Top Honours for Mature Morgan at Singapore Junior Championship

08 Jun 2017
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The Singapore Junior Golf Championship 2017 Overall Boy & Girl Winners — Jediah Morgan (AUS) and Arpichaya Yubol (THA)

Rising Australian star Jediah Morgan overcame an early bout of the jitters to complete an imperious wire-to-wire victory in the Singapore Junior Golf Championship.

Maintaining his rich vein of recent form, the 17-year-old Queenslander proved too strong for his rivals on another sweltering day at the Seletar Country Club.

“It’s been an amazing week,” said Morgan, winner of last year’s Asia Pacific Junior Championship in Taiwan and triumphant at last month’s Northern Territory Amateur at Alice Springs Golf Club.

With his latest success in the 54-hole stroke play event that attracted a field of 102 players from 14 countries, Morgan will close in on a place in the elite top-1,000 in The R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking.

On what was his first visit to Singapore, Morgan impressed all those with whom he came into contact – on and off the course.

One stroke clear at the top of the leaderboard after 36 holes, Morgan withstood a sluggish start to the final-round to post a third successive three-under-par 69.

His three-day aggregate of nine-under-par 207 was five shots clear of towering Thai teenager Parathakorn Suyasri, who edged big-hitting Hein Sithu from Myanmar for second place on countback.

By his own admission, however, Morgan felt ‘a little bit of nerves’ with a par-bogey start to the concluding round that saw him surrender the lead.

A birdie at the third restored his confidence before he streaked clear thanks to a hat-trick of birdies starting at the sixth, where he holed from 40 feet. Pinpoint iron approaches enabled him to pick up further shots at the seventh and eighth. By then he was ahead by three. From that point, his advantage was never seriously threatened.

As well as outstanding ball-striking, Morgan excelled with his mature course management. “I really liked the course. It was tough and there were some very difficult pins on severe slopes,” said Morgan, who worked out a sound gameplan and stuck rigidly to it.

His strategy revolved around hitting fairways and greens in regulation, hence his decision to pull out the driver on only four occasions throughout the three rounds. “I used my three-wood most of the time off the tee and my iron play was good, enabling me to hit a lot of greens.”

Although he’ll be too old to defend his title next year, Morgan is hoping to return to the Lion City next month to contest the 70th Singapore Open Amateur Championship. “If my schedule is clear I’d love to come back for that,” he said.

In the Girls’ category, pride of place went to Thailand’s Arpichaya Yubol.

A year after finishing third overall and lifting the trophy in Division B of the tournament, Arpichaya, who turned 15 last month, returned to take the top prize among the girls.

Thanks to rounds of 69, 69 and a closing 73, Arpichaya’s total of five-under 211 was eight strokes in front of her closest rivals, Malaysians Geraldine Wong Xiao Xua and Winnie Ng Yu Xuan.

“It’s been a great experience for me,” said Arpichaya, who is also the holder of the Vietnam Open Junior title.

Adding further gloss to her successful week, Arpichaya joined forces with Parathakorn to score a runaway victory in the Team Event with second place going to the Malaysian siblings Victor Ng Yu Kai and Winnie Ng Yu Xuan.

While Arpichaya has no immediate plans to relinquish her amateur status, she makes no secret of her ambitions to follow in the footsteps of compatriot Ariya Jutanugarn by participating on the LPGA Tour and becoming world number one.

There was also some outstanding golf in the respective Division Bs.

Singapore-based Thomas Lamb, a British native, compiled a 54-hole score of 237 to win the Boys’ Division B by three shots while Hong Kong’s Wong Lok-yin was the leading light in the Girls’ Division B with a total of 226. Singapore’s Shannon Tan was runner-up on 231.

Making the most of local knowledge, Seletar Country Club members Louis Tee and Vanessa Khoo Qi Lin had the distinction of winning the prizes for the best local performers.

Speaking at the prize-giving ceremony, Kong Choong Soon, Vice President of the Singapore Golf Association (SGA), said: “The Singapore Junior Golf Championship was launched in 1975 and is among the most established tournaments in the region. We’re delighted that this year we had 14 countries represented and more than 100 players taking part.

