Solid, welcome week in Founders event

Kelly Tan at the Cognizant Founders Cup in New Jersey last week. – AFP

WE enjoyed a good tournament out at the Cognizant LPGA Founders Cup last week, at Upper Montclair Country Club in New Jersey, United States.

It was four rounds under-par for me on a tough golf course in pristine condition, and I had a T22 finish. It was a big week for me as there was lots going on.

First off, this was the first reshuffle of the season, so it was important for me to be positioned inside the top-80 of the Race to CME Globe points standings, so I could secure playing slots in pretty much all the remaining tournaments.

Secondly, I needed at least a T25 finish at the Cognizant Founders Cup to play my way into the Bank of Hope LPGA Match Play Championship presented by MGM Rewards, hosted by Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas this coming week (May 25-29).

And lastly, with my T22 finish I’m now sitting at 71 in the Race to CME. I’m proud of myself, for what managed to achieve here, as I played hard all week. Also, knowing there was so much on the line and being able to pull off a good week has given me a boost in my confidence.

I have not had the chance to play any tournament match play in my golfing career, but I’m excited about this week!

I’ve heard lots of great stuff about the tournament and how good the hospitality is for the players and everybody involved.

I’m also looking forward to playing at Shadow Creek and visiting Las Vegas, which is one of my favourite cities in the US.

There’s always lots going on at the Strip and lots of restaurants and live shows that I’ll definitely be going to.

As for the match play tournament itself, there are only 64 players in the field and it is split up into 16 groups of four players.

The top player in each group advances to the round of 16, and then to the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.

There’s lots of golf is to be played on a great track and I look forward to the whole experience.

We will be greeted, once we land, with a limousine ride to the hotel – top notch hospitality all around.

If there are any Malaysians heading out that way or maybe someone that lives out there and would like to come to the tournament, feel free to message me on Instagram @kellytan33 and I would be more than happy to share with them a few tickets or so.

Over the past week, I have been paying close attention to our Malaysian golf team that took part in the 31st South-East Asian (SEA) Games Vietnam 2021.

It is hearty congratulations all round. Two gold medals, one silver and bronze – that is brilliant, just awesome stuff. Well done to all.

It was great to see Ervin Chang make such a huge breakthrough for Malaysian golf, when he won the gold in a playoff in the individual category and was again part of the men’s team that clinched the gold medal too for our country – it is the first time that Malaysia has achieved such a feat in golf.

It was equally exciting to see Jeaneath Wong bring home a bronze medal in the women’s individual event and then go on to capture the silver in the team category as well.

What an achievement by these young, up and coming golfers? I’m so proud of them and I know there’s lots of hard work and sacrifices behind all of this. It was well deserved.

My hope is that they will all keep on working hard because in this game you never know how bright you can shine.

Till next month, stay tuned, stay safe and catch some of the match play in Vegas on television or online streaming.

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