With a final round of two-over-par 74 at Augusta National, Mirabel Ting successfully clinched a joint eight-position finish at the Augusta National Women's Amateur.

Since becoming the first-ever Malaysian to make the cut at the prestigious event, Ting wrapped up her debut at the Augusta National Women's Amateur with a three-day tournament total of one-over-par 217, finishing nine shots behind Englishman winner Lottie Woad.

Woad signed in three birdies out of her last four holes – a finish to rival any in the long history of the Masters Tournament – and held off a surging Bailey Shoemaker on Saturday to win the fifth Augusta National Women’s Amateur.

Securing a share of eighth place together with Ting were the 2023 Women's Amateur Asia-Pacific Championship winner Eila Galitsky, 15-year-old Asterisk Talley, University of Michigan fifth-year student Hailey Borja and University of Florida senior Maisie Filler.

Mirabel Ting of Malaysia plays her shot from the 12th tee during the final round of the Augusta National Women's Amateur at Augusta National Golf Club.

After beginning 2024 with a victory in the Women's Orlando International Amateur in January, Ting, who had freshly transferred into Florida State University as a sophomore, has recorded top-seven finishes in each of her first four stroke-play starts for Florida State, including a win in the Valspar Augusta Invitational in March. She also went 2-1-0 in the Old Barnwell Derby Match Play in South Carolina on March 25-26.

Ting, who's currently ranked 16th in the world based on the World Amateur Golf Rankings, had flown the Malaysian flag high in multiple events, including bagging the Vietnam Ladies Amateur Open Championship in 2023 and clinching multiple local titles during last year's summer break which included the 13th TSM Golf Challenge and the 46th RSGC Ladies Amateur Open.

With her maiden Augusta National Women's Amateur appearance ticked off her list, Ting is looking forward to post-season with her team at Florida State University.

 

Get ready to swing into action as the Toyota Tour eGolf Championship 2024 gears up for an electrifying season of indoor golf challenges at MST Golf Arena from April to August. Open to public, the Toyota Tour eGolf Championship is Malaysia’s first national e-golf tournament that will see non-professional golfers contend in the 5-month indoor golf challenge with chances to win prizes and lucky draw worth RM200,000 including golf equipment, chances to play in the Toyota Tour with Tour professionals and luxurious golf and stay packages.

The eGolf Champion will be featured in the Toyota Tour tournament at The Mines Resort & Golf Club in November to play against some of the nation’s best pro golfers and a chance to walk away with glory and a RM2,000 cash prize.

Hosted at Malaysia’s largest indoor golf facility, the Championship promises to deliver an unparalleled experience for golf enthusiasts across four MST Golf Arena locations at The Gardens Mall in Kuala Lumpur, Tropicana Gardens Mall in Selangor, Gurney Paragon Mall in Penang and Toppen Shopping Centre in Johor.

"We are thrilled to host the Toyota Tour eGolf Championship at our state-of-the-art indoor golf centres at MST Golf Arena locations nationwide. The indoor golf tournament is timely following what we observe from the global golf scene which has soared to new heights globally, which is also apparent following the increase of indoor golf centres and golf technologies locally.” said Ng Yap, Group CEO of MST Golf Group Berhad at the launch.

"Our goal with this nationwide indoor golf tournament for the 2024 Toyota Tour season is to provide golf enthusiasts with an unparalleled opportunity to experience the thrill of playing alongside Malaysia’s best players, and ultimately taking the popularity of screen golf to the next level.”

With its expansive indoor golf facility equipped with modern golf simulation bays, coupled with retail and a golf academy, MST Golf Arena is primed to host Malaysia’s first eGolf tournament on a national scale. This championship marks a significant milestone in the Group’s commitment to advancing the sport and creating memorable experiences for local golfers of all levels, and spur interest among a wider audience of the Toyota Tour, added Ng.


