Touch down: Hong Kong’s Tiffany Chan has landed in Rio and can already feel the Olympic spirit

The golfer is looking to settle in quickly and acclimatise to the conditions ahead of the start of competition on Wednesday

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 14 August, 2016, 8:53pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 21 August, 2016, 10:20am

As many of Hong Kong’s Olympians were heading home, one has just arrived – golfer Tiffany Chan Tsz-ching has touched down in Rio ahead of making history in the women’s golf.

Chan is one of only three amateurs among the 120 golfers, male and female, in action in Brazil.

Hong Kong Golf Association chief executive Mark Chan checked out the new course not far from the Olympic Park in the Barra district of Rio and declared himself mightily impressed.

The men have been in action for the last three days with some declaring the layout the best they’ve played on all year – including the likes of Augusta.

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Chan, 22, arrived with national coach Brad Schadewitz and her caddie, Hong Kong international Steven Lam Tsz-fung. She flew in from Toronto, having competed in the US Women’s Amateur last weekend, so avoiding the 30-hour flight and jet lag her HK squad-mates had to overcome.

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“I am very excited to have finally arrived in Rio, and can already feel the Olympic spirit here at the airport. It almost feels a little surreal to be a part of the Olympics, and I will make sure I savour every second of this once-in-a-lifetime experience,” she said.

“My main priorities now are to settle in quickly, catch up on my sleep and get myself acclimatised to the conditions to give myself every chance to do well and make Hong Kong proud.

“I must thank everyone involved in getting me here because without their support, my dream would not have come true like it has today.”