YOUTH AT THE FOREFRONT

11 Apr 2024

The second Singapore Ladies Masters will showcase more promising Singapore youngsters.

Shannon Tan’s landmark victory at the inaugural Singapore Ladies Masters last year (pic with trophy) may have kickstarted a generation of hopeful teenagers onto the world stage. Then just 18, Shannon fired a sizzling 66 in the final round to snatch victory from 19-year-old professional Ji Yuai from China.

Shannon Tan

Shannon has gone one better after that win. She triumphed at the Kenya Ladies Open in February, being the first Singaporean to win on the Ladies European Tour. The peripatetic touring pro will be back in Singapore to defend her title at the 2024 Singapore Ladies Masters to be held at Laguna National Golf Resort Club from 14 to 16 June.

Her return and torrid start on the professional tours will certainly encourage promising young female golfers in Singapore to follow in her footsteps. Thirteen-year-old Sydnie Ng (pic) has been given a wild card to compete in the Singapore Ladies Masters and she is relishing the chance to tee up alongside 120 professional golfers from China and all over Asia. Sydnie will be the youngest amongst the 12 top amateurs from the region who have been given wildcards.

Sydnie Ng

“My passion has always been to groom players from Singapore to compete and give me a chance to cheer for them on the world stage,” says Championship Director Lyn Yeo. “By providing a top- level platform at home, I hope many more Shannons will emerge.”

The Singapore Ladies Masters was conceived to provide a platform for Singapore girls to compete against the region’s best. Six SLM spots will be reserved for Singapore players in 2024. An additional spot will be earned through the inaugural EFG CLPGQ Series Singapore. The 1st Qualifying Series event to be held on 27 and 28 at Laguna National will act as a qualifier for the Singapore Ladies Masters with two spots up for grabs. One of these spots will be reserved for a Singapore player.

The Q Series, launched in 2020, aims to promote the development of golf and help more golfers gain professional competitive experienceI. It is open
to all female professional, female amateurs and male amateurs of all nationalities and offers World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) points for amateurs.

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