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After a whirlwind week at the Hong Kong Ladies Open, the 23-year-old Olympian settled down to the business of establishing herself on the Symetra Tour, the second-tier circuit of LGPA Tour. Tiffany announced her arrival in the U.S. by shooting a stunning nine-under-par 63 final round to finish second by one shot at the Decatur-Forsyth Classic on her Symetra Tour debut. But after opening with rounds of 70 and 72 to start the final day at two-under-par overall, Tiffany was denied a maiden win in just her second professional event.
Having walked away with a cheque for US$2,580 a week earlier at the EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open on her professional debut, Tiffany’s reward of US$12,311 lifted the former amateur up to 29th on the Symetra Tour order of merit. A top-10 finish on the money list will earn her a coveted spot on next year’s LPGA Tour, with around US$50,000 - US$70,000 having been enough to reach that spot in recent Symetra Tour seasons.
Thanks to EFG, the Swiss Private Bank, for a threeyear sponsorship deal, Tiffany does not have to worry about paying for flights and hotels for the next three years and can focus on increasing her bank balance. EFG is no stranger to the world of golf in Hong Kong, having been the principal partner of the Hong Kong Golf Association’s elite junior development programme between 2009 and 2014. It was also during the programme in 2009 when EFG met Hong Kong’s first golfing Olympian and the winner of the golf tournament at the 2014 World University Championships.