Yan­nick Ar­tigolle clinched his na­tional Ju­nior Open ti­tle with an im­pres­sive round of 66 in windy con­di­tions at the Clear­wa­ter Bay Golf and Coun­try Club.

HK Golfer - - Contents - By Louie Chan

As the lead­ing lo­cal player, Ar­tigolle will also ex­pe­ri­ence the World Golf Cham­pi­onshipHSBC Cham­pi­ons in Shang­hai later this year, cour­tesy of the Hong Kong Golf As­so­ci­a­tion’s Ex­clu­sive Bank­ing Part­ner, HSBC. The 17-year-old was at the sec­ond place when he tee-off with Taichi Kho, the overnight leader and de­fend­ing cham­pion, for the fi­nal round. Kho shot an im­pres­sive 66 in the sec­ond round to have a 2-stroke ad­van­tage. How­ever, the fi­nal day saw the wind pick up mak­ing scor­ing con­di­tion at Clear­wa­ter Bay a lot tougher. “The fact that I go to school in Scot­land (Loretto Golf Acad­emy) is ba­si­cally al­ways windy there. It did help a lot,” Ar­tigolle adds, “I played against, in­stead of with, the wind to make the ball stay straighter. I just went for the mid­dle of the green and made shots that I know how to play. I think that was the key to suc­cess.”

Ar­tigolle fin­ished with a to­tal of 205 to take the vic­tory. And this is his sec­ond cham­pion in two weeks – he de­fended his Faldo Se­ries Hong Kong Cham­pi­onship ti­tle at Kau Sai Chau in late July. The 17-year-old also be­came the In­ter­col­le­giate Tour Play­ers’ Cham­pion in the United King­dom back in May and qual­i­fied for the UK Na­tional Fi­nals at the his­toric Moor­town Golf Club near Leeds.

Ar­tigolle topped a field that fea­tured 82 ju­nior golfers, 24 of whom were from over­seas. The 48th edition of the cham­pi­onship also fea­tured on the World Ama­teur Golf Rank­ings.

Hong Kong’s Inara Sharma was crowned girls’ cham­pion, fin­ish­ing with a fi­nal round 72 for a to­tal of 215. She will join Ar­tigolle for the fi­nal two days of the World Golf Cham­pi­onship-HSBC Cham­pi­ons at She­shan In­ter­na­tional Golf Club on Oc­to­ber 28 and 29. There they will get an inside-the-ropes look at how a World Golf Cham­pi­onship event is staged and be treated to a coach­ing clinic with one of the world’s top golfers.

The younger aged group (7-10) of the Hong Kong Ju­nior Open Cham­pi­onship took place at Hong Kong Golf Club Deep­wa­ter Bay. Cyril Le­ung claimed the Boy’s 9-10 di­vi­sion with scores of 63 points, while Zoie Chan won the girl’s same age group with 69. Jamie Lee and Le­ung Hei-tung claimed the boy’s and girl’s 7-8 di­vi­sion with 74 and 103 re­spec­tively.

Lead­ing fi­nal scores: Over­all boys: 205 – Yan­nick Ar­tigolle (HKG) 71-68-66; 209 - Taichi Kho (HKG) 71-66-72; 215 – Yue Yin-ho (HKG) 76-67-72; 217 – Alex Zhuo (HKG) 73-71-73; 219 – Is­sac Lam (HKG) 79-73-67; 220 – Chou Po-yueh (TPE) 71-76-73; 221 –Bran­don Han (SG) 81-71-69; 223 – Kaito Ki­ta­zoe (JPG) 72-7883. Over­all girls: 215 – Inara Sharma (HKG) 74-69-72; 218 – Chloe Chan (HKG) 70-76-72; 220 - Jing Hu (HKG) 72-75-73; 221 – Vir­ginie Ding (HKG) 75-76-70, Selina Li (HKG) 75-74-72, Cheng Hsiang-hua (TPE) 72-77-72, Stephanie Wong (HKG) 7173-77; 226 – Chou Yi-ting (TPE) 72-75-79.

Over­all boy’s and girl’s cham­pion – Yan­nick Ar­tigolle and Inara Sharma

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