| HK Open Ama­teur and Mid Ama­teur Cham­pi­onships Re­view

22-year-old Matthew Che­ung shot a 69 to come back from an 8-shot deficit to win the Hong Kong Open Ama­teur ti­tle at the Dis­cov­ery Bay Golf Club, writes Louie Chan.

HK Golfer - - Contents - By Louie Chan

22-year-old Matthew Che­ung shot a 69 to come back from an 8-shot deficit to win the ti­tle at the Dis­cov­ery Bay Golf Club.

Matthew Che­ung is in top form af­ter a busy sum­mer – rep­re­sent­ing Hong Kong at the Taipei Univer­si­ade and the 13th Na­tional Games of China. As he had al­ready qual­i­fied for this year’s UBS Hong Kong Open, the qual­i­fy­ing spot for the UBS Hong Kong Open went to Sin­ga­pore’s Joshua Shou, who will be re­warded with a berth to tee up along­side the world’s best golfers at Fan­ling in late Novem­ber. Shou fin­ished two shots be­hind in sec­ond place with a to­tal of 285.

De­fend­ing cham­pion Yan­nick Ar­tigolle was the overnight leader af­ter three rounds (71-68-67), 8 shots ahead of Che­ung at 206. But Ar­tigolle faded to an 84 in the fi­nal round and fin­ished in the sixth po­si­tion. Fel­low na­tional team­mates Ter­rance Ng and Wu Sho Wai fin­ished third and fourth re­spec­tively. Sin­ga­pore’s Marc Ong tied for third with Ng on a to­tal of 286.

“Hon­estly, I was not play­ing too well in the front nine and shot one over. I thought I was not in the tour­na­ment at all at the turn. And then I shot three un­der in the back nine. I had some re­ally good putts on the 15th and 16th. To be hon­est, I just tried to beat Marc (Ong) and have fun out there. It was a sur­prise to me when I found I won. I will be play­ing three to four tour­na­ments be­fore the UBS Hong Kong Open to keep my game in shape. I am look­ing for­ward to it,” said Che­ung.

A field of 58 am­a­teurs from 11 dif­fer­ent coun­tries par­tic­i­pated in the tour­na­ment at the Dis­cov­ery Bay Golf Club. Hong Kong’s Stu­art McKin­non took the Mid Ama­teur ti­tle for ages 25 and above with a to­tal of 297, three bet­ter than Dis­cov­ery Bay mem­ber Jay Won. Dou­glas Wil­liams, four-time Se­niors Ama­teur Open cham­pion, fin­ished in third with a to­tal of 309.

Lead­ing fi­nal scores: Open Ama­teur

Di­vi­sion: 283 - Matthew Che­ung (HK) 77-7067-69, 285 - Joshua Shou (Sin­ga­pore) 70-68-7275, 286 – Chong Ching Marc Ong (Sin­ga­pore) 71-76-67-72, 286 - Ter­rance Ng (HK) 69-7866-73, 288 - Wu Sho Wai (HK) 68-75-6976, 290 - Yan­nick Nathan Ar­tigolle (HK), 71-68-77-84; Mid Ama­teur Di­vi­sion: 297 – Stu­art McKin­non (HK), 73-75-74-75, 300 – J K Jay Won (HK) 79-72-73-76, 309 - -Dou­glas Wil­liams (HK) 80-75-74-80, 311 – Todd An­thony Doss (Thai­land) 81-79-77-74, 313 – Jef­fery Wang (HK) 76-75-77-85.

Yoshi­hiro Nishi, Pres­i­dent of the HKGA, presents the Hong Kong Open Ama­teur Cham­pi­onship tro­phy to Matthew Che­ung

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