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Hou Yu-sang of Chi­nese Taipei beat a strong field of am­a­teur lady golfers from Hong Kong and across the re­gion to clinch the ti­tle at Fan­ling,

HK Golfer - - Contents - By Louie Chan

Hou Yu-sang of Chi­nese Taipei clinches the Esprit HK Ladies Open Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship ti­tle at Fan­ling.

Hou made eight birdies and carded a bo­gey-free fi­nal-round 64, as she fin­ished on 210, three ahead of com­pa­triot Lin Jie-en. Philip­pines duos An­nyka Cayabyab and Francesa Oli­varez-Ilas fin­ished third and fourth, five and six shots back re­spec­tively. Is­abella Le­ung was the lead­ing lo­cal, fin­ish­ing seven shots back on 217 in a tie for fifth. Her fi­nal-round 70 was also good enough to win the Ladies Close Am­a­teur ti­tle. Selina Li and Chloe Chan fin­ished tied for sec­ond on 222.

“I am sat­is­fied with my per­for­mance in the first two rounds. I made four con­sec­u­tive birdies from the 6th to 9th hole to­day (in the fi­nal round), which is more of a stan­dard per­for­mance for me,” Le­ung con­cluded.

Hav­ing topped an in­ter­na­tional field that in­cluded more than 90 am­a­teur golfers from 5 dif­fer­ent coun­tries, Hou will now re­turn to Hong Kong to take on the pro­fes­sion­als. By win­ning the Ladies Open Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship, the Tai­wanese teen re­ceived an ex­emp­tion from the Hong Kong Golf Club into next year’s Hong Kong Ladies Open.

Hou said in her vic­tory speech, “I would like to thank all the sponsors from Esprit to the Hong Kong Golf Club and the Hong Kong Golf As­so­ci­a­tion for or­gan­is­ing this event. And thank you all my team­mates. I had so much fun and you guys are amaz­ing! I am pleased to win this tour­na­ment and look for­ward to com­ing back again.”

In the Open Mid-Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship for play­ers aged over 25, Hong Kong’s Cindy Lee and Huang Chun-chin from Chi­nese Taipei took the Divi­sion 1 and 2 ti­tles re­spec­tively.

Lead­ing fi­nal scores (Open): 210 – Hou Yu-sang (TPE) 71 75 64; 213 – Lin Jie-en (TPE) 72 72 69; 215 – An­nyka Cayabyab (PHI) 74 72 69; 216 – Francesca Oli­varez-Ilas (PHI) 73 72 71; 217 – Is­abella Le­ung (HKG) 74 73 70, Huang Yu-ping (TPE) 71 75 71.

Lead­ing fi­nal scores (Close): 217 – Is­abella Le­ung 74 73 70; 222 – Selina Li 73 76 73, Chloe Chan (HKG) 74 74 74; 224 – Hu Jing 71 77 76; 226 – Vi­vian Lee 78 75 73; 230 – Tif­fany Wu 74 79 77; 233 - Kim­ber­ley Wong 74 81 78; 234 – Lo Sin-yu 72 78 84.

Ken­neth Lam, Vice Pres­i­dent of the HKGA, presents the Esprit HK Ladies Close Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship tro­phy to Is­abella Le­ung

Esprit HK Ladies Open Am­a­teur 2017 Cham­pion Hou Yu-sang

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