Young Hong Kong Golf talent enjoying opportunity to match up against region’s best

Posted: Tuesday, 29 Aug 2017

Hong Kong’s burgeoning golf talent will get a chance to shine on home soil at this week’s Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation’s Junior Championship – Mitsubishi Corporation Cup presented by Mitsubishi Corporation as one of three local teams in action on the international stage over the next month.

The three-day Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation Junior Championship – Mitsubishi Corporation Cup (APGC) starts on Wednesday at Hong Kong Golf Club and involves a record 38 representatives, aged 17 or under, from 20 countries and regions including the European Golf Association.

As hosts, Hong Kong has taken advantage of being able to enter three teams in the event, each pairing one male player and one female player.

The APGC comes on the heels of Hong Kong teams and players competing at the World University Games in Taiwan and before the National Games in China in September.

Kevin Wu Sho-wai, 17, and 14-year-old Iris Wang Xin-yi combine, having both featured at last year’s APGC in Taiwan.

2016 Hong Kong Open qualifier Yue Yin-ho, 17, returns to team up with 16-year-old Selina Li Yuen-yuet.

Hong Kong’s third pair, as hosts Hong Kong have the right to enter three teams while other participating countries and regions can enter two, is made up of 17-year-old Taichi Kho and 13-year-old Chloe Chan Cheuk-yee.

Kho, who won the Mission Hills Jack Nicklaus Junior Championship in June, is the reigning Hong Kong Junior Open and Close champion, having last January beaten a host of local professionals to win the Hong Kong Professional Golfers’ Association Order of Merit despite still being an amateur.

Yue and Queenie Lai Ying-tung tied for 16th overall out of the 35 participating teams in the 2016 APGC, while Wu and Wang finished 21st.

Recently, Wang won the girls’ 11-14 division at the Mission Hills Jack Nicklaus Junior Championship.

“Since making the announcement that the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation’s Junior Championship – Mitsubishi Corporation Cup will take place in Hong Kong, adding to our busy local schedule, we have been looking forward to seeing the leading local junior players in action,” said Hong Kong Golf Association Vice President Nishi Yoshihiro.            

“This is a chance for Hong Kong’s emerging young players to compete with the best talent from across the region and we are confident that they will rise to the occasion and give it their best.

“It is a very exciting and busy time for Hong Kong golf with teams also in action at the World University Games in Taiwan as well as the National Games in China.

“All of these events are key in the continuing development of Hong Kong golf and its young talent.”

The three-round APGC begins with the four-ball format on Wednesday before switching to the alternative shot foursomes for the second round, with Friday’s final round played as individual stroke play.

The leading individual male player from Friday’s stroke play round will also be invited to take part in the 2017 Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup in Japan in September, while the top female player will be offered a place in the 2018 Korea Women’s Open.

Matthew Cheung Hung-hai, Terrence Ng Shing-fung, Michael Regan Wong, Isabella Leung Hei-nam, Michelle Cheung Wing-yee and Kitty Tam Yik-ching all featured for Hong Kong last week at the World University Games in Taiwan.

Both men’s and women’s teams in Taiwan claimed respectable sixth place finishes in the team events, with Matthew Cheung Hung-hai the best individual performer after claiming 10th place.

And next month in China, recent China Tour winner Jason Hak Shun-yat will take his place in Hong Kong’s team at the National Games alongside World University Games representatives Michelle Cheung Wing-yee and Leung Hei-nam.

Hak, who was the youngest golfer to make the cut at a European Tour event at the 2008 Hong Kong Open, aged just 14 and 304 days, romped to a 10-shot victory in Kunming earlier this month as the former world number one junior claimed his first win as a professional.

Matthew Cheung Hung-hai, Yeung Mo-tin, Tang Tsz-hang, Tam Yik-ching and Virginie Ding Wai-chung complete the Hong Kong team at the National Games in China.

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