Dear Fellow Golfers,
Firstly, may I wish you all a happy and prosperous Year of the Rat. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 situation has severely restricted the availability of playing opportunities be it in Hong Kong, mainland China or elsewhere, and I would like to thank all the courses and driving ranges that remain open to golfers with the necessary hygiene precautions.
The Hong Kong Open was successfully staged from January 9 -12 with a very worthy winner in Wade Ormsby. With star players such as Shane Lowry, Tony Finau and Jazz Janewattananond breathing down his neck, Wade performed meticulously and became a very well deserved repeat Champion.
The rescheduled Open gave us the opportunity to invite all our best male players in recent years to play in the tournament,
in additional to those who qualified. Our players have made us proud with Alex Yang, Leon D’Souza, Terrence Ng and Motin Yeung making the cut. 17 year-old Alex was our star of the tournament, finishing tied 13th with a seven under par performance in a stellar field. Congratulations to all our players and I would like to thank everyone who made long trips back to Hong Kong to play in the tournament. Special thanks also go to our Team Coach Gary Gilchrist who flew in from Florida and was with the boys throughout the week.
Due to the health situation, the Hong Kong Ladies Open originally scheduled for the last weekend of February has been
rescheduled for May 8 -10 and our very own LPGA professional Tiffany Chan will be back to play the tournament.
Unfortunately, the IGF has taken the decision to relocate the eagerly-awaited World Amateur Team Championship from Hong Kong to Singapore this coming October due to the social unrest in Hong Kong. The HKGA together with our host clubs HKGC and CWB, have been planning for this event since 2016 and the decision is a huge disappointment for us. However, I am happy to report that we will be invited to bid for the 2024 edition. In the meantime, we wish the SGA the best of luck in hosting the tournament this October.
Upon the advice of the Government of the SAR, the HKGA has exercised extra precautions to safeguard our young players
from the current situation and we have had to temporarily suspend our regular driving range classes and on-course training.
However, we will endeavour to bring things back to normal as soon as feasible.
Congratulations to James Gill and Kitty Tam who won the Men’s and Ladies’ Close Amateur Championship respectively.
Many thanks to HKGC Fanling for providing the venue on both occasions.
Stay healthy and enjoy your golf whenever you can!