From the Pres­i­dent

HK Golfer - - Around the HKGA -

Among the many sports of the world, per­haps not many have as mis­un­der­stood rep­u­ta­tion as golf. To some, the sport of golf may seem an an­ti­quated, elit­ist or back­wards in­sti­tu­tion. But as those who play it know, the golf gov­ern­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions and golf it­self is pre­par­ing to make leaps and bounds to mod­ernise and adapt to the 21st cen­tury.

In late April, the Hong Kong Golf As­so­ci­a­tion was hon­oured with an in­vi­ta­tion to at­tend the 10th R&A In­ter­na­tional Golf Con­fer­ence. The cen­tre­piece of the con­fer­ence was nat­u­rally the up­com­ing golf rules mod­erni­sa­tion, sched­uled for 2019. The R&A has fo­cused on mak­ing the game more stream­lined, ap­peal­ing to the up­com­ing gen­er­a­tions of young golfers, and ac­ces­si­ble to be­gin­ners and am­a­teurs, while at the same time re­spect­ing the tra­di­tion and spirit of the orig­i­nal Rules of Golf.

Not only that, but ses­sions fo­cus­ing on sup­port­ing ama­teur golf were heart­en­ing to me. Given that Hong Kong has a vi­brant ama­teur golf scene, with many lo­cal com­peti­tors who head overseas to rep­re­sent our city, these ef­forts on mak­ing golf more ac­ces­si­ble to and sup­port­ive of both fresh in­ductees into the game, are a great boon for this city.

Part of the R&A’s ef­forts to mod­ernise and re­vamp the rules of golf is, par­tic­u­larly, to make it eas­ier to trans­late it into the many lan­guages of the world, and to make it more open to the dif­fer­ent con­di­tions that golf is played in. When the orig­i­nal Rules of Golf were first com­piled in 1744, who could’ve imag­ined a tiny fish­ing vil­lage in the South China Sea would one day be­come dy­namic golf­ing city?

I must men­tion and con­grat­u­late our CEO, Danny Lai, and his team, who came in se­cond in the golf com­pe­ti­tion for del­e­gates at the Old Course. And many thanks to the R&A for invit­ing the HKGA, and many other del­e­gates from around the world, to dis­cuss and be a part of what prom­ises to be an ex­cit­ing new phase in the his­tory of golf.

Har­ald Du­dok van Heel Pres­i­dent

Hong Kong Golf As­so­ci­a­tion

Pres­i­dent Har­ald Du­dok van Heel (cen­tre) at­tends the 10th R&A In­ter­na­tional Golf Con­fer­ence

Danny Lai, CEO of HKGA (far right) and his team came in se­cond in the golf com­pe­ti­tion for del­e­gates at the Old Course

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