Chloe Chan Crowned Es­prit HK Ladies Am­a­teur Open Cham­pion

Lo­cal elite golfer Chloe Chan beats a strong field of am­a­teur lady golfers from Hong Kong and across the re­gion to clinch the ti­tle at the Dis­cov­ery Bay Golf Club, writes Louie Chan.

HK Golfer - - Club House - Photography by Daniel Wong

Chan shot a three over 72 in the fi­nal round. Fin­ish­ing on 214 for the three rounds, five ahead of New Zealand’s Rose Zheng and Jes­sica Huang, and also China’s Jieni Li, who won the HK Ju­nior Open ti­tle in Au­gust. Hong Kong’s Selina Li fin­ished 5th on 222 which was an­other high­light for the lo­cal golfers.

against her clos­est op­po­nents, Chan never looked back.

“I started play­ing in this tour­na­ment since I was 11 and I have al­ways wanted to win this ti­tle, as this is the big­gest am­a­teur event for lady golfers in HK. I am so glad that I can fi­nally cope with the pres­sure. Ac­tu­ally, I was play­ing with a hand in­jury. I am very proud of my per­for­mance at this tour­na­ment. I would say the 14th was the most chal­leng­ing hole through­out the week. The whole dis­tance has been ex­tended more than usual. I was a bit con­fused when I was stand­ing on the tee box dur­ing the first round. I made a mis­take again on the same hole in the fi­nal round. I pulled my drive to left and had to take a penalty shot. An­other mem­o­rable hole was the par-5 6th. I hit over the green for my third shot, which left me a 60-foot down­hill putt from the fringe. I could see there were a cou­ple of dou­ble breaks. With­out much ex­pec­ta­tion, I made the putt for a birdie! I was thrilled,” said Chan.

In the Open Mid-Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onships for play­ers aged over 25, China’s Zhang Qin and Hong Kong’s He­len Cheung took the Di­vi­sion 1 and 2 ti­tles re­spec­tively.

Dr Ray­mond Or, Ex­ec­u­tive Chair­man of Es­prit Hold­ings (HK) Lim­ited, com­mented dur­ing the prize pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony that Es­prit were very pleased to spon­sor the Hong Kong Ladies Open & Mid-Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onships for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year and was de­lighted that there was a Hong Kong win­ner in Chloe Chan.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Es­prit Hong Kong Ladies Am­a­teur Open & Mid Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onships 2018 re­sult, please visit www.hkga.com/eng/events/20180912. aspx?p=l.

Lead­ing fi­nal scores (Open): 214 – Chloe Chan (HKG) 69 73 72; 219 – Rose Zheng (NZ) 75 78 66, Jieni Li (CHI) 76 71 72, Jes­sica Huang (NZ) 75 68 76; 222 – Selina Li (HKG) 73 75 74; 235 – Stephanie Wong (HKG) 84 80 71, Tif­fany Wu (HKG) 80 78 77.

Lead­ing fi­nal scores (Mid Am­a­teur Di­vi­sion

I): 243 – Zhang Qin (CHI) 79 80 84; 246 – Huang Jo Chan (TPE) 86 80 80; 248 – Iveta Hen­der­son (SGP) 80 85 83.

Lead­ing fi­nal scores (Mid Am­a­teur Di­vi­sion

II): 235 – Cheung Siu Kam He­len (HKG) 81 77 77; 238 – Tsai Hsin Hui (TPE) 76 84 78; 240 – Jeong Young Hee Jen­nifer (HKG) 79 78 83.

Yoshi­hiro Nishi, Pres­i­dent of the HKGA, presents tro­phies to all Es­prit HK Ladies Am­a­teur Open and Mid Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onships win­nersChan topped an in­ter­na­tional field that in­cluded more than 67 am­a­teur golfers from 6 dif­fer­ent coun­tries. By win­ning the na­tional Ladies Am­a­teur Open Cham­pi­onship, Chan re­ceives an ex­emp­tion from the Hong Kong Golf Club into next year’s EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open to take on the pro­fes­sion­als. Chan played an ex­cel­lent first round to fin­ish on 69 level par. Build­ing a 4-stroke lead

Es­prit HK Ladies Open Am­a­teur 2018 Cham­pion Chloe Chan

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