Fi­nal Shot

Daniel Wong talks to the Class A mem­ber of the PGA of Canada and HKPGA about the cur­rent ju­nior golf scene in Hong Kong.

HK Golfer - - Contents - In­ter­view by Daniel Wong

Mark Mos­sip, Class A mem­ber of the PGA of Canada and HKPGA, talks about the cur­rent ju­nior golf scene in Hong Kong.

Taichi Kho re­cently won the Ju­nior Close ti­tle. As his coach, can you tell us how Taichi has pro­gressed since be­com­ing your stu­dent?

Taichi has been do­ing ex­cep­tion­ally well and is a great tal­ent to work with. We started work­ing to­gether about 6 years ago and we have al­ways worked hard on his short game. His fa­ther Vic­tor asked me to work not just on his swing, but also on his mind game. Now I see that one of his great­est as­sets is his con­fi­dence and be­lief in him­self. As golf coaches, we must re­al­ize we have the power to not only shape a young golfer’s swing, we can also have a big in­flu­ence on the de­vel­op­ment of the whole per­son.

Be­sides Taichi, there are a lot of up and com­ing young golfers in Hong Kong. What is your take on the cur­rent ju­nior golf scene in Hong Kong?

Ju­nior golf in HK is get­ting stronger and stronger. We had our first golf Olympian - Tif­fany Chan - last year. Many ‘kids’ have gone overseas on golf schol­ar­ships to fur­ther their ed­u­ca­tion. The HKGA is run­ning great pro­grammes to pro­mote and de­velop the next wave of ju­nior golfers. The golf clubs and prac­tice fa­cil­i­ties have been pro­vid­ing more ac­cess for the ju­niors to play and prac­tice.

You are good friends with the Khos and you play with them a lot at Hua Hin. Would you say Hua Hin is your favourite course?

Golf in Hua Hin is great. I love play­ing at Spring­field and Banyan. But I would say that Shaugh­nessy in Van­cou­ver is my favourite course.

Who would be in your dream four­ball?

My Dad, Jack Nick­laus and Ben Ho­gan.

Golf and wine of­ten come to­gether. What is your favourite wine?

I am par­tial to new world wines with the Pen­folds RWT way up on my list.

Mark Mos­sip teaches at Dis­cov­ery Bay Golf Club and the SCAA in Causeway Bay. He can be reached at +852 91038558 or mmossip@hot­mail.com

Shaugh­nessy Golf & Coun­try Club,

Van­cou­ver

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