Golf: S'pore finish sixth in Nomura Cup

Golf: S'pore finish sixth in Nomura Cup

He was not yet born the last time a Singaporean struck golfing gold at the SEA Games.

But Jerome Ng believes that he and his team-mates are on course to end a wait which stretches back 24 years, to Samson Gimson's 1989 success in Kuala Lumpur.

"That's what we've been working towards," the 24-year-old told The Straits Times Sunday, after helping the Republic to a sixth-placed finish in the Nomura Cup at the Santiburi Country Club in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

Also known as the Asia-Pacific Amateur Golf Team Championship, this year's edition of the biennial tournament pitted golfers from 26 countries against one another over four days.

Singapore's Myanmar-bound quartet - comprising Ng, Jonathan Woo, 23, Marc Ong and Abdul Hadi, both 18 - finished with a total score of 850 - 22 strokes behind winners Australia.

"We've met expectations, given what we've been doing over the past year," national coach Andrew Welsford said of his team's performance.

"All four boys contributed equally - that's something I hadn't seen previously."

Since taking charge in August last year, the Australian has had a hand in establishing a system of centralised training in which national team players get together three times a week at the Singapore Island Country Club.

And the results are starting to show, as Ng, who was the team's top performer with a total of two-under 286, pointed out.

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