Hong Kong quartet close in on silver medal on the fairway

Men's golf team are six shots behind leaders, but eight ahead of China's top pros

PUBLISHED : Monday, 09 September, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 09 September, 2013, 3:52am

The Hong Kong men's golf team are closing in on a silver medal at the National Games after another impressive round on the third day yesterday.

The quartet of Jason Hak Shun-yat, Tang Tsz-hang, Wong Woon-man and Yeung Mo-tin are in second place, six shots behind Liaoning but a massive eight strokes ahead of pre-Games favourites Guangdong, who have two seasoned professionals in their team - Liang Wenchong and Zhang Lianwei.

Hong Kong coach Tang Wai-chun was delighted with the composure shown by his squad against some of the best golfers on the mainland.

"The players are doing much better than expected and I think it's because they've coped with the pressure so well," he said.

"We're in the hunt for a medal but the players remained calm throughout the third round and even extended their lead over Guangdong from the second day.

"If Liaoning continue to perform like they have done so far, it will be difficult to challenge them for the gold medal. But if they slip up and we keep up our performance, we do have a chance to come from behind."

Tang said they would adjust their tactics after this morning's opening nine holes to see if they should be more aggressive or remain conservative.

"The top three teams all have a chance to win so we have to think very carefully about our tactics," he said.

Golf and rugby sevens are the two new sports at the National Games following their inclusion in the 2016 Olympic Games programme in Rio de Janeiro.

The Hong Kong men's rugby sevens team won the silver medal in Shenyang last Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Shek Wai-hung, who said he considered quitting gymnastics after a disappointing 2012 London Olympic Games, finished sixth in the men's vault yesterday.

The 21-year-old scored 14.083 points in the final and was happy with how he had performed a new routine.

"I want to carry the new routine to the world championships later this month and the East Asian Games in Tianjin next month," he said.

"The National Games is a good practice as China is so strong in the sport. Reaching the final has boosted my confidence."

Shek, the first gymnast from Hong Kong to qualify for the Olympic Games, had high hopes in London after some impressive results leading up to the Summer Games, but failed to make the final.