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A re­cap of HK play­ers’ per­for­mances in the re­cent Asia-Pa­cific Amateur Championship.

HK Golfer - - Contents - By Louie Chan

Hong Kong had three play­ers par­tic­i­pated in the re­cent Asia-Pa­cific Amateur Championship played on the Tan­jong course at the Sen­tosa Golf Club, Sin­ga­pore. The tour­na­ment is one of the most premier events for amateur play­ers in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion, as the win­ner would get an in­vi­ta­tion to play in the 2019 Open Championship and the 2019 Masters.

Leon D’Souza scored 72-70-69-69 on ever par to fin­ish tied 24th, the high­est among our three na­tional team play­ers. Ter­rence Ng fin­ished at 37th with a good sec­ond round 67, 3 un­der par, and Matthew Che­ung was at the 54th place with 74-71-73-73.

“I was re­ally pleased with my week, and this was my best per­for­mance in this tour­na­ment. This has been a great week for me from tee to green, but I felt like my wedge game held me back from shoot­ing a re­ally low score. It was es­pe­cially sat­is­fy­ing as my Mum and Dad came over to watch, as I hadn’t seen them all year due to my stud­ies in the U.S.,” said D’Souza.

Wal­lett added, “It was great that for the first time in this tour­na­ment, we had all the HK play­ers made the cut. I can re­ally see an HK player win­ning this championship in the fu­ture, and it’d be great to one time see an HK player grace the fair­ways of Au­gusta at The Masters. Dur­ing the week, the play­ers had the chance to meet and talk with Tom Wat­son, a Ma­jor cham­pion and an icon of the game, which was a great ex­pe­ri­ence for them. Many con­grat­u­la­tions to all or­gan­is­ers who made this tour­na­ment such a mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence for all con­cerned”.

“The course was in su­perb con­di­tion, and the or­gan­iser is un­be­liev­able – this is al­ways the favourite tour­na­ment of the year for us, and this was the 6th time I’ve par­tic­i­pated in this event, which was my best re­sult to date. I drove the ball very well. This course is not long, so I know if I put the ball in the fairway, I will have many op­por­tu­ni­ties to get the ball close to the hole. I just stick to the game plan and stay pa­tient,” said Ng.

Takumi Kanaya from Ja­pan won the tour­na­ment with an im­pres­sive -14 in to­tal and re­ceived in­vi­ta­tions to play in the 2019 Masters and the 2019 Bri­tish Open.

Leon D’Souza coached by Jon Wal­lett at the driv­ing range of the Sen­tosa Golf Club

The Hong Kong na­tional team had the chance to meet and talk with Tom Wat­son, a Ma­jor cham­pion and an icon of the game

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