Hong Kong: Hong Kong Golf Club proved a happy hunting ground for Chinese Taipei’s Hou Yu-sang.
Hou fired a brilliant closing bogey-free eight-under-par 64 to claim victory in the Esprit Hong Kong Ladies Amateur Open Championship.
With a 54-hole total of six-under 210, Hou finished three strokes ahead of compatriot Lin Jie-en, the runner-up. Annyka Cayabyab and Francesa Olivarez-Ilas from the Philippines ended third and fourth, five and six shots back respectively.
Isabella Leung was the leading Hong Kong finisher, seven shots back on 217 in a tie for fifth. Her final-round 70 was good enough to see her win the Ladies Close Amateur title. Selina Li and Chloe Chan were tied for second on 222.
Having topped an international field that included more than 90 amateur golfers from five countries, Hou will now return to Hong Kong to take on the professionals.
By winning the Ladies Open Amateur Championship, the Taiwanese teen received an exemption from the Hong Kong Golf Club into next year’s Hong Kong Ladies Open at Hong Kong Golf Club, a Golf Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
Hou said: “I would like to thank all the sponsors from Esprit to the Hong Kong Golf Club and the Hong Kong Golf Association for organising this event. And thank you all my team-mates. I am very happy to win this tournament and look forward to coming back again.”
In the Open Mid-Amateur Championship for players aged over 25, Hong Kong’s Cindy Lee and Huang Chun-chin from Chinese Taipei took the Division 1 and 2 titles respectively.
Shenzhen, China: PacificPine Sports, the exclusive operator of PGA of America Youth Development academies in China, has joined the Asian Golf Industry Federation.