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Tour Insider: Oliver Wilson discusses modern chipping techniques THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE HONG KONG GOLF ASSOCIATION VOTED THE REGION’S NO 1 GOLF MAGAZINE HKGOLFER.COM FEB/MARCH 2016 ISSUE 109 $50 + MEMPHIS TRAVEL AUSTRALIAN CLAIMS THRILLING AGEAS HKPGA CHAMPIONSHIP PLUS: HK LADIES OPEN AMATEUR CHAMPS IN REVIEW SCOTT RAISES THE BARR DISPLAY UNTIL 15 APR

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R ET I E F G O O SE N ON T H E N IC HOL L S SPI NA L With two US Open titles and 34 professional wins, Retief Goosen has guaranteed his place as one of the greats of the game. Here, though, he talks about another passion of his… As a pro-golfer my career depends on my health. In 2012, when I started experiencing back pain, it got so bad at one point I thought my career might be over. Luckily, I had a disc problem that was fixable with surgery. I received that surgery and returned to the game feeling 20 years younger. Injury is a part of life for most sportspeople. But what if there had been no surgery? No treatment? A big part of my life would have been over. I was lucky that time. I learned about the devastating realities of spinal cord injury through my friend David Nicholls. His son Daniel was injured while swimming on Bondi Beach. At 18, he lost virtually all feeling, function and movement below his neck. And there is no cure for that. For an athlete, sportsperson or any individual, being injured and having to go through rehabilitation with no chance of recovery is life altering. It can take away your career chances, your physical independence, and it’s a huge psychological and financial challenge too. I’m a father and I can understand why David could not give up hope that Daniel might one day be cured of paralysis. He set up the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation (nsif) to fund research into developing a treatment. I am honoured to be a patron of nsif and it has realised some amazing achievements. The work nsif funds has made a breakthrough that has opened the door to a cure for paralysis.

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W H Y H E SU PP ORT S I N J U RY F OU N DAT ION With just a small team behind the charity, it relies on supporters like myself to spread the word. With the support of HK Golfer, I’m trying to raise global awareness about the incredible work they are funding. You can find all the information regarding their research on their website www.nsif.org.uk/breakthrough. I’ve been fortunate in my life: pursuing a sport I love, competing and winning in major tournaments, and just recently alongside my golfing career, I now own and help run a fine wine company, Goose Wines (www.thegoosewines.com). However, as readers of this magazine will know, the greatest pleasure from good fortune is being able to share it. Funding medical research to develop a cure for spinal injury is an initiative I am proud to support. The Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation’s aim is clear and simple: to create a world where spinal cord injuries can be fixed; where no one will ever hear the news that they are permanently paralysed from a spinal injury. What’s more, nsif has already made real progress and is on an extraordinary path. If you’re reading this, you could have the opportunity to make a difference – to contribute towards medical history. The potential benefits of doing so are immeasurable. This research could help people currently suffering from spinal cord injury, but it could also improve the lives of millions of people who will become paralysed in future. With your help, and the work of the pioneering scientists nsif funds, one day, people who suffer a spinal cord injury will hopefully know they have been given a setback in life – not a sentence. If you are interested in the benefits of supporting nsif through personal or corporate philanthropy, please contact mike@nsif.org.uk www.nsif.org.uk

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| CONTENTS HK Golfer Issue 109 February 2016 42 On the Cover: Scott Barr claimed his maiden Ageas HKPGA Championship title in dramatic style last month after a final-day duel with compatriot Unho Park Photo by AFP Features 34 | Tales from the Box Our European Tour commentator writes about Europe’s thrashing of Asia at last month’s EurAsia Cup, which was held in Malaysia. By Julian Tutt Plus… 24 | In Focus A pictorial review of the last 30 days – locally and globally. By The Editors 36 | By Design 29 | Tee Time HK Golfer’s award-winning architecture editor discusses the beauty and fun of the short par-3 hole. By Paul Jansen A look at the latest offerings from Audemars Piguet. By The Editors 38 | Tour Insider 32 | Money Matters This former Ryder Cup player explains the modern chipping technique and how to make the best use of your short game practice time. By Oliver Wilson The team from Saxo Capital Markets take a look at what the remainder of 2016 has in store. By The Editors 72 | Property Special 42 | Cover Story The 2016 Ageas HKPGA Championship, which was held last month, proved to be one of the most exciting in recent history. By Alex Jenkins The founder of UK property experts Complete RPI discusses the state of the British property market. By Rupert Smith 74 | Crossword 54 | Princess Crowned the Champion Princess Mary Superal of the Philippines put in a sublime final-round performance to take the Hong Kong Ladies Open Amateur title at Fanling last month. By Alex Jenkins Daniel Wong This issue: What’s in a (nick)name? By Dr Milton Wayne 76 | Final Shot 62 | Walking in Memphis With Mark Gailey, Deep Water Bay Manager at Hong Kong Golf Club. Interview by Alex Jenkins 54 12 HK GOLFER・FEB/MAR 2016 A report on the on- and off-course attractions of “The Home of the Blues” – which combine for one of the most memorable trips the United States has to offer. By Charles McLaughlin 18 | Divots News and views from the golfing world. By The Editors HKGOLFER.COM

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HK Golfer Editor: Alex Jenkins email: alex.jenkins@hkgolfer.com Editorial Assistant: Cindy Kwok Senior Editor: Roy Kinnear Photo Editor: Daniel Wong Contributing Editors: Lewine Mair, Robert Lynam, Evan Rast, Ben Oliver, Julian Tutt, Lucy Jenkins Published by: THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE HONG KONG GOLF ASSOCIATION FEB/MARCH 2016 • Issue 109 TIMES INTERNATIONAL CREATION Times International Creation Limited 10A Lockhart Centre 301-307 Lockhart Road Hong Kong Phone: +852 3590-4153 Fax: +852 3590-4533 Publisher: Charles McLaughlin Art Director: Derek Hannah Assistant Designer: Mimi Cheng Office Manager: Moira Moran 62 D E PA R T M E N T S 16 Mailbag 18 Divots 24 Local Focus 27 Clubhouse 48 Around the HKGA 50 Local News In association with: www.thymedesign.hk Advertising: For advertising information, please contact: ads@hkgolfer.com For purchasing information contact: sales@hkgolfer.com For subscription information contact: subs@hkgolfer.com Hong Kong Golf Association Suite 2003, Olympic House 1 Stadium Path, So Kon Po Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Phone (General): +852 2504-8659 Fax: +852 2845-1553 Phone (Handicaps): +852 2504-8197 Fax: +852 2504-8198 Email: info@hkga.com handicaps@hkga.com Courtesy of Mirimichi HK GOLFER is published by Times International Creation, 10A Lockhart Centre, 301-307 Lockhart Road, Hong Kong. HK GOLFER is published monthly © 2016 by Times International Creation. Published in Hong Kong. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is strictly prohibited. PRINTED IN HONG KONG. 14 HK GOLFER・FEB/MAR 2016 HKGOLFER.COM

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