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May 8, 2017 Golf Tourism No Comments Email Email

ying thanked tournament host Annika Sorenstam for inspiring her to a thrilling final-hole victory in the seventh Annika Invitational at Mission Hills Golf Club.

“I’m so excited to win my first big event and I want to thank Annika,” said the 14-year-old Beijing resident.  “She told me to remain positive no matter what and just go out and enjoy myself – so that’s what I did!”

Shi Hui-ying is congratulated on her success by Annika Sorenstam and Mission Hills Vice Chairman Tenniel Chu.

Shi fired a final-round 70 having led after day one with a three-under 69 – which included a hole-in-one – but then struggled with a 73 in the second round. She managed to hold her nerve over a par putt on the 54th and final hole and finish on four-under-par, one ahead of her playing partner An Ho-yu from Chinese Taipei.

China’s Wang Jiayi finished in third place having led going into the final day. She closed with a one-over 73 on the Annika Course at Mission Hills in Shenzhen.

Shi and An are now one step closer to a dream opportunity of playing on the LPGA Tour following the announcement that this year’s top two amateurs will play the official qualifier for the New Zealand Women’s Open in Auckland.

The duo will also be invited to the Annika Invitational in the US, together with third-placed Wang.

In another first for this year’s Annika Invitational at Mission Hills, a team event was introduced over the first two days to celebrate 10-time Major champion Sorenstam’s appointment as captain of the European Solheim Cup team.

Wang and her teammate Lv Tian won the inaugural team prize for China, edging out the Chinese Taipei pair of An and Chang Hsin-chiao on a countback.

“It warms my heart to see so many young girls playing good golf but also making new friends and having fun,” said Sorenstam, the most successful female golfer of all time. “Thanks to all of you here – and our hosts at Mission Hills – the future of Chinese golf is in good hands and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

The Annika Invitational at Mission Hills was launched in 2011. This year featured the strongest field yet with a 70-strong line-up of girls aged between nine and 17, including seven of the top-10 ranked juniors from China, the top four girls from India, plus seven leading females from Chinese Taipei and three from Hong Kong.

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