The Maybank Championship 2023 will witness a star-studded field of Malaysia’s most talented golfers unleash their drive and compete with top talents around the world. This is in line with the Championship’s aspiration to inspire the next generation of golfers and elevate women’s golf in the region.
Among the Malaysian golfing talents ready to take on the challenge are Alya Abdul Ghany, Natasha Andrea Oon and Ashley Lau, who will be joining fellow Olympian Kelly Tan. Another historic moment for the Maybank Championship will be the inclusion of amateur golfers Ng Jing Xuen and Jeneath Wong, playing alongside their Malaysian counterparts as well as other world champions.
In anticipation of this exciting golfing spectacle, Dato’ Khairussaleh Ramli, Maybank Group President & CEO said that the Maybank Championship aims to provide a holistic platform that will give the nation’s athletes a chance to prove their tenacity, commitment, and perseverance.
“As the Championship continues to evolve, we want to recognise deserving golfers and also encourage a thriving and inclusive golfing landscape that is worthy of a global stage. We aspire to nurture our young and upcoming talents of this generation and at the same time are committed to grow the golfing scene in Malaysia and beyond.”
Bringing excitement to the greens, California-based Alyaa Abdul Ghany, a rising star on the golf horizon, will swing her way into the Maybank Championship. The 24-year-old’s impressive victories, including the 2020 Australian Masters of the Amateurs Championship, have placed the Johorean on the radar of golf enthusiasts worldwide.
Joining her is Natasha Andrea Oon, a burgeoning sensation in golf. Since turning professional in 2022, her profound passion for the game radiates through each shot, setting the stage for captivating moments on the fairways. With an impressive track record of multiple top-three finishes this year, the San Jose resident promises to add an extraordinary touch to the all-star lineup.
Sarawakian golfer Ashley Lau, known for her powerful drives and incredible short game, will showcase her skills after her impressive solo-third finish at the 2022 Ann Arbor’s Road to the LPGA powered by A2 Sports on the Epson Tour. As a proud dog mom of seven, she has chosen to chase birdies instead of legal briefs, making her a fearless force on the course.
Beyond just the thrilling competition on the greens, the Maybank Championship symbolises an evolution for women's golf both nationally and internationally, inspiring upcoming and new generation of female golfers to follow in the footsteps of their trailblazing comrades.
Breaking records and driving her way to the top, the young and talented Malaysian golf prodigy, Ng Jing Xuen, is set to make history by participating for the first time at the prestigious Maybank Championship. At 15, Ng created history as Malaysia's first gold medalist at the 2023 SEA Games, an outstanding feat for a non-professional athlete. With her sights firmly set on turning pro within the next two years, her attendance at this year’s Ladies Professional Golfers Association (LPGA) Tour-sanctioned tournament marks a significant milestone in her burgeoning career.
Together with her, will be the dynamic Jeneath Wong, who plays in Melbourne. With her remarkable talent and impressive achievements, this young 18-year-old sensation is set to turn this tournament into a captivating spectacle. Having secured consecutive victories in the Victorian Girls Junior Amateur and The Riversdale Cup in 2020, the 53rd-ranked world amateur is undoubtedly a player to watch closely.
The contingent will be fully bolstered by Kelly Tan, as previously announced. Tan's recent accomplishments include finishing as a runner-up in the 2022 Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational and winning the 2019 Florida's Natural Charity Classic. As a seasoned veteran in the field, Tan emerges as the one to watch, poised to inspire and lead her fellow junior local golfers by example, demonstrating the art of golf mastery at its finest. She is also Maybank’s ASEAN Ambassador.
The Maybank Championship 2023 aims to elevate Maybank's 14-year heritage of top-tier golf tournaments through collaboration with the LPGA Tour. This inclusive stage promotes greatness and cultivates the future of women's golf with a field of 78 international competitors, fostering talent and cultural interchange.
Maybank welcomes everyone to be part of this prestigious event and show support for their golfing heroes. All attendees are welcomed with unreserved general admission, enabling them to witness world-class golfing action up close. Ticketing options include RM38 Day Pass (entry to only both Thursday and Friday), RM68 Weekend Pass (entry to only both Saturday and Sunday), or RM88 Season Pass (entry for all four days).
To further encourage the participation of families, complimentary entries are available for children under 12, as well as Maybank Cardholders (Debit, Credit & Charge Cards) and MAE App users. This gesture underscores Maybank Championship's mission to Humanise Financial Services and ensure that sports are inclusive and accessible to all.
For more information and ticket bookings, visit http://www.maybank.com/championship.