“The promotion of junior golf is very important to the SGA. We need a young and talented crop of golfers to show to the world.” - Mr. Spencer Robinson – SGA Marcom Sub-committee 

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 WINNERS’ LIST Age Group Name CTY-Club HI DIV T-Gross
 Overall Boy Champion JEDIAH MORGAN AUS/AGN +2.7 AB 207(69,69,69)
 (Lee Kim Yew Challenge Trophy & Replica)          
 Overall Boy Runner-Up PARATHAKORN SUYASRI THA/TGA +4.0 AB 212(74,68,70)
 Overall Girl Champion ARPICHAYA YUBOL THA/TGA 0.0 AG 211(69,69,73)
 (Challenge Trophy & Replica)          
 Overall Girl Runner-Up GERALDINE WONG XIAO XUAN MAS +1.4 AG 219(74,74,71)
 Overall Best Local Boy Performer LOUIS TEE SGP/SGA-SelCC 0.8 AB 221(78,71,72)
 (Rolex Cup & Replica)          
 Overall Best Local Girl Performer KHOO QI LIN VANESSA SGP/SGA-SelCC 4.8 AG 229(78,75,76)
 (Pat Trophy & Replica)          
Jennifer Yan’s Trophy KHOO QI LIN VANESSA SGP/SGA-SelCC 4.8 AG 229(78,75,76)
(Best Local SelCC Girl Performer)          
 Best Gross Boys Winner 15 – 17 yrs HEIN SITHU MYA/MGF 2.0 AB 212(70,70,72)
 Best Gross Boys Runner-Up   RISHI BHAT USA-WGCC 2.0 AB 213(70,69,74)
 Best Gross Boys Winner 12 – 14 yrs THOMAS LAMB GBR-KepC 1.4 BB 237(76,80,81)
 Best Gross Boys Runner-Up   YU KA JUN HKG/HKGA 5.1 BB 240(82,82,76)
 Best Gross Girls Winner 15 – 17 yrs WINNIE NG YU XUAN MAS/MGA 0.0 AG 219(70,77,72)
 Best Gross Girls Runner-Up   KEERATTRIYA FOOCHAROEN THA/TGA 0.0 AG 221(76,73,72)
 Best Gross Girls Winner 12 – 14 yrs WONG LOK YIN HKG/HKGA 1.6 BG 226(78,74,74)
 Best Gross Girls Runner-Up   SHANNON TAN SGP/SGA-KepC 2.8 BG 231(72,81,78)
 Daily Best Gross – Boys 15 – 17 yrs          
 - Round 1   JEDIAH MORGAN AUS/AGN +2.7 AB 69
 - Round 2   PARATHAKORN SUYASRI THA/TGA +4.0 AB 68
 - Round 3   JEDIAH MORGAN AUS/AGN +2.7 AB 69
 Daily Best Gross – Boys 12 – 14 yrs          
 - Round 1   THOMAS LAMB GBR-KepC 1.4 BB 76
 - Round 2   PIERRE GREGORY TICZON PHI/NGAP 6.3 BB 79
 - Round 3   YU KA JUN HKG/HKGA 5.1 BB 76
 Daily Best Gross – Girls 15 – 17yrs          
 - Round 1   ARPICHAYA YUBOL THA/TGA 0.0 AG 69
 - Round 2   ARPICHAYA YUBOL THA/TGA 0.0 AG 69
- Round 3   GERALDINE WONG XIAO XUAN MAS +1.4 AG 71
 Daily Best Gross – Girls 12 – 14 yrs          
 - Round 1   SHANNON TAN SGP/SGA-KepC 2.8 BG 72
 - Round 2   WONG LOK YIN HKG/HKGA 1.6 BG 74
- Round 3   WONG LOK YIN HKG/HKGA 1.6 BG 74
 Team Event            
 - Winner   PARATHAKORN SUYASRI THAILAND     423
    ARPICHAYA YUBOL      
 - 1st Runner-Up   VICTOR NG YU KAI MALAYSIA     449
    WINNIE NG YU XUAN      
 - 2nd Runner-Up   KU LUNG HEI HONG KONG     476
    WONG LOK YIN      

