Ko de­fends ti­tle in 2nd Swing­ing Skirts win

The China Post - - LOCAL -

No. 1 ranked Ly­dia Ko de­feated run­ner up Mor­gan Pres­sel from the U.S. yes­ter­day in a sec­ond play­off hole, in the Swing­ing Skirts LPGA Clas­sic, pre­sented by CTBC Bank ( ) in Lake Merced, San Fran­cisco. Ko, who turned 18 dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion, has won the event two years in a row.

In a event packed with 19 of the world’s top 20 ranked women golfers, Ko of New Zealand notched her sev­enth LPGA Tour ti­tle, and fifth since the start of the 2014 sea­son. She came from be­hind to even up with Mor­gan Pres­sel at eight-un­der par 280, be­fore win­ning in a play­off round

Round­ing out the top five were Brooke Hen­der­son of Canada who shot seven-un­der 281, South Korea’s Kwak Min-seo (six-un­der 282) and Feng Shan­shan of China (283, and spon­sored by CTBC Bank).

Among the five Tai­wanese golfers ad­vanc­ing in rank, Hsu Weil­ing ( ), who was spon­sored by CTBC Bank, shot a five-un­der par 293 to fin­ish 45th over­all.

CTBC has sought to ex­pand the pos­si­bil­i­ties for Tai­wanese golfers by pro­vid­ing sup­port for the is­land’s golfers to en­ter com­pe­ti­tions abroad. CTBC has spon­sored six Tai­wanese ath­letes to at­tend events in the United States, which has al­lowed lo­cal golfers Hsu Weil­ing and Hsieh Yu-ling ( ) to both ad­vance in the rank­ings.

Tai­wan’s high­est ranked player Hsu strug­gled with the weather and was dis­ap­pointed with her per­for­mance. She said that the op­por­tu­ni­ties for birdies were few and far be­tween and that shots on the green were dif­fi­cult. She hoped that af­ter some re­cov­ery time she would grad­u­ally adapt and con­tinue to gain glory for Tai­wan.

CTBC Vice Chair­man Thomas KS Chen ( ) said that he was happy to see im­prove­ments among its spon­sored play­ers, year by year. He added that by co-spon­sor­ing the event, and sup­port­ing Tai­wanese ath­letes, the bank was work­ing to connect lo­cal play­ers to the global stage in golf, mak­ing more Tai­wan more vis­i­ble to the world.

The Swing­ing Skirts Golf Team is a pri­vate Tai­wanese non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion pro­mot­ing women’s golf world­wide by spon­sor­ing top golf tour­na­ments and top per­form­ers. The Swing­ing Skirts LPGA Clas­sic, a US$2 mil­lion event, show­cases the is­land’s best lo­cal tal­ent with some of the world’s top play­ers.

Cour­tesy CTBC Bank

Ly­dia Ko of New Zealand, cen­ter, ac­cepts a check yes­ter­day from of­fi­cials of CTBC Bank af­ter win­ning the Swing­ing Skirts LPGA Clas­sic in Lake Merced, San Fran­cisco. Ko won the US$ 2 mil­lion event, her sev­enth LPGA Tour ti­tle and fifth since the start of 2014.

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