President of UMW Toyota Motor, Datuk Ravindran K, stated that The Toyota Tour eGolf Championship is in line with Toyota’s vision of ‘Move Your World’. “We’re excited to bring the premium experience of Toyota Tour to more people through indoor simulation golf. Beyond our exciting lineup of vehicles, Toyota is passionate about sharing the thrill and joy of moving with initiatives like our GAZOO Racing GT Cup eSports Championship and Start Your Impossible run,” he said.

Exclusive only to MST Golf’s ilovegolf loyalty members and Toyota’s Loyal-T members, participation fee of RM90 of the Toyota Tour eGolf Championship includes exciting goodies from participating brands and an hour of 9-hole championship play. General public can join in the action with a one-time fee of RM120 and get their hands on the RM100 worth of goodies from Toyota Tour and participating brands. Subsequent bay fee charges apply. Monthly Gross winner from each participating venue will be showcased on the Champions Wall at MST Golf Arena @ The Gardens Mall.

Participants can test their mettle as many times as they wish in a month, with only the best score counting towards their official monthly medal score. The monthly emerging Gross Winners across all four locations will culminate at a Grand Final over 18 holes at MST Golf Arena, The Gardens Mall in October.

Monthly Medal: Top 3 Gross and Net winners at each venue will be crowned, with novelty prizes up for grabs including Precision Drive and the elusive Hole-In-One.

Grand Final: Monthly Gross Champions from each venue will compete for the coveted Championship Prize – a cash voucher and an invitation to play alongside golf professionals in the penultimate Toyota Tour 2024. Runners-up will receive MST Golf cash vouchers and invitations to the Toyota Tour 2024 Pro-Am, novelty prizes such as the TaylorMade Qi10 Driver and Rapsodo launch monitor, as well as lucky draw prizes including luxury golf packages in Maldives, Indonesia and more.

At the launch event, Galven Green and Geraldine Wong autographed their photo frames showcased on the Toyota Tour Wall of Champions at MST Golf Arena, The Gardens Mall. Galven and Geraldine emerged as Champions of the 2024 Tun Ahmad Sarji Trophy in the men’s and ladies’ category respectively.

Don't miss your chance to be part of golfing history in the Toyota Tour eGolf Championship. Register now and let the thrill of competition ignite your passion for the game. To register in the Toyota Tour eGolf Championship, visit any MST Golf Arena locations or MST Golf retail stores. For more information and terms and conditions, visit here. Get ready to tee off an unforgettable indoor golf experience at the Toyota Tour eGolf Championship 2024!

Chinese Taipei’s Wu Chun-Wei survived a tense final round to pull off the biggest upset in Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific (WAAP) championship history.

A modest 264th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking® (WAGR®), the 19-year-old endured moments of high stress before completing a wire-to-wire success at Siam Country Club’s (SCC) Waterside Course, upstaging a star-studded line-up.

Struggling to find the free-wheeling form she displayed over the first three days, Wu closed with a nervous even-par 72 to secure a victory that will catapult her into the global spotlight in 2024.

After feasting on birdies for the first three days, it proved tough going for Wu to get over the finish line.

Four shots clear of the field following the opening 54 holes – during which she dropped only one stroke – Wu wobbled with four bogeys on a final day rollercoaster ride.

With her lead reduced to a single stroke after 14 holes of the final round, Wu displayed her mettle, digging deep to make crucial birdies at the 15th and 17th, where she began celebrating even before her 28-footer reached its intended target.

“Incredible! This is the first time I’ve won a big tournament,” said Wu, whose 72-hole aggregate of 18-under-par 270 was two strokes clear of runner-up Hyosong Lee, the 15-year-old Korean.

Achiraya Sriwong was a further stroke back in third after a 66, the best round of the final day, with fellow Thai Pimpisa Rubrong, fourth on 14-under-par 274. Rianne Mikhaela Malixi of the Philippines and Korean Minsol Kim ended joint fifth on 13-under-par.

