Laura Davies and Yani Tseng to join star-studded field for October showpiece. Aditi Ashok and Jean Chua receive final sponsor invitations.

KUALA LUMPUR, 13 October 2016
– Former World No.1s, Yani Tseng of Taiwan and Dame Laura Davies of England have accepted sponsor invitations to participate in the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia 2016 from 27th – 30th October at TPC Kuala Lumpur at Alya Kuala Lumpur.

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Tournament Committee Chairman, Steven Thielke, said the committee is delighted to award the sponsor invitations to a group of “highly talented” players.

“Each player is deserving of their place in the tournament on account of what they have achieved in the game, their future potential, or the contribution they have made to the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia to-date.”

“We look forward to welcoming them to TPC Kuala Lumpur at the end of the month for what promises to be the best edition of this tournament yet,” he added.

With 111 professional wins to their names, the announcement complements what is set to be the strongest field ever assembled for the tournament.

As the most accomplished English female professional golfer, Davies has an impressive 84 professional wins to her name. Between 1985 and 2010, she has won at least one title every year except for 2005.

The 53-year-old has won the Ladies European Tour (LET) Order of Merit a record seven times, and was also the first golfer, male or female, to win tournaments on five different continents in a single year.

Having been inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame last year, Davies was this year appointed as the first honorary president of the Parliamentary Golf Group in the United Kingdom where she is working on golf development in the country. Earlier this year, she was the first-ever recipient of the Spirit of Golf Award from the Golf Foundation.

Davies said she is looking forward to return to TPC Kuala Lumpur at the end of the month for the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia tournament.

“I’m delighted to return to Malaysia to play in the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia once again. I’ve played in so many tournaments around the world, but it’s safe to say that this is one of the best organised and most fun tournaments to participate in. Thank you Sime Darby,” said Davies.

Another golfer who is no stranger to life at the very top of the world rankings is Yani Tseng.

The 27-year-old from Taiwan is the youngest player, male or female, to win five major championships, a feat she accomplished at the age of 22.

Having spent an amazing 109 consecutive weeks as World No. 1 between 2011 and 2013, Tseng has amassed 27 professional wins to date. In 2009, Tseng broke Paula Creamer’s record of being the fastest LPGA player to reach the $2 million mark in career earnings, having achieved the mark in a mere 32 events.

“I’ve been feeling pretty okay this year. I’m focusing a lot more on the process and not just the result, and I’m enjoying myself on the course. I’m thankful for the opportunity to return to TPC Kuala Lumpur because this is definitely one of the great tournaments we get to play each year so I’m looking forward to it,” said Tseng.

Joining Davies and Tseng are promising Indian talent, Aditi Ashok, and long-time local favourite, Jean Chua. The quartet will join Michelle Wie and Cheyenne Woods on the East Course of TPC Kuala Lumpur.

Having made her debut at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia last year as the winner of the National Qualifying Tournament, the 18-year-old Ashok was the first Indian player to qualify for the event, and is the first and only Indian golfer to have played at the Asian Youth Games, Youth Olympic Games, Asian Games, and the Olympics.

“It’s great to be able to come back to Malaysia because I really love the event and it’s the venue of my first LPGA tournament. This year has been fantastic for me as I got to play at the Rio Olympics, and I have had good finishes on the Ladies European Tour these past few weeks, so I'm really excited and am looking forward to the tournament. Being able to return to Kuala Lumpur to play the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia is very special. Thank you,” she said.

The final sponsor exemption place was awarded to Jean Chua, who has been invited back in recognition of her many years of support and valued contribution to the tournament. Chua will be the ninth “Malaysian Angel” to participate in the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia this year – a record for the tournament - ensuring that Malaysian fans have plenty of local talent to follow on the course.

For all the latest updates, visit the tournament website at www.simedarbylpgamalaysia.com. Tournament activities can also be followed on www.facebook.com/SimeDarbyLPGAMalaysia, or via Twitter and Instagram using @SimeDarbyLPGA, #SimeDarbyLPGA, #WomenWithDrive.



Ticket Promotion

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Ticketing Information

Pre-book tickets at: http://www.airasiaredtix.com/Events/sime_darby_lpga_malaysia_2016/  

  • Daily Pass, Thursday 27th October – RM50
  • Daily Pass, Friday 28th October – RM50
  • Daily Pass, Saturday 29th October – RM50
  • Daily Pass, Sunday 30th October - RM50
  • Weekend Pass, Saturday & Sunday, 29th October & 30th October – RM70

For online ticket purchases, visitors can present their e-ticket on arrival to collect an entrance ticket and sleeve of coupons.

