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4 . GM's Message 15 . Tomorrow’s Stars Today 20 . Gong Xi Fa Cai @SGC
5 . President's Message —Shubhankar Sharma 21 . Beverage Promotions
MEMBERSHIP GOLF SMBC SINGAPORE & CNY Early Closure
6 . Hole-in-One Achiever; 22 . Weekend Specials
Monthly Medals 16 . Event History; Past At Golfers’ Terrace
Winners; Players to Watch & Members’ Bar
7 . Awards for Sentosa
Golf Club 2018 HSBC WOMEN'S WORLD 15 QUESTIONS
8 . Junior Medals 24 . Featured Members'
Programme 18 . Preview; Members' Q&A
10 . D.O.G Bowl 2018 DIRECTORY
11 . Create Memorable
26 . Golfing Calendar;
Moments At SGC General Information
12 . Christmas Light-Up & SPECIAL EVENT
Introduction Night 27 . Valentine's Day On
14 . Christmas Golf
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GM's Message flying the flag for SGC,
and Singapore. For a
Happy New Year! As we stride into 2019, I want to start, we won the best
begin by letting you know how thankful I am to be a Food and Beverage for
part of such a great club, alongside all the wonderful golf clubs, at the Asian
members and staff. As we take the opportunity to Golf Awards. Then, our
reflect on 2018, one of the most challenging, but also chef, KK (Kok Kiang,
one of the most rewarding years in recent memory, Kong), led the Singapore
it is with great pride that we are able to share an National Team to the
impressive collection of accolades with you. It is the Culinary World Cup and
collective hard work from the whole team that has returned with two gold
enabled Sentosa Golf Club to be recognised on the medals and second
global stage, marking a fantastic end to what was an place overall, narrowly
unforgettable year. missing winning the
entire competition by
On the course, we had a tournament schedule 0.09 points—an incredible
unlike any other venue in the world, with four great achievement on the global stage, and further
Championships hosted across our Tanjong and recognition of the world-class standards that
Serapong courses. The first piece of silverware we are striving for across every area of the Club.
went to Sergio Garcia, winning the SMBC Singapore One of our most significant achievements last year
Open with a dominating performance. The inaugural was our on-going commitment to reducing the
Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific made history and environmental impact of our Club. This is an area
produced a winner that has blazed through the that continues to put golf in the headlines, although
amateur circuit with several more victories since then. not necessarily for the right reasons, and something
I expect that Atthaya Thitikul will become a household we are dedicated to pioneering. Under the ‘Keep It
name in the near future, and I’m sure Sentosa will Green’ umbrella we took on some robust recycling
always hold a special place in her heart as the and environmental campaigns, including removing
home of her first ‘Major’ win. We, alongside millions plastic water bottles from the carts. These led to the
of others around the world, watched Michelle Wie BCA naming SGC as the first “Club” in Singapore to
winning the HSBC Women's World Championship, achieve a ‘Platinum Green’ mark.
sinking that 35-footer with a Solheim Cup fist pump A great measure of the success of 2018 was the
of her own; a clip that dominated golfing highlights stack of ‘Thank You’ notes that sat on my desk.
across the Golf Channel, BBC, ESPN and many These notes come from all corners of the world as our
other networks following the event, and cemented Brand continues to expand. One note in particular
our place as Singapore’s proud home of Tournament gives me a deep sense of pride once again, in the
golf. Our historic year was rounded off in October, with team and their dedication to serve our members and
Japan’s newest sensation Takumi Kanaya following guests. The note was from Will Jones, the CEO of
the footsteps of Hideki Matsuyama in winning the Augusta National, who says:
Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, and securing a
place in the field for next year’s Masters and Open
Championship; a chance to play with the best of
the best on the two largest stages in the world.
I could not be prouder of the team and their “As we shared with you before our departure, not
collective performances, in both tournament sure we have ever had a partner Club more efficient
standards and day-to-day operations, for our and warm in their hospitality. Frankly, it was very
members and guests. Whilst it’s easy to focus on Augusta-like, which is one of the best compliments
the times when the golfing world’s spotlight was I can make.”
on our golf courses, behind the scenes we made Moving forward, I know nobody cares about
equally important progress, replacing the Club’s the awards you won yesterday; we will be
air-conditioning system, renovating all the function measured on how we present the course today.
rooms and upgrading the hot water heaters, whilst Additionally, I also know that rarely will anyone
making adjustments to the Club's ageing water remember what you did right, but they will never
supply to keep water pressure up. Although these forget what you did wrong. So, although we take
upgrades won’t gain us any international media great pride and satisfaction from what we achieved
coverage, they will ensure that our Club will be in 2018, we will enter 2019 continuing to strive
able to offer world-class, off-course facilities to improve, to reach for higher levels, and to set
alongside our renowned golf courses for many years the benchmark for Asian golf both on and off the
to come. course.
We also made significant improvements in our I look forward to seeing you at the Club, and wish
kitchen; it is more robust, and the work flow is you and your families a happy and healthy 2019.
tremendously improved. Our F&B team was busy
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President's Message would not be possible.
We appreciate your
Dear Members, patience, understanding and
As we start 2019, I’d like to reflect on the year that has encouragement in a tough
passed. I feel a strong sense of appreciation and pride year with many challenges
when we pause for a moment to do this. and opportunities.
