Ginger wins again
By Judy Ngao
Hong Kong's top female golfer successfully defended her title when she outplayed her opponents during the final round of the Ladies Close Amateur Championship of Hong Kong at Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club last Friday.
Ginger Mak Jun-ki romped to a 15-shot victory with a combined three-round total of 224 (76-72-76).
The defending champion, who won the event by a record margin of 18 shots last year at Fanling, was delighted with the latest victory.
'I'm so happy to have won this championship again. I tried to play to the best of my ability and although I made some mistakes over the past three days, I'm really pleased with the result,' said the 16-year-old Canadian International School student.
Early on the third day, the apparently nervous teenager made three consecutive bogeys, but she soon settled down and played risk-free, sensible golf.
'There were times when I felt a bit nervous but I have to pay tribute to my caddy Alex Jenkins, who was so incredibly positive throughout the round and knew exactly when to calm me down,' Ginger said.
Her talent was obviously another contributing factor as she drove the ball faultlessly at one of the most challenging courses in Hong Kong.
The win gives Ginger an enormous boost as she, along with her sister, Demi Mak Jun-wi, prepares to represent Hong Kong at the prestigious ladies' team event, the Queen Sirikit Cup, in the Philippines later this month.
'I'm definitely pleased with my form going into that tournament, but there are still things I wasn't happy with this week and I plan to work on them before the Queen Sirikit Cup,' Ginger said.
Tiffany Chan Tsz-ching, 13, continued her good form to finish runner-up. The Hong Kong Golf Association elite squad member finished with a three-round total of 239 (80-78-81), followed by Raniasih Pomareda, who ended up one stroke back with a score of 240 (83-75-82).