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Chinese rising star wins place at US Women's Open

By Chen Xiangfeng (China Daily) Updated: 2015-05-18 07:27

Shi Yuting, one of China's most promising young female golfers, has booked herself a ticket to this summer's US Women's Open when the Beijing teenager won the lone spot available at a China sectional qualifier for the oldest major in women's golf.

Playing against a field of 21 China LPGA Tour regulars and top amateurs at the CGA Nanshan International Training Center Garden Course in Shandong last week, the 17-year-old national team player carded rounds of 74 and 71 for a one-over 145 score and a one-shot victory.

South Korean Jang So-young (78-68) was runner-up, while Chinese Taipei's Cheng Su-chia (73-74) was two shots behind Shi's winning mark at the one-day qualifier.

With a strong wind blowing across the 6,193-yard layout in northeast China, Shi took advantage of the calmer conditions of the afternoon to close with a workmanlike round that included two birdies and lone-bogey.

Chinese rising star wins place at US Women's Open

Her appearance at the 70th US Women's Open on July 9-12 at Pennsylvania's Lancaster Country Club will be her second at the tournament after qualifying last year as an amateur.

"Now I have played that event I found out I really enjoyed it, which made me more eager to play again. Today I am proud that I did it. I'm excited now," said Shi, who turned pro in October.

"I made a triple bogey at the second hole in the morning (round) and lost the lead but I didn't give up. Last year, I won it in the afternoon. My advantage is stamina, endurance. I believe I can do it, so I just tried my best to play solid in the afternoon."

After missing the cut at last year's US Women's Open by nine strokes when she shot 80-79 on the famed Pinehurt No 2 layout, Shi said she was confident she could produce a better result this year.

"Last year I felt pressure and just went blank on the first tee in the US Women's Open. But that was just nerves. I believe I can now play with a calm mind this year and get a better finish."

The China qualifier is one of four international qualifiers being played around the world, in addition to 21 events being held in the United States.

(China Daily 05/18/2015 page21)

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