We are so grateful for another momentous year at • Next, let me focus on the
Sentosa Golf Club. We hosted four, big, internationally- people who are the heartbeat
televised tournaments, and I have lost count of the of SGC. They are the
numerous awards the Club has received lately. Equally dedicated people who work
satisfying, are the non-golf accolades, which included tirelessly and passionately to
awards for an environmentally sustainable facility as well welcome you and your
as for our F&B, thus capping the year on a high note. guests to our clubhouse
By the end of 2018, we had almost completed and golf courses every day. I am totally
our year-long renovation and upgrading works in impressed by them for accomplishing so much
the clubhouse. Our air-conditioning and hot water in our busiest year. A BIG salute to Andy,
systems, function rooms, business atrium and most the management team and all our staff for their
recently, central kitchen are all new. The improvements ongoing commitment in who we are and what we
we are making will serve you and your guests better stand for!
and faster. We still have the Grand Salon left to be • Last but never least, Captain Vernon Khoo and
upgraded after the HSBC Women’s event in March. members of the General Committee as well as
Notably, the most transformational change for the Greens, Disciplinary, Handicap and Ladies
everyone’s benefit will be the new IT platform, or Club Committees for steering us through an incredible
Management System (CMS), which will be launched in year. In particular, I would like to thank TS
2nd Quarter 2019. Low for advising the team on the clubhouse
As we close 2018 and begin a new year, I would like renovations and CMS project, as well as Otto
to express my sincere thanks to an awesome group Weibel for advising on all F&B matters and the new
of people for their vision, dedication and commitment kitchen layout.
to build and maintain SGC as one of the leading golf I wish each and everyone a very happy and healthy year
clubs in the region. ahead and look forward to welcoming you to SGC for
• Without your support, the accomplishments this another harmonious and rewarding year, on and off the
year, both on the greens and in the clubhouse, golf courses.
“we are making will serve you and your guests
”better and faster.
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Mr Sunder Iyer | Sat, 20 Oct 2018 | The Serapong Hole #2 (139 metres)
OCTOBER MEDAL NOVEMBER MEDAL
Monthly Medal (Strokeplay) Monthly Medal (Strokeplay)
Saturday, 20 Oct 2018—The New Tanjong Saturday, 17 Nov 2018—The Serapong
Men’s A Division (Handicap Index 0–9.9) Men’s A Division (Handicap Index 0–9.9)
Winner : Mr Yeo Wei Tien Timothy (7.9) 69 Nett Winner : Mr Cui Jun (5.3) 68 Nett
Runner-up : Mr Ronald Pereira (8.1) 71 Nett Runner-up : Mr Oh Min Kyoo (9.0) 71 Nett
Men’s B Division (Handicap Index 10.0–14.9) Men’s B Division (Handicap Index 10.0–14.9)
Winner : Mr Tan Poh Lam (11.2) 70 Nett Winner : Mr Hurh Joon (13.9) 60 Nett
Runner-up : Mr Chang See Koo (11.1) 72 Nett Runner-up : Mr Wong Joo Whatt Jason (12.7) 72 Nett
Men’s C Division (Handicap Index 15.0–24) Men’s C Division (Handicap Index 15.0–24)
Winner : Mr Lian Hong Yong (18.0) 72 Nett Winner : Mr Liew Gee Huat (16.9) 67 Nett
Runner-up : Mr Lee Hock Seng (17.5) 75 Nett Runner-up : Mr Wong King Kheng (19.7) 71 Nett
Ladies’ A Division (Handicap Index 0–14.9) Ladies’ A Division (Handicap Index 0–14.9)
Winner : Ms Lynda Lee (11.5) 71 Nett Winner : Mdm Kang Jae Yeon (14.3) 68 Nett
Runner-up : Mrs Goh Gek Noi (11.5) 72 Nett Runner-up : Mrs Ng Kwee Hoong Angie (13.7) 71 Nett
Ladies’ B Division (Handicap Index 15.0–36.0) Ladies’ B Division (Handicap Index 15.0–36.0)
Winner : Mdm Grace Leong Yoke Leng (19.6) 69 Nett Winner : Mdm Kim Min Jung (21.1) 72 Nett
Runner-up : Mdm Sim Su Lee Cheryl (15.3) 70 Nett Runner-up : Mdm Joo Eun Ji (15.2) 73 Nett
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Sentosa Golf Club
Wins Big on the World Stage
The BrandLaureate Special
Edition World Awards 2018 SGC
Winner of International Iconic Brand in
‘Leisure–Golf Course’ category
Asian Golf Awards 2018 – The distinguished Asia Pacific Order of Zenith 31 Oct 2018
was bestowed upon SGC. SGC recognised by Golf Monthly UK
October and November 2018 were simply sensational months amongst 20 of the World’s Most
for the Club. On top of concluding the Asia-Pacific Amateur Incredible Golf Courses
Championship 2018, which was the fourth international event
we hosted this year, the name Sentosa Golf Club also received Singapore's
greater world acclaim. In October, the Club received its first win Best Golf Course
at The BrandLaureate Special Edition World Awards—winning World Golf Awards 2018
the 'Leisure–Golf Course' category. Following suit, the Club 2 Nov 2018 – Serapong course awarded
was recognised by Golf Monthly UK as one of the World's Most Singapore’s Best Golf Course 2018
Incredible Golf Courses. In the write up about the Club, the
magazine noted, “Two championship golf courses, both with Asian Golf Awards 2018
stunning views of the Singapore Straits.” We couldn’t have said SGC awarded the distinguished
it better ourselves.
Then, three days later, on 2 November, at Spain’s La Manga Asia Pacific Order of Zenith
Club, the World Golf Awards crowned our Serapong course as Asian Golf Awards 2018
Singapore’s Best Golf Course 2018. The following day, SGC The Legion Award presented to Andy
was bestowed the Asia Pacific Order of Zenith at the Asian Golf Johnston, GM of Sentosa Golf Club
Awards, which took place in Bangkok. It was the highest and
most prestigious award to honour the best amongst the best. .JANFEB2019 MEMBERSHIP GOLF 7
At the same event, our GM Andy Johnston also received the
Legion Award—the ultimate recognition for his exemplary role
in promoting all-round excellence in the club industry. On top
of that, SGC also received 3 other accolades at the Asian Golf
•Best Championship Course (runner-up)
•Best Food & Beverage (runner-up)
•Best Golf Academy (second runner-up)
The HSBC Women’s World Championship, which was held at
SGC in March 2018, also won ‘Best Women’s Sports Event of
the Year’ at the annual SPIA Asia Awards.
