It is a great pleasure to be writing my first letter as the new President of the HKGA.
First of all, we are of course very disappointed that due to the ongoing situation in Hong Kong, a number of events have either had to be postponed or cancelled, including the Clearwater Bay Open and the Nomura Cup.
However, in positive news, the highly anticipated Hong Kong Open returns to the outstanding surroundings of the Hong Kong Golf Club from November 28 to December 1 for the 61st edition of our city’s longest standing professional sporting event.
Fans will get to see a few Major Champions showcasing their skills at Fanling. Henrik Stenson will make his eagerly awaited debut at the event. Francesco Molinari will return for the first time in 10 years as one of the best players in recent years. Patrick Reed will return for the fourth time and has become a local fans’ favourite. They will join Defending Champion Aaron Rai in a star-studded field in the opening event of the European Tour’s 2020 Race to Dubai. The Open will also continue to play a decisive role in shaping the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit as one of the last few remaining events on the Tour schedule.
The past month or so has seen National Team members Taichi Kho finishing tied 2nd at the Quail Valley Intercollegiate Invitational and Leon D’Souza also finishing tied 2nd at the Bill Cullum Invitational at Wood Ranch Golf Club in California.
Congratulations must also go to Sophie Han on winning the 2019 Poly International Junior Golf Championship in Chongqing in early October.
On a final note, the HKGA warmly welcomes Ms. Feng Shan-shan as our Honorary Advisor.
Ms. Feng launched her career by taking part in challenging amateur tournaments including a number in Hong Kong, before moving up to compete in international professional tournaments. We hope that her story will inspire more young people to take up golf and we believe that her experience will help more young golfers in advancing their amateur and professional careers.
While busy competing on the US LPGA Tour and preparing for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, she will take time out of her busy schedule to participate in a number of HKGA events and meet with our golfers.
I look forward to seeing you all out there on Hong Kong’s courses.