Golf gives Chinese a shot at US scholarships
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.
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.