Local hopefuls play for slots in UBS Hong Kong Open
will be made on Monday, November 6 when 31 Hong Kong golfers tee
it up in the first ever UBS Hong Kong Open qualifying tournament.
The local hopefuls will play the Old Course at the Hong Kong Golf
Club in Fanling in a straightforward 18-hole shootout for five slots
in the main draw of the US$2 million showpiece.
It will be a historic moment and the first step in making
the UBS Hong Kong Open truly open, said Iain Valentine,
chief executive of the Hong Kong Golf Association.
The UBS Hong Kong Open has a rich heritage and has grown into
one of the most prestigious tournaments in Asia, so it is only natural
that more and more players wish to take part.
With this in mind, we have implemented this first qualifying
tournament to give local players the chance to shine on the big
In future years, we expect the qualifying tournament to be
opened up to overseas players so that any golfer, whether from Hong
Kong or abroad, will have the chance to play in the UBS Hong Kong
Mondays qualifying field will comprise 18 members of the Hong
Kong Professional Golfers Association and 13 amateurs exempted by
Those who make it through to the main draw will face a stellar line-up
that includes defending champion Colin Montgomerie, Major winners
Retief Goosen and Michael Campbell, four-time PGA Tour winner KJ
Choi, Asian Tour's UBS Order of Merit leader Jeev Milkha Singh and
Chinese No.1 Liang Wen-chong.
The 48th UBS Hong Kong Open will take place on the Championship
Course at the Hong Kong Golf Club on November 16-19.
Mondays qualifying event is being run in conjunction with
the Hong Kong leg of the Faldo Series Asia also sponsored
by UBS meaning some of the young amateurs taking part will
have their scores counting towards both tournaments.
The Faldo competition will see dozens of Hong Kong amateurs aged
under 21 competing for six slots four for men, two for women
in the Faldo Series Asia grand final at Mission Hills Golf
Club in Shenzhen, China, in February next year.
The man behind the Series, six-time Major winner Nick Faldo, welcomed
the fact that the Hong Kong leg was being staged alongside the UBS
Hong Kong Open qualifying tournament.
The Faldo Series Asia aims to provide competitors with a combination
of tournament experience and golfing education, he said.
The fact that the players will be competing against professionals
and leading amateurs alike will be an invaluable education in itself,
let alone if they earn a place in the UBS Hong Kong Open.
I am grateful to UBS and the Hong Kong Golf Association for
their role in making this happen and look forward to meeting the
winners at the Faldo Series Asia grand final.
November 3, 2006