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Team captain Li confident for China LPGA Tour Wenzhou Challenge

09-14-2011 16:44 BJT

WENZHOU, China, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- Fresh off her first professional victory at the China Pro-Am Championship, Chinese national team captain Li Jiayun is looking to maintain her hot hand this week as the 50,000-U.S.-dollar Wenzhou Orient Yangyi set to tee off Friday in Zhejiang province.

With the China LPGA Tour back in action following its summer hiatus, the 23-year-old Guangzhou native said Wednesday following her practice round that the hilly conditions of Wenzhou Orient Yangyi Golf Club are a good experience for her as she looks to secure her playing card for the 2012 Japan LPGA Tour.

Li added she was thoroughly impressed by Chinese veteran Ye Liying's maiden JLPGA Tour victory earlier this month at the Golf 5 Ladies Tournament in Gifu Prefecture as it was proof China's female pros were improving.

"I got through the first stage (of the JLPGA Tour Qualifying School) and the second stage is in November. Since it's my top priority, I treat all my events as warm-up for Q-school. My focus will be skill and fitness this week. What will happen, it happens. Of course I will be happy to win back-to-back if I play like last week," she said.

In last week's 72-hole championship in Beijing, Li started off poorly with an opening round 77 against the all-Chinese field. But with each successive round her game gradually improved as she went on to a four-shot victory over Tian Hong and Huang Ping.

"It's my mental game. You know I didn't expect to win entering last week. In fact, I didn't play well on the first day. After that I told myself that I shouldn't pay too much attention to my score and try to play one shot by one shot. I played consistent during the middle two rounds and super at the last day. It's a great win and unforgettable week," she said.

Li, who helped China to the team silver medal at last year's Asian Games, said she could feel her game coming around after initially struggling upon turning pro. In June she posted her best CLPGA Tour result when she finished equal fourth at the Caofeidian Wetlands Challenge in Tianjin.

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"At the beginning of this year, I felt rushed and anxious for good results because I had a great year last year. I tried to be better than last year and give a good show in my rookie year, but it didn't work out," she said. "At Caofeidian Wetlands Challenge, I improved a lot and was tied for fourth place with my mind changing."

With the national team joining her in Wenzhou this week for the Mid-Autumn Festival, Li said she felt relaxed and happy after attending a dinner with her teammates, basking in the many compliments she received following her victory.

"This is my first trip to Wenzhou. I played nine holes this morning. This course is very different from last week. Those greens were very complicated. In contrast, these greens are simple. You might have many birdies if you have a great short game. I expect that many players will be in contention on Sunday."

The third year of the CLPGA Tour features 15 events, culminating in the 250,000-U.S.-dollar China Ladies Open this December in Xiamen, Fujian province.


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Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: Xinhua

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