HK Ju­nior Open Cham­pi­onship Re­view

Hong Kong’s Taichi Kho re­claimed the na­tional Ju­nior Open ti­tle. The 2016 cham­pion fin­ished with a to­tal of 209 to take vic­tory at the Dis­cov­ery Bay Golf Club, writes Louie Chan.

HK Golfer - - CONTENTS - By Louie Chan

Hong Kong’s Taichi Kho wins his sec­ond na­tional Ju­nior Open ti­tle at the Dis­cov­ery Bay Golf Club in threee years.

Kho topped a field that fea­tured 81 ju­nior golfers, 24 of whom were from over­seas. The 2018 edi­tion of the cham­pi­onship also fea­tured on the World Am­a­teur Golf Rank­ings. The lead­ing Hong Kong teenage golfer shot an im­pres­sive 65 in the fi­nal round on his home course. Viet­nam’s Nguyen Bao Long was 6 shots be­hind and fin­ished 2nd over­all with 215. In­dia’s Kar­tik Sharma was at the 3rd place with a to­tal of 217.

“It feels good to win this tour­na­ment for the sec­ond time. This time is more mean­ing­ful be­cause this is my last ju­nior tour­na­ment here. It feels great to close out on my home course. The weather was chal­leng­ing. We have to adapt to dif­fer­ent con­di­tion on each day. It was a re­ally good test of golf. It was very hot at some time. It’s not of­ten to come across this course with dif­fer­ent cli­mate ev­ery day. It was nice to play with play­ers in­ter­na­tion­ally. I will be off to Univer­sity in three days. It’s pretty scary, but I’m also pretty ex­cited. I want to thank the HKGA for all the sup­port in the past 10 years. Also, thanks to my coach Mark,” said Kho, who will play for the Univer­sity of Norte Dame in the U.S. af­ter the sum­mer.

China’s Jienli Li was crowned girls’ cham­pion, fin­ish­ing with a fi­nal round 72 for a to­tal of 226. “This is the first time I play in HK, so this is a very nice ex­pe­ri­ence. Thanks to the or­gan­iser, tour­na­ment com­mit­tee and hospi­tal­ity. I am happy to win this tour­na­ment. I have just back from the U.S., so the win proves my abil­ity to play golf. It was fun to play three rounds with three dif­fer­ent con­di­tions. I like to play in the rain, but only the winds caused me a lot of trou­ble. I think the Di­a­mond 1st was the hard­est hole through­out the week. The fair­way is so nar­row, and it’s hard to put the ball in play. We couldn’t see the green most of the time when we played the sec­ond shot. I had a 24-yard putt to­day, and I didn’t think it would get in, but it just did! It was very mem­o­rable,” said the over­all girls cham­pion.

Hong Kong’s Stephanie Wong (237) and In­dia’s Hi­taashee Bak­shi (238) fin­ished 2nd and 3rd re­spec­tively.

The younger age group (7-10) of the Hong Kong Ju­nior Open Cham­pi­onship took place at Hong Kong Golf Club Deep­wa­ter Bay on 13 Au­gust. Lisle Kwon claimed the Boy’s 9-10 di­vi­sion with 64, while Ari­anna Lau won the Girl’s same age group with an im­pres­sive 61. Dar­ren Zhou and Char­lotte Tam claimed the Boy’s and Girl’s 7-8 di­vi­sion with 65 and 83 re­spec­tively.

Lead­ing fi­nal scores: Over­all boys: 209 – Taichi Kho (HKG) 70-74-65; 215 – Nguyen Bao Long (VIE) 74-68-73; 217 – Kar­tik Sharma (IND) 70-76-71; 218 – Shuhit Bish­noi (IND) 74-78-66, An­dre Chong (SGN) 73-75-70. Over­all girls: 226 – Jieni Li (CHI) 74-80-72; 233 – Stephanie Wong (HKG) 73-79-81; 237 – Hi­taashee Bak­shi (IND) 73-85-79; 238 – Inara Sharma (HKG) 76-88-74; 239 – Chloe Chan (HKG) 76-80-83.

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