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The 2017 Masters Review









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HK Golfer Issue 123

May 2017

36 On the Cover:

In his 19th Masters and 74th major appearance, Sergio Garcia brushed aside the burden of a professional career waiting to be fulfilled when he won the 81st Masters Tournament. Photo by Getty Images/AFP



36 | The 2017 Masters Review

10 | Divots

Sergio Garcia survived plenty of adversity in the final round and won in a playoff against close friend Justin Rose. By Louie Chan

News and events from Hong Kong and the region. By The Editors

44 | The Dragon Awakens

A pictorial review of the last 30 days from around the world. By The Editors

The once-in-a-lifetime experience of being in the same era as the first generation of mainland Chinese golfers during the late 1990s and 2000 was truly a privilege to savour on a personal front. By Chuah Choo Chiang

50 | Bunker Mentality

It is better late than never to address the question of gender in general and equality for women in golf. By Mike Wilson

56 | Nothing is Quite Like the Masters

For sheer spectacle, energy and Oscar Award Ceremony like atmosphere you have to give it to the competition held at Augusta National. By The Kilted Caddie

62 | Somerset: In the Footsteps

of Giants (Part 3)

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Let’s visit Devon and Somerset to continue to search for the hidden gems created by the designers of the Golden Age. By Charles McLaughlin

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12 | In Focus

19 | Tee Time

Breitling reveals at Baselworld 2017 its own splitseconds chronograph movement - one of the most sophisticated horological complications. By The Editors

24 | Driving Range

At the helm of the model series is the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC, with an especially sporty host of equipment being offered by the Yellow Night Edition. By The Editors

26 | Liquid Assets

Four Fox Saké represents the purity and perfection of the Inari fox spirits. The bottle, in its entirety, is a tribute to the god of rice, foxes and saké. By The Editors

76 | Crossword

This issue: Making Tracks! By Dr Milton Wayne

78 | Final Shot

Scottish-born, Hong Kong-based sculptor Kirsteen Pieterse talks about her best ever round and who would be in her dream fourball. Interview by Louie Chan HKGOLFER.COM

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UBS HK Open 2017 Set for November

The UBS Hong Kong Open will take on added significance later this year when the historic tournament marks the beginning of the 2018 European Tour season. The event will be played at Hong Kong Golf Club from November 23-26, and will once again be tri-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the Hong Kong Golf Association. The combined star power of the three golf bodies will once again gather with the hope of etching their name on the trophy alongside such luminaries as Padraig Harrington, Miguel Angel Jiménez, José María Olazábal, Rory McIlroy

and Colin Montgomerie. Not since December 2003 has the UBS Hong Kong Open taken its place as the first event of a European Tour season, when Padraig Harrington got his 2004 campaign off to a winning start. The galleries at the Hong Kong Golf Club can also expect a gripping finale as the UBS Hong Kong Open is set to be one of the last events on the 2017 Asian Tour schedule where the leading Asian Tour players will be battling for the prestigious Order of Merit crown.

Tiffany to Defend EFG HK Ladies Open Title

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Hong Kong’s golfing golden girl Tiffany Chan has confirmed she will compete in the Hong Kong Ladies Open at Fanling this summer, scene of her historic breakthrough victory in 2016 which propelled her onto the international stage. The third edition of the popular tournament, the first and only ladies’ event in Hong Kong in which players earn Rolex World Ranking points, will also welcome a title sponsor for the very first time with EFG Bank backing the event in a three-year sponsorship deal. The three-day championship, which will be sanctioned by the China LPGA, the LPGA of Taiwan and the Ladies Asian Golf Tour, will now be known as the 2017 EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open. EFG Bank is no stranger to the local golf scene having supported junior golf in the city through its sponsorship of the Hong Kong Golf Association’s (HKGA) junior development programme between 2009 and 2015. 10



New Course Opens at Southern Vietnam Designed by Schmidt-Curley Design, the Mountain Course at FLC Golf Links Quy Nhon has been built on a sand-based, pine scrub hillside and features views of the South China Sea from 16 of its 18 holes. Course highlights include the 2nd hole, which plays to a distinct fall-away green, while the 15th features an interesting ‘half-pipe’ dip in front of the green. Centre line hazards feature throughout the fairways, which has been seeded with Paspalum turf. The fairways have also been designed to easily transition into the greens. The design incorporates the site’s native sand expanses, while width off the tee has also been ensured to help players negotiate the region’s frequent strong winds. The tees feature a ‘mini-fairway’ design, rather than being comprised of individual tee complexes. The site’s sandy base naturally aids drainage and fairway movement, while irregular, meandering turf lines have also been created. “It is certainly one of the best properties we have ever had the chance to work on and its design features are a strong departure from most other courses in Asia,” said Brian Curley, principal and lead designer at Schmidt-Curley Design."




Global Focus Should Viewers at Home Be Officials? Lexi Thompson walks off the 18th green, as Korean So Yeon Ryu celebrates with her caddie after Ryu defeated Thompson in a playoff during the final round of the ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills Country Club, California. An unnamed viewer had emailed into the LPGA on Sunday afternoon that Thompson had replaced her ball marker in an erroneous position on the 17th green during the third roundpresumably after watching replays - when Thompson was on the ninth. The referees had no choice but to issue the sanctions, even though it seemed grossly unfair that the television audience knew before the player herself. The 22-year-old American was on the way to the 13th tee in the final round on Sunday when she was told of the penalty by two officials. In that moment, Thompson went from holding a three-shot lead to being one shot behind, having been sanctioned two shots for the penalty and another two for signing for an incorrect score. Photo by Getty Images/AFP

Asia Focus Liang Wins Again in Japan Liang Wen-chong produced a final round three-under-par 68 to win the Token Homemate Cup for his second title on the Japan Golf Tour. Liang, China’s favourite golfing son and former Asian Tour number one, fired five birdies against two bogeys to win the event staged at the Token Tado Country Club in Nagoya. He totalled 16-under-par 168 to win by two shots over Japan’s Yoshinori Fujimoto. Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines, the 2011 Order of Merit champion, ended his campaign in third place on a 271 total. Liang became the first Chinese player to win the Asian Tour Order of Merit with one victory and eight other top-10s in 2007. His maiden triumph came at the Singapore Masters where he pipped Malaysia’s Iain Steel in a play-off. Liang grew up playing China’s ever first golf course Chung Shan Hot Spring in nearby Guangdong province. He donated his winnings of over US$183,000 out of his maiden win towards the development of golf in China. Photo by JGTO

China Focus Jin Makes History at Harbour Town Although Cheng Jin hasn’t been able to make the cut at the RBC Heritage, he has already made history. In the previous 48 versions of the PGA Tour event at Harbour Town Golf Links, a player from China has never made a start at the Pete Dye-Jack Nicklauscollaboration. Jin, a 19-year-old from Beijing who is nearing the completion of his freshman year at the University of Southern California ended that streak. Jin won the 2016 Players Amateur in nearby Bluffton, South Carolina, and along with the big trophy came an invite to this tournament. Playing in a professional tournament is nothing new for Jin, who has played in 27 total professional events as an amateur - the RBC Heritage was his first pro event since enrolling at USC in the fall of 2016, and, overall, that was his second career PGA Tour start, his first coming at the 2016 Masters Tournament. Photo by Getty Images/AFP


