Hong Kong Olympic golf star Tiffany Chan off to solid start in US Women’s Amateur

Tuen Mun native safely through to matchplay stage of prestigious event

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 August, 2016, 10:13am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 August, 2016, 10:53am

Hong Kong’s Olympic golfer Tiffany Chan Tsz-ching had a solid start to another huge event this month - the US Women’s Amateur Championship.

The 22-year-old from Tuen Mun was three under par after the first two rounds of stroke play competition to tie ninth and qualify for the last 64, when the event becomes head-to-head matchplay.

Chan, who is one of only three amateurs to have qualified for the Rio Olympics, had five birdies - including four in five holes from the third - and two bogies in her first round for a 68 at Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield, Pennsylvania.

Her second round got off to a bad start with consecutive bogies on two and three, but she finished level for the day after birdies on 12, 13, and 17 and another bogey on 18.

"Very solid," was coach Brad Schadewitz's assessment of Chan's strokeplay performance. "Her ball striking was awesome in round 1. She Played solid in round 2 but needed to rely on her short game a bit more."

She takes on Gabrielle Shipley - who won the NCAA Division II title in May - in the round of 64.