Doug Did It Again
The American-born Doug Williams defended his title by a huge margin of 12 shots. Williams’ three-round total of 205 speaks for his dominance of local senior golf scene, writes Louie Chan.
Yes, he did again! Douglas Williams claimed his fifth Seniors Close Amateur title at the Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club. The defending champion started the final round with a 9-shot cushion over Antony Happell and Joseph Pethes, both tied at second after two rounds. But Chung, the former HKGA president, climbed back to second place with a closing one-under par 69. Chung, Williams (67) and Philip Woolcott-Brown (69) were the only 3 players carded under-par in the final round.
“I’m 59 now. I won the first time when I turned 55. So, it’s fifth time in a row. I came here this week playing well and putting well. I made 17 GIRs today but to be honest, I wasn’t really making any putt. I was putting well but it’s not really going in,” said Williams. “Anyway, my game was really solid. Somebody shot 69 (Kui Hing Wo) in the first round and I wasn’t leading - I was kind of happy! I told myself I could just play well to win this thing. That’s the vibe you need to have. I’ve got to play my best to win. But wins are never easy. You’ve got to manage yourself and it’s easy to make mistake.”
From left to right - Kui Hing Wo, John Ball, William Chung, Peter Reed, Yoshihiro Nishi, VP of HKGA, Douglas Williams, Joseph Pethes and Anthony Taylor