Away from the Fairways | TEE TIME




The split-seconds pusher, housed in the 3 o’clock crown, serves to stop and restart the split-seconds hand as often as desired during a timing operation 20


NAVITIMER RATTRAPANTE Breitling reaffirms its supreme mastery of chronographs by unveiling its own splitseconds chronograph movement - one of the most sophisticated horological complications. Developed in the spirit of instruments for professionals, this Manufacture Breitling Caliber B03 (protected by two patents) is distinguished by its innovative construction ensuring a maximum of precision, sturdiness and reliability. To present this major technical breakthrough, Breitling has chosen its most emblematic model, the famous Navitimer, interpreted in steel or gold with an exclusive bronze-colored dial. Few watch brands have their own mechanical chronograph movements. Fewer still also offer a proprietary split-seconds m o v e m e nt g e n u i n e l y d e v e l o p e d a n d produced in-house. With its two superimposed central chronograph hands, of which one can be stopped so as to measure an intermediate (split) time, before “catching up” (rattraper in French) with the first one still sweeping

onwards, the split-seconds chronograph is considered one of the hardest watchmaking mechanisms to create. That is why this “Grand Complication” is generally produced in small series and requires watchmakers to perform a lengthy process of adjustment and rating (correcting the clearance of the split-seconds wheel and pinion, adapting the tension of the springs, adjusting the degree of penetration of the clamps, etc.). In developing its self-winding split-seconds chronograph Caliber B03, Breitling worked on the basis of its Manufacture Breitling Caliber 01, an intelligent platform that has already enabled the addition of other useful functions such as second time-zone or world-time displays featuring unprecedented user friendliness. The B03 therefore picks up all the advantages of this high-performance ‘engine’, including a 70hour power reserve (guaranteeing enhanced rating regularity) as well as an innovative modular-type architecture. To highlight its exceptional new ‘engine’, HKGOLFER.COM

The Navitimer Rattrapante red gold limited edition equipped with a transparent case-back

Breitling has chosen its famous Navitimer, the doyenne of all mechanical chronographs produced worldwide (since 1952). Equipped with a 45mm case, the Navitimer Rattrapante comes in steel as well as a 250-piece red gold limited edition (equipped with a transparent case-back). Both watches are distinguished by their exclusive bronze-colored dial, serving as a backdrop for the silver-toned counters and inner bezel reflecting the classic Navitimer look. In an extremely refined detail, the B logo with its anchor symbol generally adorning the base of the Navitimer chronograph hands is in this instance divided between the seconds hand: with the B on the red chronograph hand and the anchor on the split-seconds hand. This means the two elements are separated when the split-seconds hand is stopped, before reforming the brand signature when the hands are again overlaid. The splitseconds pusher, housed in the 3 o’clock crown, serves to stop and restart the split-seconds hand as often as desired during a timing operation - in order to measure split times or to compare the results of several competitors. HKGOLFER.COM

Equipped with a 45mm case, the Navitimer Rattrapante also comes in steel



AVENGER HURRICANE MILITARY With its black avant-garde case in Breitlight, its dial with aeronautical-type numerals and its self-winding Manufacture Breitling caliber powering an exclusive 24-hour display, the new Avenger Hurricane Militar y limited series displays the assets of an instrument for which prowess is the norm. On this new version of this superlativecharged chronograph, issued in a 1,000-piece limited edition, Breitling has equipped the black dial with luminescent hands and numerals featuring a slightly p atinate d yell ow - b eig e co l o r evo k in g the instruments produced by the brand from the 1940s to 60s - a nod to Breitling’s longstanding heritage in the aeronautical and military field. But while the Avenger Hurricane Military thereby gives the distinct impression of having already undertaken a number of missions, it above all asserts itself as a watch built to face both present and future challenges. Breitling has indeed equipped it with an imposing 50mm case in Breitlight – an exclusive high-tech material 3.3 times lighter than titanium and 5.8 times lighter than steel yet significantly harder. It is endowed with a number of qualities (exceptional resistance to s cr atchin g, t r a c ti o n an d co r rosi o n, thermal stability, along with antimagnetic and anti-allergenic properties). This ultrali ght an d s t urd y co ns t r u c t i o n (w ate rresistant to 100m/330f t) is enhanced by lateral protective reinforcements, a rotating rider tab bezel as well as pushers and crown featuring a non-slip grip ensuring optimal handling, even with gloves. So as to set a unique and reliable cadence for timing impressive feats, the Avenger Hurricane Military is powered by Manufacture Breitling Caliber B12, a selfwinding chronograph movement displaying the time in an entirely original 24-hour mode, as typically used in the military and among pilots, and chronometer-certified by the COSC, a sure token of sup erior precision. The legibility of the 24 stenciltype aviation-inspired numerals, as well as the chronograph indications, is enhanced by a thick sapphire crystal glare-proofed on both sides. T h e e x c l u s i v e s t r a p a l s o co m b i n e s comfort and sturdiness, with a black rubber lining and sides, as well as an exterior in khaki-colored high-resistance Military textile fiber featuring tone-on-tone stitching. 22


The Avenger Hurricane Military is powered by Manufacture Breitling Caliber B12, a self-winding chronograph movement displaying the time in an entirely original 24-hour mode, as typically used in the military and among pilots, issued in a 1,000-piece limited edition



AP CELEBRATES ART BASEL HK AP unveiled Second Nature, a new lounge concept by internationally renowned designer Sebastian Errazuriz at Art Basel in HK

Audemars Piguet celebrated the unveiling of their new lounge for Art Basel’s 2017 shows at Art Basel in Hong Kong, with a VIP after-dinner party. The party, attended by 900 guests, took place at Zuma in Central Hong Kong. Taiwanese actor Joseph Chang visited the new lounge and attended the VIP Party alongside Olivier Audemars, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Audemars Piguet. Guests arrived on the top floor of the venue and were treated to an immersive experience of the Vallée de Joux, entering a space surrounded by beautiful backdrops of trees and landscapes of the Jura Mountains. Once again, the Manufacture was able to bring its home and origins to Hong Kong, and offered an unforgettable evening to its clients and collectors. A beautiful spiral staircase leads the invitees to another floor where Shanghai-based DJ Victor Aime transformed the dining area into a dance floor for the night. At Art Basel in Hong Kong, Audemars Piguet unveiled Second Nature, a new lounge concept by internationally renowned designer Sebastian Errazuriz, resembling the vast forests of the Jura Mountains, and showcasing a new exhibition of exceptional vintage and contemporary timepieces from the Swiss watchmaker.

A video installation was also presented by emerging Chinese artist Cheng Ran, entitled Circadian Rhythm. The artwork transported hundreds of viewers on a visual journey between landscape, soundscape and the heart of watchmaking, through a subtle soundtrack guiding the visitors on this experience, where natural sounds intertwined with mechanical watch beats. As global Associate Partner, Audemars Piguet continues to support Art Basel across all three of its premier contemporary shows in Hong Kong, Basel, and Miami Beach. This multiyear partnership is a testament to both organisations' shared commitment to creativity. Over the years, Audemars Piguet has continued to present innovative lounge concepts at the Art Basel fairs, inviting designers and artists to creatively interpret the Swiss watchmaker’s heritage and origins. This year, the concept of Sebastian Errazuriz’s large-scale tree sculpture is to witness its development as it displays its stages of evolution during the three Art Basel fairs. Art Basel in Hong Kong has shown the initial stage of the tree with bare branches, while the following editions of the show will see the lounge evolve with the seasons, symbolising Audemars Piguet’s deep sense of history and endless growth.

