Singapore: Leverett Chua is the latest recipient of the, named in honour of the late Tay Cheng Khoon, one of the pioneers of the Community Youth Golf Programme [YGP].
It is awarded to an outstanding achiever in the Singapore programme who has displayed qualities of discipline, attitude and perseverance in training.
Past winners of this award include Johnson Poh, a SEA Games medallist, his sister Joey Poh, the only local girl to qualify to play in the HSBC Women’s Champions in 2010, and Kok Jo Ee, who won a scholarship to train in the Golden Bears Team in United States.
Chua, who currently has a handicap index of 6.6, was selected in 2013 to train with Singapore number one Mardan Mamat under the YGP-Mardan Adoption Scheme.
Chua, aged 15, started with the Community Youth Golf Programme in 2012 when he enrolled for his secondary education in St Gabriel’s Secondary School. He chose this school because it had golf as an extra-curricular activity.
Among those to have been impressed by Chua are Dr Chan Kwai Onn, whoplayed alongside the youngster at the 18th Youth Community Golf Charity event at Orchid Country Club last November.
Dr Chan said: “Leverett played outstandingly well that day and was a well-deserved winner. He not only displayed a sharp golf game, but was very well mannered and composed on the golf course.
“He has great potential and I believe he can become a prominent player both locally and internationally.”
A former Sports Editor at the Straits Times, Tay Cheng Khoon was passionate about supporting youth golf development.