Dear Readers and Friends of the HKGA,
Firstly, I hope you all had a most enjoyable festive season and I wish you happy golfing in 2020.
Unquestionably it was a huge disappointment for the golfing community, both locally and worldwide, that the 61st Hong Kong Open had to be postponed from the original dates in November. Both the European and Asian Tours had to make that difficult decision, however all stakeholders have worked tirelessly to ensure that the event has been rescheduled for January 9-12 and a number of star players, including Tony Finas and Shane Lowry, will be at Fanling to showcase their skills. Also, thanks to the availability of a number of additional invitation spots given by the Hong Kong Golf Club in support of our players and our junior and international development programmes, we will have quite a number of our best players of the past decade, some of whom are professionals already, in the field competing against the best in the world.
Sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the HKGA, the 120-player field will compete for Official Golf World Ranking points and a US$1 million prize purse. The tournament is Hong Kong’s longest standing professional sporting event and will be televised to a global audience.
Spectators attending the event will continue to enjoy free access to the Hong Kong Golf Club on Thursday and Friday, with under-21s benefiting from free entry throughout the week.
With the tournament set-up unchanged, event-goers will once again be able to enjoy four days of world-class action on the historic Composite Course at Fanling as well as a host of fun and family-friendly activities for fans of all ages in the Spectator Village.
The decision to proceed with the tournament underlines the commitment of the HKGA and the Hong Kong Golf Club to the ongoing development and promotion of the game in the SAR and the region. We look forward to welcoming the international golf community back to our shores and to showcasing the depth of homegrown talent competing in the tournament.
I heartily encourage you to come out in force to support our players and I look forward to seeing you there.
Please kindly refer to pages 8 and 9 for other HKGA news as we have had a very busy couple of months. I must congratulate Lou Tan for winning the HK Amateur Open and the evergreen Joe Pethes for winning the HK Seniors Open. It’s also worth mentioning that more than 50 overseas players from 10 countries joined our Seniors Open at the venerable Old Course, further underlying Hong Kong’s position as an international golfing destination.