A new exhibition of exceptional vintage and contemporary AP timepiece has been showcased

From left to right, Tim Sayler, CMO of AP, Joseph Chang, Olivier Audemars, VP of the Board of Directors of AP, David von Gunten, CEO Greater China of AP 24



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MercedesAMG GLA 45 4MATIC



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h e new generation Mercedes-AMG GL A 45 4MATIC is continuing its model initiative with full steam ahead. With intelligent aerodynamic measures like the restyled front apron and the spoiler lip on the roof spoiler, it was possible to increase driving dynamics and driving stability, yet wind resistance was simultaneously reduced. With a maximum output of 381hp and 475Nm maximum torque, the new GLA 45 4MATIC is among the most powerful cars in its segment. A speed of 100 km/h is achieved from standstill after just 4.4 seconds. The extremely agile 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine blends its thrilling performance and the exemplary efficiency with a further best: the power-to-swept-volume ratio of 191hp marks a record for a series engine with four cylinders - it raises the AMG engine to the level of thoroughbred super sports cars. On the road, the turbocharged AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine thrills with extremely fast responses to accelerator movements, high torque, enormous flexibility and an emotional engine note. The exhaust system features an automatically controlled exhaust flap as standard. The intensity of the engine note changes according to the currently active AMG DYNAMIC SELECT driving mode. 26


The agile and dynamic power transfer is assisted by the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DC T 7-speed sports transmission. Thanks to the shorter ratios selected in gears three to seven the driver senses an even more emotively appealing acceleration experience in all speed ranges. Together with optimised response and shift times, the closer ratio spread ensures better transitions when upshifting. For optimum traction, even in poor road surface conditions the standard all-wheel drive AMG performance 4MATIC transfers the drive power to all wheels. The torque is steplessly variably distributed to the front and rear axle. This configuration results in an optimum ratio of dynamism, efficiency and traction to match the driving situation. A multiple-disc clutch integrated in the rear axle differential with AMG-specific control passes HKGOLFER.COM

SCORECARD New Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC Engine: 1,991cc, 4 in-line cylinders Transmission: AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission Rated output: 381hp/6,000rpm Max torque: 475NM/2,250-5,000rpm Acceleration: 0-100km/h 4.4sec Top speed: 250km/h *Electronically limited Listed price: HK$816,000

on the engine torque to the rear wheels in a flash should the front wheels lose traction. The spectrum ranges from purely front-wheel drive to the ratio of 50:50 to the front and rear wheels. The special Yellow Night Edition is painted exclusively in night black or cosmos black and with their unique combination of matt graphite grey and yellow appliqué sections they are immediately identifiable. T he exclusive impression is underscored by the light-alloy wheels in matt black with yellow rim flanges and the black painted AMG twin louvre in the radiator grille. Yellow highlights characterise the front apron, the exterior mirror housings, the inserts in the side skirts, the rear dif fuser and the rear wing. The special character is additionally emphasised by the AMG sports stripes in matt graphite grey (foiled) on the bonnet, roof, boot lid and sides of the car. High-quality interior with yellow highlights. The interior is also characterised by the extensive appointments and yellow touches. The AMG performance seats in ARTICO manmade leather/DINAMICA microfibre also sport yellow trim, as do the AMG performance sports steering wheel in DINAMICA, the rear bench seat, the dashboard and the armrests. The LEDs are actually a lovely bit of kit, using 60% less energy than xenon headlights and 70% less than the old-school halogen setup. T h e e x te nsi ve s t a n d a rd e q u i p m e nt of the Yellow Night Edition includes the Aerodynamics package, the Night package, the Light and Sight package, the performance seats with a memor y func tion plus the AMG performance steering wheel in black DINAMICA microfibre with a yellow 12 o’clock mark in nappa leather, steering wheel trim in silver chrome with an “AMG Edition” badge and yellow contrasting topstitching. On request the customer can also order the AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package or enrich the Edition with other options. HKGOLFER.COM

The extremely agile 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine is a blend of thrilling performance and efficiency

Yellow highlights characterise the front apron, the exterior mirror housings, the inserts in the side skirts, the rear diffuser and the rear wing






ccording to Japanese mythology, Inari Okami, the god of rice, foxes, and saké, entrusted his fox spirits to guard the Torii gates. The Torii, most commonly found at the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine, symbolically marks the transition from the profane to the sacred. Only the purest of souls were allowed to pass through. Four Fox Saké represents the purity and perfection of the Inari fox spirits. The bottle, in its entirety, is a tribute to Inari  Okami. Beginning with the crest, the four foxes guard the Torii gate as snow falls on the ricecovered grounds. The swords represent the ancient swordsmiths to whom Inari was god, and the chrome finish, completed with a wooden cap, creates modern take on an ancient classic. In the footsteps of its mythology,  Four Fox is perfectly pure - best served straight up, either well chilled, or on the rocks. The saké did catch the attention of Hong Kong’s renowned bartender, Antonio Lai who went on to create the ‘Foxtails’ cocktail series, including the ‘MoFo’ mojito, mixing lime juice, elderflower syrup, cucumber, mint leaves and soda water. Lai said at the time, “From the bottle design to the product, it’s all about attention to detail. Four Fox Saké is created for those who are passionate about saké. I believe that making cocktails is an art which involves combining art and science to achieve the perfect tasting notes - rich, balanced and crisp and Four Fox embodies the true art form of saké making.” To make things extra special, Four Fox sources its water from the pristine Japanese town of Tsunan in Niigata prefecture, where it boasts the highest annual snowfall in the whole country. The saké is a Junmai Daiginjo - only the highest designation given to the spirit, no biggie. What this means is the impurities in the rice kernels are milled down as much as possible, and only water, rice, and koji culture are used in the making of the spirit. Four Fox isn’t just about bringing a centuries-old tradition into the modern day. As co-founder Andrew Rizkalla explains, “we want this to hold its own against the vodkas - what we’re trying to do is expand the saké market, to people who wouldn’t have even thought of it. So ideally we can create this whole new market of saké drinkers who don’t even know anything about saké - they just drink Four Fox.” Hong Kong is a plum market for saké, with a plethora of high end Japanese restaurants and specialist saké bars, such as Zuma, Godenya and Jinn,



Four Fox Saké is a Junmai Daiginjo - only the highest designation given to the spirit, which means the impurities in the rice kernels are milled down as much as possible

Four Fox comes in an extremely visible silver light-up bottle

The bottle, in its entirety, is a tribute to Inari Okami. the god of rice, foxes, and sake

but as Managing Director Michael Campion says that the majority of saké’s success lies with right branding - fortunate, perhaps that Four Fox comes in an extremely visible silver light-up bottle. Four Fox Saké is available now via HK Golfer online store: HKGOLFER.COM


