Richardson romps to Hong Kong victory
Edward Richardson (Hemsted Forest, Kent), a former England international, secured a place in next month's UBS Hong Kong Open on the European Tour when he won the Hong Kong Open Amateur Championship at Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club.
The 44 year old from Kent, carded a fine 65 in the third round and closed with 68 to ease to comprehensive 14-stroke victory over Chinese Taipei's Liu Yu Jui, with Hong Kong's Shinichi Mizuno a shot further back in third place.
“It all came together over the past couple of days after I started the tournament pretty badly," said Richardson, who finished second in the championship in 2007. "The aim today was not to make any mistakes and give anyone else a chance, which I was able to do. It's great to win on such a great golf course."
Richardson was forced to stop playing for two and a half years after being diagnosed with myelofibrosis, a rare blood disorder, in 2008. But having successfully overcome the disease, the former West of England stroke play champion and Kent county champion, is focused on making the most of his undoubted talent.
"I got very lucky and now I'm clean I'm able to enjoy my golf again," he said. "The allure of playing in the Hong Kong Amateur is the chance of getting into a European Tour event, which is something I've never done before. I'm really looking forward to the experience."
Richardson was a full England international in 2005 and 2006, reached the British Mid Amateur quarter finals in the following year and was a member of the England team in the European Nations Championship in 2008 when he also reached the last eight of the Spanish Amateur Championship.
The Hong Kong victory tops a highly successful 2012 for the Kent man. This season, he has enjoyed a string of top ten finishes including runner-up in the Midland Open Championship and third place in the Lagonda and Waterford Trophies, which saw him finish third on the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Men’s Order of Merit.
He has also be included in the England ‘A’ training squad for the winter and 2013.
In equal fourth place was Alastair Hall from Suffolk after a closing 74 for 298.
Leading final scores:
281 - E Richardson (Eng) 73 75 65 68
295 - Liu Yu Jui (Chinese Taipei) 73 73 72 77
296 - S Mizuno (HK) 73 74 73 76
298 - A Hall (Eng) 68 76 80 74, V Chandra (Fiji) 71 75 74 78