LEADING AMATEUR YE HAS HIS EYES ON THE PRO GAME

He shot to fame at the age of just 12 years and 242 days as the youngest player ever to compete in a European Tour event in the 2013 Volvo China Open. Today Ye Wo-Cheng strides the fairways as a confident young man with an eye on a future career as a professional.

“You can’t imagine how nervous I was back then,” smiles Ye – also known as Aden – who is the only amateur to make the cut at the 2017 Volvo China Open at Tapwin Golf and Country Club. “I remember it so well as it was the biggest event I had ever played at that age.”

Now 16 and a high school student in Florida, Ye is a shining example of how Volvo and the China Golf Association helps young and talented Chinese players get a foothold in the game and an opportunity to play with the very best in golf.

As well as qualifying for the 2013 Volvo China Open, he also played in the 2012 and 2013 Volvo China Junior Match Play Championships finishing third on both occasions (B Group in 2012 and A Group in 2013).

For sure the Volvo China Open means a lot to me,” he adds. “It gave me that chance to play with the really top players from the European Tour and I learned a lot playing alongside these guys. I’m comfortable playing with them now as it’s been four years since my first Volvo China Open - I’m more mature and I’ve played and learned a lot over the years.

Ye will go into the final day of the RMB 20 million tournament after securing his place at the weekend with rounds of 74 and 69 before shooting an even par 72 on day three.

I suppose it was an OK round today. I played the front nine well in one under but then made two really big mistakes on the back nine. Overall it was pretty good.

Ye arrived at the Volvo China Open courtesy of an invite from the China Golf Association and fresh from making his third appearance at the 54-hole Sage Valley Junior Invitational in the USA – one of the premier junior events in the world, which attracts many of the game’s top-ranked junior golfers.

Earlier this year he also finished fifth at the 2017 CB&I/Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods in Texas and last year won the Nanjing Open, placed third in the China Team Championship and collected top ten finishes at the Thunderbird International Junior and the Jones Cup Junior Invitational.

So what’s next for this talented teenager who is currently ranked 18th in the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Rankings?

The aim is to play college golf in Florida and turn professional in the future,” he adds with a smile. “I was lucky enough to meet Jason Day at the Sage Valley Junior Invitational last week and he gave me a lot of good advice about deciding when is the right time to turn pro as he was a pro at a young age himself. It was great to hear as Jason is a player I really admire.

I also really respect players like Wu (Ashun) and Li (Hao-tong) for what they have achieved and I hope that one day I can play with them both on the PGA Tour.”

 

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