WHEN CHEESE MEETS BEER: ALL MADE IN BRITAIN Britain produces more than 700 distinct cheeses, using a traditional method that is protected from cheap imitations under the EU Protected Food Names status. Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board of the UK (AHDB), a levy-funded, not-forprofits organization working on behalf of British dairy farmers and provides products and service to improve sustainability of British dairy farming, aims at bringing together British Dairy companies and support them, as a collective, in their exports around the world, whilst increasing awareness of the British Brand. Hong Kong has been selected as a key market since it has few trade barriers and is judged as a mature market with great historic links to the UK. With a wealthy population of over 7 million and a significant tourism industry, Hong Kong is a substantial high value market and an important one for premium cheeses. Traditionally, there has been a strong bias towards French and Italian cheeses, with British Cheese only sharing 2% of the market and we are looking to increase that. There is also potential in Hong Kong as a gateway to China. British food and drinks exports to China have more than doubled to £280 million and dairy products are one of the fastest growing categories, something we aim to capitalize on. A special tasting of artisan British cheeses, sponsored by AHDB, was held last month with Jeremy Evrard, foremost French cheese expert. Jeremy, former Restaurant Manager of the 3-Michelin starred Caprice in the Four Seasons Hotel and now General Manager of On Dining, gave a presentation of the British cheeses he had selected for pairing with the beers, including some Appleby’s Cheshire (The Truffler, Golden Cenarth, Oxford Blue and Hawes Wensleydale) and Montgomery’s Chedder (Berkswell, Oxford Isis and Stilton Jar). Lucy Randolph, Senior Export Manager of AHDB Dairy, welcomed the guests of around 60 people from the trade and media to the tasting. “We’re very pleased to have Jeremy here today to introduce you to some of the British cheeses which are just now coming into the Hong Kong market,” she said. “There are over 700 different cheeses made in Britain but up until now our cheeses have remained a closely guarded secret so we are looking forward to showing the Hong Kong people and the rest of the world the quality, variety and fantastic taste of our great offer.” Cheeses on display and for tasting were from several British companies including Coombe Castle, Lye Cross Farms, Paxton & Whitfield, Snowdonia and Somerdale Castle. Some of the cheeses are now available in Hong Kong stores, such as CitySuper and GREAT supermarkets. Visit to learn more about the British dairy products. 30


Cheese from Snowdonia

Jeremy Evrard introduces British cheese and craft beers pairing

Oxford Blue, Appleby’s Cheshire


HKGA Organises TrackMan Training Course


he Hong Kong Golf Association orgranised TrackMan training classes for coaches at the Hong Kong Sports Institute and Whitehead Club Golf Driving Range in late March. HKGA continues to strengthen the collaboration with HKPGA as coaches from both associations have attended the training classes. Graduates from future HKGA coaching classes can teach in both HKGA and HKPGA programmes.

“This new development of technology offers great help on coaching. We now have objective data to help the students to understand their golf swings.” - Betty Ng, HKPGA coach The attended coaches were receptive towards this new technology. “This new development of technology offers great help on coaching. We now have objective data to help the students to understand their golf swings. The students are obviously very interested in understanding the data, which makes teaching and learning more dynamic. And the data from TrackMan also becomes a basis for us to communicate better with the students’, HKPGA coach Betty Ng said. Robert Tou, HKPGA coach also stated, “This is a great technology to let students know exactly what is going on with their golf swing. But it would be quite a challenge to help students to improve their swing through the data. Honestly, it also takes time for me to fully understand the technology.” Operating in 12 countries and sold in more than 40, TrackMan’s technology is a staple of golf broadcasts on every major network. Over 150 PGA Tour players rely on it to fine-tune their game, and countless more teaching professionals are finding it to be a game-changer for their lessons. HKGOLFER.COM



Dr Brian Choa Talks About the New Rules


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here has been much interest in the proposed new Rules of Golf unveiled by the USGA and the R&A that are to come into effect in 2019. I have just returned from a seminar arranged by the R&A at Singapore, which the new Rulebook was an item in the agenda. It is very important to emphasise that, although major revisions are not expected, these are still proposed new Rules; the final version that will come out in late 2018 could differ. The intention to modernize the Rules is to make them easier to read and understand for 34


the golfing public. The language will be easier, the order in which the Rules appear will be easier to follow and relief procedures will be less inconsistent and, by allowing the ball to be dropped from just an inch or so above the ground, complicated re-drop procedures will become a rare event. However, they will not initially be easier for working referees, who have got used to the present 34-Rule format, which has operated since 1984, so there will be a learning curve for us! Many changes will be for the better. Two pre-1984 Rules of being resurrected: the ability to putt with the flagstick in the hole HKGOLFER.COM

Dr Brian Choa Chairman of Rules Hong Kong Golf Association HKGOLFER.COM

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PROPOSED RULE CHANGES: SIMPLIFIED WAY OF TAKING RELIEF: A new procedure for taking relief by dropping a ball in and playing it from a specific relief area; relaxed procedures for dropping a ball, allowing the ball to be dropped from just above the ground or any growing thing or other object on the ground. RELAXED PUTTING GREEN RULES: There will be no penalty if a ball played from the putting green hits an unattended flagstick in the hole; players may putt without having the flagstick attended or removed. Players may repair spike marks and other damage made by shoes, animal damage and other damage on the putting green and there is no penalty for merely touching the line of putt.  RELAXED RULES FOR “PENALTY AREAS” (CURRENTLY CALLED “WATER HAZARDS”): Red and yellow-marked penalty areas may cover areas of desert, jungle, lava rock, etc., in addition to areas of water; expanded use of red penalty areas where lateral relief is allowed; and there will be no penalty for moving loose impediments or touching the ground or water in a penalty area. PACE-OF-PLAY SUPPORT: Reduced time for searching for a lost ball (from five minutes to three); affirmative encouragement of “ready golf” in stroke play; recommending that players take no more than 40 seconds to play a stroke and other changes intended to help with pace of play HK GOLFER・MAY 2017

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and being able to declare a ball lost will both save time and make play smoother as nowadays few people have the use of a caddie. (I hope the Tours will have a condition requiring the removal of the flagstick for a putt, though!) Also, under the new Rules, Committees can deem certain areas to be hazards; this will be good for safety and in many cases, will avoid complicated “sequential” drops. I hope Committees will not overdo this, for example by red-staking all trees! Quicker play in stroke play will hopefully result from the new Rules emphasizing that “ready golf” is to be encouraged in this form of play (which includes Stableford, Bogey and medal play with maximum score, such as double par). None of the changes are actually “drastic”. The new dropping procedure and the use of the two distances 20 and 80 inches instead of one and two club-lengths for free and penalty drops respectively are quite a departure from what we are used to, but will have the great advantage of uniformity and consistency. There are a few changes I really don’t like. One is the intention to allow a player to deem his ball embedded or unfit for play without announcing anything to a fellow-competitor or opponent. Particularly in match play, this could lead to friction and it seems a wholly unnecessary change to me. Another one will be hard to police: players will be allowed to repair all kinds of damage on the putting green prior to putting; this is supposed to be restricted to damage, which will include spike marks. Tapping down grass to smooth out the line will NOT be permitted. A third one is not limiting the number of re-drops a player can take: If the ball has to be dropped on a cart path or a slope (such as when one runs alongside a lateral water hazard), the player could be there all day. Otherwise, I am only concerned with certain practicalities of the rather major procedural changes. How are they to be communicated to 60+ million golfers? Is everyone going to put a 40-inch mark accurately on his driver, and a 20-inch mark on his putter? In countries using the metric system, they will have to measure out 50.8 and 101.6cm respectively! In the long run, probably, as it will take less time to train a referee from scratch, but there will be a running in period when the present generation of referees will have to get used to the new Rules, and some teething problems will almost certainly surface.



