The inaugural Esprit Junior Series begins its second leg today with the MacGregor Open Junior Championship at Discovery Bay Golf Club. The series then moves across the border into southern China for the second half of competition. With over 240 golfers competing at the MacGregor Open alone (130 of whom are international players), the contest will be extremely tough. However, according to Brad Schadewitz, Hong Kong's national junior coach and director of junior development, the ones to watch are those competing in the under-14 age groups. Hong Kong's hopes for a series champion, Schadewitz claims, lie in the 'under 13s - the strongest age group, especially Nick Hoie and Mickey Chan Chun Hung', who are both impressive talents. The former has been described by their coach as an 'absolute star , with incredible self-confidence'. Other safe bets are the Mak sisters, Ginger and Demim, also in the 13-14 age category. The girls are incredibly promising and as they will be playing on their home course, they should have the upper hand in today's competition. The Chinese players should not be ruled out, as Schadewitz notes: 'The Chinese players are improving every year and ties [against them] will be extremely tough.'