Third Inter-Secondary Schools Golf Competition concludes at Fanling Old Course

Posted: Monday, 17 May 2021

The Third Inter-Secondary Schools Golf Competition successfully concluded at the Hong Kong Golf Club today. In warm, testing conditions, 25 teams from 20 schools played with driving passion to deliver strong performances. Under Nett Stableford scores, Chinese International School won the school team award, with student Gloria Poon taking the championship for the Girls’ Grade A section while the Boy’s Grade A title went to Michael Wong of South Island School. In the Gross Stableford category introduced this year, Discovery College won the school team award, with Lau Hoi Ki of The ISF Academy and Ryan Leung of Discovery College being crowned as the champions of the Girls’ Grade A and Boys’ Grade A sections, respectively.

The competition, co-organised by the Hong Kong Golf Association and Hong Kong Golf Club and supported by the Hong Kong Schools Sports Federation, was played at the Club’s historic Fanling Old Course. Some 80 secondary school golfers were eager to participate in the first inter-schools golf competition to be held since the pandemic, striving for good scores as they played against a backdrop of world-class fairways and valuable old trees.

This year’s competition proved young players’ commitment to the sport in the face of the challenges presented by Covid-19. Hong Kong Golf Association President Kenneth Lam said, “We are pleased to have hosted the Inter-Secondary Schools Golf Competition successfully despite the pandemic, offering a platform for secondary school golfers to accumulate actual experience. Their outstanding games are the fruit of diligent training in difficult times. In addition to the competition, the HKGA has also made great efforts to re-initiate various youth training programmes and activities, including the Hong Kong Junior Close Championship which was hosted in March and the HSBC Junior Golf Series for students. We will continue striving to provide more actual experience and exchange opportunities for emerging Hong Kong golf talent and promote the sport in schools.”

Hong Kong Golf Club Captain Mr Clarence Leung said, “The Club has been an important facility in Hong Kong for promoting diversified sports development for many years. The Inter-Secondary Schools Golf Competition on the Old Course at Fanling is a key opportunity for young local players to advance their skills through competition. Another example is the Inter-School Cross Country Competition, which has been hosted on the Old Course since 1979 and will take place again this coming winter. The Club will continue to provide outdoor competition and training facilities for a variety of other sports, helping athletes to stay in shape for future events.”

The popular Inter-Secondary Schools Golf Competition represents an important initiative to further promote and develop golf across the territory. A total of 25 teams from 20 schools joined this year’s competition, which featured both boys’ and girls’ teams (two to four members per team) and individual divisions under the 18-hole Individual Stableford format. Winners were determined through points in Nett Stableford and Gross Stableford. For individual divisions, prizes were awarded to the winners as well as second-, third- and fourth-place finishers in Grades A, B and C. For team divisions, the best two scores from each team were counted for the team competition. The school with the highest aggregate points was named School Team Champion. Prizes were also awarded for second and third places in the team sections.

Photo captions: Discovery College (left) and Chinese International School (right) won the Grade A school team awards in Gross Stableford and Nett Stableford, respectively. Home Affairs Bureau Commissioner for Sports Mr Yeung Tak-keung (first from the right) presented the winner awards to Grade A school team (Gross Stableford).

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