| HK Junior Close Championships Review
Taichi Kho finished his junior career in Hong Kong by winning the Hong Kong Junior Close Championship by a huge 19-stroke margin, writes Louie Chan.
Taichi Kho and Chloe Chan won their national Junior Close titles in their respective division, both by huge margins.
Taichi Kho and Chloe Chan won their national Junior Close titles in their respective division, both by huge margins, at the Discovery Bay Golf Club. 17-year-old Kho, a student at the Discovery College in Discovery Bay, was unbeatable on his home course. The teenage golfing star shot a total of 204 to defend his overall Boys’ championship title by a 19-stroke margin. Yue Yin Ho and Ryan Leung finished second and third at 223 and 232 respectively.
"It was a great week, and I’m really pleased with the outcome. I feel like all the work I have put into my golf recently is really rewarding. I came out pretty rusty and lost two golf balls on Thursday. But I feel like that my local knowledge really helped me. I made the right decisions and stays patient, and somehow made nine birdies during that round gave me a lot of momentum going into the second day. I was able to finish strong with an underpar score. On the last round, the back nine got quite windy and gave all of us difficult playing conditions. But DB being my home course, I was able to hit all my shots in all the right places and made smart choices. So, it definitely helps by knowing the course so well," said Kho.
14-year-old Chloe Chan also claimed the overall Girls’ champion by a huge margin. The Hong Kong national team player shot a total of 224, 11 strokes less than secondplaced Selina Li (235). Inara Sharma finished third at 238.
Leading final scores: Boys’ Division: 204 - Taichi Kho (66 70 68), 223 – Yue Yin Ho (75 72 76); 232 – Ryan Lam (78 78 76); 234 – Jackson Chong (82 78 74), Jason Fan (82 72 80). Girls’ Divisions: 224 – Chloe Chan (77 72 75), 235 – Selina Li (79 74 82); 238 – Inara Sharma (81 78 79); 241 – Tiffany Wu (85 74 82); 243 – Stephanie Wong (81 81 81).
Chloe Chan (Overall Girls’ Division) and Taichi Kho (Overall Boys’ Division), the 2018 Hong Kong Junior Close Champions