The Club would like to extend a heart-felt thank you to all our
members and staff who made this possible. We are continuing
to look for ways to enhance the Club and our offerings, so that
our name becomes synonymous worldwide with championship
JUNIOR MEDALS PROGRAMME
Nurturing the Next
Generation of Golfers
L-R: GM Andrew Johnston, Johno Beadles, Skye Neal, Gary Addison
The Club's Junior Golf programme is now in its 12th year. Over the past several years, the programme has been
expanding rapidly, as interest continues to grow. Our Head Professional, Skye Neal, was handling the programme
on his own prior to 2015, when we hired Trent Turner as the academy's Teaching Professional. Our Greens Com-
mittee Member, Gary Addison, spearheaded the sourcing of funds from members to make the monthly Junior
Medals a reality. Today, the team trains close to 60 children each week, with some still on the waiting list. The
programme is thankful to receive the support of member Kazuaki Takabatake, who graciously donated golfing
gear for the kids. We spoke to Gary and Kazuaki, two members who are helping the SGC Junior Golf programme
grow from strength to strength.
Q: What was the impetus to start the Junior Golf Q: How did you find out about SGC’s Junior Golf
Gary Addison (G): I grew up playing golf in Scotland, Kazuaki Takabatake (K): I found out about the
where we had a huge number of kids playing golf in the Junior Golf programme through the monthly Junior
summer. It was great fun, and I made lifelong friends Medals arranged by Skye and Trent. But I began
as a result of it. When I first joined Sentosa Golf Club to take serious notice of their work after hearing
about 12 years ago, we didn’t have a programme for consistent positive feedback from members, about
the juniors. Back then, kids who were keen about golf how their children were having a great time at the
could get a one-on-one lesson, but thereafter, they’d Club. I’ve always liked initiatives that hone the spirit
be restricted to playing with their parents or other of our young generation, especially in a sport I’m
adults. I felt that we had to do more than that if our passionate about. And as I spoke to more people
intention was to grow the game. along the way, my interest to lend support to the
programme began to form.
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“With high participation and the positive
feedback that we’ve received from parents,
I believe the programme is in good hands.”
Q: Tell us about the objectives of the Junior Golf Member Kazuaki Takabatake
Programme and the progress it’s made thus far. Corporation have allowed us to play a part in building
G: For our first year, it was really about seeing whether SGC’s Junior Golf Programme. I hope the kids’
there was demand for Junior Golf, and whether we increased interest for the sport will lead to greater
could get about 30 kids to play on a regular basis. participation levels in the years to come.
We started with nothing, but now, we have 30 to 40
kids training with us regularly. The Junior Medals that Q: What is your biggest wish for the kids through
we’ve organised in recent months have been full, and
now, there is even a waiting list. Hats off to our Golf this sponsorship?
Pros, Trent and Skye, for the great work. K: Well, I certainly hope that they’ll enjoy their time
on the course, build a passion for the sport, stay
Q: How will kids benefit from the programme? motivated and keep the spirit of the game alive. By
having the opportunity of working and interacting
G: I think the kids benefit in many ways: with great people at the Club, OANDA and I
1. Good Exercise. All kids are required to walk, hope we’ll continue to attract more young golfers
although in most cases, they run around the course. into golf.
In a world that’s increasingly dominated by mobile
phones and computer games, this is great news. Q: So, what are the plans for 2019?
2. Building Friendships. Very visibly, we can already
see strong bonds that are starting to form, and you G: This year will be a continuation of the great work
know some of these friendships will be for life. These that we have done in 2018. We also have plans to
kids are also incredibly social. I’m starting to think that organise boot camps and perhaps introduce a variety
if it weren’t for the parents who summon their children of new competitions to keep up with the interest
back to the Clubhouse, some of these kids might still level.
be out there playing golf right now.
3. Healthy Competition. Kids are competitive but they Q: What is your ultimate vision for the Junior
also support each other. Besides, it’s a real joy to
simply observe kids being themselves. Golf Programme?
4. Learning & Interaction. Our kids are learning a sport G: In the short term, it’s about preparing some of
that will stay with them for life. On top of that, they the kids to play for our League team. Of course, I
get to interact with adults during our competitions, am sure our Golf Pros, Trent and Skye, have set for
without the presence of their parents. themselves, a much higher goal than that. Personally,
I think the Junior Golf programme is about giving kids
Q: How are you contributing to the programme? the opportunity to learn a new skill, and in the process,
give them the same sort of fun and happiness that
K: With high participation and the positive feedback golf has given me over the last 40 years.
that we’ve received from parents, I believe the
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OANDA Asia Pacific supports the programme through
the provision of its sponsored gear, a gesture that I
hope will encourage the kids to achieve more.
Q: Can you tell us more about the relationship
between OANDA Asia Pacific and Sentosa
K: It's heartwarming to lend support to the programme.
I’m very glad that the shared beliefs of OANDA
D.O.G Bowl 2018
Interport Match at Clearwater Bay
19–21 Oct 2018
A big thumbs up from all the participants! A toast to all participants at the event!
