HONG KONG'S top female golfers will be aiming to press their claims for international recognition during this week's Honma Ladies Amateur Championship. Acting as a major incentive to competitors in the 54-hole event which tees-off this morning is the lure of forthcoming trips to Taiwan and Thailand. Anne Holloway, non-playing captain of the Hong Kong women's team, said performances in the Honma Championship would be taken into consideration when selecting players for next month's International Championship in Taipei and June's Asia-Pacific Championship for the Queen Sirikit Cup. Said Holloway: 'The Honma Championship is important in giving our players tournament experience. It is also well-timed to help them prepare themselves in the run-up to the overseas tournaments.' Holloway indicated that Olivia Yu and Tomoe Masaki were among the leading candidates to represent Hong Kong in the Queen Sirikit, the region's premier female amateur event. However, with defending Honma champion Bronwen Morrow likely to be unavailable for the Thailand trip, at least one spot in the three-strong team is up for grabs. The first round of the Honma Championship will be held at Lantau Island's Discovery Bay with the tournament then moving on to Royal Hong Kong before concluding at Clearwater Bay on Wednesday. Herman Hu, managing director of Ryoden Sports, said he hoped his company's sponsorship of the tournament would contribute to raising the standards of female golfers in the territory.