Parking Information

  • West Parking – VIPs (Access using VIP Car Park Hang-Tag): 98 Spaces
  • East Parking – VIPs (Access using VIP Car Park Hang-Tag): 110 Spaces
  • Multi-story Parking – VIPs and TPC Kuala Lumpur Members (Access using VIP Car Park Hang-Tag and Members 2016 Windscreen Sticket): 400 Spaces
  • West Nine Private Parking – Volunteers, TPC Kuala Lumpur Members, TPC Kuala Lumpur, Public: 400 Spaces
  • Public Parking* (Old Road to TPC Kuala Lumpur, Along Jalan Bukit Kiara, Stadium KBS, and Stadium Juara) – All Public: 700 Spaces

*Shuttle bus services are available to ferry visitors from all public parking points to the main entrance of the tournament

 About Yayasan Sime Darby or Sime Darby Foundation

Yayasan Sime Darby, or Sime Darby Foundation, was established in 1982 and is the primary driver of Sime Darby Berhad’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.

The objectives of Yayasan Sime Darby are supported by its five pillars, namely: community and health; education; youth and sports; arts and culture; environment. While led by independent members of a Governing Council and managed by a dedicated team, Yayasan Sime Darby works closely with the Sime Darby Group, in areas of mutual interest.

Since its inception, Yayasan Sime Darby has awarded scholarships worth RM230 million to 2,894 students both in and outside Malaysia. It is supporting long term research projects of significant scientific value like the Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems (SAFE) project which is the world’s largest ecological project, a joint effort with the Royal Society (The UK and Commonwealth Academy of Science). Yayasan Sime Darby is also actively involved in the development and improvements of sports in Malaysia namely track cycling, lawn bowling, cricket, tennis and golf. Under its community & health pillar, Yayasan Sime Darby supports initiatives to promote the well-being of disadvantaged people irrespective of race, culture, religion, creed or gender and works with established organisations to promote the development of arts & culture.

About TPC Kuala Lumpur

Formerly known as Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, TPC Kuala Lumpur is a 36-hole tournament-standard course strategically located in the lush landscape of Bukit Kiara, just eight kilometres from the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Its proprietor Sime Darby Property; designed the club as an elegant and relaxing golf haven surrounded by natural beauty.

TPC Kuala Lumpur defines new standards in golf and country clubs with its superior service, excellent facilities and warm hospitality. The high quality of construction is synonymous with Sime Darby Property and incorporates state-of-the art technologies with impressive attention to detail. Visit TPCKL.com for more information. Like us on Facebook - TPC Kuala Lumpur to gain insights on our latest happenings.

About the TPC Network

Owned, operated, and licensed by the PGA TOUR, the TPC Network is comprised of 34 premier private, resort and daily fee golf properties designed by some of golf’s most elite architects. Twenty of the clubs are operated by affiliates of PGA TOUR Golf Course Properties, Inc. Each TPC has hosted or has been designed to host TOUR-sponsored golf tournaments. Since TPC Sawgrass first opened its world renowned PLAYERS Stadium Course in the fall of 1980, TPCs have provided the PGA TOUR with rent-free venues for tournaments, helping to boost championship golf purses and increasing charitable donations to grass roots non-profit organizations. At the same time, TPCs have provided recreational golfers with the unique opportunity to test their skills on the same layouts where the world’s best golfers compete.

TPCs are known for their outstanding conditioning and amenities, as well as a commitment to environmental excellence. The TPC Network is also distinguished by its unwavering commitment to further the PGA TOUR’s “Together, anything’s possible” giving back mission through support of charitable and community-based programs. For more information, please visit www.tpc.com. For the most up-to-date news, follow the TPC Network on Twitter (@PlayTPC), Instagram (@PlayTPC) or www.facebook.com/TPCNetwork

About Cancer Research Malaysia

Cancer Research Malaysia (CRM) is an independent, non-profit cancer research organisation in Malaysia. Dedicated to bringing scientific advancement to cancer patients, CRM leads the fight to reverse cancer and conducts impactful research to identify better ways to prevent, diagnose, detect and cure cancer for Malaysians. CRM is committed to ensuring that at least 90% of funds received are spent on research and works closely with top scientists and clinicians both locally and internationally.  CRM connects with the world through its website www.cancerresearch.my and www.facebook.com/cancerresearchmalaysia.

About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association)

The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 1,700 members representing 29 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.LPGA.com, www.facebook.com/lpga.official, www.twitter.com/lpga, and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo.

About IMG 

IMG is a global leader in sports, events, media and fashion, operating in more than 30 countries. The company represents and manages some of the world’s greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages hundreds of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is one of the largest independent producers and distributors of sports media. IMG also specializes in sports training; league development; and marketing, media and licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions. In 2014, IMG was acquired by WME, a leading global entertainment agency.

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Nicholas Yeam

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