Singapore: Sentosa Golf Club’s New Tanjong Course proved a hit with players and spectators at the 10th HSBC Women’s Champions.
While Korean Park In-bee was storming to victory with an imperious final-day performance, fans enjoyed the numerous outstanding vantage points and food and activity areas set up specifically for the tournament.
“This year’s HSBC Women’s Champions has proven to be one of the most exciting in the tournament’s 10-year history,” said Low Teo Ping, President at Sentosa Golf Club, a Golf Course Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
He added: “We’ve witnessed four days of truly first-class golf with the very best players in the game fighting for position at the top of the leaderboard. The New Tanjong Course has provided the players with a new challenge and it has been interesting to see them develop their game-plan over the course of the tournament.
“The new course has not only added to the excitement on course but has undoubtedly added to an enhanced spectator experience which is evident in the number of visitors that made their way to Sentosa. Our congratulations to In-bee on a remarkable and highly deserved victory. We look forward to seeing her back at Sentosa Golf Club to defend her title next year.”
While Park was especially praiseworthy of the greens, the course which only opened for play late last year, also drew approval from Lydia Ko and Ariya Jutanugarn.
New Zealander Ko said: “The Serapong and Tanjong are two different golf courses. The Serapong was a really nice golf course but Tanjong I think is more suitable for the average-length LPGA player. I think it’s good.
“Coming into this week, we all were eager to see what this new course was like and I think it’s pretty nice. It is quite different to Serapong. The greens have a little bit of very subtle undulation, so even though it might not be a very long putt it could break three different ways.”
Thailand’s Ariya said: “I like the course a lot. It’s pretty wide open for the tee shots, and I like that. But the greens are pretty tough. They were really firm and hard.”
Guy Kinnings, Chairman of Golf at tournament organiser IMG, added: “What a thrilling four days of golf it has been and many congratulations to Park In-bee on winning her second HSBC Women’s Champions title. We could not have asked for a more exciting leaderboard as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of this world class event.
“We extend our sincere thanks to our title sponsor HSBC, to our partners the Singapore Tourism Board and the LPGA and all our sponsors, and to our generous hosts the Sentosa Golf Club, who have all made the HSBC Women’s Champions such a success.”
IMG is an Executive Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
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