Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Golf Club (HKGC) has been confirmed as host for the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation’s (APGC) Junior Championship – Mitsubishi Corporation Cup.
A Golf Course Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation, the HKGC is one of Asia’s best-known tournament venues and permanent home to the Hong Kong Open.
To be held from August 30 to September 1, the junior championship is the latest addition to the Hong Kong Golf Association’s (HKGA) extensive calendar of events. Each year, the HKGA hosts more than 30 tournaments, with 38 scheduled in 2017 alone, making it one of Hong Kong’s most active national sports associations.
The HKGA also sanctions the Hong Kong Open, the city’s oldest professional sporting event, which will mark its 59th anniversary this year.
Harald Dudok van Heel, President of the HKGA, said: “The HKGA is delighted to have the opportunity to host the Asia-Pacific Junior Championship. The tournament is a welcome addition to an already busy calendar of HKGA-hosted events and offers an exciting competitive opportunity for Hong Kong’s premier junior golfers. We look forward to welcoming the region’s top junior players.”
Lee Kyung-jae, General Secretary of the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation, said: “Since the inception of the Mitsubishi Corporation Cup in 2015, the tournament has gone from strength to strength and become a sought-after opportunity for Asia’s top young golfers to test their mettle in an exciting competitive format.
“We look forward to bringing the Mitsubishi Cup to Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Golf Club for the first time this summer and are confident that our partners, the Hong Kong Golf Association, will deliver another premier competition.”
The tournament field draws the top juniors from across the 45 member regional confederation and follows the Youth Olympic Games format, pairing a single male and female player in each team.
During the first round, teams play four-ball; in the second round it’s foursome; and in the final round, the boys and girls play individually (stroke play).
Players who are 17 years or under as of August 30 are eligible and each APGC member can enter a maximum of two teams, with the exception of the hosts, who are allowed to enter three teams.
The leading individual male player (in round three’s individual play competition) will be invited to take part in the Asia-Pacific Open Golf Championship Diamond Cup 2017, which will be held in Japan in September.
The leading individual female player (in round three’s stroke play) will be invited to take part in the Korea Women’s Open in June 2018.
Danny Lai, the HKGA’s Chief Executive Officer said: “Hong Kong’s junior golfing scene is growing in both strength and numbers.
“Hosting the APGC Junior championship will provide an excellent competitive opportunity for Hong Kong’s elite junior golfers to test their mettle against some of the best talent from across the region.”
Since being established in 2015, the tournament has been dominated by South Korea, whose teams have won the event for the both of the first two years.