As well as bettering the previous best WAAP winning total of 272 set by Mizuki Hashimoto at Abu Dhabi Golf Club in 2021, Wu is only the second champion to lead on all four days, following Thailand’s Atthaya Thitikul in Singapore in 2018. Earlier in the week she also set new championship records for best 36-hole score (132), best middle 36-hole score (131), and best 54-hole score (198).

In addition to winning the Rae-Vadee T. Suwan Champion’s Medal, Wu will be rewarded with starts in three major championships in 2024 - the AIG Women’s Open at St Andrews, the Amundi Evian Championship in France and the Chevron Championship in the United States of America.

Wu Chun-Wei of Chinese Taipei poses with The Amundi Evian Championship trophy, The Chevron Championship Dinah Shore Trophy, The Women's Amateur Asia-Pacific Championship trophy, The AIG Women's Open trophy and the Hana Financial Group Championship trophy.

Furthermore, she’ll receive invitations to several other elite championships including the Hana Financial Group Championship, ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, The 121st Women’s Amateur Championship, and the Augusta National Women’s Amateur.

Ng Jing Xuen meanwhile earned bragging rights as the best Malaysian in joint 26th position, finishing off her third WAAP appearance with a round of 71 for an aggregate of four-under-par 284 (71-74-68-71).

20-year-old Pang Hee Jie closed her campaign with a 75 to be the next best-placed Malaysian in T42 on three-over-par 291 (72-72-72-75). The third Malaysian to make the halfway cut, Foong Zi Yu, also carded in a 75 to settle in 51st position (69-77-75-75).

The best Malaysian performance is the sixth place achieved by professional Ashley Lau, at the third edition of the championship in Abu Dhabi.

The WAAP championship was developed by The R&A and the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC) to inspire future generations of women golfers. The R&A is supported by championship event partners that share its commitment to developing golf in the Asia-Pacific. The Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific championship is proudly supported by Hana Financial Group, ISPS Handa, Nippon Kabaya Ohayo Holdings, Puma, Samsung, Singha, Ricoh, and Rolex.

For more information on the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific, visit the championship website.

Final Round Scores
Top 10 & Ties
270 (-18) Wu Chun-Wei 67-65-66-72
272 (-16) Lee Hyosong 70-66-67-69
273 (-15) Sriwong Achiraya 70-68-69-66
274 (-14) Pimpisa Rubrong 68-68-68-70
275 (-13) Kim Minsol 70-69-68-68, Rianne Mikhaela Malixi 70-69-63-73
276 (-12) Justice Bosio 68-73-65-70
277 (-11) Yang Hyojin 73-65-68-71, Zhang Yahui 68-69-66-74
279 (-9) Mamika Shinchi 71-69-69-70, Avani Prashanth 68-69-71-71

 

 

 

The Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) recently announced the list of selected junior golfers as part of the National Junior Development Program (NJDP) Elite Team for 2024/2025.

The group of 25 juniors comprises 14 boys and 11 girls. Leading the lineup among the boys is Wan Danial who is the best-ranked junior with a 671st position on the World Amateur Golf Championship Rankings (WAGR) and recently was 2023’s MSSM (Majlis Sukan Sekolah-Sekolah Malaysia / Schools Sports Council of Malaysia) Under 18 champion. Other members include Muhammad Adif Haikal Md Hazan and Muhammad Ajmal Amin who are ranked 1222nd and 1907th respectively in the world.

Meanwhile, the girls’ team boasts talents such as Alya Afza Hazari whose achievements include winning the under-18 category of last year’s MSSM and currently holds a WAGR position of 1010th. She is joined by other talented juniors namely Andrea Chin Yen Xing and Ngo Yi Belle who are ranked 755 and 1422 respectively.

