Top Singapore amateur, Gregory Foo and new member to the National Squad, Nicole Mok, won the top honors in the recently concluded 5th National Ranking Games (NRG) held at the Raffles Palm course between Feb 14th – 16th, 2017.
With a total field of 26 participants ranging from top National Squad players to junior players that were playing their first NRG, the field had a good run out at the Robert Trent designed Raffles Palm course. The Palm course has long been regarded as a thinking man’s course with several holes requiring careful strategizing due to the risk return nature of those holes, compounded by the difficult changing playing conditions over the three day competition which included blustery winds, lashing intermittent rain and baking sun, this NRG put the participants through their paces throughout the competition.
National Player Gregory Foo, who was the low amateur in the recently concluded SMBC Singapore Open, won with a wire to wire finish with an aggregate 3 over score of 219, followed by fellow National Player, Joshua Shou with an aggregate 7 over score of 223. Nicole Mok, who was recently promoted to the National Squad, validated her ascension, by winning the event with an aggregate 16 over score of 232, winning by 10 strokes over her nearest challenger, Inez Ng, who recently joined the National Development Squad.
This 5th NRG was different for a couple of reasons. Firstly, several participants in this NRG who were aged 14 and below were playing in their first NRG and the organizers should be commended for their far-sightedness to bring up junior golf by allowing junior golfers to hone their competitive instincts by allowing juniors to participate in such competitions like NRGs to develop experience. Our juniors definitely need more opportunities of playing tough courses in tough playing conditions against tough competition in order to improve against our regional competition.
Secondly, as this is the first SGA competition being played at Raffles after the recent announcement of its impending closure in 2018, playing in Raffles is now more poignant knowing that we will soon be losing a strategically designed course like Raffles Palm which has been a good training ground to develop the past and future generation of Singapore golfers. We appreciate everything the Raffles Golf Club has done to support SGA and Singapore golf and we wish the club well for the future. - Kuk Hun Yi, SGA Marcom Sub-Committee
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