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Xiamen International Ladies Open

Round 4 - Commanding victory for Yeom in Xiamen

October 11, 2015
Hye In Yeom, Winner of Xiamen International Ladies Open

South Korean Hye In Yeom fired a four under par 68 in the final round of the Xiamen International Ladies Open in China to earn a commanding five shot win over Thailand’s Kusuma Meechai and the 2014 champion Ssu-Chia Cheng of Chinese Taipei.

The 23-year-old from Incheon recorded her first professional title with a four round total of 272, 16 under par at Orient (Xiamen) Golf and Country Club.

The fifth year professional, who this year graduated to the Korean LPGA from the secondary Dream Tour, is a member of the China LPGA Tour and as this was a co-sanctioned event, she will now be eligible to join the Ladies European Tour (LET).

Yeom began the final round tied for the lead with Meechai but after nine holes she was three strokes clear of the field which gave her a comfortable advantage for the remainder of the afternoon. She recorded her only bogey on the second hole, where she three putted from the edge of the green. However a birdie on the sixth settled her nerves and she then moved three clear with a second birdie on the long ninth as her closest challengers struggled in the warm breeze.

A stunning burst of three straight birdies from the 12th saw Yeom move six strokes clear of the field after 14 holes and she closed with four steady pars to seal her first trophy and a cheque for 45,000 euros.

“I feel like I’m still dreaming because I didn’t expect to win,” Yeom said, through translation. “I didn’t see the scoreboard so I just focused on my own game shot by shot and I didn’t know I’d won until the last hole. This will give me a lot of confidence in my golf career.”

Yeom, whose hobby is driving her car along the beach and enjoying beautiful sunsets, relishes playing on Chinese golf courses and she recorded her previous career best finish in the 2014 China Ladies Open, which was co-sanctioned by the China and Korean LPGA Tours.

She became the seventh first time winner on the Ladies European Tour in 2015 and the fourth in a row following Hannah Burke, Nicole Broch Larsen and Celine Herbin.

The next best players, Cheng (above) and Meechai (below), carded rounds of 68 and 73 respectively to end on 11 under par.

LET rookie Cheng, who won the tournament by three strokes as a 17-year-old amateur in 2014, said: “I’m pretty happy with the performance today even as a runner-up. It’s my best result of the year. I feel very comfortable playing this golf course and the people here and everything, I absolutely love it. We all speak the same language and the food is pretty similar so I’m really happy to play here.”

China’s home hope Jing Yan endured the biggest disappointment of the day. Just one shot behind Yeom before she ran up a double bogey seven on the par-5 ninth, the 19-year-old from Shanghai fought back into contention only to be disqualified for signing for a wrong score. She would have tied for fourth place, but signed for a three instead of a four on the 14th hole.

That meant that the Ladies European Tour’s leading rookie Nanna Koerstz Madsen from Denmark (below), Tzu-Chi Lin from Chinese Taipei and halfway leader Gwladys Nocera, who holed a birdie putt of around 18 feet on the last, shared fourth place on nine under par.

South African Ashleigh Simon (66), Thailand’s Nontaya Srisawang (68) and Beth Allen (71) tied for seventh place on eight under, with four players including Denmark’s Nicole Broch Larsen (69) and England’s Liz Young (71) tied for 10th place on seven under par.

Final scores:

272 – Hye In Yeom (KOR) 71 68 65 68
277 – Ssu-Chia Cheng (TPE) 72 73 64 68, Kusuma Meechai (THA) 68 69 67 73
279 – Nanna Koerstz Madsen (DEN) 71 72 66 70, Gwladys Nocera (FRA) 67 68 71 73, Tzu-Chi Lin (TPE) 72 69 68 70
280 – Nontaya Srisawang (THA) 73 69 70 68, Beth Allen (USA) 71 69 69 71, Ashleigh Simon (RSA) 75 70 69 66
281 – Liz Young (ENG) 70 68 72 71, Pei-Yun Chien (TPE) 71 67 72 71, Nicole Broch Larsen (DEN) 70 72 70 69, Wei Wei Zhang (CHN) 72 67 72 70
283 – Alexandra Vilatte (FRA) 70 73 68 72, Stacey Keating (AUS) 70 68 69 76, Yan-Hong Pan (CHN) 71 72 69 71, Thidapa Suwannapura (THA) 70 73 70 70
284 – Szu-Han Chen (TPE) 71 72 68 73
285 – Hannah Burke (ENG) 69 69 72 75, Punpaka Phuntumabamrung (THA) 70 71 74 70, Xiang Sui (CHN) 69 74 70 72, Man Jin (CHN) 70 71 74 70, Sarah Kemp (AUS) 75 69 70 71
286 – Hsuan-Ping Chang (TPE) 70 70 75 71, Louise Stahle (SWE) 71 74 69 72, Li Ying Ye (CHN) 71 70 72 73
287 – Cuixia Chen (CHN) 77 67 71 72, Panpan Yan (CHN) 71 72 68 76, Becky Brewerton (WAL) 72 70 72 73, Whitney Hillier (AUS) 77 68 69 73, Ursula Wikstrom (FIN) 73 69 72 73, Minea Blomqvist (FIN) 73 69 74 71
288 – So-Young Jang (KOR) 72 72 72 72, Saraporn Chamchoi (THA) 72 69 74 73, JiaYi Zhou (CHN) 71 73 70 74, Paula Hurtado (COL) 73 72 71 72, Caroline Martens (NOR) 72 72 74 70, Emily Kristine Pedersen (DEN) 75 70 70 73
289 – Yuting Shi (CHN) 69 74 71 75, Connie Chen (RSA) 73 71 71 74, Isabella Ramsay (SWE) 74 71 70 74
290 – Liqing Chen (CHN) 72 73 72 73, Nicole Garcia (RSA) 71 71 71 77, Nina Holleder (GER) 73 72 69 76, Tanaporn Kongkiatkrai (THA) 68 75 72 75, Patricia Sanz Barrio (ESP) 70 75 72 73, Ploychompoo Wirairungrueng (THA) 75 70 73 72, Caroline Hedwall (SWE) 75 69 70 76
291 – Titiya Plucksataporn (THA) 72 73 71 75, Lina Boqvist (SWE) 74 70 73 74, Yu-Ling Hsieh (TPE) 73 71 70 77, Pamela Pretswell (SCO) 69 73 73 76
292 – Georgina Simpson (ENG) 76 68 74 74, Bo Bea Kim (KOR) 70 72 77 73, Yeon Mi Choi (KOR) 68 72 81 71, Ai-Chen Kuo (TPE) 71 68 72 81
293 – Dan Li (CHN) 73 72 73 75, Sha Wu (CHN) 72 73 73 75, Rebecca Hudson (ENG) 73 71 74 75, Yan Liu (CHN) 69 73 76 75
294 – Eleanor Givens (ENG) 72 72 72 78, Isabelle Boineau (FRA) 73 72 71 78
295 – Fabienne In-albon (SWI) 73 70 71 81
299 – Daisy Nielsen (DEN) 69 74 74 82
301 – Pei-Lin Yu (TPE) 72 71 79 79
DQ – Jing Yan (CHN)

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Round 3 - Yeom and Meechai take lead in China

October 10, 2015
Hye In Yeom, R3 co-leader Xiamen International Ladies Open

South Korean Hye In Yeom (pictured above) and Kusuma Meechai of Thailand (below) claimed a share of the lead at 12 under par heading into the final round of the Xiamen International Ladies Open at the Orient (Xiamen) Golf and Country Club in China.

Yeom, 23, from Incheon, fired three birdies and an eagle on the front nine before picking up three more birdies and a bogey on the back nine in a third round of seven-under par.

