Singapore is the next stop on the LPGA Tour, and the HSBC Women’s Champions promises yet more Asian fun. American Stacy Lewis is the defending champion. Norwegian Suzann Pettersen will take another run at the top of the rankings. And Singaporean teenager Amanda Tan will break a new record not just as the youngest ever player to win the Host Country Qualifying Tournament but also as the youngest ever competitor to play in the HSBC Women’s Champions tournament.
And Who Is Amanda Tan?
This fourteen-year old schoolgirl who attends the Singapore Sports School battled her way past twelve of Singapore’s best golfers at the Host Country Qualifying Tournament for the single slot at the HSBC Women’s Champions.
This was Tan’s fifth run at the slot. She first attempted to qualify when she was ten years old, following a path already trod by American Lexi Thompson, who became the youngest person ever to qualify for the US Women’s Open at the age of twelve and Englishwoman Charley Hull, who played in the Women’s British Open Pro-Am with Morgan Pressel at the age of ten.
Now Tan will walk the fairways with a field of golf luminaries. Who does she want to play with? Why, Lydia Ko, of course!
I would love to make it to the top twenty of the top field, and playing like Lydia Ko and other great players.
Amanda Tan, Singapore Sports School
Tan’s been steadily working her way up to this moment. In 2011 she was the Girls’ “B” Division Winner at the HSBC Youth Golf Challenge and in 2012 and again in 2013 she was a member of the Singapore Golf Association winning team at the SGA vs MGA Annual Match.
She won the 2013 HSBC Youth Golf Challenge Overall Champion title and is only the second girl to win the Overall Champion title in the six years that the HSBC YGC has been running. That win earned her an invitation to play in the 2014 HSBC China Junior Golf Open in Zhuhai, China.
The prospect of one of Singapore’s hottest young talents going head to head with the New Zealander who also is making her HSBC Women’s Champions tournament debut is very appealing to me!
American fans will have an opportunity to see Tan in action. The Golf Channel will provide daily live coverage Thursday, February 26 through Sunday, March 1, 10:30pm-2:30am, all times ET.