L-R: Mr Grant Gibson, CWB Vice Captain Andrew Lawson,
This October, a group of 27 golfers ventured north to SGC Captain Vernon Khoo, Mr T Rajah, Mr Glenn Yee,
Hong Kong’s Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club (CWB). Mr Peter Downie
Led by SGC Captain Vernon Khoo and Golf Pro Skye
Neal, they took part in the Director of Golf (D.O.G) Bowl, Big smiles! L-R (standing): Mr Ho Hock Seng, Mr Ross Tan,
an annual Interport tournament between SGC and CWB. Mr Lau Boon Wah, Mr Jerry Tan, Mr Kuok Khoon Kuan,
Notes from Captain Vernon Khoo Mr Marc Chua, Mr Foong Kah Choong
CWB sits atop a cliff on the southernmost part of the Sai L-R (seated): Captain Vernon Khoo, Mr Desmond Ong,
Kung Peninsula and looks out over the South China Sea. Mr Alvin Tan, Mr Ng Cheng Cho
There, the group was blessed with three days of excellent
weather on the stunning, tournament-condition course. RESULTS 2018 2017
Though SGC was victorious last year, the trophy this
year belongs to CWB who won by a margin of 12 points. SGC CWB SGC CWB
Our ever-sporting Skye represented SGC to drink from D ay 1 1 9 8 4
the DOG Bowl—a tradition established at our very first D ay 2 3 7 9 3
tournament with CWB. Tot al 4 16 17 7
While golf is the sport we are passionate about, forging
new friendships has always been integral to the game—
and something our members strongly value. Over the 8
years, both clubs have taken turns to host and spoil the
visiting entourage; and this year was no exception. On
top of CWB’s gracious hospitality and delicious food,
their camaraderie was priceless.
We want to thank CWB for giving our members such a
wonderful experience, and we look forward to hosting
them at the Club in March 2019.
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Our Business Atrium at Level 2 of the
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little business done before tee-off or
after your game.
We look forward to serving you at these
and New Members'
Thank you to everyone who attended our Christmas Light-Up event
on 22 November. This Club tradition is a favourite for many, and it’s
easy to see why. The beautiful tree sparkled in the Clubhouse and
members gathered round to enjoy the festivities. Our culinary team
created a delicious holiday buffet replete with Christmas favourites
and sweet treats aplenty. This year, the celebration also served as our
New Members' Introduction Night, with our GM Andy Johnston and
our President Ronny Tan welcoming our newest members to the Club.
Later in the evening, Santa (Mr Lee Howe Yong) and Santarinas came to
distribute gifts to our members and everyone had a wonderful evening.
NEW MEMBERS OCT 2018 1
1. Mr Shintaro Azuma
2. Mdm Zheng Congrong
3. Mr Lee Jhong Seuk
4. Mr Yuji Hirano
1. Mr Masatoshi Nakano
2. Mr Goh Hock Huat
1. Mr Huynh Phong Thanh
2. Mr Ken Saito
3. Mr Gaurav Talwar
4. Mr Takashi Toyoda
5. Mr Gautam Goel
6. Mr Kwak Soon Chul
7. Mr Kim Sang Rok
8. Mr Satoshi Nakamura
9. Mr Choi Young Sang
10. Mr Robert William Barnett
11. Mr Matthew Garth Jackson
12. Mr Lee Sangsik
Photos - L-R: 1. President Ronny Tan, Lady Captain Lyn Sen, Captain Vernon Khoo, GM Andrew Johnston
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NEW MEMBERS NOV 2018
1. Mr Tay Kaiyuan Shaun
2. Mr Mahesh Sivaswamy
3. Mr Tadashi Ninomiya
1. Ninety3 (S) Pte Ltd
2. Petro-Diamond Singapore
1. Mr Lee Hock Seng
2. Mr Liew Gee Huat
3. Mr Mizutaka Sakura
4. Mr Kentaro Harada
2 TERM MEMBER
1. Mr Matthew Walter Friedman
2. Mr Taiji Hashidoko
3. Mr Karim Saad Temsamani
4. Mr Arubugam Suppiah
5. Mr Yutaro Yotsuzuka
Photos - L-R: 2. Mr and Mrs Jeong Wonseok (left) and Mr & Mrs Choi Hyunsuk (right) and their children with Santa Claus
and Santarinas | 3. Ms Karen Teo, Guest, Mrs Katsuko Blalock, Mrs Caroline Ong, Mr Nicolajsen Claus | 4. Santa Claus
giving presents to Mr & Mrs Ronny Tan | 5. Dr Wilson Chew and his family
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As 2018 drew to a close and everyone started to prepare for the holidays, there was time to host one final themed-
golf event on 8 December: Christmas Golf. Members came dressed for the festivities and we all had an enjoyable day
out on the course. It was a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season. Thanks to everyone who joined us. We’re
looking forward to more fun in 2019!
Visit www.facebook.com/SentosaGolfClub to view the photos.
Photos - 1. SGC members dressed in their Christmas
colours. | 2. SGC ladies with wonderfully-decorated
2 Christmas buggies! | 3. It wouldn't be an SGC event
without the smiles.
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At a similar time last year, India’s Shubhankar Sharma Shubhankar Sharma of India
was coming off three consecutive missed cuts. He
posted many good finishes during the season, but he He earned his first Tour card in 2016 when he made
had yet to win an Asian Tour title. the grade at the Qualifying School. Sharma went on to
Now, this precocious young man has evolved into a finish 51st on the money list at the end of the year, which
global golf star. He has two victories on Tour, played in allowed him to retain his card for the following season.
all four Major championships and proved that he can Sharma displayed glimpses of his brilliance early last year
compete alongside the world’s elite by posting a couple when he posted three consecutive top 10s. After a slight
of top-10s on the PGA Tour. mid-season blip, he strung together some consistent
The 22-year-old Sharma roused the attention of many results before putting together a career-breakthrough
fans globally when he went into the final round of the performance at the 2017 Joburg Open.
