Former Beauty Queen Toying With the Idea of Setting Up a New Golf Tour in Hong Kong
However, winning the Macau Ladies Open title is not top on her wish list. Olivia is currently toying with the idea starting a new Tour, which she hopes to name Hong Kong Ladies Professional Golf Tour. A firm decision on this is yet to be made, but Olivia is doing her homework and work out a smart formula to see if it is a viable move.
She hopes to finalise all details and perhaps make a formal announcement some time middle this year if all things work out well.
Olivia, who won the Miss Hong Kong title in 1979, is the president and the founder of Chinese Lady Golfers Association that she established in 1993. It has around 500 members including junior boys and girls.
"We also have associate members from mainland China," Olivia told LAGT Media in an interview at the ongoing Macau Ladies Open where she's one of the participants.
The idea according to Olivia is to provide more tournaments for lady professional golfers in Hong Kong. "So I thought it would be a wise idea if I establish a professional Tour to help our lady professional players," she said.
"If my plans materialize then we are thinking of having at least six events per calendar year mainly for Hong Kong golfers to hone their skills though a competitive avenue. The other purpose is to establish a ranking list to identify players for purposes of multi-sport events like the Asian Games and so forth," said Olivia.
According to Olivia, a lot of their members are turning professional but find that there is a dearth of professional golf competitions in Hong Kong for the ladies to enrich their playing skills.
She said: " Primarily, our aim is to have a base golf club to support our activities and hold our proposed tournaments. I've met up with the proprietor of Discovery Bay Mr. Victor Cha and suggested that our activities and development programmes be based at Discovery Bay Golf Club. He was very receptive to our suggestions but gave no firm commitment yet."
Olivia, who has her businessman husband Jeffrey Yu carrying for her in the ongoing Macau Ladies Open, said administrative wise the Chinese Lady Golfers Association would not face any problem as they have their own premise.
However, Olivia hopes that what she's working on is not going to be a utopian dream. "Honestly to manage this Tour needs a lot of time and effort and more importantly money. On this note I will make an appeal to Government Administrative Office of Hong Kong to support our actions to not only uplift the standard of the Hong lady professionals but also to boost sports tourism and make Hong Kong a choice destination for hosting golf competitions," she said.
She added that they are also looking at large corporations, private and the business entities to come forward and lend their support by sponsoring the golf tournaments.