The Warren-MST Amateur Open has been mainly dominated by local players since it began in 2008. A decade into the event, the streak is finally broken.
With each edition, the R&A World Amateur Ranking event has seen an increasing number of international participants hailing from Australia, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, UK, USA and Vietnam.
Yet our local players have put on a strong front against the best amateurs from around the world and have won every edition since the first.
Past champions of the men’s division include Jonathan Woo, Jonathan Leong, Marc Ong, Koh Dengshan, Joshua Ho and Gregory Foo.
In 2010, the first year the event included a ladies division, Ines Putri Tjiptadi Chandra from Indonesia took home the trophy.
The following year, Koh Sock Hwee bagged the first local Ladies’ Division win and subsequently in 2015 as well. Fariza Izanie Zain and Shannon Tan, both members of Warren, took first place in 2014 and 2017 respectively.
This year represents a first in the tournament’s history, with both the Men’s and Ladies’ Division champions landing in the arms of foreign players.
Jonathan Wijono from Indonesia took the overall men’s title after posting a score of 70, 74 and 67 to end with a total score of 211. He was three points ahead of Abdul Hadi and James Leow, two of the six local players to make it to the top 10 in this tournament.
Joshua Ho, who was the overall champion in 2014, finished in eighth place and a three-day total score of 220.
In the Ladies’ Division, Sifat Sagoo from India emerged as the champion with a score of 70, 73 and 74, to make a total of 217.
Top ranking local amateur Callista Chen, who won the 12th Faldo Series Singapore Championship last year, finished in sixth place with a total score of 226.
For Wijono and Sagoo, their win at the 10th Warren-MST Amateur Open is a special one, as it is the first time that both are participating in the tournament.
Warren is was honoured to have Muru Golf Academy as the main sponsor and MST Golf (S) Pte Ltd returning as the tournament’s Title Sponsor who, on top of cash sponsorship, also generously sponsored the hole-in-one prize of a limited edition Yamaha Classic Gold golf set worth $25,000.