Joanne McKee, the newly ap­pointed Asia-Pa­cific team cap­tain of the 2018 Patsy Hank­ins Tro­phy, will lead a team of 12 tal­ented lady ama­teur golfers to play against the Europe team to de­fend the ti­tle.

Louie Chan talks to the newly ap­pointed Asia-Pa­cific team cap­tain of the 2018 Patsy Hank­ins Tro­phy to be held in Doha. Cap­tain McKee will lead a team of 12 tal­ented lady ama­teur golfers to play against the Europe team to de­fend the ti­tle.

HK Golfer - - Contents - In­ter­view by Louie Chan

Louie Chan: Con­grat­u­la­tions on your ap­point­ment to be the Asia-Pa­cific team cap­tain of the 2018 Patsy Hank­ins Tro­phy. What does the ap­point­ment mean to you?

Joanne McKee: It is an hon­our and priv­i­lege to be ap­pointed cap­tain of the 2018 Patsy Hank­ins Tro­phy. Need­less to say, I am very ex­cited to be in­volved in such a pres­ti­gious event.

LC: The Asia Pa­cific team took vic­tory in the in­au­gu­ral match in 2016. Are you con­fi­dent to de­fend the ti­tle?

JM: Ad­mit­tedly, there is a lit­tle ex­tra pres­sure on us be­cause we won the in­au­gu­ral match away from home last year, but when I look at the pool of tal­ented play­ers we have to choose from, I feel qui­etly con­fi­dent.

LC: How ben­e­fi­cial is your ex­ten­sive ca­reer in HKGA com­mit­tees (i.e. HK Na­tional Team Cap­tain 2014 Asian Games ex­pe­ri­ence) in lead­ing the Asia-Pa­cific team?

JM: I have been for­tu­nate to be in­volved with the HKGA since 2004. I was ap­pointed na­tional team cap­tain in 2012 and since that time I have had ex­pe­ri­ence with our na­tional team over­seas at the 2014 Asian games in Korea, as well as the World Ama­teur Team Cham­pi­onships in Ja­pan in 2014 and Mex­ico in 2016. I’ve learnt that un­der­stand­ing your team, how the tour­na­ments work, keep­ing moral high and cre­at­ing good team spirit is very im­por­tant.

LC: What are the cri­te­ria for play­ers to be picked for the Asia-Pa­cific team?

JM: World ama­teur golf rank­ings will play a ma­jor part in the se­lec­tion process and a max­i­mum of two play­ers can be se­lected from each coun­try.

LC: The Patsy Hank­ins Tro­phy has a sim­i­lar for­mat as the Ry­der Cup. How will you pick the play­ers ac­cord­ing to the match play for­mat?

JM: Ry­der Cup is my favourite golf­ing event. I have al­ways thought that the chem­istry be­tween the play­ers is very im­por­tant. I will be look­ing at dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties, and how the play­ers in­ter­act. Ob­vi­ously there will be play­ers from dif­fer­ent coun­tries con­vers­ing in dif­fer­ent lan­guages, so this will also be a ma­jor fac­tor.

LC: Tif­fany Chan was the only HK player in the Asia-Pa­cific team last year. Are you plan­ning to choose more play­ers from Hong Kong in 2018?

JM: Tif­fany is such a won­der­ful role model, and played a sig­nif­i­cant role in the vic­tory in 2016. Sadly, she won’t be el­i­gi­ble in 2018 as she has now turned pro­fes­sional. We have some great play­ers fol­low­ing in her foot­steps, Is­abella Le­ung, Mimi Ho and Michelle Che­ung, are cur­rently our high­est ranked play­ers. I will be meet­ing at the end of this month with the other mem­bers of the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee and we will be look­ing closely at all the play­ers and their re­cent achievae­ments. I would love to see Hong Kong once again rep­re­sented in this tour­na­ment. The Patsy Hank­ins Tro­phy is played be­tween two teams of twelve lady ama­teur golfers rep­re­sent­ing Europe and Asia-Pa­cific. There will be three days of play. The first two days will com­prise five four­somes matches each morn­ing and five four-ball matches each af­ter­noon. On the fi­nal day, all twelve team play­ers will com­pete in sin­gles match play. Please go to www.ega-golf.ch/event/patsy-hank­ins-tro­phy for more in­for­ma­tion.

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