Alyaa Abdulghany is a female amateur golfer known for her determination and enthusiasm.
She recently made history when she was the first Malaysian to make it to the semi-final stage of the US Women’s Amateur Championship in 2020 held at the Woodmount Country Club, Maryland, USA.
Alyaa played golf competitively from an early age and she was part of the SEA Games team a year before and is currently among the National Team Players 2020/2021 under the MGA (Malaysian Golf Association).
Alyaa is from Johor where she is currently based in the United States.
There, she has been actively involved in the golf calendar including playing in the 2016 Junior Ryder Club and the 2017 Junior Solheim Cup.
She recently won the Australian Master of Amateurs 2020 and finished 15 at the 2020 CoBank Colorado Women’s Open.
Besides that, Alyaa recently raised funds through a crowdfunding platform gofundme.com to help her efforts to become a professional golfer.
The top Malaysian amateur golfer recently put Malaysia and golf on the world map at the 2020 Arnold Palmer Cup.
Double Achievement for Alyaa
She made history when she became the first Malaysian golfer to qualify for the Arnold Palmer International Team. The tournament was played from December 12 to 23. Alyaa is currently a senior student at the University of Southern California, USA and was at the 34th spot of the World Golf Amateur Golf Ranking.
Ended the year with a bang
Alyaa had previously competed at the SEA Games in the Philippines in 2019. She also made it to the quarterfinals of the US Women’s Amateur Championship that year while winning the Australian Master of the Amateurs.
She scored a career-best of 72.17 average that saw her earning a WGCA All-America Honourable Mention as a junior.
But it is in the Arnold Palmer’s at Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Florida which saw Alyaa come out at her best.
She teamed up with Seniors Gabriela Ruffels for Team International where they took home the 2020 edition of this prestigious trophy.
Team International ended the day with a 14-10 singles edge.
The players were 3-0 in the mixed fourball, foursomes and mixed foursomes.
This would be the second consecutive cup for the team which was being held for the 24th time.
Team International won the game after taking home 14 points (out of 24). To date, Team United States still has the most championships.
After the second day, Team United States was trailing but staged a huge comeback after their player all scored promising games.
Rachel Kuehn tied the opening match while the rest of the pack, Quade Cummins, Megan Schofill, and Cooper Dossey won.
Team International did not falter either.
On the final day, they needed only 3.5 points to win the tournament and they did so in fashion when they took home 5 straight victories.