The recently concluded inaugural Clearwater Masters 2011 Golf Tournament held at the scenic Clearwater Sanctuary Golf Resort, Batu Gajah, attracted over 150 participants for its 4-day event from April 28 till May 1. It is not surprising especially with a cash prize of US$75,000.
The winner of the event was American Berry Henson who carded a total 19 under par 269 over 4 days to earn himself a handsome US$13,125 purse.
On the fourth day, Henson returned to the club-house with four under 68, while second place winner, Taiwan’s Chang Tse-Peng (8 under 64) and third place joint-winner, Malaysian M. Sasidaran (6 under 66). Sharing the third spot were Jonathan Moore (USA) and Rick Gilmore (Canada).
The win was Henson’s first international success after earning his Asian Tour card earlier this year from Qualifying School in Thailand. Henson who stayed at the resort throughout the tournament described his stay as relaxing and ‘ideal’ and jokingly attributed his success “possibly to the chicken chop which he had every day”.
Clearwater Sanctuary CEO Kenny Yap meantime was pleased with the overall running of the event and indicated his intention to increase the prize money to US$85,000 next year adding that the “tie up with Asian Development Tour was in line with the Resorts goal of improving the standard of golf in the country”.