EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open
In 2015, the Club hosted the inaugural Hong Kong Ladies Open.
The first world-class ladies professional open tournament to have ever been staged in the Hong Kong SAR, the Hong Kong Ladies Open, which is today sponsored by EFG Bank Hong Kong, featured 108 players drawn from countries across the Asia to compete for the US$120,000 prize purse in addition to important Rolex Women’s World Rankings points.
Initiated by the Club and sanctioned by the Ladies Asian Golf Tour and the Taiwan Ladies Professional Golf Association, this groundbreaking event was held over the territory’s first 18-hole layout, the venerable Old Course, between 5-7 June, 2015.
A most welcome addition to Hong Kong’s international sporting calendar, the inaugural event was won in fine style by Korea’s Lee Jeong-hwa, who finished with a three-under-total. In a collective performance that proved how much the strength of local women’s golf has grown in recent times, all six Hong Kong amateurs in the field made the cut.
“The Old Course is a great golf course, and not at all easy with the narrow fairways and small greens,” said Lee, the champion. “The history of this Club is there for all to see. I will always remember this victory. ”
Mr. Tsang Tak-sing, the then Secretary for Home Affairs, who presented Lee with the championship trophy at the prize presentation ceremony, was full of praise for the tournament. “It is the mission of the Home Affairs Bureau of the Hong Kong SAR to promote a sporting culture, and we are always delighted to support the hosting of major sports events. The tournament over the past few days has provided a valuable opportunity for top golfers to show their skills at this historic and magnificent golf course … I thank The Hong Kong Golf Club for bringing this excellent addition to our events calendar.”
The 2016 edition of the Hong Kong Ladies Open, which saw prize money raised to US$150,000, proved to be one of the most memorable events in local golfing history, with local amateur champion Tiffany Chan beating a top field of professionals to claim the title in dramatic fashion. The victory set her up for qualification into the Rio Olympics, where she performed with distinction against a top-quality field.
The 2017 EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open was won Thailand’s Supamas Sangchan, who finished with a record 10-under-par total to take home the US$22,500 winner’s prize.