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