Golf gives Chi­nese a shot at US schol­ar­ships

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSS CANADA - By YUAN ZHOU in Bei­jing yuanzhou@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Stan­ford fresh­man Emily Wang Ziyi had a high SAT score, was a stu­dent union pres­i­dent, and en­joyed read­ing, writ­ing, cal­lig­ra­phy, mu­sic and jog­ging. But what re­ally helped the 18-year-old get into the elite US uni­ver­sity was some­thing rarer: her po­ten­tial to be an in­ter­na­tional golf star. of Palm Springs Golf, an academy for lo­cal chil­dren in south­ern Shen­zhen, said he be­lieved young Chi­nese golfers’ great­est ad­van­tage is their way of think­ing.

“The Chi­nese phi­los­o­phy pro­duces ex­treme work ethic, fo­cus and hu­mil­ity,” he said. “When cir­cum­stance al­lows self-con­fi­dence to be in­tro­duced within this phi­los­o­phy, you have the mak­ing of a se­ri­ous golf player, per­haps a cham­pion.”

Luo Ying, one of the first Chi­nese golf stu­dents in the US, caused a stir in Seat­tle in 2013 when she played for the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton while main­tain­ing a 4.0 grade point av­er­age. In ret­ro­spect, she said it was fun play­ing the sport she loves and get­ting paid for it. In ad­di­tion to a gen­er­ous schol­ar­ship, her clothes and bags were pro­vided for free.

“It was a good ex­pe­ri­ence fly­ing all over the US for com­pe­ti­tions, with all ex­penses paid,” she told a re­cent gather­ing of Chi­nese par­ents and chil­dren who were ea­ger to fol­low her path.

DANNY MOLOSHOK / REUTERS

China’s Andy Zhang signs au­to­graphs at the fourth tee dur­ing a prac­tice round for the 2012 US Open golf tour­na­ment on the Lake Course at the Olympic Club in San Fran­cisco. He is now a fresh­man at the Uni­ver­sity of FLorida.

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