STAGE NOW SET FOR CHENGDU QUALIFIER

Chengdu, Sichuan Province, 13 March: Local favourite Huang Ming-jie has been drawn with former qualifier Ye Jian-feng and He Ze-yu for the first round of the BRC Grand-Hill Qualifying tomorrow.

Huang Ming-jie has been practicing for six days in the build up to this week’s event with the sole aim of qualifying.

As a local player I am familiar with the Grand Hill course and I have played it many, many times over the years,” said 36-year-old Huang. “The greens are quite fast and the rough around them is quite long so I will need to hit accurate iron shots this week to score well.”

Huang said that he picked up a leg injury a couple of years ago and so has not played all that much tournament golf – instead he has been concentrating on his golf school in Chengdu.

I very much want to get back to playing tournament golf, and having qualified for the Volvo China Open in 2004 where I also made the cut I really want to enjoy the experience all over again.”

Shenzhen-based He, 26, is seeing the Grand Hill course for the first time and was quickly made aware of the undulating greens.

The greens are in very good condition and are running very true, but there are interesting slopes on some of them that will need very accurate iron shots to leave uphill putts," said He.

I’ve played in the past five Volvo China Opens but I’ve yet to make the cut, so it would be great to qualify and then to go on to play all four rounds this year.

“I became a father for the first time three months ago so I’m now thinking about everything in a very different way – I’m now more mature, even in golf.

This is my first event of the year so to qualify would be a really good way to kick off the year, and booking my place in Beijing is a very high priority for me.

Amateur player Zhuang Zhu, 18, will tee off from the 10th at 10am with Yan Bin and the highly experienced Chao Hai-meng.

Zhuang qualified for last year’s Volvo China Open after winning the Volvo China Junior Match Play Championship in Qingdao, so already knows what it’s like to play in a very high profile professional event.

I’m quite relaxed about this week’s event and I’ve now played the course several times, so I know where to hit it and which parts to avoid,” said Zhuang, who lives in Chongqing.

“I think this week’s event is a great opportunity for me to play with and learn important things from professional players, so it’s much more of an opportunity than simply trying to qualify.

“Playing in the Volvo China Open, one of the European Tour events last year taught me that I need to play at an even pace and not to rush shots – the pros were able to do this very well.”

 

The 23rd staging of the Volvo China Open takes place from April 27th-30th at Topwin Golf and Country Club, Beijing. Volvo was the first western brand to engage with golf in China in 1995, and this will be Volvo's 86th tournament on the European Tour. The prize fund is RMB 20 million. The tournament is organized by the China Golf Association with Volvo Car Event Management as co-organizer and promoter, and is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and OneAsia.

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