Alisa sisters miss cut but experience will serve them well

PETALING JAYA: Sisters Norezrina Alisa and Noraishah Alisa Che Omar missed the cut at the KLPGA Hana Financial Group Championship in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, but will go home richer with experience.

Noraishah, 21, posted a three-over 74 to finish in joint 105th spot on 12-over 154 at the Adonis Country Club in Pocheon yesterday.

Younger sister Norezrina, 19, ended in 107th spot after a 14-over 85 for a two-day total of 18-over 160.

The duo are playing in the 1.5bil won (RM5.23mil) event on sponsors’ invite and see the tournament as a huge stepping stone towards realising their ultimate goal of competing on the US LPGA Tour.

The Korean meet is also the most prestigious tournament they have played in their careers.

“I think the new Ladies Asian Tour series will be a great opportunity for Ladies Asian golf development especially for the pros in Malaysia,” said Norezrina, who turned professional in 2018.

“It will help others to gain experience and improve themselves. Asian Ladies golf is definitely growing rapidly and I think this initiative will create a huge positive impact on the development of the ladies golf industry in Asia and in Malaysia as well.”

Lee So-mi takes a one-stroke lead into the weekend after a four-under 67 in the third round while Australia’s Lee Min-jee, who shot a two-under 69, came in second on nine-under 133.

Leading second round scores 132: Lee So-mi (Kor) 65-67; 133: Lee Min-jee (Aus) 64-69, Lee Da-yeon (Kor) 66-67; 134: Ji Han-sol (Kor) 67-67, Jeong Yun-ji 65-69, Lim Hee-jeong 67-67, Sung Yu-jin 67-67. Selected: 105: Noraishah Alisa 80-74, 107: Norezrina Alisa 75-85.

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