Meechai, 20, from Bangkok, joined Yeom at the top of the leader board after a five under par round of 67, which included seven birdies and two bogeys. The duo are two shots clear of Gwladys Nocera, who double bogeyed the par-4 16th to slip back to 10 under par.

Yeom is in her fifth season on the China LPGA Tour and searching for her first professional title.The second grade university student, who plays mainly on the Korean LPGA Tour, recorded her career best finish of sixth in last year’s Honda China Open at Mission Hills Shenzhen, a tournament which was co-sanctioned by the tours.

She will not put any pressure on herself heading into the final round and said: “I didn’t expect to play this well but my irons and putting were good and everything was working well. Chipping in for eagle on the eighth gave me a boost.”

Co-leader Meechai is in her third year on the China LPGA Tour and has the experience of winning her sole title at the 2013 Wuhai Ladies Classic. Although she has struggled with her swing and the mental side of the game this season, she said: “I enjoyed the game today and I didn’t feel any pressure. Every part of my game was good.”

On a day of warm and overcast weather which were perfect for low scoring, Nocera bogeyed the second but picked up shots on holes six, 10, 12 and 15 to regain a share of the lead. She found a bunker and then hit a tree on 16 that led to a double-bogey six, but remains in contention for a 15th Ladies European Tour title in the co-sanctioned event with the China LPGA Tour.

Halfway co-leader Jing Yan, 19, is tied for fourth place with Australian Stacey Keating on nine under par and the defending champion Ssu-Chia Cheng is only five shots from the lead.

With an eight under par 64, the 17-year-old rookie equalled the course record set in 2006 by Jiyai Shin and she shares sixth place with fellow Chinese Taipei player Tzu-Chi Lin, the top ranked LET rookie Nanna Koertz Madsen from Denmark and the recent ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters champion Beth Allen from the United States.

Round 2 - Yan joins Nocera heading into weekend

October 09, 2015
Gwladys Nocera, R2 co-leader, Xiamen International Ladies Open

China’s Jing Yan fired a second round of seven under par 65 to join French Solheim Cup player Gwladys Nocera in the lead on nine under par at the Xiamen International Ladies Open in China.

A flurry of eight birdies against one bogey put the 19-year-old Yan from Shanghai in prime position to challenge for a maiden title at the halfway stage of the tournament.

Nocera’s solid second round of 68 containing four birdies means she is also well placed in her quest for a 15th title on the Ladies European Tour.

The pair are two strokes ahead of Thailand’s Kusuma Meechai with English pair Liz Young and Hannah Burke, Australian Stacey Keating and Pei-Yun Chien of Chinese Taipei a stroke behind on six under par.

Further down the leader board, Solheim Cup player Caroline Hedwall recovered from an opening 75 with a strong 69 which put her back to level par and tied for 40th place. The defending champion Ssu-Chia Cheng from nearby Chinese Taipei carded rounds of 72 and 73 to lie in joint 52nd, just inside the cut line on one over par.

Yan, (pictured above, with her father),who in 2013 won the Girls’ British Open Amateur Championship at Fairhaven Golf Club and the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Prestwick, is a familiar face on the Ladies European Tour as she has played in several tournaments as an amateur. This is her rookie year as a professional and she holds conditional status on the LPGA, but she describes it as a ‘B year’ with only two top 20 finishes, including a season best tie for 11th at the Kingsmill, so far.

Prior to last year’s inaugural Xiamen International Ladies Open, Orient Golf and Country Club hosted the China Ladies Open seven times consecutively from 2006 to 2012 and Yan said: “I started to play this golf course at age of 12 and had played six times so far. I am glad to come back here and put myself in a familiar kind of atmosphere.”

