Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Golf Club (HKGC) is to sponsor and host the Special Administrative Region of China’s first Inter-Secondary Schools Golf Tournament.
Aimed at promoting and developing the game, the Hong Kong Golf Association (HKGA)-organised event will be held on May 14.
Supported by the Hong Kong Schools Sports Federation, the tournament is open to all secondary schools. Teams will consist of no more than four players and there will be sections for boys and girls.
The tournament will provide a new platform for the HKGA to promote golf city-wide and identify more promising young athletes.
Working hand-in-hand with the HKGC, the association will launch a host of initiatives aimed at inspiring young golfers through exchanges with the existing junior squad, seeking collaboration with golf brands to sponsor golf clubs and equipment, and supporting schools with training facilities and expertise.
“We are very pleased to host the first Inter-Secondary Schools Golf Tournament. As a golf club with over 100 years of history, we are dedicated to supporting the development of young athletes and promote the fun of this sport to the community,” said Ian Gardner, General Manager at the Hong Kong Golf Club, a Golf Course Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
Danny Lai, the HKGA’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Ensuring the sustainable development of golf requires the efforts of many parties. All of us in the golf community have the same goal. We want to see more members of the public, especially young people, having an opportunity to learn golf.
“We would like to see the appearance of more talented young players such as Tiffany Chan and Leon D’Souza. We also would like the government to give its full support to the development of golf and invest more resources in the training of elite golfers and promotion of golf among the general public.”
The HKGA estimates there are about 60,000 golfers in Hong Kong. To further promote golf, the HKGA organises a ‘Golf for Schools’ programme in which 500 students learn to play golf each year.
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