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Guan Tianlang, the Chinese golf prodigy, coached the local kids in Fanling venue of Hong Kong Golf Club (HKGC): a world-class sport facility vital to promoting golfing in Hong Kong (HK)

Guan Tianlang is the Chinese golf prodigy who competed his first European Tour Event at the age 13. Having qualified for this year’s Masters Tournament by winning the 2012 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, Guan took the golfing world by storm at Augusta National when he became the youngest player in history to make the cut in a Major Championship. He took time out from his busy preparations for the 55th Hong Kong Open, the oldest and most prestigious sport event in the city, to conduct a junior golf clinic today at Fanling golf courses, the home of the Hong Kong Open.
Today, Guan inspired 24 students aged between 12 and 16; from 4 local schools by demonstrating his talented skills and coaching them. Being a golf prodigy himself, Guan knows very well how to inspire kids and help them overcome challenges in the process of learning. Students were by captivated his professionalism and precision, and were motivated to learn more about golfing.
To enable kids to have a first contact with golf under the guidance of golf professionals, the clinic; was arranged by the Hong Kong Golf Club. It formed an important part of the community outreach programme of the Hong Kong Open, which will take place from 5 to 8 December 2013.
It has become a tradition of the Hong Kong Open to invite a promising young golf star to meet with and inspire local kids. This year, we are privileged to have Guan perpetuating the tradition by meeting and coaching local kids before the Hong Kong Open.
Guan finds that it is essential to maintain a high quality golf course in the city for talented Hong Kong kids to be trained as golf professionals. “As long as they are provided with practicing golf courses, coached by high quality golfing professionals, and put in enough time for the sport, Hong Kong kids have the potential to become golf professionals too,” said Guan.
Guan feels excited to play in this reputable tournament for the first time at Fanling golf courses, which is one of the oldest golf courses in Greater China region.
“The Fanling golf courses are of world-class standards. The trees have added to the great scenery as well as provided golfers with challenges to make the game all the more fascinating,” Guan added.
Beginning in 1959, the Hong Kong Open became part of the European Tour International Schedule in the 2002 season. This international event promotes the image of Hong Kong as an international city with world-class golfing facilities, attracting overseas viewers and making it possible for talented Hong Kong and Chinese golfers to match skills with some of the best in the world.


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