SGA Elite Squad Player, Gregory Foo, shot a remarkable 10 under over 3 days to win SGA’s 1st National Ranking Game (NRG) held between 28th to 30th March 2017, to secure back to back wins with his earlier win at the 5th NRG at Raffles Palm in February of this year. As proven time and again in the past, it is extremely difficult to shoot under par at Changi golf course, which makes Gregory’s feat all the more remarkable. Gregory’s final day score of 63 is a course record for the par 68 Changi golf course.
18 men and 5 women participated in the 1st NRG at Changi with the majority of players coming from the Elite and Development Squad and the Singapore Sports School. In the Men’s division, Gregory Foo won the competition by 8 strokes with a 10 under aggregate 3 day score of 194 (65, 66, 63) followed by Elite Squad Player Joshua Shou in second place with an aggregate score of 202 (68, 65, 69) and Development Squad Player, Nicholas Mok with an aggregate score of 206 (68, 72, 66).
In the Women’s division, Elite Squad player Calllista Chen took first place with a 2 day aggregate score of 153 (76, 77) followed by Elite Squad player Sarah Tan with an aggregate score of 155 (82, 73).
Held at Changi Golf Club, the 1st NRG for 2017, was expected to pose a difficult challenge of golf, as Changi Golf Club is well known for its narrow fairways, undulating terrain and firm greens. The 1st NRG was made even more difficult as bad weather lashed the course on the first day of competition resulting in multiple rain stoppages and causing many players not to be able to complete more than 9 holes on the first day.
The organizers were determined to make best efforts to complete the rounds resulting in the field playing up to 27 holes on the second day of competition. Unfortunately, the ladies were unable to complete leaving them with only two full days of scores.
The field witnessed some stellar iron and wedge play into the small Changi greens by Gregory, as well as some deft putting, during the competition. In describing this latest win in Changi, Gregory Foo had this to say “I felt very comfortable with my irons and wedge play. So I was able to put myself in good positions on the course and give myself opportunities.”
In Gregory Foo, Singapore may just have a future world class player as he has long been a top world amateur who has represented Singapore and Asia in international competitions. We wish Gregory all the best in his future endeavors and hope that he can represent Singapore to the highest levels of our sport. -Mr Kuk Hun Yi – SGA Marcom Committee Member
Click HERE for R1 Result
Click HERE for R2 Result (Men only)
Click HERE for Final Result