SINGAPORE – Christabel Goh held off challenges from Amelia Yong and Joey Poh to clinch the “host country invite” on Jan. 27 for next month’s HSBC Women’s Champions.
Goh shot 77-79–156, one stroke better than Poh and Yong in the 36-hole qualifier at Tanah Merah Country Club, site of the Feb. 24-27 event.
156 – Christabel Goh 77-79
157 – Amelia Yong 79-78; Joey Poh 80-77
160 – Ji Jiali 80-80
162 – Koh Sock Hwee 81-81
165 – Kok Jo Ee 82-83
167 – Phoebe Nicole Tan 86-81
168 – Stephanie Loi 84-84
170 – Amanda Tan 87-83; Low Si Xuan 86-84
171 – Jen Goh 85-86; Jessica Ang 86-85
173 – Heng Su-Ann 90-83
The 22-year-old, who turned pro in November and recently spent time training in the United States, was participating in the qualifying tournament for the third time; Poh had won the previous two qualifiers.
“I am so happy to have won after a difficult two days and to now have the chance to play with the stars from the LPGA Tour,” Goh said. “Playing with Amelia and Joey is always a challenge, and it was no different today.”
Yong, who won the 2008 qualifier, improved on her opening 79 by one shot, but it was not enough for the 18-year-old who holds a handicap index of 0.3.
Poh, who won the 2009 and 2010 qualifier to earn entrance into the HSBC Women’s Champions, came close to making it a triple thanks to a 77, the best score on Day 2.
Edwin Khoo, organizing chairman of HSBC Women’s Champions, said: “We have seen an exciting two days of golf, and it is wonderful to see how much the standard of golf has improved here in Singapore. We congratulate Christabel on her achievement and we will support her in her preparations for the HSBC Women’s Champions.”
The HSBC Women’s Champions is the second LPGA event of the year, after the Honda LPGA Thailand in Chonburi. At last year’s HSBC, Ai Miyazato defeated Cristie Kerr by two strokes.