| HK Men’s Close Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onships Re­view

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D’Souza claimed his HK Men’s Close Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onships ti­tle over the Lu­nar New Year hol­i­day and booked him­self a spot at the UBS Hong Kong Open later in the year.

No­body has im­pressed more on the lo­cal golf scene over the past few years than Leon D’Souza, who won the Hong Kong Open Am­a­teur cham­pion in 2015, claimed the 2017 Hong Kong Men’s Close Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onships ti­tle for his tro­phy col­lec­tion. D’Souza fired clos­ing rounds of 69 and 67 to win his Hong Kong Men’s Close Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onships on the New Course at Fan­ling over the Lu­nar New Year hol­i­day. In do­ing so, the na­tional team player can now look for­ward to join­ing the pros at the 2017 UBS Hong Kong Open. The for­mer Hong Kong Open Am­a­teur cham­pion carded a course-record nine-un­der-par 61 in the first round to move into a five-shot lead. D’Souza not just broke the course record but also his per­sonal tour­na­ment record low­est scores so far, which paved the way for him in the early stage.

De­fend­ing Mid-Am­a­teur cham­pion Max Wong was even more con­sis­tent with rounds of 66 to put him­self on top of the leader­board af­ter sec­ond round fin­ished. D’Souza had a dis­ap­point­ing three-over-par 73 on day 2. But he came back strong with rounds of 69 and 67 on the fi­nal day to fin­ish at ten-un­der 270. Max Wong shoot 73 in the fi­nal round and fin­ished at six-un­der 274, which was good enough to de­fend his Mid-Am­a­teur ti­tle for play­ers aged 25 and above. Oliver De­clemy fin­ished twenty back on 294 for sec­ond.

D’Souza’s na­tional squad team­mate Wu Sho Wai fin­ished on 279 for third place over­all. De­fend­ing cham­pion Ter­rence Ng fin­ished one fur­ther back on 280 for fourth.

With the Hong Kong Men’s Close Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onships on the ‘Road to Mercedes Tro­phy Hong Kong 2017’, D’Souza also se­cured a spot in the pres­ti­gious Mercedes Tro­phy Hong Kong event back at Fan­ling in May.

Lead­ing fi­nal scores: 270 – Leon D’Souza (61, 73, 69, 67); 274 – Max Wong (66, 66, 69, 73), 279 – Wu Sho Wai (66, 70, 75, 68); 280 – Ter­rance Ng (68, 70, 69, 73), 285 – Taichi Kho (71, 70, 73, 71); 292 – Chris Mun (78, 72, 68, 74); 294 – Oliver De­clemy (72, 76, 74, 72); 296 - Stu­art McKin­non (73, 74, 78, 71), Dar­ren Choi (72, 73, 74, 77)

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