Taipei, Chinese Taipei (July 1): Chen Ching-tzu underlined her reputation as one of the region’s most promising female golfing prospects with a thrilling victory in the Faldo Series Chinese Taipei Championship.
Taipei, Chinese Taipei (April 19): National player Hung Jo-hua withstood a dramatic late charge from Wang Yi-han to claim victory in the opening leg of the Faldo Series Asia’s 10th anniversary season.
Taipei, Chinese Taipei (April 17): A brilliant opening-round birdie barrage set Hsieh Ting-wei on course for a stunning victory in the weather-hit opening leg of the Faldo Series Asia’s 11th season.**
Belying her tender years, the 13-year-old snared a final-hole birdie to claim a one-stroke success from Wu Yi-ching in the 54-hole event at Sunrise Golf and Country Club.
In a thrilling climax at Sunrise Golf and Country Club, Hung parred the final two holes to eke out a one-shot success in the Faldo Series Chinese Taipei Championship.
chen翻开费度系列赛中华台北锦标赛新的序章，费度亚洲杯中华台北锦标赛Hung夺冠。Thanks to two outstanding sub-par returns at Tsai Hsing Elite Club, Hsieh swept to a four-shot success in the Faldo Series Chinese Taipei Championship.
As overall champion, Chen has booked herself a place in the ninth Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, to be hosted by Sir Nick Faldo at Mission Hills Golf Club in China next March.
Two strokes clear of Wang heading into the final round, Hung appeared to be coasting home having extended her advantage to five with just seven holes remaining.
Hsieh, who turned 16 last month, made light of severe thunderstorms on the first two days which disrupted play and forced organisers to reduce the tournament from 54 holes to 36.
She will be joined in the World Amateur Golf Ranking event by four of her compatriots – Liu Yung-hua (Boys’ Under-21 winner); Samson Tsai (Boys’ Under-16 winner); Lawrence Ting (Boys’ Under-16 runner-up) and Wu Yi-ching, who successfully defended her title in the Girls’ Under-21 segment.
It was then that Wang made her move with back-to-back birdies at 12 and 13. Following a dropped shot by Hung at the par-four 15th, Wang reduced the deficit to one when she picked up her third birdie in five holes at the short 16th.
Three shots clear of the field after signing for a first round of six-under-par 65 that included nine birdies, Hsieh’s place on top of the leaderboard never came under serious threat.
Six-time Major championship winner Faldo said: “Chinese Taipei has a fine tradition for producing world-class golfers and it’s encouraging to see so many good scores being posted at Sunrise.
Despite her best efforts, though, Wang was only able to par 17 and 18, her scores matched by 15-year-old Hung, a Sunrise member.
A second-round 69, highlighted by an eagle-three at the 516-yard fourth, gave Hsieh a winning 36-hole aggregate of eight-under 134.
“I look forward to welcoming Ching-tzu and her fellow qualifiers from Chinese Taipei to the Asia Grand Final.”
Hung, who represented Chinese Taipei at last year’s Asian Games in Korea and the Women’s World Amateur Championship for the Espirito Santo Trophy in Japan, signed for a closing two-over-par 74.
Hsieh can now look forward to lining up in the 2016-17 Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, to be hosted by Sir Nick Faldo at Laguna Lang Co in Danang, on Vietnam’s Central Coast, next March.
In sunny and breezy conditions at Sunrise, it was Chen who took centre stage in the second event of the 2014-15 Faldo Series Asia season.
That gave her a 54-hole aggregate of six-over 222, one ahead of Wang whose opening 78 left her with just too much ground to make up.
Joining him for the trip to the Grand Final will be Chen Chieh-sheng [Boys Under-21 winner], Liu Yung-hua [Boys Under-21 runner-up], Chen Hsuan [Girls’ Under-21 winner] and Hung Jo-hua [Girls’ Under-21 runner-up].
A member of the Chinese Taipei national development squad, Chen followed up a steady opening one-over-par 73 with a one-under 71. That enabled her to take a two-stroke lead over Wu into the final round.
Hung’s performance was a major improvement on her effort 12 months earlier when she broke 80 only once and placed seventh in the Girls’ Division.
For the second year in succession, Chen Chieh-sheng topped the standings in his division.