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SGA President, Mr Ross Tan, awarding the SJGC Overall Boys RU, Parathakorn Suyasri (THA) SGA President with the SJGC Overall Girls RU, Geraldine Wong (MAS)
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Best Local Boy Performer, Louis Tee, with SGA President Best Local Girl Performer, Vanessa Khoo, with SGA President
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Winners of the Singapore Junior Golf Championship 2017

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7 June 2017

After some scintillating glimpses of top level golf shown by some of the juniors on Day 1 participating in the Singapore Junior Golf Championship 2017 (“SJGC”), we were  looking forward to more outstanding golf on the second day and the juniors did not disappoint.

Much to the relief of the tournament organizers, Day 2 was also bright and sunny  and the weather in fact become very hot near midday and  fatigue may have become a factor for some players in the later parts of their game.

In the Girls A division, the girls from Thailand and Malaysia continued to dominate. Day 1’s leader, Ms Arphichaya Yubol from Thailand continued her good run at the close of the previous day’s play by opening with two birdies on her first two holes (10 and 11). Playing alongside   Malaysia’s Ms Geraldine Wong in a two ball flight which teed off at 7.29 am, Ms Arphichaya continued to play sterling golf to finish her second round with a total of 5 birdies and 2 bogies leaving her with another 3 under score of 69 and combined two day score of 138.

Ms Arphichaya’s nearest challenger, Ms Winnie Ng from Malaysia fell off the pace slightly on the second day with a second round score of 77, leaving her with a combined  two day score of 147, 9 shots adrift of the leader. Ms Geraldine Wong is lying third one shot further back after recording a second round score of 74 (with a combined score of 148).  Day 1’s fourth placed competitor, Ms Leung Estee Vivian, fell off the pace to 7th position with a second day score of 82 (two day combined score of 157) due largely to dropped shots on her second nine.  Ms Vanessa Khoo remains our highest placed Singaporean in Girls A division with a second day score of 75 and combined two day score of 153.

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Players Profiles — Team Thailand
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In the Boys A competition, Jediah Morgan from Australia continued his outstanding play on Day 1 with another 3 under  69 on Day 2  to record a combined two day score of 138. Lying just a stroke back is Rishi Baht from the USA, who also recorded a 3 under score of 69. Harnessing his  knowledge of the Seletar golf course from being a Seletar member and a  member of Seletar’s ICL Premier team, Rishi played a bogie free round with 3 birdies to put himself in contention for the final round of the competition. In third place, Hein Sithu of Myanmar recorded another 2 under score of 70 to register a combined two day score of 140, lying just 2 shots back from the leader.  Ryan Wong remains Singapore’s highest placed contender lying fifth with a second day two under score of 70 with a combined two day score of 145, seven shots off the lead.

However the story of the day must belong to Parathakorn Suyasri from Thailand lying fourth after registering the low round of the day score of 68 (with a combined two day score of 142). Parathakorn’s round could be described as the tale of two nines as he recorded a 3 over first nine (Seletar’s back nine) with a double bogie and two bogies but then proceeded to go on a birdie blitz by recording 7 birdies on his back nine (Seletar’s front nine) to record a nine hole score of 29. More about Parathakorn and Girls A leader, Ms Arphichaya, below.

In the Girls B competition, Ms Wong Lok Yin from Hong Kong moved past Ms Shannon Tan from Singapore into first place by recording a second round score of 74 leaving her with a combined two day score of 152. Ms Shannon Tan, who recorded a second day score of 81, moved down into second place one shot back.  Ms Inez Ng, also from Singapore remains in third place with a second round score of 75, with a two day combined score of 154.

Looking forward to another great day of high quality golf by the juniors tomorrow. -  Kuk Hun Yi – SGA Marcom Sub-committee

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6 June 2017

The Singapore Junior Golf Championship 2017 (SJGC) kicked off on the Seletar Country Club with its first day of competition on the 6 June 2017. At the opening ceremony the previous day, the 102 participants from  Australia, China, France, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, USA, Vietnam as well as host country Singapore were feted in a march past under their respective national flags, followed by a sumptuous lunch for the players.

