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Golf - 07. February 2009.

Joey Poh Wins HSBC Women’s Champions Local Qualifying Tournament


HSBC Youth Golf Excellence Programme student will play with the Champions

 

 

Fifteen year old Poh went into the final round on the Garden Course at Tanah Merah Country Club (TMCC) in second place, and three shots behind overnight leader Su-Ann Heng. She gained confidence on day two and finished on the 18th narrowly missing a birdie as the crowds cheered her on and congratulated her on her achievement.

golf Joey Poh Wins HSBC Women’s Champions Local Qualifying Tournament

 

“It was really fun and really good out on the course. The putting green is really very difficult and I had a hard time on the first day but I was a lot more confident today,” said Poh after digesting her victory.

 

“I am excited about playing with the top players next month and learning from them as I hope to turn professional in five years time so this will be a great experience for me.”

golf Joey Poh Wins HSBC Women’s Champions Local Qualifying Tournament

 

Poh is a member of the HSBC Youth Golf Excellence Programme which caters for 450 students who attend weekly training sessions as part of their school’s co-curricular activity. The programme is part of the bank’s global sponsorship strategy and long-term investment in golf.

 

Mr Guy Harvey-Samuel, CEO of HSBC Singapore congratulated Poh on her performance saying, “Our hope is that Joey’s fantastic win today will help inspire the fast growing female golfing community in Singapore, and that one day, a Singaporean will emerge as a world-class champion.”

 

Heng finished the tournament with a gross score of 159 after she struggled to maintain her composure from the opening day. She explained, “Today I just didn’t really commit to my game plan. I didn’t trust myself.

 

“I am disappointed but it’s been a very valuable experience. You take the good and the bad from this and bring it into the next tournament.”

 

Events Director at TMCC echoed congratulations for Poh and all of this year’s entrants. He said, “There is one winner today but the rest of you are also winners because of your willingness to come forward in the hope of qualifying for this world-acclaimed event.”

 

TMCC will now provide Poh, who is a member of National Service Resort and Country Club, with complimentary rounds on the Garden Course to help prepare her for the four day stroke play tournament which takes place from the 5th-8th March and will feature the top professional lady golfers from around the world.

 


 

Additional Quotes:

Joey Poh

“My long putts were working and everything came together today.”

Hopefully I will not be so nervous anymore.”

“Paula, Lorena and Yani are my favourite players because they are so calm throughout their game and they play really well.”

“My putting and my confidence level today really won it for me.”
“I plan to turn pro in five years time and hope to maintain my interest in the game for a long time to come. I would love to play on the LPGA.”

Stephanie Loi

“This week I have been telling myself just to enjoy the experience and don’t expect too much from it. Just do my best and see what happens. I had an upset stomach the past few days which doesn’t help but I told myself to calm down and today I was calmer so I played better.”

Liu Xiao Yan

“Last night I had a high fever. They gave me injections to help me play and I just tried my best. I am happy that I managed to finish the round today.”
“I am unlucky getting sick this week but it is a great tournament and it has been a great experience and I want to play in this again.”

Amelia Yong

“I did ok today. I was six over for today so that’s my second best score here. Yesterday wasn’t my day; everything was going around the hole and not going in. Today was a lot of fun.”

Jo Ee Kok

“On my front nine I didn’t putt very well but overall it was good. This event has taught me a lot and I am very grateful to HSBC for this opportunity. The HSBC YGP programme really helps us develop as players and teaches me lots of important mental elements of the game. They just didn’t work well enough for me today.”

Low Si Xuan

“I had a nice time. I had nice flight mates and I really like the course. I played relatively well. When I played badly I had good recoveries.”

Ji Jiali

“Today was just about me trying to get around. My approach shots were a little bit better but my short game just wasn’t strong enough today. I was reading the putts wrongly.”

“I don’t hit it very long, I hit it shorter than Yani but what makes her such a great player is her short game. That’s what it comes down to these two days – if you can chip and you can putt then you can win this.”

Su-Ann Heng

“I played well yesterday and told myself to go out there with no expectations and just enjoy the golf. On the last couple of holes when I was just two behind I did my best to put up a fight and I tried my best.”

“I will definitely be coming to watch. My best friend Yani is coming down so I will be supporting her and of course Joey.”

Kristle Koh

“It was a good experience. I like playing on this course, it’s really well maintained but I just had a bit of trouble on a few holes. Overall I really enjoyed it and I played better than yesterday so I am happy.”

 

Name

Handicap

Club

Goh, Christabel

1.4

LNGCC

Loi, Stephanie

+1.5

SICC

Yong, Amelia

0.7

SELCC

Kok, Jo Ee *

0.6

NSRCC

Ang, Cheryl

1.2

SELCC

Heng, Su-Ann

1.2

LNGCC

Ji, Jiali

1.3

RCC

Poh, Joey *

0.1

NSRCC

Low Si Xuan *

1.6

SICC

Koh, Kristle

1.7

SGA Golf Club

Ang, Jessica

1.8

WGCC

Liu, Xiao Yan

Pro

 

Koh, Sock Hwee *

2

OCC

Koh, Nicole

1.8

Keppel

 

* = Current or past member of HSBC YGEP

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