sixth.

After the turn, she dropped three more shots while a sole birdie on the 17th made little difference to a disappointing day.

Alyaa thus failed to outdo her previous best of a tied-27th placing when she was a freshman (first year) in 2018.

Still, she can walk tall as she will leave USC as one of the most consistent performers in their women’s golf team history.

She had played a total of 37 tournaments, finishing inside the top 20 on 25 occasions and boasting a 72.91 stroke average, the 14th best in USC’s all-time record.

Her only collegiate victory came in 2019 at the Battle of the Rock in California.

She came close at the The Gold Rush championship when she finished runner-up.

Alyaa is now ranked 44th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR). Her career best was at No. 24 which she secured after finishing joint-third at the prestigious US Women’s Amateur in August last year.

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