Jo makes pro plunge

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 17 January, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 17 January, 1995, 12:00am

JOANN Hardwick jetted into Kuala Lumpur last night to embark on a gruelling five-week tournament schedule.

Hong Kong's top female player turned professional last August and will be aiming to cash in on her new status during the 1995 Kosaido-Asahi Ladies Asian Tour.

Over the next month Hardwick will take part in the Malaysian Open, Singapore Open, Indonesia Open, Thailand Open and Republic of China Open - events which carry an average purse of US$100,000.

Among the players Hardwick will compete alongside are European Solheim Cup member Lora Fairclough and Australian Karen Lunn.

Last year Hardwick, daughter of Royal Hong Kong Golf Club (RHKGC) senior professional Joe, played the circuit as an amateur.

Although she failed to win playing rights for the lucrative Japanese LPGA Tour, Hardwick has not been short of work having been taken on as the RHKGC's first female teaching professional.

'Most of my time has been taken up with teaching these past few months,' said Hardwick. 'I haven't been able to practice so much, but I've been playing three or four times a week.'