The first of four 2017 Volvo China Open Qualifying events will take place this week over the New Course at the historic Hong Kong Golf Club at Fanling.

The event will be held on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th following a practice round on Wednesday.

The three leading players at the conclusion of play on Friday will win a place in the RMB 20 million Volvo China Open, which will take place at Topwin Golf and Country Club in Beijing at the end of April.

Despite its name, the New Course opened for play in 1931, and during the past 86 years it has been the venue for numerous international amateur events. Eight of the holes are also used in a composite course for the annual Hong Kong Open championship.

It is one of three 18-hole courses at Fanling – the other two being the Eden Course and the Old Course, which opened for play in 1911.

The 6,536-yard par-70 New Course will be a good test for the 60 players competing this week, with slick greens and fast-running fairways.

The main challenge for the players this week will be club selection, as hitting the ball to the right part of the green is essential,” said Dean Nelson, Director of Golf at the Fanling club. “Short siding themselves will make birdies difficult and bogey’s possible.

Nelson added that the golf course is currently in very good condition with a major club event just weeks away.

Managing the locations for tees and greens are keys to ensuring the best possible conditions are met for the players,” he said. “The Club Championships are around the corner so the course is in great shape at this time of year.”

With three qualifying spots available, Nelson said that there is a good opportunity for a homegrown player to win through to Beijing.

There are 10 Hong Kong players in the draw this week, including amateur Leon D’Souza, who recently set a course record of 61 on the New Course en-route to winning the Hong Kong Close Amateur, so I will not be surprised to see a Hong Kong player get through,” said Nelson. 

Also in this week’s field is Asian Tour Regular Scott Barr and Chinese Taipei amateur player Lawrence Ting, who won the international qualifier at Palm Island Golf Club in Guangdong two years ago.

The 23rd staging of the Volvo China Open takes place from April 27th-30th at Topwin Golf and Country Club, Beijing. Volvo was the first western brand to engage with golf in China in 1995, and this will be Volvo’s 86th tournament on the European Tour. The prize fund is RMB 20 million. The tournament is organized by the China Golf Association, and is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and OneAsia.





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