Ding Wins Crowned Ladies Close Amateur Champion

Posted: Wednesday, 9 Jan 2019

Virginie Ding claimed her first Hong Kong Ladies Close Amateur Championship title at the Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club. The West Island School student finished on 220 after 54 holes, just one stroke ahead of Michelle Cheung, who finished 2nd with 221. Ding was the clubhouse leader after two rounds and had a 3-stroke advantage. Although Cheung carded the lowest round at 71 on day three, her total score was still not good enough to catch Ding.

“Playing my second Hong Kong Ladies Close Amateur Championship, I still can’t believe I was able to win under the cold weather. It’s such an honour to secure my spot in the professional Hong Kong Ladies Open! I am once again so grateful for another win, and the MVP goes to my caddies,” said Ding, who will be invited to play in the Hong Kong Ladies Open, a professional event, at the Hong Kong Golf Club in May.

The tournament ran smoothly under the new Rules of Golf that have changed in 2019. Also, two hole-in-ones were made during the week. Caroline Botsford, who finished tied second in the Mid-Amateur Division 2, holed the 1st hole in round two, while Vivian Law also holed the 16th in round 3. What a wonderful opening for the 2019 season!

Leading final scores: 220 – Virginie Ding 76 71 73; 221 - Michelle Cheung 74 76 71; 238 – Lo Sin Yu 79 79 80; 240 – Jasmine Chee 84 82 74; 241 – Gabrielle DeSombre 83 82 76.

Mid-Amateur Division 1: 246 – Felicia Louey 86 79 81; 260 – Ingrid Leven - 86 82 92; 261 – Wong Pui Ying 93 87 81.

Mid-Amateur Division 2: 252 – Cora Tsang 87 81 84; 265 - Florence Wong - 90 91 84, Caroline Botsford 90 86 89.

For more information about the Hong Kong Ladies Close Amateur & Mid Amateur Close Championships 2019 result, please visit here.