Golf: Koh clears opening hurdle, eyes LPGA Tour spot

Singapore golfer Koh Sock Hwee progressed to Stage 2 of the LPGA and Symetra Tour Qualifying School after an even-par total of 288 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California.
Singapore golfer Koh Sock Hwee progressed to Stage 2 of the LPGA and Symetra Tour Qualifying School after an even-par total of 288 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California.

Golfer Koh Sock Hwee's bid to earn a coveted spot on the multi-million dollar LPGA Tour remains on track after she cleared the opening stage of the LPGA and Symetra Tour Qualifying School last week.

The first two stages are not new territory for the 2015 SEA Games bronze medallist as she fell short in Stage 2 last year.

She told The Straits Times over the phone from California yesterday: "(I'm) definitely returning to Stage 2 as a different player - a stronger and better-prepared player. So (I will) be targeting a Symetra Tour card at least."

The Symetra Tour is the developmental arm of the LPGA Tour.

At Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, Koh, 27, closed with a one-under 71 en route to an even-par total of 288. She finished joint 27th in the field of 347.

As one of the top 60 finishers, she progresses to Stage 2 which will be held in Venice, Florida in October. The third round, at Daytona Beach, Florida, will be in November.

"The main goal was to qualify to move on to Stage 2, so finishing T27 was an added bonus," she said.

"Having been here and knowing two out of the three courses definitely gives me added comfort and familiarity around the courses.

"The goal for me obviously is to make it all the way to Stage 3 and be playing in the US next year. However, I'm just taking it one stage, one round, one shot at a time..."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 30, 2016, with the headline 'Koh clears opening hurdle, eyes Tour'. Print Edition | Subscribe