The first day of the Year of the Rooster saw a flying start for local golf. 18-year-old Leon D’Souza scored a new course record of 61 at the New Course of the Hong Kong Golf Club with 10 birdies on his card in the Hong Kong Close Amateur Championships. He went on to claim the title and booked himself a spot at the UBS Hong Kong Open later this year. When the spotlights are on D’Souza, 10 out of the top 12 finishers are from the HKGA national squad including Wu Sho Wai, Terrance Ng, Taichi Kho and Chris Mun. This pipeline of junior development products will make a strong force to represent Hong Kong in the coming years, especially in the 2020 World Amateur Team Championship to be held in Hong Kong.