Hong Kong Open

Martin has big dreams for game

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 19 March, 2007, 12:00am


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Name: Martin Liu Wai-ho

School: Shatin College

Grade: Year 13

Sport: Golf

Achievements: Martin, 18, played in the men's event at the Hong Kong Close Amateur Championships last month, finishing in fourth place. He also took part in the under-21 event at the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final in China.

Last year, Martin also participated in the UBS Hong Kong Open, Hong Kong Amateur Open, Junior World Golf Championships and the Zhang Lianwei Cup.

Soundbite: 'I have been playing golf since I was three. I wouldn't have started if not for my dad [Daniel Liu], who is the captain of the Hong Kong senior PGA,' Martin said.

'I only train two to three times a week. If you want to play properly on a golf course, if you want to get better, you need to practise on a course. On a driving range, you can only learn the fundamentals. But there is only one public golf course in Hong Kong. Going pro is part of my dream, but I'll only think about it after I graduate from college in four years.'

From his coach: 'If Martin goes to college and can get more playing time and play against better players, then it will raise the level of his game. There are no outstanding golfers in Hong Kong to help push younger players to another level,' said coach Brad Schadewitz.

'In five years' time, he will be in the top amateurs and hopefully aspiring to be a golf pro. Especially if he works hard and get in a college golf team.'

Ambitions: 'I would like to be able to play in the Masters, US Open, British Open and the PGA Championship, which are the four major international tournaments. But the first step in my dream is to take part in the Hong Kong Open,' Martin said.