Ben, one of our Year 11 students, has won the Faldo Series Malaysia Championship 2017, held in Palm Resort Golf and Country Club, Johor, over 3 days from 19 to 21 December. Ben came first in the U16 category and his score (75-71-73 over 3 rounds) also won him the overall title. Ben will now go on to participate in the 12th Faldo Series Asia Grand Final in February 2018, hosted by Sir Nick Faldo, as Malaysia's representative.
Ben has played golf at Tanglin for five years and was part of our winning team at the 2017 SEASAC competition, he also came third in the individual 2017 SEASAC event, just behind another excellent Tanglin golfer, Tommy (also Year 11) who has played here for six years. Tommy is the captain of our SEASAC team, has come second in the SEASAC individual competition twice and has also won a range of prestigious competitions including the Singapore Junior Golf Championship.
Alongside Tommy and Ben, our SEASAC and ACSIS 2017 team winners have taken their golf to a new level and we are very proud to share their achievements. The SEASAC team also includes William and Sam, Year 12; Kayleen, Year 11; and Jake, Samantha and Will, all Year 8. The ACSIS team comprises 12 players ranging from Year 7 to Year 12.
Some background to our golf programme at Tanglin
Over the past ten years Tanglin has competed in international school golf competitions, originally in FOBISIA and now in SEASAC, where the standard is incredibly high (the best round this year was two under par and last year was ten under par). Previous Senior Headmaster, Neil Turrell, had a vision of developing grassroots golf, with a view to grow our talent over the years and reach the highest levels. This year that vision has came to fruition with the SEASAC and ACSIS team wins.
Golf is taught through Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) on Tuesday and Fridays. Students can join in from Year 4 upwards and 45 students took part in the last CCA block, 18 Juniors and 33 Seniors. Richard Harries, our golf professional, picks out potential from these groups of students and they attend coaching sessions on Sundays at Champions Golf, Fairways Drive. They then trial for SEASAC. Others progress from private golf clubs in the region (e.g. Sentosa, Keppel). Often the families of the most successful play together and there is significant parental support.
"Golf is a great sport for children to learn. All the good characteristics that you want in life you see in golf – integrity, resilience, personal endeavour, camaraderie, mutual support. In our SEASAC squad we have students from Year 6 to Year 13, they look after each other, cheering each other on. We have had so many comments on how well they conduct themselves, how supportive they are. The older members remember what is was like to struggle at first and spur the others on – all of them socialise together and there are real friendships across year groups." Jeremy Hodges, Maths Specialist and Golf Team Manager
"To me, golf is a test of character, it takes patience and you have to learn how to deal with pressure. If you practise you learn how to cope with it better." Benjamin Yap, Year 11