Former @GW_Golf Standouts Continue to Shine Overseas

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Former GW golfers Martin Liu ('12) and Javier Ballesteros both excelled on the course over the past week.

Liu won the Hong Kong Amateur on Sunday, Feb. 2 to qualify for his native nation's Hong Kong Open, an annual stop of the professional European Tour.

Liu, who helped GW capture its first-ever Atlantic 10 Championship as a senior in 2012, won the event by three shots with a 1-over-par 281 total, carding a 1-over 71 in the final round and hoisting the hardware while proudly sporting a GW polo.

Via Hong Kong Golfer: "I really can't describe it," said Hong Kong Golf Club member Liu, a graduate of George Washington University. "I was just trying to focus on my own game and get myself in a position to win ... I had no idea I had done it until the final putt dropped."

Also last weekend, Ballesteros finished in a tie for 95th with a two-round, 1-over 145 (74-71) at the European Tour's Dubai Desert Classic in the United Arab Emirates.  Ballesteros was amongst a 132-player field that also consisted of World No. 1 Tiger Woods, Europe's top-ranked golfer Henrik Stenson and European sensation Rory McIlroy.

Ballesteros was one of two amateurs competing, having received an invitation to the event in memory and honor of his late father Seve, the European golfing legend and five-time major champion who counted the 1992 Dubai Desert Classic among his 90 international tournament titles.  Javier played one season at GW in 2008-09 before returning to Spain to be with his ailing father.

From "I really appreciate their gesture and congratulate them on behalf of my family on the 25th anniversary of the event," said Javier, who won the amateur Madrid Open last year.

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