Rising Malaysian professional Alyaa Abdulghany treated 20 junior golfers to an insightful and inspiring clinic at Glenmarie Golf & Country Club on February 19. The clinic was organised by the Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) as part of its Junior Development Programme.

The three-hour clinic at the Glenmarie practice range saw Alyaa sharing useful tips across the spectrum of golf shots, while fielding questions about the finer points of the game and life on tour.

"It's fun to do something like this ... it's really great to see the young generation of golfers do so well. I'm really looking forward to see how they progress in the future,” said the 23-year-old.

Alyaa was back in Malaysia to visit her family and will return to the United States on February 24 to prepare for the start of the 2022 Epson Tour, the official qualifying circuit for the LPGA. The tour tees off next week with the Florida's Natural Charity Classic at Winter Haven.

Alyaa sharing iron tips with the juniors

"Before I start my season, I'd like to get a couple of local sponsors to represent on the tour. I think that would be really great for the country and myself," noted the Johor-born golfer, who has lived in the United Sates since she was five.

Following a stellar collegiate career with the University of Southern California, Alyaa turned professional last year and has been playing mainly on the East Coast Women's Pro Golf Tour (ECWPGT). Just last month, she claimed her first professional title with a one-shot victory in the Dare The Bear Women’s Championship in Florida.

In her quest to play on the LPGA Tour, Alyaa made it through Qualifying School Stage 2 last October but failed to get past the 72-hole cut in the grueling 144-hole Q-Series in December. The effort, however, earned her full status on this year's Epson Tour.

Short game tips on the practice green

MGA junior development committee chairman Dato' Paduka Feizal Nor thanked Alyaa for taking the time to help the elite juniors. "We really appreciate Alyaa taking the time off during her short trip back home to conduct this clinic for our aspiring juniors.

"It was certainly an eye-opening experience for the juniors as Alyaa was one of the world's top collegiate golfers before turning professional ... and she's already won once as a pro! Clinics like these help bridge the gap between elite amateur golf and the professional game by providing the juniors with an opportunity to learn from someone they can relate to, and who has been through the process successfully," he said. 

"The MGA junior development committee will be looking at staging more events like this in the future and also study ways to build the base of the golfing pyramid so we have a larger pool of talent to choose from," added Dato' Feizal.  

Group photo with the juniors