A group of Hong Kong students received valuable tips from the world's leading female golf instructor, Cindy Reid, during a two-day camp last week. Under the programme - HKFYG: Mission Hills Junior Golf Tour - 40 up-and-coming golfers aged nine to 17 went to Shenzhen and Dongguan to take part in clinics conducted by Reid. She has coached many successful golfers, such as former world number one Vijay Singh and current number two, Jim Furyk. 'It was an honour to be coached by Cindy Reid. I learned many new techniques from her,' said Paul Lau Chun-man, 13, from South Island School. Apart from honing their basic skills, such as putting, pitching and chipping, the participants attended a lecture about the history and etiquette of the sport. On the last day of the camp, they tested their newly-acquired skills in a mini-golf tournament. Paul beat eight other students to be crowned champion in the 11-13 age category. 'I have been taking junior golf lessons at school for three months, but this was the first competition that I've ever taken part in,' Paul said. 'It looks so easy on TV when you watch a golfer swing his club and the ball rolls into a hole. But, in reality, the golfer has to focus on many aspects, such as their posture, how to apply the right force, how to swing the club and also wind direction. 'The competition gave me a valuable insight into what professional golf is like and the pressure experienced by golfers. 'Golf is very challenging, but it also motivates you to do better.' Paul said he would continue to play the sport although he may not make it a career. The camp cost HK$500 for each participant. It was organised and sponsored by the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG) and Mission Hills Golf Club. Five participants from underprivileged families received full financial support. HKFYG executive director, Rosanna Wong Yick-ming, hoped the participants would build up confidence to face future challenges. 'The camp provides an excellent chance for them to receive quality training in the sport. We believe that it would help inspire potential golfers,' Dr Wong said.