Rising stars from Malaysia and region competing for a spot amongst the world’s best golfers 
KUALA LUMPUR, 5 SEPTEMBER 2013 – After Round 1 of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Local Qualifying Tournament, Cindy Lee-Pridgen is sitting comfortably at the top of the leader board after a first round par score of 71 on the East Course of the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC) 
Four shots behind and tied in second place are Michelle Koh and Dianne Luke both of whom scored a 4-over par 75 on a rain-delayed round at the KLGCC. 
Speaking after the first round, Lee-Pridgen, a scratch golfer from Sabah, enthused, “I played well. I struck the ball well today, which I was very happy about and had some great ups and downs from the bunkers, and also some good chips.”
“It would be great if I can do the same tomorrow but even if I don’t get the spot, the fact that I played well is good enough for me. I’m not trying to think of the results too much, but to just go out there and play,” continued the 37 year old who was granted a sponsor exemption spot in 2010.
Michelle Koh, the Warren Ford Amateur Open 2013 champion and who arrived fresh from the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Development Programme said, “It was very enjoyable, but I had a little bit of a tough start. It got better as the day progressed, especially since I had a few birdies to cover it up. The course was fantastic although the greens were a bit slow after the rain.”
“Focus for tomorrow is my putting. I missed a couple of short putts out there and I think that really affected me,” added the 22 year old from Kuantan.
In the Regional Tournament it is once again Taiwan’s Ssu-Chia Cheng who leads the field, with a one shot advantage over compatriot Pei-Yun Chien at the half way stage, having carded impressive first round scores of 69 and 70 respectively. Both players will be looking to consolidate their lead tomorrow in an effort to put some distance between themselves and third placed players Aditi Ashok from India and Wichanee Meechai from Thailand who both carded  a 1-over par 72.
The 15 year old Cheng commented, “Actually when I went down the first hole I got three putts, and I felt a little disappointed. But I told myself not to give up and try to improve on my game. I’m going to play the same as I did today, but pay more attention and focus on every shot.”
The local and regional qualifying tournament offers two local and two regional female golfers much sought-after sponsor exemption spots to play amongst their golfing idols on the KLGCC East Course at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia in October this year. A total of nine hopefuls from Malaysia and a record 21 regional players arrived at the KLGCC to compete in the tournaments which conclude tomorrow (Friday).
With an attractive prize-purse of US$2 million, the 2013 edition is set to take place from 10 – 13 October at the KLGCC. With confirmed participation from World No.1 Inbee Park and golfing superstars Stacy Lewis, Na Yeon Choi and Ai Miyazato, spectators can expect a display of world-class golf over the four day stroke play event. 
Joining the stellar field of players are Norway’s Suzann Pettersen, Korean stars So Yeon Ryu and Jiyai Shin, China’s Shanshan Feng, Americans Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer, and Spaniard Beatriz Recari.
The second round of the qualifying tournaments tee off from 8.10am on Friday 6 September before the winners are announced at 2.30pm. 
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