Cheung and Lam Secure Berths at HONMA HK Open
Matthew Cheung and Steven Lam Steven topped the leaderboard after two qualifying rounds to secure starting places in this month’s highly anticipated HONMA Hong Kong Open.
The pair overcame wet and windy conditions in the first round and stiff competition among the 32-player field to earn their places among a stellar line-up in the showpiece tournament.
Amateur Cheung shot two consecutive 1-under par rounds of 69 at Hong Kong Golf Club to secure top spot and a second consecutive appearance at the prestigious tournament. Lam’s rounds of 70 and 71 left him 1-over par on aggregate with a two-shot lead over third placed Max Wong. He returns for a fifth time, having last competed in 2013.
“It feels great to be through again, two from two in the last couple of years. It’s always a goal at the start of the year to get into the tournament,” said Cheung. The 23-year old from Taikoo, who was introduced to the game at the age of three, graduated last year and is now eyeing a place on the Asian Tour and PGA TOUR China-Series. Looking ahead to the 60th edition of the Hong Kong Open, Cheung added, “My goal is to play well and make the cut, just play as well as I can and enjoy the experience, as not many people get to play in tournaments like that.”
“These two days I didn’t hit the ball that well, but I managed to keep it in play. I’ve been chipping and putting really well, but on the second shot on the last hole the ball went out of bounds, so I knew I was close to the line, but when I came back in and I found out I just made it through, I was really excited and happy,” said Lam. The 25-year old from Kowloon believes that his recent decision to focus more on his career away from golf helped him relax over the last two days.
The Qualifying Tournament was played at Hong Kong Golf Club which has recently undergone a major clear up following the damage brought by Super Typhoon Mangkhut in September. Commenting on the course, Lam added, “They’ve really done an amazing job to get the course into the kind of shape we’ve had over the past two days with the number of trees that were lost here at Fanling. The course played very true so all credit to Hong Kong Golf Club for getting it back into such a good condition.”
Matthew Cheung (Left) & Steven Lam (Right)