Hong Kong Men's Team Finish in Top Half of World Amateur Team Champ

A recap of Hong Kong Men’s and Women’s team performances at the World Amateur Team Championship and 2018 Asian Games

The HK Men’s and Women’s team at the 2018 Asian Games

World Amateur Team Championships, Ireland

The Men’s team produced a Hong Kong career-best finish at 32nd from 72 teams at the World Amateur Team Championship in Ireland. It is the biggest amateur team event in the world and is held bi-annually, with players like Bryson DeChambeau, Jon Rahm and Jordan Spieth having played in recent tournaments. Hong Kong will be hosting the event in 2 years’ time in 2020.

Leon D’Sousa fired 73-76-72-66 (-3 total) over the two courses at Carton House, Dublin to be Hong Kong’s leading player. “It was a great experience in Ireland. I finished with a career best 9-hole in an international tournament with -6 for the back nine on day 4 to finish with a 66 on the tougher Montgomerie course. I look forward to coming back to Asia to play in the AP championship in Singapore at the beginning of October,” said Leon.

Terrence Ng shot 73-75-70-72 (level par total). In this tournament, 2 scores from 3 of each team are used each day. Also, Terrence’s score was used by the team for all four days. It is Terrence’s joint best total score (level par) in a 4-round international event, which capped off an excellent week for him. Matthew Cheung also made a valuable contribution to the team with scores of 75-71- 72-73 (+1 total). A great team performance and a perfect platform for Hong Kong to host this prestigious championship in 2020.

The Women’s team finished 34th from 57 teams - a good achievement to shoulder the loss of star player Tiffany Chan. Mimi Ho fared the best with rounds of 74-71-80-68 (+3 total). She was buzzing after her last round of 5 under par. Michelle Cheung had 7 birdies in her first round of 69 and followed this up with rounds of 78-79-73. After a great Asian Games week, Isabella Leung struggled in Ireland with scores of 78-78-83-75.