Ya-Ni Tseng is Taiwanese Rookie LPGA Champion

June 9, 2008
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Meet Ya-Ni Tseng, the Taiwanese rookie LPGA Champion. She won the LPGA Championship on Sunday. Read her biography and see photos and a video of her below.

Ya-Ni Tseng is a teenager and is having a banner rookie year as a professional golfer. She turned professional in January 2007 and after spending last year playing on the Asian Women’s Tour and the Canadian Women’s Tour is currently on her first U.S. Tour. On Sunday, she beat out much more seasoned players by winning the McDonald’s LPGA Championship.

Tseng took the lead over Swedish golfer, Maria Hjorth, when she made a 5-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th hole after Hjorth had missed her 15-foot birdie there. Tseng’s win yesterday makes her the second-youngest player to win a major in LPGA history. Its also her first major championship.

“This is my dream,” said Tseng, the first Taiwanese player to win a professional major golf championship. “I feel it comes very fast. I couldn’t believe it.”

She also said:

“I hope they give me a big party,” she said. “I don’t know if they will. It’s sad that I can’t drink.”

I bet she gets her party!!!

Ya-Ni Tseng (曾雅妮) was born on January 23, 1989 in Taipei, Taiwan. She is 19-years-old and stands 5′ 6″. She has one brother and one sister. She started playing golf when she was just 6 years old. She credits her parents, her first coach in Taiwan and her U.S. sponsor and mentor since 2001 as the people who have had the most influence on her career.

She showed a great deal of promise during her amateur career. From 2004 – 2006 she was the top-ranked amateur in Taiwan. She won the Asia Pacific Junior Championship in 2003 – 2005. In 2003 she won the Callaway Junior Golf championship. She won the USGA Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship in 2004 and the North & South Women’s Amateur Championship in 2005. She also won the Arizona Silver Belle Championship in 2005.

Ya-Ni Tseng turned professional in January 2007. She competed in the Asian Women’s Tour winning the Women’s Indian Open. She also competed in the Canadian Women’s Tour. Tseng finished sixth at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to go on to win the 2008 McDonald’s LPGA Championship.

Tseng says she enjoys sports, shopping, watching movies, shooting pool and hanging out with friends when she’s not playing golf.

More photos and video of Ya-Ni Tseng are below.

Chinese language biography.
photo source: archives, zimbio.com

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