CHEN AND LIU TO PLAY FOR COVETED PLACE IN VOLVO CHINA OPEN

Chen Peicheng celebrated his 15th birthday in style by qualifying for the final of the Volvo China Junior Match Play Championship, which will take place tomorrow over the West Course at The Dunes at Shenzhou Peninsula.

SHENZHOU PENINSULA, 9 NOVEMBER:

Chen began his celebratory day with a solid 2&1 victory over fellow Beijing native Shen Shimai in the morning quarter finals, and fired three birdies in the 17 holes played.

Building on his confidence Chen then added another six birdies in his semi final match against local favourite Li Linqiang, winning the match 4&3.

“I was very pleased to make six birdies this afternoon but the most satisfying hole was the par four 15th where I holed a 40-yard putt for birdie.

“I was surprised and delighted to be given a birthday cake after my semi final match this afternoon,” said Chen.

“I’m truly grateful to Volvo for inviting me to play in this event, and also thankful that they also gave me the opportunity to be a volunteer scorer at the Volvo China Open for the past two years.”

Chen will find himself up against Liu Zehao in tomorrow’s final after the Hebei-based player beat Liu Yuqi 4&3 in the semi final, having already taken down Wang Xinxing 3&2 in the quarter final.

“I think I was lucky to get through to the final as I was quite nervous today, however my iron play was very good,” said Liu. “I’ve been playing golf for five years now and I think I will be ready to turn pro next year.

“I played in the Volvo China Open qualifying event in Tianjin earlier this year, which gave me a taste of the pro game.”

The girl’s event was equally as competitive as the boy group today and both of the top matches could have gone either way.

Local favourite Zhang Yue found herself in a very competitive semi final match with Shanghai’s Wang Jiayi.

Both girls will return to the golf course early tomorrow morning to complete their semi final match, as they had played 20 holes when bad light forced them to stop playing.

The winner of that compelling match will face Yuan Hexi in the girl’s final.

Cai Danlin and Yuan traded shot for shot over their 18-hole semi final match with Cai making the turn 1 up. Yuan then birdied their 10th hole to draw level and then won the 15th hole with a par to tak a one-shot lead, an advantage she held until their 18th hole to win the match 1 up.

Yuan was delighted with today’s victory as Cai beat her in the semi final last year to advance to the final.

“The weather was very challenging this morning with rain falling throughout the quarter final so I was quite tired on the first nine holes of my semi final,” said Yuan.

“I was very happy to win my semi final match this afternoon on a very long day when we have to play two rounds of golf.”

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