Green light for trio to play at SGC

Green light for trio to play at SGC
SGC president Low Teo Ping, Jen Goh, Koh Sock Hwee, Dane Ang, SGA president Bob Tan and SGC general manager Andy Johnston. Koh and Goh are members of the SEA Games women’s team while Ang is part of the national development squad.

Three local amateur golfers have received a timely boost with less than a month to go before the SEA Games kicks off.

Koh Sock Hwee, 26, Jen Goh, 20, and Dane Ang, 17, have been granted complimentary access to, and use of, Sentosa Golf Club's facilities this year.

Koh and Goh, the top two female golfers in Singapore, are part of the SEA Games women's team while Dane is part of the national development squad.

The trio were nominated by the Singapore Golf Association.

The move to provide them a training ground at the Serapong course was welcomed as it is the arena for the upcoming Games golf competition.

Goh, who trains on a course six times a week, hopes that practising at Serapong more often will allow her to be more competitive at the Games. She had previously been playing at Tanah Merah Country Club and rarely practised at the Serapong course, citing the high cost of a round.

The green fee for a member's guest on weekdays is $200 - on weekends, this rises to $280.

Walk-in visitors pay $330 and $450 respectively.

"When you become comfortable with playing at Serapong, how you play it becomes instinctive... you get used to the wind conditions, the grass on the course and this will give us a home-course advantage," she added.

Low Teo Ping, SGC's president, said: "We felt that the sponsorship was a meaningful thing to do for our young golfers.

"It will also allow them to get used to the venue for the SEA Games."

Serapong was recognised as the "Best Golf Course in Singapore" at the 2014 Asian Golf Monthly Awards.

The course also hosted the HSBC Women's Champions in March.

Koh, Singapore's top female golfer, has been sponsored by the SGC since 2013.

Amanda Tan, the third member of Singapore's SEA Games women's team, is already a member of the SGC.

Bob Tan, SGA president, said Koh and Goh were nominated to help them prepare for the Games while Dane was nominated as the SGA felt he had great potential.

He added: "We're giving all our national golfers the best opportunity to win so let's hope they hit their peak at the right time."

isaacneo@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on May 08, 2015.
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