| 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.

HK Golfer - - Contents - By 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

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