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Sergio Garcia survived plenty of adversity in the final round and won in a playoff against close friend Justin Rose. Finally, in his 19th Masters and 74th major appearance, Garcia brushed aside the burden of a professional career waiting to be fulfilled when he won the 81st Masters Tournament, writes Louie Chan.

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Justin Rose reacts to his missed birdie putt on the 18th hole during the final round of the 2017 Masters

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“I felt the calmness I’ve never felt on a major Sunday. Even after making a couple of bogeys, I was still very positive. I still believed there were a lot of holes I could go after,” Garcia said. “I’m so happy… It’s been such a long time coming.” Garcia and Rose matched closing 69s for 9-under 279 totals, three clear of South African Charl Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters winner, who shot 68 for 282. Matt Kuchar’s 67 featured a hole-in-one at the 16th hole. He tied for fourth with Thomas Pieters of Belgium at 283. Pieters shot 68. Garcia fought through adversity on the second nine in a way few imagined he could. He let a three-shot lead slip away on the first nine, was two strokes down after 12 holes and seemed destined for an even greater deficit after a terrible drive on the 13th hole. But Garcia made a saving par at the 13th with a one-putt after taking a one-stroke penalty for an unplayable lie, then he made birdie at the 14th from 6 feet and an eagle at the 15th from 14 feet. “It was Sergio’s run around the 13th that put him back in the Tournament,” Rose said. “Other than that, I had it won.” Beginning with Garcia’s eagle at the 15th and continuing to the par-3 16th, the golf and the drama reached epic proportions. It was a classic HKGOLFER.COM

Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler, Charley Hoffman and Thomas Pieters all set the pace after the second round for a 4-way tie at the top Sunday second nine at Augusta. Garcia hit his tee shot at the 16th to 6 feet. Rose stepped up and hit his to 8 feet. Rose made birdie and put the pressure on Garcia, who missed his putt. That sent Rose to the 17th tee with a one-shot lead. He drove into the right rough, hit his second shot into a bunker and failed to get it upand-down. With one hole left, they were even again at 9-under. The first time around at the 18th, Rose hit his approach with an 8-iron to 7 feet. Garcia got it 2 feet inside him. They both missed the birdie attempts to set up the playoff. Rose drove into the right trees on the extra hole and paved Garcia’s road to victory. Garcia, needing two putts for par on the first extra hole, instead made the birdie putt. “If there’s anyone to lose to, it’s Sergio. He deserves it. He’s had his share of heartbreak.” conceded Rose, now runner-up in the Masters twice in three years. 53 players made the 36-hole cut at the 2017 Masters, and the biggest surprise was that none of them was named Danny Willett. The defending champion missed making it to weekend play by one stroke after posting a two-day, 7-over score of 151. HKGOLFER.COM

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Masters champion Jack Nicklaus pays tribute to fellow champion Arnold Palmer during the honorary starter tradition HK GOLFER・MAY 2017


Jordan Spieth, the 2015 Masters champion, back in the hunt for the fourth straight year, was in contention before the final round started

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Fred Couples, the 57-year-old winner of the 1992 Masters, proves again he can always finds a way to compete with the youngsters



Jim Furyk also missed the cut by a mere stroke, while just back of him at 8-over was a trio of major champions that included two-time winner Bubba Watson, who bogeyed his first four holes Friday on his way to a second-round 78, last year’s British Open champion Henrik Stenson, who has had an uneven year with a couple of top-10 finishes and a pair of missed cuts, and Webb Simpson, who continues to struggle to regain the form that brought him the 2012 U.S. Open title. Pre-tournament favourites Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy looked up at the leaders after 36 holes at the Masters, but it’s just a view they embrace. Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler, Charley Hoffman and Thomas Pieters, one of 19 rookies in the field, all set the pace after the second round at Augusta National in what is shaping up as a riveting weekend of golf. Garcia shot 69 and is in at 4-under-par 140, along with Hoffman, the first-round leader, who shot 75; Pieters, who had 68; and Fowler, with 67, the low round of the day. Fowler went out in 32, with an eagle at the second hole, where he holed a bunker shot. A distinguished list of pursuers that includes Masters winners Fred Couples, Spieth, Phil Mickelson, and Charl Schwartzel - all within HKGOLFER.COM

Thomas Pieters, one of 19 rookies in the field, surprised the crowd to shoot 68 in the final round to tie for fourth

six strokes after the second round. Couples, the 57-year-old winner of the 1992 Masters, always finds a way to compete with the youngsters. He shot 70 to move to 1-under, tied for sixth. Spieth’s 69 left him at even par, along with Mickelson, who shot 73. Schwartzel was at 146 after a 72. Other major champions in the mix include Justin Rose (72-143), McIlroy (73-145) and Martin Kaymer (68-146).



Paul Casey had a good week with his caddie John McLaren, finished at sixth, 5 strokes behind the winner



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Moments after he walked off the 18th green after the third round, Rose glanced at the leaderboard and knew instantly what to expect for Sunday’s conclusion. The 2013 U.S. Open champion, made five birdies on the final seven holes, shot 31 for the second nine and went on to post a 5-under-par 67, the best round of the day. It moved him into a first-place tie with Garcia at 6-under 210, who shot 70. They are followed by Fowler, who is a shot behind after a 71. Spieth, the 2015 Masters champion, was back in the hunt for the fourth straight year. He shot 68 and is at 212 along with Ryan Moore (69) and Charley Hoffman (72). Then the rest became history. The final pairing on Sunday went through another dramatic back nine at Augusta with a lot of birdies and misses. With the Green Jacket on his shoulders, Garcia was no longer the best player who hadn’t won a major. He will be remembered for a long time, the best player in the 2017 Masters.






The once-in-a-lifetime experience of being in the same era as the first generation of mainland Chinese golfers during the late 1990s and 2000 was truly a privilege to savour on a personal front, as Chuah Choo Chiang writes.

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Zhang Lian-wei, who taught himself to play golf in 1990s, is the icon of the first generation of mainland Chinese golfers. The picture shows his tee-off from behind a tree during the 2012 UBS Hong Kong Open 44







The International Golf Association took a massive leap of faith by bringing the World Cup of Golf to China. The picture shows Liang Wen Chong, (L) and Zhang Lian Wei (R) of China playing at 2008 Omega Mission Hills World Cup Golf in Shenzhen 46


fter eight long years, it is truly exciting to hail the Asian Tour’s new strategic partnership wit h t he C h i na G ol f A s so c iat ion (C G A ) w h i c h w i l l s e e both parties working hand-in-hand to stage new tournaments in China this season and beyond. Professional golf in the Middle Kingdom ha s a lways b een f u l l of opt i m i sm a nd promise, thanks largely to its economic might and a fast-growing middle class. Back in the day when golf was like cricket is to America, the likes of Zhang Lian-wei, whose first sporting love was to launch a javelin, taught himself to play the Royal and Ancient game at a time when golf was showing signs of a boom in China. A few other milestones paved the way for the game to grow amongst the Chinese. T he legenda r y a nd late A rnold Pa l mer designed and launched China’s first modernday golf course in 1984 in Zhongshan and over a decade later, the International Golf Association took a massive leap of faith by bringing the World Cup of Golf to China. Those who witnessed the 1995 World Cup at Mission Hills, won by the American duo Fred Couples and Davis Love III, remember

