Thursday, July 2, 2009
Se Ri to grace MLAO
South Korean golf star, Pak Se Ri (picture) would be the main attraction at the 26th Malaysian Ladies Amateur Open (MLAO) Championship, which will take place at the Mines Resort & Golf Club from Aug 4-6, 2009.
However, as a professional player, the 31 year old's role would be just to inspire the other players as well as conduct some coaching clinics for local juniors.
A total of 137 players will take part in this prestigious annual event. Malaysia will field 62 players and among the top names include Chua Tze Jean, 21, who has played in Collegiate Golf, representing the Wake Forest University.
The other Malaysians include Dayanitha Kuneskaran, who represented the country in the 2007 Korat SEA Games, Michele Koh, Michele Low, Isza Fariza and three up and coming juniors - Nurul Syahirah Afigah, Aretha Pan and Nur Islamiah.
Singapore leads the list of foreign teams with 20 participants , followed by Thailand (14), Hong Kong (9), Indonesia (9), Taiwan (8), Philippines (4), China (3), England (3), Brunei (2), Australia (2), Sri Lanka (1).
Defending champion, Kawinpakron Yupaporn from Thailand would be defending her crown but she is expected to face a stiff challenge from last year's runner-up, Ines Putri Chandra from Indonesia.
Meanwhile, there will be no charge for fans who want to watch the players in action.