Down to the Wire

This year's edition of the Hong Kong Junior Close Championship, sponsored for the first time by le coq sportif, was one of the most closely fought in history

Justin Lok and Isabella Leung were the big winners at the rain-affected le coq sportif Hong Kong Junior Close Championship, which took place at Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club early last month.

Lok, 14, defeated Michael Regan Wong on the first hole of a play-off after the pair tied at 152 (12-over-par) to win the boys' division. Playing the tough par-5 18th in sudden death, Lok's regulation par was good enough to claim victory in a closely fought event that saw five other players finish within two shots of the winning total.

In the girls' category, University of Hawaii-bound Isabella Leung overcame the in-form Michelle Cheung, who made the cut at the World Ladies Championship at Mission Hills in May, to claim her maiden Junior Close title by two shots. Mimi Ho, a former winner of this event, placed third, a further two strokes adrift.

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