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HK Golfer - - Contents - By The Edi­tors

News and events from Hong Kong and the re­gion.

On a per­fect day for golf, fi­nal­ists Chris Tsui and Max Wong both started shak­ily, ex­chang­ing the first four holes in which Max had two dou­ble bo­geys. They then set­tled down and played some fine golf for the rest of the morn­ing round. Chris had got to the turn 2-up af­ter a spec­tac­u­lar birdie on the 6th and a win on the 9th where Max found wa­ter. Max hit back with a two-putt birdie on the 10th and an­other birdie on 13. Chris went 1up again with his two-putt birdie on the 14th and held this lead at lunch.

With a solid par-par-birdie start to his af­ter­noon round, Chris was again 2-up. Sadly, this was his last hur­rah. 3 putts from long range lost him the 4th. An un­for­tu­nate flier from the rough on the 5th led to a dou­ble bo­gey. Match all square. The 9th and 10th holes were the turn­ing points. On the 9th, Max played a bril­liant shot from the fair­way bunker on to the green while Chris over­shot the green and could not save par. On the par-five 10th, Max got down in two from off the green for a birdie, while Chris three-putted, wast­ing a fine sec­ond shot on to the green. He was un­for­tu­nate that his long putt re­quired him to putt across the fringe per­ilously close to the pond. Chris had an­other bad break on the par-three 13th when his fine tee shot caught a gust of wind and sailed over the green into a nearly un­playable po­si­tion, re­sult­ing in Max go­ing three up. Although Chris hit back at the very next hole with a birdie, he re­mained 2-down play­ing the dif­fi­cult 16th. Here Max put his sec­ond shot dead to the pin for a con­ceded birdie, seal­ing his 8th win in the Cham­pi­onship. In the end, Max’s greater ex­pe­ri­ence told, but Chris is a very fine player in­deed, and will un­doubt­edly be­come Cham­pion in the not too dis­tant fu­ture.

In the Ju­nior di­vi­sion for play­ers with a hand­i­cap of 10 and over, Ken An­der­son re­tained the ti­tle he won last year by beat­ing lead­ing qual­i­fier Wil­liam Doo Jr. 5 and 4 in the 36-hole fi­nal.

Chris Tsui (left) and Max Wong (right) at the 2018 Hong Kong *ROI &OXE &KDPSLRQVKLS

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