January 28 2014, Singapore – It was a special day for Singaporean teenager Amanda Tan as she secured her place in one of Asia’s most prestigious golf tournaments after claiming victory in the HSBC Women’s Champions, Host Country Qualifying Tournament at the Sentosa Golf Club following a closely fought battle with Jen Goh.
The fourteen year old shot a seven over par 79 to add to her first round score of 78, posting a combined total of 157, to give her a one shot margin over her fellow overnight leader Jen Goh who
With a strong breeze affecting all of the players, Tan dropped shots on the third, fourth and eighth holes on the front nine of The Serapong, picking up just one birdie on the par five seventh. The back nine proved equally challenging as shots were dropped on the eleventh, thirteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth but a birdie on the twelfth was enough to seal victory and earn her place in the tournament frequently referred to as Asia’s Major.
The teenager, who turns 15 in February, breaks a new record not just as the youngest ever player to win the Host Country Qualifying Tournament but also as the youngest ever competitor to play in the HSBC Women’s Champions tournament.
Speaking after her round, a slightly overwhelmed-looking Tan said, “The first round yesterday felt a little longer than today; they pushed a few tee boxes in front today which helped a bit. It was a very intense back nine with Jen, and I was leading by 4 strokes heading into the 18th but I hit the drive into the water resulting in a double bogey.”
Looking ahead to next month Tan added, “From now till the tournament, I will be focusing on my short game in particular. My target for this tournament would be to come in the top half. I know it’s tough but I just need to work hard. I have a long way to go, and so much to work on.”
Asked who she would most like to play with in next month’s tournament, Tan replied ‘Lydia Koh!’, raising the prospect of one of Singapore’s hottest young talents going head to head with the teenage sensation from New Zealand who also makes her HSBC Women’s Champions tournament debut.
Group General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Singapore, Guy Harvey-Samuel said, “Congratulations to Amanda Tan on earning her place in the HSBC Women’s Champions 2014. She has played some excellent golf over the last two days and has earned the opportunity to compete with the world’s best players here in Singapore next month. HSBC is dedicated to developing local talent and creating new opportunities for young golfers to get a taste of the international stage. We are delighted to bring the HSBC Women’s Champions back to Singapore for the seventh year and look forward to an exciting tournament.”
Speaking from the home of the HSBC Women’s Champions at Sentosa Golf Club, Club President Low Teo Ping said, “We’re delighted to see the return of this prestigious tournament to Sentosa Golf Club and have witnessed two excellent days of competition on The Serapong. It is heartening to see the strong representation and the high standard of play among our local golfers. They have certainly stood up to the test and challenges that The Serapong presents. We offer our congratulations to Amanda Tan and look forward to seeing her representing Singapore and playing alongside the world’s best here at Sentosa in a month’s time.”
The seventh edition of HSBC Women’s Champions continues to attract the best in women’s golf with nine of the world’s top ten players confirmed to compete in the elite 63 player field as they vie for the title of ‘Champion of Champions’ and a share of the US$1.4 million prize purse.
Previous winners of the HSBC Women’s Champions Host Country Qualifying Tournament are: 2008 – Amelia Yong; 2009 and 2010 – Joey Poh; 2011 – Christabel Goh; 2012 – Sock Hwee Koh; 2013 Christabel Goh.
For more information on the HSBC Women’s Champions 2014, please visit the tournament website at http://www.hsbcgolf.com/womens.
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