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Golf - 26. January 2011.

Day 1 of the HSBC Women's Champions Local Qualifying Tournament


Christabel Goh looking composed with a two-stroke advantage ahead of the field

Christabel-Go-Day 1 of the HSBC Womens Champions Local Qualifying Tournament

Singapore, 26 January 2011...21-year-old Christabel Goh has shot her way to the top of the leader board after day one of the HSBC Women's Champions Local Qualifying Tournament. She finished with a score of 77 to hold a two-stroke advantage over Amelia Yong in a rain-interrupted day of play at the Garden Course of the Tanah Merah Country Club (TMCC).

Goh, who turned pro last November and recently spent time training in the US, is participating in the tournament for the third time and hopes to claim the coveted Host Country Invite to play in the fourth edition of 'Asia's Major' which will take place from 24 to 27 February.

Amelia-Yong-Day 1 of the HSBC Womens Champions Local Qualifying Tournament
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She said, "My approach to the round today was simply to stay out of trouble and to consistently make par at each hole. I tried to do my best to play smart and not give up mentally because the course is very challenging as it is. I'm looking to continue putting well tomorrow and to enjoy myself on the course."

Amelia Yong, who won the 2008 edition of the tournament, shot a seven-over par round of 79 and is looking forward to tomorrow's second and final round.

Said the 18-year-old who holds a handicap of 0.3, "The conditions were tiring out there today with the rain interruptions and strong winds but I am pleased with my performance today. I'm glad to have my coach, Greg Anketell by my side as my caddie as well. It would be really special to win the Host Country Invite again and I hope to rest and prepare well to take on the course tomorrow."

Joey Poh, who won the 2009 and 2010 Host Country Invites and played in the past two editions of the HSBC Women's Champions, along with Ji Jiali, shot rounds of 80 today and are three strokes back. Koh Sock Hwee sits a further stroke behind after posting a score of 81.

The 13 hopefuls will tee off the second day of play tomorrow from 7.30am with the winner being announced at the end of play. The successful player will have the opportunity to play with the best female golfers in the world. 

Players qualify for the HSBC Women's Champions 2011 by winning tournaments on the LPGA Tour or finishing in the Top 20 on the Rolex Rankings (as at December 31, 2010).

The HSBC Women's Champions is the  second tournament on the 2011 LPGA Tour calendar and will see the star-studded field competing for the coveted 'Champion of Champion's' title and an increased prize fund of US$1.4 million.

The HSBC Women's Champions 2010 attracted the strongest field ever seen in Asia, with the top  20 players from the Rolex Rankings and the top 55 players from the 2009 LPGA official money list in the field.

Further details on the HSBC Women's Champions 2011 and additional star players who have confirmed their participation in the event in Singapore will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information on the HSBC Women's Champions 2011, please visit the tournament website at http://www.hsbcgolf.com.
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