June 17, 2019

Chinese teenager wins Huangshan Championship qualifier

HUANGSHAN, China—Chinese amateur Junyi Tang shot a 2-under 70 at the Gary-Player designed Hidden Tiger Golf Club to win the Monday qualifier, earning entry into this week’s Huangshan Championship, located in the scenic mountainous region in Anhui province.

Playing his first round of any sort on PGA TOUR Series-China, the 16-year-old from Beijing got off to a great start, with birdies on holes 2 and 3. He then went on to card three more birdies against three bogeys to win the qualifier by two strokes.

Three other Chinese players also qualified were Li Wang, Di Wu and fellow amateur Yunliang Chen, while Americans Juan Gonzalez III and Kevin Chen, England’s Oliver Roberts and Chinese Taipei’s Lawrence Ting also earned spots.

Tang has been practicing golf with his father since age 6 and participated in his first national competition when he was 13. Today, his resume already includes several wins in junior competitions including a victory at the JGTA Taiwan Junior Championship on the Junior Golf Tour of Asia, where PGA TOUR’s C.T. Pan, who calls Chinese Taipei home, presented Tang the trophy.

Tang will make his Tour debut at the Huangshan Championship, the Tour’s eighth event of the season which offers RMB 1.6 million in total prize money.