vividly women walking along fairways in high heels while unsuspecting children picked up players’ golf balls that strayed beyond the fairways and found sand traps a convenient playground to pass their time. Then, there was also the birth of the former Asian PGA Tour, the precursor to the Asian Tour in 1995. With a schedule of tournaments, the Tour served as a catalyst for a pioneering batch of Chinese professional golfers such as Zhang and Cheng Jun to venture into a new world of opportunity. During the early days, Zhang, now 51 years old, never had the opportunity to enjoy proper coaching or the best of golf equipment. Start ing out as a cadd ie in Shenzhen, he watched and learned from others, and tried to copy their golf swings. What he may have lacked in skill and tech n ique, Z ha ng overca me w it h a n abundance of heart and grit between his teeth as he rose to great prominence, first winning three China Amateur Open golf titles before joining the play-for-pay ranks in 1994. The likeable Zhang’s journey of discovery soon saw him blazing a new trail as he amassed five Asian Tour victories and several notable scalps including those of Nick Price, whom he beat in a play-off at the Macao Open and Ernie Els, whom he famously HKGOLFER.COM

defeated in Singapore with a heroic last hole birdie which will be remembered for ages. Zhang’s success inspired another small group of golfers and Liang Wen-chong emerged, with the younger man coming under the wing of the trailblazing Zhang. Despite possessing a n unort hodox golf sw i ng, Lia ng b ec a me a force a nd wa s crowned China’s f irst Asian Tour Order of Merit cha mpion in 2007. He is a lso currently ranked eighth on the Asian Tour’s a l l-t i me ca reer ea rn i ngs wit h US$3.48 million in winnings. Wu Ashun has since stepped on the scene in recent times, followed by the exciting Li Haotong, both who are now European Tour champions. The 21-year-old Li is highly tipped to scale new heights and top the achievements established by Zhang and Liang. Ultimately, China’s growing number of young and exciting prospects including the likes of Guan Tianliang and Cheng Jin, who both won the Asian Amateur Championship to earn appearances at t he Masters HKGOLFER.COM

Tournament, and Dou Zhecheng stand to benefit through greater exposure to Asian Tour tournaments in China and beyond. Like most professions, going through the mill will sharpen one’s skill set and prepare him for greater challenges ahead and Zhang has no doubt that many more Chinese golfers will start showcasing themselves through new playing opportunities on the Asian Tour. Zhang said: “I have enjoyed my time on the Asian Tour as it allowed me to grow and become a truly international player. Through the Tour, I’ve had the opportunity to play in different countries and experience different cultures across Asia which helped me to develop as a golfer. “I’m confident this partnership (between A sia n Tou r a nd C G A) w i l l grow from strength to strength which will ultimately go a long way towa rd s promot i ng t he development of golf in China. C h u a ch C h o o C h i a ng i s D i re c t o r, Communication of the Asian Tour and is based in Malaysia.

21-year-old Li Haotong, who is already an European Tour champion, is highly tipped to scale new heights and top the achievements established by Zhang and Liang. The picture shows Li competing for China in the men's individual stroke play at the Olympic Golf course during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro HK GOLFER・MAY 2017


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The male-dominated golf establishment, endemic at all levels throughout the history of the game has moved at a pedestrian pace in relation to most matters of governance, rules changes, race, professionalism, equipment and technology. But over no single issue have the so-called, ‘Powers that be,’ procrastinated longer and more grudgingly than the question of gender in general and equality for women in particular. But, as Mike Wilson concedes, recent breakthroughs are not only welcome but also long overdue.



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t is said that the only things in history that have moved at a lesser pace than the game of golf addressing change were concerned with matters geological, as the earth developed from the ‘Big Bang,’ through various stages of evolution, including the Jurassic, Triassic and Ice Ages epochs when dinosaurs and woolly mammoths roamed the planet. Throughout the 250-plus-year history of the Royal and Ancient Game, administrators have steadfastly avoided even a dull thud, never mind any big bangs, although some cynics might observe that some dinosaurs are far from extinct, taking refuge in golf’s corridors of power. The nearest thing golf has come to a big bang came in 2014 - a decade after the august governing body celebrated its 250th anniversary - was the gnashing of teeth as the dulcet tones of the-then R&A Secretary Peter Dawson, the epitome of conservative, establishment governance made the momentous announcement that, after a secret ballot of its 2,400 all-male membership

had voted to admit women members to its inner sanctum. “More than three-quarters of the club’s global membership took part in the ballot, with a decisive 85% voting for women to become members,” said Dawson, adding, “I can confirm that the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews is now a mixedmembership club.” The sky did not fall in, hell did not freeze over, a few hand-picked ladies, including the Princess Royal and golfing aristocracy Dame Laura Davies and Annika Sorenstam, were, “invited to apply,” although the club still refuses to divulge what percentage of its membership are women. And the handful who have been inducted into the most exclusive golf club on earth still remain outsiders in some regards, with no ladies changing facilities made available within the hallowed portals of the iconic R&A clubhouse, forcing females to change over the road in another R&A property. Still, after 263 years, that was a start, but, across the Atlantic, another symbol of HKGOLFER.COM

Kasumigaseki Country Club, a Japanese country club at the suburb of Tokyo set to host the 2020 Olympics golf competition is considering to change its policy not to admit women as full members after Tokyo's female governor slammed the rule


But then, in May 2016, the quaintly - and paradoxically-named Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers at Muirfield voted for the status quo, namely to keep women out, unless they were serving food and drink to and clearingup after the 600-plus grandiose male members and their male guests. Earlier this year, a second vote was held, and, following much armtwisting and, crucially, their club being stripped by the R& A of the opportunity to host the Open Championship, said to be the pinnacle of a Muirfield member’s golfing existence as the ‘Gentlemen,’ welcome the finest, ‘Players,’ in world golf. Following the vote, which gained the necessary two-thirds majority required for the motion to admit women to be carried, club issued what many considered to be their ‘Get out of jail free card,’ saying, “The current waiting list for membership at Muirfield suggests that new candidates for membership, women and men, can expect to wait two to three years, or longer, to become a member of the club.” In March this year, the Kasumigaseki Golf Club near Tokyo, host venue for the golf competition at the 2020 Olympics bowed to pressure, mostly from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the club’s all-male board voting unanimously for change after 88-years. So, if rapturous applause for golf ’s recent appetite for change would be over the top, and many still believe the enthusiastic embrace the establishment has given the women’s game to be little more than windowdressing and box-ticking, at least it’s a start. But one worrying development, dressed up under the equality agenda was the recent, ‘Merger,’ between the R&A and the Ladies Golf Union, in which the LGA, owners of the Women’s British Open was subsumed into the labyrinthine bowels of the R&A, losing its name, its distinctiveness and its identity. In comparison with the speed of change and golf’s ability to keep pace with changes in society over its first 250 years, recent developments and improvements have been positively turbo-charged, and, with sensible, contemporary leadership from the likes of Martin Slumbers, who replaced the antiquated and outdated Dawson in September 2015, golf can, indeed must change and remain relevant. HK GOLFER・MAY 2017

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sporting misogyny, Augusta National Golf Club, the scene of such high drama at last month’s Masters beat the R&A to the gun; after 80-years - the mere blink of an eye in golf’s timeline - of men-only membership was relaxed as two high-profile women, former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and successful businesswoman Darla Moore were, “Invited to apply.” I n d e e d , t o y o u r Bu n k e r M e n t a l it y columnist, this, like the R&A supplication, could be interpreted as sexist-lite; surely women, especially the rich and famous who have joined these two eminent institutions are more than capable of making cognitive choices of their own, deciding they would like - and afford - to join before filling out and submitting the required application form and attending the necessary interview to which male applicants must acquiesce to? And, like the notorious London bus, when one has not come along for an eternity, several come along at the same time, but not without a few bumps in the road. A veritable outpouring of affection towards women golfers and appreciation of gender equality ensued, with other male-only Open Championship clubs, Royal St George’s and Royal Troon - just weeks before hosting last year’s epic Open Championship - voted to open their doors to the fairer sex. It’s amazing how the threat of expulsion from the Open roster can shift opinion, change longheld beliefs and reverse principles, at a stroke.











