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Poh seeks three-peat at HSBC Women’s qualifier

SINGAPORE – Joey Poh will be bidding for a repeat of her repeat at the HSBC Women’s Champions qualifying tournament.

With victories at the 2009 and 2010 qualifiers, Poh twice has had the privilege of lining up alongside the best players in the world at the US $1.4 million HSBC Women’s Champions.

Starting Wednesday, she wants to make it a third by securing the one spot on offer at the two-day 36-hole qualifier on the Garden Course at Tanah Merah Country Club in Singapore.

“The HSBC Women’s Champions has provided me with a great deal of experience and exposure in the past two years,” Poh said. “Watching and learning about how professionals play and train has helped me to develop my game.”

The qualifier is open to female amateur and professional golfers with a handicap of 2 or below.

Professional Jiali Ji, who finished second last year, is hoping to make a stronger showing this year.

“In last year’s qualifying tournament, I could not finish my rounds strongly and missed out narrowly,” Ji said. “Since that experience, I’ve learned to be more focused, and I think that will hold me in better stead this time around.”

The HSBC Women’s Champions, to be held Feb. 24-27, is the second LPGA event of the year following the Honda LPGA Thailand in Chonburi. At last year’s HSBC, Ai Miyazato defeated Cristie Kerr by two strokes.

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