The 28th Singapore Ladies Amateur Open Golf Championship 2017 (“SLAO”) promises to be another outstanding event this year.
This year the WAGR ranked SLAO will be played on the Laguna Masters course between March 21 – 23, 2017. With 132 players having registered to participate at the time of closing, with players coming in from 13 countries from as far afield as UK, France, China, India, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and all over South East Asia, the number of registered participants this year is a marked increase from the 95 participants that participated in SLAO 2016 which was held at Keppel Club, and which was won by top Indonesian, Ms Inez Beatrice Wanamarta.
Although Ms Wanamarta will not be defending her title this year, there is still a stellar cast of amateur players from across the region who will be playing at Laguna including top players like Ms Onkanok Soisuwan from Thailand, who won the Singapore Junior Golf Championship 2016 and was second runners up at this event last year, and Ms Nur Durriyah from Malaysia, who was runners up to Ms Wanamarta in this event last year. Together with a strong Singaporean contingent comprising the nation’s top amateurs, including national players Ms Jen Goh (who is the SLAO 2015 champion), Ms Sarah Tan, Ms Callista Chen and Ms Jacqueline Young together with young talent like sisters Ms Margaret and Ms Anne Fernandez sporting handicaps of 0.1 and + 0.2, the event looks to showcase the highest quality amateur golfing talent in the region.
Played on Laguna Masters course, SLAO 2017 should feel substantially different from the previous year’s event which was played at Keppel Club. The Laguna Masters course is a Andy Dye designed course with plenty of water and bunkers to put a premium on course management and the open terrain around the Masters course often makes it susceptible to high winds and adds to the challenge of playing this course.
Similar to years past, the SLAO 2017 is organized into 3 divisions i.e. the Open division, and the Mid- Amateur Division (HI 9.9 and under) and Mid-Amateur Division (HI 10.0 to 14.9). Organizing Chairperson, Ms Goh Kui Hwa stated “We are very proud to be able to organize this championship with such a long and illustrious tradition. With the top field that we have been able to attract, we look forward to exciting competition on the challenging Laguna Masters course. I would like to thank Laguna for hosting the event this year, all our sponsors for SLAO 2017, and Mrs Lyn Sen, our SLGA President, for their unwavering support of this event.”
See you at Laguna ! - Kuk Hun Yi, SGA Marcom Sub-Committee