When 14-year-old Tiffany Chan made her debut in the Espirito Santo Trophy at Adelaide’s Grange Golf Club in 2008 she could scarcely have imagined that eight years later she would cap a remarkable fifth appearance in the prestigious team event.
The 15th ranked player in the World Amateur Golf RankingTM is proudly representing Hong Kong, China in the 27th staging of the event this week at Mayakoba El Camaleon Golf Club and Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club on the Riviera Maya on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
Chan, who has just turned 23, is in no doubt about the importance of the WWATC to here rapidly flourishing career in golf.
“It means a lot to me and this is my fifth time already. It’s always the biggest amateur event in the world especially for a team championship and I have been lucky enough to get picked every time for Hong Kong so every time I can get away from school I try to be here.
“I really enjoy playing with all the different countries. We normally play in Asia with the Asia-Pacific countries so it is only once or twice a year that you can see 55 countries in the world. It means a lot to all the players that represent their own country.”
Chan won back-to-back NJCAA individual national titles playing for Daytona (Fla.) State College before transferring to the University of Southern California, where she earned All-America honours as a junior last season.
Fresh from competing in the Olympics in Rio, Chan now has her eyes set on the professional game and admits with a little sadness that this may be her last appearance in the WWATC.
“Every time I learn something new so it is good way to prepare if I turn pro in the future,” she added. “I’m in my final year of college so it may be my last time playing this one. It’s always the best tournament. I really love it and try to enjoy the moment every time I come.”