Sunday September 9, 2012
Chance for junior girls to shine at KLGCC
IN its third year, the Sime Darby LPGA Development Programme is well under way and will climax with the staging of the Tout event, whose name it bears, at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC) next month.
Run under the auspices of the MST Golf Academy and the club itself, and supported by Yayasan Sime Darby, the programme has been specifically designed to benefit Malaysia’s top female amateurs.
Sime Darby Berhad chairman Tun Musa Hitam noted that “it is important that to create such opportunities for young golfers, which will help them develop their game”.
He added: “This programme provides the perfect platform to nurture local talent with potential and we are pleased to help them move a step closer to achieving their dreams.”
Speaking at briefing at KLGCC, MST marketing director, Paul Gibbons, pointed out that the programme runs for three months, leading up to the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, with 15 participants enrolled.
He added that the programme comprised a 50-hour five-day week, conducted by pro instructors, Koe Lai Yin, Travis Van Dijk and Ian Ashenden, and supported by guest coaches Stewart Ginn and Ian Triggs.
Apart from the physical and technical training, the girls also attend classroom, with a focus on, among other things, physical preparation, physiotherapy, diet and nutrition, strengthening and stretching.
The Summer Olympic of 2016 in Rio de Janeiro is one of the inspiring target of the programme and Sime Darby, who not work along side MST Golf, but the Malaysian Ladies Golf Association and the Malaysian Golf Association as well.