Sibling rivalry: Leung sisters from Hong Kong reunite on the SFU Golf team
By Justin Wong
Three years ago, the Leung sisters’ put their rivalry on hold. A 12-hour flight and 10,241 kilometers from Hong Kong to Vancouver separated third-year SFU business student Emily Leung from her younger sister Estee, a first-year SFU science student.
The rivalry continues this fall when Estee joins Emily on the SFU women’s golf team.
“Growing up we would always compete with each other on the golf course,” says Emily, who is entering her third season with the program. “We are both competitive, but we have always worked together to help each other improve by giving each other pointers on each other’s game.”
The Leung sisters developed a passion for golf when they each turned three years old. That’s when their father, a golf instructor back home in Hong Kong, introduced them to the game. He continues to help his daughters refine their golf skills.
“I admire Emily’s patient approach to the game,” says Estee, who is entering her first season with the program. “She is always someone I can count on to talk course strategy with. We lean on each other for support when things get tough.”
The Leung sisters chose SFU because they wanted to play against the best competition in Canada while earning degrees that would help prepare them for careers after competitive golf.
“SFU golf is the only Canadian National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) division II program,” says Emily. “SFU is the best comprehensive university in Canada, which was a huge draw for us too. We would love to one day play professional golf, but we know the Ladies Professional Golf Association is a hard league to get into.”
Last season, the Clan won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) championship for the second straight year. They also set a GNAC course record with 617 total team strokes, breaking the 616-stroke record they set the previous year.
The women’s team made their first NCAA post-season appearance in program history during the 2017 season, finishing in ninth place at the NCAA Division II West Super Regional.
Says Emily, “We hope to help raise the profile of the SFU golf program by performing well at tournaments, so that we can help the team continue to set records.”