Tiffany Chan Tsz-ching

Hong Kong golfer Tiffany Chan fires herself into contention for a coveted LPGA card at qualifying tournament

Former Daytona State College student uses home course know-how at Daytona Beach to shoot 67 on day three of LGPA Qualifying Tournament

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 02 December, 2017, 12:56pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 02 December, 2017, 12:59pm

Hong Kong golfer Tiffany Chan Tsz-ching shot a fine five-under 67 in her third round at the final stage of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Florida, on Friday. Chan is tied for second at seven-under-par, one shot back from leader Nasa Hataoka of Japan, as she vies to become the first Hong Kong-native to play on the LPGA Tour.

This is the second time that the former Olympian has attended qualifying school and she used all of the knowledge she gained during her 2014-15 season on the Daytona State College golf team, which plays on the LGPA International course, to leave herself in prime position to earn one of the 20 tour cards up for grabs.

“This is my home course, so it’s kind of huge pressure for me playing out here,” Chan said after her third round. “But, I just kept on doing what I’m doing, one putt fell and the ones behind that just kept falling.”

Chan, who transferred to USC before graduating in June, joined the Symetra Tour midway through the season and has finished in the top 15 in seven of her 13 tournaments but the 24-year-old now has her eyes on being the first Hongkonger on the LPGA Tour.

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“It’s definitely one of my goals. Before coming to the States, I never thought I would be turning professional until going to Daytona State and then transferring to USC and finishing college. Being the first one would definitely be cool, and I think my parents would be happy about it.”