​​​​​​Doug Williams wins Seniors Amateur Open for the Fourth Year in a Row 2016-11-15

Doug Williams of Hong Kong (center) receives the 2016 Hong Kong Seniors Open Amateur Championship trophy from Nishi Yoshihiro, Vice President of HKGA (left) and Peter Larko, Head of Marketing Communications and PR for Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong (right) (photo: HK Golfer)

14 November 2016: Fanling member Doug Williams continued his remarkable winning ways with a hard-fought victory at the Hong Kong Seniors Amateur Open Championship. 

The American-born Williams defended his title by winning by one shot over fellow Fanling member Joe Pethes, winner of Over 70 age group. Pethes carded a final round 70 on the Par-71 Old Course, becoming the only player be able to finish under par in the final round. 

"I’m delighted to win after such a tough day out there,” said Williams, “it’s always a struggle and somehow - I don’t know how I did it - but I managed to do it. And I was fortunate to play with two gentlemen, two fantastic players today.” Williams closed with a lackluster 77 on a three-round total of 223, ten-over-par. 

Playing partner Tomas Manotoc from the Philippines ended with 75 to finish third overall and win the 65-69 age group. Trailing overnight leader Williams by two shots, British Andrew Atkinson carded a final round 78 to finish fourth overall on a total of 226. Fanling member Isamu Takemoto and former HKGC captain John Ball tied as winners of the 60-64 age group on a total of 231. In total, 93 players started the tournament including 44 overseas players from 13 countries.

Leading final scores: 
223 – Doug Williams (HKG) 74 72 77;
224 – Joseph Pethes (HKG) 76 78 70; 
225 – Tomas Manotoc (PHI) 76 74 75;
226 – Andrew Atkinson (UK) 73 75 78; 
231 – Isamu Takemoto (HKG) 79 75 77;
231 – John Ball (HKG) 76 76 79;
232 – Oh Jung Sun (HKG) 79 78 75; 
232 – Douglas Ooi (SG) 78 76 78; 
232 – Akiyoshi Kubota (HKG) 78 76 78;
232 – Chu Koon Ching (HKG) 72 80 80.