Final Shot with Jonathan Lai

Louie Chan talks to the Hong Kong Men’s Close Amateur Champion about his best ever round, favourite courses and his amateur golf career

The 16th hole at Cypress Point Golf Club

What has been your most memorable moment on a golf course?

I think the best moment I've ever had on a golf course was walking to the 16th tee at Cypress Point Golf Club during a Yale Golf Team trip. We were in the middle of a qualifier, and I'm usually very focused on the task at hand, but the view on that hole made me completely forget about my score. It was a moment where I completely forgot I was competing and just enjoyed the golf and the scenery. I actually made a double bogey, and I think only one guy on the entire team made a par, but nobody cared because of the surreal experience of playing that hole.

Do you have a favourite course?

The 16th hole at Cypress Point Golf Club makes the entire course one of my favourite in the world. The only other course I can think of is Kingsbarns Golf Links in Scotland. It was my first time in Scotland, so it was a new experience playing real links courses. On top of that, the views along the Scottish coast were breathtaking.

Who would be in your dream fourball? 

I'm a huge NBA basketball fan, and even more so of Blake Griffin, so I'd definitely want to play with him. I'd have to take Tiger Woods; he was the best golfer of my generation. And lastly, this might be a little different, but I would pick M Shadows, lead singer of Avenged Sevenfold, one of my favourite bands. I know he's super into golf, so it'd be cool to play a round with him.