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The Masters is the Masters and there is nothing quite like it in all honesty. Well in golf at least, as the Kilted Caddie writes.



Jordan Spieth will certainly have ongoing nightmares about the par-3 round Amen Corner

‘Golf is hard, I don’t know if you’ve ever played but writing articles is easy.’


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Bubba Watson, who has won the Masters twice in 2012 and 2014, missed the cut this year



he Open is marvellous and on a golfing level probably t he golf tourna ment most pros wou ld l i ke to have u nd er t hei r b elt , but for sheer spectacle, energy and Oscar Award Ceremony like atmosphere you have to give it to t he compet it ion held at Augusta National. These guys can put a show on. T h is place is staggeri ng, cat wa l k beautiful, a seductive harem for our golfing

lusts. It is heavenly perfect tee to green, spotless, azalea scented, caddie white and diamond blue, the American dream. Of course, I have never been there as I don’t, as of yet, have the connections to worm my way into this Augusta club’s membership ranks, nor the bucks to buy a ticket, nor unfortunately the writing ability or status to get a press pass. And that’s a shame because it seems a real good gig. The press is now seemingly treated like royalty by all accounts, and were housed in a new mansion adjacent to the driving range with sumptuous facilities and a menu with crayfish étouffée, braised brisket of beef and pimento cheese. Mind you it’s not a holiday. I mean you have to, I presume, watch the golf and post some half decent writing. And sometimes that’s not easy I would think. You are bound to catch some golfers at the wrong moment. One chap seemingly tried to interview Bu bb a a f t e r h e ’d m i s s e d t h e c u t . He seemingly quipped ‘golf is hard, I don’t k now if you’ve ever played but writing articles is easy.’ Maybe if the said writer had n’t ment ioned his lunch of cray f ish étou f fée he wou ld have got a more sympathetic response mind you. But Bubba is right. Golf is a damn hard game and Augusta is a hell of a course. I am sure Jordan Spieth will have ongoing nightmares about the par-3 round Amen Corner. In fact, I am sure he will take it to the grave. And as for these greens, they are enough to turn anyone to drink I would think. And yet time and time again this brings out the best in our top players. And for Sergio this year it was a dream come true and one could not help thinking that it was meant to unfold this way - in true romantic and symbolic fashion. Winning on the day that would have been Seve’s 60th birthday. There is a lovely photo of Sergio holding t he t rophy a nd poi nt i ng h is f i nger to heaven. He was certainly inspired if not helped by that great man, for I certainly thought that eagle putt on 15th got an u nca n ny bit of ex t ra moment u m from somewhere up high. I think the physics underlying that golf shot would have left a Mr Isaac Newton bamboozled. All credit to a magnanimous Justin Rose t hough. Wonder f u l st u f f a nd excel lent sportsmanship. He did immense credit to himself and the game. But the energy that so much pours through the veins of Sergio Garcia is the golf tournament in Atlanta Georgia, in Spring. HKGOLFER.COM

Sergio Garcia holds the trophy and points his finger to heaven to pay tribute to the legendary Seve’s 60th birthday




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Somerset: In the footsteps of giants… (Part 3)

Continuing his search for the hidden gems created by the designers of the Golden Age, Charles McLaughlin visits Devon and Somerset. HKGOLFER.COM



Hole 9 at Saunton East Course As is often the case, a fair amount of driving is required to get from track to track, but given the beauty of the scenery it’s no great hardship.


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ith a fond farewell to Westward Ho! we headed north-eastward in search of the next in the chain of Atlantic Links. Several years ago, some of the top tracks on the coast from Cornwall to Somerset via north Devon got together and formed the aptly named “England’s Atlantic Links”. Their efforts have been instrumental in raising awareness of the heritage and sheer quality of the courses in this criminally overlooked part of the global golfing map. 64


Just as Taunton tipplers debate the relative merits of Trevose and St Enodoc, so Barnstaple boozers are divided on which of Sauntons two championship tracks is best. Playing both, it’s easy to see why opinions are so divided. The East Course remains a fantastic track, perhaps the best in the South West, but the huge and ongoing upgrades to the West driven by Head Pro Albert Mackenzie (no relation!) narrow the gap daily. This may be the best two course setup in the UK, with a great clubhouse and a huge pro shop where John Morgan should be asked for advice before setting out… If the powers that be broke new ground by deciding it was time for the West Country to hold an Open Championship, the East Course at Saunton would almost certainly be the chosen venue. Laid out over wonderfully undulating links land on Devon’s unspoilt north coast a few miles west of the pleasant market town of Barnstaple, Saunton is a full-strength championship track that winds its way through dramatic dunes and demands accuracy from the tee. It would be a poor decision to make a round on the East your first on a trip to these parts, as it has the potential to seriously bite. Fortunately, however, the club has a second course - the West - which is a very fine layout in its own right and provides an excellent work out before tackling its HKGOLFER.COM

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When the original nine at Burnham, designed by Westward Ho! Pro Charles Gibson, opened in 1891 it was nothing exceptional. Gibson used the tried and tested links layout philosophy of the time. However, when the course was extended towards Berrow Church and beyond over the next couple of decades, things began to get interesting. HKGOLFER.COM

Hole 9 at Saunton West Course

In 1910, the ubiquitous Herbert Fowler brought his genius to bear, designing the signature “Church” hole and the great closing 18th. Soon after, Harry Colt transformed the course in a breathtaking sweep, removing many blind shots, weak holes and designing almost half of the holes anew. Colt’s partner in his design team, Hugh Alison, was a member of the club at that time. Alison would go on to become legendary for his overseas work for Colt, especially in Japan.

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longer and tougher brother. Long, wispy rough, hard and fast greens and classic pot bunkers, combined with an exceptional routing make the East one of the most majestic - and most unheralded - courses in the land. Bernard Darwin didn’t hold back after witnessing Herbert Fowler work his magic in creating the East course, calling it: “one of the courses of the world, fit to hold up its head with St Andrews or Prestwick, Hoylake or Prince’s, the National or Pine Valley”. No argument here. The clubhouse itself may lack some of the historical atmosphere of rival tracks, but is far more comfortable as a result. As ever, the food and beverages available should be sampled, with the “Pheasant Plucker Amber Bitter” a personal fav… Heading reluctantly out of Devon and back towards London via Somerset, the resort town of Weston-super-Mare is a great final stopping point. Just south of the town overlooking the Bristol Channel lies a charming club steeped in tradition and with “giant footsteps” everywhere one looks.



