Thailand’s Kanphanitnan Muangkhumsakul was on cloud nine today having secured her place in one of Asia’s leading women’s golf tournaments following her one shot victory in the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Regional Qualifier at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.
The15-year-old from Khon Kaen, Thailand posted scores of 76 and 73 over the two-day competition to finish on 7 over par 149 and claim a one shot lead over second place Dianne Luke from Malaysia. A further two shots back was Sarfina Seretharan who recorded a total of 152 over two days play on the East Course.
Muangkhumsakul managed to maintain her form from Round 1 as the runner up overnight in the clubhouse, to claim victory, picking up one birdie on hole 10 and three bogeys on hole 1, 17 and 18.
Speaking after the win, a jubilant Muangkhumsakul, who turned professional last year and has qualified for the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia for the first time, said “I am very excited to win the qualifier and look forward to coming back to Malaysia for my first LPGA event”.
Second place Luke, who scored 4 over par 75 for round 2 with one birdie on Hole 12, said, “I thought I played my best. I was positive towards the round and I kept trying to give myself chances to possibly win it, but in the end it didn’t turn out that way. I did well on hole 12. I drove it OK and hit my second shot into the rock on the left under the tree but it wasn’t in my way and I hit it at about three feet. It was my climax and the only birdie today.”