HONG KONG, 18 July 2017, (HK Golfer News Wire) - The championship is the latest addition to the HKGA’s active hosting calendar. Each year, the HKGA hosts over 30 tournaments, with 38 scheduled in 2017 alone, making it one of Hong Kong’s most active National Sports Associations.
The HKGA also sanctions the prestigious Hong Kong Open, the city’s oldest professional sporting event, which will mark its 59th anniversary later this year.
“The HKGA is delighted to have the opportunity to host the Asia-Pacific Junior Championship,” said Harald Dudok van Heel, President of the HKGA.
“The tournament is a welcome addition to an already busy calendar of HKGA-hosted events and offers an exciting competitive opportunity for Hong Kong’s premier junior golfers. We look forward to welcoming the region’s top junior players in August,” he added.
“Since the inception of the Mitsubishi Corporation Cup in 2015, the tournament has gone from strength to strength and become a sought after opportunity for Asia’s top young golfers to test their mettle in an exciting competitive format,” said Mr Kyungjae Lee, General Secretary of the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation.
“We look forward to bringing the Mitsubishi Cup to Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Golf Club for the first time this summer and are confident that our partners, the Hong Kong Golf Association, will deliver another premier competition,” added Mr Lee.
The tournament field draws the top juniors from across the 45 member regional confederation and follows the Youth Olympic Games format, pairing a single male and female player in each team.
During the first round, teams play four-ball; in the second round - a foursome; and in the final round, the boys and girls play individually (stroke play).
Players who are 17 years or under as of 30 August are eligible and each APGC member can enter a maximum of two teams, with the exception of the hosts, who are allowed to enter three teams.
The leading individual male player (in round three’s individual play competition) will be invited to take part in the Asia-Pacific Open Golf Championship Diamond Cup 2017, which will be held in Japan in September.
The leading individual female player (in round three’s stroke play) will be invited to take part in the 2018 Korea Women's Open in June 2018.
Last year’s tournament in Chinese Taipei drew entries from 18 APGC members, as well as an invited team from the European Golf Association.
Hong Kong was represented by male athletes Kevin Wu Sho-wai, who finished tied fourth in the 2016 Hong Kong Men Close Amateur championship, and Yue Ho-yin, who finished seventh in the Amateur Championship last year.
The ladies entries were Queenie Lai Ying-tung, third placed finisher in the 2016 Hong Kong Junior Close Championship (girls aged 15-17) and 13-year old Xin Yi-wang, winner of the 2016 Infinite Junior Golf Tour.
The pairing of Lai and Yue finished T16th overall while Xin and Wu finished 21st amongst the 35 participating teams.
“Hong Kong’s junior golfing scene is growing in both strength and numbers,” said Mr Danny Lai, Chief Executive Officer of the Hong Kong Golf Association.
“Hosting the APGC Junior championship will provide an excellent competitive opportunity for Hong Kong’s elite junior golfers to test their mettle against some of the best talent from across the region,” Lai added.