Seow's a world champion

He conquered the windy conditions of Durban, South Africa, and overcame flightmates who submitted erroneous scores.

Singapore's David Seow can now claim to be a world champion after winning the Division E (20.5-25.4 handicap) title of the World Golfers Championship yesterday.

The 29-year-old banker shot his personal best round of golf with a gross score of 80 for a superb nett score of 63 at the Mount Edgecombe Golf Course to register a final nett score of 264 after nett scores of 68, 70 and 63 in earlier rounds.

"Actually I had no expectations of winning at the start because all these guys here are so much taller and more athletic than me," Seow told The New Paper yesterday.

"I think my winning formula was just taking it one stroke at a time, trusting my swing in the wind and not worrying about the outcome."

It has been a eventful experience for Seow, who had to hit a shot over a house, splash out of a water hazard, and see his Swiss flight-mate disqualified for signing a lower score than he played.

"But the most memorable incident was when a monkey stole my breakfast today and I had to play with breakfast," he quipped.

The team results were unavailable at press time yesterday, but Seow's strong showing has put Team Singapore in contention to win the team competition, with hosts South Africa also among the contenders.

Team Singapore are also represented by Cody Lim in Division A (0-5.4), Sushminder Singh in Division B (5.5-10.4), Ko Yeo in Division C (10.5-15.4) and Tan Horng Chiang in Division D (15.5-20.4).

Seow added: "As much as I'm happy to do well in the individual event, I'm more concerned about the team performance and I hope my score can help us win the team event."

This article was first published on Nov 08, 2014.
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