Page 1

hkga event

Chung Powers to Maiden Title Former HKGA president overhauls three-time winner Nagatomi with a solid final-round display at Discovery Bay to claim the MacGregor Hong Kong Seniors Amateur Close Championship PHOTOGRAPHY BY DANIEL WONG

Final-day charge: William Chung drives off en route to his first MacGregor Hong Kong Seniors Amateur Close Championship title William Chung shed his ‘nearly man’ tag by putting in a rock-solid display to claim his first MacGregor Hong Kong Seniors Amateur Close Championship at Discovery Bay Golf Club last month. Chung, who started the final round five shots behind in second place, overhauled overnight leader and three-time champion Matajiro Nagatomi with a closing two-over par 73to take the title. Chung’s three-round total of 229 was enough to pip a fading Nagatomi, who HKGOLFER.COM

struggled to a 79, by a shot. Akiyoshi Kubota, another Discovery Bay member placed third, four shots back on 233, to make it a clean sweep of the top three spots for the Lantau club. “I’ve been working on my game – I made a swing change at the beginning of the year – and I’ve been swinging and putting well since,” said Chung, a former Hong Kong Golf Association president, who has recorded two second place finishes and a tie for fourth in this event since becoming eligible to compete at senior level in 2009. “I was perhaps a little surprised [to win], given I was starting the day so far back, but if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be.” Chung got off to the very best of starts by nearly holing his approach to the first hole. A tap-in birdie putt after a brilliant 7-iron approach to within an inch HK Golfer・JUN 2012

1


“I was perhaps a little surprised [to win], given I was starting the day so far back, but if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be.”– William Chung

of the hole helped narrow the gap and after nine holes – a stretch Chung played in level par – he had reduced the margin significantly. The fourth hole on the Jade Course – played as the 13th of the round – proved pivotal. Just one shot behind a fading Nagatomi, Chung came up trumps with a birdie to take the lead for the first time after his opponent could only make a double bogey. It was a lead he was never to relinquish. 2011 champion Chu Koon-ching finished in a tie for sixth, while multiple winner Joseph Pethes placed one spot higher in fifth. Meanwhile Roderic Sage continued his recent run of good form by finishing in solo fourth. Chung, a regular Hong Kong representative, will next play international golf at the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation’s Senior Amateur Championship, which will be held at Discovery Bay Golf Club at the end of November.

Seniors Close Final Standings Senior standouts: William Chung is flanked by division winners and runnersup and staff of title sponsors MacGregor (top); Matajiro Nagatomi (right), who was looking for a fourth victory in this event, had to settle for second place 2

HK Golfer・JUN 2012

1 2 3 4 5 6= 9 10

William Chung Matajiro Nagatomi Akiyoshi Kubota Roderic Sage Joseph Pethes Edwin Lam Anthony Taylor Chu Koon-ching Chin Young-hawk Kim Suk-gul

78 78 73 75 76 79 81 77 75 78 80 78 79 80 78 81 77 77 77 80 82 80 75 84 79 80 82 88 81 79

229 230 233 236 237 239 239 239 241 248

HKGOLFER.COM

1206SeniorsClose