Liang takes on SGA ambassador role

Singapore, November 16: China’s Liang Wenchong, the first mainland Chinese to win the prestigious Asian Tour Order of Merit title in 2007, has been unveiled as Singapore Golf Association’s (SGA) newest golf ambassador.

With 21 professional wins worldwide including victories in Singapore, Japan, India, Thailand, China and the Philippines, the 45-year-old will help develop and enhance Singapore’s golf ecosystem.

Singapore fans will fondly remember Liang for his famous playoff victory over Malaysia’s Iain Steel at the 2007 Clariden Leu Singapore Masters. That victory played a pivotal role in seeing him being crowned as Asia’s best golfer in 2007.

At the SGA Gala Awards night held at the Orchid Country Club on Wednesday evening, Liang said: “Singapore holds a special place in my heart. I won the Clariden Leu Singapore Masters here and have forged many close friendships with my fans here. I’m ready to share my global playing experience with SGA and also do my part in making golf a sport for all in Singapore.”

Tan Chong Huat, President, SGA said: “We are very honoured to welcome Liang as our latest SGA Ambassador. From his various achievements as a successful professional player, a R&A Ambassador and China’s Head Coach of the Men’s Golf Team at the recent Asia Games, I’m certain he will improve our network in the golf ecosystem in Asia and internationally, furnish fresh perspectives with insights and deep experience, and add to the bench strength of our current group of already stellar cast of SGA Ambassadors.”

SGA’s other prominent ambassadors include global Mandopop superstar, JJ Lin, retired politician Lee Bee Wah, Albert Chiu, Executive Chairman of EFG Bank Asia and Elffy Arifin, a father-of-two and business owner, who hails from a multi-generational family that plays golf.