HK Team Misses Out On the Bronze Medal

Jon Wal­lett, HKGA Golf Devel­op­ment Di­rec­tor, re­caps on the HK teams’ per­for­mances and re­sults at the Taipei 2017 Univer­si­ade and 13th Na­tional Games of China.

HK Golfer - - Around The Hkga -

The golf tour­na­ment at the Taipei 2017 Univer­si­ade was a first-class event over the dif­fi­cult and chal­leng­ing golf course at the Sun­rise Golf & Coun­try Club. The stan­dard of play­ers was very high with a good rep­re­sen­ta­tion of 33 na­tion­als and 127 com­peti­tors from all over the world. The HK Men’s team com­prised of Matthew Che­ung (72-7170), Ter­rence Ng (79-75-70) and Michael Wong (73-76-73). The Ladies team was rep­re­sented by Is­abella Le­ung (79-73-73), Michelle Che­ung (76-77-74) and Kitty Tam (79-79-80). 2 scores from 3 counted each day for the team event.

The HK team im­proved their po­si­tion each day, but un­for­tu­nately, the play was can­celled on the last day at 5pm due to thun­der­storms. Ter­rence had al­ready fin­ished, and Matthew was on the 17th at 3-un­der with a par 5 fin­ish­ing hole. At the time, we were in 7th place as a team, with a high chance of fin­ish­ing in the top three of the field. Also, Matthew was in 8th place in the in­di­vid­ual. In the end, the tour­na­ment took the re­sults from the first three days, mean­ing Matthew fin­ished in 10th place in the in­di­vid­ual, the Men’s team fin­ish­ing 9th and the Ladies team fin­ish­ing 11th.

A big thank you to Ladies Cap­tain Joanne McKee for her as­sis­tance with the team - it was a long week with most days start­ing by tak­ing a bus be­tween 4:30am and 6:30am each morn­ing and then fin­ish­ing the day at 9pm each day with the team talk for the next day.

One week af­ter the Univer­saide, the HK team was in Tin­juan play­ing the 13th Na­tional Games of China. All the teams from dif­fer­ent mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, prov­inces, au­ton­o­mous re­gions, the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army and sports as­so­ci­a­tions in China have to qual­ify for the event. But HK and Ma­cau are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate, to­talling 10 Men’s teams and 9 Ladies Teams (Ma­cau did not put for­ward a Ladies Team).

This is ob­vi­ously the big­gest tour­na­ment for the Chi­nese golfers. Most of the field were pro­fes­sion­als, and all the best Chi­nese play­ers in the world were pre­sented. Li Hao­tong, who fin­ished 3rd in the Bri­tish Open, and Feng Shan­shan, the world No.6 LPGA player both com­peted. Matthew Che­ung played with 2 Chi­nese play­ers who had just earned their PGA TOUR card on the first day, and Kitty Tam played with a LPGA player who shot 64!

Nev­er­the­less, the Men’s team were com­pet­i­tive and fin­ished 4th, miss out on the bronze medal by only one shot. Motin Ye­ung had the best tour­na­ment of his Pro ca­reer to date, fin­ish­ing in the top 10. Ja­son Hak is un­doubt­edly a big tal­ent, and he had re­ceived fi­nan­cial of­fers to play for other teams. But he chose to rep­re­sent HK on this oc­ca­sion, and he shot 70-72-73-73. The course was good - chal­leng­ing around the greens and an ex­cel­lent test of golf.

Tim Tang strug­gled scor­ing 78-79-82 but then came back with an ex­cel­lent sub­par 71 on the last day. He has not played tour­na­ments for a long time and then to play in a big event on a very tough course was a big ask. But he pre­pared well for the event, prac­tised hard and was an ac­tive and sup­port­ive team mem­ber through­out the week and it was great to see him have this cru­cial round for the team on the last day.

Matthew played some good golf and had the best score for the HK team on day 2 with 71, and an­other 71 on the fi­nal day with a birdie-birdie fin­ish. I believe Matthew can do well and over the last 18 months, his World Rank­ing has gone from ap­prox­i­mate 1,000 to cur­rently in the 600s.

For the Ladies team, Michelle Che­ung scored 76-77-84-73, Is­abella Le­ung 79-7779-74, Virginie Ding 83-76-83-78 and Kitty Tam 84-77-79-83.

A big thank you to Team Cap­tain Mr Ning Li and as­sis­tant Mrs Betty Ng, who both did an ex­cel­lent job through­out the week.

HK Ladies team at the Univer­si­ade (from left to right) – Michelle Che­ung, Kitty Tam and Is­abella Le­ung

Ja­son Hak at the 13th Na­tional Games of China

Matthew Che­ung at the Taipei 2017 Univer­si­ade

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