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The new Pres­i­dent of HKGA shares his vi­sion with Louie Chan for the next 12 months.

HK Golfer - - Contents - In­ter­view by Louie Chan

Yoshi­hiro Nishi, the new Pres­i­dent of Hong Kong Golf As­so­ci­a­tion, shares his vi­sion for the next 12 months.

Louie Chan: Con­grat­u­la­tion Nishi-san for be­ing elected as the new pres­i­dent of HKGA!

Yoshi­hiro Nishi: It’s cer­tainly an hon­our to be the Pres­i­dent of the or­gan­i­sa­tion with a long his­tory since 1968, and has such a high rep­u­ta­tion and tra­di­tion among in­ter­na­tional golf com­mu­nity.

I have been an in­ter­na­tional com­mit­tee mem­ber of Ja­pan Golf As­so­ci­a­tion since 2011 and peo­ple in the golf com­mu­nity speak highly of HKGA - the qual­ity of the tour­na­ment and ac­tiv­ity they run over the years. I came to HK in 2010, and I never ex­pected to be­come the Pres­i­dent of HKGA. My des­tiny has brought me here. I am very proud and very ex­cited about this as­sign­ment.

LC: You have been the VP of HKGA in the past 12 months. What do you think was the great­est achieve­ment of HK Golf?

YN: The achieve­ment along with the past Pres­i­dents Mark Chan and Har­ald Du­dok van Heel was HKGA’s ef­fort in de­vel­op­ing golf in HK from grass­roots, and we are on the right track.

My role now is to make sure that what we be­gan two years ago will con­tinue into the fu­ture. As the new Pres­i­dent, I will work hard to keep good at­ten­tion to de­velop the ju­nior program and pass­ing on the torch into the fu­ture.

LC: In­stead of pass­ing on the torch, will you bring up new ideas to the as­so­ci­a­tion?

YN: In the next 12 months, I would like to reach out more to the lo­cal com­mu­nity. 2018 will be the 50th an­niver­sary of HKGA, and I would like to cel­e­brate this event to­gether with all golfers in HK. HKGA must reach out to our over 9,000 reg­is­tered hand­i­cap mem­bers and lis­ten to their voice and com­mu­ni­cate more. I also would like to take a more lead­er­ship role for all golf in­dus­try to be sus­tain­able in the fu­ture.

It is also time to think out of the box. I sup­port the idea of de­vel­op­ing in­door golf hand­i­cap sys­tem which was pro­posed by Danny Lai, our CEO and we have al­ready be­gun dis­cussing this mat­ter with USGA.

We have to be very flex­i­ble in look­ing into the fu­ture of golf while main­tain­ing the tra­di­tion. I would like to see HK to be the first place to is­sue cer­ti­fied golf Hand­i­cap to in­door golfers among in­ter­na­tional golf as­so­ci­a­tions. LC: You knew Hideki Mat­suyama, our cover star when he’s still an am­a­teur. What’s your im­pres­sion of him? I had known Hideki since 2011 when I made a trip to Sin­ga­pore to at­tend APGC Cham­pi­onship held at Sin­ga­pore Is­land Coun­try Club. He won the cham­pi­onship that year and made the door open for him to par­tic­i­pate in the Masters tour­na­ment, and I helped Hideki as a trans­la­tor for his me­dia in­ter­view.

I felt that by the age of 19, Hideki al­ready saw him­self would play in the big­ger field in the fu­ture. I saw him at the gym in the ho­tel 5:30am be­fore his 9am prac­tice round, and he was the only one train­ing. I then saw him spend more than 2 hours on the putting green af­ter the round un­til it got dark. He went on win­ning the tour­na­ment, and I saw him again at the gym on Mon­day morn­ing. For Hideki, with strong de­ter­mi­na­tion, win­ning seemed just a process to reach the higher goal and I am not sur­prised by his suc­cess now on the PGA TOUR. I cer­tainly hope to see him be­come the next Asian Ma­jor win­ner sooner or later.

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