Third Time Lucky
25 – 27 May 2016, Singapore Ladies Amateur Championship Open
For Indonesian Inez Beatrice Wanamata, her third attempt at this event was the charm. In the two previous editions she was always in the mix to emerge as a potential winner, but golfer’s luck was just not with her.
The jubilant 16-year-old was all smiles as she left the 18th. “I’m so overwhelmed, I’m so happy.”
It was possibly one of the most exciting final-day of the event we’ve witnessed in recent years – there was no one player that dominated over the three days. Inez held the lead after Day 1 and Thailand’s Onkanok Soisuwan after
Day 2. Going into Day 3 Onkanok started at -7, Malaysian Nur Durriyah Damian at -6, Inez and Malaysian Loy Hee Ying both on -3.
It was a tense and nail-biting round as scores moved up and down as the lead changed hands. And even as the ladies teed off on the final hole the eventual winner – or even second and third placing – was far from a foregone conclusion with Inez on -5, Nur -4, Onkanok -2 and on Loy even par.
The tension on the tee-box was palpable. Determination and focus etched on young faces. No quarter was given as each hoped for birdie…or not at the very least to walk away with par.
And that’s was happened. All four parred and Inez was the mint new winner of 2016 edition of the SLGA 27th Singapore Ladies Amateur Open Golf Championship.
“This morning before I left for Keppel, my dad (he didn’t come to the course in the morning) said to me whether I win or come in second is my choice, and whether I achieve it comes down to how bad I want it.” She wanted it real bad.
Dad’s words of encouragement and wisdom aside, it was a chance meeting with last year’s winner Goh Jen that really sealed the deal. “She said “anything is possible, go for it” and those words helped to anchor and motivate me.”
Singaporean Sarah Tan shot 72, the 3rd best score of the final day to finish in 6th place. “My ball striking improved gradually over Day 2 & 3. I was able to minimize errors and made several up and downs to keep my momentum, which was nice. And I putted well over all 3 days. I’m pleased with my finish in such a stellar field” she said.
Team Malaysia 1 finished strongly to comfortably win the Team championship.
Day 3 ended on a high note as all participants enjoyed a buffet lunch…and there were lucky draw prizes for many, including a villa stay in Bali that went to Loy Hee Ying. She came in 4th, and if ever there was a super consolation prize for a long day on the course; this was it.
But the coveted prize of an invitation to The Dalat 1200 Ladies Championship in 2017 will surely be savored by 2016 Singapore Ladies Amateur Open Champion, Inez Beatrice Wanamarta.
Singapore Ladies Golf Association congratulates all winners, and thanks all 95 amazing ladies who braved three days of scorching heat to not just participate, but to compete at the highest level.
Till next year: Keep the swing. Keep golfing.View all Articles