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Amateur Wu Chia-yen becomes youngest TLPGA champ after winning Party Golfer Ladies Open

Amateur Wu Chia-yen (吳佳晏) became the youngest LPGA of Taiwan event champion at 14 years and six months old by winning the 2018 Party Golfer Ladies Open on Friday

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Wu Chia-yen (center) takes a photo with her parents after the win (photo courtesy of the event organizer)

Wu Chia-yen (center) takes a photo with her parents after the win (photo courtesy of the event organizer)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Amateur Wu Chia-yen (吳佳晏) became the youngest LPGA of Taiwan event champion at 14 years and six months old when she won the 2018 Party Golfer Ladies Open by one stroke on Friday.

So far this year three amateurs have overshadowed the professionals on the TLPGA tour.

Wu’s victory came on the heel of another amateur Lu Hsin-yu, who outperformed tour professionals at Kenda Tire TLPGA Open in late September. Hou Yu-chiang, another amateur, stole the show at southern Taiwan in May by winning at TLPGA Ladies Open – Nan Pao.

Starting the final round with a 5-stroke lead, Wu shot a one-under-par, 71, on Friday. Wu was being chased by Taiwanese professional golfer Babe Liu (劉依貞), who birdied eight holes on the final day to post that day’s lowest score, 64, tying her own personal best record, according to media reports.

Liu, who is 25 years old, birdied the 16th hole to narrow the gap to one stroke. However, Wu was able to contain the pressure and held off Liu at the last three holes to win by one stroke.

Wu told media that, as Liu was closing on her down the stretch, she was telling herself to hold up to avoid a play-off. Wu did just that as she didn’t drop any shot in the last three holes to post a seven-under aggregate of 209.

As a winner of the Party Golfer Ladies Open, Wu is automatically qualified for the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship at the end of October.

Thailand’s Saranporn Langkulgasettrin won third place with an aggregate of 211. Renuka Suksukont, another Thai player, and Taiwan’s Chen Szu-han (陳思涵) finished tied for fourth at 212.


Updated : 2021-09-22 14:04 GMT+08:00