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.

HK Golfer - - Honma Hong Kong Open Qualifying Tournament - Pho­tog­ra­phy by Daniel Wong

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)

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