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Golf: Taiwanese amateur Cheng Ssu-chia, 17, wins LET debut in Xiamen

Cheng Ssu-chia, 17, won the inaugural Xiamen Open as the Taiwanese amateur made a stunning Ladies European Tour debut in China. Photos: Ladies European Tour.

Cheng Ssu-chia, 17, won the inaugural Xiamen Open as the Taiwanese amateur made a stunning Ladies European Tour debut in China. Photos: Ladies European Tour.

November 23, 2014: Taiwanese amateur sensation Cheng Ssu-chia, 17, won the inaugural Xiamen Open on her Ladies European Tour debut by firing a closing 68 in hot, sunny conditions at Orient (Xiamen) Golf and Country Club in China.

 

Cheng made a par on the last hole for a 54-hole total of 10-under-par and a three-stroke victory over French pro Marion Ricordeau, who received the €37,500 winner’s cheque at the CLPGA co-sanctioned event due to the winner’s amateur status.

 

Cheng said she struggled with nerves, but the teenager looked calm and confident throughout the tournament as she collected her fourth win in a pro event, having already won three titles on the Taiwan LPGA Tour.

 

“Actually I was pretty nervous today in my heart, inside myself. For the last part my heart was like, ‘Boom, boom, boom,’ so I tried to stay calm,” Cheng said.

 

It’s the first time I’ve played in a Ladies European Tour tournament so I feel it was a challenge to myself and made me play well. I did not have high expectations entering this week. I thought it would be a great result if I finished in the top 10.”

 

Friends celebrate with Cheng after China LPGA Chairman T.K. Pen presented the champion with a cake.

Friends celebrate with Cheng after China LPGA Chairman T.K. Pen presented the champion with a cake.

Cheng rated her Xiamen Open win as the finest moment of her already successful career, having earned the silver medal at this year’s Youth Olympics in Nanjing and Asian Games in Incheon.

 

The Taiwanese teen became the sixth amateur to win on the Ladies European Tour and the fourth to win on the China LPGA. Cheng follows Lydia Ko, who was the last amateur to win on the LET when she won the ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open in February 2013.

 

“I am excited that I finally won because LET players are very competitive,” Cheng said, who was granted an invitation by Orient Golf and the CLPGA. “So far it’s my largest win. I played great this week.”

 

Having held a three-way share of the lead overnight, Cheng birdied the opener to take the lead, then birdied the third and fourth holes to move three clear. Her only mistake was a three-putt on six, but she held her lead throughout the day, making short birdie putts on nine and 10 before coming in with eight pars.

 

After finishing seven-under following a 69, Ricordeau was also delighted as she recorded her career-best result.

 

“I wasn’t nervous in the first two rounds, but I was today and I didn’t play really good the first nine holes. I didn’t hit it well and my contacts were poor, but something changed on the course when I realised I was on the leaderboard. I thought, ‘There’s a chance you can do something, so do something and go for it!’

 

“I played better on the back nine and holed some putts. I knew I was playing better than the last few months, but I didn’t know China. I’ve never been to China before so I was a little bit worried about this big trip. It worked well so I’m really happy.”

 

Fellow Frenchwoman Alexandra Vilatte and American Beth Allen shared third on six-under, while Chinese teenager Lin Xiyu – winner of the previous week’s Sanya Ladies Open – was a stroke further back and shared fifth with England’s Liz Young and Joanna Klatten of France.

 

Final scores:

206 – Ssu-chia Cheng (TPE) 70 68 68

209 – Marion Ricordeau (FRA) 72 68 69

210 – Alexandra Vilatte (FRA) 70 70 70, Beth Allen (USA) 69 71 70

211 – Liz Young (ENG) 69 71 71, Xi Yu Lin (CHN) 71 70 70, Joanna Klatten (FRA) 72 68 71

212 – Sarah Kemp (AUS) 72 72 68

213 – Tzu Chi Lin (TPE) 74 69 70, Vikki Laing (SCO) 72 67 74

214 – Titiya Plucksataporn (THA) 72 69 73, Charley Hull (ENG) 73 69 72, Maria Hernandez (ESP) 71 72 71, Connie Chen (RSA) 68 70 76, Chloe Leurquin (BEL) 70 68 76, Cassandra Kirkland (FRA) 72 73 69

215 – Wichanee Meechai (THA) 71 76 68, Pamela Pretswell (SCO) 72 72 71, Yu Ting Shi (CHN) 71 73 71, Pei-Yun Chien (TPE) 76 69 70, Sahra Hassan (WAL) 72 74 69, Li Qing Chen (CHN) 70 72 73, Nikki Garrett (AUS) 69 70 76

216 – Meng-Chu Chen (TPE) 71 72 73, Stacy Lee Bregman (RSA) 75 72 69, Lydia Hall (WAL) 75 71 70

217 – Valentine Derrey (FRA) 75 72 70, Pimpadsorn Sangkagaro (THA) 72 73 72, Minea Blomqvist (FIN) 70 70 77, Michelle Koh (MYS) 75 68 74, Becky Brewerton (WAL) 72 75 70

218 – Becky Morgan (WAL) 71 71 76, Malene Jorgensen (DEN) 72 72 74, Florentyna Parker (ENG) 73 72 73, Tiranan Yoopan (THA) 72 70 76, Jade Schaeffer (FRA) 71 70 77, Jienalin Zhang (CHN) 75 69 74, Caroline Martens (NOR) 70 71 77, Ashleigh Simon (RSA) 71 73 74

219 – Aunchisa Utama (THA) 75 71 73, Qi Feng Xiao (CHN) 73 74 72, Rebecca Artis (AUS) 71 70 78, Maha Haddioui (MAR) 76 69 74, Pan Pan Yan (CHN) 72 72 75, Kylie Walker (SCO) 71 73 75, Eleanor Givens (ENG) 74 73 72

220 – Saraporn Chamchoi (THA) 74 70 76, Aretha Pan (MYS) 73 73 74, Rungthiwa Pangjan (THA) 74 75 71, Gwladys Nocera (FRA) 72 75 73

221 – Ann-Kathrin Lindner (GER) 73 73 75, Caroline Afonso (FRA) 75 70 76, Nikki Campbell (AUS) 75 74 72, Noora Tamminen (FIN) 69 77 75, Hong Tian (CHN) 74 73 74, Hannah Burke (ENG) 72 73 76, Whitney Hillier (AUS) 74 73 74

222 – Ursula Wikstrom (FIN) 74 70 78, Kusuma Meechai (THA) 76 71 75, Stephanie Na (AUS) 71 76 75

223 – Louise Larsson (SWE) 74 75 74

224 – Dan Li (CHN) 79 70 75, Holly Aitchison (ENG) 76 73 75, Klara Spilkova (CZE) 72 76 76

228 – Hsuan-Ping Chang (TPE) 77 72 79

229 – Alison Whitaker (AUS) 77 72 80, Mireia Prat (ESP) 73 75 81

 

Source: Ladies European Tour (www.ladieseuropeantour.com); Editing by SportAsia

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