Hong Kong Golfer Taichi Kho Finishes Runner-up in the 12th Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, Opening the Door to Becoming the First Hong Kong Athlete to Play in the Qualifying Series of The Open

Posted: Sunday, 7 Nov 2021

(Hong Kong, 7 November 2021) Hong Kong athletes have achieved another milestone following the Tokyo Olympics and the 14th National Games of the People's Republic of China. Yesterday Hong Kong national team member Taichi Kho finished runner-up at the 12th Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (AAC) at United Arab Emirates Dubai, showcasing the best ever result achieved by a Hong Kong golfer in AAC. Hailed as the pinnacle of men’s amateur golf, AAC has been Asian golfers’ springboard for prestigious international tournaments. Taichi’s AAC achievement has opened up the door for him to get a place in the Qualifying Series of The Open, making him the first Hong Kong player to have a shot at that venerable event.

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Fellow Hong Kong national team members Alexander Yang and Leon Philip D'Souza, who both made the cut, also achieved outstanding results in the AAC final round. In his AAC debut, Alexander Yang, who is also the best-placed amateur at the 61st Hong Kong Open, had a share of the lead after the first round of the AAC and finished the event with a tie for 13th. Leon Philip D'Souza also put in a solid performance, prevailing over a number of Thai and Indian participants and finished in a tie for 31st.

Hong Kong Golf Association (HKGA) President Mr Paul Tse said, ‘Hong Kong national team’s unprecedented achievements at this year’s Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship marked an important milestone for Hong Kong sports. It is noteworthy that Taichi Kho, who hailed from the Discovery Bay Golf Club and started off his golf career at HKGA, will be representing Hong Kong in the Qualifying Series of The Open. Under the nurturing mentorship of HKGA coaches, Taichi had won various local and national junior tournaments and accolades, and has moved on to hone his game with his college team at the University of Notre Dame in the US. Today, Taichi has put Hong Kong on the international stage by displaying the skill, poise, maturity and perseverance required to go head to head with the world’s No.1-ranked amateur and this year’s AAC winner, in a playoff. The results have shown that years of HKGA’s efforts, in conjunction with unfailing support from Leisure and Cultural Services Department and Hong Kong Sports Institute, in developing junior sportsmen and promoting elite sports are indeed bearing fruits. And congratulations are certainly in order for Taichi’s parents Victor and Yoko Kho whose efforts over the years are such an integral part of Taichi’s success.’

Hong Kong Team Coach Gary Gilchrist said, ‘This is what Taichi has worked for to play at the highest level. His game has matured and improved through the support of his college coaches and the HKGA. I am honoured to be part of his career.’

The 12th Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship was held 3-6 November 2021 at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, jointly organised by the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation, the Masters Tournament and The R&A. An invitation to play in the Masters Tournament and The Open is given to the winner, while the runner(s)-up gain a place in the Qualifying Series for The Open. AAC has opened the door for Asian golfers to play at the highest level. Past winners include Yuxin Lin, who won the AAC twice and is the first player from China to ever make the cut in The Open.