The South Island School student started 2013 in good order by firing an accomplished final round of 71 at the Hong Kong Close Amateur Championship over the Lunar New Year holiday to finish the event inside the top 10, a result that secured him fourth place in the 2012/2013 HKGA Order of Merit. Two months on and Michael carded successive rounds of 76 at the Hong Kong Junior Close at Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club to force a play-off with Justin Lok, which he would end up losing on the first hole. Undeterred, Michael would go on to earn a berth at the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final after winning his age division at the qualifying event at Kau Sai Chau after rounds of 76 and 74. In between these two performances, Michael flew the flag superbly for Hong Kong by becoming the first local player in a number of years to make the cut in the Boys’ 15-17 age division at the prestigious Callaway Junior World Championships in California.
Understandably, given his consistent form, a first-round 80 at the Hong Kong Open Amateur at Fanling in September was a disappointment, but he roared back with back-to-back rounds of 72 to end up finishing as one of the top-three Hong Kong players in a share of 12th.
2014, you have to think, looks set to be a banner year for Michael.
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