Poh and Ji Tied At The Top After Day One of 2013 HSBC Women's Qualifier
Joey Poh and Jiali Ji both carded a five over par 77 to take the lead after the first round of the HSBC Women's Champions 2013 Host Country Qualifying Tournament.
Together they lead the Singaporean charge for the single spot in next month's HSBC Women's Champions by two shots over Christabel Goh and Su-Ann Heng who are tied in third place after 18 holes on the Serapong Course, Sentosa Golf Club (SGC).
Poh, who won in both 2009 and 2010, said, "The front nine I played 36 which is not too bad and chipped in on the last but the back nine was a little wobbly and had a miscalculation on one of the par threes which cost me quite a few shots as I went into the water, but after that I managed to settle down and finished alright."
Speaking about the Serapong Course, the 19 year old Poh added, "I think the tough one is to place the ball correctly on the fairways as if you mishit then you're going to have a hard time to get back to where you wanted to be. The greens are pretty fast but the course is in fantastic condition."
Speaking about her round, the 27 year old Ji said, "I was a bit nervous to start with as haven't played competitive golf for a while and started with a double (bogey) but then came up quite good and had my sister caddying for me so we just had a lot of fun out there. The course is beautiful and certainly one of my favourites." Talking about her plan for tomorrow, she added, "Just to go out there, swing well, have some fun and play golf."
The 2013 edition sees the tournament move to its new home on Sentosa Island for the first time in its history. Mike Barclay, Chief Executive Officer of Sentosa Development Corporation said, "Sentosa provides a unique setting for international sporting events and we're delighted to welcome such a prestigious event as the HSBC Women's Champions to the island. The Serapong has been widely regarded as one of the best championship golf courses in Asia. I'm sure that players and fans alike will enjoy the experience and we look forward to welcoming the international golf community here next month."
As new hosts for the only LPGA-sanctioned event in Singapore, President, Sentosa Golf Club, Low Teo Ping has promised a tough but fair test awaits the world's best female golfers when they tee off on the Serapong Course in February.
He said, "The Serapong is in excellent shape. The players can expect fast putting surfaces, excellent tee conditions, consistently firm bunkers, great fairways and roughs. We are really proud of our agronomy team and the tip-top conditions that they produce. It is a real achievement to host back to back international tournaments within four months of each other. We're thrilled to welcome the LPGA Tour to our club. I'm confident that Sentosa Golf Club will show itself to be a world-class venue for the players as well as the spectators."
This year's ten hopefuls will tee off the second day of play tomorrow (Thursday) from 7.47am before the 2013 winner is announced.
Players qualify for the HSBC Women's Champions 2013 by winning tournaments on the LPGA Tour or finishing in the Top 20 on the Rolex Rankings (as at December 31, 2012).
The HSBC Women's Champions is the third tournament on the 2013 LPGA Tour calendar, following the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open and the Honda LPGA Thailand 2013 and will see the star-studded field competing for the coveted 'Champion of Champions' title and a prize fund of US$1.4 million.
The sixth edition of HSBC Women's Champions continues to attract the best in women's golf with 63 of the world's elite female golfers. Confirmed players include Defending champion, Angela Stanford, World No. 1 Yani Tseng, World No. 2 Na Yeon Choi, World No. 3 Stacy Lewis, World No. 4 Inbee Park and World No. 5 Shanshan Feng, World No. 6 Suzann Pettersen, World No. 8 Jiyai Shin, World No. 9 Ai Miyazato, World No. 10 Mika Miyazato as well as American favourites Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer.
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