Nocera, who won in China two years ago at the Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open, continued to play well. She commented: “I hit the ball better today than yesterday. I didn’t get the speed at the end. I think the greens are growing with the heat and I couldn’t get the right speed. I had one ball hanging on the hole and I can’t believe it wasn’t in the hole. It was a good finish on 18 with a birdie which puts me back in a share of the lead for the weekend. If I keep on improving my game I will have a lot of chances so I’ll stay focused on what I have to do as I want that winning feeling again.”

Round 1 - Nocera grabs opening lead in Xiamen

October 08, 2015
Gwladys Nocera, R1 leader, Xiamen International Ladies Open

French Solheim Cup player Gwladys Nocera grabbed the first round lead at the Xiamen International Ladies Open with an opening five under 67 at Orient Golf and Country Club in China.

Starting out in damp conditions, Nocera started out with a birdie on the par-4 10th hole and continued with three more birdies on the back nine on holes 13, 14 and 16.

She took her only bogey of the round on the par-4 second after missing the green and two putting, but from there she recovered with a pair of solid birdies on holes five and nine to finish.

“I played good. I didn’t hit the ball really well but I hit the fairways and greens and I putted really well. I was very offensive on the putting and it worked,” said Nocera, 40, from Moulins.

“It was tough. It was raining a lot and the ball wasn’t going anywhere and the greens were pretty slow for the morning. You have to adjust and deal with it. It was tough but I’m glad I shot a good score today.”

Thai pair Tanaporn Kongkiatkrai (pictured above) and Kusuma Meechai are in the clubhouse on four under par alongside South Korean Yeon Mi Choi (pictured below).

Kongkiatkrai three-putted on the par-4 first hole but hit five birdies including three in four holes from the ninth.

The fifth year professional from Bangkok said: “I hit 15 greens and made some very good up and downs. I holed a good birdie putt of 10 yards so my short game was pretty sharp.”

Playing with a niggling back injury, her target is to play level par for the tournament and she has low expectations. Fellow Thai player Meechai is also taking it day by day.

She hit 18 greens in regulation and made four birdies at the fifth, 10th, 14th and 18th in the first round, commenting: “The golf course is not easy. I hit my drives pretty well and long, so that made it much easier. I will try to hit the greens in regulation again tomorrow.”

The recent Tipsport Ladies Masters champion Hannah Burke from England, Scotland’s Pamela Pretswell and Denmark’s Daisy Nielsen are in a seven-way share for fifth place on three under with fellow Dane Nicole Broch Larsen, who won the Helsingborg Open last month, among those a shot further back.

Alexandra Vilatte from France, who tied for third place on the same course in Xiamen last year, was four under par after 17 holes before recording a double bogey on 18 and she is also among the 11 players on two under par alongside fellow LET Members Stacey Keating from Australia, Patricia Sanz Barrio of Spain and Liz Young from England.

Round one concluded in hot and sunny weather with temperatures in the high 20s Celsius and occasional showers expected for the next three rounds.

