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Golf: Sarah Tan leads HSBC Women’s qualifying in Singapore

Sarah Tan leads the HSBC Women’s Champions Host Country Qualifying Tournament in Singapore.

Sarah Tan, 16, leads the HSBC Women’s Champions Host Country Qualifying Tournament in Singapore.

January 28, 2015: Singaporean teenager Sarah Tan carded a five-over-par 77 to lead at the halfway stage of the two-day HSBC Women’s Champions Host Country Qualifying Tournament over the Sentosa Golf Club’s Serapong course.

 

Tan, 16, carded birdies on holes 12 and 18, as well as seven bogeys, to finish two ahead of Jen Goh and three clear of both 26-year-old Christabel Goh, a former Symetra Tour player, and 15-year-old Amanda Tan, the 2013 and 2014 qualifiers respectively.

 

Sarah Tan, who turns 17 on February 10, is keen to remain ahead of the nine other players fighting for a place in the 63-strong field at the eighth HSBC Women’s Champions, which will be held at the same venue from March 5-8.

 

“I enjoyed my round. It was really nice and the course conditions were really good. It was a fun and enjoyable round, but quite challenging and quite long for some of the holes, especially with the wind. The greens are pretty tough and tricky,” said Tan, who is bidding to play in the main tournament for the first time. “My plan tomorrow is to keep the ball in play, get it in the hole as quickly as possible and make more putts.”

 

Christabel Goh, 26, is bidding to qualify for a third time, following successes in 2011 and 2013.

Christabel Goh, 26, is bidding to qualify for a third time, following successes in 2011 and 2013.

Amanda Tan, the field’s youngest player, is focused on a strong second round as she bids to compete in the US$1.4 million event for a second straight year.

 

“I don’t think I had a really good round. I struggled a little out there. My irons weren’t going well and I missed a few putts. I was actually also missing some of the holes on the wrong side,” said Tan, who turns 16 on February 18. “My plan tomorrow will be to enjoy myself and play the best I can.”

 

In March, defending champion Paula Creamer of the USA will defend her title against a field that features early confirmations from the world’s current top six – Park In-bee (No. 1), Lydia Ko (No. 2), Stacy Lewis (No. 3), Feng Shanshan (No. 4), Suzann Pettersen (No. 5) and Michelle Wie (No. 6).

 

Players invited include the top 20 from the Rolex Rankings (January 12), LPGA winners from 2014, HSBC Women’s Champions winners in 2013 and 2014, the 2014 Honda LPGA Thailand winner, two sponsors’ invites, a Singapore qualifier and leading players on the 2014 LPGA Tour money list not otherwise qualified.

 

HSBC Women’s Champions Host Country Qualifying Tournament winners

2008 – Amelia Yong

2009 – Joey Poh

2010 – Joey Poh

2011 – Christabel Goh

2012 – Koh Sock Hwee

2013 – Christabel Goh

2014 – Amanda Tan

 

For tickets, visit: www.sistic.com.sg/events/hsbc0315

 

Source: HSBC Women’s Champions (www.hsbcgolf.com/womens); Editing by SportAsia

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