Master Class

 Tiffany Chan romps to victory at the Ladies Close Amateur Championship 2010

Despite having been HongKong's most consistent female golfer in recent years, Tiffany Chan had never scooped the top prize in local ladies’ golf. That all changed however, thanks to a near flawless display over the scenic links at Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club.

Quite frankly, the 16-year-old Diocesan Girls’ School student, who had Hong Kong international Steven Lam Tsz-fung caddie for her on the final day, was in a class of her own as she tacked on two sub-par rounds to an opening 72 to win the coveted title by a mammoth 14 strokes. Chan, who has won numerous junior titles at both home and abroad in recent times, carded an impressive six birdies in a two- under-par final round of 68 to seal victory over reigning champion Stephanie Ho in second place. Ever-improving Mimi Ho, who would go on to win the MacGregor Hong Kong Junior Close Championship over the same layout just three weeks later, placed third, a further two strokes adrift.

“I’m very happy I finally won it,” beamed Chan, who has come close in the past two editions of the tournament. “All parts of my game were solid and thanks to Steven, who helped me read the greens, I putted much better on the final day. It’s been a very fun week.”

Three solid rounds gave Franziska Hu top honours in the Mid Amateur division. Her three-day total of 238 was 12 strokes better than Sunny Kang who placed second. Ruby Yim claimed third spot on countback from Jane Lo.

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