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

PUBLISHED : Friday, 01 September, 2017, 6:43pm
UPDATED : Friday, 01 September, 2017, 7:06pm

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.”

Taichi Kho applauds Chloe Chan as Hong Kong pair sweep to third at Fanling

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.”