2018 WGC-Mexico as the 54-hole leader and played “It is tough to move out of India and compete
alongside five-time Major winner Phil Mickelson. internationally, as the conditions are different and you are
Although he did not win the tournament, he impressed away from your loved ones. It took me a few years to
the officials from Augusta National so much that he adapt.”
received a special invitation to the Masters. “I played very well last year, and I’m very happy to cap off
Sharma currently leads the Asian Tour Habitat for the year with a win. I’m very thankful to have the chance
Humanity Standings by more than USD $130,000, to play on the Asian Tour,” he enthused.
putting him in a prime position to win the merit race that More often than not, the biggest validation comes
concludes at the end of this year. from your peers. The reigning CIMB Classic champion
For his efforts, his country has conferred him Marc Leishman hailed Sharma as an emerging start to
the prestigious Arjuna Award for his outstanding look out for after playing two rounds with him. He said:
contributions to Indian golf. “Shubhankar’s a great lad. I am sure he learned a lot
Indeed, his achievements over the last 12 months from these past two days and that’s what it’s all about.
have been breathtaking, to say the least. Even so, he Sometimes you learn from the tournaments that you
is humbled by his success, and he is grateful for the don’t win. I’m sure he’ll learn and he’s going to go on to
playing opportunities globally. He credits Asian Tour for big things.”
giving him the platform to succeed. Going by the trajectory of his progress, you can expect to
“I’m really happy with what has happened to me. The see bigger and better things from Shubhankar Sharma at
Asian Tour played a big role as the Tour has given me the a similar time next year.
chance to compete and helped me develop my game to #whereitsAT
my current level,” explained Sharma.
Sharma, who turned professional at the tender age of
16, left the comforts of home to compete on the Asian
Development Tour (ADT) in 2014 after finding success
on his local circuit, the Professional Golf Tour of India
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Gunning For SMBC Repeat
The Spanish maestro is in fighting form ahead of
his SMBC Singapore Open title defence.
2018 may very well be one of the best
years for Sergio Garcia’s gofing career.
After playing a key role in Europe’s
Ryder Cup victory over the United
States and retaining his crown in the
Andalucia Valderrama Masters in Spain
in October, Garcia finished runner-up in
the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South
Africa last November.
“The SMBC Singapore Open is a
top class event on a great golf course,
and I am pleased to be able to defend
”my title –this year. –Sergio Garcia
Earlier that year, the charismatic and
hugely popular Garcia arrived at the
2018 SMBC Singapore Open having
won the US Masters in 2017. He
definitely lived up to his star billing by
playing exquisite golf at Serapong to
win by five strokes. His final round 68
spreadeagled a quality field.
Now, the 38-year-old is in fighting form
for his second straight victory in the
SMBC Singapore Open to be played
once again at Serapong—the event’s
traditional home since 2005—from
17 to 20 January 2019.
“It was great winning in Singapore last year as a memorable 12 months for me came full circle,” said Garcia. “The
SMBC Singapore Open is a top class event on a great golf course and I am pleased to be able to defend my title
this year. Starting my golfing year in Singapore is definitely the way to go.”
ABOUT THE SMBC SINGAPORE OPEN
For the fourth consecutive year the Singapore Open will be jointly-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and
the Japan Golf Tour Organisation. It will be the opening event of the season on both circuits. Also, for
the third successive year, the US$1 million (S$1.37m) tournament will be part of The Open Qualifying
Series with the leading four non-exempt players booking their places for the 148th Open at Royal
Portrush Golf Club, in Northern Ireland, from 18 to 21 July 2019.
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Ryo Ishikawa at the SMBC Singapore Open 2018. Credit to Lagardere Sports
Ross Tan, President, Singapore Golf Association, said Garcia will be joined by American golfer Davis Love III,
that it was great news that the titleholder was returning who was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in
in 2019. 2017. The 54-year-old will make his debut at Sentosa
Golf Club's Serapong Course.
"I have heard a lot about the tournament and most of
the world's best players have competed there, so it's
going to be a great way for me to start 2019," said
"I have played golf all over the world and so I am really
excited to have the opportunity to play a tournament
in Singapore, where I have not been before," said
Love, one of the US team's assistant captains at the
recent Ryder Cup.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Davis Love III. Credit to Asian Tour Kuala Lumpur Malaysia DAY DATE EVENT
Mon 14 Jan Official Practice Day
“It was wonderful that a Major champion of Garcia’s Tue 15 Jan Official Practice / Pro-Am Day
stature added his name to the list of notables who Wed 16 Jan Official Practice / Pro-Am Day
have won the SMBC Singapore Open, and it will Thu 17 Jan Round 1
be a pleasure to welcome him back as defending Fri 18 Jan Round 2
champion,” he said. “He is a true fan favourite and his Sat 19 Jan Round 3
play at last year’s tournament was of an exceptionally Sun 20 Jan Final Round
high standard.” Mon 21 Jan Sponsors’ Golf Day
Tue 22 Jan Volunteers’ Golf Day
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Sister Act at Asia’s Major
The HSBC Women’s World Championship returns
to Sentosa Golf Club with the Jutanugarn and
Korda sisters confirmed to play.
Following a remarkable year for both the
Jutanugarn and Korda sisters, both pairs
of siblings have confirmed they will compete
at the HSBC Women’s World Championship
when it returns to the New Tanjong Course
from 28 February to 3 March 2019.
2018 saw Moriya and Ariya Jutanugarn
and Jessica and Nelly Korda become the
second and third sister-duo respectively
to win LPGA Tour titles—a feat previously
only achieved by Annika and Charlotta
Sorenstam back in 2000.
