Esprit Hong Kong Ladies Amateur Open & Mid Amateur Championships to be held at Discovery Bay Golf Club From 12 to 14 September

Posted: Monday, 10 Sep 2018

THE HONG KONG GOLF ASSOCIATION and ESPRIT HOLDINGS LIMITED (“Esprit” or “the Group”; HKEx: 330) are delighted to announce that the Esprit Hong Kong Ladies Amateur Open & Mid Amateur Championships will be held at the Discovery Bay Golf Club from 12 to 14 September. The event has attracted a total of 72 players from China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore and United Kingdom.

Esprit has a long history of supporting The Hong Kong Golf Association financially and is particularly interested in promoting junior golf. Determined to helping The Hong Kong Golf Association bring local golf development to the next levels, Esprit has signed the three-year cooperation arrangement with The Hong Kong Golf Association to title-sponsor the Hong Kong Ladies Amateur Open & Mid Amateur Championships.

"We are extremely excited about this year’s player turnout, and tournaments such as the Esprit Ladies Amateur Open & Mid Amateur Championships are an excellent platform for young players to learn from each other and lift their games," said Thomas Tang, Executive Director & Group Chief Financial Officer of Esprit Holdings Limited.  "This opportunity perfectly embodies the spirit of the Esprit women— confident, daring and energized by doing what they love and loving what they do."

Nishi Yoshihiro, President of the HKGA added, "The support of Esprit Holdings Limited as the title sponsor of the Ladies Amateur Open & Mid Amateur Championships has come at a time when we are seeing more and more talented local golfers. Golf has become officially an Olympic sport and grooming of golfers who can compete at the highest international levels will need support from every corner of the community.” 

This year’s Esprit Hong Kong Ladies Open Amateur & Mid Amateur Championships will see a strong line-up of amateur golfers from Hong Kong and across the region. The 2017 edition was won by Hou Yu-sang of Chinese Taipei who finished on 210 after making eight birdies and carding a bogey-free final-round 64.

The Hong Kong Ladies Open Amateur & Mid Amateur Championships is among the string of events that enabled Tiffany Chan to launch her professional career and become the first local golfer to play on the LPGA Tour.  In the 2015 edition, although Princess Mary Superal from Philippines emerged victorious, local favourites Tiffany Chan, Mimi Ho, Michelle Cheung and Isabella Leung excelled and showed their great abilities in finishing 2nd to 4th. Tiffany went on to win the 2016 Hong Kong Ladies Open at Fanling and became Hong Kong's first ever golfing Olympian in Rio 2016.