Hong Kong’s young golf guns hoping to fire imaginations at women’s open

Inspired by Olympian and defending champion Tiffany Chan, Hong Kong’s amateurs to showcase their talents at the US$150,000 event

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 10 May, 2017, 12:35pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 May, 2017, 12:45pm

Hong Kong’s best young golfing talents will be hoping to share the spotlight with defending champion Tiffany Chan Tsz-ching at next month’s 2017 EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open.

Amateur talents Mimi Ho Miu-yee, Chloe Chan Cheuk-yee, Kitty Tam Yik-ching, Vivian Lee Kai-wing, and Virginie Ding Wai-chung will be among a strong group of home-grown players to compete in the US$150,000 event at Hong Kong Golf Club from June 9-11.

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Professionals Michelle Sun and Jannet Sheng Qiu-yan, representing the Hong Kong Golf Club and the Hong Kong Professional Golf Association respectively, together with TVB celebrity and all-round athlete Cindy Lee, will also be competing in the third edition of the tournament.

Ho, who finished in a share of 37th place last year, is a student at California State Universityand won the Hong Kong Ladies Close Championship 2016.

“I was happy with my performance and overall placing last year given the strength of the field and seeing Tiffany win the way she did was a real inspiration to me. I have worked hard over the past 12 months and am looking forward to competing well in June,” 21-year-old Ho said.

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Sun, who turned professional in 2011 after completing the Hong Kong PGA Training Programme, said: “This is the most important local tournament on our calendar and something we look forward to every year because we have home support, and a course we are most familiar with. It is a tournament I want to do well.”

Chloe Chan and Ding, at 13 and 14 respectively, are the youngest among the local challengers.

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