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Winter Junior champion in action

HKGA’s Schools Holiday Competition featured pupils aged 12 and under from more than 20 different schools across Hong Kong

A Bumper Winter for Junior Golfers

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olf’s future stars have been in the spotlight over the past two months with more than 200 local golfers taking part in junior tournaments staged by Hong Kong Golf Association (HKGA). The Winter Junior Championship was the climax of such a bumper winter and saw Taichi Kho claim the overall boys title over 36 holes at the Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau Public Golf Course (North Course). Kho (145) fired 69 on day two to win by a seven-stroke margin over Chris Mun (152). Jing Hu (152) was the overall girls champion who defeated 13-year-old Chloe Chan (157). Hu scored the tournament’s only sub-par round of 72 on day two to win by five. Though losing the Winter Junior title, Chloe Chan has been part of HKGA-1 team to win the 18th Dr. George Choa Cup at Hong Kong Golf Club, a two-day invitational event for teams across Hong Kong and southern China. Chan (146) was backed up by fellow national team players Issac Lam (139), Virginie Ding (163) and Yannick Artigolle (153). HKGA-2 and HKGA-3 team secured second and third place respectively, showing off the calibre of Hong Kong’s young golfers – both male and female – is at all-time high. The HSBC Junior Tour 2016 Grand Final at Hong Kong Golf Club’s Deep Water Bay saw Derek Yang take honours on the day with a 61 over two rounds of the 9-hole, par-56 course. The 13-year-old also crowned the Boys 13-14 champion for 2016. Timothy Chan, 2015 winner of Boys 11-12 was the 2nd Runner Up to Yang. A total of 10 age-group winners was crowned HSBC Junior Tour Champion on a perfect sunny day, following their success over six 9-hole events last year. Deep Water Bay also hosted the HKGA’s Schools Holiday Competition which featured pupils aged 12 and under from more than 20 different schools across Hong Kong. Maurice Leung from Hong Kong International School and Pan Chun Shing from Magdalen College School both carded the lowest score of the day with a two-round 63.

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The HSBC Junior Tour 2016 Grand Final at Hong Kong Golf Club’s Deep Water Bay

The Kho father and son (Photo courtesy by Victor Kho)

The HKGA Teams dominated the 18th Dr. George Choa Cup at Hong Kong Golf Club Leading Final Scores: HKGA Winter Junior Championship: Overall Boys: 145 – Taichi Kho 76 69; 152 –Chris Mun Chun Hin 77 75; 154 – Lou Tan Chi Hin 83 71. Overall Girls: 152 – Jing Hu 80 72; 157 –Chole Chan 78 79; 163 –Virginie Ding 84 79. 18th Dr. George Choa Cup – 2016 Team Event by Invitation: 438 – HKGA-1 (Chloe Chan Cheuk Yee 73 73, Isaac Lam 68 71, Virginie Ding 81 82, Yannick Nathan Artigolle 76 77); 442 – HKGA-2 (Chris Mun 75 69, Lou Tan 71 67, Estee Vivian Leung 82 85, Iris Wang Xin Yi 77 83); 464 – HKGA-3 (Alex Zhuo Tian Wei Lam 78 72, Bryant Li 78 77, Tiffany Wu 88 79, Yuka Murakami 80 81).

Chloe Chan

Yannick Artigolle

HSBC Junior Tour Grand Final: Boys 13-14: 61 – Derek Yang; 64 – Ka Jun Yu. Girls 13-14: 69 – Vivian Chan Wing Yiu; 72 – Emma Wan W T. Boys 11-12: 62 – Lincoln Lau Ching Sum; 69 – Markus Zachary Lam. Girls 11-12: 68 – Charlene Chung Y Y, Lau Hoi Ki. Boys 9-10: 31 – Oscar Hui C P; 32 – Kazer Ngu Tin-Yuk. Girls 9-10: 40 – Sophie Han; 43 -Summer Lee Y F. Boys 6-8: 35 –Cyril Leung S C; 36 –Chan Shi Hang. Girls 6-8: 40 Zoie Chan W Y; 50 – Regina Chiu. Hong Kong Schools Holiday Competition (Aged 12 and under): Boys 11-12 Gross: 63 – Maurice Leung (HKIS); 63 – Pan Chun Shing (MCS). Girls 1112 Gross: 69 – Jolie Wong Jing Hin (PLKCKYS); 71 – Tiffany Chan Yun Kiu (DGS).  Boys 8-10 Gross: 35 – Denzel Sherpa Rai (DC); 36 – Leo Wong Chung Lam (BCWKMS), Yuen Chi Yueng (ISF).  Girls 8-10 Gross: 35 –Summer Lee (KCIS); 41 –Zoie Chan Wing Yee (BHS). HKGOLFER.COM

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