School sports: SSP's Callista Chen retains A Div girl's individual golf title

Callista Chen hits a shot from the fairway at the National Schools Golf (Individual) Championship Finals on April 5, 2016.
Callista Chen hits a shot from the fairway at the National Schools Golf (Individual) Championship Finals on April 5, 2016.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

SINGAPORE - National golfer Callista Chen made it back-to-back Schools National A Division girls' individual titles on Tuesday with a seven-stroke victory in the 15th National Inter-School Golf Championship.

The 17-year-old Singapore Sports School student closed with a even-par 70 for a two-day total of 137 at the Marina Bay Golf Course.

Her closest rivals Atienza Margiel and Sarah Tan both finished on 144 and were second and third respectively on countback.

Said Callista, who had finished fourth at last week's 5th RGSC AmBank Junior Amateur Open in Kuala Lumpur last week: "It feels quite good, to be able to retain my title. Today was a bit rough for me as I didn't sink as many putts as I wanted to and I didn't hit the ball great.

"But heading in to today, I was quite confident actually and I eventually got my game around just now."

"Me and Sarah - we're always neck and neck. It's a great honour defending my title against her and I'm glad that she put up such a good fight."

"We were quite close yesterday. She was one-under and I was three-under so I could have lost the lead quite easily to her."

SSP's golf academy general manager Marcelino Jr Lizaso was fulsome in his praise for Callista. He said: "We're all proud and happy that it turned out our way. She's been practicing hard and she's performing quite well."

"She almost won the KL tournament. Only by one stroke, she missed it. From that, we knew for a fact that she was on form and the confidence was there."

In the B and C Div girls events, Methodist Girls' School's Jezreel Tang and Rachel Maswi secured the titles with winning totals of 149 and 152 respectively.

Anglo-Chinese Junior College's Desmond Kim took the boys' A Div title - beating SSP's defending champion Nicholas Mok on countback. Donovan Lee from Hong Kah Secondary School won the B Div while St Gabriel's Brandon Han claimed the C Div title.