Date: October 04, 2015
Author: Tom Fee in Hong Kong

Asia-Pacific called after 54

Jin Cheng of China is the winner of the 2015 Asia-Pacific Amateur after severe weather conditions resulted in the fourth round being cancelled.

With Hong Kong under a Tropical Cyclone No.3 alert, play commenced at 6:40am but was suspended just over an hour later as heavy winds and rains lashed the Clearwater Bay Peninsula.

With six players in the top 20, and two just a shot back of the winner, the Australian contingent was clearly devastated that play could not commence after it was called off at 7:41am, after just an hour of play.

Runner-ups Ryan Ruffels of Victoria and Cameron Davis of NSW will recieve an entry into the Thailand Golf Championship, which plays a part of The Open qualifing series.

The Australian team was consoled in a private meeting with organisers that included members from the R&A, Augusta National and the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation.

Golf Australia Chairman John Hopkins was the rules rover on the back nine this morning, and summed up the situation.

“The winds were gusting well over 35, up to 45 miles per hour (56 to 70km/h),” said Hopkins while talking under cover near the 18th green.

“This was accompanied by very heavy showers of rain, in fact, most of the fairways were flooded.

“The greens were holding up ok, but the players buggies were being blown over and the players weren’t even able to stand on some of the tees or on the greens, so it really was quite unplayable.”