In pro company

In pro company

For the first time in a local tournament, junior golfers will get to mix it up with the professionals.

The inaugural three-day Boustead Golf Open at Laguna National's Masters Course, which teed off on Tuesday, features four junior players, the youngest aged 14.

Singapore Professional Golfers' Association (SPGA) president, M. Murugiah, said the $30,000 event is a chance for the juniors to see where they stand against the big boys.

"It's not often that juniors get to play with the pros. It will be good chance for them to get exposure," he said.

"The conditions at Laguna are not easy, and it will be difficult for them to deal with the pressure.

"We have to incorporate youngsters in our local competitions - that is how we can produce champions."

Around 90 leading professionals based in Singapore are competing in the new event, including Singapore's top three - Mardan Mamat, Quincy Quek and Lam Chih Bing.

The inclusion of junior golfers was one of the main reasons title sponsors, Boustead Singapore Limited, decided to back the event.

Thomas Chu, managing director of Boustead Projects, said: "In other sports, there are so many youth programmes in place.

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