The Queen Sirikit Cup will make a welcome return to the golfing calendar at Singapore’s Laguna National Golf & Country Club this August.
Organised by the Singapore Ladies Golf Association (SLGA), the 42nd edition of Asia-Pacific’s premier amateur team championship for women will be hosted at the award-winning 36-hole venue from August 23-27, 2021.
Also known as the Amateur Ladies Asia-Pacific Invitational Golf Team Championship, the 15-nation event has seen dozens of its participants go on to achieve global fame and fortune. These include many of the best-known names in women’s golf, including Australians Karrie Webb and Minjee Lee, China’s Feng Shanshan, Chinese Taipei’s Yani Tseng, Japan’s Ai Miyazato, Koreans Pak Se-ri and Shin Ji-yae, New Zealander Lydia Ko and Malaysia’s own Kelly Tan.
Rae-Vadee T. Suwan, secretary-general of the Queen Sirikit Cup and a driving force behind the launching of the event in 1979, said: “After the disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, we’re very much looking forward to having the Queen Sirikit Cup take place in 2021.
“Our grateful thanks go to Laguna National and the Singapore Ladies Golf Association for their support and enthusiasm – and for making sure the Queen Sirikit Cup will return this year in a safe environment.”
Last year’s Queen Sirikit Cup was originally scheduled to be played at Indonesia’s Pondok Indah Golf Club from March 12-15 before being re-set for June 29-July 3. However, given travel restrictions and compulsory quarantine orders, organisers reluctantly postponed the event – the first time since the tournament’s inauguration that it had missed a year.
Taimur Hassan Amin, chairman of the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC), noted: “Events such as the Queen Sirikit Cup and the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific are integral to popularising the sport among women as well as providing a platform for our girls to cut their teeth in serious competition at world-class venues, preparing some of them for a career as golfing professionals and ambassadors for their country and the region as a whole.
“On behalf of the APGC, I would like to thank the Singapore Ladies Golf Association for its efforts in hosting the Queen Sirikit Cup for the third time. I’m certain it will prove to be a great occasion and an opportunity for the contestants to renew old acquaintances and make new friends.”
Lyn Yeo, president of the SLGA, said: “The SLGA is delighted to be able to bring this fabulous championship back to Singapore in 2021 and to be the first country to host the Queen Sirikit Cup in its new 72-hole format. We are very excited for the players and I’m certain everyone is looking forward to competing in this prestigious tournament in August.
“I must especially thank Laguna National for agreeing to host the tournament at short notice in such a challenging year.”
Established in 1993, Laguna National boasts two 18-hole courses that are admired for their uniquely distinctive characteristics and superb conditioning. Both the Masters and Classic layouts have garnered prestigious accolades and staged multiple professional championships on the European Tour, Asian Tour and Korean LPGA Tour. Laguna National also holds the distinction of being the first golf club in Singapore to host Tiger Woods.
Mark Isley, general manager at Laguna National, said: “The Queen Sirikit Cup has a long and proud history. All of us at Laguna National are looking forward to being involved in the next, exciting chapter.”
Traditionally, the Queen Sirikit Cup has comprised of three-player teams competing over 54 holes of individual stroke play with the two best daily scores counting towards the overall totals. Commencing in 2021, the tournament is being extended to 72 holes over four rounds, a reflection of its improving standards and growing status.
The Queen Sirikit Cup is part of the APGC’s portfolio of events that also includes the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific, Nomura Cup, APGC Senior Championship, APGC Junior Championship Mitsubishi Corporation Cup, Bonallack Trophy and Patsy Hankins Trophy, and the Asia-Pacific Open Diamond Cup Golf on the Japan Golf Tour Organisation schedule.
The 2021 Queen Sirikit Cup is supported by SportSG and sanctioned by the Singapore Golf Association.