One of the few women Malaysian golfers who have made a lot of progress in the golf circuit regionally is Aretha Pan. Despite being in her young adult years, Aretha has already achieved more than most people around her age group.
One of her highest achievement was when she won the Malaysian Games or SUKMA and has continued to chart her success. Aretha turned professional in 2013 where she is among the highest ranked Malaysian golfer for a while.
Since turning professional, Aretha competed in her first full tournament when she joined the Ladies Asian Golf Tour and finishing an impressive 17th out of the 100 participants from all around the circuit. Neil Douglas, the Director of Golf at the Golf Academy Borneo and her coach was impressed and felt that since Aretha had already won most amateur events in Malaysia, it was time for her to take her career up another notch by turning professional. Aretha was trained by the Golf Academy Borneo which continues to be her sponsor.
Before turning pro, Aretha has played in some of the most competitive tournaments where she has represented Malaysia for 4 years. In fact, she was ranked no.1 in the country during those years including the time when she won the Malaysian Amateur Open 2011 which was held at the A’Famosa Golf Resort in Malacca. That was the highlight of the career as she was the first Malaysian to win the competition as well as the youngest ever, a feat which has not been repeated ever since.