National School Games Championship 2017 (Primary) Produces Exciting Finishes
The National (Primary) School Games Championships 2017 (NPSGC) which was held on 27 June 2017 produced dramatic and perhaps surprising finishes for both the Boys and Girls divisions.
The NPSGC is an annual one day 18 hole event which was held at the Vanda and Dendro courses of the Orchid Country Club (OCC) and this year involved 43 boys and 31 girls from local primary schools. The competition involved best gross competition for Boys and Girls Individual and Team events with white tees for boys set up in the same position as the red tees.
The day started with participants arriving at the OCC driving range from as early as 6.00 am to begin their warm up in anticipation of a 7.30 am shotgun start. Due to a light drizzle and the need to transport participants out to the various holes from where they would be teeing off from, the tee was delayed and did not start until about 7.50 am.
In the Boys Individual competition, Daryl Low (handicap 6.1) from Compassvale Primary School and Trevor Ng (handicap 12.2) from St Andrew’s Junior School teed off from Dendro 1 and set the early pace for the Boys competition. Daryl dropped shots on Dendro 1 and 3 par 5s which caused him to turn around at 2 over whilst Trevor managed to play an even par first nine on Dendro. On the second nine, Daryl again dropped shots on the innocuous Vanda 1 but recovered with birdies on Vanda 6 and Vanda 9 to come in even par for his second nine. In the meantime, Trevor mixed 3 bogies against a solitary birdie to come in 2 over for his second nine.
Both Trevor and Daryl signed off on commendable 2 over scores of 75 and Trevor finally prevailed as the winner in the Boys division based on count back. Rounding off the podium finishes, Brayden Lee from Rosyth School came in with an 8 over 81 to clinch 3rd position and Irvyn Tan from Naval Base Primary School came in 4th with a final score of 84.
In the Boys Team competition which aggregated gross scores of two players nominated by the participating schools, Compassvale Primary School team of Darryl Low and Ethan Lim emerged victorious, followed by Ryan Ng and Colin Koh from ACS Junior in 2nd position, Brayden Lee and Jayden Loh from Rosyth School in 3rdposition and Colin Chow and Sean Pang from Henry Park Primary School in 4th position.
In the Girls Individual competition, the early favorite Anne Fernandez (handicap 0.2) from Marymount Convent School played her first nine on the Vanda course and turned around with a 3 over 39. Playing in the same flight, Anne was followed closely by Angel Lim (handicap 9.0) from Horizon Primary School who turned around one stroke back with a 4 over 40. The lead exchanged hands between Anne and Angie over the first six holes of the second nine (Dendro course) and Anne and Angel arrived at Dendro 7 (hole 16) all square at 4 over. There was a strong swing in momentum when Angel birdied and Anne double bogied the par 4 Dendro 7 hole to give Angel a 3 shot lead that she would not subsequently relinquish. Angel almost eagled the last hole (Dendro 9) by pitching from about 90 meters to an inch from the hole and came in with a second nine score of 2 under 35, and a total score of 2 over 75.
The Girls Individual competition podium finishers were Angel Lim coming in first, Anne Fernandez coming in second, Gwen Tan from Nanyang Primary School third and Sarah Lim from Corporation Primary School coming in fourth.
In the Girls Team competition, the MGS team of Jillian Kuk and Macy Tan came in first by just edging ahead of the Marymount team of Anne Fernandez and Clare Ng by one stroke. The team of Tatiana Ang and Laelle Chng from Raffles Girls Primary School came in third.
The NPSGC shows that there is a talent pool of young golfers in Singapore which can be developed to higher heights. In fact, many of the promising participants have been identified by SGA for inclusion in their newly formed junior squad. In closing, a word of thanks to OCC for their accommodation which included opening the driving range early for the participants to warm up and for facilitating the safe play of the participants. – Kuk Hun Yi – SGA Marcom Sub-committee