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Date: 10/05/2017

Rising Local Talent To Challenge Tiffany Chan Tsz-Ching

Professional Michelle Sun represents the Hong Kong Golf Club
Upcoming amateur talent Mimi Ho Miu-yee
TVB celebrity and all-round athlete Cindy Lee

City’s best ready to showcase the depth of ladies’ golf in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s best young golfing talents will join defending champion Tiffany Chan Tsz-ching at the 2017 EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open, which takes place from 9 to 11 June at the Hong Kong Golf Club’s Old Course, as the local contingent looks to have a home champion for the second year in a row.

Upcoming 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 amongst a strong group of home-grown players to compete in the third edition of the popular tournament, the first and only ladies’ event in Hong Kong in which players can earn Rolex World Ranking points.

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 join Tiffany next month.

Mimi Ho, who finished in a share of 37th place last year, was the third highest finisher from Hong Kong behind Tiffany and Michelle Cheung. The student at California State University, Fresno, has been a Hong Kong National Squad member since 2010, and won the Hong Kong Ladies Close Championship 2016. 

The 21-year-old said:

“I am very much looking forward to returning to the EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open this year. 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 last 12 months and am looking forward to competing well in June.”

Michelle Sun turned professional in 2011 after completing the Hong Kong PGA Training Programme, where she was the Trainee of the Year.

Speaking ahead of her EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open debut, she 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.’

Kitty Tam of San Diego State University finished in a respectable 57th position last year. The 20-year-old has been a Hong Kong National Squad member since 2008, and a winner of the Hong Kong Junior Order of Merit four times.

Vivian Lee, who recently celebrated her 18th birthday, was the champion of the 15-to-17-year-old age group and second in the overall girls’ tournament of the Hong Kong Junior Close Championship in 2016. The New Westminster Secondary School (Canada) student will be playing the EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open for the second time this year. Chloe Chan and Virginie Ding, at 13 and 14 respectively, are the youngest amongst the local challengers at the tournament.

Jannet Sheng Qiu Yan, a professional since 2006, is playing the tournament for the third time. She was the runner up of the 2016 HKPGA Order of Merit.

Albert Chiu, Head of Asia Region of EFG International, said:

“It is very exciting to see such a strong group of young and talented lady golfers representing Hong Kong at this year’s EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open. Tiffany’s success has obviously inspired a lot of young girls to follow her footsteps, and it is very encouraging to see how some of them have progressed from our elite junior program and now beginning to make a name for themselves in the local golfing scene, just like Tiffany. We wish them the best of luck at the Open.”

Arnold Wong, Captain of Hong Kong Golf Club, added:

“The EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open offers a unique opportunity for golf fans in Hong Kong to see some of the best female golfers in the region as well as the top local talents in action. With EFG as title sponsor for the first time, the tournament has been elevated, with a stronger field and an enhanced spectator experience. While Tiffany has done us proud with her achievements over the past year, we must not forget there are a number of other local players who are working hard and looking to emulate Tiffany’s success. We will continue to work with EFG as well as other stakeholders and partners of Hong Kong golf, to ensure our talented youngsters continue to improve, and give them the best possible chance to achieve their full potential. We hope they will be able to enjoy and learn at the EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open.”

Through a three-year title sponsorship agreement, EFG is committed to leverage the EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open platform to help grow golf in Hong Kong and nurture budding talents. The three-day 54-hole championship will be sanctioned by the China LPGA, the LPGA of Taiwan, and the Ladies Asian Golf Tour, and also supported by the Hong Kong Professional Golfers’ Association, and the Hong Kong Golf Association.

The tournament will see over 100 of professional and amateur golfers battle it out for a share of the US$150,000 prize purse. There will be a cut after two rounds, with only the top half of the field competing on the final day.  Entry to the event is free. For further information on the 2017 EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open, please visit www.facebook.com/efghongkongladiesopen/