SJGC 2017 is organized into competitions for Boys A and B divisions and Girls A and B divisions as well as a Team competition comprising a boy and a girl from each participating nation.

This morning began bright and early for the participants with the earliest flights scheduled to tee off from 7.10 am and participants began arriving at Seletar for their warm up from as early as 6.00 am.  The competition was blessed with good weather for the rest of the day.

In the Girls A division, it was quickly apparent that this division may be dominated by the Thai and Malaysian girls. Among the top 5 girls in Girls A division after the first day’s play, the only competitor not from these two countries is Ms Leung Estee Vivian lying fourth who is from Hong Kong. Despite a bogie bogie start, Ms Arphichaya Yubol from Thailand finished strongly with a 4 under (eagle, birdie, par and birdie) in the last 4 holes to finish her first day with a 3 under 69 from the first day’s play. She is followed closely by Ms Winnie Ng of Malaysia playing one flight ahead who finished with a 2 under 70. The highest placed Singaporean in Girls A is Vanessa Khoo with a 6 over 78.

In the Boys A division, early attention was focused on the 8.49 am flight of Parathakorn Suyastri from Thailand, Victor Ng from Malaysia and Ryan Wong from Singapore, as Parathakorn has the lowest handicap of the competition. However the limelight was stolen subsequently by the sole competitor from Australia in the competition, Jediah Morgan, in the two ball flight ahead who was quietly dismantling the Seletar golf course’s defences through his immaculate ball-striking.

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Player Profile
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Despite a quiet first nine with a solitary birdie at the par 5 hole 7, Jediah began showing the caliber of his ball striking at the par 5 hole 10 with a 250m 3 wood splitting the fairway and followed that up with a second shot into the recessed green that bounced off to the back of the green. Showing that his game is not just about distance, Jediah proceeded to thump a bunker like shot off the cow grass rough at the back of the green to float his shot down a slope to about four feet from the pin (unfortunately he missed his birdie putt there).

At the dog leg right par 5 hole 15, Jediah used his driver for the only time during his first round when he hit his drive approximately 280 meters to split the fairway. From there, Jediah proceeded to hit a 7 iron to 7 feet right of the flag to set up an eagle putt (again unfortunately he missed the eagle putt having to settle for a birdie).   

By the end of the first round, Jediah is leading the first round action with a 3 under 69 followed closely by Hein Sithu from Myanmar and Rishi Baht from the US, both having scored 2 under 70s. The highest placed Singaporean in Boys A division after the first round is Ryan Wong lying 7th with a 3 over 75.

In Girls B division, Singaporean Ms Shannon Tan led the Girls B competition with an even par round of 72, followed by Ms Wong Lok Yin of Hong Kong with a 6 over score of 78. Ms Inez Ng from Singapore is lying 3rd with a 7 over of 79.  

In Boys B division, Thomas Lamb from UK (who is a Keppel Club member) is leading with a 4 over 76 followed by Elyja Abecassis from France and Hoo Fang Wei from Singapore with 8 over 80s.

SJGC 2017 is off to a great start and the Seletar course is providing a great challenge with it’s length, risk-return holes and quick greens. We look forward to even better play by our juniors tomorrow. -  Kuk Hun Yi – SGA Marcom Sub-committee

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02 June 2017

The Singapore Junior Golf Championship 2017 will be hosted by Seletar Country Club from 5 – 8 June. A total of 102 participants have been accepted for this tournament. Fifty-two are local and foreign players living in Singapore whilst fifty are foreign players from overseas. The largest foreign contingent is from Malaysia with twelve players. The others are from Australia, China, France, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Myanmar, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, USA and Vietnam.

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2 May 2017

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The Singapore Junior Golf Championship 2017 will be hosted by Seletar Country Club from 5 – 8 June 2017.  Boys and girls who are Singapore citizens, permanent residents or foreigners between the ages of 12 and 17 years as at 6 June 2017 and with a valid USGA Handicap Index of 16.0 or lower for boys and 18.0 or lower for girls, as at 1 May 2016 may be eligible to play. 

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