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A re­cap of Hong Kong Men’s and Women’s team per­for­mances at the World Am­a­teur Team Cham­pi­onship and 2018 Asian Games.

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A re­cap of HK Men’s and Women’s team per­for­mances at the World Am­a­teur Team Champ and 2018 Asian Games.

WORLD AM­A­TEUR TEAM CHAM­PI­ONSHIPS, IRE­LAND

The Men’s team pro­duced a Hong Kong ca­reer-best fin­ish at 32nd from 72 teams at the World Am­a­teur Team Cham­pi­onship in Ire­land. It is the big­gest am­a­teur team event in the world and is held bi-an­nu­ally, with play­ers like Bryson DeCham­beau, Jon Rahm and Jor­dan Spi­eth hav­ing played in re­cent tour­na­ments. Hong Kong will be host­ing the event in 2 years’ time in 2020. to­tal) Leon over D’Sousa the two cour­ses fired 73-76-72-66 at Car­ton House, (-3 Dublin to be Hong Kong’s lead­ing player. “It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence in Ire­land. I fin­ished with a ca­reer best 9-hole in an in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment with -6 for the back nine on day 4 to fin­ish with a 66 on the tougher Mont­gomerie course. I look for­ward to com­ing back to Asia to play in the AP

cham­pi­onship in Sin­ga­pore at the be­gin­ning of Oc­to­ber,” said Leon.

Ter­rence Ng shot 73-75-70-72 (level par to­tal). In this tour­na­ment, 2 scores from 3 of each team are used each day. Also, Ter­rence’s score was used by the team for all four days. It is Ter­rence’s joint best to­tal score (level par) in a 4-round in­ter­na­tional event, which capped off an ex­cel­lent week for him. Matthew Cheung also made a valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to the team with scores of 75-7172-73 (+1 to­tal). A great team per­for­mance and a per­fect plat­form for Hong Kong to host this pres­ti­gious cham­pi­onship in 2020.

The Women’s team fin­ished 34th from 57 teams - a good achieve­ment to shoul­der the loss of star player Tif­fany Chan. Mimi Ho fared the best with rounds of 74-71-80-68 (+3 to­tal). She was buzzing after her last round of 5 un­der par. Michelle Cheung had 7 birdies in her first round of 69 and fol­lowed this up with rounds of 78-79-73. After a great Asian Games week, Is­abella Le­ung strug­gled in Ire­land with scores of 78-78-83-75.

2018 ASIAN GAMES,

JAKARTA, IN­DONE­SIA

For the first time, Hong Kong was able to field both Men’s and Women’s team in an Asian Games. It was a great hon­our for the play­ers to be se­lected and com­pete with the best golfers in Asia. The best in­di­vid­ual re­sult was from Is­abella Le­ung who fired rounds of 74-76-71-67 (level par) to fin­ish 15th in the in­di­vid­ual event. “My first AG ex­pe­ri­ence was un­for­get­table - the en­tire event was smooth and well run. To com­pete amongst the best golfers in Asia whilst rep­re­sent­ing HK was an hon­our I’ll al­ways cher­ish. To be able to play some of my ca­reer best golf in this en­vi­ron­ment gives me a lot of con­fi­dence,” said Is­abella. The Women’s team fin­ished 10th with Michelle Cheung scor­ing 7975-75-72 and Mimi Ho 78-71-77-74.

The Men’s team fin­ished 11th from 20 coun­tries and con­sisted of four play­ers: Ben Wong (73-72-72-74), Matthew Cheung (75-7776-76), Ter­rence Ng (77-73-76-77) and Jonathan Lai (77-73-71-74). Ben is a Hong Kong am­a­teur based in the U.S. who has bro­ken into the top 100 in the World Rank­ings - an out­stand­ing achieve­ment. The play­ers were chal­lenged by the thick rough around the greens but pro­duced solid per­for­mances, es­pe­cially from Jonathan Lai, who com­bines play­ing golf with a job as an in­sur­ance con­sul­tant. The HK Men’s and Women’s team at the 2018 Asian Games – from left to right: Cap­tain Tim Tang, Matthew Cheung, Ter­rence Ng, Jonathan Lai, Ben Wong, Michelle Cheung, Mimi Ho, Is­abella Le­ung and Jon Wal­lett

Yoshi­hiro Nishi (mid­dle), Pres­i­dent of HKGA, ac­cepts the trans­fer of the next World Am­a­teur Team Cham­pi­onship tour­na­ment to Hong Kong in 2020 with Danny Lai (left) and Ken­neth Lam (right), CEO and Vice Pres­i­dent of HKGA

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