Flamboyant teen golfer from Miri eyes LPGA Tour for 3 years

Profile photo of Mirabel competing at the Arnold Palmer Cup in the US this year.

Miri’s 17-Year-Old golf sensation is continuing to make waves since winning the first US co-league tournament at the Moon Golf Invitational in February of this year.

Mirabel Ting followed up on that milestone by representing Team Internationals at the prestigious Arnold Palmer Cup in Pennsylvania in June, thanks to a shortlist of the top six players in the final qualifying rankings list. in April. She achieved all of this despite being only in her first year at university.

“I didn’t expect me as a freshman to do these things!” Mirabel said, who will only turn 18 on September 25.

Along with Sarawak’s 60th anniversary of independence celebrated by Sarawak Day on July 22, The Borneo Post spoke to this pioneering Sarawakian young man.

Following in the footsteps of her golfing grandfather Ng Siaw Pheng, Mirabel got into the sport at the age of 5 at Miri Golf Club. At the age of 10, she won local tournaments. At the age of 11, she came to the limelight when she lifted the women’s title at the Sarawak Golf Amateur Championship held in Sibu.

“Golf is hard, stressful but at the same time I love golf, and it’s been a great journey,” she said.

She has played eight tournaments in the US so far and has four top 10 finishes, including a second place finish at the Southland Conference Championships in April and a three-season low of 67 (- 5). She also led her team to the 2023 Southland Conference Championship and was voted ‘Freshman of the Year’ and ‘Player of the Year’ for the conference.

Before attending college in the US, she enrolled at Hills International College, Australia, and Dolphin Stem Academy in Florida.

Her locker is full of trophies, including emerging champion at Sarawak Ministers Cup 2018 at Damai Golf and Country Club, Ambank International Children’s Golf Championship 2018 at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club ( Malaysia), Group B of ATI Ciputra Golfpreneur Junior 2019 World Championship (Indonesia), Group B of Hills Taiwan Junior International Open 2019 (Taiwan).

This golf prodigy has participated in top regional tournaments such as Queen Sirikit Cup 2019 (Thailand), Women Amateur Asia Pacific 2019, Malaysia Amateur Open 2019 and 2022, Queensland Amateur Golf Championship 2019 and 2020, SEA Games 2021. (Hanoi Vietnam). ), Singapore Amateur Open 2022 and Malaysian Professional Golf Open 2022.

Mirable will only turn professional after she earns an Interior Design degree within three years. — Photo from Facebook/Mirabel Ting

The young champion has weathered difficult times, including the loss of his beloved father. She said she is lucky to have people around to support, love and care at the crucial times when she feels like giving up. These include her coach, family members, and elders. She also mentioned Malaysian golfer Michelle Koh.

The young man expressed his deep gratitude to them, describing each as ‘life changers’. She met Michelle in March 2022 and said the senior player has been a pillar of strength, offering invaluable advice and support.

“She looked after me and helped figure out what was best for me. I always wanted to be the best but to get there, it’s not about winning or losing but how much gratitude you have for the game and how you treat the people around you,» she explained earnestly.

Mirabel’s brother, Malcolm, is also a top golfer in the nation. Both are determined to pursue golf careers in memory of their father.

Unlike Malcolm, who will turn pro this year, Mirable will only do so after she has earned her Interior Design degree within three years before joining the LGPA tour.

Playing college golf in the US is a long cherished dream but Mirabel also sees it as a journey.

She’s grateful for the «endless» support she’s receiving from Augusta University now, but she hopes to transfer to Florida State University on her path to becoming a successful professional later on.

Her achievements, although still a teenager, have been an inspiration to many back home. And what is her advice for other budding golfers?

“I want to say to all young people, keep chasing your dreams and be patient, it’s like a reward, if you practice, you work hard, you will get the reward. It won’t be easy, difficult but not impossible.»

#Flamboyant #teen #golfer #Miri #eyes #LPGA #Tour #years

Deja un comentario