Moriya (L) and Ariya (R) Jutanugarn Headlining this year’s HSBC Women’s
World Championship is Ariya Jutanugarn
after yet another outstanding year on tour
that saw her reclaim the world number one
spot last July. The talented 22-year-old has
won three times to date in 2018—including
a second career Major at the US Women’s
“I’m definitely excited to return to
Singapore for the HSBC Women’s World
Championship after finishing second at the
”tournament last year! noted Nelly.
In addition to topping the world rankings
and LPGA money list, she also clinched
the Rolex Player of the Year Award and the
inaugural LEADERS Top 10 competition for
accumulating the most top-10 finishes on
the 2018 LPGA Tour.
Jessica Korda Nelly Korda “The HSBC Women’s World Championship
is one of my favourite events. I’m looking
forward to competing with the very best
and going one better than my 2016 result
to hopefully walk away with one of the most
coveted trophies in Asia,” said Ariya.
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Inspired by her younger sister’s success, Moriya MEMBERS’ GUIDE
Jutanugarn has continued to show steady improvement
over the past two years, securing 19 top-10 finishes and Date: Thu 28 Feb to Sun 3 Mar 2019
making the breakthrough last April to take her first LPGA Course: The New Tanjong
title at the Hugel-JTBC LA Open. With her win, the 24-year- Field: The 63 top-ranking female golfers in the
old joined Ariya in the top 10 of the Rolex Women’s World world from the LPGA
Rankings—the only sisters to ever accomplish that on the ENTRY TO THE EVENT
LPGA tour, cementing their status as the best sibling-duo • There will be no access passes distributed to
in the game today. members for this event. Members must present
their membership cards at the entrance to enter
Joining the Jutanugarn sisters at the US$1.5 million-purse the Clubhouse and Members’ Suite.
tournament are the Korda sisters, who became the third • Members who have misplaced their membership
set of sisters to both win LPGA titles after Nelly Korda cards and require assistance may contact the
secured her maiden LPGA title at the Swinging Skirts membership department before the event, at
LPGA Taiwan Championship in October. Since joining the 6373 7113 or 6373 7105.
LPGA Tour last year, Nelly has secured 11 top-10 finishes, ACCESS TO THE SGC CLUBHOUSE
including runner-up at last year’s HSBC Women’s World • The SGC Clubhouse will be under strict security
Championship. control and accreditation will be required. It will
be accessible to members, players, officials,
“I’m definitely excited to return to Singapore for the HSBC invited sponsors and Serapong golfers (proof of
Women’s World Championship after finishing second at golf booking will be required).
the tournament last year!” noted Nelly. • To facilitate ease of entry into the Clubhouse
during the event, members may collect an event
Despite missing out on the earlier part of the 2018 lanyard and wear this together with your
season after undergoing jaw surgery, Jessica Korda membership card. The lanyards will be available
started off her season with a bang, winning the 2018 for collection from the SGC Golfing Reception
Honda LPGA Thailand with a tournament record from Friday 15 Feb 2019.
of 25-under par, on her first start of the 2018 tour, • Members may make use of the Clubhouse
for her fifth career victory. The 25-year-old hopes facilities, but we seek your kind understanding to
to improve on her best finish of 5th at the HSBC Women’s refrain from inviting guests to the Clubhouse
World Championship, in what will be her eighth appearance during the tournament period.
at the tournament. • The Ladies Gym will be closed for competitors;
and our banquet rooms will be fully utilised as
Matching the stellar sister act at the tournament are four Sponsor Suites during the event.
days of exciting off-course entertainment, underpinning MEMBERS’ HOSPITALITY SUITE
the tournament’s reputation as one of the most fun events • The SGC Members’ Bar overlooking the driving
on the LPGA schedule. range and 9th green will be the exclusive SGC
Members' Hospitality Suite for the event.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS • Admission to the suite is strictly for members
only. Please present your membership card as
DAY DATE EVENT you enter. F&B service will be available
Mon 25 Feb Official Practice Day throughout the day.
Tue 26 Feb Official Practice Day / Pro-Am Day PARKING
Wed 27 Feb Official Practice Day / Pro-Am Day • Parking facilities for approximately 55 cars at the
Thu 28 Feb Round 1 Club will be available on a first-come-first-served
Fri 1 Mar Round 2 basis to members. Additional parking spaces are
Sat 2 Mar Round 3 available at Sentosa Cove; a shuttle service will
Sun 3 Mar Final Round take you to the Public Entrance (located next to
Mon 4 Mar Sponsors’ Golf Day Eton house).
Tue 5 Mar Volunteers’ Golf Day
COURSE CLOSURES & MODIFICATIONS Driving Range:
The New Tanjong: Upper tee – Closed until the end of HSBC Women’s World
Buggy on track (all days) until Mon 4 Mar ; Championship
Closed from Sun 24 Feb to Tue 5 Mar (inclusive) Lower tee – Open
The Serapong: Practice Area:
Open for play during the HSBC Women’s World Reserved for tournament competitors Mon 25 Feb to
Championship Mon 4 Mar (inclusive)
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Gong Xi Fa Cai @ SGC
SGC Prosperity Yusheng
Salmon & Yellowtail Yusheng
Golden Pillow Cake: $38
Mini Golden Pillow: $4.80
Fri, 1 Feb – Tue, 19 Feb 2019
SGC Prosperity Feast
Indulge in a lavish feast at SGC.
For private or corporate CNY lunch/dinner bookings,
please contact our Banquet Sales Team:
Angel Thiam: 6279 1791 / 9004 1328
Bella Qu: 6373 7135 / 9220 4985
Carol Kow: 6373 7155 / 9763 0441
Saturday, Lion Dance
Clubhouse Lobby, 12:15pm . All are welcome
Watch an exhilarating performance by our lion dance troupe as we kick off the Year of the Pig in style!
