‘Angel’ Durriyah aims to soar at Faldo Series Malaysia Championship
Selangor, Malaysia (September 28): Malaysian ‘Angel’ Nur Durriyah Damian will be aiming to fly high once more when the 10th edition of the Faldo Series Malaysia Championship tees-off this week.
Overall winner in 2012 and Girls’ champion for the past two years, Durriyah is expected to be to the fore at Danau Golf Club in the 54-hole World Amateur Golf Ranking event from September 29-October 1, the 11th leg of the record-breaking 2015-2016 Faldo Series Asia season.
The 20-year-old Durriyah is on a high after pre-qualifying for next month’s LPGA Sime Darby Malaysia, a US$2 million event featuring the world’s best female golfers, including former Faldo Series champion Tseng Ya-ni.
The five-strong local contingent that will line-up in the LPGA Tour event at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club has been dubbed ‘the Malaysian Angels’.
For national amateur team stalwart Durriyah, victory in the Faldo Series Malaysia Championship would be the perfect tonic ahead of her date with the professionals.
It would also enable her to earn a sixth successive trip to Mission Hills China for the 10th anniversary Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, to be hosted by Sir Nick Faldo, next March.
Having tied for top spot in the Girls’ Under-21 category at Mission Hills in the 2013-2014 Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, last year saw Durriyah place joint third behind the victorious Princess Mary Superal of the Philippines and runner-up Minami Hiruta of Japan.
Six-time Major championship winner Faldo, Britain’s most successful golfer, said: “To have qualified five times in a row for the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final is a worthy achievement that is testament to the talent and consistency of Durriyah.
“Over that period she has improved her game considerably, as evidenced by her results in the Grand Final at Mission Hills these past two years. I was delighted to hear that Durriyah had qualified for the LPGA Sime Darby Malaysia and feel sure it will prove another stepping stone in her career.”
This year’s Faldo Series Malaysia Championship is being staged at the Danau Golf Club in Selangor where sensible course management is a pre-requisite to good scoring.
Supported by The R&A and Mission Hills and endorsed by the Asian Tour and the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation, the 2015-16 Faldo Series Asia campaign stretches over 11 months and will include a minimum of 21 events in 17 countries including, for the first time, Australia.
Recognised as the only global amateur series for boys and girls, the Faldo Series was established in 1996, expanding to Asia in 2006.
Today, 40 Faldo Series tournaments take place in 30-plus countries worldwide, touching more than 7,000 golfers each year. Past winners include Tseng Ya-ni and Rory McIlroy, who took his tally of professional Major titles to four with his wins at last year’s Open Championship and US PGA Championship.