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A Clinical Approach


Paula Creamer talking to members of the Singapore Ladies Pink Golfers Club. (Photo: SSC/ Rebecca Chew)

There was a bonanza of golf clinics outside the ropes at the HSBC Women’s Champions. The Pink Panther herself, Paula Creamer, was one of the golfers who delighted her fans with a personal training session and she was joined by the likes of Amanda Blumenherst and Nicole Castrale among others. But the biggest clinic of all was the tournament itself, giving Singapore's representative the experience of a lifetime.
 
Paula Creamer, reigning US Open champion, made six of her biggest fans’ day when she took time out of her preparations for the HSBC Women’s Champions to talk to them and also to show them some of her famous moves in a golfing clinic.
 
The fans were members of the Singapore Ladies Pink Golfers Club, founded by Stella Tay, who named them after Creamer’s moniker, The Pink Panther because of Creamer’s penchant for the colour pink.
 
“The Pink Golfers is a group of ladies looking to develop their golf,” said Tay. “Our motto is to play well, look good and live well and we believe that Paula Creamer embodies this and is an inspiration for all women.  She taught us that confidence is very important and you must practice all the time if you want to improve.”
 
Adorned in pink, the ladies got to learn some chipping techniques from their idol and took part in a putting challenge based on what they had learned.
 
“It’s great that we get to do clinics with these ladies,” said Creamer, the winner of 11 tournaments. “I think it’s especially nice to come to a country that values women’s golf.”
 
 
Nicole Castrale guides a young golfer Kaylee Teo on her swing. (Photo: SSC/ Rebecca Chew) 

Nicole Castrale and Jessica Korda shared a training session with a group of children, one of whom included thirteen-year-old Kaylee Teo. “I think it’s awesome that they take some time off to come out and teach us young juniors how to play and making golf interesting for the future generations,” she gushed. This session could go a long way for Kaylee, who hopes to one day turn pro.
 
 
There's a big future for the Futures Tour player, especially if Cristabel picked up all the lessons she could from this tournament packed with champions.  (Photo: SSC/ Rebecca Chew)
 
But even the pros had something to learn. Singapore’s own Cristabel Goh did not come with the best score but she did manage a performance that she can be proud of.

"I just aim to be a sponge out there and hopefully just absorb and learn from all the players I get paired with," said Goh, who was partnered with former tour winners including major winners like 2008 US Women's Open winner Inbee Park and 2009 US Women's Open winner Eun-Hee Ji.

And golf lessons where not the only thing the 22-year old took back from the HSBC Women's Champions. Goh also became Singapore's first LPGA Tour prize money winner when she took home a cheque of US$3,418 or about a cool S$4,350.