Scores

Pos. Player R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Score Prize
1 Hye In YEOM 71 68 65 68 -16 272 € 45,000.00
2 Ssu-Chia CHENG 72 73 64 68 -11 277 € 22,500.00
2 Kusuma MEECHAI 68 69 67 73 -11 277 € 22,500.00
4 Gwladys NOCERA 67 68 71 73 -9 279 € 11,200.00
4 Nanna Koerstz MADSEN 71 72 66 70 -9 279 € 11,200.00
4 Tzu-Chi LIN 72 69 68 70 -9 279 € 11,200.00
7 Ashleigh SIMON 75 70 69 66 -8 280 € 7,700.00
7 Nontaya SRISAWANG 73 69 70 68 -8 280 € 7,700.00
7 Beth ALLEN 71 69 69 71 -8 280 € 7,700.00
10 Liz YOUNG 70 68 72 71 -7 281 € 6,450.00
10 Wei Wei ZHANG 72 67 72 70 -7 281 € 6,450.00
10 Nicole BROCH LARSEN 70 72 70 69 -7 281 € 6,450.00
10 Pei-Yun CHIEN 71 67 72 71 -7 281 € 6,450.00
14 Alexandra VILATTE 70 73 68 72 -5 283 € 5,287.50
14 Stacey KEATING 70 68 69 76 -5 283 € 5,287.50
14 Thidapa SUWANNAPURA 70 73 70 70 -5 283 € 5,287.50
14 Yan-Hong PAN 71 72 69 71 -5 283 € 5,287.50
18 Szu-Han CHEN 71 72 68 73 -4 284 € 4,800.00
19 Hannah BURKE 69 69 72 75 -3 285 € 4,500.00
19 Sarah KEMP 75 69 70 71 -3 285 € 4,500.00
19 Punpaka PHUNTUMABAMRUNG 70 71 74 70 -3 285 € 4,500.00
19 Man JIN 70 71 74 70 -3 285
19 Xiang SUI 69 74 70 72 -3 285
24 Louise STAHLE 71 74 69 72 -2 286 € 4,050.00
24 Li Ying YE 71 70 72 73 -2 286 € 4,050.00
24 Hsuan-Ping CHANG 70 70 75 71 -2 286 € 4,050.00
27 Ursula WIKSTROM 73 69 72 73 -1 287 € 3,295.00
27 Minea BLOMQVIST 73 69 74 71 -1 287 € 3,295.00
27 Becky BREWERTON 72 70 72 73 -1 287 € 3,295.00
27 Whitney HILLIER 77 68 69 73 -1 287 € 3,295.00
27 Panpan YAN 71 72 68 76 -1 287 € 3,295.00
27 Cuixia CHEN 77 67 71 72 -1 287 € 3,295.00
33 Paula HURTADO 73 72 71 72 E 288 € 2,655.00
33 Emily Kristine PEDERSEN 75 70 70 73 E 288 € 2,655.00
33 Caroline MARTENS 72 72 74 70 E 288 € 2,655.00
33 So-Young JANG 72 72 72 72 E 288 € 2,655.00
33 Saraporn CHAMCHOI 72 69 74 73 E 288 € 2,655.00
33 JiaYi ZHOU 71 73 70 74 E 288 € 2,655.00
39 Isabella RAMSAY 74 71 70 74 1 289 € 2,250.00
39 Connie CHEN 73 71 71 74 1 289 € 2,250.00
39 Yuting SHI 69 74 71 75 1 289 € 2,250.00
42 Caroline HEDWALL 75 69 70 76 2 290 € 1,817.14
42 Nicole GARCIA 71 71 71 77 2 290 € 1,817.14
42 Patricia SANZ BARRIO 70 75 72 73 2 290 € 1,817.14
42 Nina HOLLEDER 73 72 69 76 2 290 € 1,817.14
42 Liqing CHEN 72 73 72 73 2 290 € 1,817.14
42 Tanaporn KONGKIATKRAI 68 75 72 75 2 290 € 1,817.14
42 Ploychompoo WIRAIRUNGRUENG 75 70 73 72 2 290 € 1,817.14
49 Pamela PRETSWELL 69 73 73 76 3 291 € 1,470.00
49 Titiya PLUCKSATAPORN 72 73 71 75 3 291 € 1,470.00
49 Lina BOQVIST 74 70 73 74 3 291 € 1,470.00
49 Yu-Ling HSIEH 73 71 70 77 3 291 € 1,470.00
