Spencer Robinson

Pioneering Zhang proves he's still a driving force

For Zhang Lianwei, the 21st century could not arrive quickly enough.

Monday, 14 February, 2000, 12:00am

18 holes an integral part of Disney's lure

From the guardedly optimistic noises of Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, it would seem the Financial Secretary believes the chances of Disney coming to town are, to coin a golfing phrase, considerably above par.

And that doesn't just mean we can expect to be invaded by Mickey and friends, but the whole shooting match.

8 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

Zhang claims another scalp

ZHANG Lianwei created another slice of golfing history yesterday when he became the first mainland Chinese golfer to win the Hong Kong PGA Championship.

In so doing, the 33-year-old snapped the longest victory drought of his career and ensured him retention of his proud record of posting at least one tournament triumph in each year since he turned professional in 1994.

20 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Durairaj soars with pair of eagles

Snaring two eagles, Malaysian A. Durairaj soared to the top of the leaderboard after yesterday's second round of the Hong Kong Open amateur championship at Discovery Bay.

Overlooked by his country for last week's Asia-Pacific amateur team championships for the Nomura Cup at Fanling, Durairaj spectacularly staked his claim for a future international call-up.

15 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Pressure on Wong at junior Open

Wong Woon-man will face the sternest examination of his golfing education when he tees-off in the Hong Kong Open Junior Championship at Discovery Bay this morning.

Still basking in the glory of his age group success in April's national championship, 16-year-old Wong knows the weight of expectation upon him is greater than ever before.

20 Aug 1997 - 12:00am

Growing band of handicap cheats fuelled by temptation

Waves of anger and shame have been sweeping through Singapore's golfing community.

Yet the actions of the man who has provoked a public outcry in the island republic by bringing the game into disrepute did not even occur in Singapore.

14 Jul 1997 - 12:00am

Zhang hit by mixed emotions

Relief mingled with disappointment for Zhang Lianwei as he stepped on to Shenzhen soil yesterday.

After encountering unnerving visa problems during his first visit to Germany, the relief felt by China's number one golfer at being back in familiar territory was understandable.

25 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Zhang back on course at home

Zhang Lianwei hits the comeback trail over his home course in Shenzhen this morning. China's number one and Asia's Golfer of the Year in 1996 has been sidelined for four weeks after pulling a shoulder muscle. Despite feeling the injury throughout the Dubai Desert Classic, Zhang went on to play in the Malaysian Open in the first week of March.

8 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

Yu aims for glory at double

Olivia Yu will be seeking a pre-Queen Sirikit Cup tonic when she tees off in the Hong Kong Closed Women's Amateur Championship today.

26 Feb 1997 - 12:00am

Zhang uprooted as gamble fails

Zhang Lianwei tangled with Valderrama's notorious cork trees yesterday . . . and came off second best. Zhang's tree troubles at the 454-yard 18th cost him a double-bogey six and took the gloss off a creditable performance in the second round of the US$1.39 million Volvo Masters.

26 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Noisy fans par for the course

LIKE Zhang Lianwei and Cheng Jun, mainland Chinese galleries still have much to learn about top-level golf.

Several thousand spectators turned up at Mission Hills yesterday to witness the most historic golfing occasion the People's Republic of China has ever seen.

10 Nov 1995 - 12:00am

HK left off tour

HONG Kong will be conspicuous by its absence as a venue when the Asian PGA (APGA) release details of their inaugural tour schedule this afternoon.

Hong Kong's Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club had been pencilled in as the site for one of the fledgeling tour's four major championships.

28 Feb 1995 - 12:00am

Chinese pair in Oz debut

ZHANG Lianwei and Cheng Jun will attempt to put visa complications behind them when they tee-off in the Heineken Classic at The Vines in Perth, Australia, writes Spencer Robinson.

2 Feb 1995 - 12:00am

HK's best in new event

HONG Kong's first matchplay championship, featuring the territory's top amateurs, will be launched next month.

24 Jan 1995 - 12:00am

Zhang Lianwei

CHINA'S great golfing hope, Zhang Lianwei, marked his professional debut with a one-under par 71 in the Malaysian PGA Championship yesterday, writes Spencer Robinson.

Zhang turned pro a fortnight ago after winning the individual silver medal in the golf competition at the Hiroshima Asian Games and claiming his third China Open amateur crown.

1 Dec 1994 - 12:00am