Ang Pow Cup
The Serapong . Format of Play: Texas Scramble
1:30pm (Shotgun Start) . 7:00pm (Dinner at Pavilion) . Fee: $88/pax (excl. Buggy Fee & GST)
The Lunar New Year is said to be auspicious, so perhaps this is your best shot at that hole-in-one!
Register with Golfing Reception at 6275 0022.
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Beverage Specials | Jan – Feb 2019
Baron Pilippe de Rothschild Pay D’OC Cabernet Sauvignon | $50.00+ per bottle
Colour: Glittering dark garnet red.
Aromas: Dominating redcurrant, followed by ripe blackberry fruit and herby garrigue
note upon airing.
A rich, complex wine with notes of saffron. Massive, classic Cabernet Sauvignon
tannins on the powerful mid-palate sustains a supple and harmonious finish.
Baron Philippe de Rothschild Pay D’OC Chardonnay| $50.00+ per bottle
Colour: Straw yellow with a slight golden hue.
Aromas: Opens on white peach and subtle floral, going on to reveal a light touch of
mild spice upon airing.
Full-bodied white fruit expression with notes of acacia blossom leading into a long
finish sustained by minerality.
Glenfiddich 12 Years | 1 bottle: $148.00+ | 3 bottles: $408.00+ | 6 bottles: $738.00+
Carefully matured in the finest American oak and European oak sherry casks;
mellowed in oak marrying tuns. Creamy with a long smooth, mellow finish; widely
proclaimed the best dram in the Speyside.
Glenfiddich 15 Years | 1 bottle: $208.00+ | 3 bottles: $588.00+ | 6 bottles: $1088.00+
Aged in European sherry oak casks and new oak casks; married in unique Solera Vat.
The culmination of curious minds and pioneering spirit is why this whisky, is the first
15 year old expression to become a top ten best selling single malt.
** All prices are subject to to prevailing GST.
Additional service charge and 10% surcharge apply to non members.
EARLY CLOSURE ON CHINESE NEW YEAR EVE
4MON The Club’s golfing and dining facilities will close at 6pm on Monday, 4 February, the eve
of Chinese New Year. This is to allow our staff to return home to join their families for their
FEB customary reunion dinner celebrations. Members may wish to take note of the
following changes in our operating hours:
Golf Golfers’ Members’
Last tee off at 2:00pm;
No 9-hole evening golf Last order at 5:30pm; Last order at 5:30pm;
Closes at 6pm Closes at 6pm
We apologise for any inconvenience caused. The Club will remain open during the
Chinese New Year holidays, from Tuesday 5 to Wednesday 6 February.
We wish you and your family a happy and prosperous Year of the Pig ahead!
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at Golfers’ Terrace & Members’ Bar
Braised Ee-Fu Noodles in
Slipper Lobster Superior Stock
BBQ Pork Ribs, Caesar Salad
and Potato Wedges
CHINESE LOCAL WESTERN
SPECIALS SPECIALS SPECIALS
5 & 6 JAN
• Stir-Fried Tang Hoon • Lamb Curry with • Grilled Brioche with
with Chicken in Black Jasmine Rice, Achar Pulled Beef and Sous
Pepper Sauce | $9.80 and Papadum | $11.80 Vide Egg | $10.80
12 & 13 JAN • Swedish Beef Balls Chicken Korma with
with Tagliatelle | $10.80 Jasmine Rice and Achar
• Braised Lamb Beancurd • La La Bee Hoon
Stick Kway Teow in Soup | $9.80 Pan-Seared Seabass
Gravy | $10.80 on Grilled Asparagus and
Pickled Shimeiji Mushrooms
26 & 27 JAN • Lor Mee | $9.80 • Braised Beef Cheek
in Red Wine and
• Steamed Spare Rib Herbs | $12.80
Noodles with Salted
Plum Sauce | $9.80
2 & 3 FEB • Ipoh Hor Fun | $9.80 • BBQ Pork Ribs, Caesar Salad
and Potato Wedges | $12.80
• Braised Ee-Fu Noodles
in Lobster Stock | $11.80
9 & 10 FEB • Chicken Korma with • Grilled Salmon on Daikon,
Jasmine Rice and Smoked Bacon and White
• Stir-Fried Pork Collar in Achar | $9.80 Bean Stewed Clam Broth | $10.80
Black Bean Sauce with
Fragrant Rice | $9.80
16 & 17 FEB • La La Hokkien Mee • Pan-Seared Seabass on
| $9.80 Grilled Asparagus and Pickled
• Deep-Fried Pork in Black Shimeiji Mushrooms | $10.80
Pepper Sauce with
Fragrant Rice | $9.80
23 & 24 FEB • K.L. Yellow Noodles • Pink Tail Prawn Etoufee,
with Seafood & Buttered Garlic with
• Crispy Cereal Chicken in Pork Lard | $10.80 Coriander Rice | $10.80
Curry Leaves with
Fragrant Rice | $9.80
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The Sweet Life Cake of the Month
January—Strawberry Lime Cake
$4.80/slice | $21/small cake | $40/big cake
February—Crystal Heart Cake
Sushi Kondo Promotions
Chef Kondo Masayuki of Sushi Kondo, has
created some delicious dishes to ring in 2019.
See you there.
