PETALING JAYA: Teenage golfer Mirabel Ting has done Malaysia and Asia proud by finishing an impressive joint third at the European Young Masters in the Czech Republic.
The 13-year-old settled for her overnight position after Saturday’s final round at the Golf & Spa Kunecticka Hora in Prague was cancelled due to bad weather.
And based on 36-hole scores, Mirabel ended up two shots behind eventual champion Paula Schulz-Hanssen of Germany on six-under 138.
Mirabel’s top-three finish in her first appearance in the tournament is timely as she has just corrected her swing problem.
“I’ve been struggling with my swing prior to the tournament, so I was quite worried that things were not going to work out,” said Mirabel.
“But I’m surprised with how well I’ve hit with my new swing.
“I really had lots of fun this week. I want to thank APGC (Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation) for giving me this wonderful opportunity to take on the best in Europe,” added Mirabel, who will take part in the back-to-back Hills Junior Open in Taiwan and Japan.”
Three other APGC players, who were also invited for the Under-16 event, put up a commendable showing too.
Pranavi Urs of India was tied for a creditable 16th in the girls’ division while Thailand’s Pongpasak Laopakdee and Arjun Bhati impressed in the boys’ category by coming in third and tied 24th respectively.
APGC board member and team captain Datuk Rabeahtul Aloya A. Abbas was pleased.
“The four APGC golfers are a bunch of talented youngsters and will be the stars of the future,” said Rabeahtul, who’s also the Malaysian Ladies Amateur Golf Association (Malga) executive director.
“Mirabel has continued to showcase her potential. She could have finished as the runner-up if the final round was played.”
The European Young Masters, which was first played in 1995, has produced a list of illustrious winners such as US PGA Tour stars Sergio Garcia, Rafa Cabrera-Bello of Spain and Suzann Pettersen, a 15-time US LPGA Tour winner from Norway.