Experience to help in quest for golf gold

Singapore golfers (from left) Gregory Foo, Joshua Ho, Joshua Shou, Sarah Tan, Jacqueline Young, and Callista Chen believe they can win medals in the team events at the SEA Games.
Singapore golfers (from left) Gregory Foo, Joshua Ho, Joshua Shou, Sarah Tan, Jacqueline Young, and Callista Chen believe they can win medals in the team events at the SEA Games.ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

With Putra Cup fresh in their minds, S'pore's men are eager to beat Thailand at SEA Games

Experience can prove pivotal at sporting events, and Singapore's golfers heading to Kuala Lumpur for the SEA Games have plenty.

The men's team, spearheaded by Gregory Foo, are hopeful of bringing home the gold medal.

Foo returned home on Monday after participating in The Amateur Championship and European Amateur Championship.

"Playing in those two competitions, being very high-level competitions and able to compete against the best from Europe gives me a lot more confidence, especially for the SEA Games," said the 24-year-old, who will be competing at the biennial event for a second time.

"I think the experience from these two weeks has taught me a lot about myself as a player and what I need to do to become even better - especially mentally - (as well as) a bit tougher and more confident in terms of how I handle myself on the course."

Joshua Ho, 23, Joshua Shou, 27, and Marc Ong, 22 complete the men's team.

The quartet played together at the Putra Cup last year, when they finished second behind Thailand, who are also the SEA Games defending champions.

Ho said: "We finished close behind Thailand and I don't think any of us have forgotten about that yet, so we're looking to win the gold this time."

Singapore Golf Association high performance manager Jerome Ng said: "It (the SEA Games) is something that we have been preparing for since last year.

"It has been a good journey so far, but at the same time, it's very exciting as we move towards next month at the Mines (the SEA Games course).

"We're definitely looking forward to a gold medal this year. We've been preparing hard, and I think we will leave nothing behind."

Shou added: "There's a lot of pressure on us, but collectively we have a lot of experience and we always want to do our best and get the medals."

Ong, who is still doing his National Service, thinks that the pressure can motivate the team .

"I'm confident going in. All four of us are playing decently and when the Games come I'll feel sharper," he said.

"We'll put in our best work and hopefully bring home a good result."

The women's team will comprise Sarah Tan, 19, Jacqueline Young, 18, and Callista Chen, 18.

"Our whole team is new to the SEA Games," said Young. "It's the first time for all of us. The (team) before us got a bronze at the last SEA Games and if they could do it, we can too."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 06, 2017, with the headline 'Experience to help in quest for golf gold'. Print Edition | Subscribe