Golf: Singapore to host Queen Sirikit Cup from Aug 23-27

Queen Sirikit Cup Secretary Raevadee T. Suwan poses with the triumphant 2018 Korean team. PHOTO COURTESY OF ASIA-PACIFIC GOLF CONFEDERATION

SINGAPORE - The Queen Sirikit Cup will return to Singapore in August after nearly a decade, with the prestigious amateur tournament to be played at the Laguna National Golf and Country Club.

The Aug 23-27 event, which is organised by the Singapore Ladies Golf Association (SLGA), will see 15 countries competing over 72 holes instead of the traditional 54.

Last year's Queen Sirikit Cup was originally supposed to be played at Indonesia's Pondok Indah Golf Club from March 12-15 before it was postponed to June 29-July 3.

However, the annual tournament was eventually canned for the first time since 1979 owing to travel restrictions and compulsory quarantine orders.

Rae-Vadee T. Suwan, secretary general of the Queen Sirikit Cup, said: "After the disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, we're very much looking forward to having the Queen Sirikit Cup take place in 2021.

"Our grateful thanks go to Laguna National and the Singapore Ladies Golf Association for their support and enthusiasm - and for making sure the Queen Sirikit Cup will return this year in a safe environment."

SLGA president Lyn Yeo added: "The SLGA is delighted to be able to bring this fabulous championship back to Singapore in 2021 and to be the first country to host the Queen Sirikit Cup in its new 72-hole format.

"We are very excited for the players and I'm certain everyone is looking forward to competing in this prestigious tournament in August."

With the Covid-19 pandemic curbing travel for tournaments, national golfer Shannon Tan, whose last overseas competition was the 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines, is looking forward to playing in her third Queen Sirikit Cup.

The 16-year-old has been training at the Laguna National Golf and Country Club since the middle of last year. She said: "In overseas tournaments, you get to play different courses and you also get to play against stronger players from other countries.

"I feel like I have an advantage because it's home ground because I'll get to know the course more."

When Singapore last hosted the tournament at the Tanah Merah Country Club in 2012, South Korea won with a combined score of 413, followed by New Zealand (438) and Australia (440).

Korea's Kim Hyo-joo, winner of the 2014 Evian Championship, bagged the individual title after finishing with a 12-under 204.

The world No. 9 golfer is just one of the many talents who have participated in the annual tournament. Others who have gone on to achieve success include compatriot Pak Se-ri, a five-time Major champion, and former world No. 1s Feng Shanshan of China and Lydia Ko of New Zealand.

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