Home-grown Quek raring to start his season at the #SingOpen

Sentosa, Singapore, January 10: Quincy Quek will be looking to use his local knowledge to get an edge over his opponents at the US$1 million SMBC Singapore Open that starts next week.

The 30-year-old Singaporean is also looking to kick-start his 2018 season and he is thrilled to be able to do that in his home country.

“It’s always nice to start the season at home. With the tournament being in Singapore, there’s always an advantage for local professionals as we can get familiar with the course ahead of others,” he explained.

Quek, a one-time winner on the Asian Development Tour (ADT), enjoyed a tied-26th finish at the 2017 SMBC Singapore Open. He was tied-fourth going into the weekend after carding a pair of three-under-par 68s, proving that he has the calibre to compete with marquee players and the cream of the Japan Golf Tour.

“The SMBC Singapore Open has always been a tournament that is enjoyed by the players. I’m really excited and I’m looking forward to playing solid golf next week. Hopefully, I can give the home crowd something to cheer.”

Johnson Poh of Singapore

Johnson Poh of Singapore

Like Quek, other local professionals who have qualified for the SMBC Singapore Open have been teeing off at the Serapong course. Sentosa Golf Club has provided access for the players to train and practice in the week leading up to the tournament.

Johnson Poh is grateful for the opportunity to compete at the SMBC Singapore Open and the chance to play regularly on an award-winning golf course.

“I wish to fly the Singapore flag high by playing well and also to gain experience playing in this world-class event,” said Poh, who turned professional in 2015.

Poh enjoyed a third-place finish on the ADT in 2017. In the year, he also took his opportunities to play on the Asian Tour and was rewarded with tied-14th and tied-20th finishes at the Indonesian Open and Asian Golf Championship respectively.

“I would like to thank Sentosa Golf Club for opening up and helping us locals familiarise with the course. If only the club could let us play all year round, as it is such a privilege to be able to practice on such a well-maintained course!”

Compatriot Koh Deng Shan had a very busy 2017, having played in 14 ADT events and seven Asian Tour events. One of his highlights of the year was a stupendous eight-under-par 63 carded at the third round of the ADT’s Boonchu Ruangkit Championship.

“I think playing golf without any expectations is important. The key is to stay happy and enjoy the week. There is a good atmosphere out there in Sentosa given the prestige of the event, so that is a plus point as well,” he said, on his preparations for the tournament.

Koh Dengshan of Singapore

Koh Dengshan of Singapore

“Sentosa Golf Club has been very supportive in allowing the local professionals to practice at Serapong. I feel it is important that we are able to have more practice rounds here for us to get used to the green speeds and course layout. This is an advantage for us and we appreciate this initiative by Sentosa Golf Club.”

Other Singaporeans who will be competing at the SMBC Singapore Open include Choo Tze Huang, Mitchell Slorach and Asian Tour stalwart, Mardan Mamat. They will be joined by top amateurs Gregory Foo, Joshua Shou, Jesse Yap and Marc Ong.

Said Andrew Johnston, General Manager, Sentosa Golf Club: “We’ve taken great strides in encouraging many local professionals to use our facilities in the build-up to the tournament. Sentosa Golf Club is built to host Championships, and committed to developing champions.”

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