There was a rare four-rounder in China this past weekend where Weiwei Zhang picked up her 3rd win of the season which ties the tour record...it was a co-ed event with men's China tour. She shot 270 (-14) and won by seven shots...picked up about $10,456 USD.
Some interesting news and comments in the English-language section of the CLPGA website prior to the start of the event:
Zhang Weiwei, the CLPGA Tour money leader, comes into Hangzhou in good form after a strong showing in Thailand last week. Playing in the KLPGA International Qualifying Tournament in Pattaya, the Hubei native finished fifth to earn her playing card on the Korean development tour next season.
The 22-year-old said she treated the tournament as a warm-up for the US LPGA Qualifying Tournament later this year. Playing against the men this week would also only help to sharpen her game.
“It’s an interesting event and new experience to all of us. We haven’t had an experience like that. You want to partner with the best male no matter who it is. But it’s not in my hands. I just need to try my best the first two rounds and provide myself with the greatest chance,” said Zhang after her practice round on Wednesday at the Daniel J. Obermeyer-designed course.
At 5,940 yards for women, Zhang called the layout short but despite offering many birdie chances the key this week would be in reading the sloping greens.
“We expect the men’s winning score would be lower than the women’s. The distance is much shorter for them than for us. But I would try to play better than my partner. I don’t want that he kicks my butt. It’s a matter of pride.”
I really liked her in Bedminster two years ago and she must be a better player now...she has a decent chance to get past Stage Two of LPGA q-school. But, the Q-series? I don't think so. I wonder if she'll try to get back her Japan card via JLPGA tour school.
Meanwhile, Weiwei goes for the tour victory record this week in Thailand (Sept. 4-6).
Only 443 IG followers...China can't be a real golf country.
Believe it or not, Bo Mee Lee had to qualify this week for the Japan Women's Open (Oct. 3-6). They do it different over there compared to the USGA. The final qualifier (Sept. 2-3) had a field of 136 and the top-57 made it, including BML, Ayako Kimura, Serena Aoi, Megumi Shimokawa, Yuki Ichinose, Eimi Koga and Pei Ying Tsai (medalist at 137, -7). The washouts included Kotono Kozuma, Kotone Hori, Na Ri Lee and Aya Ezawa. Karis Davidson dropped out mid-way due to "poor physical condition."
BML with a house looper at Chiba CC and Serena Aoki