Cindy Lee-Pridgen and Michelle Koh Secure Berths to October Showdown


KUALA LUMPUR, 6 SEPTEMBER 2013 – The battle for top honours at the 2013 edition of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia heats up for Cindy Lee-Pridgen and Michelle Koh as they claim sponsor exemptions to the highly anticipated US$2 million tournament taking place from 10 – 13 October at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC).

The Local Qualifying Tournament, played over 36 holes during the last two days, featured 9 of Malaysia’s top female golfers fighting for the coveted opportunity of competing among golf’s superstars. After recording a score of par 71 on the first day, the 37 year old Lee-Pridgen clinched victory with a final round score of 75 to finish with an aggregate total of 146 on the East Course at the KLGCC.  

Coming in four shots behind, 23 year old Michelle Koh claimed her opportunity to play with the big stars after scoring two consecutive rounds of 75, wrapping up with an aggregate total of 150.

Speaking about her win, Lee-Pridgen, who received a sponsor invite to compete in the tournament in 2010, said, “I shot two bogies and then a double on 9 so not a great start but then made the turn and am just really glad I a had such a good caddy this week. He kept saying ‘I’ll pull the club and you just hit it’ so off we went and it seemed to work.”

“I’ll be looking to erase some bad memories of 2010 but will focus on trying to get a little bit more distance on the drives and work on my alignment between now and the tournament. But I’m just delighted to be playing,” added the US based Cactus tour player.

Said Koh, a graduate from the 2013 Sime Darby LPGA Development Programme, “I couldn’t believe it when I was told that I had qualified – I was just speechless. I find it a really tough course so I’m just so excited to be playing”.

Tun Musa Hitam, Chairman of Yayasan Sime Darby said, “We are very proud to have Cindy and Michelle representing Malaysia while competing amongst the very best female golfers at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Their achievement today illustrates the hard work and preparation that they have put in for the qualifying tournament. As they continue to train for the tournament, I hope this opportunity will spur them to work even harder and show themselves to be the true champions they are capable of.”

Both players are joined by Yu-Shin Chang and Pei-Yun Chien from Taiwan who both guaranteed their places after winning the Regional Qualifying Tournament following a three-way play-off with last year’s winner Ssu-Chia Cheng. All three players carded 143 after 36 holes, with Ssu-Chia Cheng dropping one shot to her compatriots on the 18th hole play-off.

Sime Darby also announced last week that international golf stars China’s Shanshan Feng, Norwegian Suzann Pettersen, American Cristie Kerr and Korean stars So Yeon Ryu and Jiyai Shin, will join Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings No.1 and defending champion Inbee Park in world-class golfing action as they take on the championship East Course at KLGCC.

Commenting on the achievements of all four qualifiers, tournament organiser Grant Slack, Senior Vice President of IMG Golf, said, “These four talented young golfers have all earned the opportunity to complete amongst the very best golfers in the world in one of Asia’s leading women’s golf tournaments. They have secured their place on merit and I hope that this inspires them to go on and achieve their full potential in the game. We wish them every success in the tournament and hope that they benefit from the experience.”

The Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia is a 72-hole stroke play, no cut event, featuring a total of 62 stars from the LPGA Tour and 10 sponsor invites making up one of the strongest fields in Asian golf.

For more information on the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia 2013, visit www.simedarbylpgamalaysia.com; Tournament activities can also be followed on Twitter (@SimeDarbyLPGA) and on the official Facebook fan page (www.facebook.com/SimeDarbyLPGAMalaysia). For further information regarding CARIF, please visit www.carif.com.my .

The tournament is proudly sponsored by title sponsor the Sime Darby Foundation, and supporting sponsors Konica Minolta, Sharp, Singapore Airlines and One World Hotel.

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Ticketing details

  • Tickets will be on sale from 10 July to 13 October 2013 and can be purchased fromwww.ticketpro.com.my; Ticketpro outlets and Ticketpro hotline on +603 7880 7999

Tournament Dates

Ticket Types

Ticket Price*

Early Bird Ticket Price*

(10 Jul – 09 Aug) (20% discount)

10 October 2013 (Thursday)

Single Day Ticket

RM 20

RM 16

11 October 2013 (Friday)

12 October 2013 (Saturday)

Single Day Ticket

RM 30

RM 24

13 October 2013 (Sunday)

10 - 13 October 2013

Seasonal Ticket

RM 65

RM 52

Other discounts and concessions:

  • Free entry for children below 16 years old.

* Ticket price does not include GST, ticketing fee, booking fee and other administrative fees charged by Ticketpro.

About Sime Darby

Sime Darby is a Malaysia-based diversified multinational involved in key growth sectors, namely, plantations, property, motors, industrial equipment, energy & utilities and healthcare. Founded in 1910, its business divisions seek to create positive benefits in the economy, environment and society where it has a presence.

With a workforce of over 100,000 employees in over 20 countries, Sime Darby is committed to building a sustainable future for all its stakeholders. It is one of the largest companies on Bursa Malaysia with a market capitalisation of RM57.09 billion (USD17.88 billion) as at 16 July 2013.

About Sime Darby Property

Sime Darby Property is Malaysia's leading and largest property developer with a successful track record of developing townships of sustainable communities. It is an integrated property developer with two core businesses namely, property development and property investment. In addition to Malaysia, it has a global reach in Singapore, Vietnam, Australia and United Kingdom. Sime Darby Property recently bagged the Putra Brand Icon in Putra Brands Awards and the BCI Asia Top 10 Developer Awards 2013.  For more information, log on to www.simedarbyproperty.com

About Cancer Research Initiatives Foundation (CARIF)

CARIF is the only non-profit cancer research laboratory dedicated to Malaysian cancer research. CARIF’s mission is to conduct research that can lead to new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer; with the hope that such research will lead to saving lives from this terrible disease. CARIF was established by YM Tan Sri Dato Seri Tunku Ahmad Yahaya and YABhg Toh Puan Dato’ Seri Dr Aishah Ong in 2000 and officially launched by YABhg Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in 2002, concentrating first on oral cancer then expanding later to research programmes in breast, nasopharyngeal and ovarian cancers, and to natural products with anti-cancer properties. For more information, kindly visit

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 Worldwide is a global sports, fashion and media business, with 3,500 employees operating in more than 30 countries around the globe. IMG’s areas of expertise are diverse and wide ranging:  IMG College; IMG’s Joint Ventures in India, Brazil, China and Turkey; IMG Media; IMG Events and Federations; IMG Golf and IMG Tennis; IMG Fashion; IMG Models; IMG Art+Commerce; IMG Clients; IMG Academy; IMG Consulting and IMG Licensing.  More information is available at www.imgworld.com.  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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