The 45th RSGC Ladies Amateur Open Attracts Region’s Top Players
The Royal Selangor Golf Club (RSGC) will host 100 of the most promising female amateur golfers from Malaysia and the region for the 45thedition of the RSGC Ladies Amateur Open Championship, which will be played from August 2 to 4, 2019.
This year the tournament welcomes players from Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Malaysia and for the first time, Australia. Seven players from GolfAustralia, Australia’s junior golf programme, have registered for the event, which will be played over the East Course (the first nine of the Old Course and the second nine of the New Course).
The players will compete for the four coveted trophies – Tuanku Bahiyah (Gross Champion), Toh Puan Norashikin (Nett Champion), Datin Azian (Team Gross Champion) and Clarissa Lee (Team Nett Champion). The event is open to amateur players with a USGA handicap of 17.4 and lower.
In the past years, the 3-day championship has always attracted many players ranked on the World Amateur Golf Ranking and organiser expects the turn-out to be the same this year. The Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking system lists the top female amateur golfers around the world on the basis of their average performance in Counting Events, such as the RSGC Ladies Amateur Open (a Category D event).
“The calibre of the entries is very exciting, as we already have six entries at handicap between +2 and 0. This has an important bearing for our event, as it means that we are now attracting better players, and the news of our event is spreading further. This also means Kuala Lumpur is becoming recognized as a venue for world-class amateur ladies golf,” said Dato’ Yasmin Yusuff, Organising Chair of the Ladies Amateur Open. She also thanked MALGA, who are holding their MLAO just three days later, and have gone out of their way to encourage their participants to also take part in the RSGC event, and MyFutures for similarly encouraging their network of Golf Associations to support it.
For 2018, the Championship was one of only four golf competitions in Malaysia to be ranked Category D by World Amateur Golf Ranking. Aspiring to be on the same standing as the Malaysian Ladies Amateur Open, the MLAO, which last year rose to Category C, the Championship is still ranked the number one private club ladies amateur golf tournament in the country.
The RSGC Ladies Amateur Open has produced several Malaysian champions who later went on to play professionally. Among the first were Lim Ai Lian (Champion in 1991, 1997 and 1998) and Lim Siew Ai (Champion in 1996), an RSGC member, who went on to become Malaysia’s first LPGA player.
This year participants will again enjoy a designated Players Lounge, complimentary foot massages, professionally led warm-up stretches and transport by official car the Kia Carnival. Fabulous hole-in-one prizes this year include a Mercedes A200, a Tahitian diamond and South Sea pearl ring worth RM16,000 from La Putri and a Titoni watch, as well as many other prizes. Love18 will again sponsor made in Malaysia chocolates.
For the RSGC Ladies Amateur Open 2019, the Co-Sponsor is MKH – Metro Kajang Holdings Berhad. The Main Sponsor is Poh Kong. Impiana KLCC returns once again as the Official Tournament Hotel and 100 Plus as the Official Tournament Drink. Titoni is the official tournament timekeeper. Participants will be transported to and from the hotel and RSGC in five Kia Carnivals, the Official Tournament car. This year, The Social Group will sponsor the welcome cocktail at The Social TREC. Agile returns to sponsor the collaterals that were very impressive last year, Senheng Electric (KL) is a third-time sponsor, and to add more excitement for players, there will be once again bumper goodie bags.
Lady golfers interested to find out more on the Championship can go to http://lao.thersgc.com/. Entries close on Thursday 25th of July 2019.
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