SINGAPORE – The Republic’s tip pledge golfer, Gregory Foo, has turn a initial Singaporean to be partial of a winning group during a prestigious Bonallack Trophy.
The 24-year-old warranted 1.5 points for Team Asia-Pacific as they kick Team Europe 16.5-15.5 during a Doha Golf Club in Qatar on Saturday (March 10).
This is Asia-Pacific’s initial delight given 2004 and third overall.
Held over 3 days, a pledge match-play foe determined in 1998 is modelled after a Ryder Cup, and pits Europe opposite a Asia-Pacific each dual years, with horde courses swapping biennially between a dual regions.
Team Asia-Pacific hold a slight 5.5-4.5 lead after a four-ball and foursomes matches on a initial day, though trailed 9-11 after day two.
Foo, ranked No. 67 in a universe pledge golf rankings, teamed adult with Japan’s Kazuya Osawa on Thursday and mislaid to Sweden’s Oliver Gillberg and Spain’s Angel Hidalgo Portillo 21 in a four-ball.
He bounced behind to acquire half a indicate with South Korea’s Kim Dong Min in a four-ball compare opposite Ireland’s Robin Dawson and Germany’s Marc Hammer, before partnering India’s Rayhan Thomas to trill Finns Sami Valimaki and Matias Honkala 1-up in Friday’s foursomes.
With a scores tied during 14.5 apiece, Foo – partial of a men’s gold-medal winning group during a Kuala Lumpur SEA Games final Aug – battled tough in a singles on Saturday though mislaid to pledge universe No. 8 Gillberg by one hole. However, England’s Matthew Jordan missed a two-foot putt during a 18th opposite Osawa for a half-point Europe indispensable to keep a prize as a scores were leveled again.
Filipino Lloyd Jefferson Go afterwards eased past Frenchman Frederic Lacroix 32 to sign a victory.
Foo is a third Singaporean after Quincy Quek in 2008 and Jonathan Woo in 2010 to be picked for a Bonallack Trophy, nonetheless a 2010 book was cancelled.
Foo done his entrance in 2016, when Europe won 17.5-14.5. After this win, he has his sights set on an Asian Games bullion award in Indonesia in August.
“It was a illusory week, a good group effort, and an honour to be means to contribute,” pronounced Foo.
“I went into each compare with a faith we could kick anyone, generally in a matchplay format. I’m really aiming for bullion during a Asian Games and hopefully we can send a group and win a group award too.”
Singapore Golf Association boss Ross Tan pronounced Foo’s excellent arrangement is an support for a nation’s younger prospects.
He said: “Greg was drawn opposite a top world-ranked European actor (Gillberg) and a compare went down to a final hole, that shows where his customary of golf is during now.
“Having a Singaporean play a purpose in this win gives us a lot of pride. It’s a spirit upholder for a younger players in a (national) patrol to step adult their game.”