The road to happiness is paved with cakes according to Kumoko Ponzu
our Junior Pastry Sous Chef Nurain. Chef Nurian makes
some of the Club’s most stunning sweet creations, Wakasagi Tempura
using her skills to create 3-D cakes that can take up to
three days to perfect. For her, finding the right balance .JANFEB2019 LIFESTYLE GOLF 23
of flavours ensures that each and every cake that leaves
the kitchen will delight members and guests alike. That
means mixing the ingredients correctly, but also adding in
generous portions of passion and happiness on her part
too. This SHATEC grad recommends a hot cup of Earl
Grey tea to accompany any slice of cake, a sure recipe
We invited two competitive and radiant members to tea!
See what Mdm Kang Jae Yeon and Mrs Caroline Ong
had to say in response to our 15 Questions!
q u e s t i o n sIf you’re interested in being featured, please send your name and
15 contact details to Priscilla at: [email protected]
1 1. When did you become a member at SGC? 9 Name three things besides clubs and balls that are
Kang Jae Yeon (JY): 2006. always in your golfing bag:
Caroline Ong (C): 1999. JY: Range finder, small tees and permanent marker.
2 Choose your allegiance: Serapong or C: Range finder, divot repair tool and towel.
The New Tanjong? 10 Favourite 19th hole refreshment:
JY: Serapong JY: Draft beer in an ice glass.
C: Hmm… no allegiance because I like C: Beer!
them both very much! 11 The dream course you’ve never played:
3 Favourite hole at SGC? Why? JY: Pine Valley, New Jersey, USA.
JY: Serapong hole 7, because I have to think C: Pebble Beach, California, USA.
a lot about every shot I take at this hole. 12 Ideal situation: walk or buggy?
C: Serapong hole 17 (98m), because I scored JY: Buggy.
a hole-in-one there with a 9 iron. C: Walk.
4 Ideal tee-time? 13 Any pre-game rituals?
JY: 8:08 a.m. JY: 3-minute stretching exercises to get my
C: 7:40 a.m. body ready.
5 Best course you’ve ever played, excluding SGC: C: Pray.
JY: The Club at Nine Bridge in Jeju, Korea. 14 Favourite player to watch. Why?
C: Nicklaus North, Whistler Golf Club, Canada. JY: Rory McIlroy, because I like his course attack
6 Describe your golfing style in three words: strategy, confident swing and shy smile after good hit.
JY: Flexible. Careful. Enjoyment. C: Any of the professional golfers whom I know
C: Competitive. Careful. Fearless. on a personal level.
7 Favourite golfer of all time? 15 Ever hit a hole-in-one?
JY: Chun In-gee. JY: Twice, at Sentosa
C: Adam Scott. Golf Club!
8 Name your dream foursome: C: Three times.
JY: My husband and my
C: Rory McIlroy,
Adam Scott and
L to R: Mdm Kang Jae Yeon,
Mrs Caroline Ong
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Course Closure & Modifications: The Serapong:
The Serapong: • THU 17 – SMBC Singapore Open Round 1
Closed from Sun, 13 to Tue, 22 Jan 2019 (inclusive)— • FRI 18 – SMBC Singapore Open Round 2
SMBC Singapore Open 2019 • SAT 19 – SMBC Singapore Open Round 3
The New Tanjong: • SUN 20 – SMBC Singapore Open Final Round
• Closed on Mon, 14 Jan 2019 for the SMBC Singapore • SAT 26 – Monthly Medal / Medal of Medals
Open Qualifier FEB / MAR
• 9th Hole closed from Mon, 14 to Sun, 20 Jan 2019
(inclusive) • SAT 16 – Ang Pow Cup
• Closed from Sun, 24 Feb to Tue, 5 Mar 2019
The New Tanjong:
(inclusive)—HSBC Women’s World Championship 2019 • SAT 23 – Monthly Medal
• THU 28 – HSBC Women’s World Championship
• FRI 1 – HSBC Women’s World Championship
• SAT 2 – HSBC Women’s World Championship
• SUN 3 – HSBC Women’s World Championship
GENERALINFORMATION SENTOSA GOLF CLUB has started a new section featuring our
SGC members both at the Club and on their travels. Please share
with us your photos and email [email protected]
SENTOSA GOLF CLUB FOOD AND BEVERAGE MEMBERSHIP
27 Bukit Manis Road Golfers’ Terrace Tel: 6373 7113/7105
S’pore 099892 Mon to Sun: 6:30am to 9pm MEMBER BENEFITS
Tel: 6275 0090 Fax: 6275 0005 Tel: 6373 7151 Golfers’ Terrace: Waiver of service charge
Sushi Kondo: Waiver of service charge
GOLF BOOKINGS Members’ Bar Panamericana: 10% discount
Tel: 6275 0022 12noon to 9pm (weekends/PH) Pro Shop: Please approach shop staff
DRIVING RANGE 3pm to 9pm (weekdays) BILLING ENQUIRIES
Tue to Sun Sushi Kondo Japanese Restaurant Tel: 6373 7110
7am to 7pm Lunch: 11.30am to 2.30pm WEBSITE
Last issue of balls 6.30pm Dinner: 5.30pm to 9.30pm www.sentosagolf.com
MEMBERS’ GYM Closed on Mondays ADVERTISEMENTS
Mon to Sun, 6.45am to 9pm Tel: 6373 7120 SENTOSA GOLF CLUB is a bi-monthly
PRO SHOP Panamericana magazine for Sentosa Golf Club Members.
Mon to Sun: 7.15am to 7pm Wed to Fri: 12noon to 11pm To advertise, please call 6373 7103 OR
Tel: 6271 0749 Sat & Sun: 9am to 11pm email [email protected]
EVENTS & FUNCTIONS Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
Angel Thiam: 6279 1791 / 9004 1328 Tel: 6253 8182 This magazine is printed on
Bella Qu: 6373 7135 / 9220 4985 environmentally-friendly paper.
Carol Kow: 6373 7155 / 9763 0441
.26 DIRECTORY JANFEB2019