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Amateur Lam Surprises Crowd With Impressive Finish

Lam Zhiqun receiving the prize for being the top amateur in the tournament. (Photo: SSC File Photo) 

Not one of the 7000 spectators at the Orchid Country Club expected that local amateur golfer, Lam Zhiqun, 22, would steal the show from fellow experienced countrymen to finish 8th in the Handa Singapore Classic 2011.

Lam recorded an impressive final round of 67 to finish the tournamnet at six-under par at the Orchid Country Club yesterday afternoon.


His remarkable performance clinched the tournament’s top amateur prize and the honour of being the leading Singaporean in the prestigious tournament. It was good practice for the local rising startlet, who will compete in the Asian Amateur Championship in Lion City later this month.

“I played very consistently this week. I hit the ball well, stayed patient all week and I can bring this form into the Asian Amateur Championship later this month. Hopefully, a win there,” said Lam who won multiple amateur championships including last month’s Singapore National Amateur Championship.

Lam Zhiqun intends to turn professional next April and will bang on his upcoming tournaments to decide on his future. “I have done my planning for the last two years… it would not be easy. A pro career is a tough one, but I know I can play up to the Tour standard.”

Another home grown industrious golfer, Qunicy Quek narrowly missed out on a Top 10 finish but finished at an commendable five-under to tied for 11th. He is still looking for an Top 10 place in the Asian Tour and is hoping to reach his goal in the next asian tournament in Macau.

Loacl talent, Lam Chih Beng was one of the 36 out of 71 golfers to finish under par with his score of one under par to put him at tied 31st spot.

Top local golfer, Mardan Mamat managed to end the tournamnet at 42nd spot with one over par.

India’s 24-year old rising starlet Himmat Rai competed with Filipino Elmer Salvador for the top place after Dutchman Guido Van Der Valk, South African Tjaart Van Der Walt and Brazilian Adilson Da Silva bowed out after the tough second play-off hole. The five player play-off was the first in Asian Tour History and none from the group had ever won an Asian Tour tournament.

It was a two horse race as both Rai and Salvador kept their focus to edge past the other three with incredible birdie putts from long range 20-foot and 50-foot respectively.

The last two men standing fought it out hard and kept the spectators on the edge of their seats with both players putting on a show with multiple mesmerizing shots. Both were having one hand on the trophy and it was Rai who nailed the winning putt to earn his first ever win and also become US$47,550 richer.