Hole 1 at Burnham & Berrow

Burnham & Berrow starter Ray Higgins

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To gild the lily, Alistair Mackenzie was enlisted to advise on the rerouting of the 9th and 10th, and even Harold Hilton got involved at one stage. The last changes (plus the new nine-hole Channel course) were wrought by Fred Hawtree in 1977. Fred is less well known, but Hawtree & Sons is the oldest golf design company in the world and are the R&A’s go-to guys to tweak Open Championship courses. It’s a staggering collection of design talent, a “super group” if you will, and it shows. 66


With five-time Open winner J.H. Taylor as the first professional at the club, the clubhouse is second only to RND for it’s fantastic displays of memorabilia and time should be allowed to soak it all in while the deliciously named Bev behind the bar dispenses ales, surprisingly good food and wisdom in equal measure. Taylor in turn inspired the local Whitcombe lads, who made history in 1935 when all three brothers played in the Ryder Cup - a feat that will surely never be repeated. On to the course, where starter Ray Higgins gets us off with a welcome, a smile and very useful course tips. This is a superbly conditioned track, and a delight to play. It seems every hole offers strategic options as the narrow fairways wind among the enormous sand dunes. Finding the fairway is key, as for every fortuitous kick back off the dunes, there will be two or three shots that stay up there and the resulting sidehill - uphill - or downhill-lie is a potential card wrecker. Nice views from up top, but not where you want to be! This is a classic “out and back” links layout where wind direction is a major factor. In particular, the back nine in the prevailing stiff westerly wind is a true challenge. Highlights include the stunning views from the 4th tee across the Bristol Channel, then the 5th, the first par-3 where wind is a huge factor and the bunkers are brutal. The Mackenzie 9th is a beautiful hole to look at, but don’t let the six bunkers and severe slopes intimidate you too much. Take a half club more and a confident HKGOLFER.COM

Hole 17 of Burnham & Berrow

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strike to the middle/back of the green will pay dividends. The 12th is the “Church Hole”, with shades of St Enodoc, and is a tough par-4 into a plateau two-tier green with anything short being tossed aside disdainfully. Afterwards, make time to take a peek over St Mary’s church wall. Before you know it, you are on the elevated 17th tee, with the best view of the iconic lighthouse on the left. This is a beast into the wind, and has undoubtedly nipped more than a few great rounds in the bud. And finally, we have the 18th, a fantastic closing hole. Calling for a draw off the tee and then a fade into a difficult to hold, well-guarded green, this has surely seen plenty of drama over the years. Our last course on a memory filled trip, but certainly not the least. This is a club that has everything: a fantastic course, great facilities, and even a dormy house so you can stroll to the first tee. Can’t wait to go back.



Sunset over

Haikou The view from the hotel room The omnipresent hotel and clubhouse

Daniel Wong, our house photographer was at the World Ladies Championship in Mission Hills Haikou and found plenty of photo opportunities.


Daniel Wong

he sixth edition of the SGF67 World Ladies Championship wit h SBS took place at M ission H i l l s Ha i kou on Hainan Island. I was lucky enough to ride on a buggy, allowing me to explore the 6,362-yard, par73 Blackstone course with my cameras. 70



The Renaissance and the Ritz-Carlton are co-developed by Mission Hills Group

Kim Hae-rym celebrates

Finding the best vantage point

A multicultural event The caddie is not afraid to show his emotion

Tensions were high during the play-off

The 18th hole

Please mind the water




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4. (& 9A) New venue for the 2017 USPGA

1. Hilltop track on Lantau (9,3)

8. HK Asian Amateur Championship host (10,3) 9. See 4A

2. Where the Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers play

11. (& 10D) First time host for the 2017 US Open

3. Home of the Hong Kong Open

12. Highland venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup

5. Justin Rose emulated Ben Hogan here

13. Scene of the Ryder Cup “Miracle” in 2012

6. Site of the Players Championship

14. See 25A

7. Home of Hong Kong’s three public island tracks (3,3,4)

16. (& 19D) Masters venue in Georgia 17. Home of The Old Course (2,7) 20. See 26A

10. See 11A 15. Trump bought this Ayrshire gem in 2014

21. Ryder Cup host in 2016

17. Darren Clarke triumphed at this Royal venue in Kent (2,7)

23. Called “#2” but Kaymer wouldn’t agree!

18. Royal home for 2017 Open Championship

24. Local name for Royal Liverpool

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25. (&14A) USPGA venue on Lake Michigan

22. Hong Kong’s hidden gem

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Kirsteen Pieterse Louie Chan talks to the Scottish-born, Hong Kong-based sculptor about her best ever round and who would be in her dream fourball. When did you start playing - and where? I learned my golf at Ballochmyle Golf Club, in Ayrshire in the West of Scotland. It’s a fairly tight parkland course with small greens, so it was a good training ground for my short game. My father was a scratch golfer, he’s 73 now and playing off 5, “Super Senior” is his nickname at the club. From when my sister and I were aged around 6 and 8, he’d take us out to play with him in the evenings. So, we’d hit it around but when I was 13 I decided I wanted to play ‘properly’ and became very keen very quickly. I eventually got down to a 4 handicap. How often do you play? Not enough at all. I try to play with the Hong Kong Cricket Club golf society whenever there is a game arranged, around once a month. I never miss “Jock’s Pot”, the Arquitectonica Golf Day and I play as much as possible when I go to Scotland every July. I’m popular because I pretend a very generous 6.

Trump Turnberry in Ayrshire - David Cannon

What’s been your best ever round? When I was around 16, I reached the final of the Ayrshire Ladies Championship. I played against a woman who had recently won the Scottish Ladies Championship and she had no idea who I was. I played so well and I remember being convinced I was going to win during the game. It was also clear I was causing a bit of surprise amongst the crowd watching and I was enjoying that too. I was 2 up with 3 to play and she came right back at me. At the last hole, I tried to play a “cutty uppy “ (a lob sand iron) onto a steeply elevated green and that was the end of it... up until that point I had no interest in playing ‘percentage golf’. Most memorable win was probably Top Lady in the 2016 Jock’s Pot at Shek O! 78


Do you have a favourite course? I have 3. Turnberry in Ayrshire, New South Wales in Sydney and Kau Sai Chai North Course in Hong Kong. They are all similar; in isolated locations with dramatic landscapes.   Who would be in your dream fourball? Nancy Lopez, she is who my dad always used as an example to me, “hit the ball hard like Nancy Lopez”. I don’t think I ever saw her play on TV, women’s golf wasn’t very visible then, but I liked the fact he didn’t use a male golfer as an example to motivate me.  Seve Ballesteros of course. He was amazing and so handsome. I think he would have been fun to play with and I had a book of his ‘get out of trouble’ shots which I studied and enjoyed. His imagination was inspiring.  My dad, Jim Bunting. He knows my game better than I do and can still club me better than I can myself, even though we only play together every July. And I’d like to play as well as I can in Seve and Nancy Lopez’s company.  Kirsteen Pieterse is a truly international artist as well as a Hong Kong golfer. Born in Ayrshire, Scotland, Kirsteen graduated from the Glasgow School of Art before moving to London to complete her M A in Architecture. She emigrated to Australia in 2001 and won acclaim and numerous sculpture prizes before moving to Hong Kong in 2009 where she now lives and works. Frequent flyers will recognise her installation “Clouds Peak” in the Cathay Pacific (The Pier) Business Class lounge (with more soon!), and more pieces can be seen at www. HKGOLFER.COM


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