Ash­ley hop­ing for mem­o­rable de­but

New Straits Times - - Sport -

ASH­LEY Lau aims to make a mem­o­rable de­but in front of the home crowd at the Sea Games as she and six oth­ers take to the Mines Re­sort and Golf Club on Aug 2226.

“I am ner­vous and it’s pretty scary but I am ex­cited as well.”

Ash­ley, 17, has been at­tend­ing Hills In­ter­na­tional Golf Academy in Aus­tralia on a full schol­ar­ship and the re­sults speak for it­self.

Her Aus­tralian stint saw Ash­ley pick up two wins last year — the Hills Aus­tralian Ju­nior Open and the Katherine Kirk Clas­sic.

“I’ve been work­ing with my coach and train­ing on my swing and it’s pretty good.”

“It’s an­other three months be­fore I grad­u­ate and I’ve been cram­ming my stud­ies for the past three months so that I can come here early and prac­tice for the Sea Games.”

The Queens­land-based academy is the same place where for­mer No 1 for 51-weeks Ja­son Day and five-time Ma­jor cham­pion Tai­wanese Yani Tseng stud­ied.

Dif­fer­ent cour­ses and play­ing styles are some of the things Ash­ley has been ex­posed to in Aus­tralia and she is look­ing for­ward to play­ing at Mines Re­sort and Golf Club as she says the par-71 course suits her play­ing style.

“The course is pretty good. I love the course be­cause it fits my game as it’s not too long.”

De­spite the home ad­van­tage, Ash­ley wishes to re­main re­al­is­tic about her ex­pec­ta­tions at the Sea Games as golf is an un­pre­dictable game.

“Of course I would want to get gold but any­thing can hap­pen. As a team, we have a re­ally good chance.”

“As an in­di­vid­ual, I re­ally want to play my best and get a medal.”

In the women’s team event, Ash­ley will be joined by Nur Dur­riyah Damian and Loh Hee Ying. Farah Azharie



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