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.

HK Golfer - - Around the HKGA -

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

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