NJDP Chairman, En Fauzi Mesran stated “In the heart of every young golfer within our National Junior Development Program lies a dream that stretches far beyond the greens and fairways of our nation. It is a dream nurtured not just with talent, but with determination, resilience, and a relentless pursuit of excellence. As we unveil our elite players for 2024, we see more than just athletes; we see ambassadors of our dreams and aspirations. Our goal is not only to see these young talents excel in national and regional circuits but to also make their mark on the global stage. We believe in creating a foundation strong enough to support their ambitions, powered by the collective effort of our dedicated sponsors and the unwavering spirit of our athletes.”

“The journey is long and the challenges many, but the dreams of our NJDP elite players are boundless. Together, we strive towards a future where our flags fly high in international arenas, heralding the arrival of Malaysia's finest in the world of golf."

Alongside this announcement, an array of sponsors have also announced their commitment to supporting junior golf in Malaysia, including Colla Niaga Sdn Bhd, Reneuco Berhad, 1EBC Sdn Bhd, Crestlink, Champions Golf, Golf Improvement Center, and Progripp.

Chinese Taipei’s Wu Chun-Wei continued to set a sizzling pace on a record-breaking day three at the sixth Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific (WAAP) championship with a bogey-free six-under-par 66 to extend her advantage at the top of the leaderboard.

Two strokes clear at the start of the round, Wu’s 54-hole aggregate of 18-under-par 198 is four shots in front of her closest pursuer, Rianne Mikhaela Malixi of the Philippines, who fired a stunning nine-under-par 63, the lowest score in WAAP history.

On a dramatic day at the Pattaya course, Navaporn Soontreeyapas also wrote her name into the WAAP record books with a hole-in-one at the 16th. Remarkably, it was the 18-year-old’s second ace of the week, having achieved the feat on the 7th hole on day one. Her latest masterstroke vaulted her into joint eighth place on nine-under 207.

Also with an eye on the big prize going into tomorrow’s final round are China’s Yahui Zhang (66) and Korean Hyosong Lee (67). They share third place on 203, one stroke ahead of fifth-placed Pimpisa Rubrong (68), who is aiming to maintain the proud Thailand record of having a player in the top-two in every edition of the championship.

Currently 15 shots behind the leader, Ng Jing Xuen leads the Malaysian challenge heading into the final day after posting a bogey-free 68 to be in tied 25th position on three-under-par overall.

Teeing off the 10th at the Waterside Course, Ng began her third round with a fiery streak of third birdies in a row. The 15-year-old then went on to add another birdie on the 17th, before closing her round with a perfect streak of pars.

"My approaching shots were good today, and my putting was so much better compared to the last two days, I had a better strategic game plan and committed to it, so I'm feeling pretty good about my game," said Ng who reflected on yesterday's game plan.

Pang Hee Jie is the next best-placed Malaysian in T37 on even-par after signing in another round of 72. While the third Malaysian in the field this weekend, Lipcomb University freshman Foong Zi Yu sits in 52nd spot on five-over-par.

The best Malaysian performance is the sixth place achieved by Ashley Lau, at the third edition of the championship in Abu Dhabi.

The WAAP championship was developed by The R&A and the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC) to inspire future generations of women golfers. The R&A is supported by championship event partners that share its commitment to developing golf in the Asia-Pacific. The Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific championship is proudly supported by Hana Financial Group, ISPS Handa, Nippon Kabaya Ohayo Holdings, Puma, Samsung, Singha, Ricoh and Rolex.

For more information on the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific, visit the championship website.

Second Round Leading Scores
Top 10 & Ties
198 (-18) Wu Chun-Wei 67-65-66
202 (-14) Rianne Mikhaela Malixi 70-69-63
203 (-13) Zhang Yahui 68-69-66, Lee Hyosong 70-66-67
204 (-12) Pimpisa Rubrong 68-68-68
206 (-10) Justice Bosio 68-73-65
Yang Hyojin 73-65-68
207 (-9) Navaporn Soontreeyapas 67-71-69, Kim Minsol 70-69-68, Sriwong Achiraya 70-68-69

 

 

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