PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s top amateur golfer Alyaa Abdulghany proved she is one to look out for in the future after finishing an impressive tied-fifth at the Texas Women’s Open.
The 22-year-old, who’s a permanent resident in the United States, shot rounds of 70,69,71 to finish on six-under 210 in the three-day US$78,000 (RM322,000) meet which ended at the Firewheel Golf Park on Friday.
Alyaa finished five strokes behind American winner Kenzie Wright in the professional event hosted by North Texas PGA.
Genevieve Ling, 26, was the other Malaysian in action last week but she failed to make the cut after struggling to return a pair of 76 and 74.
The solid effort could have earned her US$4,000 (RM16,500) if her status was professional.
It was not the first time Alyaa has given her professional rivals a run for their money.
In her other professional event participation last year, Alyaa also came in a respectable joint-15th at the Colorado Women’s Open.
Alyaa is expected to join the play-for-pay ranks in the near future having recently graduated from the University of Southern California, where she enjoyed a four-year stellar collegiate golf career.
The highlight of her amateur career was finishing joint-third in the prestigious US Women’s Amateur last year and was ranked as high as No. 24 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.
Alyaa, who started representing Malaysia in 2019, was born in Johor and spent her early childhood there.
She was six when she moved to Newport Beach, California, with her family.
Meanwhile in France, Ainil Johani Bakar had to settle for a share of 51st spot at the Jabra Ladies Open, a Ladies European Tour (LET) event that concluded on Saturday.
Th 31-year-old blew a good chance for at least a top-20 finish after carding a final round eight-over 79 to drop drastically from joint-18th placing overnight on 10-over 223. She posted 73 and 69 for the opening two rounds.
It was Ainil’s second tournament after making her first competitive return on LET for nearly 18 months at the Ladies Italian Open last week and missed the cut.