15-year-old girl defeats record Faldo field in Kunming
8 February 2012: Ji Rong of China shot rounds of 72 and 80 on the Faldo Design course at Lakeview Golf Club in Kunming to defeat a record field in the Faldo Series Kunming Championship. The 15-year-old secured a spot in the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final for the second year running.
“I played well yesterday and carried that on for the front nine today, but fatigue and nerves got the better of me towards the end,” said a delighted Ji who was playing on her home course in China’s Yunnan Province. “I had a great experience in the Grand Final last year so I can’t wait to go back to Mission Hills. My goal is to challenge for the girls’ title this year.”
With 86 talented young golfers taking part – a record field for the Kunming Championship in its fifth year – Ji finished five ahead of Boys’ Under-21 winner Huang Jingjie (157). 19-year-old Huang will join Ji at the sixth Grand Final at Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen on March 14-16.
Two more age-division winners celebrating a spot in the Grand Final were 20-year-old Cheng Cuixia (Girls’ Under-21) and 14-year-old Zhu Enping (Boys’ Under-16). The World Amateur Golf Ranking event at Mission Hills will once again be hosted by six-time Major Champion Sir Nick Faldo.
Established in 1996, 37 Faldo Series tournaments now take place in 27 countries worldwide with more than 5,000 golfers participating each year. Past winners include Major Champions Rory McIlroy and Yani Tseng.
The Faldo Series Asia is supported by major partners ISPS, Mission Hills and The R&A, official golf wear partner UFL and official suppliers TaylorMade and Tricor. It is endorsed by the Asian Tour and the Asia Pacific Golf Federation (APGC).
The 2011/2012 Faldo Series Asia schedule features 17 tournaments in 13 different countries including five in mainland China plus others in The Philippines, Vietnam, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Brunei, Japan, Chinese Taipei, Pakistan, Indonesia and Thailand.
Leading final scores:
157 – Huang Jingjie (78-79)
158 – Wang Sulei (78-80)
158 – Zhu Enping (83-75); Zhou Zongtai (81-77)
159 – Cheng Cuixia (77-82)
190 – Cui Yuanzhu (97-93)
152 – Ji Rong (72-80)
170 – Wang Ziyi (84-86)