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Golf: Singapore Golf Association hires new coach

The Singapore Golf Association has hired a new coach whom it hopes will help it achieve its target of winning a gold medal at the 2015 SEA Games.

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Golf Association has hired a new coach whom it hopes will help it achieve its target of winning a gold medal at the 2015 SEA Games.

Australian Luke Cantelo will take charge of both the men's and women's national squads.

Cantelo is no stranger to Singapore golf, having coached here about a decade ago.

Prior to his new posting, the 34-year-old was based in Jakarta. He had spent two years in Dubai, where he was a Senior Teaching Professional at the Butch Harmon School of Golf.

Cantelo's other experiences include being a coach in Sweden for a year, and an earlier coaching job in Dubai from 2006 till 2010 at Troon Golf Academy.

He replaces another Australian, Andrew Welsford, who stepped down after last year's SEA Games in Myanmar.

The men's team narrowly missed out on a podium finish in Myanmar.

The new coach has about 16 months to improve on that statistics.

Bob Tan, President of the Singapore Golf Association, said: "He's got the right personality and I believe that he will be a great leader for our team.

"I think they need someone who can mentor and provide playing advice and someone that can help to develop our development team as well."

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