ALISTAIR Polson will leave the Golf Association of Hong Kong to take up a high-powered position within the new Volvo Tour of China. Scotsman Polson has been employed in an executive role by Richtone Worldwide Ltd, who own the rights to the events on the first professional golf circuit in the People's Republic, which is scheduled to tee-off in January. 'It's been an incredibly difficult decision for me,' said Polson, who formerly worked with the HongkongBank where he was manager of business development in their Global Banking Services Department. Polson's main responsibility in his new job will be to seek out new sponsors for events to be included on the Volvo Tour. Polson, who joined the territory's ruling golfing body as general manager in April 1992, said: 'I'm sorry to be leaving the association. There have been many positive developments with regard to the growth of the game in Hong Kong over the past couple of years and I'm sure that trend will continue.' Mike Fiske, president of the Golf Association, said: 'Alistair has contributed a great deal to the association and has led the way in championing the development of junior golf. The association wants to continue along similar lines and see his dreams come to fruition.' Fiske said Polson's departure will bring about a review of the association's objectives. 'Certainly we want to continue to professionalise the Golf Association,' said Fiske, who added that it had not been decided whether to advertise for a replacement. Until such time, Polson will remain with the association where he will continue working with executive secretary Aileen Marshall and Michael Long. In the 29 months since Polson became the association's first full-time employee, the territory's own mini golf boom has gathered significant pace and appears certain to continue to do so in the years leading up to the turn of the century. The development of the equivalent of six 18-hole courses along with the promotion of golf among locally-born youngsters were the main thrust of a four-year plan released by the association earlier this year. 'The aim is to treble the number of golfers in Hong Kong,' said Polson, who estimates that Hong Kong currently has an unofficial golfing population of about 20,000 of whom half are members of the territory's clubs - Royal Hong Kong, Discovery Bay, Clearwater Bay and Shek O. Polson said that the association aims to provoke the planning of additional facilities for at least 20,000 new golfers through 108 additional holes (the equivalent of six 18-hole courses); 250 additional driving bays and two junior golf academies. By the year 2000, Polson said he hopes a sufficient number of golfing facilities will have been created to accommodate the demands of between 50,000 and 60,000 players. John Crawshaw, John Porter and Dr George Choa, the past three presidents of the association, have all acknowledged that public golf facilities and junior development in Hong Kong go hand in hand. Since government approval was received for the 36-hole Gary Player-designed complex on the island of Kau Sai Chau, Polson has worked on widening the association's net to train up children with a view to raising the profile of golf in Hong Kong. Under the plan, a total of 2,000 juniors will be receiving regular coaching by the end of 1996, by which time both courses at Kau Sai Chau should be open for play. Said Polson: 'Our objective is to create a pool of talent which will be able to outshine the best in Asia. It is also to provide an outlet for the many children in housing estates who would not otherwise have an opportunity.'