Tiffany Chan Tsz-ching

Tiffany Chan eyes fast start as she makes her Symetra Tour debut in the US

Hong Kong professional makes second-tier circuit debut at Decatur-Forsyth Classic in Illinois following last week’s 13th place finish in defence of her Ladies Open title

PUBLISHED : Friday, 16 June, 2017, 2:50pm
UPDATED : Friday, 16 June, 2017, 5:38pm

Tiffany Chan Tsz-ching’s American adventure begins at the Decatur-Forsyth Classic in Illinois on Friday, with the Hong Kong professional looking to make a fast start on her Symetra Tour debut.

The 23-year-old takes to the 6,793-yard Hickory Point Golf Course in Decatur, some 300 kilometres south of Chicago, for only her second professional event after finishing tied for 13th at last week’s Hong Kong Ladies Open.

Chan is set to compete on the final 13 events of the Symetra Tour season as he looks to earn a top 10 finish on the order of merit which will earn the Olympian a card on the top-level LPGA Tour next year.

“I feel pretty good in preparation. I played 18 holes yesterday and today I just practiced some short game, putting and also on the range,” said Chan, who begins her first round at 10.09pm on Friday night (Hong Kong time) alongside Mexico’s Alejandra Llaneza and American Kaitlin Park.

“Overall the course is not a very difficult golf course, but it could get windy in the afternoon or even in the morning, so I will need to prepare to play against the strong wind.”

Chan was in Hong Kong for over a week to defend her EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open title after graduating from the University of Southern California.

But Chan fell short of a dream professional debut having made a disastrous start to her final round, although she recovered admirably to finish with a two-under-par 70 having shipped three shots over her first four holes at Hong Kong Golf Club.

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“I think this course is pretty long, so for my game I need to get my short game and putting really sharp to go low, but I think I am in pretty good shape and hopefully I can make some putts and hopefully make a good start so that I can keep the momentum going,” she added.

“In Hong Kong I could not get a good start, but I hope I can start well as it is another new week.”