Ashley hoping for memorable debut
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