SINGAPORE’S AMANDA TAN IMPRESSES ON DEBUT AT 2014 HSBC WOMEN’S CHAMPIONS
Amidst the celebrations at The Serapong on Sunday as American Paula Creamer secured victory at the 2014 HSBC Women’s Champions, Singapore representative Amanda Tan emerged with valuable experience from the tournament. Tan, who at 15 years old is the tournament’s youngest-ever competitor to date, played a strong four days of golf to finish just four shots behind her nearest competitor, Italian Giulia Sergas.
Young Tan had a shaky start in the first two days of the tournament, finishing day one with a 7 over par 79 and day two with a 9 over par 81, but a strong improvement on day three saw her score a 3 over par 75 – hitting a birdie on the 18th and ending the round just 2 shots behind her golfing inspiration, Lydia Ko. Tan’s final day of competition ended with an 8 over par 80, for a total of 315, including a birdie on the 13th.
Throughout the tournament, Tan had the opportunity to play alongside some of the world’s best female golfers, including World No. 18 Hee Young Park and World. No. 25 Jessica Korda. Speaking of her young competitor, Jessica Korda said, “She did very well for a girl of only 15 years old. It’s really impressive how far she hits the ball, and her putting was really solid too. It’ll be interesting to see how she develops – she’ll be up there.”
Tan was encouraged by her performance over the weekend. “It was a really good experience for me. I met some top players who gave me some great encouragement which meant a lot to me,” said Amanda.
As the tournament drew to a close on Sunday, the Singapore Sports School student had some good take-aways for next year. “It’s a completely different game to what I’m used to, and the challenge is definitely more mental than physical. The pressure was completely different from what I’ve experienced before, and hopefully when I compete in future tournaments I’ll be able to cope better with it.”