Rising Aussie star “stoked” over title sponsor EFG’s invite as she looks forward to pro debut
EFG Bank has confirmed one of Australia’s leading amateurs, Rebecca Kay, as its sponsor invite for the 2019 EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open.
The 20-year-old from the Gold Coast will follow in the footsteps of Singapore’s Koh Sock-hwee and Malaysian Winnie Ng, whose careers benefited from invitations in 2017 and 2018 respectively, gaining invaluable competitive experience ahead of joining the professional ranks later this year.
Kay, who first represented Australia as a 13-year-old, will compete against a record 123-player field headlined by LPGA Tour member and EFG Global Sport Ambassador Tiffany Chan Tsz-ching.
Chan, the pride of Hong Kong has been supported by EFG Bank for over a decade, first through the bank’s sponsorship of the Hong Kong Golf Association Junior Programme, and then as one of the first beneficiaries of the EFG Young Athletes Foundation. She became an EFG Global Sport Ambassador when she turned professional in May 2017.
Kay will look to turn professional in the coming months following a decorated amateur career highlighted by a T6 finish at the World Amateur Championships last year in Ireland. Just like Tiffany two years ago, she will attempt to reach the gold standard of women’s golf, the LPGA tour, at Q-School in the US in the autumn.
The rising star, who led after round one of the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific in Japan, is relishing the opportunity to compete against seasoned professionals in Hong Kong, and looks forward to meeting Tiffany for the first time.
“I couldn’t be happier when I first learned about this wonderful opportunity to play at the EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open and must thank EFG for this generous invitation.
“It feels awesome to know that the effort I have put in is being recognised internationally, and I am stoked and humbled to be given this chance by EFG when there are so many talented players they could have offered the invite to. I played the Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling once before when I competed for Australia at the Queen Sirikit Cup in 2015, and cannot wait to return to play with Tiffany and some of the best golfers in the region,” said Kay.
Mr. Albert Chiu, Executive Chairman, EFG Bank, Asia Pacific, commented:
“We are delighted to offer our 2019 EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open sponsor invite to Rebecca Kay. EFG has been a passionate supporter of golf for over a decade, especially in the development and support of young and talented local players, giving them every opportunity to reach their full potential with the hope that one day they will do their hometowns proud, just like what Tiffany has done for Hong Kong.”
“Rebecca’s achievements on and off the course over the past few years have caught our attention, and we see similarities between her career path and Tiffany’s. We hope the experience she will gain at the EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open will put her in good stead to achieving her goals as a professional.”
In addition to Tiffany Chan, the high-quality field also includes Thai stars Parinda Phokan, 2017 champion Supamas Sanchan, and Renuka Suksukont. Liu Wen-bo and Liu Yi-yi will spearhead China’s challenge, while the LPGA of Taiwan will once again be fielding a strong contingent, led by Chen Yu-ju and Kuo Ai-chen. 15-year-old Chloe Chan Cheuk-yee, a scholar of the EFG Young Athletes Foundation, will be among eight home-grown talents flying the flag for Hong Kong this year.
The EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open tees off on Hong Kong Golf Club’s Old Course in Fanling from 10th to 12th May. EFG Bank has been the title sponsor of this prestigious and popular event since 2017, which is sanctioned by the China LPGA Tour, Taiwan LPGA and Ladies Asian Golf Tour, and supported by the Hong Kong Professional Golfers’ Association and Hong Kong Golf Association. Inaugurated in 2015, the EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open is the only golf tournament in Hong Kong in which players can earn Rolex World Ranking points.