53 Georgina SIMPSON 76 68 74 74 4 292 € 1,230.00
53 Bo Bea KIM 70 72 77 73 4 292 € 1,230.00
53 Ai-Chen KUO 71 68 72 81 4 292 € 1,230.00
53 Yeon Mi CHOI 68 72 81 71 4 292 € 1,230.00
57 Rebecca HUDSON 73 71 74 75 5 293 € 1,030.00
57 Dan LI 73 72 73 75 5 293 € 1,030.00
57 Sha WU 72 73 73 75 5 293 € 1,030.00
57 Yan LIU 69 73 76 75 5 293
61 Eleanor GIVENS 72 72 72 78 6 294 € 945.00
61 Isabelle BOINEAU 73 72 71 78 6 294 € 945.00
63 Fabienne IN-ALBON 73 70 71 81 7 295 € 900.00
64 Daisy NIELSEN 69 74 74 82 11 299 € 870.00
65 Pei-Lin YU 72 71 79 79 13 301 € 840.00
CUT
66 Chloe LEURQUIN 74 72 2 146
66 Malene JORGENSEN 78 68 2 146
66 Trish JOHNSON 75 71 2 146
66 Holly AITCHISON 73 73 2 146
66 Laura JANSONE 73 73 2 146
66 Marta SANZ BARRIO 73 73 2 146
66 Rebecca ARTIS 72 74 2 146
66 Amelia LEWIS 73 73 2 146
66 Ji Hae JANG 74 72 2 146
66 Ziqi YE 74 72 2 146
66 Piyathida PLOYUMSRI 72 74 2 146
77 Christine WOLF 71 76 3 147
77 Anne VAN DAM 72 75 3 147
77 Wannasiri SIRISAMPANT 73 74 3 147
77 Hsin Ning YEH 74 73 3 147
77 Janya MORRAKOTPHAN 69 78 3 147
77 Jienalin ZHANG 77 70 3 147
83 Ann-Kathrin LINDNER 75 73 4 148
83 Victoria LOVELADY 75 73 4 148
83 Valentine DERREY 74 74 4 148
83 Florentyna PARKER 72 76 4 148
83 Tiranan YOOPAN 79 69 4 148
83 Hyeon Seo KANG 72 76 4 148
83 Yue Xia LU 77 71 4 148
83 Ling Ling TAN 73 75 4 148
83 Pannarat THANAPOLBOONYARAS 74 74 4 148
92 Sophie SANDOLO 76 73 5 149
92 Noora TAMMINEN 75 74 5 149
92 Kylie WALKER 75 74 5 149
92 Cathryn BRISTOW 75 74 5 149
92 Carly BOOTH 74 75 5 149
92 Supakchaya PATTARANAKRUEANG 77 72 5 149
92 Juanjuan TAO 73 76 5 149
92 Lei YE 74 75 5 149
100 Kelsey MACDONALD 75 75 6 150
100 Sally WATSON 76 74 6 150
100 Rungthiwa PANGJAN 76 74 6 150
103 Vikki LAING 79 72 7 151
103 Sophie WALKER 77 74 7 151
103 Pennapa PULSAWATH 76 75 7 151
103 Aunchisa UTAMA 76 75 7 151
107 Leigh WHITTAKER 73 79 8 152
107 Emma WESTIN 78 74 8 152
107 Jaruporn PALAKAWONG NA AYUTTHAYA 75 77 8 152
107 Meng-Chu CHEN 79 73 8 152
107 I-Wen CHEN 77 75 8 152
107 Hsien Wen HUANG 80 72 8 152
107 Xin XIA 76 76 8 152
114 Stephanie NA 73 80 9 153
114 Yu Yang ZHANG 77 76 9 153
114 Yu Yu ZHANG 73 80 9 153
114 XiaoHong CHEN 77 76 9 153
118 Narisara KERDRIT 79 76 11 155
118 Yezhou LIN 78 77 11 155
118 Wenqi ZHU 76 79 11 155
121 Rui WANG 76 80 12 156
122 Xing'e WANG 79 78 13 157
123 Saruttaya NGAM-USAWAN 79 79 14 158
124 Chang Yu QIAO 81 81 18 162
125 Ni TANG 81 84 21 165
126 Jing YAN 70 65 72 70 -11 277 € 810.00

Preview

DATES:  October 08-11
SITE:  Orient Xia Men G&CC, China
PRIZE MONEY: €300,000
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