Singapore: A host of junior golfers came together for a special event at Sentosa Golf Club as part of its #KeepItGreen campaign, after Tour Pro Gavin Green made 52 ‘Greens in Regulation’ (GIR) at this year’s SMBC Singapore Open.
Sentosa Golf Club had enlisted the help of 2017 Asian Tour Order of Merit Champion Green during January’s SMBC Singapore Open, hosted on its revered Serapong Course, to help launch #KeepItGreen, a campaign to help drive awareness in environmental sustainability and junior participation.
Green was tasked with making as many Greens in Regulation as possible during the tournament, with each one returning a free round of golf for a junior.
Green ended the week in a tie for eighth place, hitting 52 greens in the process, so Sentosa, in conjunction with the Singapore Golf Association (SGA), donated the same number of free rounds to local juniors.
Seizing the opportunity to make the full impact of Green’s efforts felt, Sentosa later took the decision to increase the number of free rounds for juniors to 72, and invited each to bring along an accompanying adult, thus creating the first #KeepItGreen Generation Cup, contested by 144 golfers in total over the Serapong Course.
Since its inception at the start of the year, Sentosa’s #KeepItGreen campaign has been increasing awareness of the game among youngsters in the local community, as well as drawing attention to sustainable practices within golf. It recently placed a ban on plastic straws and plastic water bottles in its golf carts in favour of water stations on each hole with recyclable paper cups, with further initiatives planned later in the year.
Its clubhouse has also been recognised with the highest level of award for environmental performance (BCA Green Mark Platinum), becoming the first clubhouse at any golf club in Singapore to be accredited.
As one of the most sustainable tourism destinations in the world, Sentosa Island, upon which the golf club and its two courses are set, is uniquely placed to contribute on two very topical subjects within the game.
“Bringing young stars through is very important for the future of the game so we are delighted that #KeepItGreen was able to showcase that through the Generation Cup, with the support of Gavin Green and the SGA,” said Andy Johnston, General Manager and Director of Agronomy at Sentosa Golf Club, a Golf Course Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
He added: “We have active junior programmes here at Sentosa and have every intention of doing our bit for the sport, whilst creating a legacy with events like the SMBC Singapore Open is such an important part of making a difference and encouraging change. We are confident that the #KeepItGreen message will resonate amongst the local community, and the wider international audience.”
This year is proving to be a landmark for Sentosa Golf Club. As well as being credited for its sustainable practices, the Asian Tour’s SMBC Singapore Open was the first of four globally significant events staged at the club and was followed by the inaugural Women’s Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship and the LPGA Tour’s HSBC Women’s World Championship. The 10th Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship will also take place there in October.