EDWARD RICHARDSON,a former England cap, secured a place in the 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 a 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.
Richardson was forced to stop playing for two-and-a-half years after being diagnosed with a rare blood disorder in 2008. But having overcome the disease, the former West of England Strokeplay 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.”
Richardson was a full England international in 2005 and 2006, reached the British Mid Amateur quarter finals in 2007, 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 had several top ten finishes, including
second place in the Midland Open Championship and third 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 been included in the England ‘A’ training squad for 2013.