Hong Kong golf duo fall away on final day of Asia-Pacific championships
Taichi Kho and Chloe Chan finish up in eighth place behind runaway winners Japan after starting the final round in third
Hong Kong’s most promising golf prospects were unable to rise to the challenge on the final day of the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation Junior Championship at Hong Kong Golf Club on Friday.
But Taichi Kho and Chloe Chan Cheuk-yee were still in good spirits after they dropped from third place to finish eighth overall at one over par after three days of competition at Fanling.
“The scores [both two-over 72s] didn’t reflect our efforts today,” says Kho, 16. “We played well but couldn’t convert our putts.”
Chan, 13, said: “We were a bit unlucky, but I’m satisfied because I haven’t had many of these opportunities.
“I have learnt a lot from Taichi this week, who gave me advice on the choice of clubs for different situations, and if I get to pair with him again next year, I will be very happy.”
Japan’s Yuki Ikeda and Yuka Yasuda both shot four-under 66s and were crowned overall team champions thanks to their 17-under par total after the fourballs, foursomes and individual stroke events.
“We are very happy to win as a team. The hot and humid conditions are similar in Japan so we had no problems,” said Ikeda.
Favourites Australia (Jed Morgan and Grace Kim) started the final day with a one-shot lead but were overpowered by the Japanese pair and finished second at 10 under.
Macau’s Si Ngai won the boy’s overall individual category with a five-under par 65, while South Korea, Jeong Yun-ji secured first place in the girl’s individual category on countback after also shooting a 65.
“[Jeong] really is amazing. I learnt a lot from just watching her,” said Chan. “She chooses her clubs in ways I would not have imagined.”