Seventeen year-old Ssu-Chia Cheng, from Chinese Taipei, wins the inaugural Xiamen Open at Orient Golf and Country Club in China.
The young amateur collected her first Ladies European Tour title, carding a final round -4 under par 68, for a winning total of -10 under par in this 54 hole tournament in China. Although she has already won three times on the Taiwan LPGA Tour, Ssu-Chia said she had felt nervous playing today in the final round of the Xiamen Open;
“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.”
“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 ten.”
“I am excited that I finally won because LET players are very competitive. So far it’s my largest win. I played great this week. I should thank Orient Golf and CLPGA for the invitation extended to me.”
Marion Ricordeau, from France, was in second place, finishing with a -7 under par total, three shots off the lead. She also admitted to a case of nerves today;
“I wasn’t nervous 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 leader board. 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. I worked well so I’m really happy.”
Tied in third place was another Frenchwoman Alexandra Vilatte and Beth Allen of the United States, both on -6 under par for the tournament.
Alexandra was happy with her putting;
“I had great putting all week so that saved me and my short game was okay but I had some trouble with my driving.”
“I was on the fairways but not very far. I’m happy because I had a very bad week last week and I trained a lot at the beginning of the week so I’m happy with the result.”
Beth played well, and said the winning score was a decent total;
“I played really well today. I had one bad shot on the last but other than that it was really solid so I was happy with that. 10 under for Cheng is a pretty good score.”